Talks for WI & U3A clubs

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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

Taking better 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 photographic journey around the South West Coast Path

My most popular talk which is based around my journey walking all 630 miles of the amazing  South West Coast Path, and how this eventually led me into photography. The talk is Illustrated throughout with my photos of the beautiful Devon Coast, as well as videos kindly provided by the South West Coast Path Association.

COMING 2023: Devon in pictures

This is a new talk, available from autumn 2023, and based on my first coffee table photo book of Devon, called 'Devon in pictures'.  It will be a photographic celebration of Devon through photos and stories about some of its most beautiful views and locations.

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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 £55 plus reasonable costs (including travel from Honiton at 40p per mile, plus parking fees if applicable). Payment by cheque or BACS.

Talk schedule 2021-23

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

04/10/22 Parke WI

06/10/22 Sidmouth U3A

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

14/11/22 Exmouth WI

14/02/23 Exbourne WI

09/03/23 Woodbury WI

"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

"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

Sunset over West Bay
Storm at The Cobb Lyme Regis
Daymark Tower Kingsweare