Photography Club Talks

Long Exposure Photography talk

The talk is divided into three parts:

To start it off a number of outstanding long exposure images are presented as examples of various ways of utilising this more and more popular technique.
During the second part I am discussing photography takes on reality and presenting long exposure photography as a genuine art of its own standing.
Third part is dedicated to basic technical options, ND filters presentation and Q&A.

Infrared Photography talk

I am presenting how infrared photography is done in the technical sense, how it differs from ‘regular’ shooting and discussing a variety of my photographs taken with different IR filters and at different times of the year.

ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

The talk starts with presenting the technique and post-production options. It then moves on to presenting some interesting images by prominent ICM photographers around the world. During the second part of the talk I present my own ICM images from my “Intentional’ project.

My talks are always tailored to meet the Club members requirements. Should you be interested in having me I’d like to discuss the scope of the talk well beforehand.

Upcoming talks:


Tenbury Photographic Club – August 4th, 2021
Uckfield Camera Club 
– August 5th, 2021
OffShoot Photography Society 
– August 16th, 2021 (awaiting final confirmation)
Hemel Hempstead Photographic Society –
September 13th, 2021
Reflex Photographic Club
– September 16th, 2021
Cork Camera Group – September 21st, 2021
Whitstable Photographic Group
– September 27th, 2021
Burghfield Camera Club
– October 7th, 2021
Ellon Photographic Group
 – October 11th, 2021
Hay Camera Club
– October 12th, 2021
Tenterden Camera Club
– October 13th, 2021
Tandridge Photographic Society
– October 21st, 2021
Norwich & District Photographic Society
– November 2nd, 2021
Lowestoft Photographic Club – November 3rd, 2021
Midlothian Camera Club – November 9th, 2021
Tettenhall Wood Photographic
– November 23rd, 2021
Seven Sisters Camera Club – November 29th, 2021
Peterborough City Camera Club – date tbc


Carnoustie Photo Group – January 20th, 2022
Faversham and District  Camera Club – January 26th, 2022
Clacton Camera Club – February 4th, 2022
Reigate Photographic Society – April 4th, 2022
Hayling Island Camera Club
 – date tbc

Past talks:

Hodsoll Street Camera Club
Isle of Thanet Photographic Society
Canterbury Photographic Society
Tonbridge Camera Club
Folkestone Camera Club
Sevenoaks Camera Club
Blarney Photography Club (Ireland)
Seven Sisters Camera Club
Spalding Photographic Society

Melanie Chalk
Melanie ChalkFolkestone Camera Club
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Thank you Derek for a most interesting and informative presentation last night. What I took away from the evening was how considered you are in the meticulous planning and research before arriving at a shoot, something we should all do but very often don't. You illustrated such vision in how you see the finished image, how to perfect it in camera, I totally admire someone who can do this. You have perfected this through practise and experience and attention to detail and I think an excellent memory. You made the Warren look very beautiful and I loved the very moody shot of the Five Boulders, that is the type of shot I would like to emulate.
Susan Gyver
Susan GyverWhitstable Camera Club
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Derek presented us with some powerful imagery and spoke about how its significance affects our state of consciousness. Since the first photographs (using long exposures) the captured image was used as a messenger to not only record but to also evoke emotions whether it be to shock, to calm or to amuse. Images from iconic photojournalism to beautiful artworks including his own love of long exposure I have certainly come away from Derek's presentation having had my feelings challenged, and realising that my own photography would benefit if it conveyed mood to my audience, and achieve my own form of expressionism.
Kate Whoriskey
Kate WhoriskeyHodsoll Street Camera Club
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That was an incredible presentation - you told us you were going to start by making us feel uncomfortable, with some famous imagery that we have been exposed to through journalism, brutality to humanity etc and the power of the images were replaced with serene beauty in some of the other images and the long exposures. We lingered on the challenging and serene images and as each was unfolded Derek’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject shone through.
Derek Griffin
Derek GriffinSevenoaks Camera Club
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A thoroughly enjoyable evening explaining the mysteries and joys of long exposure and infrared photography. Our members were enlightened with the technicalities and possibilities that are available with this form of photography and I think their horizons were broadened with the new knowledge that Derek gave them.
Rory O'ConnorBlarney Photography Club
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I really enjoyed your talk last night. It’s good to have your mind opened and bot to all “the gospel according to FIAP” to colour your outlook.
Mark Gorman
Mark GormanBlarney Photography Club
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It was great to hear the voice of a photographer not interested in competition photography (Polymath Bela Bartok famously stated that competitions were for Horses not Artists) I loved the fact that some of your favourite images were the result of serendipity
Marianne Westgate
Marianne WestgateSeven Sisters Camera Club
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It was such a pleasure to welcome you to our club last night and I wish to convey a huge THANK YOU from all of us for a most interesting and enjoyable evening. Your introduction covered very well all that comes under the hat of long exposure photography and throughout your talk, you gave us loads of useful information. But what I particularly enjoyed was the emotional side of your photography and your ability to go from peace to dynamism, all resulting in powerful images. You encouraged us to take time, to plan and experiment with an open mind, and most of all to let our feelings come through our photography. I also loved your description of the art of photography as “ work in progress “; this sounds so positive!

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