Judging/Club Talks

I am available to do the following presentations and talks at Camera Clubs:

1. Judging Competitions & Club Exhibitions - In 2014 I Judged my first International Salon, the Edinburgh International Exhibition, and as of April 2014 I have been voted onto the PAGB National Panel of Judges, and also sit as an assessor on the IPF Distinctions Panel. As someone with over 1,000 images accepted into National & International Exhibitions, over 200 Medals and countless awards, I think I am well equipped to give feedback on your Club's images. I have a reputation for providing constructive feedback, designed to encourage photographers rather than prompt tomato throwing!
- Edinburgh International 2014
- Irish National Shield 2014
- Tallaght International Salon 2015
- Scottish print Championships 2016
- PAGB Inter-Federation Print & PDI Championships 2016
- Gibraltar Exhibition 2016
- Southampton International 2017
- Bristol International 2017
- Smethwick 2017
- Spanish Confederation of Photography Awards 2017

2. Photoshop - this can be geared towards beginners or advanced, depending on your members' needs. Everything from basic levels, curves, dodging and burning etc, to creating complex digital composites, luminosity masks, intricate selections etc etc:

3. Passion for Prints - a presentation of up to 150 prints mounted to 50 x 40 cm, demonstrating my journey from camera club journeyman to LRPS and finally to MPAGB, with plenty of advice, anecdotes and information in between! Designed to inspire your members on to greater things...!

4. The Distinctions Process - A talk on the various Photographic Distinctions offered by the various Governing Bodies such as PAGB, RPS, IPF, FIAP and BPE. This includes a display of successful LRPS, ARPS, MPAGB and FIPF Panels, as well as 'Exhibition' images for FIAP/BPE purposes.

5. Off-Camera Flash - a demonstration on 'how and why' it is best to take the flash out of the hot-shoe, and how quality pictures can be taken with minimal equipment. My most successful image ever, 'Stephen' was created on a camera club demonstration night using a single Canon speedlite and umbrella:

Feedback from Malahide and Dundalk camera Clubs in 2013:

"Your images were superb and it was easy to tell that you present for a living! Great feedback from everyone afterwards."
"I was there last night for your presentation and I just wanted to say that it was one of the better nights I have experienced. Great presentation and great images."
"Very enjoyable night Ross. Thanks for sharing your deepest secrets with us!"

If you wish to book me for a talk, please contact me at ross.mckelvey@ntlworld.com or use the contact section of this website.


Judging at the Southampton International 2017: