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We had a very enjoyable night on Monday 14 May at our “Another Bit of Red” competition.  Steve Dormer did a sterling job and chose some stunning winners from the 72 entries.  All the awarded images are on the Competitions page here.  Well done to all who entered, and see you at next week’s digital competition!

Do check out the Gallery page on our Workshops Tab to see the latest members' pictures from the superb Natural Light Workshop with Richard Pucci at the Chambers Studio, Northampton with the excellent Lydia Gough in May.

Monday 14 May is Round 3 of our Print League, theme “Another Bit of Red”, judged by Steve Dormer – we’ve got lots of entries again, so it’ll be a good night.  We’ll need to sort the prints before we start so see you there nice and early for a prompt 8 pm start.

Competition DeadlineMonday 4 June (for judging by Chris Baldwin on 11.06.18) – DPI League 2018, Round 4 – Theme “Open”

Competition DeadlineMonday 14 May (for judging by David Gibbins on 21.05.18) – DPI League 2018, Round 3 – Theme “Street / Urban”

Next Members’ Workshop – Sunday 20 May 2018 – Garden Photography, Castle Ashby gardens including the Italian Gardens, Orangery, Arboretum and two lakes

Monday 14 May sees Round 3 of our 2018 Print League. The theme is “Another Bit of Red” and Steve Dormer will have his work cut out.  Good luck to all who enter, full results here on Tuesday 15 May.

Very well done to the youngest member of KDPS Sophia Perkins who has won United Learning’s Art Competition 2018 and will fly with her family to Japan to represent the UK.  Sophia is in Year 12 at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, and was astounded to win as well as grateful to KBA’s Art Department for their support.  Sophia’s piece is a self-portrait in mixed media (no photography!) showing the strong connection between her and her dog, and the judged praised her tremendous creativity.  Very well done Sophia – thoroughly deserved, and keep up the good work!

Dr Michael Leach on 30 April was one of the best speakers we’ve had all year - some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on how to film and photograph wildlife and (of course) superb photography, although we didn’t see one image until the second half, but we loved it!  Club members’ comments ranged from “terrific” to “awesome” to “really cool”, and we’ve already booked him again for 2019 – we’d certainly recommend him to any other clubs too.

On Monday 30 April wildlife author, speaker and photographer Dr Michael Leach will give his talk “No-one is Watching”.  Michael has worked on more than 100 television wildlife documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic and more and we are looking forward to his talk hugely.  7.45 pm at the Masque Theatre for 8 pm start, all welcome.

Competition DeadlineMonday 7 May (for judging on 14.05.18) – Print League 2018, Round 3 – Theme “Another Bit of Red”

Next Members’ Workshop – Sunday 20 May 2018 – Garden Photography, Castle Ashby gardens including the Italian Gardens, Orangery, Arboretum and two lakes

Monday 23 April saw John Haines to give us his talk “My View of Photography 2”, which was hugely entertaining.  Several members also took part in our Natural Light Portrait Studio day on Sunday 15 April with Richard Pucci at the Chambers’ Studio in Northampton – pictures to follow here soon.

We had a very enjoyable Members' Night on Monday 16 April, with lots of people hearing how Nick Carter captured his BBC Countryfile Calendar image; listening to Ann Dickson and Sarah Frankham critique their own pictures; watching Danielle Bowen make live alterations in Photoshop and seeing Angela Lloyd's pictures from Cuba. Oh, and eating a very tasty buffet courtesy of Suzanne Bowen! Thanks to all, next one in June.

Round 2 of the Print League competition on Monday 9 April was very successful, with judge Adrian Stone taking the 87 prints in his stride, and choosing some great winners.  Well done to all who entered, and as usual, all the awarded images which are on the Competitions page on the website.

No meeting on Monday 2 April of course, as it’s Easter Monday, but we’ll see you back on Monday 9 April with Round 2 of our Print League, judged by club regular Adrian Stone.

Members, please check your inbox for our latest Hints & Tips email (issue 13), this month on Garden Photography ahead of our May Workshop at Castle Ashby gardens.  As ever, there are lots of How To's, a long list of places to go with your camera and this time a list of printing options too.  Many thanks to Danielle for all the work that goes into putting it together, we hope you find it useful.

We had a very enjoyable evening on Monday 26 March with Brian Pere judging 80 images in our Webby Trophy.  There was a wide range of Science and Technology themed pictures and some excellent winners – all the awarded images are on the Competitions page here to see.  As ever, well done to all who entered, there were some absolutely superb images from Novice through Intermediate and into Advanced!

Monday 26 March sees Brian Pere of Duston Camera Club judging our Webby Trophy.  This competition was named in honour of club member (and now President) Duncan Webster after he set up this fantastic website for us several years ago – he got to choose the theme, Science and Technology, and we’re looking forward to seeing our members’ take on this!  Good luck to all who enter.

Members’ pictures from our recent Food Photography workshop have now been uploaded – please go to the Workshops Tab, then the 2018 tab, and see the Food Photography gallery there.

We had a superb night on Monday 19 March with the excellent Chris Baldwin judging Round 2 of our 2018 Digital League competition.  We had the highest entry for some time, with 42 club members entering photographs – well done to all who took part.  The three winners, plus all those award (2nd, 3rd, Highly Commended and Commended) are shown here on our Competitions Page at the bottom under the title of the competition.  Next week we have our Webby Award, a Digital Trophy competition based on Science and Technology judged by Brian Pere, so more winning pictures to follow then!

Well done to the nine hardy members who braved the snow and sub-zero temperatures for our Field Workshop at the British Rally Cross at Silverstone on Saturday 17 March!  Some stunning photos have already emerged, and we look forward to seeing more. 

Monday 19 March sees Round 2 of our Digital League on an Open theme – our enthusiastic members have ensured judge Chris Baldwin will have more than 80 images to work through!  All awarded images will be uploaded here on our Competitions page on Tuesday.

Next Competition DeadlineMonday 19 March (for judging on 26.03.18) – Club Trophy Competition, DPI Webby Award – Science & Technology Theme

Competition DeadlineMonday 2 April (for judging on 09.04.18) – Print League 2018, Round 2 – Theme “Open”

Next Members’ Workshop – Sunday 15 April 2018 – Natural Light Studio Photography, The Chambers Studio, Northampton led by Richard Pucci.

We had a very enjoyable and informative night with Brian Worley on Monday 5 March – lots of advice on how to improve our photos.  We thoroughly recommend him to other clubs, and Brian’s website – a huge resource – is definitely worth checking out, or see him at the Photography Show!

We’re delighted to welcome Brian Worley of Oxfordshire to KDPS on Monday 5 March with his talk Improving Your Images – and we look forward to learning lots!

Memberschange to competitions agreed at the AGM – see email on 04.03.2018 for more information, and ask the Competitions Team if you have any questions.

Next Competition deadline – Monday 5 March (for judging by Dave Stewart on 12.03.18) – Club Trophy Competition, Panel of Four Prints (up to 4 panels) – Open Theme

Next Members’ Workshop – now Wednesday 7 March 2018 – Food Photography in the Masque Theatre Studio led by Suzanne Bowen.

Competition deadline – Monday 12 March (for judging by Chris Baldwin on 19.03.18) – DPI League, Round 2 Competition – Open Theme

Members’ Workshop – Saturday 17 March 2018Field Workshop, Rallycross Motor Racing at Silverstone Circuit.

Next Competition deadline – Monday 19 March (for judging on 26.03.18) – Club Trophy Competition, DPI Webby Award – Science & Technology Theme

Sadly we've had to postpone our Food Photography Workshop which was going to take place this evening, Wednesday 28 February, as the Masque Theatre has closed due to the inclement weather.  It will now happen next Wednesday, 7th March February. Many apologies to the Workshop Leader who's been preparing lots of food, and to the Workshop Manager who's been watching the weather forecast all day .... Hope to see you all again next week instead ...

Many congratulations to Rushden & District Photographic Society who won the KDPS President’s Cup on Monday 26 February with some stunning images !  Peter Going was an amusing and constructive judge, and it was great to see a good turnout despite the snow.  Commiserations to Corby Photographic Club who also had some beautiful photos, and get well soon to Mrs Olive Miller, who couldn’t be with us on the night.

On Monday 26 February we have our President’s Cup competition – KDPS against Corby Photography Club and Rushden & District Photographic Society, judged by Peter Going.  Fingers crossed Kettering gets to keep the cup for another year….! See you there, 7.45 for 8 pm, and good luck to all three clubs.

We had a great Annual General Meeting on Monday 19 February 2018 with lots of members actively debating what we should do in the future – and very useful it was too!  The Anniversary Cake was delicious (many thanks to club member Suzanne Bowen who made and iced it), we agreed some great moves forward and Eric Davies received a presentation as one of our longest-serving members.  Thank you to all 2017 and 2018 Committee Members – those now retired, those continuing, and those who have newly volunteered!  Action notes from the meeting will come out soon, and we look forward to taking you all with us for an exciting and successful 2018.

Next Competition Deadline – Monday 5 March (for judging on 12.03.18) – Club Trophy Competition, Panel of Four Prints (up to 4 panels) – Open Theme

Next Members’ Workshop – Wednesday 28 February 2018 – Food Photography in the Masque Theatre Studio led by Suzanne Bowen

On Monday 19 February we have nibbles, drinks and our 25th Anniversary Cake at the Club – once we’ve finished the Annual General  Meeting !  Members, please come along and be part of the planning for 2018 and beyond – and help us eat the cake up ! 

We had an excellent night on 12 February with Liz & Barrie Hatten sharing their beautiful images, and giving club members lots of inspiration.  We definitely plan to have them back next year with their next talk!

Monday 12 February sees regular visitors Liz & Barrie Hatten back at Kettering, this time talking about Iceland.  Always stunning images with superb commentary, this is definitely one not to miss.  See you there, 7.45 for an 8 pm start.

It was great to see new members, promoted members and long-standing members all in the prizes on Monday 5 February at our In & Around Kettering Print League.  Judge Gary Langley saw lots of Wicksteed Park, the Triangular Lodge and local churches!  All the awarded images are on our Competitions Page on the website, and especially well done to the new members who entered!

Monday 5 February sees our 2018 Print League Round 1, on the theme of In & Around Kettering, judged by Gary Langley.  We’re looking forward to lots of local landmarks – winners will be uploaded here on Tuesday!  Good luck to all those taking part.

Next Competition Deadline – Monday 5 March (for judging on 12.03.18) – Club Trophy Competition, Panel of Four Prints (up to 4 panels) – Open Theme

Next Members’ Workshop – Wednesday 28 February 2018 – Food Photography in the Masque Theatre Studio led by Suzanne Bowen.

We had a great night on Monday 29 January with Keith Cooper of Northlight Images explaining about colour management – in quite some detail!  Absolutely fascinating and good to know, it’s definitely worth checking out the many articles on Keith’s website 

On Monday 29 January, Keith Cooper (Northlight Images) of Leicester will be talking to us on one of his expert areas – Colour Management definitely one not to miss!  See you at the Masque Theatre, 7.45 for 8 pm. 

Notice – KDPS Annual General Meeting – Monday 19 February, 8 pm, Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave. 

Competition deadline – Monday 29 January (for judging on 05.02.18) – Print League 2018, Round 1 – Theme “In and Around Kettering”

Members – change to the rules for the Print Panel Competition (Monday 12 March, judge Dave Stewart, deadline Monday 5 March), see your email for more details. 

Monday 22 January saw Stuart Crump sharing his beautiful work with nearly 50 of us – and explaining what it took to create the finished images we saw before us.  Very informative and instructional, Stuart was very generous with his extensive knowledge, and a joy to listen to.  

Our Natural Light Studio Photography workshop on Sunday 21 January was superb – Richard Pucci was a great teacher, Pippa Doll an excellent model and The Chambers Studio in Northampton a wonderful venue.  Behind-the-scenes mobile phone shots are on the Club’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and photos from the 8 members who took part will follow on the Workshop Gallery page here soon.  We’re repeating this member workshop in April, but it’s already almost full – members, do let the Workshop Manager know if you’re interested.

Next Members’ Workshop – Sunday 21 January 2018 – Natural Light Studio Photography, The Chambers Studio, Northampton led by Richard Pucci.

Change to ProgrammeMonday 22 JanuaryStuart Crump giving his talk “Longer Exposures” (rearranged from December)

Competition deadline – Monday 29 January (for judging on 05.02.18) – Print League 2018, Round 1 – Theme “In and Around Kettering”

Next Members’ Workshop – Wednesday 28 February – Studio Photoshoot, Food  Masque Theatre space, Kettering, led by club member Suzanne Bowen – members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book places.

Our first 2018 competition on the theme of Weather saw some fantastic images in all three classes for Richard Houghton to judge.  Especially well done to the 3 new members who were placed, and to the 3 members promoted this year who also got awarded !  Full results on our Competitions Page elsewhere on the website

We had a great first night back on Monday 8 January with Tesni Ward from Derbyshire showing us her superb wildlife and landscape shots – do check out her website and social media sites to see some of her stunning work.  It was good to be back with current members and new, plus several visitors, and we’re looking forward to a busy and enjoyable 2018!

Monday 15 January sees our first competition of 2018 – our Digital League Round 1 on the theme of Weather will be judged by Richard Houghton, and we’ve got lots of images for him to choose from!  (Full events list on the Programme tab)

Change to Programme – Monday 22 JanuaryStuart Crump giving his talk “Longer Exposures” (rearranged from December)

Competition deadline – Monday 29 January (for judging on 05.02.18) – Print League 2018, Round 1 – Theme “In and Around Kettering”

Next Competition Deadline – Monday 8 January 2018 (for judging on 15.01.18) – Digital League 2018, Round 1 – Theme “Weather”

Monday 8 January is our first night back and sees new speaker Tesni Ward giving her talk on the sweeping valleys and vast moorlands of the photogenic Peak District. 

Members – check your inboxes for the latest Hints & Tips email, number 10, with an excellent list of places to go with your camera in the next month or so, and some great website links.

Congratulations to club member Keith Vincent whose picture of the traffic delays on the A14 at Rothwell made the front page of our local paper the Northants Telegraph on 28 December 2017, as well as their website, Twitter and Facebook feeds !  It’s a great picture showing the long tailback of lorries due to a jack-knifed lorry nearer Kelmarsh on one side, with moving cars captured with a slow shutter speed on the other.  Very well done Keith – definitely worth getting cold and wet for!

Next Workshop – Sunday 21 January 2018 – Natural Light Studio Photography, The Chambers Studio, Northampton led by Richard Pucci – members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book as places are very limited.

Next Workshop – Wednesday 28 February 2018 – Studio Photoshoot, Food  Masque Theatre space, Kettering, led by club member Suzanne Bowen – members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book as places.

Officers and members of Kettering & District Photographic Society would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and successful New Year !  We look forward to seeing you back at the club on Monday 8 January with a talk on the Peak District by Tesni Ward.  Happy photographing!

We had a very enjoyable Presentation Night & Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 19 December – the Mayor and Mayoress presented more than 25 trophies, four bottles of whiskey and a bouquet of flowers, before drawing the raffle prizes, and didn’t hesitate once!  We had a review of the year, a lovely three course meal from Di’s Kitchen, and Anne Bradley was awarded the CA Award for Best Progression, after 15 trophies in three years, and two promotions !  Well done to all our trophy winners, to all who took part, thanks to everyone involved in organising the evening, and particular congratulations to Anne Bradley !

We’re looking forward to our Christmas Dinner & Presentation Night on Tuesday 19 December.  There are more than 20 trophies for the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Kettering, Cllr Scott and Mrs Eve Edwards to give out on the night, plus a review of 2017 and some surprises…!  It’s bigger than ever this year, for the third year we’re at the Midland Band Club, Kettering – and we’re looking forward to it very much!

Sadly we had to cancel our meeting on Monday 11 December due to the adverse weather.  Both our speaker Stuart Crump ARPS DPAGB EFIAP and the Club are disappointed that we can’t hear Stuart’s talk on Long Exposures, but there was heavy snow and ice in Kettering and Stuart had some distance to travel.  Hopefully we’ll be able to rearrange in the new year.  Apologies again.

We had a very enjoyable evening on Wednesday 6 December at our Christmas Lights Workshop.  This was led by the very creative Andy Eathorne, who showed us how to take Bokeh and Gobos shots (new to many of us), and to look for reflections and pictures in a very different way.  Mobile Phone grab-shots of the evening are on our Facebook page, and club members’ pictures will follow on the website soon.  Thanks again to Andy for leading a great workshop, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

And that’s a wrap on competitions for 2017!  On Monday 4 December we saw some of the year’s best pictures from KDPS at our Digital Image of the Year competition.  Judge Colin Southgate was very entertaining, constructive and informative, and there were some great images.  All the awarded pictures are on the competitions page, and as ever, well done to all who entered.  See you at the competitions in 2018!

Monday 27.11.17 saw a very entertaining Members’ Night – a beautiful Print Corner, great Sports Pictures and a very informative History of Photography presentation. There was a very tasty buffet and the 2018 Workshops were revealed – members, email to follow soon (website will be updated fully later this week).  Thanks to all involved in another very successful Members’ Night, including those taking new head shots for our gallery. See you next Monday 04.12.17 for the Digital Image of the Year competition, and next Wednesday 06.12.17 for our Christmas Lights workshop led by local photographer Andy Eathorne.

Members' Pictures from our Light Painting Workshop in October are now online - see our Workshops tab, then 2017 and choose the Light Painting gallery to see pictures from some of the photographers who attended.  Pictures from teh November Martial Arts workshop to follow soon, followed by our Christmas Lights workshop in December !

We’ve got our last Members' Night of the year on Monday 27 November including a talk on The History of Photography, one on Sports Photography and the big reveal of our 2018 Workshops programme.  We’ll also have our new style buffet and the team will be taking new head shots of members during the evening for the updated Website Members’ Gallery.  Look forward to seeing you there!

Next Workshop – Wednesday 6 December – Christmas Lights Photography (limited places).  Members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book.

Next deadline Monday 27 November – Digital Image of the Year (for judging on 04.12.17) – your favourite 3 DPIs from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.

We had an excellent night our Print of the Year 2017 competition – Peter Alvey judged, and shared lots of hints and tips along the way.  Congratulations to Louise Stanley for winning the Print of the Year 2017 (Novice); to Anne Bradley for winning Print of the Year 2017 (Intermediate), and to Michael Innes for winning Print of the Year 2017 (Advanced).  Full results on our Competitions page here.

Next Workshop – Wednesday 15 November – Martial Arts Photography, Kettering - pictures to follow !

Kettering Australia vs Kettering UK vs Kettering USA – the first round of our annual International Competition against Corio Bay Camera Club and Focus Camera Club was in the UK on Monday 13 November and ... the UK won !  Stunning images across the board; we didn’t know which club took which picture – Versailles, Venice, Amsterdam, the Northern lights – all taken by our continental cousins!   As ever, well done to all who were selected, many thanks to judge Peter Going who stepped in at the last minute to help us out, and we await the US and Australian legs – and the final results – with baited breath!

Print of the Year deadline – Monday 13 November (for judging on 20.11.17) – your favourite 4 prints from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.

KDPS was delighted to present our old projector to Johnny’s Happy Place / Youth Works CIC on Saturday 11 November.  Youth Works runs the Keystone Centre which includes JHP, and also does work at the William Knibb centre – very worthy causes which we are very pleased to support.  Thanks to Pete Webster for this suggestion, and apologies to the others who missed out on this occasion – four charities/groups were suggested for the draw, but Johnny’s Happy Place won.  We hope you get lots of use out of it!

Monday 13 November sees our International Competition – Kettering, UK vs Kettering, Tasmania, Australia vs Kettering, Ohio, USA.  Some years ago we contacted the nearest camera clubs to our sister cities on the different continents, and we’re delighted to competing again with Corio Bay Camera Club, Geelong, Victoria and Focus Camera Club, Dayton, Ohio,  Kettering UK results to follow this week, and full results later this month.

Next Workshop – Wednesday 15 November – Martial Arts Photography, Kettering - pictures to follow !

It was quite a close call, but Rushden & District Photographic Society beat us on Tuesday 7 November at our annual Interclub Competition.  KDPS held 1st place (Nick Carter – Fish Supper) and 2nd place (Keith Vincent – Whaleshark & Janine), but Rushden edged it in the end overall.  Well done to all involved, and thanks to Rushden for hosting the evening.  See you next year at Kettering!

We had a very enjoyable meeting on Monday 6 November, with Steve Dormer judging our annual Audio Visual Trophy competition and offering us lots of hints and tips.  Well done to the two winners on the night, and more news to follow on training that we’ll be doing on AV production next year.

Winner – Audio Visual Image Trophy Competition, 06.11.17, Novice & Intermediate Classes Combined, 1st : “Barcelona", Author Anne Bradley
Winner – Audio Visual Image Trophy Competition, 06.11.17, Advanced Class : "Aviation", Author Suzanne Bowen

Print of the Year deadline – Monday 13 November (for judging on 20.11.17) – your favourite 4 prints from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.
Digital Image of the Year deadline – Monday 27 November (for judging on 04.12.17) – your favourite 3 digital images from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.

On Monday 6 November it’s our annual Audio Visual Trophy  compilations of photographs shown as AV presentations, accompanied by a soundtrack.  We’ve got entries from all three classes, to be judged by Steve Dormer from Northampton, and we’re very much looking forward to them!

We’ve submitted our images for our inter-club competition with our friends at Rushden & District Photographic Society.  This year it’s at Rushden’s club meeting, so on Tuesday 7 November at Irchester Village Hall – may the best photographers win !

We had one of the best speakers we’ve had all year – the superb Sarah Kelman ARPS, DPAGB.  An excellent and funny speaker, Sarah shared with us beautiful pictures of the boat her family crossed the Atlantic on, of the people they met, places they visited, and much more.  There was wildlife – both above and below the water – plus documentary, travel and of course stunning seascape photography.  Definitely a talk to catch if Sarah comes to your another local club.

Members, see your inboxes for our latest Helpful Tips #8 email – this month on Resizing Images (as some people have asked for assistance with this), and also on Long Exposure photography.  Club Member Danielle Bowen has collated some excellent links and information for you to work your way through in your own time with a cup of tea – but as ever, do ask if you have any questions.  There is also a long list of places to go with your camera to capture some great shots – enjoy!

On Monday 30 OctoberSarah Kelman ARPS DPAGB visits us for the first time with her talk “10,000 Miles of Ocean” – not just sailing photography, but people, wildlife and lots more.  Definitely one not to miss, hope to see you there!

Next competition deadline – Monday 30 October (for judging on 06.11.17) – Digital Trophy Award, The Audio Visual Competition – a compilation of photographs shown as an AV presentation

Next Workshop – Wednesday 15 November – Martial Arts Photography, Kettering (limited places).  Members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book.

Print of the Year deadline – Monday 13 November (for judging on 20.11.17) – your favourite 4 prints from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.
Digital Image of the Year deadline – Monday 27 November (for judging on 04.12.17) – your favourite 3 digital images from your 2017 KDPS competition entries.

Our Digital League 2017 is now concluded – the placings moved at each of the four rounds, which showed all three classes were there for the taking during the year!  We’re delighted to confirm the following winners for the year : Novice – John Ruegg; Intermediate – Bridget Lapworth; Advanced – Nick Carter.  (Cups will be presented at our Christmas Dinner in December!) 

On Monday 23 October we had an excellent night – Round 4 of the 2017 Digital Image League, superbly judged by Gary Langley.  There were some stunning images through all three classes, and some very deserving winners.  All 21 awarded images (1st, 2nd, 3rd, several Highly Commendeds and Commendeds x three classes) are on our Competitions page – and very well done to all who entered!

The Audio Visual Competition is fast approaching – where members combine a number of photographs to tell a story enhanced with music.  The competition is on Monday 6th November and we’re hoping to get entries off to the judge a fortnight before –members, let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing your entries soon !

Next competition deadline – Monday 23 October (for judging on 06.11.17) – Digital Trophy Award, The Audio Visual Competition – a compilation of photographs shown as an AV presentation

Next Workshop – Wednesday 15 November – Martial Arts Photography, Kettering (limited places).  Members, please contact the Workshop Manager to book.

We had an excellent evening on Monday 16 October at our Members’ Night – Roy, Carolyn & Jon explained all about Underwater Photography, with Roy in the full dry suit, fins and air tank (you looked great Roy!), with various camera equipment to the fore.  Nigel talked about Layers & Levels (and much more), and Alan showed us his American Road Trip pictures, plus a very tasty buffet from Maureen and the team, so it was a good night all round!  Next Members’ Night is 27 November and next Monday, 23 October is the fourth round of the 2017 Digital League.  Hope to see you soon!

Next competition deadline – Monday 16 October (for judging on 23.10.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 4 – Theme “It’s Alive” 

Thank you to all who came and saw our Exhibition over the weekend – it was great to see so many visitors and friends of the club.  We enjoyed sharing our pictures very much, and look forward to our Fourth Annual Exhibition in 2018!

Our Third Annual Exhibition at the Newlands Centre is going really well – we have about 100 of our members’ prints and another 80 or so digital images on display, looking fantastic!  We’re next to the main doors at Gold Street, right opposite Costa Coffee, and open 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday 14 October, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday 15 October – hope to see you there!

We’re delighted to announce that our Third Annual Exhibition will be in the Newlands Centre, Gold Street, Kettering.  We are also extending the exhibition this year to three days – Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October.  These exciting moves mean we will be right in the heart of the town centre, sharing KDPS members’ photos with the public for even longer.  We hope you are able to come along and see their work!

Next Workshop – Wednesday 11 October – Light Painting, Masque Theatre

Next competition deadline – Monday 16 October (for judging on 23.10.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 4 – Theme “It’s Alive” 

On Monday 9 Octoberwe’ll be viewing the MCPF Portfolio (some of the best photos in the Midlands).  On Wednesday it’s our Light Painting Workshop at the Masque Theatre.  And on Friday our Third Annual Exhibition opens in the Newlands Centre – lots going on!

Monday night 2 October saw our Creative Image Trophy competition very capably judged by David Severn from Deepings Camera Club.  There were some very imaginative creations using our donor stock images – see all the awarded images on our Competitions page.  Well done to all, espeically the winners – some of you guys are crazy!

KDPS Third Annual Exhibition – Friday 13, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October​ - Newland Centre, Gold Street, Kettering, NN16 8JA
Next Competition Deadline – Monday 25 September (for judging on 02.10.17) – Digital Trophy Award, The Creative Image Competition

David Severn makes his first visit to Kettering next Monday, 25 September with his talk “Where’s the F in Photography?” which we’re looking forward to very much.

Monday 18 September saw the 2017 Print League decided with prints on a Pastel theme judged by Chris Baldwin from Daventry.  There were lots of flowers, some flamingos, sunsets and …. a lot of beach huts, all fitting the brief perfectly.  Well done to the 3 winners not only of the competition – see pictures on our Competitions page – but also to the 3 winners of the 2017 Print League (table to be updated shortly).

We saw some lovely photos on Monday 11 September at our Members’ Night from Chris and Maureen, plus hints and tips about back-button focusing, bracketing and locking your mirror from Duncan.  With some tasty nibbles and naughty cakes (thanks Suzanne!) and a big sort out of prints, it was a very enjoyable evening.  Next week Monday 18 September is our Pastel Print competition, judged by Chris Baldwin – round 4 of the 2017 League (already!), and it’s all to play for in the Advanced League (a little less so in the others…).  League tables are on the Competitions page here, and results will be posted next Tuesday 19 September.​

Competition deadline – Monday 11 September (for judging on 18.09.17) – Print League, Round 4 – Theme “Pastel Tones”

We have a bonus Members’ Night on Monday 11 September as unfortunately our speaker Peter Alvey can’t make it.  We have several talks from members, a showing of Rushden club’s exhibition images plus nibbles and drinks in the break.  See you at 7.45 for 8 pm!

We had a very enjoyable first night back on Monday 4 September, with a great Print Panel competition, two new members and lots of catching up!  The winning pictures are on the Competitions page.  The Print Panel is always a test, so it was good to see so many entries.  As ever, well done to all who entered, and also to those who (unknowingly!) modelled for the photographs ….!

It’s nearly time for us to start our regular Monday meetings again – Monday 4 September sees us back at the Masque Theatre, 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start.  It’s our Panel of Four Prints competition, plus a get together and catch up after two months off!  Members only for the prints competition, but everyone is welcome to come along.  See you there? 

Competition deadline – Monday 11 September (for judging on 18.09.17) – Print League, Round 4 – Theme “Pastel Tones”

Next Workshop – Sunday 24 September – Kettering Steam Fair

Competition deadline – Monday 25 September (for judging on 02.10.17) – Digital Trophy Award, The Creative Image Competition

KDPS Third Annual Exhibition – Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October

Competition deadline – Monday 16 October (for judging on 23.10.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 4 – Theme “It’s Alive”

We’re delighted to announce that KDPS member Nick Carter has had a photograph selected for the BBC Countryfile 2018 Calendar !  Nick’s image “Leap of Faith” was confirmed as the December image on TV on Sunday 27 August, and is one of 12 candidates up for winning the prestigious cover shot!  The image won our Digital League Round 1 competition (Advanced Class) back in February.  Huge congratulations to Nick for getting into the top twelve from more than 30,000 entrants, and fingers crossed for the cover.

Our pictures from the Higham Ferrers Photo Walk have been uploaded - most of us took a shine to the mediaeval Dovecote, as you can see!  See more under the Latest News / 2017 / Higham Ferrers tab.

We’re just starting plans for our Third Annual Exhibition on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October 2017.  We’ll be displaying as many of our members’ pictures – both prints and digital images – as we can over the two days.  More details to follow here soon! 

Our Autumn Programme resumes on Monday 4 September with a packed diary of talks, competitions and members’ nights through to December.  Our first night back is the annual Print Panel competition, where members submit a panel of four prints on any subject but linked by a theme – harder than it sounds.  The following week, 11 SeptPeter Alvey will be “Talking Photography ” – always a favourite amongst members.  And on 18 September it’s our Print Competition Round Four, on the theme “Pastel Tones”, judged by Chris Baldwin.  See our programme page for full details.

We had a very enjoyable time in Higham Ferrers on Monday 14 August – a small and select group of members explored this ancient town with our cameras, before repairing to the pub when it got a bit too dark to take any more pictures!  Members’ photographs will follow soon – it’s always interesting to see how different the pictures are when people are at the same location at the same time!  Our next workshop event is at Kettering Steam Fair at the end of September, before we return indoors for Studio Workshops - see the Workshop page for more information. 

There are steam trains running over the Harringworth Viaduct on Saturday 12 August – check out Harringworth Village’s website for more details.  It’s also Kettering Carnival on Saturday 19 August, a great event through the town centre ending up at the Pleasure Park.  Lastly, it’s Share Photography’s Exhibition from Wednesday 9 to Thursday 17 August at the Yarrow Gallery Oundle, showing some beautiful photographic prints from both KDPS members and non-members – all three definitely worth a visit!

We’re off to Higham Ferrers for a Photo Walk on Monday 14 August – one of our regular wanders around a local town to fish out the photogenic gems …. and we might just end up in a local hostelry afterwards!  Members, please let Dennis the workshop manager know if you’d like to come along, so we have an idea of how many are coming (if you haven’t already).  Pictures to follow after the event !

We had a great day at Thrapston on Sunday 16 July, with 12 club members enjoying the atmosphere and sights of the Middle Nene Sailing Club's 70th Anniversary Race.  Some smart-phone shots are on our Facebook and Twitter pages, but a full photo gallery will follow here on the workshop page next week.  Thanks MNSC for having us, it was a great afternoon!

We're delighted to be holding our next photo shoot at the Middle Nene Sailing Club, Thrapston on Sunday coming, 16 July 2017.  It's the MNSC's 70th Anniversary and we'll be there for the Anniversary Pursuit Race.  Members, please contact the Workshop Manager if you want to come along.  Pictures to follow here on Sunday!

Members – do check your inboxes for Edition #4 of the KDPS Hints & Tips email.  This is a monthly email which has links to all sorts of helpful websites, videos and tutorials that members can check out in their own time and learn new skills and techniques.  This time the email focuses on Macro and HDR Photography alongside a huge list of places to go to practice your photography over the next couple of months – enjoy!

We had a great Members’ Evening on Monday 26 June which rounded off the first half of the year really well.  Pete’s slides were a great blast from the past, the competition subjects for next year were announced and Duncan shared his tips on getting exellent photos, and his panel of pictures which recently won him the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society award.  We have two photo walks in the summer (Thrapston Sailing Club and Higham Ferrers), and then our meetings start again in September – do check out our Workshop and Programme pages on here for details!

We have another of our regular Members’ Evening on Monday 26 June with members sharing their photography, news on Club Workshops, the website and our Instagram account and a fabulous buffet – plus plenty of time to chat to fellow members!  These have become an enjoyable part of our programme, and we already have speakers lined up for the two in the autumn.  Monday is the last of our formal meetings until 4 September, when we reopen with a packed programme.  However, we do have two Photo Walks in the summer – see our Workshops page for details, and members please contact our Workshop Manager if you’d like to come along.

The pictures from our photo shoot at the fabulous Wicksteed at War event on 11 June have now been uploaded – they’re under the Latest News / 2017 tab, alongside all our recent workshops.

Wednesday 21 June saw 25 of us having an excellent time at our Macro Workshop – Bob Brind-Surch lead the evening in Ann Dickson’s garden (many thanks both), and it was both educational and enjoyable !  Smart-phone pictures from the evening are on the club’s Facebook page, and pictures will follow here soon!  Thanks to everyone who came alogn and made it such a lovely evening!

Peter Yeo gave a great talk on Monday 20 June with pictures from Lincoln, Nebraska to Liverpool, the Outer Hebrides to New York – and many places in between.  As ever, very entertaining and informative, we even got discount on Fotospeed paper!  We have our (fully booked) Macro Workshop tomorrow night led by Bob Brind-Surch, and a Members’ Evening rounds off our summer term next Monday, 26 June.  Do watch this space for news (and pictures) of our Summer meet ups before we resume regular meetings again on 4 September.

On Monday 19 June club favourite Peter Yeo returns with his talk “Getting There by Land, Sea & Air”.  Always entertaining, we’re looking forward to hearing and seeing Peter’s travels.  Monday 26 June is a Members’ Evening, and then we close for our summer break …. although we’ve got a couple of events during the summer – see our Workshop page for more information.

***  Stop press – Print Panel Trophy Competition (4 prints on a linked theme) –judging moved to Monday 4 September, deadline for digital entries Monday 28 August, please bring your prints on the night. ***

Next Workshop – Wednesday 21 June – Macro Photography led by Bob Brind-Surch

We had another closely-fought contest for the Digital League Round 3 on Monday 12 June and gave judge Adrian Stone a tough job – you could hear a pin drop as he announced the winners!  All 25 awarded pictures are on the Competitions page, the League tables have been updated (it’s getting very close in some classes) and – as ever – well done to all who took part for a great competition.

The Wicksteed at War event was fascinating with 6 people there as part of our Workshop programme, and at least another 6 also there on the day.  We got some great pictures – of re-enactors, of tanks, of explosions and much more.  We’ll be uploading a selection on the Events Gallery section of the website in the next couple of weeks.

***  STOP PRESS  -  2017 DPI League, Round 3 (Theme “Open”, for judging on 12.06.17) – deadline extended to midnight, Wednesday 7 June.  Please email up to three entries to Iain, Nigel and Philip in the usual way.***

Kett Fest – 9, 10 & 11 June.  KDPS will be displaying photographs on and around Kettering’s Market Square, and we hope you’ll come and see us on Saturday 10 June, when there’ll be also lots of activities.  See the Kett Fest website and adverts locally for more information.

Next Workshop – Sunday 11 June – Wicksteed at War event in Wicksteed Park, Kettering.  Members, contact our Workshop Manager or Chair for more details.

As ever, Bob Brind-Surch fascinated, entertained and taught us in equal measure at his talk on Macro Photography on Monday 5 June.  Not only was it a superb talk, Bob brought lots of kit – ring lights, extension tubes, macro lenses and a wooden fish, to name just a few!  Members have been emailed with a link to more information on Bob’s website.  And we’re almost full on the Macro Workshop that Bob is running alongside this on Wednesday 21 June – members, get in touch if you haven't already, and pictures to follow on the night !

Competition deadline – Monday 5 June (for judging on 12.06.17) – 2017 Digital Projected Image League, Round 3   – Theme “Open”  < see Stop Press >

No meeting on Monday 29 May, of course, due to the Bank Holiday.  But we’ll be back raring to go on Monday 5 June with local expert Bob Brind-Surch giving a much-awaited talk on Macro Photography.  It’s also the deadline for our next competition – round 3 of the 2017 Digital Image league.  Members will be watching the league tables now because a couple of high placings could still make all the difference to the standings – and therefore who will win the cup at the end of the year!  The theme is open, and the pictures will be judged on Monday 12 June by club favourite Adrian Stone

KDPS is delighted to be taking part in Kett Fest again this year – Kettering’s own Arts Festival, stretching over the weekend of 9-10-11 June.  We’ll be displaying photographs on and around Kettering’s Market Square, and we hope you’ll come and see them on Saturday 10 June, when there’ll be lots of activities.  See the Kett Fest website and adverts locally for more information.

Next Workshop – Sunday 11 June – Wicksteed at War event in Wicksteed Park, Kettering.  Members, contact our Workshop Manager for more details.

There were some absolutely beautiful images at our Print League competition on 22 May, giving Barry Knott (Corby Camera Club) a very hard job in the judge’s chair.  As ever, all the awarded images have already been uploaded onto the Competitions page here.  Well done to all who entered – the league tables are definitely starting to get interesting, ready for those cups being awarded in December!

On Monday 22 May it’s Round 3 of our 2017 Print League – on an Open Theme so there’ll be lots of variety for our friend Barry Knott (chair of Corby Camera Club) to judge. It’s another Bank Holiday on 29 May!  But we’ve got expert Bob Brind-Surch visiting on 5 June to talk to us about Macro Photography, prior to leading a Members’ Workshop on the same subject later in June.  We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!

Competition deadline – Monday 5 June (for judging on 12.06.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 3 – Theme “Open”

We had one of the best talks in recent times on Monday 15 May Richard Coles LPRS from St Ives Camera Club shared with us some stunning pictures of birds in flight.  Members were transfixed, both by the lovely images, and by the kit Richard had brought along with him!  Richard shared his techniques, his planning and his camera settings with us, as well as a huge range of beautiful pictures of birds in various different poses. Completely awe-inspiring – we'll definitely be inviting him back next year...!

Competition deadline – Monday 15 May (for judging on 22.05.17) – 2017 Print League, Round 3  – Theme “Open”

On Monday 15 May we have Richard Coles giving his talk on “Birds in Flight”, which we’re looking forward to very much.  And it’s the deadline for Round 3 of our 2017 Print League, on an Open theme, so members will be bringing their prints with them.  This will be judged the following week, 22 May, by our good friend from Corby club, Barry Knott.  All are very welcome, we hope to see you soon!

Sunday 14 May sees our next Workshop  Street Photography in London.  Members start on Brick Lane in the East End, before moving to some iconic sights around the capital during the day.  One of our skilled in-house street photographers Steve Williams will be leading and sharing hints and tips with members, and we’ll be live-Tweeting and posting on our Facebook page throughout the day, so do look out for updates.  And once we’re back and have processed our pictures, we’ll share a gallery of the best ones here on the website and on Facebook.  See our Workshop page for our programme, and our Latest News / 2017 page for pictures from our recent workshops.

We had a great meeting on Monday 8 May – our 2017 Miller Trio Competition was very ably judged by Dave Hollingsworth from Arnold & District PS, and it got quite tense at the end !  As usual, there were some stunning images from our members.  Well done to all who entered, and you can see all 23 awarded images on the Competitions page of our website.

The Club has just entered more than 40 of its best images by 20 members into the Midland Counties Photographic Federation Photofolio Competition.  Accepted images will be exhibited at Smethwick Photography Society’s club room in June, so fingers crossed!  We also recently entered the MCPF’s Interclub Competition and although we came 22nd out of 26, we were reasonably pleased and have a good base to build on!  Results and more details are on the MCPF website.

Monday 8 May sees our Miller Trio competition, judged by Dave Hollingsworth from Nottingham – three images shown together on one digital image, this always provides some creative entries.  All awarded and winning images will be uploaded here on Tuesday.  On Sunday 14 May, we have a Street Photography workshop for members in London led by an in-house Street Photography expert.  And on Monday 15 May Richard Coles visit to give us his “Birds in Flight” talk.  It’s also the Print League competition deadline (Round 3, Open theme) for judging the following week.

The club had a very enjoyable Workshop on Sunday 30 April at Lamport Hall, with 13 club members, 4 organisers, 2 guests, 5 partners (several taking photos too), a baby and two dogs!!  The workshop team did a great job keeping everything running smoothly, although the gale force winds hampered the plant photography somewhat, and many of us will return when more flowers are in bloom, but it was lovely to have exclusive access to the gardens.  iPhone pictures are on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and more will follow here in due course.  Next Members’ Workshop is in May – Street Photography in London.

Monday 24 April 2017 saw some stunning photography from David Steel of Cambridge – soaring landscapes of the Himalayas as David, his wife and friends rode Royal Enfields across some of the highest roads in the world.  These were matched by beautiful portraits of the locals, great travel pictures and all were accompanied by a great commentary – thoroughly enjoyable.  Sunday 30 April sees us at a Members’ Workshop with exclusive access to the gardens at Lamport Hall, and our next meeting is the Miller Trio Competition on Monday 8 May – we hope to see you soon.

We’re at Lamport Hall next Sunday 30 April, for a Workshop led by two of the more experienced Club members, with exclusive access to the various gardens. The next workshop is in mid-May – a Street Photography Shoot in London, again led by a club member.  Workshops are for members only and are a great way to share knowledge, learn more and get practical hands-on experience.  More information is on our workshop page, or come along to our regular meetings on Monday and talk to us!

We have no meeting on Monday 17 April, due to Easter, but we’re back on Monday 24 April.  David Steel (another photographer from Cambridge Camera Club) will give us his talk “On Top of the World” which we’re looking forward to.  And it’s our annual Miller Trio Trophy competition on 8 May (deadline 1 May) where members display three photographs as one image.  Previous winning entries are on our Competitions Page, under 2016 – Miller Trio, or 2015 – Miller Trio.  Hope to see you soon!

Monday 10 April saw Round 2 of our 2017 Digital League.  Louise Walton judged the large entry – just on 100 images – and points were awarded across the board, from new members to those who’ve been members for some time; to newly-promoted members and those not-so-newly-promoted!  As ever, well done to all who took the time to enter, and all the awarded images can be seen on our Competitions page under the DPI Round 2 link.

Members had a fantastic afternoon at the Pytchley Hunt Point-to-Point at Guilsborough on Sunday 9 April – a swiftly rearranged workshop following the cancellation of our original trip to the Motorcross near Woodford.  The weather was extremely kind to us, the going was good to rough (that was just us walking across the fields!), we got some great photos and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.  Pictures to follow in due course (some already on our Facebook page), and do please watch our Workshops page for news of our forthcoming photo shoots in Lamport Hall Gardens, end of April; in London in mid-May; and our Macro workshop with Bob Brind-Surch in June.

The President’s Cup was a tight contest on Monday 3 April with some stunning photographs from Rushden & District Photographic SocietyCorby Photographic Club and KDPS alike.  Judge Peter Going LRPS held back 22 of the 75 images, with 14 awarded 19, and 8 awarded 20 out of 20 – so we must all have been doing something right !  Olive Miller (widow of original club President Alex Miller) presented the Trophy, which Kettering won by a very close 7 points – only the fourth time since 2005!  Thanks to our visitors from Corby and Rushden, to Peter for his very entertaining judging, and well done to all who entered – and we look forward to the re-match in 2018!

Members – have you checked your inboxes for the KDPS Helpful Tips #1 email?  First in a series of tutorials (replacing our classroom-based workshops), these emails include hints and tips plus links to a number of recommended websites and videos on set subjects.  The emails will be sent out every month so that members can improve their photographic and processing techniques in their own time, at their own pace.  We hope you enjoy them and find them useful.

Monday 3 April sees the rerun of the KDPS President’s Cup – we’re delighted to welcome Corby Photographic Club and Rushden & District Photographic Society in an inter-club head to head.  Set up by former President Alex Miller, we’re also very pleased to welcome Alex’s widow Mrs Olive Miller who will present the cup to the winners.  Peter Going LRPS from Northampton is judging and it’s 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start at the Masque Theatre – we look forward to seeing you there!

Workshop News – Sunday 9 April, 10 am – Motocross Photoshoot, Northamptonshire – members, contact the Workshop Manager for more details

Competition deadlines
Monday 3 April (for judging on 10.04
.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 2 – Theme “Open”
Monday 1 May (for judging on 08.05.17) – Miller Trio Trophy competition – a digital image showing three photographs on a linked theme

On Monday 28 March we welcomed Liz & Barrie Hatten of Cambridge to KDPS again – and it was an absolute delight.  The talk was titled “Some of Our Best Bits”, with the alternative title “Mostly Rubbish” …!  Not at all, it was superb, ranging from icebergs to cars and trucks, alpine flowers to penguins, and everything in between,  all superbly explained in an informative and entertaining commentary. We even got top tips too – old car aerials and clothes pegs, anyone !?  We’ll definitely be inviting the Hattens back in 2018!

Competition deadline – Monday 3 April (for judging on 10.04.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 2 – Theme “Open”

On Monday 20 March we have Round Two of our 2017 Print League – it’s an Open Theme so judge John Lewis will have a broad range of subjects to choose from.  Various Club members are also visiting the Photography Show at the NEC every day this weekend from Saturday til Tuesday, seeing what’s new, listening to the speakers and spending far too much!   Next Monday 27 March we’ve got celebrated speakers Liz and Barry Hatten of Cambridge visiting us with their pictures, and our next Workshop is Sunday 9 April (see Workshop page for more information). 

Our Workshop on Wednesday 15 March with up-and-coming motorbike racing Annabel “Abbz” Thomas of the Four Anjels racing team went very well.  Abbz was a great model and very patient, and our 11 photographers got lots of shot.  There are some pictures on our Facebook page, and on Twitter, although they’re only mobile phone shots, and not great quality.  Proper pictures to follow later this week.  Many thanks to Abbz and her dad/manager Steffan Thomas for coming along and bringing the bike in, and very best wishes for the 2017 season!

Monday 13 March saw the latest (and third) running of the KDPS Webby Award competition. Sponsored by club member (and new club President) Duncan Webster, the theme is Science & Technology and there was a huge range of subjects. We’re delighted to confirm that, alongside Louise Stanley in the Novice class, and Robert Tomczuk in the Intermediate class, Duncan won his own trophy in the Advanced Class !  Their photographs, alongside those that were awarded second and third plus Commended and Highly Commended prizes in each class, can be seen on our Competitions page.  Congratulations to all who entered, well done to all those were awarded and of course, very well done on this occasion especially to Duncan!

Workshop Wednesday, 15 March – Studio photoshoot of local teenager Annabel (Abbz) Thomas, from the Four Anjels team, and her racing motorbike.  We’ll be rigging up our backdrops and studio lights in the main theatre space at the Masque and, following some tuition from one of the club’s experts, 12 members will take turns to photograph Abbz and her bike – with and without a smoke machine!  Behind-the-scenes pictures to follow on the night (subject to the Masque’s wifi…!), and photos to follow soon afterwards! 
​(Do check out our updated programme on the Workshop page of the website - lots of exciting things this year, thanks to appointing a new Workshop Manager!)

We had a great Members’ Night on 6 March, with three members sharing their photographs including LRPS and DPAGB submissions, a very moving talk on Salgado’s work, and time to chat over another fab buffet.  Monday coming is our Webby Competition on the theme science and technology, and the deadline for our next print competition, this time on an Open Theme.  

Competition deadline – Monday 13 March (for judging on 20.03.17) – Print League, Round 2 – Theme “Open”

PROGRAMME CHANGE – Monday 6 March will be a KDPS Members’ Night, with members showing their work, a talk on an eminent photographer and one of our famous buffets!  The Webby Trophy – a competition on the theme Science and Technology – will now be held on Monday 13 March, judged by Richard Houghton.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

We had an excellent night on Monday 27 February – Jayne Odell LRPS PAGB shared her superb work with a full house including visitors from Corby, Market Harborough and Leicester Forest Clubs.  Coastal, Landscape, Street and Equine photography featured alongside a very instructive talk which was enjoyed by all.  We hope to see you again soon Jayne!

Competition deadline – Monday 27 February (for judging on 06.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology

Next Monday 27 February we're delighted to host renowned speaker Jayne Odell ARPS PAGB at Kettering & District Photography Society.   Jayne is a professional, published photographer and graphic designer who sells photographs, runs workshops and of course gives lectures.  An entertaining speaker, she regularly visits clubs in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and beyond. Jayne will share her stunning "The Monochrome Effect" talk with us, and we’re looking forward to it very much – do check out her website for a taste of what’s to come.  Hope to see you there!
7.45 pm for an 8 pm start, Monday 27 February 2017, the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, NN15 6SW

The AGM went very well on Monday 20 February – all committee members were re-elected plus two new people volunteered to join the committee!!  Some exciting news and plans were revealed for 2017, not least our March workshop, so members who weren’t there should watch their inboxes for more news soon.  Thanks to Maureen and the team for the buffet; to all the committee for their work and to the members who listened to all the speeches !!!  See you all next week for Jayne Odell's much-awaited talk!

We saw some superb images on Monday 13 February at our first Digital League Round of 2017.  The theme was “The Art of Nature” and 32 of our members stepped up to the mark beautifully with 92 images between them.  Judge Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB was very constructive and flattering in his remarks, and we were delighted to see newly promoted members do well in their new, higher leagues, as well as first-time entrants awarded, and a brand new member winning the Advanced league – good to mix it up a little, keep everyone on their toes!  All awarded images and results are shown on the Competitions page here.  It’s also Workshop Wednesday on the 15th, a Picture Critique evening; our AGM is next week, Mon 20th; our next deadline is Monday 27th February (the Webby Award, on a Science & Technology theme), and that’s the same night the celebrated Jayne Odell shares her work with us.  Hope to see you soon…!

Competition deadline – Monday 27 February (for judging on 06.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology

Monday 6 February was an inspiring night when our friends from Rushden & District Photographic Society shared their 2016 Open Exhibition with us.  There were plenty of excellent images, plus cake and extra raffle prizes too so it was an enjoyable night all round !  Monday 13 February is our first Digital League Competition of 2017 on the theme “Art of Nature”, and will be judged by Kettering regular Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB.  It’s also Workshop Wednesday on 15 February, with a constructive Picture Critique night when we’ll be talking about pictures’ technical and artistic merits amongst friends.  We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Monday 6th February - meeting is going ahead tonight, despite some issues over the weekend at Latimer School/Masque Theatre.  These should all be resolved today so we will meet as usual for Rushden & District Photographic Society's Open Exhbition 2016​ - see you later!

Competition deadline – Monday 6 February (for judging on 13.02.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 1 – Theme “Art of Nature

Competition deadline – Monday 27 February (for judging on 06.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology

We learnt a huge amount from Keith Cooper of Northlight Images on Monday 30 January on both black and white processing and printing techniques and from some superb prints. A regular tester for Canon and Epson printers, amongst other makes and various types of paper, Keith had a wealth of knowledge to share with us – much of which is shared on the Northlight website, well worth checking out.  We look forward to Keith’s return in 2018 – or check him out at the Photography Show in March!

Members produced some stunning prints for the first 2017 Print League round on Monday 23 January – more than 90 prints across the three classes, and some excellent examples of the theme “Leading Lines”.  We had a first-time winner in the Novice class; the Intermediate group was won by a member newly promoted from Novice on 01.01.17, and in Advanced one member swept the board!  Steve Dormer from Duston Camera Club gave constructive and positive comments, well done to all who entered and thank you for such a high standard on our first competition!  Full results on the Competitions page.

On Monday 23 January it’s our first 2017 competition – Print League Round 1.  We’re looking forward to the variations on the theme “Leading Lines” that judge Steve Dormer will have to choose from!  Three winners will be announced at Club on Monday, and here (with the winning pictures) on Tuesday.  Next Monday 30 January we have a talk on Black & White photography by Keith Cooper, and our friends from Rushden & Dist PS will bring their Open Exhbition to us on 6 February.  Hope to see you soon.

Workshop Wednesday – 18 January 2017 – Ann Dickson’s practical “Get to Know Your Camera” workshop for members – live demonstrations and one-to-one instruction on all makes of camera - APOLOGIES, THIS WORKSHOP IS POSTPONED ....

Competition deadline – Monday 27 February (for judging on 06.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology”

More than 40 of us enjoyed the KDPS Members’ Night on 16 January, with Steve Williams’ excellent talk on Street Photography (many thanks Steve) alongside the best of the club’s 2016 pictures.  We caught up with friends, ate too much of the lovely buffet and watched the last of 2016’s trophies being presented.  The next Members’ Night is in March and we’re looking forward to the surprise that a couple of members have in store for us …! Thank you to all involved on 16th Jan, and more news to follow in due course, watch this space!

We had a great first night back on Monday 9 January – Ann Miles gave one of the best talks in recent years, spoke eloquently about her beautiful weather-themed photographs and captivated the audience. She shared lots of hints and tips at one of our biggest meetings – great to see so many members, guests and visitors – and we’ll definitely be approaching Ann to return to Kettering in 2018.  Next Monday we have a Members' Night, it's the deadline for our first competition of the year, and next Wednesday (18 January) is our first 2017 workshop - so it's all go at KDPS!

Competition deadline – Monday 16 January (for judging on 23.01.17) – Print League, Round 1 – Theme “Leading Lines”

Competition deadline – Monday 6 February (for judging on 13.02.17) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 1 – Theme “Art of Nature”

Competition deadline – Monday 27 February (for judging on 06.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology”

A very Happy New Year to all.  KDPS meets again on Monday 9 January, when Ann Miles FRPS visits us from Cambridge with her talk “Weather to Photograph, and What”.  Monday 16 January is a Members’ Evening – we’ve lots of exciting things to share with you, watch this space for more news.  And the 16th is also the deadline for the first of our 2017 Competitions, Print League Round 1 with the theme “Leading Lines”, ​for judging on 23 Jan by Steve Dormer, so get preparing those prints ……!  We look forward to seeing everyone back at the club soon.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!  KDPS had a fantastic Awards Night and Christmas Dinner the week before Christmas, with the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Kettering presenting more than 20 awards.  A great night was had by all, thanks to everyone involved for making it such a successful event !  Pictures to follow here soon, although they should be on our Facebook page shortly.  Our next meeting is on Monday 9 January 2017 with renowned photographer Ann Miles and “Weather to Photograph, and What” – hope to see you then.

We had a great night on Monday 5 December with John Lewis choosing the Club's Prints of the Year - head on over to our Competition page to see the winners and all the awarded pictures.  Next Monday, 12 December (our last regular club meeting of 2016) is our Digital Projected Image of the Year competition, judged by Stuart Hewins.  Plans are also well in hand for our Annual Presentation Night & Christmas Meal on Tuesday 20 December, when the Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough of Kettering, Cllr Scott & Mrs Eve Edwards will be presenting more than 20 trophies to deserving club members from across 2016 - always a great night, and pictures to follow here soon afterwards!

Competition deadline – Monday 5 December (for judging on 12.12.16) – Digital Projected Image of the Year – DPIs as entered into KDPS competitions in 2016 

On Monday 5 December it is our 2016 Print of the Year competition – it’s always interesting to see if this week’s judge John Lewis (chair of Daventry Photography Society) will like the same pictures that judges earlier in the year liked, or if he’ll go for something completely different!  Always an enjoyable competition, we’re looking forward to it very much, and – as ever – may the best photographs win! 
(Results here on Tuesday)

Liz and Barrie Hatten shared their stunning pictures with us on Monday 28 November, which we greatly enjoyed.  Next Monday 05.12.16 is our Print of the Year competition (judged by John Lewis) – the Prints are already in and being sorted….!  This is followed swiftly by our Digital Image of the Year competition (judged by Stuart Hewins), so the season is definitely coming to a close.  Results will be uploaded here on the morning following each competition, and trophies will be presented by the Mayor and Mayoress at our Presentation Evening on Tuesday 20 December.  As ever, good luck to all ….​

Next week, Monday 28 November, we have celebrated East Anglian photographers Barrie and Liz Hatten giving us their talk “Creatures Great and Small”.  This is guaranteed to be very good, and we’re looking forward to it very much.

We had a very enjoyable night on Monday 21 November, with Malcolm Imhoff expertly judging our Audio Visual Competition, and sharing with us lots of hints and tips for next time.  Sally Bird won the combined Novice & Intermediate section for a second year running, this time with Plight of the Rhino, and Nigel Betteridge won the Advanced section with The Grand Canyon, and stills from their AVs have been uploaded onto the Competitions page here.  AVs take a long time and a lot of effort to create, so particularly well done to all who entered this competition.

On Monday coming (21 November) we have our Audio Visual Trophy – instead of a single photograph, this is like a digital slide show or PowerPoint presentation, only much better !  Malcolm Imhoff has the unenviable job of judging the entries, and it will definitely be an entertaining night !

Competition deadline – Monday 28 November (for judging on 05.12.16) – Print of the Year – from prints as entered into KDPS competitions in 2016   

Competition deadline – Monday 5 Dec (for judging on 12.12.16) – Digital Projected Image of the Year – from DPIs as entered into KDPS competitions in 2016  

We had a great night on Monday 7th November with Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB judging our Inter-Club Battle with neighbours Corby Photographic Club.  Corby pipped us in the end – but deservedly so, with some great images.  Congratulations to all who entered, but especially the photographers who were awarded 20 out of 20 points with “Baby Bunny” and “Swan Lake” (Corby), and Kettering’s “Canary Wharf Station” by Duncan Webster.  We look forward to the re-match in Corby in 2017 !

The judging of our International Competition on Monday 7 November was very enjoyable, with Dave Stewart giving considered, constructive remarks.  And well done to KDPS – we won on the night by 7 points, with Focus Photo Club (USA) coming second and Corio Bay (Australia) third.  America, however, get to keep the Trophy for a second year as when the scores from the three continents were aggregated, they were clear winners.  Well done to them, to KDPS’s Duncan Webster for gaining our only 20 point score of the evening with his “Flying Fish Gliding”, and here’s to next year! 

Competition deadline – Monday 7 November (for judging on 21.11.16) – Audio Visual Trophy competition 

On Monday 7 November it’s our International Competition – Kettering UK vs Kettering, USA and Kettering, Australia … well almost !  The nearest camera clubs to the two international Ketterings are the Focus Photo Club in  Dayton, Ohio, and the Corio Bay Camera Club, in Geelong, Victoria.  25 Digital Images from each club are judged together, anonymously at each of the three clubs and then the scores totalled … It’s always fascinating to see the different styles from the three continents.  Results – of both our UK leg of the competition, judged by Chris Baldwin, and the combined International one – to follow on Tuesday.  Fingers crossed that last year’s winners (Focus) will be sending the trophy back across the pond to us!

We had a superb evening on Monday 31 October with Malcolm Sales judging Round 4 of our 2016 Digital Image League.  He was articulate, constructive and funny, and critiqued the images from a professional and commercial view as well as that of a Club Judge, which the audience particularly enjoyed.  There were 92 photographs on the night across the three classes, but we finished bang on time (thank you Malcolm!).  All the awarded images can be seen here and the League Tables have been updated too.  Well done to everyone who entered, the standard was incredibly high especially in the Novice Section, and we look forward to the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Kettering, Cllr Scott and Mrs Eve Edwards, presenting our awards in December!

KDPS would like to congratulate Rushden & District Photographic Society on the recent Terry Chapman competition – a very enjoyable and interesting event.  We would also like to congratulate very worthy winners Duston Camera Club, who beat us (rightly so) by three points into second on the night !  Thanks again to all.  Full details are here.

We have Malcolm Sales ARPS, ABIPP, ASWPP coming to judge our Digital Image League, Round 4 on Monday 31 October – this is the decider for the year in the three classes Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, so we’ll soon know who will be handed the trophies by the Mayor & Mayoress of Kettering at our Presentation Night in December!  The results will be known by 10 pm on Monday night; all awarded pictures (1st, 2nd, 3rd, plus Highly Commended and Commendeds in the three leagues) will be shown on our Competitions page on Tuesday and announced on Facebook and Twitter by Tuesday evening!  Good luck to all who have entered.

Competition deadline – Monday 24 October (for judging on 31.10.16) – Digital Projected Image League, Round 4 – Theme “Open” 
(League placings and trophies in the balance here .....!)

On Monday 24 October, not only is it the deadline for the last round in our Digital Image League (so members will be trying extra hard, in the hopes of being presented a Trophy by the Mayor at the end of 2016!), we also have Judith & Roger Parry giving their talk “Parry Pictures”.  The Parrys have a clutch of RPS, FIAP and PAGB awards between them, and are key figures at the MCPF – we heard them narrating the Photofolio presentation last week – so we’re looking forward to this very much.

KDPS takes part in the celebrated Terry Chapman Competition at Rushden & District Photographic Society on Saturday 22 October – local camera clubs enter one picture each (all by different club members) in the 9 classes.  Always an enjoyable event, we’re hoping for a good result this year!  Scores to follow afterwards, and more information here:

Members enjoyed a Practical Workshop in the Studio on Wednesday 19 October, shooting glass bottles, chess sets, cufflinks – and a not-so-still puppy!  Several club members were on hand to give advice and help and it was a great night.  November’s workshop (16.11.16) will be classroom-based, details to follow nearer the time.

Workshop Wednesday, 19 October – still life photo shoot in the Masque Theatre with the club’s backgrounds and lights, 7.30 pm start – look forward to seeing members there.

We had a great night on Monday 17 October, with some surreal entries in our Creative Image competition!! (See our Competitions page for all the awarded pictures)  Steve Dormer gave some great pointers while judging, and shared his knowledge with us in the second half, despite unfortunate technical problems.  Well done to all who entered – not at easy competition - and many thanks to Steve.

Tonight (Monday 17 October) we have our Creative Image Trophy Competition, with judge Steve Dormer telling us about his photography work in the second half.  It’s also Wednesday Workshop this week (19 October), and we’re holding a photo shoot for members in the Theatre Space at the Masque.  And next Monday (24 October) is Digital League Round 4 deadline, for judging on Monday 31 October.  The theme is Open, and these results determine the titles for 2016 in our three classes – Novice is very close, and it could all still change in the Intermediate and Advanced divisions, so get working on those images, members!

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Annual Exhibition and made it such an enjoyable success.  Huge thanks also to all the club members who helped to make it happen.  It was great to see our photographs being enjoyed by so many, and to talk to visitors about the club and our members.  We look forward to seeing some new faces at the Club soon.

KDPS Exhibition, William Toller Rooms, Meeting Lane, Kettering, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016
Free refreshments and entry, 100+ prints and 200+ digital images, with Helpful Hub advice corner, 10-4 Saturday, 12-5 Sunday

​We had a great first day on Saturday, with lots of visitors enjoying our photography.  We're open again today and looking forward to sharing our work with more people!  (Pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages.)

The Exhibition is almost here, and we've been working hard all week to collate our photographs ready for show at the weekend.  Members (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced) have chosen their favourite images to exhibit, and pictures range from street life to insects, animals, portraits, seascapes and abstracts – and much more besides.  We also will have a Helpful Hub advice corner, staffed by members ready to answer your photographic questions.  Free entry and refreshments, we hope to see you over the weekend!

Competition deadline – Monday 10 October (for judging on 17.10.16) – “The Creative Image” Trophy Competition

[ Update - we'll be seeing the MCPF Portfolio on Monday 10th October instead of Derek speaking .... ]

Monday 10 October sees renowned local photographer Derek Buckett visiting Kettering to share some of his tips with us, which we’re looking forward to very much.  It’s also the deadline for our Creative Image competition (for next Monday 17.10, judged by Stever Dormer), and the print deadline for submissions to the Club Exhibition– it’s the last chance for members to bring in prints they want shown next weekend.  Lots going on at KDPS – we hope to see you soon!

We’re gearing up for our 2nd Annual Exhibition – we've sorted photographs, finalised details, and posters are going up, so we're nearly ready to display hundreds of prints and digital images at the William Toller Church Rooms next weekend.  Entrance is free, as are refreshments, and we're open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 15th October, and 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday 16th October.  Come along to see our work and talk to our members on the Helpful Hub stand, who'll be happy to share the knowledge on all things photographic - hope to see you there.

Don’t forget this coming Monday 26th September is our inter-Club battle with near neighbors, Rushden & District Photographic Society. 25 prints from each club, this is always at keenly fought battle.  All members of Rushden & District Photographic Society are very welcome to come and cheer on thier club.

KDPS Exhibition, William Toller Rooms, Meeting Lane, Kettering, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016

We had a really interesting night talking about AVs, how to create them, the best software, music and content with Jim Hartje on Monday 19 September, giving lots of members food for thought.  The Wednesday Workshop went well with virtually 1-1 tuition from Ann Dickson and club members to the participants on composition, camera settings and much more.  Next Monday 26 September sees our hotly contested inter-club competition with fellow Northants club Rushden & District Photographic Society - always a close run thing!  And it's also the deadline for the last round in our 2016 Print League on Monday 3 October, which will decide the winners in the three classes - all still to play for in some quarters!  Watch this space for news of winners !

We’ve got good friend of the club Jim Hartje coming to talk to us on Monday 19 September, on “AV – the Digital Way”.  Jim, a member of Peterborough Photographic Society is ARPS, EFIAP and BPE 5*, as well as a PAGB judge and lecturer, so he knows a thing or two!   We’re looking forward to hearing his talk ahead of our AV competition on 21 November.  It’s also Wednesday Workshop this week (21 Sep), with Ann Dickson’s renowned “Get Your Camera Off Auto” talk (a few places still available), before our Inter-Club Battle with our neighbours Rushden & District Photographic Society.  We hope you’re able to come along to one of our events, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Monday 12 September was our After Dark competition, Round 3 of our 2016 Digital League.  It was very enjoyable, with some stunning images. and Brian Pere judged it with humour and skill – all the awarded pictures can be seen on our Competitions Page.

Rockingham race track was the Club’s latest location for a photo shoot – 11 Club members had behind-the-scenes access with Media Passes to get close up to the action on Sunday 11 September.  The 750 Motor Club were racing, with an exciting and varied series of races and we were very lucky with the weather.  The first photos the group produced are on the Club’s Facebook page and Twitter feed and will follow here soon.  Thanks again to all at Rockingham Motor Speedway for their hospitality, especially Sarah Thomson.

We had a fascinating night on Monday 5 September with Derek Larkin showing us pictures of all sorts of bugs, bees, insects, caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and much more, all with knowledgeable and entertaining comments.  Entries are now in for our competition “After Dark” on Monday 12 Sept (judged by Brian Pere, in a change to the published programme), and we’ve even received some prints for our Exhibition in October!  A small group from the club will be taking pictures at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday (pictures to follow), so it’s all happening at KDPS!

KDPS meetings start again on Monday 5 September, with a talk from club regular Derek Larkin on “Moths, Flowers and Fungi”, which we know will be fascinating.  There’ll be updates on our Exhibition, news about our photoshoot at Rockingham Speedway, and a great chance to catch up with members after our two month break – hope to see you at the Masque Theatre, 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start next Monday!

Competition deadline – Monday 5 September (for judging on 12.09.16) – Digital League, Round 3 – Theme “After Dark”

Photographs of Kettering Carnival have now been uploaded - please see the Kettering Carnival 2016 tab under the Latest News heading above to see some photos from our members.

Club Members Maureen Draper-Edwards and Keith Edwards will be giving a talk at the church where they recently got married, All Saints in William Street, Kettering on Saturday 27 August.  Called “An Introduction to Photography”, it starts at 7.30 pm and includes a display of their favourite photographs.   See the church’s website for more details, and good luck to Maureen and Keith!

Members took some great photos at Kettering Carnival on Saturday 20 August, although it was too blowy for us to have a stall at the Fete at the park.  Pictures of the parade will be uploaded here soon.  Meanwhile, the Club starts back on Monday 5 September with a talk by Derek Larkin and a competition deadline, and we’re gearing up for our Exhibition in October when members will be showing their favourite prints and digital images.  Watch this space for more information in due course!

Competition deadline – Monday 5 September (for judging on 12.09.16) – Digital League, Round 3 – Theme “After Dark”

Advance Notice - KDPS Exhibition, William Toller Rooms, Meeting Lane, Kettering, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016

Competition deadline – Monday 26 September (for judging on 03.10.16) – Print League, Round 4 – Theme “Open”

Do please check our Photo Shoot pages (under the Latest News tab above) to see some of our members' pictures from our recent Photo Walks in Stamford and in Kettering's Heritage Quarter.

KDPS will again be at Kettering Carnival on Saturday 20 August.  Members will be photographing the parade, and we’ll have a stall showing some of our best photographs at the fete in Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.  Come along and see us on the day!

Our Photo Walk in Stamford on Monday 8 August was very enjoyable, with 15 members enjoying some nice light in this beautiful town, and ending up in one of the many pubs.  This is by club member Dennis Bowden, and more photos will follow on here soon (they’re already on our Facebook page), as will details of our new Monthly Photo Walks.

We'll be in Stamford on Monday 8 August for a look at the 600+ listed buildings with our cameras.  Members, meet at 7.30 pm on Red Lion Square, High Street, Stamford for a walk around this beautiful town, followed by a chat over a drink.  Photos to follow soon.

KDPS will again be at Kettering Carnival on Saturday 20 August.  Members will be photographing the parade, and we’ll have a stall showing some of our best photographs at the fete in Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.  Come along and see us on the day!

We had a fantastic night on Monday 25 July – more than 20 of us met to have a wander around some of Kettering’s best sights and architecture, before enjoying a chat and a drink at Kino Lounge on the Market Square.  Members’ pictures will follow here soon, but some have already been uploaded onto our Facebook page (see them here), and it’s really interesting to see our different members’ takes on the same subjects.  We’re off to do the same at our Stamford Photo Walk on Monday 8 August, pictures to follow from there in due course !

Competition deadline – Monday 5 September (for judging on 12.09.16) – Digital League, Round 3 – Theme “After Dark”

Club Outdoor Photo Walk – we are holding the first of our summer photo shoots in Kettering Town Centre on Monday 25 July.  We will take a stroll around the photogenic Heritage Quarter of Kettering, including photo opportunities such as the Museum, Alfred East Gallery, Piccadilly Buildings, Sawyer’s Almhouses and more. Members, meet under the blue canopy on Kettering Market Square at 7.30 pm.  The second of our Summer Photo Walks will be in Stamford on Monday 8 August. Watch our Workshops page for more information 

Advance Notice - KDPS Exhibition, William Toller Rooms, Meeting Lane, Kettering, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016

We had a great day at KettFest 2016 on Saturday 2nd July – our Exhibition in the Barn at the Yards looked fantastic and we had more than 400 through the door.  We chatted to lots of people and gave away lots of free entry passes for our club meetings.  Pictures of the day will be uploaded to the website later this week, but are already on our Facebook page – including a brilliant time-lapse video of us setting up on Friday afternoon, do check it out !

We are now on our summer break until 5th September, but during July and August we’ll be at KettFest, Kettering Carnival (Saturday 20th August) and holding at least 2 photo shoots.  Watch this space for more news, and check out our Programme Page for details of our September meetings.

KDPS is delighted to confirm that we will again be exhibiting at The Yards as part of KettFest 2016.  After the great success of our exhibition at KettFest 2015, and the expansion of the club in the last 12 months, we are also expanding our KettFest 2016 presence.  On Saturday 2nd July our main exhibition will be in the Barn at the Yards from 10 am to 5 pm, and we’ll also be displaying work from our three sections on the Market Square – we very much hope you’ll come and see us, and this fabulous arts festival.  Much more detail available here  

Peter Alvey was absolutely fascinating on Monday 27 June – fascinating stories about his life as a professional photographer, plus beautiful photographs and funny anecdotes which kept us absorbed all night.  We’ll definitely be booking Peter again for 2017, and members will be putting his tips and techniques into practice straight away!  Check out Peter’s work at 

Competition deadline – Monday 5 September (for judging on 12.09.16) – Digital League, Round 3 – Theme “After Dark”

On Monday 27 June (our last meeting before our summer break) professional photographer Peter Alvey will share some of his secrets with KDPS.  Local man Peter has some stunning work on both his Facebook page and website, and we’re looking forward to hearing the man himself.

Well done to new member Neil Humphrey whose stunning picture “Cathedral Tower” won the Novice league of our Print Competition on Monday 20 June – the first time he has entered a print competition, so very well done Neil!  All awarded images can be seen on our Competitions page

Monday, 20th June sees Bob Rowe judging Round 3 (of 4) of our Print League competition – points mean prizes, so we’ll be watching the results closely (the League Table is on the Competitions page if you want to see who's where).  The theme this time is “Abstract, Texture and/or Decay” – so it is likely there will be pictures of rust!  All awarded pictures will be posted here on Tuesday, but we hope to see you at the Masque Theatre on Monday for the competition itself.  Good luck to all who have entered.

We had a great members’ night on Monday 13 June, learning all about Instagram, the benefits of 11 (!) hashtags and the best time of day to post plus how to get even more beautiful pictures by returning to the same location – Lyveden New Bield – on multiple occasions.  There was a tasty buffet (of course!  Thanks to all involved), some enjoyable slides and some great chat.  Thanks also to all the presenters – it’s always good to see that it’s not all just about club competitions!

Monday coming, 13 June, sees one of our popular Members’ Night, as unfortunately the speaker who was due to come is ill.  One of our best photographers will be telling us about his favourite images; another will be sharing slides with us, and three more will be explaining the mysteries of Instagram to us, with examples of theirs and others photos (Beckhams, Kardashians, Jamie etc!), and much talk of hashtags and followers…..  There will also be one of our famous buffets (naturally!), and lots of time to chat with friends about photography – look forward to seeing members then!

Results of the Miller Trio competition can be seen on our Competitions page – we had some stunning entries, and some well-deserved winners.  All awarded photographs are shown, do check them out.

Competition deadline – Monday 13 June (for judging on 20.06.16) – Print League Round 3 – Theme "Abstract/Textures/Decay" 

Workshop Wednesday is coming up on 15 June – Philip Barnett will be showing members how to produce a “Creative Image” from 30 digital images provided by the Club.  This is ready for our competition later in the year, and always produces some very imaginative entries from our members.

It’s our Miller Trophy competition on Monday 6 June, a digital competition where members put together a trio of matching images.  We’ve had some great entries, so we’re looking forward to Graham Hodgekiss ARPS MPAGM AFIAP (a regular visitor to Kettering) judging them.  

We’re delighted to announce that KDPS is now on Twitter   We’ll be tweeting regularly – mainly (of course!) pictures – but we’d be delighted to see you there (as well as here) ! KDPS on Twitter

Monday 30 May is the deadline for our Miller Trio competition (although there’s no meeting because of the Bank Holiday)  This Trophy competition is in honour of former Club President Alex Miller (his widow Olive was invited to present the trophies on the night, but unfortunately can't come), and sees members arranging three digital images together in any layout they choose.  Trickier than it sounds, it will be judged Graham Hodgekiss on Monday 6 June.  See here for more inspiration, and members do let us know if you have any questions – good luck to all !  KDPS Miller Trio Competition 2015

Monday 23 May ​was an excellent evening – Tony Dudley not only showed us some superb pictures (from aerobatic jet-skis through rally cars, motorbikes and portraits to fine art nudes and conceptual work), but he explained how he’d achieved the effects (“Photography is easy…”!).  An educational and inspirational evening, which we look forward to repeating next year.  Check out Tony’s work here:

Competition deadline – Monday 30 May (for judging on 06.06.16) – The Miller Trophy Competition, a Trio of Digital Images – Theme "Open"
Competition deadline – Monday 13 June (for judging on 20.06.16) – Print League Round 3 – Theme "Abstract/Textures/Decay"

On Monday 23 May, Tony Dudley returns to Kettering to give his talk “Closer to Dudley” – in 2014 Tony showed us “Further Away from Dudley”!   An excellent photographer, Tony specialises in sports photography, especially motorsport, and also fine art nude and portraiture.  It will be an excellent evening, 7.45 pm at the Masque Theatre on Monday, hope to see you there !

The Members’ Night on Monday 16 May was very enjoyable with some historic scenes on slide from Chris Page of the Sundew dragline, Oundle, the Tresham Treasures, and Chris’s own LRPS entry; some of Eric Davis’s best slides from England, Holland and Spain; a quick look at our 2015 exhibitions and some iconic shots of Barcelona from Suzanne Bowen and Anne Bradley. And as advertised, Maureen Draper and Keith Edwards’s buffet was scrummy – many thanks to all involved in the evening. We look forward to seeing you either tonight at the Workshop (8 pm start due to exams), or next Monday, 23 May for Tony Dudley’s talk!

Don’t forget – it’s Workshop Wednesday this week (Weds 18 May), with the team leading a photo shoot in the Masque Studio on lighting for shadow, perspective and “in or out of focus” ….  Members, let us know if you want to come or have any questions.  Later start this month, 8.00 pm; small fee to cover costs; lights, backdrops and (some) props will be provided. See you there!

Monday 16 May coming sees another KDPS Members’ Night – a chance for our members to share their pictures and their experiences, and to spend more time talking to each other than we are able to do on regular club nights.  Chris Page LRPS will be in action again, this time sharing the panel of slides that gained him his LRPS.  He is also bringing some AV sequences to show us, including “The Last Days Of Sundew” – an amazing part of local industrial heritage, which some of us remember.  Eric Davis will also be showing some of his slides, and finally Anne Bradley and Suzanne Bowen will share their photos of Barcelona – “from a Novice and an Advanced eye”.  What with that and one of our amazing buffets, it’s a night not to be missed – look forward to seeing you there!

Competition deadline – Monday 30 May (for judging on 06.06.16) – The Miller Trophy Competition, a Trio of Digital Images – Theme "Open"

We had a great night on Monday 9 May – lots of superb entries in our Print Panel competition across our Novice, Intermediate and Advanced classes.  Unfortunately the judge couldn’t make it, but instead club members Ann Dickson LRPS and Chris Page LRPS constructively critiqued the panels as they were shown, and at the end of each section all our members voted for their favourite.  Twice there were stand-out winners, but there was only one vote in it in the Advanced section, and everyone enjoyed getting involved.  Very well done to all who entered, as this competition takes a lot of planning and work; to Ann and Chris (and Philip) for their hard work, and especially well done to the three winners.  The top three images in each class can be seen on our competitions page here

Competition deadline – Monday 9 May (for judging on 09.05.16) – Trophy Competition, Panel of Four Prints – Theme "Open"

Our next meeting, on Monday 9 May, is our annual Print Panel Competition – a panel of four prints on a linked, Open theme.  Always a challenge – and good practice for those of us thinking about putting panels together for external bodies like the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS).  This year it’ll be judged by KDPS regular Gerry Metcalfe DPAGB, who is a member of Bottisham & Burwell Photographic Society in Cambridgeshire.  Should be a good night all round, hope to see you there!

No meeting on Monday 2 May due to the Bank holiday, but we're back on Monday 9 May with our Print Panel competition ... we very much look forward to seeing you then ...

Monday 25 April saw some very interesting takes on our Emotions Theme, all expertly judged by Hazel Manning.  Well done to all who took part, especially our newest – and youngest – member Charlie Elmer, who won the Novice class!  All the awarded photographs can be seen here:

Next Monday 25 April is Round 2 of our Digital League competition judged by Hazel Manning (unfortunately due to illness, Ray Kimberley can’t attend so Hazel has stepped in) on the theme “Emotions”, which we’re all very much looking forward to.

Last Monday 18 April, Graham Walton showed us a fascinating and diverse array of prints – gothic gravestones, street photography, landscapes, industrial scenes, travel pictures and much more.  It was great to hear how Graham successfully submitted a panel for a PAGB award, and to see how the various effects used on his prints were achieved, which Graham very generously explained in detail.

Competition deadline – Monday 18 April (for judging on 25.04.16) – Digital League, Round 2 – Theme “Emotions”
Competition deadline – Monday 9 May (for judging on 09.05.16) – Trophy Competition, Panel of Four Prints – Theme "Open"

Monday 18 April sees Graham Walton giving his talk “Burning In the Shadows” and if you like superb photography (and Morris dancers …) you might want to come along, see Graham’s website for more details.

Very well done to Rushden & District Photographic Society who won the KDPS President’s Cup on Monday 11 April (again!).  It was a tight battle between Corby, Kettering and Rushden – but very enjoyable, and with only a few points in it at the end. There were some beautiful images from all three clubs and many thanks go to John Haines for a sterling job.  See you all again next year …..!

If you're in Kettering town centre, do pop in to the Alfred East Gallery to see their Open Exhibition - it includes a photograph from club member Chris Shaw, and some stunning work. Also, the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough is currently holding a photographic exhibition of former member Steve Helps' excellent work - well worth a trip too. (And to confirm, we'll be exhibiting at both Kett Fest in July, and our own Exhibition in October.)

Monday 11 April sees our President’s Cup competition – an interclub battle between KDPS and Corby and Rushden Photography Societies.  Each club submits their best 25 digital images, and John Haines will judge them in alphabetical order.  (Alan will be pleased as this is points-based, so each image will be marked out of 20!)  John has been to us 5 times before, is an MCPF judge and is Chair of Great Barr Photography Society, so knows just what to expect.  Join us on Monday, 7.45 pm at the Masque Theatre for an 8 pm start, to see if Kettering will win the Trophy back ….fingers crossed !​

Bob Brind-Surch’s talk on Monday 4 April was inspiring, entertaining, educational and of course included stunning wildlife photography!  Members agreed it was one of the best talks we’ve had, and whilst not all of us might want to stand chest deep in rivers, or covered in snow up mountains to capture that elusive shot, it was fascinating to see Bob’s results from when he had!  More can be seen on both Bob’s Facebook page and his website (  

Next Monday 11 April sees our President’s Club competition, an interclub contest between Kettering, Rushden and Corby photography societies, which is always fun (and tense!) ..... will KDPS win the cup back …..!?  See you there on the 11th to find out !

Competition deadline – Monday 18 April (for judging on 25.04.16) – Digital League, Round 2 – Theme “Emotions”

On Monday 4 April we’re very pleased to welcome back club regular Bob Brind-Surch.  Amongst other things, Bob leads photography tours and his fascinating talks give an insight into his safaris in the Serengeti, Botswana, the Massai Mara and of course Northants ! (Bob runs a very popular Harvest Mouse workshop from his home!)  We’re very much looking forward seeing Bob on Monday at the Masque Theatre, and we hope to see you there too.

Our Mono Print competition on Monday 21 March saw lots of beautiful prints and some very worthy winners chosen (see full results on the competitions page under Print League Round 2).  We are not meeting on Easter Monday, but we return in style on Monday 4 April with club favourite Bob Brind-Surch and his talk “Wild Lens”.  In the meantime, we’re doing a survey amongst club members on Workshop Subjects (thanks for all the replies), and we would like to wish a Happy Easter – and happy photographing! – to all.

On Monday 21 March, it’s the second round of our Print League competition, judged by Garry Jackson from Stourbridge Photographic Society.  The theme is “Mono” which means the pictures could be of almost anything – as long as they’re in a single shade (red, blue, even black and white!) – so the field is wide open.  

Monday also sees club member Danielle Bowen “in the Picture Spotlight”.  She’ll be displaying some prints from her Commercial Photography course at Derby University at the back of the club room.  From 29 June 2016, Danielle will be exhibiting at the Old Truman’s Brewery, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, and is busy fund-raising towards this. On Monday we’ll see some of Danielle’s excellent photos, more info about the end-of-term Exhibition and assorted cup-cakes on sale – help Danielle by eating cake!  Look forward to seeing you at the Masque Theatre, 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start on Monday 21st March.

What a great night we had on Monday 14 March – Tony Keirle of DE Photography gave us a fascinating insight (despite a few technical issues) into the of running of a sports and event photography business franchise, sharing funny, incredible and beautiful photographs – and very saleable ones – all captured in thousandths of a second.  Duncan Webster presented Danielle Bowen with her Webby Award and Danielle will be back on Monday 21 March “in the Picture Spotlight” to talk about her end-of-term Exhibition in Spitalfields in June.  And it’s Wednesday Workshop tonight – a still life photo shoot upstairs at the Masque, hope to see you there later!

Workshop Wednesday – 16 March – Still Life Photo Shoot, in the Music Room at the Masque, 7.30 pm start
Competition Deadline – Monday 14 March (for judging on 21.03.16) – Print League, Round 2 – Theme “Mono"

On Monday 14 March Tony Keirle returns to KDPS to talk about his photography business and show us his Sports Photography.  It’s also a Print Deadline (Round 2 of the League, (very broad!) Theme – Mono), so bring your prints in and email the digital images to the team in the usual way. 

Monday 7 March saw some stunning entries across all three Club sections in the Webby Trophy, our Science & Technology themed competition.  Judge Adrian Stone gave a measured and articulate assessment of the pictures which was very much appreciated by members.  Sponsor Duncan Webster presented - with Adrian - two of the three trophies on the night, and said he was very impressed with both the standard of the images, and the lengths members had gone to capture them.  Awarded images are on our Competitions page here

Our speaker on Monday 14 March Tony Keirle will be sharing his professional Sports Photography with us, and our next competition is “Mono Photography” on Monday 21 March – you are very welcome to join us at both events.  

On Monday 7 March great friend of the club and KDPS regular Adrian Stone comes to judge our Webby Award, presented by club member and website designer Duncan Webster of 1PCS.  Themed on Science and Technology, this is always a competition that makes our members think hard, so we’re looking forward to some interesting photographs (winners will be posted here and on our Facebook page on Tuesday).  Next Monday 14 March Tony Keirle comes to show us his professional sports photography and it’s also the deadline for our next Print competition – round 2 of the league, with the very broad theme of “Mono”.  And it’s Workshop Wednesday on 16 March – as ever, all go at KDPS !

Competition deadline – Monday 14 March (for judging on 21.03.16) – Print League, Round 2 – Theme “Mono"

Gerry Coles ARPS, DPAGB, AFIAP, BPE*5 gave a fascinating talk on Monday 29 February and explained not only which of his images were accepted for numerous International Salons, but also how – in some detail – he had created them.  It was inspiring to see how he transformed pictures from the original, and very interesting to hear the background stories of the images.  We also enjoyed very tasty birthday cakes baked by one of our club members, who was delighted to be sharing her Leap Day birthday with us so is in fact only 13!  Happy Birthday Suzanne (and thanks for the lovely cakes) !

On Monday 29 February we welcome Gerry Coles ARPS, DPAGB, AFIAP with his his talk “The Way I See It”.  As well as this recognition by the Royal Photographic Society, the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain and the International Federation of Photographic Art, Gerry has been a member at Duston Club for 30 years, so we’re looking forward to an instructive and illuminating talk.  There’s also going to be birthday cake – hope to see you there!

We had a great night on Monday 22nd February with Trevor Rudkin, his excellent insight into what it takes to be a good judge, and lots of members giving it a go on sample photographs in the second half – remember people, start with the positives!  We were also tricked by a rogue picture from a celebratory photographer, although that was still critiqued in detail, just like the rest …..!  We all learnt lots of “tricks of the trade” and there were even printed handouts, thank you Trevor.  A very enjoyable evening, with left-over buffet in the break too – double bonus.  And we look forward to seeing Trevor again in the future.

Competition deadline – Monday 29 February (for judging on 07.03.16) – Digital Trophy Competition, The Webby Award – Theme “Science & Technology”
Competition deadline – Monday 14 March (for judging on 21.03.16) – Print League, Round 2 – Theme “Mono"

Our talk on Monday 22 February is called “Judges, Love ‘em or Hate ‘em” by Trevor Rudkin so we’re expecting that to be very interesting!  Trevor is from Desborough & Rothwell Club, judges regularly and has been to KDPS many times.  He will be giving us some hints and tips and telling us what judges look for in the first half, and then it’s audience participation time in the second half!  Members will be bringing in images, and Trevor will be getting volunteers to judge them - we’re very much looking forward to that, report to follow on Tuesday …..!

Monday 15 February, our Open Digital League competition was an excellent night – very well done to judge Barry Knott for getting through 100+ entries in excellent order, and we even finished slightly early in the end, thank you!  There were some stunning entries across all three leagues, and it’s great to see different names winning prizes – both newer members and people who’ve been with us a while.  Very well done to everyone!  Awarded pictures are on our website here.

Workshop Wednesday – 17th February – positive critiquing of images.  Bring your prints or digital images (via USB stick) and Ann Dickson will lead the discussions and give friendly, constructive advice.  Let us know if you’d like to attend. 7.30 pm start, upstairs at the Masque, small charge applies.

Monday 15th February is our first Digital League competition of 2016, and we’ve had a lot of entries including from our newest members.  Due to illness the judge has changed to Barry Knott from Corby Photographic Club, and as it’s on an Open Theme, we’re expecting a wide variety of pictures and a very interesting night.  All awarded pictures (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Highly Commendeds and Commendeds) in the three classes, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced, will be uploaded onto the Competitions page on Tuesday.  Good luck to all who have entered!

We had a great Members’ Night on Monday 8th February with great audience participation in both Phil’s talk about submitting competition images, and Sarah’s re-run of the Chair’s Choice slide show from the recent Presentation Evening.  Chris showed some of the prints he is doing as part of a project, and then everyone (everyone!) helped Iain choose his next three competition images from his “Nearly But Not Quite” images, with plenty of suggestions on how he could edit and crop them to improve them …. !  (Sorry about that Iain, you have very broad shoulders!)  What with that and the fabulous buffet (thank you Maureen, Keith, Gill, Emma and all who helped), it was a great night, and we’re all looking forward to seeing how Iain’s audience-chosen pictures get on in next week’s competition !

We have our first Members’ Evening of the year on Monday 8 February – as well as one of our famous buffets, we’ll have a quick update on entering competitions, a review of some of our most successful pictures of 2015, and one of our advanced members will be bringing some of his “Nearly But Not Quite” pictures in to show us.  Always a good evening, and there’ll be plenty of sausage rolls for all – look forward to seeing you there!

Competition deadline – Monday 8 February (for judging on 15.02.16) – Digital Projected League, Round 1 – Theme “Open”

We were delighted to host our neighbours Rushden & District Photographic Society’s superb 2015 Open Show on Monday 1 February – their 33rd so they’re quite used to this now!  The Exhibition attracts some of the very best entries from across the country – and you could tell – it was absolutely inspirational, and motivated many members to consider entering for 2016.  Not sure if KDPS can accommodate the requested photo shoot in Africa, or Members’ Night(s) in Iceland as a result, but we will look into it !  Do check out Rushden Club’s pages for more information -

Well what a great first round of our Print League we had on Monday 25 January, with more than 90 prints from 26 members, including several of our new recruits!  Judge Brian Pere coped admirably with the task, and some beautiful photographs were chosen.  All the awarded images can be seen on our Competitions page, and here’s to the next round !

Next Monday (25 January) is the first round of our Print League competition with Brian Pere judging.  Brian has visited us every year for the last four, and is a very well respected judge, an outstanding photographer and an active member of Spratton Photography Group.  We’ve got a healthy entry and our three classes – Novice, Intermediate and Advanced – were assessed at the end of 2015, so more members than normal have swapped groups.  This, and the addition of several new members, will make for an exciting evening!

We are also looking forward to hosting Rushden & District Photographic Society on Monday 1 February, who will show us their Open Photographic Exhibition from 2015.  Now entering its 34th year, and part of British Photographic Exhibitions, the collection always includes some impressive images – definitely one not to miss.

The Club held a very interesting and informative AGM on Monday 18 January, with some great discussions and feedback from members who then enjoyed a chat over sausage rolls, sandwiches and a glass of lemonade (or wine in some cases!).  There was also a healthy entry for the Print competition next Monday 25 January, when Brian Pere will judge the first round of our 2016 Print league.  It’s an Open Theme, so anything goes, which always makes for interesting results!  We look forward to seeing you soon …

Monday night (18th January) sees KDPS’s Annual General Meeting – the members’ chance to have their say in the running of the club.  Oh, and eat a tasty buffet with wine afterwards, thanks to Maureen and her team !  It’s also the Print league deadline, so members should bring their prints along ready for judging on Monday 25th January by Brian Pere. 

And it’s Workshop Wednesday on 20th January, with Ann Dickson running her popular “Get to Know Your Camera” evening.  This will be a very enjoyable, practical session with one-to-one instruction on all makes of camera.  Members should bring their cameras along; notes will be provided; there’ll be live demonstrations by Ann and others, and it’s guaranteed to be a laugh!  Members should contact Philip, Sarah or Ann if they’d like to book a place

We look forward to seeing you soon.

What a great first competition of 2016 we had on 11 January!  David Hollis was a lovely judge with very positive, constructive comments for all, and there were some stunning pictures – with plenty of tinsel and trees (and snow, and cars, and dogs, and angels ….!).  We are particularly pleased that the Intermediate and Advanced classes were both won by members who were only promoted on 1 January, so winning on their first time out!  Especially well done to them; to all who were awarded (33 pictures!), and of course to all who entered.  All the placed images can be seen here :

On Monday 11th January we will be holding our annual Festive competition so there’ll be lots of pictures of trees and tinsel for David Hollis to judge!  It’s always a jolly night, but David (from Daventry Photographic Society) will have his work cut out choosing the winners across the three classes.  Then Monday 18th January is the Annual General Meeting (with “Wine, Cheese and More” as it says in our programme!) and on Wednesday 20th January we’re holding our first Workshop of 2016.  January ends with long-standing friend of KDPS Brian Pere visiting us on Monday 25th to judge the first round of our 2016 Print League competition – starting as we mean to go on, with a packed and varied programme!  We hope you can come along to some of these events, and look forward to seeing you then!

We were very lucky to enjoy a fantastic speaker on our first night back for 2016, Monday 4th January.  Not only did Bill Allsopp show us stunning land, sea and sky scape pictures, but he was generous enough to share his many and varied hints, tips and even a mnemonic on how to achieve the same results.  Many members were taking notes so we’ll be looking out for Bill’s influence in future competitions !   Bill’s pictures can be seen on his website – and of course again in 2017 when he returns to KDPS!!!

The KDPS Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 18 January 2016, at 8 pm at the Masque Theatre.  Members received notice of this via email (if not, please contact the Interim Chair or the General Secretary) and a couple of agenda items have already been suggested.  The full Agenda will be published by email next week, and (of course!) there will be refreshments served after the meeting!

We hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas, and that Santa brought you lots of nice new photography equipment!  Club meetings start again on Monday 4th January with a talk by Bill Allsopp on British Landscapes, and that’s also the deadline for our first competition of 2016… digital images on the theme of “the Festive Season” should be emailed in the usual way by midnight on the 4th  for judging on Monday 11th by David Hollis.  No doubt you are out there getting some great seasonal shots for the competition, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Well, what a fantastic night we had at the KDPS Christmas Dinner and Presenation Evening on Tues 15 December !  The Mayor of the Borough of Kettering, Councillor June Derbyshire, presented nearly 30 awards and we all enjoyed a great meal at the Midland Band Club, Kettering.  The Grand Raffle - including the lovely floral table decorations - was (as ever) a great success, and we all had a very enjoyable time.  Thanks to everyone who came, everyone who helped make it the fun that it was, and we missed those of you who weren't there very much !  Pictures to follow (see our Facebook page for various members' pictures in the interim), and we look forward to seeing you all again when we reconvene in the New Year, on Monday 4th January 2016.

The main KDPS programme has finished for 2015 but we still have our Christmas Dinner and Presentation Evening to come, on Tuesday 15 December.  Nearly 60 of us will be enjoying roast turkey with all the trimmings, and the Mayor of Kettering will present 29 trophies to our winners.  Should be a great night, which we’re really looking forward to.  The 2016 programme will be revealed at the dinner, and will be uploaded here shortly afterwards.  Our first meeting is Monday 4 January 2016, which is also the deadline for our digital Festive competition – any picture on a festive theme, so keep those cameras close by over Christmas!

And what a stunning end to our 2015 season we had on Monday 7 December !   Chris Baldwin was a fantastic judge – constructive, funny and insightful, so we’re delighted he’s booked again for 2016 already.  And the photographs were even better than last week, proof positive that the members have come on in leaps and bounds throughout the year.  Entries across the board were first class, but all three winners were exquisite!  As ever, very well done to all who entered (throughout the year, not just last night), but especially well done to all those placed.   See last night’s awarded images here,   and feel free to explore the Competitions page for more of our images!

Monday 7 December is our last formal meeting and our last competition of 2015 – the KDPS Print of the Year, for the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced groups.  Entries were submitted earlier this week and Chris Baldwin will be judging.  No stranger to KDPS and certainly equal to the task, Chris’s excellent website can be seen at   Results of the competition will be published on Tuesday.  Then next week - Tuesday, 15 December - it’s the KDPS Presentation Night and Christmas Meal.  The Mayor of the Borough of Kettering, Councillor June Derbyshire, will be presenting the trophies (more than 30!) and we’re looking forwards to it very much.  As ever, pictures to follow !! 

We had an excellent evening on Monday 30 November with some superb images entered into Digital Image of the Year competition, and some very well-deserved winners.  All the awarded images can be seen on our Competition page under the 2015 Digital Image of the Year.  Well done to all who entered; congratulations to the winners and we look forward to some equally good entries in our Print of the Year competition next week on Monday 7 December.

Competition deadline – Monday 30 November (for judging on 07.12.15) – Print of the Year – your 4 favourite prints of 2015

We are delighted that Caroline Chapman, one of our Novice members, had her picture of the sunrise behind Kettering Parish Church broadcast on BBC Look East on Friday 27 November.  It was shortlisted from thousands submitted on the day to the Weather Watchers section, and closed the programme – it was also retweeted by the BBC later that night.  Well done Caroline – we’re very proud of you !

Monday 30 November sees our Digital Image of the Year contest – each photographers’ favourite 4 images they’ve entered into the 2015 competitions, judged this time by experienced judge David Gibbins ARPS AFIAP BPE3 from Nottingham.  It’s always fascinating to see if this judge says the same as the original one did – or something completely different (quite often the case)!  It’s also the deadline for the Print of the Year competition, ready for judging on Monday 7 December.  These two contests have their own trophies and are always tightly fought, so they make for fascinating evenings!

Competition deadline – Monday 23 November (for judging on 30.11.15) – Digital Projected Image of the Year – your 4 favourite DPI images of 2015

Monday 23 November sees a Members’ Night (our scheduled speaker is unable to attend).  Two of our members will be sharing their images with us, plus we have some short "How To" videos to show.  And of course, there’ll be a famous KDPS buffet – Christmas-themed, with mulled wine – and lots of time to chat with other members.  Look forward to seeing you there!

KDPS is sad to confirm that Alex MillerPresident and Founder Member of the Club, passed away recently after a long illness.  Alex was a great man who helped start the club back in 1992 and continued to attend with his wife Olive until quite recently.  He ran many model photo shoots and was always keen to encourage both photographers and models, and to guide members on the technical side of photography.  He created the annual Miller Trio and International competitions, and we hold the President’s Cup (an inter-club battle with other local camera clubs) in his honour.  The Society will miss Alex very much and is grateful for both his camera skills and his organisational skills which helped to make the Kettering & District Photographic Society the success it is today.

Well, what an enjoyable night we had on Monday 16 November with another big turnout to see the excellent Louise Hill judging the fourth round of our Digital Projected Image league.  Again we had some stunning images charting the real progress members have made in the year through the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced classes – and there will definitely be several moving up a class for 2016. Well done to all who took part, not only in this round but across the whole year.  The league has now been decided, so we know who the Mayor will be handing the trophies to at our presentation night !  Pictures from the night and full details of the placings are here

It’s the last round in our Digital League competition on Monday 16 November, and there’s all to play for, as the standings are pretty tight.  Judge Louise Hill (LRPS, CPAGB, DPAGB, MPAGB) has been a member of Smethwick Club for many years but it’s her first visit to Kettering.  We’re looking forward to finding out who’s won the three leagues – see you on Monday!    (You can check the league tables out here:  )

Workshop Wednesday is this week with Philip Barnett and helpers sharing techniques on how to improve your pictures using your editing software.  Whether you use Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or something else, Phil will be tailoring the session to you and your skill levels.  It’s upstairs at the Masque on Wednesday 18 November and costs £4 for members.  Please reply to Philip’s recent email with details or talk to us on Monday – look forward to seeing you there!

Monday 9 November saw our biggest turnout for some time with club favourite Adrian Stone judging our International Competition - Kettering England vs Kettering America (Focus Photo Club, Dayton, Ohio) vs Kettering Australia (Corio Bay Camera Club, North Geelong, Victoria).  With 1500 points up for grabs, there were only 35 points in it at the end - Australia held the trophy in 2014, and for 2015 they’ll be sending it to …..  America!  We came second on the night, third overall, but had a really good night – fingers crossed for next year !!!

Competition deadline – Mon 9 November (for judging on 16.11.15) – Digital Projected Image League Round Four – Theme "Open"

We had a great night Monday 2 November with 21 AVs ranging from dogs to cathedrals to cars to lions to wood and trees !  Andrew Gagg FRPS was a firm but fair judge and very informative in his remarks.  Details of winners and awarded images will follow on the competition page soon.  In the meantime, very well done to all who entered, and hopefully we’ll get Andrew back next year to share some of his tips!

Monday 2 November is our annual AV Trophy Competition – members have created audio visual presentations of their photographs (a bit like a digital slide show) for judging by AV specialist Andrew Gagg.  We are delighted to have our biggest entry yet (the workshop that Keith Vincent held recently was clearly a success!), so it’s bound to be exciting! 

Next Monday (09.11) is our International competition – Kettering UK vs Kettering Ohio and Kettering Tasmania camera clubs, which is always a closely fought battle.

What a fantastic Print competition we had on Monday 26 October !  Some of the best images we’ve seen all year across all three sections – a great finish to the 2015 Print League.  Winners and awarded pictures can be seen on the link, and well done to everyone for some fantastic work.

So the 2015 Print League winners have been decided – see link for details – but the 2015 Digital Projected Image League still has one more round (on an Open theme) to go.  Deadline for entries is Monday 9 November, for judging by Louise Hill on Monday 16 November.  This is always a popular night as people vie for the prizes!

Monday 26th October sees the last 2015 Print league competition – the Open theme will be judged by new visitor to KDPS, David Hollis.  This one will determine the 2015 winners of the three classes for Prints, so it’s all to play for!  (see the Competitions page for the League Tables by members.) Then on Monday 2 November is our annual Audio Visual competition, and don’t forget the deadline for the Open Digital league competition is the following Monday, 9 November.

What a brilliant Exhibition we had !  Thanks to everyone who came, who helped, who put photographs in – who did anything to help make it the fantastic success it was.  We were delighted with the number of visitors and had nothing but positive feedback.  Pictures to follow, and we’ll definitely be doing another one at the William Toller rooms, just need to agree the date.  Thanks again to everyone!

Kettering Photography Exhibition - more than 100 of our members’ photographs

Helpful Hub Advice Corner – experienced members sharing photography skills and techniques
Free entrance and refreshments, William Toller Church Rooms (Meeting Lane, Kettering NN16 0BL)

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18th October 2015, 10 am to 4 pm

Arrangements for our exhibition this weekend are well under way, with c.130 prints and as many digital images being made ready for display.  The Helpful Hub volunteers are prepared, and the tea-making rota has been drawn up, so it’s all looking good !  Alongside all of this, we have our next deadline on Monday 19.10 – for the Open Print competition, the last of the 2015 Print league competitions, so there’s everything to play for.  And it’s Workshop Wednesday, with a portrait shoot being organised at the Masque Theatre for Weds 21.10.  So it’s all go at KDPS – we hope to see you at the Exhibition or one of our other events soon.

It’s all been happening at KDPS, with arrangements for our exciting Exhibition well under way.  Members have been sorting photographs, sending out invites and putting up posters all over town!  We also had local man Trevor Rudkin give us a very entertaining talk on the 28 September, and a hugely successful Print Panel competition on Monday 5 October.  See the competition page for the awarded and winning images of the Print Panel, and see our programme page for more details about our forthcoming events.

We had a very enjoyable night on Monday 14 September with John Lewis (Daventry Club) judging 92 “Light” images with great professionalism and humour.  There were 52 in the Advanced section alone, and John handled them all thoroughly and in a very timely manner – for which many thanks from us all.  There were some beautiful images in all the sections, and a few members will clearly be moving up a section at the end of the year – and rightly so!  All awarded photographs and the results are on our competition pages here  And do watch this space for news of more meetings, competitions, and our exhibition over the next few weeks.

Competition deadline – Mon 28 September (for judging on 05.10.15) – Trophy Competition – Panel of Four Prints

We have another busy week coming up – Monday 14.09 is of course Round Three of our Digital Projected Image League competition, on the theme "Light" which will be judged by John Lewis.  On Wednesday 16.09 we visit our friends at Corby Camera Club for another closely-fought local competition, with Adrian Stone judging.  And then on Thursday 17.09 club member Keith Vincent (previous AV winner) is hosting our Workshop on producing AV presentations, ready for our competition on Monday 02.11.  So it’s all going on!  7.45 pm for 8 pm at the Masque on Monday 14th, we look forward to seeing you there

We are delighted to announce that KDPS will be holding a Photographic Exhibition on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015.  The first Club Exhibition in five years, it will feature both prints and digital images from the full club membership (c.60 people) and will be held at the beautiful William Toller Hall in Kettering Town Centre.  This year we are also introducing the “Helpful Hub” – an advice corner where visitors can ask members any questions about photography, their cameras or how to edit and process images.  Entry will be free and the doors will be open from 10 am to 4 pm each day.  More news to follow over the coming weeks –  we very much hope to see you there!

We had a fantastic first night back with a practically full house – including several visitors – who came to listen to local man David West tell us about Iceland, which parts to visit and the best vantage points from which to take photos.  As expected, the landscapes were stunning, and David was very knowledgeable about the country.  His pronunciation of place names was wonderful – as was Ann’s demonstration of the Icelandic horses’ fifth gait, the Tölt !!    Next week Mon 14.09.15 sees John Lewis judging the third round of our DPI league on the theme of Light.

There is still a week before the deadline for our next competition (Mon 07.09, judged on Mon 14.09), this one on the theme of “Light”.  Here is the synopsis that was emailed out to members earlier in the year, to give them a steer on what is perhaps a tricky subject : “Light needs to be the principle component of the picture – it is less about the subject in the picture, more about the role light is playing within the picture.  So it could be dappled light, a ray of light, shadows, a spotlight, or something else.”  Good luck to everyone who enters, and we look forward to seeing your entries!

The club has had a busy time over its summer break, with three photo shoot trips out, a display stand at a fete and members taking photos on behalf of Kettering Carnival.  All too soon the “summer” is over and we’re back to our regular meetings every Monday.  7 September sees local man David West giving us his talk “Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire!”, and showing us the stunning scenery of that ethereal place.  It’s also the deadline for Round Three of the Digital Projected Image League (for judging by John Lewis next Monday 14.09) this time on the theme “Light”. 

Members’ photos from the photoshoot trips to Rothwell, Aldwincle/Wadenhoe and Anglesey Abbey will be added to the website soon.  At least four club photographers covered Kettering Carnival Parade, with several more at the Fete at the park afterwards, and a selection of these photos will also be uploaded here soon.  Some are already available to view at the Club’s Facebook page here :

All visitors to the Club’s stand at the Carnival Fete – and of course everyone else who is interested – are very welcome to come along to our club nights at the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave.  We start at 8 pm, so most people get there between 7.30 and 7.45 pm, with a tea break around 9 pm and we finish c.10 pm.  There’s a small entry fee, we’re very friendly, and the programme for the rest of the year can be seen here :   We look forward to seeing you soon!

Competition deadline – Mon 7 September (for judging on 14.09.15) – Digital Projected Image League Round Three – Theme "Light"

As very much expected, Monday 29 June’s speaker Peter Yeo FRPS, DPAGB, APAGB shared with us much knowledge and some beautiful photographs on a wide range of subjects, with particularly stunning landscapes and architecture images. It was also good to see many taking advantage of the very reasonably priced Fotospeed paper.  

Also, we have four trips out during the summer – see here for more details - and a stall at Kettering Carnival on Saturday 22 August, as ever, everyone very welcome!  Otherwise, we’ll be back at the Masque Theatre on Monday 7 September – hope to see you then, if not before.

We had a brilliant night on Monday 22 June with Dave Stewart LBPPA expertly judging more than 80 prints which were of a much higher standard than usual.  It was great to see both the Novices and Intermediates stretching themselves to produce some excellent images, and they were all certainly giving the Advanced section photographers a good run for their money!  All the awarded images can be seen here :  

and the programme of events for the rest of the year here : .  

Monday 22 June sees our final competition before we close for the summer – Round 3 of our Print League on the theme “Nature’s World”.  Dave Stewart LBPPA will be judging – his first trip to our club.  There was a very healthy entry of prints in all three sections so it should be a good night!  Look forward to seeing you there.

Competition deadline – Mon 15 June (for judging on 22.06.15) – Print League Round Three – Theme "Nature’s World"

Workshop Wednesday – 17 June, upstairs at the Masque (hasn't it come round quickly!)  Club stalwart and very talented photographer Nigel Betteridge will be showing us how to restore old photographs, in a friendly, informal environment.  Please let Nigel or John Spowart know if you would like to attend.

To see the results and awarded pictures from our excellent Miller Trio competition held on Monday 8 June - judged very ably by Peter Siviter EFIAP - please go to our competitions page here :

What a fantastic time we had at our Kett Fest 2015 exhibition on Saturday 6 June !   More than 300 people visited us in the beautifully refurbished arts space The Yards in Market Street, Kettering.  We’ll be uploading a full report and lots of photos here in due course, but in the meantime, if you’d like to do please check out our Facebook page here :

KDPS is delighted to confirm that our photographic exhibition – part of Kett Fest 2015 – has been hung and is ready to open tomorrow morning!  We’re privileged to be in the upstairs room at the newly-refurbished Yards venue, off Market Street in Kettering – a fantastic new complex which is just opening.  Do come along between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday 6 June and see c.25 of our favourite images, as well as sculptures, paintings, contemporary art and much more – and that’s just at The Yards!  Check out the website for more information

Our next competition, the Miller Trio (deadline Mon 1st June for judging 8th June) is one that some love and some, err, find more tricky …!  It involves one digital image showing three pictures with some sort of theme linking them – this year displayed on a black background.  A full “how to” guide is on the Members’ Area of the website (do click F5 to refresh this page if you don’t see the instructions – it’s been updated very recently, thank you John!)  And please bear in mind, it’s not as complicated as it sounds at all !!  Please do get in touch if you need more information.

KDPS is proud to be part of the Kett Fest 2015 art exhibition at The Yards in Kettering from 10 am on Saturday 6 June. Some of our finest images from some of our best photographers will be displayed around this excellent new arts space, alongside sculptures, contemporary art, craft stalls, “Team Creativity ”, murals, an electro stage area and the longest artwork in the town (hopefully!?) …  More news to follow, but we’re hard at work sorting our best images and getting them framed ready to be hung at the Yards in a couple of weeks!  Watch this space !

Competition deadline – Mon 1 June (for judging on 08.06.15) – Club Trophy Competition (DPI) – "Trio of Digital Images"

On Monday 18 May we have a change of programme – Malcolm Cook EFIAP has gallantly stepped in because the original speaker unfortunately can’t come.  Malcolm, from Syston, entertained us last year with a very funny talk on sports and landscapes (remember the canoe slalom pictures?).  The EFIAP distinction is based mainly on the number of acceptances of images obtained in international Salons with “International Federation of Photographic Art” patronage, so that’s no mean feat at all.  See their website for more, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!

Monday 11th May - Tonight sees the second round of our Digital League Competition with a large number of entries 103 in Total so it should be a good night and our Judge for this evening is Brian Swinyard MA, ARPS, EFIAP/B, DPAGB, BPE3*, PPSA Hope to see everybody there and as always guests are very welcome 

Competition deadline – (Bank Holiday) Mon 4 May 12.00 MIDNIGHT(for judging on 11.05.15) – DPI League Round Two – Theme "Open"

The President’s Cup on 27 April saw some excellent images produced by Kettering, Corby and Rushden Camera Clubs’ finest photographers and they were judged with great skill, sensitivity and not a little humour by Bob Rowe.  It appeared to be neck and neck right until the end, when Rushden took a convincing lead – and the cup – in the last round.  The results are here under Competitions and President’s Cup.  Very well done to Rushden, to Corby and of course to Kettering – looking forward to the rematch next year !

On Monday 27 April it’s the President’s Cup, one of our biggest competitions of the year – a friendly interclub battle with Corby and Rushden Camera Clubs.  It will be judged by good friend of the club Bob Rowe ARPS CPAGB from Nottingham, who is very well respected and has judged this competition for us in previous years.  Our selection committee chose the club’s best 25 digital images from the past 12 months, and with Corby’s and Rushden’s, the 75 photographs will appear randomly and each be marked out of 20.  It’s always an enjoyable evening and a chance to see some of the best competition images in this area – hope you can come along too.  7.45 pm for an 8 pm start at the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave.

What a brilliant time we had at the Workshop on 22.04.15 !  15 members came, with 3 or 4 helpers, lots of props, yummy food and some very professional kit.  It was great to see members working together, discussing the best layouts, settings and angles, and good to see a broad range of abilities there on the night.  Many thanks to all who brought kit, props and food, and to all those who helped – you made it a very enjoyable evening for us all!  Watch this space for another food photo shoot at the back end of the year, and check out the club’s Facebook page for some action shots of the night

Don’t forget Workshop Wednesday on 22 April  – our first food “table top” / still life photo shoot.  All are welcome whether or not you’ve got a top of the range, super-duper lens and the latest tripod or not!  That kit will get you magazine-standard photography, but several of us with average (cheaper!) cameras and kit lenses will be coming along, watching and having a go!  You also don’t need to worry about bringing your own back-drop, reflector or directional lighting – there will be layouts and food set ups, so if you’re interested in giving it a go (or just watching and chatting!), do come along.  7 pm at the Masque in the main theatre, £4 for members – see you there ?  (Photos to follow!!)

It is official – members of KDPS are very creative (if perhaps slightly dark) !!  Definite themes appeared at the Creative Competition (20.04), as well as some stunning images – all the awarded images are on our Competitions / 2015 Creative Image page.  Quite a technical competition, so well done to all those who entered, and definitely to all those who were placed.

Competition deadline – Mon 4 May (for judging on 11.05.15) – Digital Projected Image League Round Two – Theme "Open"

It’s almost time for the Creative Competition – on Monday 20 April Don Byatt will have the difficult task of choosing the best from an excellent group of images.  It’s also Workshop Wednesday on 22 April – we’re setting up a studio to do food (still life) photography, all members welcome.  And Monday 27 April is one of our most important inter-club battles with 25 images each from Kettering, Corby and Rushden camera clubs all going head to head – some of the best images in the county will be shown, and it’s always tense seeing which club wins …!

Competition deadline – Mon 13 April (for judging on 20.04.15) – Club Trophy Competition (DPI) – “The Creative Image”

Monday 13 April sees KDPS’s good friend Adrian Stone returning with his latest talk.  As a key figure in The Photographic Angle organisation, Adrian helps to stage exhibitions and promote education in the art and science of photography – see more here  We’re really looking forward to what he’ll be bringing us next Monday, hope to see you there too.

What a great night we had on 30th March with Trevor McHugh judging our Open Print competition !  The quality of the images across all three classes was superb, and (as ever) lots of members put prints in, so well done to Trevor for finishing on time.  It was great to see some different names on the Leader Board (as well as some regulars!) – very well done to all who entered.

Competition deadline – Mon 23 March (for judging on 30.03.15) – Print League Round Two – Theme "Open"

Monday 16th March sees another Members’ Night at the Club – new member and professional photographer Philip Barnett will be sharing tips on taking photos at weddings; Duncan Webster will be presenting the three new Webby Awards to winners of the recent competition and giving us another of his excellent talks on the advanced skills of photography and editing, and of course there’ll be nibbles, drinks and lots of chat.  Should be a good evening.

Here’s an early heads-up that we have a new speaker on Monday 9th March – local man Roger Ashley, sharing his talk on the A14 …..!  This will show how the area looked before and during the building of the A1-M1 Link Road, so we’re looking forward to an intriguing evening.

We’re looking forward to the first running of our new “Webby” Award on Monday 2nd March.  The theme – chosen by our website designer and active member Duncan Webster – is "Science & Technology”, so we expect some fascinating images …  Barry Knott from Corby Photographic Club will be judging.  We’ve bought the new trophy, it’s just waiting for the winner’s name - we’re all set for a great evening, look forward to seeing you there !

Monday 23rd was a fantastic night – Barrie and Liz Hatten gave a superb joint talk on “Birds, Beasts and Geysers”.  The birds were in Florida, every picture a stunning competition winner.  The beasts included moose, elk and bison (obviously!).  And the photos of the geysers in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks were the best we’ve seen.  All with a fascinating, encyclopaedic joint commentary – it was like having an interactive BBC2 natural history programme in our club, but better !  We’ll certainly be booking Barrie and Liz again for next year.

Monday 23rd February sees Liz Hatten showing us her “Birds, Beasts and Geysers” talk.  Liz is famous in the area, with husband Barrie, as an excellent photographer, speaker and judge, and their last visit to KDPS was one of our best evenings.  This presentation is new for 2015 and is bound to be fascinating – 7.45 pm for 8 at the Masque Theatre, Kettering (entrance £2.50 for visitors) – look forward to seeing you then!

Competition Deadline – Mon 23 February (for judging on 02.03.15) – The Webby Award (Digital Projected Image) – Theme "Science & Technology"

Our People competition on Monday 16th Feb was very interesting and threw up some new names amongst the winners!  Very many thanks and well done to all who entered, and to those whose images were placed.  All the awarded pictures are here: and the League Tables have been updated and are here:

Next Monday (16th Feb) is the first round of our 2015 Digital League with the theme “People”.  The judge is local man Paul Nickerson, and we’re expecting a wide variety of images – studio shots, posed portraits, candid street photography and much more.  Winning images will be posted in the competition section next week – good luck to all taking part. 

Monday 9 Feb was a great evening with some very thought-provoking, insightful comments from Chris Shaw in his alternative appreciation of photography; Duncan Webster giving us an in-depth explanation of how he achieves his stunning images and (literally from the sublime to the ridiculous) Sarah Frankham showing us her holiday snaps of the Jolly Traveller on Tour!  We also enjoyed a very tasty buffet with a glass of wine in the interval. Thanks to all involved, and great to see so many of you there.

Workshop Wednesday – 11 February, upstairs at the Masque, “Photoshop Elements Basics” – how to make simple enhancements like re-sizing and cropping.  Very useful insights from John Spowart in a friendly, informal environment.  Please let John know if you would like to attend.

On Monday 9 Feb it’s the first of our Members Evenings, when several people will be sharing their images and explaining what, why and how.  (This is a change to the programme as unfortunately the speaker can’t attend on Monday.)  Our little friend  the Jolly Traveller may also make an appearance with holiday snaps from his tour of Germany – expect beer, bratwurst and lots of ladies …!  See his gallery for pictures of other travels he’s been on :

Competition Deadline – Mon 9 February (for judging on 16.02.15) – Digital Projected Image League Round One – Theme "People"

Monday 2 February is our “Macro” Print competition – the first round of the 2015 Print League.  As you’ll see on our programme page, we have four print competitions across the year, two open and two themed, to make up the League, as well as several other trophy competitions.  We also have the Digital Image League which starts on Monday 16 February on the theme of “People” and is again four contests across the year, two themed and two open.  Good luck to all taking part on Monday – Brian Pere from Northampton will be judging, and it will be a tough, quite technical test – winning images will be uploaded later this week.  Visitors always welcome, we hope to see you at the Masque Theatre, 7.45 pm for an 8 pm start.

Monday 26 January sees our neighbours from Rushden & District Photographic Society visit us to show us images from their 2014 Open Exhibition.  Very well-regarded in the region, Rushden's annual exhibition attracts some of the best judges, and some of the very best images locally, and it is always interesting to see the presentation the Club has created as a result.  One Kettering member last year said the exhibition was inspirational, so we're all looking forward to this coming Monday !

The Workshop last night (Wed 21st) was excellent - Ann Dickson was a very good teacher, both theory and practical, and all 15 of us got to practice taking lots of pictures.  We all learnt something - even the most experienced amongst us! - and there were some very handy notes to take away and study in case we couldn't remember everything!  Definitely a worthwhile evening, thank you Ann and her helpers.

Competition Deadline - Mon 26 January (for judging on 02.02.15) - Print Leage Round One - Theme "Macro"

Wed 21 January - Workshop on "Back to Basics", with club member Ann Dickson helping us to understand our cameras and their settings.  Bring along your camera (plus spare batteries) - this one's a hands-on workshop!  See our Workshop page for more information.

Mon 19 January sees the Club's AGM - your chance to hear how the Club is doing, help us decide how we go forward, and of course to vote the current Officers and Committee in or out for the next 12 months !  Oh, and there's also free cheese and wine - a wide array of refreshments, wine, soft drinks, and of course a raffle and a chance to have a chat with like-minded friends !  The Chairman promises to keep his announcements to a minimum (honest!), and it would be good to see lots of members there helping to decide what we do next - more workshops?  Less competitions?  More photo shoots?  Come along and let us know what you think !!  (did I mention free food and drink !!?)

Well, what a jolly night we had on the 12th Jan !  John Haines clearly enjoyed judging our Festive Images and was one of the funniest and most helpful judges we've had, giggling away in between giving us some top tips for taking better images.  You can see the winning images on our front page, and the full list of awards on our Competitions page.  As expected, we had pictures of children opening presents, wreaths, decorations and wreaths, crackers, grandads, snowmen, santas, dogs, lots of snowy scenes and lots of Christmas lights - but for the first time we also saw a couple of Festive Models wishing us a Merry Christmas !  Lots of lovely images, good to see some new names in the award winners, and some brilliant, deserving prize winners !  Well done to all who entered, and of course especially to the prize winners.

Monday 12 January is the Club’s annual Festive Competition – digital images on anything on the Christmas theme, so a very broad range, and very entertaining!  John Haines, a regular visitor to Kettering from his club in Birmingham, is the judge so it will be keenly fought across the three classes (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced).  Mon 19 Jan is the club’s AGM (with cheese & wine!), and Mon 26 Jan we host our neighbours Rushden & District Photography Society who will show us their Open Exhibition Images from 2014.  And on Wednesday 21 January we’ll be running a Workshop on Understanding Your Camera – see our Workshops Page for more information.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Competition Deadline - Mon 26 January (for judging on 02.02.15) - Print Leage Round One - Theme "Macro"

Monday 5 January 2015 saw club member Steve Williams showing some of his favourite images which we all enjoyed very much.  A full house were treated to pictures of London, motorbike and sidecar racing, street photography and nature, and much more - lots for everyone, accompanied by a very informative talk from Steve.  Look forward to seeing your pictures again next year, Steve ...!!??

Competition Deadline - Mon 5 January (for judging on 12.01.15) - Digital Image Trophy Competition - Theme "Festive" 

The club is now on its Christmas break and will meet again on Monday 5th January with a presentation by club member Steve Williams called Me and My Camera, including nature, sports, people and nightime photography - hope to see you there!

Monday 15th December was our last event of 2014 and consisted of our Presentation evening where all the years awards were presented by the Mayor of Kettering Councillor Duncan Bain and was a very enjoyable evening attended by 50 members and thier guests 

Monday 8th December will be our last meeting this year with our Guest speaker ted Rowe as the following week will be our Presentation Evening  at the Feast Restaurant attended by the Mayor of Kettering

Guests are very welcome to attend

On Monday 1st December we held our Digital Image of the Year competition which was judged by Dr Jown Law and with 98 entries he had a hard time choosingthe eventual entries to give awards to, what a wonderful night it was with 37 members and 2 guests attending and some excellent pictures on display so well done to all concerned. 

On Monday 24th November our guest speaker will be David Hodson with his presentation "Winter Wonderland" which I am sure will be very popular and may give some ideas for the coming season. 

Guests will be more than welcome to attend

On Monday 17th November is our Print of the year competition where any prints that have previously been entered into a Print competition this year can be shown, and who knows what will happen different judge different day so it could be that a picture that was not awarded anything when originally shown could even win this time.

As always guests will be made very welcome

On Monday 3rd November we have our Panel of 4 Prints competition so we should have some good sets of prints to display and the Judge for this will be Liz Hatten

All guests are very welcome to attend

On Monday 27th we have a guest speaker Tony Dudley with his presentation "Further away from Dudley

All Guests will be very welcome to attand

On Monday 20th October we held an Audio Visual Competition which was won for the second year running by Keith Vincent who also took 2nd place as well, But everybody that entered produced some magnificent AVs so well done to everybody

On Monday 13th October we have our International Competition where we compete against a club in the USA and a club in Austarlia. Each club enters 25 images making 75 in total these are judged seperately in each country by qualified judges who are not aware which image comes for which country, with points for each image awarded out of 20 these are then totalled up once all three countries have been judged and the club with the highest o/a total is the winner.

I am delighted to say that for the past 2 years this competition has been won by our club, but the standard of entries is always very high with some really fantastic pictures on display so it should be a great evening and the scores are usually very close together

As always any guests are very welcome to attend

On Monday the 6th October we had the fourth round of our DPI competition which has shown that the o/a winners are Dennis Bowden (Novice), Kieth Vincent (Intermediate) and Duncan Webster (Advanced) they will of coarse recieve the trophies and certificates at our Presentation evening on the 15th December

Monday 29th September we have our guest speaker Irene Froy with a selection of her latest prints, Irene is a very well known and respected speaker on the circuit so it should be a good evening with some wonderful images

As always guests are very welcome to attend

Monday 22nd September we have the Fourth and final round in our Print league competition which will finally decide who gets the trophy at the presentation Evening. The subject on this occasion is Sport and the judge for the evening is Terry Bickley.

As always guests are very welcome to attend and will be well looked after

This meeting was a great success with a small competition run of images taken during the summer recess on organised photo shoots with Keith Vincent taking the Honours in the Intermediate section and Duncan Webster and Sarah Frankham coming joint 1st in the Advance section so very well done to them all. The judging was done by the members themselves and the wide range of marks awarded show very starkley how much photography is all in the eye of the beholder, what one person likes another does not.

On Monday the 15th September we have a Members Evening where we will run a competition to find the best pictures taken on the club Photo shoots over the July/August period and including the shoot at Lyveden on Tuesday 9th September, we will also have a show of the Jolly Travellor on Tour plus Tutorials if anybody needs any help and there will be food and drink available, so this is a great opportunity for people to socialise and pick each others brains. Normal admission charges apply

Any Guests are very welcome to attend and will find it a good oportunity to chat to people and see what our club has to offer (Entry for Guests is just £2.50p)

On Monday 8th September we have an Inter Club Competition against Rushden with each club presenting 20 Digital images and 20 Prints The quality of pictures is always high so it should be a great evening and we hope a number of Guests from Rushden will come along, and the judge for the evening will be Chris Baldwin, all images will be awarded points out of 20 with the points being totalled up and the winner is the club with the greatest number of points at the end of the evening.

Any guests will be made very welcome

On Monday 1st September was our first meeting after our summer recess which was attended by just 29 so a number of our regular members were still on holiday me included

Saturday the 16th August is the Kettering Carnival and we will be having a display of some of our members work and some of our members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, so for anybody interested in photography and maybe looking for a good local club to join then this is the ideal time to come and have a chat.

We will be on the recreation ground that is at the end of the carnival procession at the top of Mawley Road and will be there from early morning till end of play so do come along have a look and say hi we would love to see you.

 Monday 30th June our last meeting before our summer recess and this evening we have our Creative Trophy competition. this is where the participents are given 30 images and using software and their creative ability take bits from different pictures to create a completely different image. We always have some really creative images so one not to miss.

Any guests will be more than welcome to attend 

On the weekend 5th and 6th of July there is a Photographic Exhibition of Pictures all taken by local photographers including a couple of our own members at Warkton Village Hall so it would be great to see as many of you as possible pop along there, Free parking and Free entry and refreshments will be available, any further information please speak to Chris Shaw

On Monday 23rd June our guest speaker will be Tony Winfield with his presentation Location, Location, Location so should be a good evening

This is the last date for entry to next weeks Creative Image competition

All guests will be very welcome to attend

On Monday 16th June we have the 3rd round of Our Print League competition and the Judge will be Ray KimberleyThe pictures will be judged solely on the actual prints although as usual we will also have a digital version on the screen so that everybody can see them clearly.

As always any guests will be more than welcome to attend

Then on Wednesday 16th I shall be running another Elements Tutorial showing some special tricks to enhance your pictures including creating a stormy Scene with forked lightning etc cost is £4 and is only open to paid up members

On Monday the 9th June we have what we call a members evening where some of our members can show there images and there will also be a tutorial and we round off the evening as a social event with a glass of wine or a soft drink and some nibbles for those feeling a bit peckish. 

Any guests for the evening will be made very welcome and it will give you a chance to chat and get to know some of the members we really are a friendly bunch

On Monday 2nd June we have the 3rd round of our Digital League Competition, this is an open competition where the images can be on any subject and we will have Gerry Metcalf as the Judge on this occasion

All guests will be more than wecome to attand

Monday 28th May there is no meeting as it is a Bank Holiday 

On Monday 19th May we have Malcolm Cook as our Guest speaker with his presentation of "Some of my favorite images"

All guests will be very welcome to attend

On Wednesday 14th May we have an inter club competition between ourselves and Burton Latimer Club which will take place at thier club room and will consist of 20 Prints and 20 Digital Images from each club and will be judged by a external Judge and points awarded out of 20 for each image so I hope to see as many members as possible turn up at 7.30pm

The next meeting will be Monday 12th May when we have the Broughton Trophy Competition, this is a club competition where all the photographs are required to be of Identifyable places or locations within a 30 mile radius of Kettering so we expect to see some good local pictures

Needless to say any guests and visitors will be made very welcome

The next Meeting will be 28th April when we have a Guest Speaker Peter Preece with his presentation on Wildlife Photography so should be a good evening. This is also the last date to enter your images for next weeks Broughton Trophy Competition.

Please do read the rules for this competition which are in the members area the images are to be an Identifiable Feature within 30 mile radius of Kettering

All Guests will be made very welcome 

Monday 14th April we have The Presidents Cup which is a competition between us and 3 other local clubs, Burton Latimer, Corby and Rushden with each club entering 25 images and the Judge will award points to each image out of a possible 20 with the totals for each club being added up and the club with the highest number of points is presented with the Cup to hold for 1 year, The judge on this occasion is Bob Rowe

All visitors will be made very welcome

There will be a workshop open to members only on Wednesday 16th which will be run by Nigel Betteridge and the subject is How to Convert Colour to Mono the correct way, cost will be £4.00 payable on the night

Monday 7th April we have a Guest  speaker Jim Hartie who will be giving a talk on Photo Fusion/Creative awareness which I am sure we can all learn something from so should be a good evening

Here is what Jim himself says he will be doing

A miscellany of digital imagery, tips & ideas – so does the camera always lie?

This talk sort of continues from where “Fine Art” left off – exploiting the creative avenues open to us in both Photoshop/Elements and assorted plugins - showing you images before and after - they have been run through a variety of processes on a computer – and how to achieve them – and an opportunity to see the software in action – using PS CC, PSE 12, Silver Efex - (supported by ‘THE PHOTODEX CORPORATION’ - it runs in ProShow Producer

There will be an opportunity for topics if requested by your members on any of the software that I am using in the first part to be demonstrated in the 2nd half – I have some of my own demos but can always answer anything if  the audience requests it – be it on SILVER EFEX, PHOTOSHOP CC, ELEMENTS 12, or PROSHOW PRODUCER/GOLD

All Guests will of coarse be very welcome and it may help you make up your mind if this is the club for you

Monday the 31st March is the second round of our Print League competition and the subject is "Performing Arts" which will be judged by Trevor Mc Hugh 

All Guests will be very welcome and we kick off at 8.00 and finish approx 10.00 with a break for Coffee about 9.00

On Monday 24th of March our Guest speaker is Bob Brind-Surch with his presentation "Take Control of your Camera"   he is a wildlife photographer who has been to the club before and his talks and images are always very good

All Guests will be very welcome to attend

On Wednesday 19th March there will be a workshop (Members Only) where I will be discussing the use of filters in Elements and using the Dodge, Burn and Sponge tools, then if time allows I will be showing how to Hand colour a Mono image on the computer. 

Bring your own Laptops and work along with me although there are usually two spare laptops for members to use.

On Monday 17th March we have the second round of our Digital League Competition which is on the subject of Transport and there are over 100 entries over the 3 sections of Novice, Intermediate and Advanced 

All Guests will be made very welcome

On Monday 10th March  we had Liz Hatten with her husband Barry as our guest speakers with her presentation on the Falkland Islands and what a brilliant evening that was voted as one of the best presentations ever

All Guests are more than welcome

3rd March will be our Miller Trio Competition which usually produces some reall good pictures the idea being to present 3 pictures on the same theme on a single Black Background

All Guests are welcome

February 24th we have John Fryatt as our Guest Speaker on the Rushden Open Presentation

All Guests are welcome

February 17th is the First round of our Print League Competition and I am sure competition will be intense amongst the members. The Judge this evening is Garry Jackson.

All guests are very welcome

Wednesday 19th February is our next workshop and this will be on the subject of how to use Lightroom and will be run by Iain Sells. Cost for this evening is £4.00 and is only available to Members

February 10th is a 'members evening' although everybody will be more than welcome , during the evening there will be a chance for members to show off some of their own work and to get friendly critique from more advanced members, also as Workshop Secretary I will be available to try and give members any help or guidance either with their camera or computer, and it will also be a great chance for everybody to mingle and try to get to know each other better.

On February 3rd we had the 1st round of our Digital Projected Image League Competition.  The Judge this week was Stuart Hewins.  We had an amazing turnout with 46 members and guests and saw some fantastic images (from all three categories), the Judge gave some great critique on the pictures presented to him, with many members commenting on another excellent evening at the club.