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


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 at CTPS, 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.

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

18 November – Russell Smith


Portraits in the Pandemic started by my need to shoot during lockdown and only having my two boys, a camera and my garage available.

The portraits evolved quickly into something I did every day and loved. A technique I learnt from one on one with a Ukrainian photographer, to integrate the subject with the background to tell a story in a painterly way. This was often based on the costumes and wardrobe I had at my disposal.

It became a lifeline for me in connecting me to photography and also learning a new style and technique. Down time can always be used to our advantage granted we have resources to cushion ourselves during time like this.

It has also become something that other families have wanted me to do for them. Having very low running costs and using natural light and my garage without assistants and gear, I have been able to keep it affordable with the idea of capturing lots of kids and their quirks.

Join me in a little more insight into my journey and what I learnt in this time of Covid.

17th February 2021  –  Richard Barnard


“My passion for photography dates back to 9 years old when my father passed on his Praktica LTL. He had a love of natural history and I cut my teeth on the basics of photography shooting butterflies, dragonflies and fungi. Since that time my interests have evolved to shooting urban decay, urban abstracts, street art and ultimately street photography. I am a Clinical Psychologist by training and I suppose my interest in human behaviour and character make this genre of photography a natural fit. I love the unpredictability and serendipity of street photography, never quite sure what lies around the next corner and the uncertainty of whether today will be the day I see and capture that ‘shot of a lifetime’. The fact that the majority of the time I wander the streets for hours and come back with nothing makes the pursuit all the more addictive and my success ratios support the generally held notion that street photography is 99% failure! With that in mind I hope to share with you the hallmarks of what I believe to be a ‘strong’ street image, my personal philosophy and approach to street photography as well as some tips on technique and post-processing that I hope you will find useful for the upcoming competition. I will reference my own portfolio both in terms of its strengths and weaknesses and I hope my images will prompt some useful discussion. I regularly critique images in a number of social media forums and will also reference the importance of image appraisal and critique in improving your own work.”