Current Announcements


Guidance on Resizing Digital Images

Judy Mainwaring gives us the benefit of her expertise in the resizing of digital images into a format suitable for our projector.

Download the guide


Guidance on Preparing Prints for Competitions

More guidance from Judy, this time on how to best present your images entered into our print competitions.

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NIK Collection

Google's Photo Editing Software - NIK Collection, is now available free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. Google have decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection from Google is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities - from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

A 'plug-in' is a programme that needs you to have a version of Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Elements or Apple Aperture which it can then operate through. You should fully check the compatibility notes below to see what your computer and Adobe or Apple software combination will provide.

The latest Nik Collection (Dfine, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Sharpener Pro) is free to download from

Compatability (listed by Google October 16th 2016) curiously does not include Windows 10, but the following announcement is found on Nik Collection help. "Now that Windows 10 has been released, our team is working quickly to identify and resolve any compatibility issues. If an update is required, an auto-update will be pushed out. As of right now, things seem to be working well as all reports from users who have already installed Windows 10 have been positive."


Mac® OS X 10.7.5 through 10.10 Adobe Photoshop CS4 (CS5 for HDR Efex Pro 2) through CC 2015 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC Apple® Aperture® 3.1 or later


Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 Adobe Photoshop CS4 through CC 2015 Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 through 13 (apart from HDR Efex Pro 2, which is not compatible with Photoshop Elements) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 through 6/CC

GPU Compatibility:

NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series, GeForce 9 Series, GeForce 100 Series, GeForce 200 Series, GeForce 300 Series, GeForce 400 Series, GeForce 500 Series, ATI Radeon HD2000 Series, Radeon HD3000 Series, Radeon HD4000 Series, Radeon HD5000 Series, Radeon HD6000 Series.

If no compatible card is available, GPU acceleration will be disabled and the CPU will be used.




Line+Light are based in the East Midlands.

They run a variety of Photography courses both for the experienced and the beginner.

Their trainers included Martine Hamilton Knight and Chris Upton. Many of you will have experienced the energy and contagious enthusiasm of Martine who visited us in January and Chris’s February presentation of evocative and moving images recording the last days of Thoresby colliery.

If you are interested in viewing the Line+Light catalogue of courses then follow the 'Read more...' link.



PAGB Newsletters

The PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) issue regular newsletters that may be of interest to our membership

To read a pdf version of their latest newsletter click on the link below. You can also subscribe to the service and have them emailed directly in your inbox by going to and using the 'Sign Up' button.

PAGB Newsletter


Cumulative results

Here is a link to the folder for the cumulative Merit Print and Digital results



Annual Competition Results

Click on the folder here for Annual Competition Results so far this year



SPS History

Here is a document about the Club's history which members may find of interest. It was written by Ian Thompson, an Honorary member, he is still with us although does not come to the club now. He wrote this for our Millennium exhibition, held at Rowley's house. Ian is very keen on keeping the memories of the club alive. Ian is a very keen natural history photographer, botany and insects. He has been president of the club and he was also chairman for a number of years of the Shrewsbury Open Colour Slide Exhibition (SOCSE), now known as SOPE.



Compositional Aid & Sunrise/Sunset Chart

I was going through some old papers recently and came across these handouts which were given to members a few years back at a talk about composition. I thought it might be useful for some people to read through. Here are those documents, obviously they are quite old as they refer to slides (!), but the information is still relevant. Also the last page is a sunrise/sunset chart that may come in handy.