Education and Development

The Education and Development evenings take place once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting at 19h00 in St Stephen’s Church hall, Pinelands.

Main Objective:

It is important to acknowledge that improving one’s own level of photography can only be achieved by getting absorbed in photography from all perspectives. Hence the objective of the E&D programme, working in conjunction with Outings, is to expose our members to a cross section of recognized photographers working with varying genres, so giving them the opportunity to experiment with their own photography in guided situations with like-minded people.

It is not about “telling” you how to get that “perfect” shot (is there such a thing?), but rather the intent is to motivate you all to read about, and astutely view, top quality photography. A prime aim is to get you to move away from being controlled by “rules and marks”, and to rather encourage you to establish your own style of capturing that magic moment which caught your eye in the first place. No internationally renowned photographers stick to the “rules”, but by fully understanding the basic principles of photography they create their own style to present outstanding images; and most of them stress the need for a creative approach supported by a passionate commitment.

These evenings are worth attending and will take your photography to new levels!



We are pleased to welcome Dieter Bütow who will address us on his recent two year trip to South America.

An electrical engineer by profession, Dieter spent most his career as marketing director of their  technical company. This included product and project photography which allowed him to stay close to his hobby and his travel passion. When 3 years ago the opportunity arose to sell the company, Karin and Dieter decided to take some time out and have a “gap year”, it turned into three – one to prepare and ship a vehicle and two to travel the South American continent.

Dieter and his wife enjoy traveling “unplanned” – other than booking a flight to get there, virtually nothing is pre-booked or arranged in advance. They enjoy to follow their mood of the day and never know where they will be for the night.Dieter is currently processing the imagery of the trip whereas the video footage that Karin has taken, still has to follow.

The photo-talk will be a combination of a short travel description and photos of the nine countries they have traversed plus Galapagos (which is part of Ecuador). Dieter and Karin hope to stimulate interest for others to explore the South American continent and are very willing to assist if anybody wishes to do so.


AGM and E&D combined evening

Melanie Bentley Cornelius will address the society on “Thinking outside the Technical Box”.

“The capturer that travels out into wide open spaces is lost to the world but finds themselves” says Mel, who is a Fine Art and lifestyle photographer.

She has qualifications in both Photography and Business Management, but takes time out from her full-time photographic career to venture into nature with the intent of making images in the most creative way possible. She believes photography provides enjoyment, stress release and healing.

Her talk will focus on opening our minds to new and exciting ways of using the camera functions to create unique pieces of art. She believes that one does not need to travel far to find inspiration; we just need to be open and see it. She quotes Elliot Erwitt …“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them”   

Mel mentors several aspiring photographers as well as running a social media group specifically intended to help people grow and be creative with their craft. Mel has been interviewed by SABC 3 “The Morning Espresso” show, as well as being featured by Canon South Africa on social media. She was PICHA “Woman photographer of the year” and has exhibited both locally and internationally. She was one of the Western Cape Interclub competition judges in 2017.

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Bipin Prag is a landscape, architectural and travel photographer with a passion for chasing the light and finding unusual compositions of Nature and the Built Environment.  After studying ancient architecture, he found a renewed appreciation for light, design, geometry, colour, texture and form which is translated into his body of work.  Follow his work on 

Bipin will share some of his insights on how he sees the architectural world and share some of his unpublished work to illustrate some concepts.  The talk will have a wide appeal for both novices and professionals as we re-discover the universal principles of light which form the basis of photography across all genres.