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Photography Club

The photography club is run each Friday by Mr Williams and Mr Britton from 1.30pm - 2pm in ICT2 and is open to all students. You don't need your own camera (although you are welcome to bring one) as we have some you can use.

We cover a range of topics and styles, including portrait, B&W, nature and wildlife and landscapes, which change each term. We try to make it a fun but informative atmosphere where students can learn and improve their photography skills. We have some very talented students who are producing amazing results.

The course structure from September 2016 will be:

  • Term 1 - Basics: including aperture, depth of field, composition, shutter speeds and ISO.
  • Term 2 - Nature & Wildlife: from flowers and trees to insects and animals
  • Term 3 - Portraits: people and animals
  • Term 4 - Black & White: contrast, shadows and texture
  • Term 5 - Landscapes: interesting weather, shooting in low light and filters
  • Term 6 - Students Choice: students will choose a category and have the term to perfect their final photograph for the end of year competition.

The gallery shows a selection of the photographs that have been taken by our students and it will be updated each term.


Eco Animal Encounters

On Friday 11th March the photography club had a visit from Tom Charlton of Eco Animal Encounters. Tom is a herpetology expert and photographer and travels the world documenting snakes. He has worked with people such as Nigel Marven (Nigel Marven's 10 Deadliest on ITV) and his photographs have been used in many publications.

The students had the chance to photograph some animals up close and gain tips on how to get the best out of their shot. Tom brought in a scorpion, tarantula, tree frog, African bull frog and a spotted python. After creating some backgrounds for the animals to be photographed against Tom guided the students on the best way to frame the animals, get the best angle and create a natural looking picture.

The students have produced some great images and we very much appreciated Tom's time and expertise. We hope to have another visit from Tom in the future.

Ian Wade

On Friday 22nd April, Ian Wade joined the photography club for a talk on landscape photography, which is this terms topic. Ian is a local photographer so it was interesting to see some photos of Bristol and it gave the students some insight into what could be achieved on their doorstep.

The students were full of questions throughout the talk and it was great to see them so engaged. Ian shared stories from his own personal experience (some funny stories) and showed what could be achieved with different equipment, including smart phones. He showed some stunning pictures taken on his iPhone 4 to show you don't need expensive cameras. Ian also made the point that the most important thing in photography is to have fun!

At the end of the talk Ian spent some time looking at the landscape photographs students had taken, giving them feedback and advice. We look forward to seeing how they have put the advice Ian gave them into practise over the next few weeks.


End of term competition

In this last term the students were allowed to choose a topic that interested them for the end of year competition. We asked them to write a short brief on what they wanted to do and why. They also had to write a few lines about any issues they faced or actions they took to get the final result. This was to allow us to see what they had learnt over the last year.

We were surprised at the high quality of the entries and judging a winner and runners up would have been a very tough decision.  Luckily we didn’t have to make this choice as Ian Wade, who joined us for a talk in April, judged for us.  Ian wasn’t able to join us for the prize giving but emailed us the results. He said:

'WOW, these are all great and each one is so different. I am blown away with the standard and it's been really hard to pick a winner because each one is so good! Each photographer has tackled a different subject from landscape,underwater, black and white and still life! They should all be very proud indeed.'

Ian also kindly commented on each photograph, as seen below


Winner – Josie Morgan

'What a beautiful image this is! It's tranquil, idyllic and calming! The composition is perfect with light green leaves in the foreground leading in the beautiful crisp reflection in the lake and then to the majestic castle. The castle has beautiful soft cream and brown colours and lush green texture of the plants growing on the rundown walls. The light is great as it's a dullish day so nothing is in shadow; all the castle is visible showcasing it's beautiful stonework. Quite simply it's a beautiful image, with beautiful colours and a beautiful feel. You should be extremely proud of this image.'

1st Runner Up – Annabel Levett

'This is a fantastic image full of great lines, angles and bags of mood. The composition is spot on and the decking really draws the eye towards the main building. The tones in the black and white are beautiful and add mood and feeling to the image. I would have been proud to have taken this image because it's bold and beautiful. Excellent work!'

2nd Runner Up – Kieron Obee

'Reading Keiron's write up really tells me he is an extremely technical photographer, the sort of photographer I could learn a thing or two from! The set up is really, really good show casing a measured approach where nothing is left to chance. Kierion's photoshop skills again look excellent. I really like the bold red colours of the flower and the grey tile behind it makes the flower jump out. It really gives a professional look and it's really clever how he has added in all the different components. Another top notch image!'

Highly Commended – Anna Harris

'This image really jumps out at me. First of all because it's so different and there is so much much going on within it. I love underwater images because it gives an insight into another world. It's a brave image to enter into a competition and you should be commended for that. It shows you have a creative eye for photography and like to present something different. I could see this as a canvas in my living room! Really well done and great underwater photography work Anna.'

Highly Commended – Isobel Clothier

'What I really like about this image are the shapes and textures in it. Especially the roof. Isobel has managed to really bring this out. It also leads the eye through the dark of the tunnel to the bright sunshine at the end with the beautiful green colour of the plants. It's a great image'


Well done to everyone who entered, especially Josie, Annabel, Kieron, Anna and Isobel.  Also we’d like to say a big thank you to Ian for taking time out to judge the photos for us.