ONE of Britain's oldest camera clubs is hoping recent exposure will encourage more enthusiasts to develop their skills.

An exhibition of images taken by members of Bradford Photographic Society comes to an end at Shipley Library today.

Photographer Paul Richards said he hoped the exhibition would encourage more people to take up the hobby.

He added: "Photography is open to everyone. The easiest way to get involved is to join a local photographic club, where you will meet enthusiastic photographers who will be more than happy to guide you through the basics and help you."

There are more than 70 camera clubs across Yorkshire affiliated to the Yorkshire Photographic Union  (YPU)and Bradford Photographic Society is one of the oldest having being founded in 1860.

Most camera clubs meet once a week and the cost factor is very low. 

Don’t own a camera? No problem. 

"Many photographers just use a mobile phone," said Paul. "And once you start to enjoy photography, you can look at dedicated cameras which these days are not expensive and create great results."

Camera clubs are always happy to see new members and usually offer free membership on a short term trial period just to see if it meets your expectations.

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  • Report by Paul Richards of the T&A Community News Network