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

Welcome to Ripon City Photographic Society. We are a friendly group of people interested in all aspects of
photography. We have members with a range of interests from wildlife, landscape, architecture, sport, action to portraiture and more. We have members who have been enthusiasts for many years and also people who are relatively new to photography – we all learn from each other. All are welcome.

We like to think of ourselves as community minded and have undertaken several community projects including a Remembrance Day DVD which raised money for the Royal British Legion and a Yorkshire Day project which also produced a DVD of the day’s events. Additionally we produced a Yorkshire Day photo book which was recently presented to Ripon Council.

Our flagship community event is our Annual Photographic Exhibition. This free event ( Held in Allhallowgate
Methodist Hall in Ripon ) showcases the society’s work with print displays and a slide show of digital images on a large TV screen. There are also talks throughout the day and refreshments are available. This year ( 2023 ) it’s on Saturday the 2nd of September – 9.00AM to 4.00PM.

We hold weekly meetings from September to April where we hold talks, workshops and competitions. During the spring and summer months we have photo forays to, amongst others, interesting events, landscape locations and nature reserves.

One aspect of photography we are focusing on more is the smartphone. The increasing use and sophistication of the cameras on these devices is making photography more accessible than ever to a wider and more diverse audience. If you have a smartphone and would like to get more out of it from a photographic standpoint, then come and join us. Equally, if you have a compact, bridge or DSLR and would like to develop your skills and knowledge you are all welcome.

We meet on Monday evenings at St Wilfrid’s Community Hall at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

We look forward to welcoming you to our fold.

Stuart Ward
President, Ripon City Photographic Society

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