Digital Photography

Our aim is to share our knowledge of photography and the digital enhancement of photographs for the enjoyment of the photographer and also friends and relations with whom they may wish to share their experiences through photographs.

We have a wide range of topics and workshops, and we can also offer advice, eg on the purchase and use of the camera for beginners and how to attach photographs to emails for sharing.

The meetings will include judging the monthly Competition pictures.

Haskayne Village Hall
1st Thursday of the month
2.00 pm
  • Leaders:
  • Alan Starkie - 01744 884095
  • Bill Watkinson - 01695 422423
  • George Slawinski - 01695 421969


 Monthly Competition

The group encourages as many as possible to put entries into the competitions as it helps to develop both photographing and creative skills. Each month there are 2 competition topics, as below.


Topic 1


Topic 2


September 2018 Quarters Over The Wall
October Refreshing  Trees
November  Stripes  Wild
December  Grime  Broken Down
January 2019 NO MEETING
February Brown  Rubbish
March Flying High Waterfalls
April Balance Signs of Spring
May Seven Glass

The difference between Topics 1 & 2 is that Topic 1 images will involve using a special camera or software technique . 

Examples of a skill required for a particular topic can usually be found on line.

If you Google for example “Tutorials for photographing Shadows” you will be able to find out more about that topic and what it involves. You will find lots of short videos on You Tube (some better than others) which are well worth looking at.

If in doubt, please ask a member with knowledge of a topic for assistance.


Topic 2  is a photograph taken by you which depicts  the topic and is with minimal editing

Competition Rules

  1. You can submit one entry in each topic
  2. Photographs must have been taken by yourself
  3. Photographs can be submitted with or without any digital manipulation
  4. Once a photograph has been entered in a competition, it cannot be re-submitted in future competitions
  5. Entries must be received by midnight on the Sunday before the competition judging on the first Thursday of the month

Please e-mail photographs to or take them on a memory stick to Horizons. Latest entry is the Sunday before the meeting.

There are no prizes to be won, just the opportunity to compare photographs taken by our own members with a view to improving standards. Winning entries are displayed on the U3A website.




Topic 1 –  Stripes            Topic 2  – Wild

The closing date for the November   competition is midnight, Sunday  28th October

Plan for Thursday 1st November Meeting – Haskayne Village Hall 2pm

Competition Judging

Critique by  George Slawinski


With the advance in technology in modernSmart Phones, George Slawinski will discuss the pros and cons of using a Smart Phone to using a Camera.

Time permitting, George would welcome  comments from members re their experience in the use of Smart Phone cameras



The December meeting will be our Christmas Party.

Lots of nice food will food will be provided

The programme will be Competition Judging December topics (i,e,Topic 1 Grime; Topic 2 Broken Down)

Judging the Winner of Winners for the 2017 – 2018 season

Christmas Quiz etc.



(inclusive of normal attendance fee)

Wives,Husbands & Others are welcome (there are so many categories of “Partner ” in modern parlance)

In order to  determine the catering requirements, Names & Money will be collected at the November meeting

For those unable to attend the November meeting but wish to come to the Christmas festivities,please contact Alan Starkie












If you are experienced in Photography/Photo. Enhancement, please come and share your knowledge with us.

If you are new to Photography, we are a friendly group who will always be pleased to help with advice on Camera equipment and how to take better pictures.

Submitting Competition Entries – a reminder

Please ensure that your competition entries are submitted in the correct format – i.e. as JPEG files – and at a resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels.  Please also remember to rename the files to include your name and the competition topic, e.g. Joe Bloggs – September Topic 1

November 2018 Competition Winners

Topic 1   Stripes     click for slideshow

Topic 2   Wild

October 2018 Competition Winners

Topic 1. Refreshing  click an image for slideshow


Topoic 2 Trees     click an image for slideshow