University of Sheffield Photo Soc

Committee meetings


As we have the Annual General Meeting coming up in March where we elect a new committee, we’d like to invite you to our committee meetings. If you check out our page on the website, we will write a few words about each of our roles so you have a better idea of what we do.

If you think you’d like to be on the committee next year, or you would just like to see how the society is run, then please come along!

We meet every Monday 7pm in the Gallery Eye (upstairs in the union). We tend to have ourselves a nice cup of tea as well so bring a mug along with you if you’d like some!

We hope to see some of you there tomorrow!

Lots of news!

Hello everyone!

Big apologies in advance for this long email, but it is important that you read all of it because there is lots of useful information for the next couple of weeks. Plus I’m feeling nice so I might put something jolly at the end of it…

This Thursday meeting

Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to do the camera tutorial this week, so we have postponed it until Thursday 4th November and we will send you an email with details about where and when nearer the time. So this week, we’re going to do a light-painting session on Thursday (21st) evening. If you’d like to come along, please bring warm clothes, a camera (if you have one) and a torch/flashgun to “paint” with. We’ll be meeting at 7pm around the Gallery area upstairs in the Union.

Halloween/disposable camera social

Next Thursday evening (28th October) we’re going to have a fancy dress bar crawl with disposable cameras for capturing the frivolity! We’re starting in Interval at 7:30pm and will be making our way to Lava Lounge via The Common Room, Frog & Parrot and The Wick at Both Ends. We’re also working on getting some special Halloweeny PhotoSoc cocktails made up for us – woop!
The fancy dress theme is simply whatever you want it to be! So get your gladrags on and your cameras out, and come join us for some drinks and fun!

Halloween/Bonfire Night competition

To complement the time of year (and our little social) we’re having a competition on the theme of Halloween and Bonfire Night. The 2 week competition will open on Monday 25th October and the deadline for entries will be at 5pm on Monday 8th November, with entries being uploaded to our Flickr competition group. If you’re not on Flickr yet, do sign up and upload your photos so that you can take part in the competition.
**Remember to have a look at the competition rules at the bottom of the group page before you submit anything…


Due to a general delay in the building work inside the Union, our darkroom is not yet ready, but we’re keeping an eye on its progress and will let you know when it’s ready for use.
Unfortunately, we also no longer have access to the darkroom in the Mappin Building as it has been relocated. But as I said, keep an eye on your emails for news about our darkroom in the Union.

Mentor Scheme

Due to popular demand, we are in the process of setting up a mentor scheme to create some links and contacts between photographers who are more experienced and those who are just starting out in photography. The aim is to get people talking and taking pictures by gaining confidence and experience from each other. We have put up a discussion on the website forums, so please register on the website so that you can sign up to be a mentor/mentee. Any problems posting to the forums, please let us know.

GIAG Pinhole Photography

We still have a few places left on our Pinhole Photography Give It A Go session this Thursday evening (21st) at 7pm in the Gallery Eye. If you’d like to learn how to make your own pinhole camera that you can take away with you at the end, head to the Union Box Office and get yourself a ticket! But hurry because they’re running out fast!

Phew! Congratulations for getting to the bottom! If you have any questions, drop us an email or post it onto the forums. There will be more detailed emails coming out a few days before each event, so keep a look out for those! And now, as promised, something jolly and amusing…

Tea and Cake Crawl

To our photographic family,

As this is the last week of term before the Easter hols, we thought of no better way to celebrate this than to go on an afternoon tea and cake crawl, with the possibility of some funky easter cakes!

This Wednesday 17th March, we will be heading, via a number of cafes, in the general direction of the city centre, where we will magically plop into place at the cinema to watch Alice in Wonderland in 3D (Yay for Orange Wednesdays!). There is an optional but strong desire for Alice in Wonderland fancy dress. The more of us that turn up in mad hats, rabbit suits and little blue frocks, the more photos that will be gained from this wacky and wonderful experience!

The first stop is Lynne’s Pantry Garden on Glossop Road, opposite the hospital, where we will be converging at 1pm, precisely. So come along if you fancy some tea and Easter buns, and a bit of a film to follow!

See you on Wednesday at 1pm! If anybody gets lost down a rabbit hole, call Beckie on 07907 874892.

Lots of love,

PhotoSoc xx

(check out the amazing poster for it, drawn by our lovely Miki!)

Committee meeting tonight

Hi all,

The committee are having our weekly meeting in the Gallery at 7pm and we’re going to be working out plans for the weeks after the Easter break and possibly making some spending decisions. We’ll also be deciding on what roles are going to be available at the AGM.

We’d really like anyone who’s thinking of standing for a committee position at the AGM (or is just curious about a position) to come along and chat to one of the committee about it, and to be able to get feedback on our plans for after Easter. There will be an email going out sometime soon detailing what the new positions are (and the old ones too!), so don’t worry too much if you can’t make it tonight, but it’ll be nice to see some of you there!


Pre-Easter madness!

Hi all,

Sorry we’ve been bombarding you with so many emails this week, there’s just a lot going on in the world of Photosoc! :)

Volunteering project

SheffieldVolunteering is looking for some photographers to help document a project being run by a club for kids aged 11 and up, run on Monday evenings, who help kids take part in a wide range of activities.

Due to the nature of the project, they’re initially looking for people who already have a current CRB check and child protection training from a previous SheffieldVolunteering project (so if you are/were involved in the Comic Life project, this is for you!). If you’re interested, contact Andy Marsden on (not us).

Ball photos

Thanks everyone who emailed about the PROGRESS ball, we’ve been overwhelmed with responses and are currently working out how to balance experience levels for those we send. But fret not those who don’t go, as we’ve got other jobs in the pipeline as far ahead as November!

Closer to now, we have been asked if we can do photos for a charity ball in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in May. The theme of the ball is Hollywood and we’ve been asked amongst other things if we could supply a ‘fake paparazzi’, as well as doing some normal walkaround shots. This promises to be a good opportunity for those of you who feel you’re less experienced and want to practice your skills. We’ll be dropping an email to those who enquired about the PROGRESS ball about this as soon as we can confirm arrangements.


As we’ve got the Whirlow Hall Farm trip coming up this Saturday, there’s no meeting this week but will instead be having a nice outside meeting next week. If you’re expecting to be picking up or dropping off equipment, we should be in touch to make alternative arrangements. We’ve decided to be nice and extend the deadline for the competition to Sunday evening, so make sure you get your ‘Optimism’ entries in by then. The winner will be announced next Thursday. Yay!

Whirlow Hall Farm

This Saturday 13th March we’re heading to Whirlow Hall Farm, just west out of the city, to see the animals. This time of year is full of baby things and just a general fresh spring feeling, and we thought we’d make the most of it before Easter. We’re meeting at Hunters Bar roundabout at the entrance to Endcliffe Park. You need to be there BEFORE 11:30am, and we’ll get a bus out to the farm which takes about 10 minutes. Remember to bring cameras and warm clothes. Any questions, email us or text Beckie on 07907874892.

World Week parade

If popping along to a farm with cute animals isn’t your sort of thing (we don’t know why it wouldn’t be, but maybe it isn’t!), then also on Saturday is the University’s World Week parade. Starting at 12pm from the Students Union and going to the Peace Gardens in the City Centre (ending around 2pm), this promises to be a bright, colourful parade involving the University’s national societies doing their stuff.

See the Facebook event for more details.


If you’re interested in being on the committee next year, then we’ll be sending out info soon about the different roles you can stand for (there will be more than this year). Our Annual General Meeting is currently slated for the first week back after the Easter break and involves the election of our new committee, followed by a nice social. Sound good?


We have secured a venue for our end of year exhibition, which promises to be bigger and better than the last one! The exhibition will be from the 25th to 29th May, with set up and the opening on the 24th. Our venue is the Workstation, which is attached to the Showroom Cinema and we have been very lucky to secure a grant from the Alumni Foundation for some of the exhibition costs.

We’ll be in touch closer to the time about the arrangements, but the important thing is that you get thinking now about what you want to enter. We are looking for people to enter a series of photographs, but beyond that it’s what you want to make of it. Show us the best you can do!

Next social!

Wednesday the 17th of March. Afternoon tea and cake crawl (sampling the delights of Sheffield’s tea houses, whilst dressed as a character from Alice in Wonderland), followed by watching the film in 3D at the Odeon near the station/Hallam just after 5pm.

If you have any questions, just email us and we’ll get back to you.

Much love,
PhotoSoc xx

Social tomorrow!

Dear PhotoSoc-ers old and new,

A big thanks to everybody who came to talk to us at the Ultimate Fair today. It was lovely to see everybody, and for anyone who had their photo taken by us, the pictures will be on the union website in the next couple of days for you all to see!

If you’re new to PhotoSoc, or aren’t sure if you want to join yet, tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for you to see if you like us and what we do, as we’re having the first social of this semester. We’re having a treasure hunt (starting by the box office next to Interval at 7pm) in which you have to identify some really zoomed-in photos of things and places around the university. There will be a new clue at each destination, along with a few goodies! There will also be a prize for the team who finish the hunt first. We’ll then head over to the University Arms to play some board games and tone our competitive nature ready for the Uni Arms pub quiz at 9pm.

If you have any board games that you’d like to share with everyone, please bring them with you. You don’t need a camera but feel free to bring one if you want – after all, we all love silly social photos!

Sound good? Then come along! See you all at 7pm tomorrow!

Lots of looove,

PhotoSoc xxx

2010: Yes, we’re still here :)

None of us really know how old Photosoc is for certain, but we’re still alive and kicking in another decade which is always good :) just a quick email for now, we’ll update you all later next week after our committee meeting…

Committee Meeting

Our first meeting as a committee for the year is next week and we’d love for people to come along and get involved or just see what it’s like being on the committee. We’re always interested to find out what you want us to be doing as a society and coming along, you’ll have a chance to help shape our plans for the rest of the year. There’s also our Annual General Meeting in April, most likely in the week before the Easter break, which is when you can stand to be on the committee next year and vote on who gets each position, and we’re really interested in giving you guys a chance to see what it’s like to do any of the roles you might be interested in.

Those are:

  • President (Adam)
  • Secretary (Paul)
  • Treasurer (Jack)
  • Social Secretary (Beckie)
  • [Darkroom Officer (Jack/Beckie)]
  • Inclusion Officer (Miki)
  • Mascot (Sukh)

The meeting will be on Wednesday 27th January at 6pm in the University Arms (down the road from the Students Union, towards the Information Commons). Please do come along!

“Twelve Days of Christmas” competition

We’ve already had some fantastic and creative entries in, so if you’ve got a photo hidden away that you’ve not uploaded yet, do it soon because the competition closes this Sunday at midnight! Please do remember the rules though and make sure anything you do upload has been taken within the competition period. Don’t forget, there are prizes to be won too :)

The Flickr group to upload is here.

Ultimate (Refreshers) Fair

Come along and see us at the Ultimate Fair (or Refreshers Fair for those of us who are a bit old) on Wednesday 10th February between 10am and 3pm in the Octagon, where we’ll have a stall and also be doing another photo shoot downstairs where the cloakroom normally is for SPACE club nights.

We’ll be taking sign ups for new membership for the year, so if you’ve not had a chance to come to any meetings yet, come along and we can tell you anything you want to know about the society and sort out your membership. If you’re already a member and want to know what you’re getting out of it or just want to complain, come along anyway!

We do require that you have membership for our socials and meetings, and while we’re more happy for you to come along and see if you want to join, you really should join if you want to be active with us. It’s only £5 this year (please remember that being on the mailing list does not constitute membership) and we work as hard as we can to get you guys as much benefit as we can. Your membership fee goes entirely towards running the society and the more paid members we have, the more we’re allowed to apply for in funding in the next year, which means MORE equipment, MORE speakers, MORE potential for big trips and most importantly, MORE OF YOU LOVELY PEOPLE! :)

Refreshers Social

To welcome in the new year and new members, we’ve got a social in the evening that’s being organised by our lovely social sec Beckie. Details will follow next week, but it’s likely to be around 7pm, so keep your calendars clear then.



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