Sep 232013

Phoenix Group members have had considerable success at the September adjudications of the RPS distinctions panels.

Jan Jerome, Richard Dyson and Ian McNaught were all successful with their panels for the Licentiateship, while Doug Berndt was delighted with the success of his Associateship panel.

This is really quite an achievement for four members of the group to achieve their distinctions, and just goes to show what membership of the Phoenix Group can do for you!  Mind you, the photographers themselves had something to do with it!

Congratulations to all four members, and to Dave McCarthy and Mal Brown who achieved their LRPS earlier in the year, (but before the new website was up and running).

Now, out of the 30 or so EPS members who come along to Phoenix Group Meetings, we have 8 LRPS, 6 ARPS and 7 FRPS members.  The Phoenix Group is certainly living up to its unofficial motto – “Taking your photography to a higher level”.

 Posted by on September 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Sep 142013

On Wednesday September 25th, we launch the start of the 2013-14 season with a public open night. If you were interested in finding out more about us, and maybe joining, this is your opportunity to come do so. There will be tours around the premises, you can check out the studio, darkroom and digital suite facilities, find out about what we do on Wednesday nights, and what the various sub-groups do.

 Posted by on September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
Sep 042013

A new look for the EPS Web site!

Welcome to the EPS’ new web site.  We hope you will find it easy to use and an improvement on the old site. The aim was to have a clean and simple modern site with a minimum of clutter. The dark background was chosen for good legibility and a sympathetic background for viewing images. Your comments and suggestions welcome- either in the comments below (will be moderated), or email Tom Gardner or use the contact form to contact the Webmaster. Feature requests will be discussed by the website group, who have jointly approved this design.

The main changes other than the new design (using WordPress) are:

Image galleries: The original image galleries will no longer be used, and we have also dropped the forum. This is because neither were used much in recent years, and we do not want to have a site people need to register with and log on to. Those who need to contribute news items or edit pages can be set up with an account with appropriate privileges. If you really want to look at the old image gallery site, it is still online here.

While the site can have images displayed locally in galleries, we are mainly going to be using embedded feeds from various Flickr groups that we currently have, or will set up. This will give members who use Flickr to add their images directly to these groups (currently DeLOS and the C-D group). For others, who do not wish to use Flickr, the relevant group person can  upload their images to the EPS Flickr account, or the member can email them direct to it, and they can be added to the groups from there with appropriate attribution to the photographer.

News items: We plan to have most of the news items posted on the EPS Facebook page, which will then be visible on the EPS website as a news feed on the front page. This makes it easier for members to contribute items as many already have Facebook accounts, and they can get a lot more exposure through social media sharing. However, some items will be posted direct on the site.

There will certainly be more additions to the site, but we felt that it was important to get a functional site up in advance of the new season, and additional content and improvements can be added.Please send any comments and suggestions to me, positive or negative- we need to know!

Tom Gardner ARPS

EPS Webmaster

 Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 12:05 am