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This is the home of Hemel Hempstead Photographic Society - serving an active community of photographers of all abilities and with diverse interests with a programme of events and competitions to improve skills, increase knowledge and expand creativity. And if we can have fun along the way, so much the better!

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Evening shoot “Out and about in the Old Town” on 8th September Print E-mail
Written by Dennis Barlow   

The renovations to the Old Town and the High Street are complete and there are many interesting features in the area.

The competition, apart from being a bit of fun, is intended to allow you to :

Demonstrate the exceedingly good performance of your state of the art DSLR at high ISO settings….
Or, Try your hand at some “street photography”
Or perhaps, try your hand at some “light trails” in the dark
Or, show your skills with speedlights and “off - camera flash set ups”
Or even demonstrate all four!

Those taking part will be split up so that we get four or five groups out and about in the area. 

Bring your camera, tripod, speedlights and any other lights together with original ideas to produce some outstanding shots that are up to our usual high standard

We will complete the shooting stage, with return to the OTH by 2100hrs.

Groups will review and select their three best images and we will need them downloaded onto the computer by 21:30hrs.

The best photographs, (up to three) from each group will be projected and judging (by the members present) will be on a knockout basis to find the best image of the evening. There might also be a prize for the winners!

Footnotes – it rained when we did this activity last year – so be prepared!  Sunset on 8th September  will be at 19:34hrs with twilight up to around 20:15hrs.

Compiled by Vince Stone

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:07
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My Best Holiday shot Competition" Print E-mail
Written by Linda van Geene   

1st September 2014

Welcome by our new Chairman

Followed by a projected image competition

"My Best Holiday shot Competition"

There are no limits on the number of entries and they can be black and white or colour

Entries for slides on the night.

Digital entries please sent to Secretary Linda at By 27th August 2014

Lindas email

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The Entries will be judged by a members panel of Judges

To date(21/8/2014) I have received no entries

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:52
Chairman's Blog Print E-mail

Two years on ...


Hi everyone, this is the last blog from me as my two years of office have come to a close. As you know this was my second term of office, I have enjoyed the responsibility but the second term has been tougher, primarily because of the tremendous amount of change that has taken place. First off we lost the dark room and had to find temporary storage, but the end result was good, giving us a much improved storage place for our equipment. This was followed by more disruption as we were removed to St. Mary’s Church Hall for three separate periods of time; thankfully we are now back home. Another major change was having to split up the role of internal competition secretary and subsequent changes to the committee. Also the digital group changed into the TnT group.

Another major change has been the website, after loosing our brilliant webmaster Taj we lost our way, but thankfully we have devised a way (which will cost us some outside investment) of getting the site refreshed, renewed and updated –I am hoping that this will be in full swing by the start of the next season.

I have to say that the work done by the committee members during these changes has been really appreciated they could not have been done without their complete dedication to the club and its members. Not forgetting the contribution from non-committee members such as Sophie Saunders and John Marshall who both continue to regularly do much work behind the scenes.

There have been many good moments one being our President reaching the age of 90 which we celebrated with a cake –and now I discover he has been in the club for 50 years –I intend to recognize that at the presentation evening-according to Mavis his wife he has only missed about six meetings in all that time –what a record!

This last year we performed the best we have for many years in the External competitions –judging by the great results at our annual exhibition commentary I have great hopes that we may well do even better in the coming year. During the two years we also had some members get commendations in the North West Federation competition

We have now formulated a policy for encouraging younger members and have a strong set of guidelines to help us deal with any serious contenders in the future. We have, for short periods of time, over the two years had three interested younger people- and the son of one of our advanced members enters some of the projected image competitions so we have made a start.

We have spent some of our accumulated savings and updated our laptop to a Mac Book Pro, which in combination with our existing projector and HDMI connectivity will improve our projected image presentation.

During the term we have inevitably lost some members, but the good news is we have gained some really enthusiastic new members who have all done well in competitions-Congratulations to them.

I believe the club is still in good shape –I know you will all give Ully your backing in the next couple of years.

Best wishes to you all and thanks for your support.