Welcome to the website for York Photographic Society (YPS), which was formed in 1887. It is the oldest camera club in York and was one of the very first camera clubs & photographic societies in Britain. After an enforced hiatus, the Society reformed in 1932.
We are a friendly camera club with a growing membership covering all ages, abilities and photographic genres. We meet on Wednesday evenings at the Poppleton Centre on the outskirts of York (see map below) with our season running from September to May.
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. prompt unless stated otherwise. See our Programme for what's on offer this year. We have talks, presentations and lectures from guest speakers and internal speakers, as well as project nights (where members informally show and discuss their images) and competitions (where images are submitted for judging).
During our meetings, images are shown as prints or are digitally projected, sometimes both. We also have our own Folio on Flickr where images are shown for constructive critique.
Our philosophy is to enjoy and improve our photography. Many current YPS members have experience with different brands of cameras and lighting along with various software packages (and not just Photoshop!) and are happy to lend a hand should you need one. We are a camera club as well as a photographic society and many of us love the geeky tech side as well as the creative arty side to photography. We love combining our gear (whether lo-fi or hi-tech), our software or film choice and our creativity, all the while recognising that ultimately, the quality of an image, whatever that may be, is down to the photographer.
This page lists the YPS Committee Members for the 2017/18 season and tells you a little about them and their interests. All Committee Members are happy to offer advice and guidance on all matters of photography (even if we have to get our heads together to answer a query) and would welcome an approach from anyone with a query.
We also arrange ad hoc visits and trips. For instance, we have recently organised a photographic tour of York Minster and this resulted in an article about YPS and the Minster in Advanced Photographer magazine. Examples of images from the York Minster visit can be seen here. Many members are also open to suggestions for days out with our cameras; for instance, a few regulars have travelled in small groups to Bempton Cliffs, the Farne Islands and Bass Rock. Again, many of us would welcome photographers of any level joining us on our jaunts and we are happy to give guidance should you wish.
So whether you shoot digital or film, on anything from a phone to a large format view camera, we'd love to see you. Membership costs £40 per year. We'd also welcome you coming along for a couple of sessions first to get a feel for what we're about (£4 per meeting or £2.50 for concessions). Every year toward the beginning of the season, we have an "Open Evening" where visitors can come and see what's on offer for free.
Please contact us if you have any queries or just come along to one of our Wednesday night sessions and have a chat with us over an interval cuppa or in the Poppleton Centre bar after the meeting. There is ample on-site parking at the Poppleton Centre which is easily found on Main Street in Upper Poppleton.