Drinks photography… but with a creative twist!

DRINKS PHOTOGRAPHY NIGHT – but with a creative twist! Building on the tabletop work we’ve done in the last few weeks then the idea developed at our last meeting of doing a product photography shoot

Building on the tabletop work we’ve done in the last few weeks then the idea developed at our last meeting of doing a product photography shoot on Wednesday 15 September 2021 around DRINKS (glasses, bottles, cocktails, branded products, etc).

But we want to look at composing shots with an extra element – a creative twist. Not just the subject but can we create something eye-catchingly different? For Example, not just a bottle perhaps, but how might we involve water, shadows, bokeh, etc? Thinking caps on folks!

Bring your own imagination and props, but we will have some arranged.

Haven Arms, Hedon, 7pm on Wednesday 15 September 2021. All Welcome. Free, fun and friendly!

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Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

Oil and water photography

IT’S AN OLD FAVOURITE at the Club on Wednesday 8 September 7pm at the Haven Arms; we will be doing Oil and Water Photography!

IT’S AN OLD FAVOURITE at the Club on Wednesday 8 September 2021 7pm at the Haven Arms; we will be doing Oil and Water Photography!

You don’t need much. A camera. A tripod. A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a macro lens is useful (or extension tubes for your kit lens) but you can always crop your photos with other lenses or other types of camera.

You need a small amount of cooking oil to use. You’ll need a clear, clean glass container to put your oil and water in – and some way to hold your container securely in the air so that you can place colourful paper, cloth, items, etc under the container. You need to light those items using a flash, continuous lighting, or a powerful torch.

You fill your container with water. Add the oil. Then you’re ready to start shooting.

Good fun. And no two setups are really alike.

Google Oil and Water Photography for lots of tips and ideas!

Oil and Water Photography
Shot over a coloured pillow
Oil and Water Photography
Shot over colour lolly sticks
Oil and Water Photography - a set up.
A possible set-up.

Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

A Lark in the Dark! Hedon Viewfinders photography.

Wed 1 September 7pm at the Haven Arms – Photography ‘Lark in the Dark!’

Wed 1 September 7pm at the Haven Arms – Photography ‘Lark in the Dark!’

Low light photography and indoor light painting.

This week’s meeting will concentrate on low-light photography and indoor light painting.

By moving the light, or by moving the camera, the aim will be to produce some creative images. We’ll be working in low light conditions so bring your tripods (we’ll have some to lend) and torches to see what you are doing.

We’ll discuss your camera settings so everyone can get the most out of this session.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

STILL LIFE Wed 25 August 2021

WE ARE doing a STILL LIFE session on Wednesday night at the Club.

Haven Arms, 7pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021.

We will have some scenes set up to photograph, but do bring your own props.

In your STILL LIFE shots, you need to create the whole composition to fill your frame from corner to corner. You have the power to place everything you need into your scene.

There is a useful article on STILL LIFE here: https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/photography/still-life-photography-ideas-and-tips.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

A Prints Night – Wed 11 August, 7pm

Constructive Critique session, photography project talk, and Award Presentation. Wednesday, 11 August 2021 at the Haven Arms. 7pm.

FOLLOWING our Challenge Night we are hoping to see some of your results as prints for our Constructive Critique session on Wednesday, 11 August 2021 at the Haven Arms. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Constructive critique.

You can bring up to 5 prints along (old or new) for the critique session and receive feedback from other members. We want this to be a positive and encouraging experience for all, leading to improvements in our photography. We will issue some guidelines for the session on the night.

Hedon Museum Photography Project.

The meeting will start with a short talk from Tony Porter. Longer-term members will remember Tony from his delightful Hedon History Walk around the town. Tony is preparing a photography project linked to Hedon Museum. He would like to ask us some questions about his exciting proposal.

Annual Photographer of the Year Award presentation.

We are delighted to present the Preston Show Annual Photographer of the Year Award to Janet Bucknall. This first-ever presentation of our new annual award will take place at the meeting.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

ALL WELCOME.

Challenge Night! Hedon Viewfinders Wed 4 August 2021

Pick your Challenge from the list. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

WEDNESDAY 4 August 2021 at 7pm will be a Creative Tabletop Photography Challenge Night at the Haven Arms.

Pick your Challenge from the list below. Bring your props and kit, create a wonderful tabletop scene and image, or seek help and advice to implement your concept.

You can pick one or more of the following to inspire you! We’ll be making some spot prizes in recognition of your creativity and endeavour!

  • An image with a sparkly background
  • Mirror magic
  • A sweat shirt
  • A wonderful surprise
  • Create your own raindrops
  • The colour is Yellow!
Challeng Night image

Other items during the night:

Settings and kit surgery. Got issues, problems or questions about your kit?

Update on Open Photography Competition. Report and feedback from our successful day at Preston Show.


Bring your pin-up print to next week’s meeting (11th August) for a constructive critique.

Note: At Wednesday’s 11 August meeting we will hold a Constructive Critique session on prints produced on the 4th August, plus any others (up to 5 in total) that you would like some constructive feedback on.

Difficulties with getting your images printed? Speak to Ray.

EVERYONE WELCOME.

You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to enjoy your photography with Hedon Viewfinders. Free, fun and friendly club rooted in the local community.

** Whilst COVID-19 restrictions have eased, caution is still recommended so please respect those who seek to socially distance and wear masks **

Print Night. Wed 21 July 7pm at Haven Arms, Hedon.

WEDNESDAY’S meeting (21 July at 7pm, Haven Arms) is Print Night – an opportunity to get your Open Photography Competition entry printed.

WEDNESDAY’S Hedon Viewfinders meeting (21 July at 7pm, Haven Arms) is Print Night – an opportunity to get your Open Photography Competition entry printed.

There will be a variety of professional printing papers available. Up to A4. £1 a print.

Print Circle?

One of the ideas raised in the past at Hedon Viewfinders has been to set up a group Print Circle.

This would need a small group of interested people to work (and to keep it manageable) who would meet regularly to look at a print from each of its members with a view to offering a constructive critique on each image and advise on the quality of the printing and the media (papers) used. The idea would be to improve the photography and print presentation of its members.

An active Print Circle would be really useful to those who aspire to enter more competitions, exhibitions or go for distinctions.

Interested? Contact us.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

Meeting postponed. Competition News.

The Lighting for Portraits night has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 July, 7pm at the Haven Arms. Covid-19 precautions are still in place. Read about our current competitions and challenges.

OUR MEETING scheduled for Wednesday 7 July has been postponed. England is playing Denmark in the semi-finals of the Euro football competition.

The meeting Lighting for Portraits has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 July, 7pm at the Haven Arms. Covid-19 precautions are still in place.

The meeting will look at the effects of the placements of lights. We’ll be using one set-up, but the different placement of lights will be explored. You will have the opportunity to experiment with different light set-ups and see the results.

Remember our current competitions:


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.

Member’s Meeting Notes. Editing Challenge #4

Notes for tonight’s meeting and Editing Challenge #4. #Hull #Holderness #EastYorks

Tonight’s Meeting (30 June). 7pm. Haven Arms.

Because COVID restrictions are still with us, and therefore we still need to exercise social distancing and groups of six and no mixing of tables, then the meeting will be a bit of a hodgepodge, but concentrating on two practical issues.

Editing.  We’ll look at some of the issues raised on our Facebook Group page recently. You can opt to bring your own laptop with relevant software loaded. Whilst no one is allowed to assist you (i.e. touch or handle) your own equipment or sit next to you as normally (unless in your bubble), it will be possible for members using the same software to offer verbal guidance on issues.

Settings. Got issues questions about your camera or other kit? Using members’ knowledge and the internet I hope we can help you resolve these.

As silly as it sounds, whilst sat in the same room we can use our laptops and the internet to chat with each other and share useful information with each other.

Business items include the Photography Competition, managing next week’s lighting session, and our programme of meetings, trips, etc.


#4 New Photo Editing Challenge

Hedon Viewfinders – New Editing Challenge Number FOUR – All photographers invited to have a go. 

We present this basic and simple starting image (JPG) for you below. We invite you to download it, edit it how you wish and with whatever editing programme you’ve got. You might want to crop or frame and consider composition; maybe saturate or desaturate the colours. A monochrome perhaps? Lighten or darken, add clarity or blur. Create an abstract, painterly or traditional image. The choice is up to you!

Send in your re-edited photo with your “How I did it!” information, and we will present all the results in a gallery next Wednesday 7 July. Send us your re-edit by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021.

We want this to be instructive for beginners, and a chance to experiment for the more experienced amongst you. So please join in and have a go!

Download your starting JPG image here. Click and then right-click to download the image.

Send your completed edited image to viewfinders-ttl@gmx.co.uk or rlduffill@gmail.com by 10pm Tuesday 6 July 2021

Include your name and new image title, include your “How I Did it!” information and tell us what program you used

Have a look at our previous challenges.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Night Hedon Viewfinders photography club

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ will be the theme of our creative tabletop photography night at the Haven Arms on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 at 7pm.

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Creative Tabletop Photography Night.

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ will be the theme of our creative tabletop photography night at the Haven Arms on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 at 7pm. Note: (tables of up to six. No mixing between tables. Social distancing still applies).

What can you bring in that might make a good subject for a shot? Use one of the elements or all three. What else might you add to make an interesting composition?

Think background, lighting and use of shadows. Can you add another dimension? A reflection, creative blur, or an entire detailed tabletop scene perhaps?

Google this ‘Photography Rock Paper Scissors’ for some ideas.

A few games to be had on the night too. Arrive early and pair up and reveal your bag of props to each other at the same time… in rock, paper, scissors style. And we might award some novelty prizes for good ideas… three themed prizes. You might go home with a prize rock!

Photo. Okay it’s paper and pliers – but you get the idea! 😃

Advance notice: Outdoor Photography Treasure Hunt style challenge on Wednesday 16 June (weather dependent)… details to be posted soon.


Hedon Viewfinders. Hedon’s own community photography club. It’s free to join. It’s free to take part in our activities. The club prides itself on its good reputation for its fun and friendly approach to studying and enjoying photography.

Meets Wednesdays every week 7pm at the Haven Arms, Hedon. But check our key dates to see if we’re inside or out and about.