Talks - Mike Martin Photography


Proud to be associated with Fotospeed as an Associate speaker.

Currently I'm offering three talks to camera clubs.

The first, called "Shooting People" charts my journey into creative portraits, discussing how to get started, the value of collaboration with others, thoughts composition and style, the importance of shooting for yourself, all illustrated with prints on Fotospeed papers and inks prints.   In the second half, I show how I make some of the creative images, including 'before and after' shots, in an attempt to demystify and inspire listeners to have a go themselves.

The second, "from camera to print'" is positioned as a follow-on looking at the creative process in a bit more detail, specifically, selecting images from a shoot and determining how to process. This also includes hands on examples of beauty retouching techniques such as dodge & burn, healing brush and frequency separation. The second half provides an update on recent works since the first presentation.

The third "Nobody" is a new talk in development for 2020 onwards. In this I shall showcase prints and PDIs on a variety of other genera other than portraits – there may be some anonymous people in street / candid shots, hence the dual significance of the title.

All three lectures are customisable.  
During the break I have a number of my images printed on a range of Fotospeed papers so people can see the importance of paper choice when presenting prints. I also have discount cards / codes for anyone wishing to purchase Fotospeed papers/inks. 

Peter Weaver – Hanham PS 
…a big thank you for coming along last Wednesday to show your excellent, creative and hugely imaginative images. One of our most skilled members who also does a lot of creative images said that your talk was the best one he had seen at the club for several months. Your photography demonstrates how important it is to use imagination and creativity when you take photographs and also to progress with this afterwards.

Gloucester CC – programme entry 
“Mike shares his collection of general photos and his speciality, portraiture. His first visit to GCC but comment after a visit to Stroud “Very good and very entertaining!!......they’ll love him!!” A good evening in prospect.” 

Annie Blick – Stroud CC 
I did so enjoy your talk last night, so refreshingly different. Your images were inspirational and thought provoking. It was much appreciated by members and I know gave them a lot to think about in their approach to a different style of image making.

Proud to be associated with Fotospeed as an Associate speaker

Lecture Programme

Coming up.....

17/03/2020 - Judging @ Newent CC - written report 
19/03/2020 - Trowbridge CC - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
07/04/2020 - Cricklade - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
14/04/2020 - Bleadon PS (Weston-Super-Mare) - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
18/05/2020 - Dorchester CC - Postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19
28/05/2020 - Port Talbot CC
17/06/2020 - Caldicot CC
10/09/2020 - Exeter CC
06/10/2020 - Cricklade CC (rescheduled)
12/10/2020 - Swansea CC
14/10/2020 - Frome Selwood CC
03/11/2020 - Neath CC
10/11/2020 - Hay on Wye CC

12/01/2021 - Bleadon PS (re-scheduled)
13/01/2021 - Lincombe Barn (Downend, Bristol)
02/02/2021 - Mid Somerset CC 
15/02/2021 - Bridgend CC 
24/02/2021 - North West Bristol CC
30/03/2021 - Newent CC
08/04/2021 - Gwynfa CC
29/04/2021 - Reflex CC (Bristol)
20/05/2021 - Port Talbot CC
25/05/2021 - Hay on Wye CC

Previous Lectures
17/02/2016 - Keynsham PS

24/11/2016 - Stroud CC
10/04/2017 - Bridgend 

19/11/2017 - Reflex CC (Bristol)
20/11/2017 - Cymru Mono (Port Talbot)
16/01/2018 - Gloucester CC
17/01/2018 - Hanham PS

15/10/2018 - Taunton PS 
16/10/2018 - Tetbury CC
09/01/2019 - Stratton CC (Swindon) 
23/12/2019 - Keynsham
25/01/2019 - Frome Wessex CC
13/02/2019 - Bristol PS
12/02/2019 - Bridgwater 
26/02/2019 - Newent CC
21/03/2019 - Trowbridge CC
08/05/2019 - Afan Nedd
30/05/2019 - Norton & Radstock 

10/09/2019 - Bath PS
21/10/2019 - Phoenix Group of Photographers (Taunton) 
01/11/2019 - Frome Wessex CC
14/11/2019 - Portishead CC
19/11/2019 - Devizes CC
12/12/2019 - Reflex CC (Bristol)

09/01/2020 - Tyndale Photography Club 
14/01/2020 - Mid Somerset Camera Club
05/02/2020 - South Petherton
06/02/2020 - Gwent CC
13/02/2020 - Backwell CC
05/03/2020 - Barnstaple CC
10/03/2020 - Bridgwater CC