Packhorse Bridge

Not sure what it’s all about? Have a look at some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. Do I have to be an experienced photographer to join your society?

A. We were all beginners at one time.  Stokesley Photographic Society welcomes everyone, newbies and the more experienced.  Our more experienced members are always willing to offer help and advice if asked.

Q. Do I have to enter the competitions?

A. Not at all.  Entering competitions can be fun and a good way to improve your photography by listening to, and interpreting the comments given by the “judge”.  But you can enjoy the competitions and perhaps learn more by just being at the meeting on a competition night.

Q. Do I have to own an expensive camera?

A. No.  Somebody with a compact camera or even a smartphone can produce as good a photograph as another person with a single lens reflex (SLR).  When you want to achieve more than you can with your compact camera, that is the time to invest in a more advanced model such as an SLR, which is more versatile.

Q. Some photographers on the website have letters after their names, what do they mean?

A. Some people like to set themselves goals in life and it is the same with photography.  It isn’t compulsory but can be fun to do.  If you join the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) you can apply for their distinctions Licentiate (LRPS), Associate (ARPS) and Fellow (FRPS).  The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) also has its own distinctions, CPAGB, DPAGB and MPAGB.  Another way of achieving distinctions is to enter British or international exhibitions.  After achieving a certain number of acceptances you may be awarded BPE, FIAP or PSA qualifications depending on which series of exhibitions are entered.

Q. I would like to improve my photography, do you run courses?

A. We do not at present run formal courses on photography but members have found they learn a lot by coming to meetings and seeing the work of other photographers as well as chatting to other members and visiting speakers at the end of the formal meeting when tea/coffee is available.  Some members even carry on the chat in the pub before going home!

Occasionally one of our experienced members will hold some informal classes (no more than 4 people at one time) but you must be a member to take part.

There is also an "Internet Pictures Group" for beginners where they can post their pictures anonymously on the site and receive constructive feedback from one or two more senior members of the club.

Q. Do you have to be a member to attend a meeting?

A. You are welcome to come to any meeting as a visitor.  If you decide to join then you will be eligible to enter the club competitions.

Q. Has everybody changed to digital photography?

A. Most of our members do have digital cameras but there are still one or two members who use film cameras.  Some members use both film cameras and digital cameras.

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Updated: April 2019