Welcome to the Pennant Hills Photographic Club

The Pennant Hills Photographic Club welcomes all photographers to join and participate in its events and by sharing knowledge to improve and enhance photographic skills. Our club aims to mentor, support, and educate its members, and to foster skills and passion for photography in a collegiate and enjoyable atmosphere.
For information on the club and how to join please view: Information about the club (opens in a new tab)

About Us

PHPC is a medium-sized club of around 50-60 members. Our members range in skill from enthusiastic novices to experienced photographers. The club has a few members who are judges.

We have a number of members who run the mentoring program for our newer members to learn the capabilities of their camera(s). We are large enough to support the growth of members but small enough to be a community, where all members can know each other. The club is here to challenge us to get the best from ourselves and our cameras

Upcoming Events - mouse over for details
7:45 pm Presentation – Mounting Photogra... @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – Mounting Photogra... @ Uniting Church Hall
Apr 1 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
A talk will be given by Peter Kenny proprietor of Framing Life and an accomplished photographer in his own right on the topic of mounting photographic prints. The emphasis will be on correctly mounting prints[...]
7:45 pm Competition 1903 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1903 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Apr 15 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1903 – Open & Set – Creative.  Images displaying an original, inventive or striking effect created in camera and/or by an editing program. The image must show evidence of a photographic image taken by[...]
6:00 pm Outing – TBA
Outing – TBA
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
7:45 pm Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
Presentation – TBA @ Uniting Church Hall
May 6 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Details will be announced closer to the date.
7:45 pm Competition 1904 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
Competition 1904 – Open & Set – ... @ Uniting Church Hall
May 20 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Comp 1904 – Open & Set – Nature. Per the Australian Photographic Society definition. See https://www.a-p-s.org.au/index.php/nature-definition
Recent Posts Archives

Competitions in 1902 – Set – Australian Landscapes are closing soon!

Competitions in 1902 – Set – Australian Landscapes will close Sunday, 17th March 2019, 12:00 AM.

Entries can be made in the following areas:

  • SetSubject Colour Large Print
  • SetSubject Mono Large Print
  • SetSubject Small Print
  • SetSubject Digital

All members are encouraged to enter.

by system account, 16 March 2019

PHPC Beginners’ Guide to Photography

Michael Frost has kindly provided a Beginners’ Guide to Photography which he developed a couple of years ago.

The Guide is for new members who would like some basic knowledge and as a starting point to discuss the subjects covered with more experienced members who have a deeper understanding of the material presented.

The Guide is interactive, using the controls at the bottom of the page, the index, and included hyperlinks to either the appendices within the guides or external websites. The Guide is intended to be viewed full screen.

The Guide has been posted in two parts on a new “Tutorials and Presentations” page which is restricted for PHPC Club Members only.  Anyone not logged in as a member will only see a “page not found” error.  This page also contains the presentations that have been made to the club by guests in recent years.

Many thanks to Michael Frost for the work he has done for the benefit of PHPC Members.

by Tony Strasser, 28 October 2018

Notice of Special General Meeting on 6th August 2018




at the Uniting Church hall, Corner of Boundary Rd and Bellamy Street, Pennant Hills

PURPOSE: The purpose of the meeting is to approve a special resolution to adopt a new Club Constitution.

MOTION: That the Pennant Hills Photographic Club adopt a new and revised Constitution based on the NSW Department of Fair Trading Model Constitution for incorporated associations as distributed with this notice of meeting.

BACKGROUND: Members who attended the last AGM will recall that the immediate past-president proposed that the outgoing committee be able to assist the new incoming committee in managing the club’s affairs until the end of the year. Functions such as trophies, the presentation night, and finalising next year’s calendar, which all happen at the end of the year are difficult to transfer to new committee members in the very short term available. Our current Constitution makes no allowance for this to occur.

In addition, our current Constitution is old though it appears to have been based on an earlier version of a Model Constitution. NSW Fair Trading have a newer version available. For those interested in accessing a clean copy of the model, it can be found here:http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Cooperatives_and_associations/Incorporating_an_association/About_the_constitution/Model_constitution.page

Organisations adopting the Model Constitution verbatim automatically have their Constitution updated whenever Fair Trading update the Model (refer to the cover page). However in order to give effect to what was discussed at the last AGM we have had to modify the Model; and because that negates the automatic updating the Committee have taken the opportunity to make a limited number of other minor changes to the model to suit the club’s operation. In short, the proposed new Constitution is only changed from the Model to the minor extent it has been necessary.

ATTACHMENTS: Attached to this message are three documents for your consideration:

  1. The Club’s existing Constitution – PHPC constitution
  2. A marked up copy of the Model Constitution showing the changes made to adapt it to PHPC (NOTE – this copy has no proper pagination and table of contents) – PHPC_constitution_draft_3_mark_up
  3. A clean copy of the document with pagination and a correct table of contents – PHPC_constitution_draft_3 (clean)

COMMENTS: There are some differences in the new Model compared to our existing Constitution such as:

  1. A reduction from 20% to 5% of the club membership who may requisition the Committee to convene a Special General Meeting (Section 27)
  2. The quorum for general meetings is reduced from 10 members to 5 members (Section 29)
  3. There is no longer any provision for proxy voting (Section 35)
  4. There is provision for use of technology at meetings (Section 37)
  5. In the Model Constitution we are referred to as an “Association”. We have not attempted to change that because we were trying to move away from the Model as little as possible.

The changes relating to the outgoing Committee helping the incoming Committee are at Section 13(d). Section 13(e) was added to acknowledge the fact that the Committee has a set of bylaws to assist it in running the Club.

Nancy Morley

by Tony Strasser, 6 July 2018

Reminder: Payment for Xmas in July is Due

If you are coming to the Xmas in July dinner, and you haven’t yet paid, could you please make a bank transfer to the Club of $45 per person at your earliest convenience. Bank details follow.

Pennant Hills Photography Club Westpac BSB: 032-087 Account: 731071

The venue again is:


828 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural, NSW
Tel:  02 96520475

Start: 6:30pm for 7pm Dinner

All details on a previous post on the Club’s website.

by Tony Strasser, 19 June 2018

Christmas in July Monday 2nd July 2018 6.30pm for 7pm Dinner

An Invitation to all Pennant Hills Photographic Club Members

Christmas in July is fast approaching. This is a great social evening and we would love it if you could join us for a wonderful meal, some photography fun and good company – menu and information below. Partner and friends are welcome. If you require transport let us know.

Please make payment to:

Pennant Hills Photography Club Westpac BSB: 032-087 Account: 731071

Don’t forget to write your name on the sheet at the next meeting and if you can’t make the meeting let me know.

I look forward to seeing you there.


President 0481 345 320


828 Old Northern Road, Middle Dural, NSW
Tel:  02 96520475

Start: 6:30pm for 7pm Dinner

Cost: $45 per person paid to club

Wine will be supplied by the club: White and Red or can bring your own.

Other Drinks are not supplied.

Garlic and herb bread Starters


Antipasta Platter


  1. BEEF & MUSHROOM POT PIE of the day with roast potato, vegetables or chips and salad
  2. British Style Traditional Christmas dinner –   Roast Pork with apple sauce, Roast Potatoes and Pumpkin Seasonal Vegetables
  3. Crumbed, Grilled or Battered Fish with chips or mash potato, salad or seasonal vegetables and Tartare sauce
  4. Vegetarian Mains (Special Pre-Order)
  5. Homemade vegetarian chick pea and cheese patty with salad & herb aioli


  1. Homemade Christmas Pudding with custard and ice cream Brandy Trifle
  2. Apple and Berry Crumble with ice cream
  3. Creme Brulee with strawberries

Fresh brewed coffee or leaf tea

by Nancy Morley, 6 June 2018

Playing With Soft Focus Equipment Workshop

Many thanks to Phil Weir who led a very instructive workshop on how to achieve soft focus in our photographs.  Phil’s years of experience as a professional photographer were evident, and the techniques and array of equipment he showed us were very interesting.

The presentation Phil gave is attached to this post and is also linked to the Club Documents page. Play With Soft Focus Equipment

We were also instructed in how to pose and light subjects for portrait photography. Some examples follow.

Phil Weir in the model’s chair

Phil explaining subject posing and lighting

Phil Weir our instructor

Nancy Morely, PHPC President

by Tony Strasser, 6 June 2018

Re: Next Competition Night – Monday 21st May 2018

Hi everyone

The next competition is Open & Set – People in Life – People involved in their work or recreational activities.

REMINDER: Competition entries close SATURDAY Night at MIDNIGHT (this allows us to download and print ready for Monday night).

ALSO please make sure that you choose the correct competition you are entering – either SET or OPEN – it is important that you check your entries as you can make changes if incorrect. Please let us know if you require any help or have any questions.

See you there.


President, Pennant Hills Photographic Club


by Nancy Morley, 3 May 2018

Monday Night 7th May 2018 – Change of Presentation

Hi everyone

On Monday night 7th May Philip Weir was going to give a presentation, unfortunately for us his work commitments will not allow this. Instead Don Munro will give a presentation on Composition. Please bring your camera gear as there will be exercises after his presentation. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you have to other members.



by Nancy Morley, 2 May 2018

Change of Dinner Venue Monday outing.

Hi everyone

We have changed the venue for dinner as the Emperors Restaurant was full. We will now have dinner at:

Marigold Restaurant level 4 (which is in the same area)
Citymark Building
683 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

7pm unless weather is poor.

See you tomorrow night.


by Nancy Morley, 29 April 2018

Monday night outing – my correct phone number.

Hi all

I hope to see you Monday night at 5.45 Central Station. My phone number is 0481 345 320.

Kind regards


by Nancy Morley, 28 April 2018