Practical Workshops

The following workshops have been booked at the Institute, all workshops are on a Friday night between 7.30 and 9.30. Further detail will follow as to subjects etc.

Friday 6th December Cancelled

There will be another evening to be announced photographing sparklers. Wear dark and warm clothing. Don’t forget to bring old gloves.


Friday 17th January

Friday 14th February

Friday 13th March

Programme and Practical Workshops.

A note to remind you that Club program is about to be published. We are waiting for the cover to be printed and then we will be able to give members their copy.  Also next week Jon is going to try to book our practical Workshops. These will be published A.S.A.P.



Club start. John Hodson + Camera alert.

Club Start.

Well doesn’t time fly, It is the first meeting of our new season tomorrow.  Don’t forget the first meeting is a presentation of our pictures taken over the summer. Pictures from our visits, our coach trip and any other pictures from your summer will be welcome.

John Hodson

It is with great sadness that I have to relay the news that John Hodson has passed away at the age of 88. John has been unable to attend meetings for some time. Members will remember his contribution to the group including being Treasurer for several years. His funeral will take place at Bushbury Crematorium East on Monday 16th September at 12.15  and all members are welcome.

Camera Alert.

John was in receipt of an email with the following Notice from Canon and Digital Camera World. This is rather important and could lead to complete computer systems going down. It is certainly advisable for Canon users to upgrade their systems and other camera owners to investigate their manufacturers.

30 Canon cameras at risk of ransomware: Canon issues firmware + advisory

By James Artaius 5 hours ago Digital Camera World News

Major camera security alert as Canon issues advisory for 30 vulnerable products; other manufacturers may be affected

In a serious cybersecurity alert, 30 Canon cameras have been found susceptible to critical vulnerabilities via both Wi-Fi and USB connections.

The affected camera models are at risk of being infected by ransomware and malware, whereby cyber-attackers can hold photographs and videos taken on the camera to ransom.

The vulnerabilities were discovered by cybersecurity firm Check Point, which alerted Canon about the problem affecting every product category across its mirrorless, DSLR and compact camera lines.

Check Point singled out the Canon EOS 80D, releasing a video demonstrating how easy it is to exploit holes in the standard Picture Transfer Protocol (used to transfer files from cameras to PCs) to infect the camera and computer.

Given that the protocol is standardized and embedded in other camera brands, Check Point believes similar vulnerabilities can be found in cameras from other vendors as well. As such, we recommend visiting the support section of the website for your camera to see if a firmware update is available.  

Canon immediately released a product advisory, along with a firmware update for the 80D. It also confirmed that 30 of its cameras are similarly susceptible to attack, from professional bodies like the Canon EOS 1-DX Mark II to the Canon EOS R to the  Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II.

The affected Canon products – for which the manufacturer will issue firmware updates to patch the issue – are as follows:

Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D C
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 80D (firmware available for download)
Canon EOS M10
Canon EOS M100
Canon EOS M3
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS M50
Canon EOS M6
Canon EOS R
Canon EOS RP
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Canon EOS Rebel T6
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Canon EOS Rebel T6s
Canon EOS Rebel T7
Canon EOS Rebel T7I
Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II
Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

End of our Season Meetings (changed 10-7-19)

The rest of the season are noted below. Further details of our meetings will follow if necessary.

Note from Alan Parkin.

I went to see this show today (Fri) at the W’ton Art Gallery. It costs £4.95 for concessions, and is well worthwhile. I had allowed an hour, but could have spent much longer. The photos are very well displayed (backlit) and have complete detailed technical info for each image. I found it very interesting to see that the majority of them used medium to high ISO speeds. I shall probably go back – it is on for the next 2 months.


29th  10.30 Set up for the Central Library Exhibition “Speedway” This exhibition will last for two weeks.
29th  6.30 Cradley Heathens Speedway v Stoke


14th Hartlebury Castle.                                                                                       Hartlebury Castle, a Grade I listed building, near Hartlebury in Worcestershire, central England, was built in the mid-13th century as a fortified manor house, on manorial land earlier given to the Bishop of Worcester by King Burgred of Mercia.  Click the link below.



Season 2019/2020

September 2019

4th Aberystwyth coach trip meet.

Proposed agenda,
meet at the Mount Hotel 8.30 am, onward travel to Devil’s Bridge for photo opportunity.
Travel to Aberystwyth either on the coach, or Vale of Reidol Railway (tickets to be purchased separately)
Leave Aberystwyth 4.30 pm.
Probable cost for the coach will be £15 per person.

11th Start of the new season. Details will follow.

December 2019

13th Christmas Lunch.

3rd April Practical Workshop

On the third of April for the first half we will be having a Practical workshop.

Please bring your camera and its manual. By the sound of things some of you will have to bring a magnifying glass as well. For those who don’t have a printed manual the club computer will be available so we can download some needed information. If you bring a memory stick information could be downloaded for you to take away.

If you have anything interesting you can bring it with you for people to photograph. No expensive or sentimental pieces please, the club can’t be held responsible for any damage.


Club Visit.

Message from Ian.

“I have been able to organise a visit to the “School of Photography” at RAF Cosford. This will take place on Saturday, March 16th at 10.00 am.

If you are interested in this visit then Contact Ian Ferguson for details on 01902 892187.

John and Jon

The people who are going to RAF Cosford on March 16 might want to know about the night photo shoot which takes place that same evening.

The details can be found on the RAF Cosford events page
Tony Serzin