RCPS Press Report 14th January 2016

After all the festivities it was back to normal when guest speaker, Paula Beaumont came to talk about ‘Getting Down and Dirty’. Paula, who lives in Nidderdale, has her own photography business specializing in engagement, pre-wedding, wedding, maternity, newborn, cake-smashing, toddlers and family portraits as well as family lifestyle, outdoor shoots. (We did query the ‘cake-smashing’ which, said Paula, was an American import whereby small children sit on a large plastic sheet and are given a big sticky cake, most of which goes anywhere but in the child’s mouth whilst all the time the photographer captures the event!).
Paula’s parents were photographers so it is no surprise that she decided to follow suit and although she does a lot of studio work to generate and sustain an income, her own passion is for landscape photography and this formed the core of her very interesting presentation. Thanks to ‘Norton’, her trusty Land Rover, Paula said she utilizes the green lanes of North Yorkshire and beyond to seek out locations that will give her suitable subjects such as waterfalls that can be transformed with the use of a ‘big stopper’ filter or landscapes with big skies. With regard to the latter, she said that she found the use of a Topaz plug-in a useful aid to pulling out detail in the sky.
She spoke with passion and an infectious enthusiasm, using photographs of herself to show how she did get down and dirty to capture shots, and then the shots themselves that she captured from such positions. Paula also showed examples of her saleable work from prints to calendars and cards.
John Elvin gave a vote of thanks for a very entertaining and interesting presentation and congratulated Paula on being admitted to the UK Guild of Photographers, a prestigious trade body that has a limited membership of only around 150 people, such is their desire to ensure only excellent photographers who also offer equally excellent customer-care in a safe environment can become members.
Now, if you live locally you will no doubt find that a free copy of the Ripon Review drops through your letterbox every month. This month’s copy is of greater interest than usual given that it is an RCPS member’s photograph gracing the front cover. It’s a very useful reference, (the Ripon Review of course, not the member’s photograph!), for those unexpected moments when you have to find someone who can do a job or provide a service.
On 18th January, Elaine Ligo will be judging our popular Landscape competition and the week after Giles Rochell will be our guest, speaking about Photography for News. Given the number of mobile ‘phones with cameras that are in circulation it does mean that potential news photographers abound! On the same night as Giles visits, entries have to be in for the Sport and Photojournalism competition. The rules for this competition state that sports photography covers all kinds of sport; a sport image is often, but not always, an action shot. For this competition, photojournalism is taken as meaning an image that tells a story, documenting an aspect of human life. It includes both news stories, not necessarily current, and social documentary images. Images may be in colour or monochrome.
On Saturday, February 27th we are holding a public event when internationally acknowledged filmmaker and photographer, Michael Pitts, presents ‘In at the Deep End: Capturing Detail and Drama Underwater’. Michael has won Emmy awards, particularly for filming some of the most memorable David Attenborough programmes, including The Private Life of Plants and The Blue Planet. It promises to be a great afternoon at Ripon Grammar School with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £7 for Under 16’s – more details later and on our web-site.