2nd December Newsletter

Angie Cottis writes "What a great variety of speakers we had last night, well done and thank you to everyone who took part.  Rod the Gold Bus story to Plymouth was great, very different and entertaining.  I am not sure I could do the two hours there and two hours back by bus, but you never know.   Chris Arkell, well done your photo stacking was fantastic - I'm not sure I understood some of it - a tad too technical for me, but very interesting and some good results. A great photographic journey around Brixham harbour from Chris Champ was very interesting, along with some of your amazing underwater and other prints up on show for us all to see and appreciate. Willie showed some the great shots that members had taken during the famous Summer School.  Well done, so much effort put into the evenings, you certainly come up with some great ideas Willie. We had a lovely journey to Scotland with Stuart, as usual Stuart amazing landscapes. Last but not least and holding the fort, Mike Bond showing his fabulous aeroplane photos, sorry Mike I have forgotten where it was.

Here is a date for your diaries Friday 10 January to Monday 23 March 10am to 3pm, RPS South West Region is holding their Biennial exhibition of South West Region Members' work at Torre Abbey Museum and Art Gallery, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE.  I couldn't find our if it is free entry or not.

On Monday we have the results of the Sleep Trophy on the theme Modes of Transport.  The judge for the evening is John Baker. See you all Monday"

Studio Gear for Sale

Steve contacted the website with some home studio equipment for sale. If any members are interested, I know one or two of you are looking at home studio setups, you can contact Steve directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He writes:

This Interfit INT117 Super Cool-Lite 5 Fluorescent Lighting Kit is an all-inclusive kit with two heads, two Reflectors and two Softboxes plus two 2.3m (7.5ft) light stands - ideal for your own home studio. It offers a convenient and economical method of modern studio lighting, suitable for use with still digital or video cameras. It provides a soft uniform diffused light, ideal for Portraits or web based photography and can be setup in a choice of configurations to suit the desired effect. The Super Cool-lite 5 uses daylight balanced fluorescent lamps (five per head, each individually switchable) equivalent to around 600 watts of tungsten lighting per head for excellent quality results. The kit has been little used and is in top condition, it includes 9 x 28w lamps and 1 x 24w lamp (the only replacement I could get at the time).

This Kit Contains:-

2 x Interfit Super Cool-Lite 5 Heads

Each Head uses five fluorescent lamps (this kit contains 9 x 28w lamps and one 24w lamp)

Uses five individual toggle switches on the rear of each Head for precise lighting control

Operates silently, making it ideal for photo or video shoots

Remains cool to the touch, keeping your subject comfortable during prolonged photo shoots

Long 4m (13') Power Cables

2 x 58x60cm Softboxes with removable front diffuser

2 x 40cm high-contrast Reflectors

2 x COR750 4-Section Light Stands - 2.3m ( 7.5ft)

If any of your members are interested, I'm asking £170 for this kit and live in the Broadsands area of Paignton.

Section 2 Results Urban Landscape

Monday night saw the second of our themed competitions, Urban Landscapes, this time judged by Ken Holland of Dawlish & Teignmouth Camera Club. Ken is widely regarded, and for very good reason, as one of the most experienced judges in the south-west region. Unlike the Section 1 Competition, this was a print competition and entries were received across all three groups within the club. As usual the standard throughout the groups was very high and placings keenly contested, especially in the A and A1 groups. Ken commented that the overall level was excellent and that some of the entries in the A & B groups would not have been out of place in the A1 group which understandably was heartening to hear by the club as a whole. You can see the placed and highly commended entries in our competitions gallery.

Newsletter 18 November

Angie Cottis writes it was a really good evening on Monday, great judge, very complimentary of our photos and very fair. Well done to everyone who was placed. All of the images have been added to the competition gallery here on this website so take a look. 

On Monday we have George Collins the title of his talk is "In Search of Inspiration",  mmm could definitely do with some of that - should be interesting. 

Although this is nothing to do with photography (but there may be some photo opportunities) have a look at the lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/projects/thankstoyou for free entry to various lottery funded places of interest.  A few of the closest to us are Eden Project, Drogo Castle, National Trust Godolphin, Fleet Air Arm Museum.  Of course there are many others if you happen to be travelling in the UK. 

See you Monday, Angie Cottis

Newsletter 17th November

I hope that everyone has survived the cold and wet weather. It feels a little warmer the last few days, long may it continue.

Thanks to everyone who introduced the prints from the travelling print exhibition last week.  There were some very good prints, and we were lucky to have a couple from our very own Julie Mcgowan, well done Julie.  Also, well done to Russell Mcgowan for receiving a Silver medal for the Masters of Print. Only 60 prints are accepted throughout country and no one can enter more than one print.  Russell will be going to Birmingham at the beginning of December to collect his medal, well deserved Russell.

On Monday we have Ken Holland judging our Urban Landscape competition.Stuart Chapman is asking for volunteers to show some of their work for about 15 minutes on our Members night on 2 December. Please contact Stuart directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About The Club

Welcome to the Paignton Photographic Club website, designed to help showcase and promote the photography of its membership and the club as a whole. 

New members are always welcome, we run regular meetings across the autumn and winter inviting a wide range of guest speakers to talk to members about their photography including tips and tricks within their specialisations.

Recent Images

Section 1 Open DPI - Group B 6th Place John Dixon, Redcoat Section 1 Open DPI - Group A HC Chris Champ, Umbrellas In The Sky Section 1 Open DPI - Group A1 2nd Place Alex Hamer, Contemplation
Section 1 Open DPI - Group A1 1st Place Alex Hamer, Miss Day Section 1 Open DPI - Group B 1st Place Darran Thompson, St Pauls Catherdal Section 1 Open DPI - Group A HC Dorothy Mathews, Scarce Chaser
Section 2 Prints - Group A1 2nd Place Hamer, Alex_The Mall, Early Evening Section 2 Section 2 Prints - Group A Highly Commended Elliott, Ross_Closed Foot Path Section 2 Section 2 Prints - Group A1 4th Place Clarke, Peter_URBAN SPRAWL Section 2

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