Club meet-ups and events – Complete the form with your ideas

WE asked you last month what we might do to help re-invigorate your interest in photography and the club following the easing of lockdown. The response from members came mainly from the handful of those active on Zoom. This article suggests what we might do as a club in the short-term whilst following the guidelines necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photowalks and visits to places for photography can still take place as long as individuals commit to following the Government guidelines on keeping safe.

From Saturday, July 4th, then when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines. Gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed. Whilst outdoors you should limit your interactions with people outside of your household (or your support bubble if applicable) as much as possible.

In light of the above guidelines then we cannot organise meetings inside our club venue the Haven Arms. However, we can suggest that members take up similar projects and challenges whilst abiding by the guidelines.

Therefore, we are going to suggest places where members might like to visit for photography purposes, and at staggered times, and whilst members may see each other for the first time for months, they must still stay apart but can engage in the photography of land and seascapes, public art, architecture, street photography, etc.

Photo Walks:

One of our first such events has been arranged for next Tuesday 7th July from 8pm at Paull. The first of us will meet outside the Humber Tavern from 8pm and then disperse around the village and estuary, we can then have a second group if necessary gather at 8.15pm. Whilst around the village and estuary, members from different households must stay apart. During our time at Paull, members can keep in touch via mobile phones, so while hands-on advice and help with settings, exposure, etc will not be possible, some coaching can be possible over the phone. Following the event members can share the best of their work from the visit via the website and social media.

Other places where members might like to visit for photo walks that we have agreed to arrange, are;

  • Walk along Hedon Road/King George Dock/Siemens/Victoria Dock which can be broken down into manageable slices for both walkers/car-drivers.
  • Maritime Trail on the outskirts of Hull City Centre.

We will arrange dates and staggered times for each of the above.


We intend to organise a series of online talks/workshops for members. The following subjects are being considered – but we need your ideas too:

  • Sports photography
  • Macro photography
  • Wildlife photography
  • Architecture and buildings
  • Wedding photography
  • Portraits/people photography

For the talks, we need your guidance as to the best format to hold them. Are you more likely to listen to speakers and ask questions afterwards via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube Live? There will be costs involved in organising these events so we need to ensure that members are willing to use the appropriate technologies.  

In addition, we will be looking at socially distanced outdoor photography opportunities which will need to be booked but giving interested members the chance to shoot portraits, modern and vintage motor vehicles and a night time shoot (with a generator, lights and other essential props). 

Moving forward out of strict lockdown has been particularly difficult, but we hope the above provides some interest and incentive for members.

We are after your comments and ideas and invite you to give them below:


Daily photos – The Light & The Dark – Online Meeting Wed 1 April

DAILY TASK 9 The Light & Dark. Interpret as you wish. Maybe one or two photos. Objects around you? Or something that reflects your moods perhaps. Be creative. Share your photos online.

Share across social media with the hashtags #viewfinders #dailyphotos #keepsmiling #stayhome


NEXT ONLINE MEETING – Wednesday 1 April 2020 on Zoom 6:30pm and Facebook at 7pm. Note: The Zoom meeting will be recorded.

Photographers and friends – Join us in our public meeting online. From 6.30pm onwards you can join us on Zoom at the following link: (opens in a new window tab).

From 6:30pm you’ll have a chance to join the meeting and test your sound/visual settings and chat and meet up with your friends from the club. The meeting will be called to order at 7pm and we’ll consider the following Agenda:

      1. Quick update on the coronavirus outbreak as necessary (and if necessary).
      2. Our 2020 Exhibition/Competition – Saturday 1 August – Preston (pandemic and Government restrictions permitting).
      3. Our DAILY PHOTO tasks – Entertaining the Nation. Your ideas needed! For the previous tasks, permission to use your photos on the website.
      4. Club Photography Projects during the crisis. Your ideas needed!
      5. Any Other Business? – Send through to

If there are any questions about your camera, settings, features, kit, etc that you wish to ask, email those as well, at the end of the meeting we’ll go back into general chat and try to pair people up with those who can help.

Ambitiously, during the meeting, we’ll also be attempting to keep the Facebook Group page alive and updated with meeting news and views too, so we can feed those back and forth.

As a public community of photographers, we’re keen to look out for each other and help where we can. Do email us with any concerns or worries during these scary times. 

#keepsafe #stayhome



We invite you to join us for our next Happy Hour! event on Zoom on Saturday 4 April at 9pm – and here is the invitation link:

Whilst at the Club Meetings we aim to continue having fun with the hobby and pastime that we love so much, Happy Hour, however, will be a much more relaxed affair!

Hedon Viewfinders Club News Autumn 2019


Team Picture Quiz:
The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 2 October 2019 and is a Team Picture Quiz. A social event, this will involve splitting up into teams to help solve the answers to the ‘what’ and ‘where’ picture clues. Photos of unusual places and taken from unusual angles, your team will have to work out the answers. Devised by Glenn Stallard, who was also responsible for planning the very enjoyable Team Scavenger Hunt earlier this year, it promises to be lots of fun! Meet for 7pm start at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon HU12 8HH.

Santa’s Grotto:
Once again we’ve been asked to do the Father Christmas grotto photographs at Hedon Christmas Lights at Hedon Town Hall on Friday, 29 November 2019. This is something that Hedon Viewfinders has done for the last couple of years in collaboration with Hedon Town Council. It raises money for the Mayor’s charity on the town’s busiest night of the year. Hopefully, it’s going to be a team event again and a great opportunity for members to join in both the fun of the picture-taking and also the organisation of the event on the night i.e. liaison with the families and children – it’s very busy! Anyone can get involved, it’s a great chance to practice portrait photography even if it’s not your normal genre, and of course, you’ll be part of the great Christmas atmosphere. Any offers of help appreciated – volunteers need to be available between 4pm and 9pm (but we can organise shifts if we get enough volunteers). As mentioned previously, it’s a busy night, but it is a great deal of fun. If you can volunteer on the night contact Ray at soon, please.

Christmas Party:
Speaking of Christmas, the last meeting of the year is our Christmas Party on Wednesday 11 December 2019. It’ll be a hot buffet format (rather than a sit-down meal) with our own Christmas party entertainment and fun.  Costs will be £10 per head. Invite your partners/friends. Monies/bookings will be collected at our meetings or contact us to make other arrangements.

Joint Meeting with Young Farmers:
An early ‘heads-up’ for next year. We are holding a joint practical photography session (props and experimentation) with this youth organisation on Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7pm. This is not our normal Wednesday session and will be held in a different venue. Watch out for further details nearer the date.

Programme for 2020:
We are now seeking YOUR IDEAS as to our PROGRAMME FOR 2020. What would you like to see the Club doing in the New Year? Do let us know your ideas for meetings (practicals and speakers), events and field trips.

Other events news – It’s HIP Festival in October (4th – 27th). Putting Hull on the international map for photography!

Submissions (including photographs) are now invited for the Ferens Open Exhibition 2020. Deadline 6th October 2019.


Exhibitions Coordinator:
The Club is looking for a volunteer who can take the lead responsibility for arranging the club exhibitions. We have some exciting opportunities for working with community partners to hold some innovative exhibitions in the New Year. This role involves working with other members, venues and organisations to provide opportunities for the Club to display its members’ work. You don’t necessarily need experience (although that would be beneficial) as we have the expertise within the group to help, but we need a named-person and contact, a person with imagination and drive, who can coordinate the process of staging an exhibition from concept to realisation.
We’ll have some informal discussions about this role over the next few weeks, with a view to starting in the New Year. But do make contact if you are interested.

Constructive Critique and Printing.

Print Circle:
Is anyone interested in forming a self-help Print Circle? This would need about 10 people to work (and to keep it manageable) who would meet perhaps once a quarter to look at a print from each of its members with a view to offering constructive critique on each image and advise on the quality of the printing. The idea would be to improve our photography and print presentation. I think this would be really useful to those who aspire to enter more competitions, exhibitions or go for distinctions. We could look at using the Haven Arms on Tuesday nights for this. If this proves to be useful, then there is nothing to stop us from setting up more than one Print Circle. Again do make contact if you are interested.


Do visit the Key Dates web page and see what’s planned for the rest of the year.

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

At Hedon Viewfinders: Photography & Journalism and Darkroom (Film) Photography

Photography and Journalism, Darkroom Photography, Alternative Printing Techniques, AND Film & Vintage Night. Field Trips – Hedon Photo Walk and Fungi Foray.


Photography and Journalism:

The speaker at our next meeting on Wednesday 4 September is IAN DAY FRPS. Ian is the Deputy Editor of The Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post. He was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) for his services to press photography.

His presentation is all about the work of his team of photographers and the images they make and gives a great insight into documentary photography and journalism.

The meeting takes place at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8EF on Wednesday 4 September 2019 starting at 7pm prompt.

A meeting will still take place.

Darkroom Photography, Alternative Printing Techniques, AND Film & Vintage Night.

We are also pleased to announce that Tobias Beach-Wyld (Toby) comes to the club on Wednesday 18 September to tell us all about Darkroom Photography but also alternative printing techniques. To mark Toby’s visit, the club is declaring the night ‘Film & Vintage Night’ and we are asking you to bring in your old film cameras and kit (whether in use or not), and particularly any ‘vintage’ cameras. We’ll provide some table space to display your pre-digital kit.

“I’m sure this will attract those film buffs who are looking for old kit, so could provide an opportunity for private selling, buying and swapping. Also  we’ll try and source some new film stock for people to buy.” – Ray Duffill

You never know, this might prompt some of you to take up or re-take up film photography!! Plus old cameras, I think, make beautiful photography subjects….

The meeting takes place at the Haven Arms, Havenside, Hedon, HU12 8EF on Wednesday 18 September 2019 starting at 7pm prompt.

Field Trips:

Hedon Photo Walk – Sunday 15 September – Meet at the Haven Arms Car Park at 11am.

Fungi Foray, Oakhill Nature Reserve with mycologist Caroline Hobart – Sunday 6 October, 10am – 1pm. You need to book via the Brid Spa (ERYC website) (it’s free!) at


Do visit the events web page and see what’s planned for the rest of the year:

Hedon Viewfinders Key Dates at a glance

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Viewfinders – Through the Lens (Members)

Exhibition, Meetings & Members’ Galleries

JUST a reminder that the deadline for submission of original prints for the Exhibition on the “Hedon” theme is our next meeting on Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at the Haven Arms. Please make sure you place your prints in a protective cover to keep them clean during selection. More information at: Exhibition (Guidance).

The April 3 meeting will also serve as one of our network meetings with an opportunity to catch up with other members and informally chat about club activities and plans. We’ll have some of our magazines, books and equipment available for members to loan.

Ticket sales for the Paul Berriff meeting on Wednesday 17 April are going very well. It is possible that we will be ‘full’ unless you’ve booked or purchased your tickets in advance.

There is still time to book on the 4-day Torquay club trip on Friday 7 June 2019.

We are going to do more to populate the website with examples of work from the many viewfinders who make up our fun and friendly club. The following is a random selection gleaned with permission from our Facebook Group page – if you would like your image to appear in one of our website galleries, then email to

Contact us for more information. Free, fun and friendly photographic club. Open to all. No membership required.

Hedon Viewfinders Club News following successful meeting

A POSITIVE and productive meeting was held at the last Club meeting on Wed 6th March to look at improving what services we provide for members and to encourage more involvement.

A POSITIVE and productive meeting was held at the last Club meeting on Wed 6th March 2019 to look at improving what services we provide for members and to encourage more involvement.

Firstly, congratulations and welcome to those people formally taking on new roles (although they have already been doing lots to support the Club):

  • Glenn Stallard has an interest in training, and with that in mind will be helping the club to devise its programme of meetings, speakers and practical photography sessions.
  • Martin Pinder will be helping the club in the management of its exhibitions.
  • Jo Stallard will continue to arrange some of the club trips, particularly the photography holidays, in addition she will be playing a role in helping to encourage fundraising for specific things. Jo has also agreed to keep the notes of key decisions made by Hedon Viewfinders. Jo has produced the notes that follow.

Whilst people have kindly agreed to take on roles more formally, we encourage members to continue to offer their support where and when they can to generally lighten-the-load of those carrying out activities on behalf of the club.

Notes of Viewfinders Special Meeting 6/3/2019

21 members present
Meeting opened by Ray Duffill

Agenda read by Kris Munsen
Notes taken by Joanne Stallard

Club dynamics discussed
positives were;
The atmosphere in the club
The speakers we have had up to date
The settings being put on some of the pics posted on the FB page

Details of club finances given by Ray
These finances are shown on FB (Facebook) but before putting on web page settings need looking into so this can’t be seen by all. Suggested by Carl.
Suggested further fundraising to be undertaken for hearing loop for the club.

Meetings arranged to date
Nigel walker 20th March.
Paul Berriff 17th April. (A member) made the kind offer of paying balance owing on this meeting should it not be covered fully by ticket sales.
Costing for speakers discussed & arranged at meetings.
A number of people would like poster advertisements that they can put up in various venues.

Museum Exhibition
Date was discussed 24th April to 15th June. 20 images can be shown. Images for submission should be received by 3rd April. Brochure to be given out with museum submissions & also other images.
More pics in brochures for people displaying in museum. Tuesday 9th April suggested as an extra meeting to sort mounting prints for exhibition (using club funds). Exhibition manned by members & raffle tickets can be sold.

A further exhibition may also be held this year (possibly at Haven Arms). This one will be less restrictive on type of photographs and with more pictures displayed.

Glenn Stallard volunteered to help Ray with booking of speakers & plan in advance for winter sessions.
Martin Pinder volunteered to help with the running of exhibitions.
Joanne Stallard to take notes at meetings when required & write up official records of decisions made.
The number of photographs posted on a daily basis on FB has been lowered from 7 to 5, with this raising to 10 if from a club meeting/outing and members will be advised at the time.

Social media
It was discussed that a poll to be taken on FB page to look at whether keeping group as open is still suitable and the possibility of making the page closed.

Suggestions for further meetings.
Constructive criticism sessions
Professional photographer speaker. A few possibilities available for this.
A video making session, possibly to make an instructional video of a specific area of photography. Carl has access to top quality equipment for this, either before May or after September.
Halloween dry ice session with possibility of members dressing up.
Steam punks session. Martin Cooper to help look into this.
Another Film Noir session.
A mono night.
Use of water on glass etc.
Editing session possibly on a Tuesday to look at various available programmes.

Suggestions for trips/visits/holidays.
Whitby Goth weekend.12th to 14th April.25th to 27th October.
Pickering 40s weekend.
Tophill Low.
North cave wetlands.
Torquay trip.
Night in Hull town centre. Possibly 2 sessions (1 light night, comparison dark night).
Noddle hill nature reserve.
Waters edge. Discussion with Richard P. to arrange?

Any other business.
Competitions to be ongoing on the FB page.
Website to be updated & hopefully used by more members.
New members welcomed.
—– End of Notes —–

Note: We’ve also opened a new page on the website which will provide a guide to our meeting dates throughout the year. See : Key Dates at a Glance.

Hedon Viewfinders Club News

WE’VE got quite a busy period coming up at Hedon Viewfinders – some headline news and dates to note:

  • Wed 3 October 7pm – Club meeting, Haven Arms: Creating Light Trails – practical. Outdoors (weather dependent) and Video/Talk.
  • End of Hull Fair

    Wed 10 October, Hull Fair Trip. Meet 6:30pm outside the Parkers pub (Anlaby Road end of Walton Street) 6:30pm (always weather dependent!) – There is another option that night – a structured workshop visit as part of HIP Fest (fee charged), in addition to our own walkabout and photo shoot. We did our walk on the same night last year and makes for a great atmosphere for photographers around the fair.

  • NB: We may want to do the Sunday ‘end of fair’ again on Sunday 14th!?
  • Wed 17 October, 7pm. Club meeting and photo shoot at St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon.
  • Wed 31 October – our famous ‘Dry Ice and Smoke’ night!
  • Wed 28 November – Crime Scene Investigations.

With the opportunities to get involved with HIP Fest (5 – 28 October), another Graffiti Hunt (photo walk and drive), and the York Balloon Fiesta – it makes for interesting times.

And remember we always aim to make our events open to all and are mindful that photography can be an expensive hobby, so we make efforts to provide things free or at cost.

The free, fun and friendly photography club. Open to all regardless of kit or ability. Attendance not restricted in any way. You don’t have to be a ‘member’ to enjoy photography.

New Hedon Viewfinders Website

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