The University of Leeds Photography Society – “probably the best society in Leeds”. You heard it here first! Not only does the society offer you usage of a large selection of photographic equipment, dark room facilities and trips out to a photographer’s paradise, but we now also have a member’s blog; and we want yourhelp.

If you’re tired of taking hundreds of pictures only to consign them to your laptop, or perhaps watching them fetch a meagre amount of Instagram likes from friends that don’t quite understand your photography obsession then look no further. Every fortnight I will be publishing a thematic focus article featuring photos submitted by society members – the perfect opportunity to get your work seen and admired by a community of fellow photography enthusiasts. All you have to do is, well, submit photos of your choice! The best three photos submitted each week will be featured in the article and they will form the basis of the comments on the theme.

The thematic aspect of the blog will see articles published fortnightly on a Thursday so to give your photos a chance of maximum exposure on the blog (pun intended) submit them no later than 11:59pm on the Tuesday of that week by e-mailing e-mail should be accompanied by your name, where you took the photo and if you wish, any camera settings or detail about why you took the photo.   

If you’re sat there reading this and thinking that your photography isn’t good enough for the blog then don’t worry – it is! By ‘best’ I don’t always mean the most aesthetically pleasing pictures or the ones with a perfect pallet of colour. I’m looking for submissions that are creative,inspiring or interpret the theme in a unique way. Remember anyone can take an amazing picture. From those with the humblest of camera phones to those who have the most expensive cameras accompanied by lenses larger than your budgets –I want to see your pictures!

In honour of the PhotoSoc blog starting the first theme will be ‘beginnings’. Quite simply I’m looking for photos that you took as you first started doing photography. Use your creative license and interpret that in your own unique way. The best three pictures will be published in the 13th December article so send them in to us by the end of the 11th December for a chance to feature in the first thematic article of the PhotoSoc blog. The next theme will be announced in that article. If, like me, you organise all of your photos into neat, chronologically ordered folders then finding these pictures shouldn’t be too hard – choosing your favourites might be! If you’ve not gotten around to this yet then it’s a brilliant opportunity to look back on all of the photos that you’ve taken and see how much you’ve improved. The featured pictures will also get a place in the gallery in the ‘features’ tab of the blog.

As I have already said, this is a fantastic opportunity to share your work among a community of all-ability photographers and I am very much looking forward to seeing your submissions!

In the meantime, for any camera advice keep checking the creatively named ‘camera advice’ tab on the blog. This will be updated periodically with little tips on camera settings and general technical advice accessible to every level of photographic skill.

Featured image: Leeds Observation Wheel – taken on Canon 1300D, 18-55mm lens

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