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Talks for WI & U3A clubs

Popular multi media talks for clubs, in person or online

Photography talks by Gary Holpin Photography

Popular multi media talks, in person or online

I've been offering my multi media photography-based talks to WI, U3A and similar groups since 2017, and these have been so well received that most of my bookings are now through word of mouth.  Always a good sign!  

Although talks are always much better in person, the pandemic has shown us that online can work almost as well., so I continue to offer this option  if required.

Available talks

'How to take fabulous photos with any camera'

An interactive 45 minute talk which provides tips on improving photography with any camera. Illustrated with lots of my photos of Devon, the talk covers composition, light, basic camera functions, and audience discussions on what makes a great photo.

'A photographers journey around the stunning South West Coast Path'

This popular talk is based around my experience of walking all 630 miles of the amazing South West Coast Path, and how this eventually led me to become a photographer, in order to better capture the beauty of our coastline. The talk is a mixture of stories about walking the path, about some of the places that we visit along the way, and the story behind how some of the photos were taken. It is illustrated throughout with many of my best photos of the beautiful Devon Coast (and a few Dartmoor ones too for some variety!), as well as video kindly provided by the South West Coast Path Association.

NEW TALK for 2024!
'90 minutes from EX14'

A brand new talk, exploring some of the many beautiful (and photogenic) locations within 90 minutes of my home in EX14! Includes locations in Devon, Dartmoor, Somerset and Dorset. A photographic journey, with stories of the places that we visit, and some amusing anecdotes.  It will make you glad that you live in such a beautiful part of the country! 

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Cost & payment

All talks are around 45 minutes plus Q&A time, ao around an hour in total. I usually aim to arrive 30 minutes before the talk to ensure any IT issues can be resolved.

Talks are in Microsoft Powerpoint and include sound and video. For in person talks I can provide my own laptop and a projector (with sound) that works for smaller venues, but will need a screen or a white wall to be provided. For larger venues I usually use the built in projection / audio equipment.  

The standard price for a talk (whether in person on online) is £60 plus a £10 donation to the South West Coast Path Association. Return travel from Honiton is charged at 50p per mile, plus any parking fees if applicable. Payment by cheque or BACS. 

Talk schedule


12/04/21 Torquay (afternoon) WI

10/06/21 Dart Valley U3A

17/06/21 Reflex Camera Club, Bristol

14/09/21 Musbury & Whitford WI

27/09/21 Taunton Camera Club

19/10/21 Honiton WI

21/10/21 Lapford Ladies

26/10/21 Newton Abbot Camera Club

03/11/21 Silverton WI

04/11/21 Bradninch WI


19/01/22 Honiton U3A

10/02/22 Exmouth U3A

09/03/22 Coldridge WI

31/03/22 Kingsbridge Camera Club

17/05/22 Axe River WI

01/06/22 East Dartmoor U3A

17/06/22 UPRAWS, Upottery

20/07/22 Cullompton WI

21/09/22 Brimley WI

22/09/22 Broadclyst WI

12/10/22 Torbay Photographic Society

11/11/22 Devonshire Association (East Devon branch)

14/11/22 Exmouth WI

01/12/22 Sidmouth U3A


12/01/23 West  Hill Garden Club

14/02/23 Exbourne WI

09/03/23 Woodbury WI

05/04/23 East Dartmoor U3A (revisit)

01/06/23 Culm Valley U3A

06/09/23 Llanelli Photographic Society

19/09/23 Woodbury Camera Club


02/01/24 Parke WI  POSTPONED

01/02/24 Sidmouth U3A

08/02/24 Awliscombe Ladies

13/02/24 COGS Axminster

7/3/24 Bovey Ladies

24/4/24 Gin & Jam WI Tiverton

9/5/24  Salt House, West Bay

5/6/24 South Petherton Photographic Society

11/9/24 BH Photography Club

1/10/24 Liskeard Camera Club

15/10/24 Seaton WI


01/07/25 Cam Vale Group

"I've just watched Gary's Zoom talk - probably the best talk I've seen this winter. Thanks again for the wonderful talk"

Elaine, March 2021

"Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk and seeing your incredible photographs, I am certainly inspired to start walking the South West Costal Path!"

Karen, Feb 2023

"It was a very interesting talk, showing our lovely county from a different angle. We are now following Gary Holpin on Twitter as he said he posts a new photo each day!"

Gordon, March 2021

"Thank you for your talk last week. Everyone agreed that it was one of the very best talks that we had had"

Jean, July 2022

 "Your talk was very enjoyable with exquisite photographs"

Pauline, Sept 2021

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