We meet at DeMolay House, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The second Tuesday is our competition judging night and the fourth is our skills night.

Additionally, we meet at Jilly’s Cafe, 181 Margaret Street, Toowoomba at 6:00 pm on the 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Tuesday of each Month. These nights are for our micro skills presentations, developing one small area of photography’s skillsets.

About us

Our aim is to promote, improve, share and enjoy photography in Toowoomba and the surrounding district offering many services, all specifically designed to improve photography and photographic skills in a friendly social atmosphere. Membership is open to all comers regardless of whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer.

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7:00 pm TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Set Subject: Song or Film Title The image must bring to mind the title of a song or film which is in the public domain, either recent or historical. This can be achieved either by[...]
7:00 pm Graham Burstow “Photographer’s R... @ De Molay House
Graham Burstow “Photographer’s R... @ De Molay House
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Members $2.00 Non-members $10.00
7:00 pm Skills Night April 28 @ De Molay House
Skills Night April 28 @ De Molay House
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Image Challenge is “Repetition”. The topic is Photographer’s Retrospective by Graham Burstow
7:00 pm TPS Skills Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Skills Night @ DeMolay House
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Image Challenge: Repetition
7:00 pm TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
TPS Competition Night @ DeMolay House
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Set Subject: Self Portrait A Self-portrait is a representation of an artist photographed by the artist.  The self-portrait is more than a selfie or snapshot because it is about capturing the essence of the artist’s[...]
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Graham Burstow book launch Friday March 27

Regrettably this event has been cancelled as the venue is no longer available due to the Covid-19 virus.

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by Geoff Adams, March 2, 2020 Share:

Graham Harris Photographer’s Retrospective

The TPS 115th anniversary celebrations got off to a memorable start with a Photographer’s Perspective presented by Graham Harris last night.

With a humorous, poignant and family-centred theme in which featured shots taken by his father, and of his grandfather with kids in a sulky, Graham soon had his audience engaged.

Graham surveyed his top 35 award winning images and his batting average in national and international competitions.

He also included 14 images that didn’t do so well, and the reasons why.

He then went into Lightroom with the raw files of some of his top award winning shots, and showed some of the adjustments he made.

Most of Graham’s work concentrates on getting the image right in camera, and to quote Graham, he “doesn’t do a lot of post-processing”.

Graham joined TPS in 2004 and has held several positions, notably that of a long-serving vice-presidency, during which he introduced MyPhotoclub to TPS.

President Tryg Helander presented Graham and family with a weighty gift basket for his years of service.  Graham will continue being an active photographer and TPS member, but recent illness forced him to relinquish formal positions in the club.

Nearly 100 images were submitted for the Image Challenge “Weather”.

Next month the challenge is “Water”, so we look to seeing many more images.   Members can submit up to five Challenge images, five favourites and five from TPS field days – a total of 15.

And as Graham pointed out, many of his top images came from TPS field days. Download presentation


by Geoff Adams, February 26, 2020 Share:

Program for Skills Night and Jilly Microskills nights

Skills Night

February – Graham Harris “Photographer’s Retrospective”

March – Practical aesthetics comprising Still Life, a Model, Movement and Lights at 4 stations. Bring cameras. Presenter Tryg Helander

April – Graham Burstow “Photographer’s Retrospective”

May – The pros and cons of various post-processing software – an introduction. Presenter Veronica Sorley.

June – Macro photography. Bring cameras and macro/close up lenses. Presenter Jenny Graff

Jilly’s Cafe Microskills sessions

March 3rd – “Surrealism in photography” – Jenny Graff

March 17 – “Sensors and camera types from full frame to various micro types” – Tryg Helander

On March 27 there is also Graham Burstow’s book launch at Cobb and Co commencing 6pm

On-going program demonstrating single topics in Light Room. In order these are:

  1. Lens correction
  2. Simple white balance correction
  3. Noise reduction
  4. Transform a feature
  5. Simple cloning
  6. Basic Adjustments
  7. Monochromatic channels
  8. HSL adjustment
  9. Masking and ND overlays

There will be occasional topics on themes and genres in photography. Geoff Adams will present a session on the war photographers from the US Civil War to Vietnam.

Dates are yet to be determined for the topics listed above.

by Geoff Adams, February 18, 2020 Share:

Photographic Retrospective – Graham Harris, Skills Night Feb 25.

Graham Harris CF FAPS AFIAP GPU CR-2 QPSA PSQA will present a retrospective on his photographic journey on the 25th February 2020.

Graham has been photographing since his early years growing up on various properties throughout New South Wales.  He continued this passion in his working life with the Department of Primary Industries in Queensland and with a young family at Inglewood, Monto and Biloela.

In 2004 he joined the Toowoomba Photographic Society and stared entering our local aggregate competition.  In 2007 he entered his first National Photographic competition and 2009 started entering International Salons, gaining some success with acceptances which has enabled him to obtain photographic honours with the following organisations:

  • Australian Photographic Society (APS)
  • Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP)
  • Global Photographic Union (GPU)
  • Photographic Society of America (PSA)

In his presentation Graham will reflect on his photographic journey and provide an overview of his experience with entering photos into competition.  He will show examples of his successful images, and also those that have not been as successful in gaining acceptances.  He will demonstrate the post-processing used to make the most of the images he captures and enters into competition.

by Geoff Adams, February 16, 2020 Share:

Jilly’s Microskills Night Tuesday 18.

The topic will be camera lenses presented by Tryg Helander. 6pm start.

by Geoff Adams, February 12, 2020 Share:

Alice Black February 2020

To perpetuate the memory of our late member Alice Black, the club has introduced the ‘Alice Black Memorial Trophy’ to be contested each year on a perpetual basis.

At each month’s Aggregate Competition the judge will select an image from all those entered as the monthly Alice Black Image – they will use their own criteria to select the image regardless of the score given.  All images submitted in the Aggregate Competition have the potential to become a possible winner of the Trophy as there is no restriction on the grade of the entrant or the medium in which the image is presented.

This month’s winner of the Alice Black award is Glen Innes sunset by Bruce Midkiff. This was entered in the B grade set subject section.

by Geoff Adams, February 11, 2020 Share:

Today’s Picnic Point Field day cancelled

Due to inclement weather (how long since anyone wrote those words in Toowoomba!), today’s Forced Perspective field day and BBQ is cancelled.

Don’t forget the AGM and competition next Tuesday at De Molay House and the early 6pm start. See you all there!

by Geoff Adams, February 8, 2020 Share:

Graham Burstow new book launch next month.

Graham Burstow’s fourth book of his photographs, “Closer”, will be launched on Friday March 27.

TPS member and judge Gérard Saide will speak at the launch to be held at Cobb and Co starting 6pm.

Graham’s latest work is a personal survey of his 73 years in photography.

Comprising 142 A4 pages, “Closer” will be a must-have addition in the collection of photographers and anyone else with an artistic appreciation.

We all recognise Graham’s ‘Dorothea Lange’ shot on the cover, and I for one, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and see what’s inside.

Book launch “Closer”, by Graham Burstow 

Date:  Friday March 27

Place: Cobb and Co.

Time: 6pm

All welcome, no RSVP required.

by Geoff Adams, February 6, 2020 Share:

TPS Field day, Picnic Point, Saturday Feb 8.

Weather permitting, we will hold a field day and BBQ at Picnic Point this Saturday.

The theme will be Forced Perspective, and the meeting point is the flag pole near the main entrance at 3pm.

The BBQ will be held at a place to be decided, but probably in the lower area past the main entrance and park. BYO your eats, TPS will have some cold softdrinks available.

by Geoff Adams, February 5, 2020 Share:

Graham Burstow “Photographer’s Retrospective”

Tuesday April 28 De Molay House, 90 Margaret Street.

Click on the link below for details.


by Geoff Adams, January 30, 2020 Share: