Our centenarian member Ron Smith.

CPS member Ron Smith celebrates is 100th. birthday on 26th. June. He joined Crewe Photographic Society in 1999 and quickly became a popular and active member. He was a natural teacher and was always keen and enthusiastic to help our members. He moved to Crewe to be near his brother after he retired from teaching but missed it so much that he taught some of our members photography at the U3A and often gave us many interactive and humorous talks. Sadly, by the time Ron reached 95 his glaucoma had progressed to the extent that he was blind and he gradually suffered a loss of mobility too and became bed ridden. That put an end to his activities, but his mind is still active.

The story behind the leaflet Ron is holding in the photo stems from when Ron’s home was bombed in the Second World War. Ron was serving in Yorkshire when this wife and baby survived the bombing, but their home was uninhabitable. Enterprising Ron organised a leaflet drop from a plane to search for a new home for his family. He found one in a doctors surgery, but it didn’t work out like he planned. Read his story to find out why.

Ron was a creative photographer and didn’t always use a camera. See a selection of his work here

No meetings at Crewe until the new season in September.

The postcode for the Lifestyle Centre  is CW1 2BB, but use CW1 2DH for the car park.

Find out more about Crewe Photographic Society in John’s interview with Jeff Allen of ‘ThisIsTheCat’ radio here.  Please explore the website and visit our Flickr site and Facebook page  Only CPS members can login to this site to post images and comments. To register please email your name and membership number to  webmaster@crewephotosoc.com or send us a message

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NEW July’s Monthly Theme of Shadows opens your eyes to the dark side. Post your pictures here.

NEW Ian has found some excellent YouTube tutorials on Wildlife photography by Jan Wegener. See them here.

NEW Ian’s also discovered Duade Paton’s videos on Wildlife photography  here.

NEW FastStone produce good Freeware Image View and other software. Recommended by Ian. See them here.

NEW Ian recommends a series of Lightroom YouTube tutorials by Landscape Photographer Paul Danson. See them here.

♦ Here’s a couple of YouTube Photo Critique sessions by Photographer Ross McKelvey MPAGB MFIAP FIPF EFIAP/p FBPE that Ian has found for us. The first one has 100 photos and last for 90 mins and the follow up has his top 25 images and lasts 21 minutes.

♦ Here’s an opportunity from the Government to improve your IT skills. Not photography, but it all helps! Details here.

♦ Canon are now offering basic tutorials for using their cameras. Enrol here.

♦ The Photography Show is now going virtual on 20th.-21st.September Some details are here.

♦ Win £50 in the Rotary Club and Weaver Nantwich LockDown Photo Comp. It’s £10 to enter and only phone photos are accepted Details here.

♦ More on-line events supported by Canon. Details here.

♦ Ian has found 3 Olympus sponsored ‘You Tube’ videos. Note they’re over 1 hour each :

Paul Graber’s LRPS Mono photography

An online talk by wildlife photographer Tesni Ward

Andy Rouse explains how he captures his amazing wildlife photographs.
See it here

♦ Martin has discovered that excellent landscape photographer Tom Mackie is restarting his YouTube video soon. Check it here.

♦ Read John’s latest article ‘James Ravilious ‘Making an art of recording’ under Resources>Documents>General documents Find it here.

♦The Photographer Academy are currently offering their £49 Academy Membership for free! Details here.

♦ Members have informed us of Serif’s special offer of their Affinity photo editor. Try it out or buy it now for only £23.99 Details here.

♦ Martin has discovered the wonderful world of Adorama Photography Tutorial videos on You Tube .

♦ Ian has found Steve Arnold’s excellent You Tube channel to make your landscapes pop! See them here.

♦ If you’ve still got time on your hands Ian recommends viewing PixImperfect You Tube channel for some specialist portrait retouching techniques.

♦ See the top scoring images in this season’s league competitions here

♦ See what our members have been up to in their galleries.

♦ Sign up for the ‘Focal Points’, the LCPU’s  Newsletter.

♦ Robert Frank – The photographer who showed the Americans who they were, has died aged 94. Member Ian McNab wrote an article about him Robert Frank – is Ian’s latest piece.

♦ FujiFilm users can benefit from John Royle’s and Ian McNab’s investigations into Fuji X Raw Studio and users who can’t remember which film simulation they used.

♦ Some CPS members have their own websites. Have a look at   – Carl’s, Stephen’s, Wallace’s and Peter’s, websites.

Be careful what you wish for  is a personal account of art photography since 1970 by Ian McNab.

Ian writes with authority and clarity and we expect the article to be of wide interest. This article has had over 1,000 downloads.

On the FORUM

NEW Why not share your lockdown photos with fellow members? Members can post them here

♦ Do you have a ‘Golden Oldie’ photo with special memories you’d like to share with members? Members can post them here

♦ John Royle has found some excellent videos on macro photography

♦ What we have been viewing: Wallace found some portrait photographs., Ian Whiston found a test by Blake Rudis of the new AUTO button in Lr and Camera Raw, John found some marvellous large format landscapes by John Davies and Ken found a film about Ansel Adams

♦ A wonderful array of classic work can be found here.

♦ Do you want to get there quicker? Here’s a shortcut – to the Forum.

Here’s a selection of member’s Ron Smith’s imaginative photographs for you to enjoy:

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