Goods and Services
Comments attributed here to members are only a guide and do not represent any form of guarantee.
The Wideangle market operates a sales table for members, stocking a variety of traditional and digital photographic items at very competitive prices. It is usually available at BPS meetings or from David Wood‘s home. Supplies include:
Batteries, SDHC and CF camera cards, Flash Drives
Bevel mount cutters
Mounting board – see chart for colour options (available at BPS meetings)
50 cm x 40 cm mounts with pre-cut and bespoke apertures
Pre-ordering of some items is appreciated. David Wood’s contact details are on the paper programme given to members when they pay their subscription.
Apart from the printer maker’s own brand paper, a number of members use third party papers from Permajet, Fotospeed, Hahnemuhle. Generally, profiles are available for their papers for a range of printers, and some companies will make custom profiles if you order a reasonable quantity of paper.
On-line Paper supplies these and other papers, or through Wideangle Market. Robert Smith produces lovely prints on Canson Platine paper, although it is expensive. Somerset Enhanced and Permajet Oyster (lustre) are also worth considering.
Polina Plotnikova uses Paper Spectrum‘s papers, particularly favouring Cotton Textured Fine Art. They too provide profiles.
There are a number of companies offering pre-cut mounts. However, the carriage costs can be quite high so it is worth talking to other members if you are thinking of getting some so that these costs can be shared.
Fred Barrington and Sylvia Wilbur have been very satisfied with Cotswold Mounts: www.cotswoldmounts.co.uk
Polina Plotnikova is very satisfied with Carters Mounts: www.cartersmounts.co.uk
Steve Wilbur has used thePrintSpace (www.theprintspace.co.uk) in Shoreditch to make large panoramic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. They print on matt, gloss, flex and metallic Fuji Crystal Archive, Kodak metallic and also various papers with their Epson inkjet printers. Images can be uploaded and then collected about 4 hours later.
Wessex Pictures used to be in Croydon, but the nearest branch is now in Leatherhead. They supply trade and photographers with framing, mounting and related materials and tools. Details at: www.wessexpictures.com
Courses and Workshops
Welshot Imaging offer photography courses in the North West of England. Peter Foley has been on their High Dynamic Range (HDR) course which combines HDR photography and HDR processing into a one-day workshop.
Northshots offer wildlife and landscape workshops in Scotland. They have access to specialist hides for wildlife shooting. They also do landscape tours in the Cairngorms and Hebrides. Steve and Sylvia enjoyed their workshop taking in Harris, Skye and Eigg.
Calumet offer half-day and one-day photography courses in London and elsewhere. Steve Wilbur found a half-day workshop by Jayce Clark on Lightroom very good.
Lenslab offer workshops and BPS members get priority booking.
Lenslab offer 10% discount on equipment to BPS members on hire of cameras, lenses etc. They are located in Haywards Heath.