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Focus on Photography is changing
New Venue, New Website, New Beginnings - Starts January 2023 - see Latest News

Who are we?

Hello and welcome to a friendly and diverse group of photographers. Originally started in 2018 by a few like-minded souls on Facebook, the club/group has continued to grow and consists of: enthusiastic amateurs, photographic teachers, commercial and retired photographers, artists, and those who just like to use their phone cameras. Whether you are a complete beginner, or more experienced photographer our group will be of interest to you.

From January 2023 we will meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Portway Annexe in Wells, from 9.00am until 12.00pm. Each meeting has a theme, and there will be a presentation followed by a discussion. We also vote to decide the winning shot in our competitive banner competition which is open to all members. As well as the serious stuff there is plenty of banter, informal chat and a generous supply of tea, coffee and biscuits.

You can be part of these interesting and informative meetings for an annual membership fee of £30, which also covers access to guest speakers and some special events as and when they happen, details of which will be posted on our members only Facebook page.

We hope you decide to join us on your photographic journey and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

The Admins, Focus on Photography, October 2022 

The Admins

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Stuart Baynes
Chief Admin

Founder member of the FOP, Advertising Food Photographer for over 30 years, working in London, Bath and Johannesburg but now retired.
I still have a 4x5 studio technical camera but use my digital Sony mirrorless cameras to illustrate and demonstrate photographic techniques to the members. I hold a level 3 City & Guilds Teaching & Training qualification.
As chief Admin my role is financial, the website, and program organiser – obviously I do all the work! 

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Elaine Pratt
Exhibition Admin

I am a self-taught photographer, who has been snapping away for quite a long time, and a member of Focus on Photography since 2019. My areas of interest are monochrome, infra-red, still life and analogue photography. I was inspired to try infra-red by the analogue infra-red images of Simon Marsden. I also have a fully equipped darkroom, and have learned to develop my own films, along with a small home studio where I practice my still life photography. As an admin I look out for any local exhibitions which may be of interest to members

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Phil Broek
Moral support Admin

I discovered the magic of photography in my school’s darkroom at an early age. The thrill of developing my own pictures, the quirky equipment and smell of the chemicals was totally addictive and that addiction has lasted for many years since, although I’m now a mirrorless digital camera convert. I enjoy all genres, especially Astrophotography and Lifestyle and I’m particularly fond of moody monochrome. As an Admin, I try my best to keep the others on the straight and narrow – not always successfully!

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Stephen Green
Competition Admin

I am a retired engineer that has always had a passion for photography. My preferred genre is outdoor imaging of any type whether it be sports, wildlife, landscape etc. I am happy to have a go at anything though. I follow quite a few landscape photographers on YouTube, my favourite being Nigel Dansel. I have been known to enter competitions, part of my role as Admin. is to share competition information with the group.

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Richard Tippett LSWPP
Still working on that Admin

Interest in photography started at the tender age of 14 and I currently teach photography at a SEN college for Autistic students aged 16-25.
Previously business-to-business manager for Jessops Academy and responsible for writing photography courses for schools, business and Jessops Academy.
My main passion is live event photography where I have photographed major artists from the world of rock.
An original member of “The Societies of Photographers” and hold a licentiate in weddings and portraits.
Admin roles are "bad dad" jokes and keeping Phil out of trouble - I am only successful at one of these! 

To join FOP, click the Facebook logo below
or for more information contact us via email

Meetings Address

The Portway Annexe,
Portway Ave,
Wells BA5 2QF




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