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Photography GroupWe are a friendly photography group with a variety of skill levels and interests. The group meets twice each month. One of our meetings is based in Lostwithiel when we show and discuss photographs. The second sees us out around the county and further afield, taking pictures and helping each other to try new photographic techniques and challenges. We also arrange workshops for the group with renowned professional photographers. These give us the chance to improve and grow within our own particular area of interest. We have also held four successful exhibitions over the last seven years. We welcome members with all ranges of ability and equipment - most of us started using our phone as a camera!

Contact the Group Leader

Group contact: Stephanie Thomas

Telephone: 01208 841484

Group contact: Lindsay Southgate

Telephone: 01208 873371



Update on newsletter as at 1st April

The April newsletter is a little earlier in the month than usual because, as a response to social isolation and lock down, Lindsay and I thought you might enjoy some creative photographic ideas. The newsletter contains advice from Jasmina on bird photography in your garden, inspirational online resources from Peter and other ideas to fill your time when such things as cleaning, decorating and gardening become too dull.


Update on Gallery as at 31st March

We are absolutely thrilled with the response to our invitation to send in two images a week for the Gallery on the Photography page of the U3A website -  available by clicking on the word Gallery to the left of this page . Looking at this week's selection makes us so proud to be part of this amazing group of photography friends. If you would like to see the images in a larger format there are various ways to do this - right click in most browsers or double click on a tablet.
Please do send more for next week. You can email jpgs to either of us using the email addresses at the foot of this message. Ideally please resize them to 1080 pixels on the longest edge but if that is gobbledygook to you just send them and we will resize them for you!
Another exciting addition to our webpage is a blog which we have asked Jenny Edrich to write. Many of you will have visited Jenny's flower meadow in recent years. As it is unlikely that we will have the chance to do so this year we asked Jenny to keep us up to date with its progress virtually. We have tidied up the webpage by taking off some redundant pages and adding a subpage for Jenny's blog accessible by clicking on the tab to the left of this page.
Finally please keep an eye out in your inbox later this week for April's newsletter which has input from several of our members.


Update on Gallery as at 24th March

In these strange and worrying times it’s good to have something to enjoy and that’s what out new members gallery is all about, enjoying our photography during this period of social isolation. 

The gallery is the top tab on our group page of the Lostwithiel U3A website. If you want to view the image a little larger how you do this depends on how you are viewing the webpage:

  • most browsers work with a right click of the mouse on the image. Mac users can then choose how to view e.g. new window
  • iPhones and iPads work with a double tap or expanding the screen with two fingers.

If you are using another device there’s bound to be a way so let us know any tips for other members. 

Positive critiques of the photos are welcome. You could use the guidance from the last newsletter, or just say why you like the picture or what, for you, would make it even better. Send you words to either of us and we’ll add them to the pictures.

We all know that oak trees grow from small acorns and we’re expecting, with your help, that the gallery will grow week by week. Just send us more of your pictures by next Monday and we’ll share them in the gallery by Tuesday. If you’d like to try something new how about taking social isolation as a topic.

Keep safe and well


Update on Coronavirus Covid 19 as at 19th March

To support the strong government advice that we should practice social isolation, avoiding gatherings with friends and staying out of public spaces where coronavirus could be transmitted all photography group activities are immediately cancelled for the foreseeable future. To be clear we are cancelling the Charlestown field trip planned for Thursday 26th March and all group activity afterwards until we are given a Covid 19 all clear by the government.


Update on meetings as at 15th March

I am sure you have had various communications regarding the virus outbreak from other groups and activities you are involved in. We have been monitoring events over the last few days before deciding how to proceed with photography group activities given the current situation .

As of today we believe the best course of action is to cancel Platform meetings where we are in a confined space, but we will continue to run our field trips to outdoor, open venues.

We have also decided to delay the ballot for the upcoming workshops with Ross Hoddinott and Victoria Hillman until we can be more certain when they will go ahead.

We believe that each of us must take responsibility for their own health and well-being so please do not come on a field trip if you have any underlying health concerns or feel ill in any way. If, however, you feel that you would benefit from being in the open air then please join us at Charlestown on Thursday 26th March. The details are on the photography page of the U3A website but I suggest that we meet at the entrance to the car park instead of the cafe so that those who do not want to use the cafe need not do so. 

Obviously we will update this information as and when advice changes so please keep an eye out for emails and updates on the webpage. We hope that you will feel we have acted responsibly and proportionately at this time. In the meantime keep safe and maybe learn a few photography processing skills via the internet!



March Update

The February newsletter is now published and can be accessed from the In Focus Newsletter tab on the left.

There is lots to look forward to in March. Plans include:

  • Monday 9th March: Photography Extra meeting in the Platform room at 6.00pm. This is an opportunity to discuss our images in greater detail. Do bring along your prints or images on a USB stick.
  • Thursday 19th March is our regular Platform meeting when Jasmina will share her Australian Experience and we'll share our flower pictures.
  • Thursday 26th March is our field trip to Charlestown. The information sheet may be accessed from the field trip tab on the left.


February Field Trip 

The photography gods were shining on us once more as we enjoyed beautiful sunshine and dry weather for our February field trip to Lanhydrock Gardens. Eight members enjoyed the colour of the daffodils, magnolias, camelias and even the odd clump of snowdrops which had survived the worst of Storms Ciara and Dennis. We all agreed it was lovely to have the sun on our backs as we tried everything from traditional flower photography to macro to multiple exposures to "contre jour". The group all enjoyed the camaraderie of working together to learn different techniques. Inevitably we also tried out the offerings of the Stable Tea Rooms and enjoyed a good chat over lunch!





February Platform Meeting - The Weather 

A few sample images from our members presented at the last meeting

Jane Perris


Peter Tandy


Rose Cross Rose Cross



February update

Snowdrops and other flowers at Lanhydrock field trip: on the 27th the plan is to meet by the gatehouse at the entrance to house and gardens at 10.30am.

At Lanhydrock there are extensive gardens and with year-round colour including in the higher and woodland gardens snowdrops, daffodils, camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

Further information, including parking, fees and hints about flower photography is on the field trip sheet. Just click on the left.


February plans

The January newsletter has been published - access this from the In Focus Newsletters tab on the left hand side of this page. 

Plans for February include

  • Monday 10th Februrary - Photography Extra at 6pm in The Platform. A chance to look at some of our images in a little more depth, and to offer assistance to any member working towards an RPS distinction.
  • Thursday 20th February - Platform Meeting at 2pm. Steph will share some of her images from a recent Hebrides trip.
  • Thursday 29th February - Snowdrops and other flowers at Lanhydrock. The field trip sheet containing more details will be posted in the tab to the left of this page shortly.


Fieldtrip to Davidstow and Roughtor


 A typical January day for our fieldtrip this month but we made the most of the moody conditions and were thrilled to see a brilliant display of murmurations at Roughtor




First Platform meeting of the year - Thursday 16th January at 3pm

First field trip of 2020 - Thursday 23rd January. Davidstow Airfield and RoughTor Starling Murmuration
Organised by Jenny E


 2019 Exhibition is live!

On Friday we were so pleased to see Peter Bland open our 2019 Exhibition at Shire Hall in Bodmin. Pictures from the event are available to view in the 2019 Exhibition tab to the left of this page.

An online version of the exhibition catalogue is available from the top menu bar of the main Lostwithiel U3A webpage  Simply click on the tab “Expo” in the yellow menu bar at the top of the page 


November/December newsletter is published!

The November/December edition of our newsletter can now be read by clicking on the "In Focus Newsletter" tab to the left of the page, as well as all previous 2019 copies.


Dawn at Porlock Weir

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to join five photographers and caddy Maggie for a workshop trip to Exmoor. This was to be my first experience of a dawn to dusk day out with my camera and the chance to receive expert advice from professional photographer, Ross Hoddinott.

Ross had planned an itinerary to visit five beauty spots during the day, all ideal places for me to learn new skills, weather permitting. The day started well at Porlock Weir, a fine morning with little wind. Ross kindly brought along filters for me to use with my camera and I soon discovered the art of setting up the histogram and adjusting the filters to obtain the correct exposure. It was great fun!

Sue H


Update 29th Sept

The latest edition of our newsletter, In Focus, has been published. This, and all previous copies, can be read by clicking on the "in Focus newsletter" tab to the left of this page

September 2019 newsletter