Calling All Photographers!

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The Isle of Man Photographic Society is looking for new members!

You know you enjoy taking photos, whether with camera or phone.

So, would you like to think about joining the club? Maybe you would be interested in practical demonstrations to develop new skills ?  Or perhaps you’re already an enthusiast and looking for inspiration for your shots? Or maybe the social side is most important, meeting new people, making new friends, learning from others or passing on the skills you have.

We can offer you all of this, so please do come and try us out.

We meet on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7:30pm at the Arts Society Building (Thie Ellyn) off Withington Road, Douglas. It is down either of 2 narrow alleys behind the houses on the lower side of Withington Road, between Woodbourne Road and Ballaquayle Road. All meetings are open to the public (£2 entry fee) and all will be given a very warm welcome.

There is car parking under the Thie Ellyn building and on the various side streets around. See the map.

On Wednesday 9th October we demonstrated how to prepare images for the competitions, - how to mount a print on a piece of mounting board, how to size a digital image correctly for entry to a competition, and how to use the club website to upload entries ready for the next comp.

It is not all competitions by any means!

We have practical evenings, demos about how to use your camera, how to understand what settings on the camera to use for various conditions and subjects, like landscapes, insects, portraits, how to make images better using Photoshop, how to do quirky things like capturing an ice cube dropped into a glass of water. We also have presentations of work by members and guest speakers.

Our next events

On 16th October member Barry Murphy has arranged a ‘studio’ night, when we will have the company of the Burlesque Group and Steam Punk, in full costume – last time we did this it was great fun, and members learnt a lot as well.

Later will have a talk by Charles Guard on drone photography, and one by a Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO )from the Police. Also digital slide shows by two of our members.

The first competition, on 23rd October, is an Open one, and there are also set subjects, this year ‘On the Beach’, ‘Shapes and Patterns’, ‘Water’, and ‘Nature’. So plenty of scope! Images do not need to have been taken on the Island.That will be the time when members learn from others, and become inspired to improve their own work. Although entering the competitions is encouraged, there is no compulsion. We have some members who never or very rarely enter, but still get a lot of enjoyment from the meetings.

We have two groups of members, Intermediate and Advanced, for competition purposes, so that no-one needs to feel that they are out of their depth.

The following week, 30th October, is a members’ night, when we will be looking at 10 or so digital images from each member, taken on a ‘Macro outing’ day we had during the summer. And some Autumn pictures taken during October. Who knows what will be shown? What we do know for sure is it will be interesting and entertaining, and will give all new members and visitors a flavour of what sort of photography our members like. We don’t expect these pictures to be of an advanced standard, they are just for fun.

More details of the Programme can be found under the Programme tab on our website.

More about us

We are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union and are indebted to the Isle of Man Arts Council for their support.

If you have any further queries, please get in touch or direct to the current Club President or the Club Secretary

For up-to-date news and events see the Latest News tab here, and visit our Facebook page @iomps.

We hope to see you at one of our meetings !


Please note, that the copyright of any image on the IOMPS site remains at all times with the photographer © Isle of Man Photographic Society - All Rights Reserved.

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Isle of Man Government
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Isle of man Government