Other articles about Bradford Photographic Society or photography in general


Our friendly and informative meetings run from September to May, and are normally held at the Upper Bolton Social Club (Idle Road, Bradford, BD2 4JN) on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until approximately 9.30pm.

You can find our syllabus for the year under the BPS Events section. Prospective members are welcome to attend a meeting free of charge before (hopefully) deciding to join us.
Our members have a wide range of photographic interests, experience, and equipment. You can see examples of our photography in the Gallery section. 

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Whilst clearing our archives, I came across this video produced by one of our former members. I gives a short history the early years of photography.

The original files were for a Pictures2Exe composition, which I have converted to AVI format.

History Of Early Photography

You will have to right click on the file and save it to your computer before palying.



We all talk today about fantastic Japanese and German lenses, but we should not forget the old British lenses. When I was a young shaver, I bought an enlarging lens in a second hand shop for 4 pounds. A Taylor-Hobson Ental 2 80mm. At the time, I had a Minolta and an enlarging Nikkor lens. The Taylor-Hobson beat them both, hands down, so I sold them and made a decent profit.

At the time, all the Hollywood Mitchell BTN film cameras were equipped with British Taylor-Hobson lenses, and many a famous movie was shot through a British lens. But, alas, we could not compete in price with the Japanese, and the British camera industry went under. I have had, over the years, several British-made cameras, but the bodywork and shutters were not up to the German standard of workmanship. But the hand-built lenses were something to marvell at. Incedently, I still have that Taylor-Hobson enlarging lens kicking about somewhere.

The Bradford Photographic Society is a friendly group of amateur and semi-professional photographers, who meet every Thursday at 7.30pm (from September to June) in the downstairs meeting room of the Upper Bolton Conservative Club. Membership currently stands at about 50. Abilities range from novice to advanced, all ages welcome.

Our weekly meetings provide two things:

  • presentations on different aspects of photography, lasting up to 90 minutes
  • the opportunity for a friendly chat with like-minded people

The BPS produces a yearly Programme to cater for members' interests, and competitions to push the individual and provide useful feedback. Visitors are invited to attend a few meetings, free of charge, before deciding to join, and will be made very welcome. Membership is by payment of a yearly subscription of £35 (£30 concessions, £50 couple), which works out at 80 pence per meeting!

The BPS was founded in 1860, making it one of the oldest photographic societies in the world. It was one of the founders of the Yorkshire Photographic Union, and is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. It is also a member of the West Yorkshire Inter-club group, winning the 2013-14 championship.

  • Do you have a definitive attitude to your photography?
  • Do you really try and take your time in setting up the perfect composition, for what is available, to make the perfect image?
  • Do you consider using Aperture or Shutter priority, rather than Auto Program?
  • Do you consider if exposure compensation will help to improve the final outcome?
  • Are you sure the White Balance on your camera is set for the current conditions?
  • Should you shoot in Raw or Jpeg or Tiff?
  • Would Landscape or Portrait format suit the composition better?
  • Would changing the ISO help, or cause unnecessary noise, or improve a given effect situation?
  • Would it be better to wait for the light/darkness to arrive just get the perfect image?
  • Have you checked the settings on your camera since last time you used it?

I am sure everybody at sometime have considered some of the above points prior to pressing the shutter button. Perhaps some of us suffer from the machine gun effect, assuming that if we take enough, some images will come out good.

  • Do we take the image and believe that it will look better after some post-processing in Photoshop?
  • Do we shoot an image to suit a title, or think of a title afterwards?

I think the answers to some of these questions are very simple. Photography should be enjoyable, no matter what standard of ability you are at, and no matter what equipment you use. It is an activity which can never be completely learnt in any one lifetime, no matter what age you start at. Technology is like moving sand, it constantly changes and we go to the next level. However, it is this constantly changing battle that keeps our interest going, If there was not a challenge, where would the fun be? Photography is a media for all, no matter what your gender, age, abled or disabled. Photographers come from every walk of life. So why continue making these decisions by yourself?

Join the Bradford Photographic Society and be involved with like-minded people, and share the satisfaction that only Photography can give.

Paul Richards (President), BPS