Welcome to Ripon City Photographic Society

We live in times when nearly everyone has access to a camera via their phone and which often includes image manipulation in some form or another, as well as a huge range of cameras, lenses and filters. Sometimes our images change beyond all recognition into creative works of art. The area of image manipulation can be a contentious one and the types of images that are created can cause much discussion and debate but here at RCPS we relish that because by seeing what is possible, it can inspire you to create extraordinary images

One of the aims of our Society is to aid our members in extending their photographic skills, both in the images, they take and the post-processing to create the image you aspire to. Although one of the great things about digital photography is that you can easily delete images you are unhappy with, here at RCPS we are aiming to ensure you get your best image first time around.

We offer a number of in-house competitions over the season and as well as an increasing number of members entering images to the Yorkshire Photographic Union (YPU) and other international salons. The Committee has endeavoured to provide categories that cover various subjects in order to try and inspire everyone and we hope the feedback from the judges can also give you pointers to develop your skills further, so we encourage you all to enter the competitions.

Word from our President

On behalf of Ripon City Photographic Society I would like to welcome you to a new season, new opportunities to enjoy photography, new friends and hopefully a new start after such a difficult covid influenced year.

I am delighted to be able to spend a year in the company of such an energetic and supportive committee, with all their work and support of our members we are able to offer and enjoy a hugely
varied programme which starts officially in September and runs until mid-April.

This coming season we are mindful of the covid safety needs and we have moved our venue to a well-ventilated community hall giving our members the environment to meet each other and feel as confident as possible about being covid free.

This season I am hoping we can increase the number of workshops and hands-on projects linking this with more member ‘lecturettes’, we all take many images and I always look forward to seeing the work of others, something that is sometimes difficult to do within a busy seasonal programme, which is filled with visiting speakers, presentations, competition judging as well as learning opportunities through workshops and shared knowledge.

I would like to look to increase the mentorship within the society with a view to increasing our exposure (sorry no pun intended), offering more opportunities for members to gain recognized distinctions if required and generally looking to canvas ideas from members. Competitions are a favorite for some members and to try and balance out the year we have 5 externally judged competitions this year as well as the President Cup competition.

We would love to have new members join us, you just need an interest in photography and if you enjoy a chat, coffee and cake then so much the better. We meet on a Monday evening at St Wilfrids Community Hall in Ripon.

We have the summer months free to meet up informally and re-energize for the coming season, if you would like to join us and take a moment out of your week to see what we are doing and share some knowledge, images and generally spend some time focused on our common interests please contact us through the website.

Look forward to seeing you and your photos.

Suzanne Lamb
2021 – 2022

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