CTPS endeavours to inspire creative development and provide opportunities for members to boost their photographic skills through workshops, talks and other engagements throughout the year

CREDIT: Kim Stevens

17th March 2021  –  Colin Harrison


“I became interested in photography as a teenager photographing disappearing steam locomotives from around the world.
My creative style of photography gradually evolved as did my interest in entering photographic salons. Rather than just collecting letters after my name these qualifications stimulate/develop my work and have always given me goals to work for. I have been involved with the main photographic organisations in the UK sitting on panels and running advisory days. I enjoy helping others develop their own photographic skills.
I have judged many National and International salons in the UK and have judged online international salons for the Photographic Society of America (PSA), and for for clubs in Australia, Norway and Turkey. I set up and chaired for a number of years the Cheltenham International Salon of photography.
Due to the Covid restrictions I spent hundreds of hours producing two new Zoom talks. My aim is to show these talks in as many countries as possible and at the same time raising money for cancer charities in the UK and abroad. I now have bookings in 11 countries.
I hope you enjoy my New Digital Adventure talk and my aim is to inspire others to produce montaged and creative images.”
New Digital Adventure. The talk lasts between 75 and 80 minutes and I welcome questions at the end (via Zoom chat) or live. I will also provide notes on my talk. My talk will how the creative side of my photography. This is a light-hearted, fast flowing talk and I will pass on some of my digital “secrets” and my enthusiasm for photography. The talk will cover many sections including: * Images used in the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Diamond 3 Distinction * Sections you can enter in International Salons. * “Weird and wonderful” which will really make you think. * How to replace a sky on an image. * Golden Oldies, with some of my older, award winning, UK images. * Images from my Photographic Society of America (PSA) Distinction Panels (and showing how they were produced) My talk will mainly refer to Photoshop CC but many of the points raised can be applied in Affinity, PaintShop Pro and Elements.
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14th April 2021  –  Charlotte Bellamy


Charlotte Bellamy’s creative style of photography is inspired by the environment in which she lives. She takes inspiration for her work the minute she looks out of her window. The weather and the changes in season, offering her ever changing wonderment. Having moved from the UK to her new home in a small rural village in the Netherlands in 2012, she finds pleasure and inspiration in the contrasts and colours she sees around her, things that she believes the locals don’t even notice. She delights in the opportunity to portray what many to consider as a ‘flat and boring’ landscape, into images that intrigue and question that preconceived notion.

Her early photographic career over 10 years ago, tended towards portraits and weddings. However, with a move to the Netherlands, her interest in landscapes was triggered. After five years following a traditional landscape photography path, she felt a need to express her feelings about the locations she was photographing, rather than just capturing a technically perfect or pretty image of a place.

Charlotte has never been one to follow the crowd. So, through a desire to push boundaries, and experiment outside of the expected, she has found a powerful way to express her creativity through Intentional Camera movement and multiple exposure layering of images. These techniques she feels, help her to add texture, contrast and colour, resulting in images that then require more than a quick glance for the viewer to fully understand what they are looking at. Some of her images are created in a moment of spontaneity, whilst others are carefully combined to replicate a memory. Many of her images are made just a short walk from her house, and prove that you need not travel to beautiful and exotic locations to create unique images. Just that you be inspired and intrigued by a location.

Charlotte is a panel member and judge with The Guild of Photographers in the UK. Her images have won her numerous awards including ‘all round photographer of the year’ two years running with The Guild. Her work has been published in the ‘Creative light’ and ‘On Landscape’ online magazines and in ‘Camera craft’ magazine in the UK. She has exhibited in the ‘Connected’ exhibition in the UK in April 2019. She hosted her first exhibition of her work ‘Netherlands through new eyes’ in 2014, and she is a regular exhibitor at the Doesburg Culturele Zondag. 

Her aspiration for her work is that it is recognised as art and not just photos, and to encourage viewers of her work to “take a moment to look beyond the normal; to see the chance of the incredible”.

About the presentation.
Charlotte has always loved sharing her knowledge of photographic techniques. With this presentation she will dive deep into the ICM technique. Whilst she will share the ‘how to’ secrets and technical guidance on this genre of photography, she believes that the process of creating an ICM image starts before you ever even pick the camera up. With an extensive back catalogue of work from the last 5 years, Charlotte will guide us through the creative process using lots of examples of her work from around the world. No matter what your ICM experience or level, Charlotte will provide inspiration and valuable insights into how you can get to grips with ICM, and bring not only what you see in a location to your images – but also emotions and feelings.
Take a moment to look at the normal; you might just see the incredible
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