About SPS

Smethwick Photographic Society is a friendly and welcoming camera club based at Oldbury in the West Midlands. Our aim is to encourage the enjoyment of photography and develop members’ skills whatever their level from novice to experienced, whether you have a compact camera, mobile phone or DSLR.

Smethwick Photographic Society has been in existence for approximately 90 years. Thanks to the efforts and dedication of its members, it has grown into a powerful stronghold located in its own premises in the Old Schoolhouse in Birmingham. It is the currently the UK FIAP exhibition centre.

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We have a friendly and helpful membership with knowledge of both traditional and digital photographic techniques. We run a varied programme of talks, merit competitions, studio model evenings (members only) as well as running groups for those interested in audio visuals, nature and learning about technique – hopefully, something of interest for all. Our full programme of activities is published on our website.

The clubhouse has a photographic studio, darkroom, library, a lounge area and a bar (great for socialising) and hangs exhibitions from RPS, FIAP and Midphot among others.

The Society meets at The Old School House every Thursday evening (except over Christmas and New Year) – the doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting starts at 8.00pm. The meetings usually last between 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours.

New members and visitors are always welcome. We recommend that you join us for a Thursday meeting if you would like to get find out about and get involved in any other club activities so you can say hello and find out more. If you have any queries, please just contact us.