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.

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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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2021 AGM Agenda

Please use link to download copy of Meeting Agenda.

2021 AGM Agenda

by Tryg Helander, February 9, 2021

Zoom Meetings

All Zooms will have this same login, from now on.

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by Tryg Helander, February 2, 2021

Some reminders for a busy TPS year.

Feb 9th competition night.

Starts 6pm with the AGM, then at 7 with the usual judging. You must be a financial member to vote. RSVP to Val on tpstreasurer@hotmail.com please like last comp night – due to Covid restrictions on room number and De Molay’s management requirements for hire of their facility.

Treasurer Val has sent the member renewal notices by email, and they have also been available at club meetings. If you haven’t received this email (or any other), PLEASE do the following first:

  1. Go into your membership account on the website and check the email address we have is current. The emails sent are a broadcast system from the website – we do not individually type out your address to send each mail.
  2. Check that club emails aren’t the victim of your spam filter. You can click on a message from the club as sender and indicate it is always to be received.
  3. ONLY then, contact us if you still have a problem.

Workshops March 13 and April 17.

There has been good response to bookings and payment for the above. Places are still available. We kindly request payment with booking to ensure your place – you will understand the club has outlays in hiring both venues, and sometimes this requires pre-payment by the club. Please see earlier post on the website for details.

115th Anniversary photobook

Margaret says she has had around a dozen members send images to date. Could you please attend to this as soon as you can to assist in timely production of the booklet? Please see earlier post for details.

Snapper Rocks on the Tweed.

This hasn’t been forgotten – the committee meeting on Monday 19 decided on March, but has not yet selected a date. Please watch out for further information. Refer to the earlier post for details of what was planned, especially the 2am start from Toowoomba.

February field day.

The theme is Valentine’s Day and is self-directed. January’s was Australia Day, and it was good to see some members at Highfields Pioneer Village as part of this.

by Geoff Adams, January 28, 2021

Skills Night 7pm

Tonight, we will explore ‘Off-Camera’ speed light set up and triggering….both optical slave and wirelessly. Additionally, we will be having a short masterclass on incident light metering, using a handheld meter that the Society now owns.

More about incident light meters here:https://toowoomba.myphotoclub.com.au/…/Why-you-need-an…

by Tryg Helander, January 26, 2021

Skills Night – DeMolay House 7pm

Don’t forget to bring your cameras tonight. Also, if you have some quirky item, to take an image of, we will be setting up 4 mini backdrops to use our speed lights and triggers with.

by Tryg Helander, January 26, 2021

115th Anniversary booklet.

I’ve forgotten the obvious – your image contribution needs to have been taken during 2020 – the 115th anniversary of TPS. Please see earlier post for more details.

by Geoff Adams, January 21, 2021

Call for your image for the 115th TPS Anniversary Photobook.

Margaret Kebble has obtained a suitable quotation and specifications for the TPS 115th Anniversary photobook.

The A5 size photobook will include ONE image from each financial member, plus the 12 Alice Black images, all from last year.

Please send your best single image in LANDSCAPE format from last year to Margaret at mmotion@bigpond.com. Include YOUR NAME and IMAGE TITLE with your image in your email to Margaret.

It can be the same size as that normally submitted for comp nights BUT saved as 300 dpi, not 72 dpi. If you need help doing this, please let us know.

Please do this by Friday FEBRUARY 11th, to assist us with timely production of the booklet. We are happy to choose an image on your behalf, if you prefer.

Don’t worry about payment just yet, we are aware we have just asked for payments for workshops, and will send out a separate notice advising payment details later. We anticipate the cost will be $25 per copy.

by Geoff Adams, January 21, 2021

Make sure of your place at the TPS March and April workshops.

March and April workshops.

This year is “T” for training which makes a change from last year – “C” for Covid.

On Saturday March 13 there will be a studio portraiture workshop at De Molay House.

This workshop takes a maximum of 21 participants.  There will be  lighting set-ups with 3 instructors.  One will be a single lighting set-up with a model, the second with two lights, and the third with 3 lights.  Lighting ratios and other concepts will be explained and you will have the opportunity to practise what you learn.

The newly acquired lighting, flash triggers and units, backdrops etc, that will be demonstrated next Skills Night Tuesday 26, will be used on the day.

On Saturday April 17 at a double seminar room at the Library 3rd floor, the  much awaited Light Room basics course will be conducted.  This will cover how images are handled when imported into LR – the first steps, the various sliders, and an introduction to transformation.

This is limited to 30 participants.

For this one you bring a laptop with Lightroom, preferably LR classic, as this is a hands-on workshop to help you get started, or to answer questions on what has been puzzling you, if like me, you are fairly new to LR.

In summary,

Saturday March 13 Studio Portraiture.

Where: De Molay House 90 Margaret Street.

Duration: 9-3pm

What to bring: camera, tripod, Cable Release, your own triggers and flash units, portrait suitable lens (for full frame cameras this is usually around  80-100mm).  BYO lunch, etc, due to closure of kitchen during Covid.

Cost:  TPS financial members $40, non-members $50.

Bookings:  c/- Heritage Bank, BSB 638-070, a/c 4278291, use your surname followed by “portrait” when paying; e.g. AdamsPortrait.

Saturday April 17 Lightroom basics.

Where:  3rd floor double seminar room Toowoomba Library.

Duration: 9-3pm

What to bring:  laptop with LR Classic (preferred) installed and working.  Please check BEFORE coming that your software is functioning as it should.  You may also wish to bring some of your images for processing.

Morning tea will be provided.  Lunch is available at nearby cafes.

Cost:  financial TPS members  $50, non-members $60.  Banking details as above, your surname followed by LRbasic, e.g. AdamsLRbasic.

If booking both courses (sorry no discounts), please make separate payments to help the Treasurer keep track.

These workshops are a bargain, worth hundreds of dollars if conducted privately by professionals.  Get in quick, these opportunities are likely to be snapped up as members have been asking when these will be held, having been foreshadowed some time ago.

by Geoff Adams, January 20, 2021

Zoom Session Tonight

Tonight’s session explores camera basics snd getting a perfectly exposed image.

Meeting ID: 825 3295 9145

Passcode: 167255

by Tryg Helander, January 19, 2021

Qld Interclub Competition – invitation to members to submit entries.

Attention TPS members

You are invited to submit entries for the annual Qld Interclub photo competition hosted by Toowoomba Photographic Society in 2021.  Each club selects 3 images or prints in each of 7 categories – total of 21 images – from images or prints submitted by members.

You are invited to submit up to 2 images in each of the 7 categories – 14 in total (either digital or prints or combination thereof)  – to the TPS Qld Interclub working group (email Qld Interclub qldinterclub@gmail.com) or to the Prints Steward Sandra Neill (see below) for selection for the TPS club entry of 21 images. (note that the number permitted for each member is set by the competition rules – see Forms 2 and 3).

The subject categories and definitions are attached, and can also be found on the TPS website in the Club Information section.

Your entries should be received by 11 July 2021.

Further information can be found under the Qld Interclub Competition set of documents in the Club Information section of the TPS website.

The entry requirements are:


Digital format

1                     Maximum Horizontal dimension to be 1920 pixels

2                     Maximum Vertical dimension to be 1080 pixels

3                     Digital Files must be in sRBG JPEG graphics file format for PC

4                     Should a person belong to more than one club, they will only be allowed to have images submitted by ONE CLUB.

5                     Filename per the following format with up to 35 letters in the TITLE including spaces and following abbreviation:    [club]_[subject]_[title]_[first name surname].jpg

e.g. tps_scapes_The golden hour_joe smith.jpg (NB no underscore in the title or name).

             6           Images to be submitted by email to:  Qld Interclub <qldinterclub@gmail.com>

Print format

  1. Maximum print size of A3 – 329mm x 483mm (13” x 19”)
  2. Minimum print size of 200mm x 250mm (8” x 10”).
  3. Prints are to be accompanied by a digital image of the prints – specifications above – for showing on the 3 screens at the venue and for the Zoom presentation.  THESE WILL NOT BE USED FOR JUDGING.
  4. Total image sizes including mat not to exceed 400mm x 500mm.  Mats not to exceed 5mm thickness.  Framed prints, or prints mounted on timber, will not be accepted.
  5. Mounted or unmounted prints may be submitted – if unmounted they must be sent flat and not rolled.
  6. Prints are to be given to TPS Prints Steward Sandra Neill, or to a drop off point nominated by Sandra.

Good luck with your entries and hope you are included in the final 21 club entries.

by Geoff Adams, January 15, 2021