Tetbury and District U3A - Photography Notepad

Updated 26th September 2021

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.

Now that the Corona virus pandemic restrictions have been loosened we are starting to get back to outdoor shooting whilst remaining alert to the situation.


As things start to return to normal activities for 2021 are being planned a month at a time and with an eye to the preferences provided by the members. We are also hoping to welcome back a few people who have not been able to attend recently and still intend to involve more members from Tetbury U3A in some activities when we can.

Group catch up and basic flash portraiture, 14:00 on 28th September at the St Michaels Church Hall.
*VENUE CHANGE* After a few meetings when we have not had the opportunity to compare notes, plus a nice summer of taking photos, we will be meeting to welcome some new members, take a look at what we have produced over the summer and learn a bit about basic flash portraiture.

Ideas for 2021/2022
A good set of replies to the questionnaire to group members about what they would like to do in 2021 has been received and compiled; the favourite subjects were Computing and Photography, Camera Skills, Photobooks, Composition, Night Photography, Architectural Photography, Family Portraits and Landscapes (in various forms). Also popular are Long Exposure Photography, Printing, Editing, Macro Photography, and Monochrome. At the very bottom of the list were Wet (film) photography, and Photojournalism.

We will be opening some meetings to all the members of Tetbury and Malmesbury U3A in 2021/2022 (not just the photo groups). This may bring us more members and will help get our efforts recognised!


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

Tips on Shooting Monochrome

How To Enter Competitions

About Composition

Organising Trips Out

Managing Images Presentation

Editing Images - Part One

U3A Quiz 1 Answers