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:


Reflex Camera Club – September 1st, 2022
Lowestoft Photographic Club – September 7th, 2022
Amersham Photographic Society – November 7th, 2022 – ICM talk
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 (twice)
Uckfield Camera Club
OffShoot Photography Society
Hemel Hempstead Photographic Society
Reflex Photographic Club
Cork Camera Group
Hailsham Photographic Society
Whitstable Photographic Group
Melton Mowbray Photographic Society
Burghfield Camera Club
Ellon Photographic Group
Hay Camera Club
Tenterden Camera Club
Tandridge Photographic Society
Ealing and Hampshire House Photographic Society
Norwich & District Photographic Society
Lowestoft Photographic Club (twice)
Midlothian Camera Club
Sandhurst Camera Club
Tettenhall Wood Photographic Club
Tenbury Photographic Club
Seven Sisters Camera Club 
Peterborough City Camera Club
South London Photographic Society
Clacton Camera Club
Backwell Camera Club
Malahide Camera Club
Carnoustie Photo Group
King’s Lynn & District Camera Club
Swavesey Camera Club 
Reigate Photographic Society
Banbury Camera Club 
Faversham and District  Camera Club

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!
Rob Harley
Rob HarleyHemel Hempstead Photographic Society
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HHPS thoroughly enjoyed your thought-provoking talk and learnt a lot from it. It was made all the more enjoyable by the quality and variety of the images you showed us to illustrate your points.
Liz Smith
Liz SmithReflex Photographic Club
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We very much enjoyed your talk Derek, both for the amazing images and your thoughtful insights into image making. I’m sure you will have given inspiration to our members to explore long exposure photography.
Raymond Beckwith Hailsham Photographic Society
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Derek presented a fascinating insight into the creative side of long exposure photography with some superb images using exposures from a few seconds to tens of minutes. His presentation style was very relaxed, professional and with a sense of humour. We shall definitely be looking at his other lectures for a future booking.
Matthew Beavis
Matthew BeavisMelton Mowbray Photographic Society
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It was a great pleasure to host Derek at our Melton Mowbray Photographic Society. He gave a very insightful presentation on Long Exposure Photography which we enjoyed very much. Derek was very informative and his passion shone through when explaining about his photography & Long Exposure Photography. Derek perspective on his photography is inspiring and explained very well with some fun & wit injected. He views his photography as an extension of his creativity & personality and certainly comes through in his presentation. I would definitely recommend Derek as a speaker for any photography club.

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