Digital Do’s & Don’ts

 We have often had Tillman Kleinhans visit us to judge our competitions. His popularity stems from the entertaining way he talks about the work and our confidence in his judgement. This week Tillman was with us as a lecturer to tell the fascinating story of his adventures in digital photography starting from his school purchasing one of the first digital cameras and ending with his latest AV production.


He never mentioned how he gained his ARPS, his DPAGB or his EFIAP and I noticed that perhaps his best known image Hands (which has appeared, among other places, on the cover of RPS literature) was put aside and not shown or mentioned as he paced things to finish on time.


A thoroughly enjoyable evening and it seems weird now how we can feel nostalgic about the early days of digital – and how long ago it was!


Great British Cup


The entries have been made now for this, perhaps the World’s biggest club photography competition. We can perhaps have a gallery added to the site when the results are known.


Bailey on the Radio


Whilst you can read about the pitfalls of portraiture here.You may learn more by listening to the excellent R4 programme featuring David Bailey. You can listen to episode one (of two) here  episode 2 is on 21 January but that will be available on iPlayer too.


There are plenty of exhibitions for you to visit: Geoff Davies Moments started on Thursday and the PAGB Print Exhibition continues. Soon we will have Nantwich CC’s exhibition and one featuring Brian Law’s work at the Marburae Gallery in Macclesfield starts in February. You can keep up with club events by looking at the L&CPU website:



  5 comments for “Digital Do’s & Don’ts

  1. January 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I was interested by Tillman’s engaging talk as much for its underlying assumptions as for its content (though that, too, was often very engaging). Clearly, Tillman seemed more interested in making pictures than in taking photographs; and his advice to club members – both explicit and implied – suggested that this is, or should be, the direction for everyone’s development. This ideal is a kind of neo-Pictorialism: creativity and successful picture-making lies in the digital manipulation of images via software to recombine images or create dramatic or pictorial effects.

    This is now so widely an accepted view of ‘good’ club photography that to raise the question whether there might be a difference between making pictures and taking photographs is commonly met with puzzled incomprehension, casual (often instant) dismissal or irritated hostility. I suppose that’s just the way of it, as Tillman described: since the invention of compositing software (Photoshop), if you can do it, you should do it (and, perhaps now even must do it).

    Thank goodness this is just a hobby, and we don’t have to take it seriously, eh?

    I did think Tillman’s video about Oradour-sur-Glane was moving and powerful. And his other videos were very entertaining. Altogether, a very worthwhile evening.

  2. January 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    You may be interested in the news that the Northern Counties Photographic Federation has just been relegated from first in the Inter-Federation PDI Competition (Nature) because one of their submitted images was a montage. Why should such rules apply only to natural history? (See PAGB e-news 107).

  3. January 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Good to hear the indexicality of Nature shots is being policed so actively. Now all we need, as you say, is a categority for indexical general photography, for those who want to pursue that art.

  4. January 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Agreed. We are amateurs, doing photography for the love of it and some people love “fiddling and diddling”, so that’s fine by me but, like you, I don’t want to see us branded as PS mad. Remember the Secession?

  5. January 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

    The Secession? Yes, indeed! Time for a bit of New Modernism? 😉

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