Tetbury and District U3A - Photography Notepad

Updated 28th April 2022

This page has been set up to help share information about the Tetbury and District U3A Photography Group with its members. Click on the link below to go to the main district website (new page).

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This page that will be updated with the latest information for group members, especially concerning meetings and trips out. It will not contain any personal details.


2022 - Lots To Do!.
Our next event will be a visit to Bowood House on 31st May to photograph the Rhododendrons. The 2022 program can be found at the foot of this page.

We did not get the chance last year, but in 2022 we will be opening some meetings to all the members of Tetbury and Malmesbury U3A (not just the photo groups). This may bring us more members and will help get our efforts recognised!


Coaley Peak and the Uley Long Barrow on the 26th April.
A nice day out - the weather was very kind even if a little misty towards the Severn and Wales. Six of us spent a very pleasant couple of hours exploring, chatting, shooting and in my case 'waiting for the light to be right'. Hopefuly there will be a few images uploaded to our Flickr pages soon.

Cotswold Aerodrome, Kemble, 29th March.
Our first shooting trip since the end of November 2021! Nigel set up the trip, and 5 of us met at 10:30 at the AV8 Cafe, unfortunately 3 of the group had recent Covid contacts and decided not to come. A dry but grey and cold day we spent some time drinking coffee, chatting and waiting to see if the conditions improved. Unfortunately they did not so we went out looking for something to photograph. There were plenty of subjects and we all managed to take some shots including static plane displays, aircraft waiting dismantling and a light aircraft landing - now we just need to see how successful we have been.

2022 Planning, Photographer's Question Time and How To Use Flickr, 22nd February.
This was the first meeting since the end of November 2021, so we all had some catching up to do. We discussed what the group wanted to do and agreed the 2022 Program, discussed questions on phorography, editing tools and computing, and looked at how we use Flickr to support the group (with a live demo) - the notes and links to Flickr can be found in a document at the foor of this page. Everyone thought it was a good session and we even had a new prospective member - who has now joined!

Pre-Christmas Lunch - 30th November at The Cat and Custard Pot, Shipton Moyne.
This was the last meeting of 2021. Ten members of our group came along and we had a very nice meal with good company - enjoyed by everyone and a big thank you to the organiser (you all know who she is).

Westonbirt Arboretum Autumn Colours Shoot, 26th October.
9 of us plus a member of the Malmesbury U3A group met at the arboretum entrance; after a quick chat we spilt up for 2 hours of wander-and-shoot, finishing at the cafe at 16:00. The weather, whilst overcast, was dry and not too cold and everyone enjoyed the afternoon (if not the photography then the chance to chat).

Group catch up and basic flash portraiture, 14:00 on 28th September.
A really interesting, well attended and enjoyable catch-up, with 4 new members - welcome!. After introductions most people had brought along sets of images to review. The images were discussed and questions were raised and answered as to how they could be improved. What was clear was that everyone in the group has a 'good eye' for an image, some have an artistic background and sometimes struggle with the technical, whilst others have a technical background and struggle with the art! This was followed by a discussion of basic flash gun use and how to overcome some of the problems this can bring.

Know Your Camera Afternoon, 14:00 on 21st September
To help new members get the best from their cameras (and phones!) we held a session at Cafe 53, covering general camera use and basic composition.

New Members Meeting, 31st August and 7th September
Following the open morning at The Goods Shed in August, the group leader met with 6 prospective new members at Cafe 53. Whilst 2 have sadly decided not to join our group at this time, there are still 4 who would like to take up our passtime.

July Meeting - Pub Lunch.
Many members were away at the end of July, so it turned out to be a very small (2) group at lunch. As the summer holidays go by attendance at meetings will improve for the rest of the year.

June Meeting - Not held.

May Meeting - St Mary The Virgin, Hawkesbury
The group leader proposed that we had a session photographing St Mary The Virgin, Hawkesbury. He has had prior experience shooting here, having documented the creation and installation of 3 new stained glass roundels by a local artist, and was able to arrange access. It happened that a newly manufactured set of 8 bells was being stored in the church, newly dressed with fresh flowers and waiting installation. As a bonus the bell loft and roof were accessible (if you could take the steep, narrow climb up an ancient stone spiral staircase and the vertiginous height of the tower!). This was followed by a trip to a local cafe for lunch. Everyone enjoyed the shoot and we are looking forward to sharing the images.

April Meeting - Monochrome in Tetbury
After a poll of the members, we decided to move to Tuesdays as this seems to suit everyone. On Tuesday 26th we met at The Chippings in Tetbury for a walk and shoot with a twist - the images had to be in Monochrome. 5 people came along and we split up, meeting up again for an open-air coffee and chat in the Chippings car park. Everyone enjoyed the shoot and it will be interesting to see the results; monochrome requires a different approach, so the group leader provided a short note on the subject (see the bottom of this page).

Basic Editing and Problem Images Zoom Meeting - 24th February and 31st March 2021
We had a good discussion on editing workflow and how to edit problem images, with the group leader demonstrating his workflow using Lightroom. We held a follow-on session on 31st March at which members submitted an edited version of an image provided by the group leader, and one member provided a paper describing how to insert parts of images into other images. Members thought both sessions were worthwhile and informative.

Photographer's Question Time Zoom Meeting, 2nd February
Working on a series of questions posed by members with lots of discussion on a range of topics including Photobook production, software for slideshows with music, and computers and photography. Very well attended and enjoyable.

My Photographic Journey and Monochrome, 25th November
A very pleasant Zoom meeting; one member described his journey over the last 50 years, from a Kodak Brownie Vecta, via a Zorki 4 Leica look-alike made in Russia to modern digital SLRs, with holiday trips all over the world and latterly as a pro specialising in equine and industrial. Another member gave a talk on Monochrome photography.

Autumn Colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, 28th October - CANCELLED
The weather was very poor and it was decided to call off the trip a couple of hours beforehand. It did brighten up just before the due time so I went and got a few shots but the light was poor and it rained hard after about 40 minutes.

Malmesbury Abbey Gardens - 23rd September - CANCELLED
Very few members were able to attend the Abbey Gardens so the formal trip was cancelled.

Open Competition - July/August
An internet based competition of images by members of Tetbury and Malmesbury U3A photography groups. Entries were uploaded to a folder on Dropbox, max 4 images per person, with no restrictions on subject or date taken. There was a nice prize of a piece of custom made fused glass. The competition was won by a fine monochrome image of a classic dirt track motorbike and rider at speed. The image is pin sharp and beautifully timed.

Our work is still available to view on the photo sharing website Flickr.

The group Showcase is here.

Tetbury Wander and Shoot - 29th July
6 members of the group met up and spent a couple of ours taking photos of the town. A very enjoyable afternoon with some nice images taken.

Zoom Meeting - Favorite topics, Wednesday 24th June 2020
Most members had posted images on the closed Flickr group. Steve acted as MC, sharing the images for the group using Zoom and a number of interesting discussions ensued All who attended felt that the quality of the images was really good and that the session was very enjoyable.

Preparation for Zoom meeting, Wednesday 10th June 2020 by Email
After the last Zoom session it was clear that a Composition Quiz would be of limited use so instead Steve sent out details on what needed to be done to submit favourite images for the session on the 24th using Flickr.

A Zoom meeting in 2 parts, Wednesday 13 May 2020
Part 1 The group discussed composition, Part 2 the group discussed the editing challenge issued earlier in the month. These sessions were interesting and we all learnt something new about our art.

Editing Challenge,Wednesday 13 May 2020 by Email
A challenge was issued to edit 3 images provided by the group leader and loaded onto the Flickr Tetbury U3A Photo Group. Instructions were sent out by email and a couple of people have attempted the challenge.

Image Management and Image Editing Basics - Zoom Session, 29th Apr 2020
Two of the experienced members of the group organised a Zoom Video meeting covering Image Management and Basic Image Editing. As well as video/audio calling, Zoom can share your screen with other participants, so it was possible to demonstrate aspects of the discussion live, and everyone was able to contribute and ask questions. The session was a real success. The presentation on Image Management and the paper on Image Editing can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page.

Additional activity - Camera Quiz
The group leader put together a quiz about using your camera and sent it to everyone in the group as an aid to understanding how the camera controls work and interact. One of the members won with a score of 77% and will be sent a small prize. A link to download the questions and answers can be found at the bottom of this page.

Sharpness, 25th March - CANCELLED

Photo Session at Arnos Vale Cemetery, 26th Feb 2020
Despite the recent dire weather, the day was nice - cold, clear and dry with quite a bit of blue sky. 6 of us managed to make it in 2 cars and we spent 2 hours wandering around the Victorian graveyard; this provided many opportunities for creative shots and an ideal location to hone camera skills with each other's help. This was followed by a coffee in the excellent coffee shop on site (strange but true - they hold weddings on site as well) and everyone said that it had been a good trip with a couple of people saying they would be returning.

Meeting at the Railway Carriage, 29th Jan 2020
Another enjoyable meeting, this time covering the 2020 Program, entering competitions and composing images.

Feedback over the last few months and at the review indicated that we are doing what we agreed we would - be enjoyable, build camera skills and go out and take photos. Discussion confirmed that the group wants to get out and shoot (rather than stay in, chat, and look at images). The approximate program for 2020 is below; however this may change as the year progresses. We have lots more things we could do but agreed that holding monthly meetings was about right.

The group then discussed competitions and composition - for more information follow links below.

Useful Information

How to set up and use Flickr

Group Program 2022

Tips on Shooting Monochrome

How To Enter Competitions

About Composition

Organising Trips Out

Managing Images Presentation

Editing Images - Part One

U3A Quiz 1 Answers