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!




Patrick Ryan describes himself as a Professional Photographer, Wildland Firefighter and Surfer from Cape Town.

“A sense of adventure drew me into the life of a professional photographer and, finally, the life of a professional photographer drew me back into a life of adventure. This can be seen in the images I capture while on the fire line as a wildfire firefighter.” says Patrick.

Patrick’s presentation will centre around the “Emotional Journey that is photography”.

Photography, photographers and cinema had a profound impact on him as a child, out of which has surged a long love-affair of creating challenging visual imagery and pursuing adventure within the world of the professional photographer.

While studying Graphic Design, he became intrigued with the dark room print process, refining techniques as a printer of his own photographs. This led him to study printing under a master printer in London and, coupled with the arrival of Photoshop, gave him the ability to carry a strong signature through his work as a professional photographer, from the first observation to the final print.

In 2015 he was involved as a firefighter and photographer in a large fire that drew great public attention due to its proximity and threat to the suburbs of Cape Town. This led to him curating a book, titled ‘The Cape Aflame’ that was published with the proceeds of the sales going towards three Not For Profit organisations that had been in the thick of the action and desperately needed the financial support.

In the fire season of 2015/2016 he formed his company Vulcan Wildfire Management, and introduced the specialised wildland firefighting team in South Africa, this was the first of its kind. The incentive behind these specialists being to generate career paths for professionals specialising in wildfire and integrated fire management and raising the existing standards of ground crews.

He has an innate sense of adventure, a desire to create emotional impact and striving to influence peoples behavioural change with regards the world around us.

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