Illustrated Talks

I regularly speak to camera clubs, garden clubs and other societies. Using a selection from over 20,000 images, my talks encompass the best of 25 years’ experience in photography. I offer 25 different talks, divided between three topic areas:

Talks for Photographers
Talks for Gardeners
Talks of General Interest


I am also a trained photographic judge, accredited by the Western Counties Photographic Federation. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your club's judging requirements.

Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP



REVIEWS OF MY ILLUSTRATED TALKS AND JUDGING

"Robert gave an inspirational talk last night at Stroud Camera Club about Winter Photography. Some of the best landscape shots I have ever seen. Wellies on then! Who’s coming out in cold weather with me?" Angela Rendell, Stroud Camera Club

"I must re-emphasise how much we all enjoyed your contribution to the Dorset weekend and how grateful we have been for your selfless commitment. Of course we would like to welcome you back." Andreas Klatt, Royal Photographic Society Visual Arts Group

"The quality of your work was absolutely amazing and so interesting. Many were talking about the sharpness and general quality of all the shots as they were clearing up last night." Neil Robertson, Lambourn Camera Club

"Thank you so much for your wonderful talk last Thursday - each and everyone of your images was stunning. For me, I think the fact that I recognised most of the places you showed but you put your own spin on each photograph, made the evening so interesting. Everyone there enjoyed your talk very much." Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"Thank you for a most interesting talk illustrated by your spectacular photographs. I don’t think I have heard so much positive feedback from members in the eight years I have been involved with the association. I think your talk opened the eyes of many of us to the beauty and diversity of the county we live in which is there for us to see if only we looked." David Marshall, Speaker Liaison, Alderbury and District Gardening Association

"I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of the club for the magnificent job you did last night for us. We hadn’t given you an easy task by any means but you did every image justice and no-one would argue over your final choices. Your depth of knowledge and considered judgement was very valuable to everyone who entered the competition and those who didn’t (including me) also very much appreciated your comments. Many thanks once again." Val Brierley, Dorchester Camera Club

"A quick note to thank you very much indeed for your talk last night on “Landscapes for all Seasons”. All images were absolutely wonderful. I’m sure I speak for all our club members when I say the evening was very inspiring!" Neil Grimshaw, Programme Secretary, Highcliffe and Infinity Camera Club

"I’d just like to thank you for your excellent talk for our club. The images were stunning, as we’ve come to expect from you and the background information, including all your meticulous planning was of the highest order. I know from conversations with members that the whole package was very much appreciated.You’ve certainly given us loads to think about the next time we venture into similar locations and weather conditions. My challenge now is to find a suitable date for your next visit with an appropriate seasonal focus." David Dyer, Programme Secretary, Sodbury and Yate Photographic Club

"On behalf of Stratton Camera Club and myself, I'd like to extend a sincere thank you for sharing your stunning images and your extensive knowledge with us last night. The sheer amount of commitment and planning that you put into your work is outstanding and the feedback has been amazing - we are all looking forward to seeing more of your work - I do hope you will visit us again, in the near future." Lesley Hunt, CPAGB, Secretary, Stratton Camera Club

"Thank you for making the effort to get to us last night in the weather .. Brilliant presentation with some stunning photography." Shaun Little, Programme Secretary, Cirencester Camera Club

"Thank you so much for a varied, interesting and inspiring evening with your talk 'Stumbling around in the dark'. As Ian our Chair said it was wonderful to see so many 'stunning' images and they certainly were. You had obviously done a lot of research to source potential sights for your photographs and then worked out the best time of day to secure fantastic shots of the night sky. You were able to back up your talk with your impressive knowledge of celestial bodies and this helped to give a context to your photography. We were given a grand tour of many different places across the world but it was good to see your results from this country as well so that members could view possible locations to try out whilst your talk is fresh in their minds ... Altogether you showed us that it is worth planning ahead, having endless patience and then some luck with the weather conditions. Your timing for your illustrated talk worked very well. Talking to many of our members I know that your talk was very well received and has inspired members to try out astrophotography themselves. It was wonderful to hear one member say "That was the best photographic talk we have had from the club." Also to hear from another member that they were unsure about whether to come to your talk and then they were so glad that they had as they thought it was fantastic. So finally thank you very much for a superb evening." Christine Chittock, CPAGB, Programme Secretary, Exmouth Photo Group

"On behalf of all of us at WPC, thank you very much for your splendid presentation last night. You showed us some truly amazing images of the natural world, by day and by night. Many of us had been to some of the deserts, but your images revealed these landscapes in (literally) a different light." Keith McEwan, Programme Secretary, Walllingford Photographic Society

"What a great evening you gave us last Thursday, I just wanted to write and thank you on behalf of all the club members. Your judging was superb - you gave informative and very fair judgements on each photograph, from which I am sure we all learned." Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"I believe I speak for many in saying we really enjoyed your talk and thought that many of your images stunning. You more than made the case for shooting in low winter light, not to mention stormy weather. Most of us enjoy landscape photography, perhaps because it's often where one starts when progressing from holiday photography. The apparent ease and accessibility of landscape work mask the nuances of planning, patience and working with the light, so only a small minority go on to regularly make outstanding images in this challenging genre. Your talk, evident propensity to plan and work with the weather, seasons and light were an object lesson and inspiration to the majority who perhaps still aspire to the excellence that you demonstrated." Richard McCleery, Cheltenham Camera Club

"As an International judge and regular salon entrant I thought your landscapes were fantastic. Our styles of photography are like chalk and cheese, but you set me a first class benchmark to improve my landscape photography ... Once again thanks for a great night. Best Wishes Colin Harrison FRPS FBPE FIPF MPSA MPAGB MFIAP APAGB EFIAP/d1" Colin Harrison, Cheltenham Camera Club

"Robert, I must thank you for sharing your wonderful images of such beautiful and interesting birds. I know that my wife and I found your presentation very informative especially with regard to taking images of birds in flight. I am sure that all of our members who were present had enjoyable and quite remarkable evening. Again, many thanks and best regards" Richard Veitch, Programme Secretary, Horndean Camera Club

"Many thanks for attending our Photographic Club last Thursday ... everyone really enjoyed your lecture and one long standing member (who joined in 1968) told me it was the very best set of photographs he had ever seen at the club in all the time he has been a member!" Esther Gumn, Programme Secretary, Andover Photographic Society

"On behalf of Hanham I would like to reiterate the appreciation shown by the club on the evening of your visit. Everyone enjoyed your landscapes immensely. People are still coming up to me weeks later to thank me for inviting you. I found your photographs of the Lake District especially interesting." Les Ford, Hanham Photographic Society

"Many thanks for your very informative talk and picture display yesterday evening. The photographs were stunning! I was asked to write and express the members’ collective appreciation of the evening and, again, for coming to us at such short notice." Brenda Boyd, Blunsdon Village Gardening Club

"Thanks very much for your talk last night at The Vale of Evesham Camera Club. Your stunning photographs were accompanied by some very useful advice about the best time of day and year for certain shots. I thought that you were very generous in the background information to your photos that would have helped everyone in the club to improve their work. I would like to invite you back for next year to talk about your nighttime photography in more detail. I will be in touch in the near future to try to organise this." Tony Young, Vale of Evesham Camera Club

"I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful evening at BPS yesterday. The quality of your images shone through and we all learned so much about the mammals that you described. I'll pass your name on to my successor as PS at the club so that we can invite you again in the future. With thanks and kind regards" Derwood Pamphilon, Bristol Photographic Society

"I wanted to thank you so much on behalf of the U3A in Kennet for coming to give us your WONDERFUL talk on The Seven Wonders of the Natural World yesterday ... I met up with several members at the Coffee Club this morning, who all agreed that it was a fascinating topic, well delivered, and the photography was of course, absolutely stunning." Jenny Oakshott, U3A in Kennett

"Brilliant evening of AVs and how to tackle them at Dorchester this evening.. and especially for me as I have had the fortune visit all but one of the places you showed..Pantanal, only one missing, now on the list... if I had the necessary equipment for wildlife photography! The superb photography has made me want to go back and revisit my images and see how I can improve.. should I be lucky enough to get another chance to go..to SW Canyons, Yellowstone or Galapagos.. but at least I can go to The Jurassic Coast, Cornwall and Stourhead! Thank you for an inspiring evening." Jane Tearle, Dorchester Camera Club

"Many thanks indeed for a most informative talk. Your photographs were truly exquisite. I have already had feedback to say how much the WAGC members enjoyed their evening with you! I know you must have put a lot of hard work into your talk which was much appreciated!" Beverley Wallis, Widcombe Association Garden Club

"On behalf of Salisbury Camera Club, I would like to thank you very much for the talk that you gave to the club last night. The photography was stunning, as were the locations to which you took us. I’m sure that many of the trips to photograph dunes, mesas, arches, buttes and hoodoos in such remote locations at the ‘proper’ time of day was at considerable cost not to mention personal risk. I suspect it takes quite a bit of nerve as well as planning and scoping trips (in daylight) to walk to places like those in such rugged terrain, at night. If your wife is your sole companion and kit-carrying assistant, she must be extremely understanding! ... Thank you again – and I will do as the Chairman Peter Woodhouse suggested and put you down on the longlist for a return visit next year, if that is OK. Jeremy Court, Salisbury Camera Club

"On behalf of us all at KPS may I thank you for coming to Bristol last Friday and for giving us such an interesting and enjoyable presentation. We were most impressed at the effort you put into getting your images, especially those that involve very early starts. The thought of leaving home early enough to travel to the Somerset lavender fields for the dawn light and then to be back home and in bed before your wife was awake was most impressive – I don’t think too many of us will be emulating you! We enjoyed seeing your images and listening to the commentary which went with them and especially the “tips” which went with the latter. Again many thanks Robert for a most enjoyable evening in your company." Geoff Nash, Kingswood Photographic Society

"Thank you so much for your excellent presentation last night. You treated us to superb and inspiring images backed up with a great commentary which was never ‘heavy’ but explained all we needed to know. Some of the sequences were fascinating, where you had gone back time and again to the same location to capture the image you knew you wanted. Such dedication and passion clearly pays off, as shown amply in your Associate Panel prints. All your pictures communicated great sensitivity to the atmosphere and mood of each place – I was particularly impressed by your amazing pictures of the storms, which in many cases must have taken some courage to achieve! Very positive feedback from club members came immediately and is continuing to do so. The presentation went down extremely well with the club." Jill Pakenham, Princes Risborough Photographic Society

"Thank you for your recent visit to Keynsham Photographic Society. We enjoyed seeing your beautiful images of, mostly, the English landscape.We were guided throught the seasons; light conditions and the times of day. Your planned and thoughtful approach to acquiring this body of work was extended to the presentation which made the technical information you gave very easy to follow. A very enjoyable evening!" Linda Horne, Keynsham Photographic Society