Photo: © Sara Revell - Movement assignment

Photo: © Sara Revell - Movement assignment

VENUES

The Eridge group meets at The Nevill Crest & Gun pub.

The Nevill Crest & Gun
Eridge Road, Eridge Green, East Sussex, TN3 9JR

The London group meets at The Mudlark pub.

The Mudlark Pub
Montague Close, London, Greater London SE1 9DA

FACEBOOK GROUP

Everyone on the Photoclub courses can join the private Facebook Group to ask questions and share work-in-progress etc. You can request to join here if you have signed up for the Photoclub course.

ASSIGNMENTS

You will need a password to access these assignments which you get when enrolled on the course.

1. Home Sweet Home

2. Film Stills

3. Landscape Photography

4. Assignment 4

5. Assignment 5

MEETING DATES

August 2018 Season:

LONDON:

  1. Wednesday 30th August 2017 (7.00pm)
  2. Wednesday 26th September 2017 (7.00pm)
  3. Wednesday 25th October 2017 (7.00pm)
  4. Wednesday 29th November 2017 (7.00pm)
  5. Wednesday 20th December 2017 (7.00pm)
  6. Wednesday 24th January 2017 (7.00pm)

ERIDGE:

  1. Thursday 31st August 2017 (7.30pm)
  2. Thursday 27th September 2017 (7.30pm)
  3. Thursday 26th October 2017 (7.30pm)
  4. Thursday 30th November 2017 (7.30pm)
  5. Thursday 21st December 2017 (7.30pm)
  6. Thursday 25th January 2017 (7.30pm)

DEADLINES

Deadlines for submitting your coursework.

  • Sunday 24th September 2017 (Midnight)
  • Sunday 22nd October 2017 (Midnight)
  • Sunday 26th November 2017 (Midnight)
  • Sunday 17th December 2017 (Midnight)
  • Sunday 21st January 2017 (Midnight)

GALLERIES

See the photographs created by current and previous members of Photoclub Creative in the galleries at the bottom of this page.

RESOURCE PAGE:

Photoclub Creative

Photoclub Creative is a 6 month long creative photography course.

We currently run two physical versions and one online only version...

We run one version in London at The Mudlark pub in Borough Market.
We run another at The Nevil Crest & Gun pub in Eridge on the Kent & Sussex border.
We also run an online only version which can be taken from anywhere in the world.

The current season of Photoclub Creative started in August 2017 and finishes in January 2018. The next season of Photoclub Creative starts in February 2018.

Introduction

Photoclub Creative is about being creative and learning with like-minded people in a social environment. You can also connect and share ideas with these and other Photoclub members online via a private Facebook group. If you're looking for something to inspire you, improve your skills and push your photography to the next level, then this could be for you!

The course runs for 6 months which means you get 5 creative assignments to take part in and feedback on your images over that time to help you improve.

Ability

This course is really for most levels of photographer, the beauty is that I give you feedback based on you as an individual so nobody gets left behind. You could be a quite well established photographer but want to push yourself out of your comfort zones and try some different things to get you excited and inspired. Equally you could be relatively new to photography and want to get on and improve your skills whilst having a lot of fun. As you are open-minded to learning and trying new things with your photography then I'm positive this course will improve your photography.

Assignments & Feedback

Some people ask me what the assignments might be for this course. I'm always writing new ones but I can give you a few examples of previous assignments, please take a look at the galleries in the list, these are photographs taken by current and previous Photoclub members.

Every month you will be given a new creative photography assignment. I have written many assignments over the years of running Photoclub and these have proved very popular. They are always written in such a way to push you creatively but also to hopefully teach you something technical along the way. There will be 5 assignments in total.

At the end of every month you will submit 5 of your best images. Deciding on those 5 can be difficult and again maybe the Facebook group will be a good resource to help you with that. Submitting your images is easy, we get you set up with Dropbox and it's a simple as copying and pasting your images in to a folder.

You can also supply some copy with your images too and this will actually help me have some context and hopefully provide better feedback. Please just write some text in any word processing app (I use TextEdit on Mac) and save the text file in with your photos in Dropbox. The text can be about your images in general as a set or about each individual image.

When I receive your images I will produce a video screencast of myself talking over your images and offering advice on how to improve. This critique/feedback is something that has proved very successful and useful to members. The video will appear back in your Dropbox folder just a few days after you submit.

After you receive your feedback you will also receive the next assignment and we get started all over again. There will be 5 assignments in total, you will be given the last assignment on the 5th month and on the 6th month to receive you final feedback.

Facebook Group

Every member will be invited to a private Facebook group and I would encourage you to share your work-in-progress, your thoughts and generally bounce ideas around. This group is used for all of my Photoclub groups.

Prints & Slideshow

Each member will also receive 6x4 inch prints of their 5 submitted photos. One member of the group will receive a 12x8 enlargement of one of their images, we call this the 'commended print'. It's far from being a competition, I just select one image that has caught my eye and give that print to the photographer.

We also do a slideshow of everyone's images whilst in the pub and this will also be published here on my website.

Other perks!

10% Discount on 1-2-1 photography tuition whilst a member of Photoclub Creative.

A free weekend workshop tied in to one of the assignments. This is by no way essential, but if you are free on the day of the workshops then you are welcome to join us.

Objectives of the course:

The course encourages you to be more creative, to push the boundaries and move outside your comfort zones. To find a genre or sub-genre of photography that perhaps you didn't even know existed and to progress and enjoy your photography.

The video screencast feedback will help you improve both technically and creatively.

What will you need?

A camera: a Digital SLR (DSLR), CSC, Bridge or Advanced Compact camera
A pen and pad to make some notes.
A mobile phone, tablet or laptop (actually not essential, but useful)

FAQs:

Q – Do I need to attend all meetings and complete all the assignments?
A – No you don't, but the more you can attend the more it will benefit both you and the group.

Q – I only have a compact camera, but love photography, can I join?
A – Yes, there are no restrictions based on the type of camera you own.

Q – I only shoot film, can I join?
A – Yes. However, to review your photos you will need to provide high resolution digital scans.

Q – How many people will be in the group?
A – Up to 10 individuals in the group.

Q – Can I pay in instalments?
A – Sometimes. Please contact me first.

I’m confident that I can help you improve your photography, but don’t take my word for it, read what my clients have said about my courses on the testimonials page.

Terms & Conditions
Any courses booked cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Any courses booked are non transferable.
For full terms and conditions please visit the T&Cs page

 


Photoclub Members' Gallery
Aug 2017 Season


Assignment 2:
Film Stills

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to take photographs that were based around the theme of 'Film Stills'. The idea being to re-create a story (or make their own up) and illustrate with photography as if they were film stills.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.


Assignment 1:
Home Sweet Home...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to take photographs that were based around the theme of 'Home', to tell us something about them and to include at least one Self Portrait.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.

Text coming soon.

Bloss Spink - 'Home Sweet Home'

This is what made me who I am…

Over time we develop into who we are..influences from people..experiences (good or bad).

I have used photos of myself at varying times in my life and photos of people who have been a massive presence in my life even if they are no longer on this earth the memory of them still influence me today, how I may react to things, deal with things.

Moments, events, family, marriage, birth, death..everything you see has sculptured me into me..at this present moment in time.x

Carol Sinclair - 'Home Sweet Home'

I have chosen to represent my journey with these photos — some taken at my new home in Eastbourne (I have lived there since selling my house in Tunbridge Wells, back in April). Unfortunately, I have been away throughout September, so have taken the self portraits where I have been staying in Brixton.

  1. Bad days.
  2. Uncertainty.
  3. Family.
  4. New focus.
  5. Future.

Recent years have brought a number of ‘bad days’ and these have had a negative impact, but by focusing on a new sense of ‘family’ it is possible to build a positive future. This month, I have also retired from teaching and have begun to change how I live my life. With more time on my hands for creative pursuits, I have chosen to make my hands the main subject of my self portrait and I am wearing pjs to represent my new, relaxed pace of life! Finally, my granddaughter Ellie represents future joy…

Caroline Russell - 'Home Sweet Home'

1. Family Sunday Roast.
This image is a bit of a cliche but to me this is what home sweet home is all about.  Family coming over for Sunday lunch with lots of chat, laughter and a catchup. Here we have a typical scene. Ian, in his slippers! After calving then decides to re sharpen the carving knife while getting engrossed in car conversation with Georgie and Declan. Dec who should be serving my mother potatoes (in our family the children, however old has this job) is concentrating on the conversation and ignoring my mum. My mother completely oblivious to all around is fine because she has her wine and helps herself anyway to the roasties, lets hope they don’t end up on the floor. Georgie of course talks cars with mobile in hand (this will soon be in a box and not at the table!) while Dave gets on with looking after Willow who is happily munching away. I meanwhile am still producing food and nobody listens …. ‘someone, more veg!’ Even then I forgot the yorkshire puds. Four generations of girls here, love it. 

On show we also have the washing, the old toy basket now full boots and shoes, broom - a quick last sweep just as they all arrived no time for the dustpan and brush. Of course, the dogs with a shoe and a toy. Oh, and the watering can, to catch drips when it rains! Lol. I think you will discover that we have a very make do attitude!

2. Ironing and Clean Sheets.
I know it has to be done but, in case you haven’t guessed,  I really enjoy washing and ironing. Best of all is clean sheets. Here I am making the bed with fresh sheets. I have done the ironing and Pebble cat has taken up her usual position on a warm pillow case (in case you are wondering that one will be re-washed!) Dash cat is wondering what the tripod is, he normally chases the sheet! 

There is a painting of me, behind me wafting the sheet. This was done when I was about 5yrs old when we lived in Malaysia and I remember having to sit for hours, twice!  The cushion under the painting is for the cat, she enjoys looking out of the window in comfort. On my dressing table there is glass, I love glass. And some family photos. Hanging on the bed post is some knitting. The far chest of draws is the dvd player as I really enjoy films (espionage, murder mysteries, drama etc. There is string too, because the blinds keep breaking and I can never find the proper cord to replace! Magazines & hair dryer by the bed. And of course the basket of odd socks under the ironing board!  By the way I had this bed made for us, by Hamish Low the most amazing cabinet maker, with the money my Grandmother left me. 

I did have to do some editing in photoshop. 

3. The Kitchen, My Area - don’t touch a thing, I know where everything is!
At the end of the day or anytime I can.  Here I do everything. My accounts, emails, photo editing, knitting, sewing, book work, read magazines. Cuddle the dogs, cuddle the cat, plan the garden - everything. This is my place. Ian gets a corner of the dresser! For this assignment I have added some photos, as family is so much part of my life and think of them all the time when I’m sitting here. And there are some eggs from my hens. I was going to shut the little cupboard door on the right to keep the kitchen looking tidy (!) but it is rarely shut, so left it. Oh, and of course a good thriller on the TV to keep from getting bored!!!  

4. Home Sweet Home - now and for eternity! Without wishing to be sad or morbid this is where I hope most of my ashes will be scattered, but not for a very long time yet! Well that’s the plan. How lucky am I to live here with many, many happy memories in these fields, our woods and beyond in the neighbouring farmers hop gardens and orchards. This field has not only seen orchards, then various crops now it is a hay field but it has also seen the children grow and play.  We had numerous picnics here after school. They have cycled here and fallen off. Georgie and Dec had their first car, a pick-up at the age of 7. They would drive around the field with our GSD in the passenger seat. We have had friends over to toboggan in the snow and more. I walk here, in Pall Field, every day and often sit on the bench to watch the sun go down. You can see the path I take. I feel very happy to know that this is where I will be forever (I hope! But whatever happens I’ll find my way back) 

Love this photo - so thoughtful yet optimistic and has a ‘glass half full’ feel to it - which is how I strive to live my life.

5. Day Dreamer! A self portrait.
Wasn’t feeling well when I did this so you could be forgiven if you think I was a little delirious looking at the result. Lol. Although I did have huge fun - it was a tonic! I am in one of our woods, long and narrow with a little stream, dried up from the summer. Oh and this is the fallen tree I am always photographing but have never achieved a photo I like. Anyway, I have always been a day dreamer and I hope it shows it here in my portrait/s! I constantly make up stories or just day dream when I’m out walking the dogs.  Here I am dreaming/remembering my dear old Dad who is my hero and I’m so proud of him. The dogs are very attentive to my tales. I have albums, with me I have letters to and from Daddy, here in my old writing case from boarding school. I have his medals and a photo of him and of the Flyboat he flew during the war. Daddy walked me down the aisle on my wedding day and here I am wearing my wedding dress dancing and remembering happy times. I am still a child at heart (aren’t we all) and this child, as you can see, still climbs trees! The two empty mirrors are yet to be filled with a story or memory, but wait…. I think I can see one coming …. right there …. in the bubbles! My nickname by the way, Bubbles! 

Helen Prangnell - 'Home Sweet Home'

MY HOME
The sunflowers painting is my Nana’s. It was bought by my Grandad in 1967, to cheer him up as he had depression. It was always in my Nana’s house when I was growing up and after she died, it was in my mum and dad’s house. When my parent’s moved out of the family home, my mum gave me the painting. It is very special to me, as I was very close to my Nana. I am holding a picture of her which was taken in 1924, for my Grandad when they were first going out.

HOMELESS
There is a person who has been permanently living under the bridge at Finsbury Park station. I always admire the fact that they have created a small home for themselves. Two mattresses piled up, a made up bed with sheets and a duvet, soft toys and their belongings around them. They even hang their clothes on the road barrier opposite their bed. It shows that they are making a home from home as best they can in their circumstances, and still have pride in how they live.

SOHO
I’ve lived in London 30 years and have always felt that Soho is a home from home for me. I spend a lot of time there socialising in pubs and restaurants, visiting friends working there, shopping and visiting galleries and cinemas. I have signed petitions against the building works and development going on around Soho, which could potentially destroy its personality and heart. I also love street art and this graffiti caught my eye. It’s a statement I believe in, in a place that’s always felt like home.

SHOREDITCH
I spend a lot of time in Shoreditch too, and visit a street art gallery and shop owned by a famous street artist called DFace. This wall is next to his shop, and is often painted over by different artists he knows. This piece caught my eye as it’s colourful, and referenced HOME within it.

SOUTHBANK
I took this shot from the viewing platform at the top of the Tate Modern. I love architecture and liked the shapes in this building. I thought it was interesting how everyone’s homes were on display all down the building, in a very neat and regular way. I also managed to catch a black cab passing by the building in the bottom left hand corner, which I thought was a sweet bit of detail.


Photoclub Members' Gallery
Feb 2017 Season


Assignment 5:
Movement...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to work to the theme of Movement.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.

Assignment 4:
Smoke & Mirrors...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to work to the theme of Smoke & Mirrors.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.

Assignment 3:
Film Stills...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to take photographs as if they were film stills. They could choose an existing story to illustrate or make up their own.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.

Assignment 2:
Landscape...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to make Landscape photographs in either a thematic way or pictorial.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.


Photoclub Members' Gallery
Feb 2017 Season

Assignment 1:
Stranger Portraits...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to make portraits of strangers.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.


Photoclub Members' Gallery
Aug 2016/Jan 2017 Season

Assignment 5:
Shoot Like...

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to Shoot Like... a photographer of their choice and to let themselves be inspired them and to use something of theirs in their own set of images.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.

Andy Russell (Shoots Like... Pornchai Mittongtare)  /  Angelo Gifford (Shoots Like... Saul Leiter)  /  Bloss Spink (Shoots Like... Irving Penn)  /  Liz Cottingham
(Shoots Like... Wolfgang Tillmans)  /  Lorraine Pinkerton (Shoots Like... Jack Spencer)  /  Lotte Garner (Shoots Like... Ansel Adams)  /  Steve McCabe (Shoots Like... Martin Parr)


Assignment 4:
Night Photography

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to photograph at night in either half light or complete darkness. This could be done with long exposures, high ISO or with flash/artificial light.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.


Assignment 3:
Through Different Eyes

For this assignment Photoclub members were asked to find someone to interview and to ask this person questions about the area they live in. It was then the photographer's responsibility to photograph through that person's eyes, taking photographs that represented the way that person felt about their area.

All images are the copyright of the individual photographers.