Top photo exhibitions on now

At the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh there are three special exhibitions of photographs on now. 44 bus stops nearby. I haven’t seen them yet but my favourite is likely to be Collecting Now which has 9 prints of B&W images by Paul Strand taken in the Outer Hebrides.

On till  6th September

Lee Miller and Picasso                                                          Entry £9/£7 concessions

On till 20th September

Collecting Now                                                                       Entry free

On till 18th October 

Bailey’s Stardust                                                                       Entry £11/£9 concessions

For more info see Portrait Gallery section of gallery website

News for steam engine fans

ScotRail has announced that the first steam trains will travel along the new Borders Railway line in September.  On 10 September, just four days after the new railway opens, the 60009 Union of South Africa will haul the service between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank. The engine is  one of six remaining LNER Class A4 steam locomotives in the UK, which were built in Doncaster in 1937.

The steam train will run through the Borders three days a week, for six weeks.

The Musselburgh Public Art Dabble

The Camera Club has been approached to see if members may want to get involved in this. Tesco has donated funding for a public art project in Musselburgh. The Council has commissioned  ice cream architecture – a Glasgow based community art group to consult Musselburgh ( Fisherrow and Inveresk ) residents about what form they’d like the art to take and where it should go. There has been one meeting so far, a school consultation project and a walk around Fisherrow and the west of Musselburgh to talk about and look at possible sites for art.

The next walk is on Tuesday 23rd June meeting at Fisherrow Centre at 6pm. The walk lasts about 11/2 hrs. Full information about the project can be seen on the Facebook page or the Blog titled The Musselburgh Public Art Dabble. How about projected photographs on public buildings ? Once ideas have been further developed, a short list of artists, selected by the East Lothian Council,  will be asked to suggest possible artworks for installation. The public will be able to decide which they like best. Over to you …….

Information for members

Summer 2015  –  Competition Information for next season

A member may submit up to 3 images in each competition. All images must be entirely the member’s original work. No image may be used that is too similar to one used in an earlier competition by the same author. Any subject is allowed – except the competitions for the Set Subject and Human Portrait.


Prints may be commercially or home printed. Prints must be mounted on mounting board. To avoid damaging other members’ work, neither masking tape nor Sellotape is allowed. Minimum size of the mount 16 x 12 ins (40 x 30 cm). Maximum size 20 x 16 ins (50 x 40 cm). The title and member’s number ONLY should appear on the back.

Each print should also be accompanied by a digital version see below.

Projected images

Projected images must be submitted with titles and in a folder with the member’s name and number. Images can be either on a disc/flash drive or sent to George Todd by email The images must have the longest side being 1400 pixels

Closing dates for entries in Competitions 2015 – 16

3rd September   Opening night

17 September     Digital Projected images

8th October         Colour Prints

5th November     Human Portrait Prints

10th December   Set subject – Coast

14th January       Black and White Prints

4th February   Set subject – Dereliction

3rd March          Set subject – Abstract

Scottish Salon 2015

I have just received the Catalogue for the 2015 Scottish Salon.

This is an annual international exhibition, held this year in Aberdeen, and a competition involving prints and digital images in mono and colour. There are some stunning images and some are distinctly weird !  For ideas and inspiration click on link below to see the full catalogue in PDF.

Catalogue for 2015 Scottish Salon

Seabird Centre Workshop


Wildlife Photography Workshops for Beginners


Saturday 16, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May    10:00-17:00
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult; Maximum of 8 participants per session

£65 per session

In a day-long workshop, award-winning photographer, Tom Langlands, will demonstrate how to get the most from your photographic equipment. Also practical workshop at Gosford Estate, near Aberlady. There will be a 10% discount for lunch in the Seabird Café. Participants will need their own transport to get to Aberlady, car share encouraged.

Book online at or at the Admissions Desk in the Seabird Centre

01620 890 202

Lee Filters online photography magazine

Lee – the manufacturer of a huge range of Photographic and Lighting equipment has started “Xposure” an online magazine. It looks good and the website also has a fascinating view of the use of lighting filters in theatre and architecture.

Xposure Issue 03 Highlights       

  • The subtle and ethereal infrared landscape photography of Paul Gallagher.
  • Getting the most from a Polariser.
  • Composition masterclass in the Lake District with Mark Gilligan.
  • Filter know-how with 5 professionals.


Central Scotland Greenspace photo competition

8/4/15  Just received an email about this competition.

£250 prize per category . Maximum of five entries per person.

Must have been taken within the past  two years.

To enter you simply email image to by Monday 27th April 2015. There is a maximum of five entries per person and the images must have been taken within the last two years. A condition of entering is that the images can be used for our marketing and communications purposes including on our websites.

For full details and terms and conditions about the CSGN Photography Competition, please

Jessops Training Course Saturday May 16th

See info below from Jessops .
The Course runs from 1300 – 1600 at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the day and are available
from Jessops Glasgow by phone ( see below ) or online.
 I’m contacting you on behalf of Jessops Glasgow with details of a photography training day that may be of interest to you and your members.
Jessops Academy Live will take place on Saturday 16th May, with workshops and presentations by Damian McGillicuddy and Michael Wayne Plant, the former focusing on studio and portrait photography, the latter social documentary and street shooting. Manufacturers exhibiting include Olympus, Sony, Manfrotto and Lastolite
Many thanks,
Richard Wainman,
Jessops Glasgow

Units 3-5 Buchanan Galleries.


G2 3GF
(0141) 3540069

E-news from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain – FREE

The PAGB is the  GB organisation which organises inter club activities and provides advice and education on photographic matters. They produce an e-news letter approximately six times a year. Anyone can subscribe to the newsletter for free through the PAGB website

The most recent newsletter, which has just arrived, has a good article on how to make AV presentations and one on data protection, as well as prizewinning images and details of competitions and meetings etc.