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Camera Club Talks and Lectures in Kent


Dear all Clubs and Club Members,

I have had to come to a hard to decision to withdraw from all of my commitments in regards to talks and judging over the next 2 seasons and for the remainder of this one. I must apologise to all those of you whom I have not managed to respond to, this is very unlike me, I have just been very overwhelmed. Unfortunately Zoom Meetings doesn’t work for me as the area I live in has terrible internet connection. With on average 35 bookings across the season I know it is going to cause havoc to programs everywhere.

There are several reasons for this, firstly I started a new business in October, which is going really well; however, it is taking considerably more of my time than I expected. Thank you to all of those that have visited my new business already. On top of this business I am still running my photographic work, so evenings are spent writing pitches, responding to emails and editing shoots. Secondly, I am expecting my first child in October, with my already tight schedule I would like to leave some time available for my new family.

I was honoured to be awarded Premier Judge status earlier this year, and where possible will be open to judge a couple of Club Battles or larger competitions.

Thank you all for your support and understanding.

Darren Woolway ARPS, AMPA, Ba(Hons)

Camera Club Talks

All our talks have been created by request of different clubs, they vary in their approach as some are purely screen based and others involve live demonstrations. If you would like Darren to talk about a particular subject that is not listed then please get in contact and we will try to tailor a talk to your needs.

All our talks are priced at £60.00 within a 40 mile radius of Maidstone, outside this will be 45p per additional mile return for travel and may need expenses for meal & hotel if necessary. If a model is needed for the talk you can supply your own or one can be arranged for a surplus.

My Journey

This is an inspirational talk to help encourage members to reach the goals they wish to achieve. Darren shares with the club 3 RPS distinction panels, one of which did not pass.

Giving an insight into how he got into photography and his experiences Darren discusses his experiences in creating the panels and how the RPS and his network has helped him to achieve what a lot of amateurs wish to reach, to become a full time professional photographer.

The panel discussion and the showing of some of his hopefuls for the Fellowship take over the first half of the evening, with an extended tea break allowing the members to take a closer look at the work. In the second half Darren will show a selection of DPI’s on his most recent work, explaining the thinking behind each image and taking questions.

To get a feel of the type of imagery which will be shown please take a look at www.darrenwoolway.co.uk

Artifical & Mixed Lighting

In Studio and On Location

This talk teaches members the different types of lighting and modifiers available and how to use them. Examples of lighting diagrams for the studio and on location are shown with pictures of each set up to show the effects.

Mixing ambient light and strobe light is a great and effective skill, an explanation is given on how to do this and how to meter for it.

If you wish a model can be used to show live some basic lighting techniques, the camera can be connected to a computer and a projector so that you can see the results live.

In the second part of the talk you will be given a walk through of Darren’s post processing techniques and workflow he uses for portrait images.

The presentation is a mix of Power Point and live shooting.

Carnival, Notting Hill

The Commercial Process

1st Half
Each year we photograph for Bacchanalia Masband at Notting Hill Carnival. Creating the advertising and event imagery we play a major part in their production. This talk aims to walk members through the process of how we found this contract, the conceptual ideas and the image brief to photographing to a template, post production, the event days and how the images are used after the event.

It is an interesting talk looking at the culture of carnival and includes a short video we made with Baccmass to try and explain what it is all about.

Sections include:

– Video explaining what a masband is.
– Where the contract came from.
– The initial brief and delivery of a concept.
– Planning and shooting the brief to a template.
– Delivery of the advertising images, expected formats.
– Event Photography Day 1.
– Event Photography Day 2.
– How the event images are used.
– Delivery of the event images.

2nd Half
In the second half Darren will show a selection of his recent work, most of which is automotive based, he will explain his thoughts and processes behind each image and will be taking any questions.


How to Create Realistic Composites

Compositing well is an important part of commercial or artistic photography, compositing badly can look terrible and obvious and therefore it is important to get this correct so that your image does not look like a composite.

There are quite a few rules on how to create a realistic looking composite, and this starts in camera. Looking at aspects such as lens choice, tripod heights, focal distance, angles and lighting this talk is a real eye opener.

The first half is a little shorter and is mainly Power Point and discussion, the second half is a demonstration of the techniques used in Photoshop and a few Plugins that make your life much easier.


How to create floating people easily

This is something that everyone in the club should be able to do after seeing this talk, there is no need for fancy lighting as all can be done with ambient light.

The evening is split into two halves, the first half is a live shoot. A model will pose for 2 pictures which we will later edit into our floating person shot in Photoshop. We will light the model using artificial lighting as of an evening there is generally no ambient light present in the club halls. This will give an opportunity to see how some of the lighting equipment can be used. Images will be sent directly to the computer and then projected onto the screen so members can see immediate results.

A free step by step guide is available for download by all members.

Booked Dates

Bookings Completed in 2016-2017 = 33
Bookings Completed in 2017-2018 = 32
Bookings Completed in 2018-2019 = 29

24th September 2019 – Lecture on Ghosts/Levitation at Eastbourne – COMPLETE
26th September 2019 – Still Life Demo at Invicta Photographic – COMPLETE
1st October 2019 – Malling Photographic Society, Talk My Journey – COMPLETE
4th October 2019 – Talk at Selsdon on Composites TBC
9th October 2019 – Live Demo on Levitation/Ghosts at Faversham – COMPLETE
13th November 2019 – Talk at Sittingbourne – COMPLETE
21st November 2019 – Judging Discovery Day Challenge at Reflex – COMPLETE
26th November 2019 – Aperture Woolwich Finals – COMPLETE
28th November 2019 – Artificial and Mixed Lighting at Bromley – COMPLETE
29th November 2019 – Judging at Ashford – COMPLETE
3rd December 2019 – Judging DPI at West Wickham – CANCELLED
9th December 2019 – Judging prints at Gravesend CC – COMPLETE
3rd February 2020 – Judging at Folkestone – COMPLETE
12th February 2020 – Artificial and Mixed Lighting at Deal – COMPLETE
12th March 2020 – Talk on My Journey at Romney Marsh St Mary’s Bay – CANCELLED BY CLUB
1st April 2020 – Judging Street/Colour Print Finals at Faversham
7th April 2020 – Talk on Notting Hill Carnival at Hastings
21st April 2020 – Orpington Colour Print Final
26th May 2020 – Judging at Photofold, Billericay
3rd August 2020 – Talk on Notting Hill at Bexleyheath
8th September 2020 – Talk on Compositing at West Wickham
24th September 2020- Talk on Compositing at East Grinstead
12th October 2020 – Judging prints at Battle
15th October 2020 – Judging Gateway V Thanet
3rd November 2020 – Judging Taken on a Mobile at Aperture
24th November 2020 – Critique at Herne Bay
2nd December 2020 – Product Photography Talk at Canterbury
3rd December 2020 – Talk on Levitation at Tandridge Photographic Society
12th January 2021 – Talk on Notting Hill Carnival at Photofold, Billericay
29th January 2021 – Judging PDI at Staplehurst Photographic Society
8th February 2021 – Compositing talk at Folkestone
3rd March 2021 – Judging prints at Cheam
30th March 2021 – Judging PDI Final at Orpington
14th April 2021 – Judging Battle between Greenwood and Beckenham
28th April 2021 – Judging Finals Night at Canterbury

Camera Club Talks and Lectures in Kent