DIG Scotland Centre News

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Alan Gray LRPS

Congratulations to Alan Gray who was awarded LRPS at the Edinburgh assessment day on May 3rd. Alan's superb panel is shown below.


Alan Gray's LRPS panel



More success for Ken Ness who has now achieved his ARPS with a beautiful panel on his favourite subject of derelict boats! His panel appears below, our congratulations to him.

Ken Ness - Successful ARPS Panel


Ken Ness and Ian Tully

Congratulations to Ken Ness LRPS and Ian Tully ARPS who have both been awarded CPAGB in December 2014.

November 16th, 2014 Meeting

A good attendance for this meeting at Bridge of Allan that starred Rikki O'Neill FRPS with his super "Visual Alchemy". Rikki displayed and talked through a number of his fantastic images explaining some of his technique for image creation. The audience were suitably impressed with the building blocks, concepts and breadth of the ideas that Rikki uses to conjure up a huge number of award winning images. Alchemy indeed!

A short business meeting of DIG members present was held following Rikki's talk and it was agree by those present that the following office bearers would serve for the next year: Doug Berndt ARPS as Organiser and Webmaster; Andy Hayes LRPS as Treasurer; Ian Tully ARPS as Syllabus Secretary.

It was also agreed that we would continue with the Central Scotland venue of Bridge of Allan Parish Church for a further year and that we would reduce the number of meetings to 5. It was also agreed that regular attending DIG members would pay for a season at the beginning of the year rather than as we go. This was set at £25 for cost recovery. There may be a premium to cover costs for special events and speakers.

Images were requested to update the now stale header images. (Only one has been received).

On behalf of the group, Doug thanked Andy for his work as treasurer and for his craftsmanship and donation of a superb Print stand. Doug also thanked Ian for carrying out his survey of members and for establishing the basis of our syllabus going forward in response. Doug also thanked Hilary Jackson LRPS for kindly supplying some home baking for the meeting.

Last but not least all present thanked Bill Hogg ARPS, as outgoing Organiser, for establishing the group as the Scotland Centre of the Digital Imaging Group.

September 14th, 2014 Meeting

A disappointing turn-out for this meeting, with holiday conflicts and a major wildlife photography event only a few miles along the road. Those who did attend enjoyed a very interesting and debate stirring talk from Colin McClatchie on his work as a professional Sports Photographer. Colin showed some great examples of his work.

Andy Hayes had been working hard and his cabinet making skills were there for all to see with part one of our new DI Group Scotland print stand. A fantastic job - many thanks to Andy.

Bill Hogg took the brave decision to show us all his failed "F" panel - better luck next time Bill! This very interesting work is inspired by the style created by the painter Alphonse Mucha.

Bill has also created an AV show of his panel which can be found here.

Members at the meeting

July 13th, 2014 Meeting

We had our biggest attendance to date and were delighted to host Janet Haines, Chairperson of the RPS DIG, at the RPS DIG Scotland Centre on Sunday 13th July 2014 in Bridge of Allan. Her presentation “My Distinctions Journey” started with an intruction to the Digital Imaging Group and included some of the successful DI Group competition images.

We broke for tea, folowing which Janet took us through her journey in prints. This started with her "L" panel, her work for CPAGB, her "A" panel and images for DPAGB (many of which wer festooned on the rear with ribbons and awards frrom various international salons). Janet moved on  to show some of her recent fine art figure work as she continues her journey towards MPAGB and "F".

Bill Hogg thanked Janet on behalf of the DI Group Scotland Centre for her excellent and inspirational presentation.



The DIG Scotland Centre meets once every 2 months.

RPS members and non-members are welcome to attend. A small charge is made to cover costs, which are split equally amongst attendees.


Typically, the largest part of each 3 hour meeting is for the benefit of attendees who show their latest work. Our attendees give and receive critique, encouragement and opinion from other attendees. We are particularly keen to see and encourage work towards RPS distinctions.


As our participation grows we hope to have a number of invited speakers.


Members at our Bridge of Allan meeting in March 2014:

March 16th 2014

Our second meeting of the year was held at Bridge of Allan Parish Church. 15 Members attended. There were  several apologies and one new member present.

Bill Hogg ARPS, DIG Scotland Centre Organiser, reported that Janet Haines ARPS, the DIG Chair intends to visit all of the DIG Centres in the near future and has suggested visiting us at our July 2014 meeting. Janet will introduce herself to our group and also give a talk on her very stylish photography.

Recent Successes: Several members had images selected for the RPS Scotland Annual Print Exhibition. This exhibition travels around Scotland over the next 12 months. Details here.

Colin McLatchie’s ARPS gave a very interesting presentation about the 10 photographers and their images that have influenced him the most in his development in photography. Photographers included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Cappa, Helmut Newton, Man Ray and David LaChapelle. Colin’s presentation was first class and was thoroughly enjoyed by all members.

Colin also mentioned that he had been awarded the ARPS distinction in Visual Art. He was exempted from the need for submitting a panel for assessment because of his previous educational attainments in photography. Well done Colin.

The bulk of the meeting was taken up viewing and discussing members images. There were some panels in progress and some novel work.

Members presented their images, received congratulations on recent successes, support and advice from the group. The standard of the images was extremely high.


January 12th 2014

Our first meeting of the New Year at Bridge of Allan Parish Church Hall was chaired by Bill Hogg ARPS, DIG Scotland Centre Organiser. 16 Members attended. There were several apologies and some new faces.

The transition from the RPS Creative Group Scotland Area to the RPS Digital Imaging Group Scotland Centre has been lengthy and complex but was now complete.

The DIG better reflects our members’ photographic interests and the Committee is optimistic that it will encourage new membership.

The DIG has over 1200 members and is a very well organised SIG which provides excellent back up and a first class quarterly magazine.

Our new DIG website will allow us to have all our images and info in one location.

The ‘start up’ grant will help us to think about having a good speaker for one of our meetings or organising special events in the future.

Our charges for the year to cover costs were proposed by Andy Hayes LRPS, DIG Scotland Centre Treasurer. After discussion the following charging was agreed.

DIG members annual Season Ticket (£10)+ Share of hall fee per meeting. Non-DIG Members & Public per meeting (£5) + Share of hall fee.

Doug Berndt ARPS, as webmaster for the DIG Scotland Centre, reported that we have a short web page on the current RPS web-site to acknowledge the Scotland Centre as part of the DIG.

The launch of the new RPS website would take place on the 21st January. We have a page which can have sub-pages. There currently isn't a lot of information here but there is flexibility and it is hoped that it will grow after launch. If anyone in the group wants to add news items then the Webmaster (currently Doug) can be emailed with the information via the contact link on the site, with items for inclusion.

Members can start forum discussions and these will be open to all DIG members, it's up to the individual how he or she uses these.

All RPS members can load portfolios to the new Website and if they are in the Scotland region they can tag their Portfolio to be accessed through the Scotland pages. Similarly for any special interest group (SIG), eg for a member of the Creative, or Digital Imaging SIG the portfolio can be tagged to be accessed and displayed from the SIG pages.

Members are encouraged to upload their images because it's this that will attract new participants in our group and help advertise ourselves and the RPS to the wider community.

The bulk of the meeting was taken up viewing and discussing members images. There were some panels in progress and some novel work.

Members presented their images, received congratulations on recent successes, support and advice from the group. The standard of the images was extremely high.

There was some discussion regarding the format and content of future meetings and display equipment that may be required.

November 17, 2013

Formation of Digital Imaging Group Scotland Centre

Bill Hogg informed the meeting that out transition to become the RPS Digital Imaging Group Scotland Centre was near complete. Dr David F Cooke, the Chairman of the RPS DIG is delighted that the DIG now has an established Scotland Centre.

Bill Hogg introduced himself as the DIG Scotland Centre Organiser. Andy Hayes was introduced as the new DIG Scotland Centre Treasurer and Doug Berndt as the new DIG Scotland Centre Webmaster.

Recent Successes

Doug Berndt ARPS

Since our last meeting Doug has been awarded ARPS in the  Contemporary Category so many congratulations for his well deserved success. Well done Doug.

Janet Russell  

Janet informed the group that she had recently won a Bronze Medal for the Best Portrait in the 34th Northern Counties International Salon  for her print “The General”. Janet showed the group her medal and the winning print and received very warm applause for her success. Well done Janet.