Photosoc is the photographic society of the University of Edinburgh. We are currently both the oldest and the largest university photographic society in the UK with an annual membership nearing 400 individuals.

Photosoc welcomes students and non-students, digital and film lovers, complete beginners and keen amateurs.


Each week we put on a talk, workshop, or just general get together where members of the committee and real life professionals pass on their knowledge. These are completely free for members and have a small charge if you are a non member. You can come along and sign up on the night so no need to panic. Our weekly newsletter, this website, or our facebook page will keep you up to date on our events.

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We run a Saturday trip to somewhere with in bus distance every two weeks. These can be the Botanical Gardens, or the Glasgow markets. These are a fun and practicle ways to put your new skills to the test. Each trip tries to relate to the previous workshop so it is fresh in your mind.

Once a semester we go slightly further into Scotland and take a few days to enjoy the surounding and take great photos. This November we are going to Aviemore, but keep checking about details for next semester.

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What we shoot


Digital, film, nature, urban, wildlife, portraits, studio, beauty, street... You name it and we have someone in the society who has dedicated their time in that field.

If you want to learn or teach an area of photography, or don't have a clue where to start, you are very much welcome to join us.

Check out the Gallery and flickr group for some the members work and don't forget to check what the next meeting is about.

Featured news and events at Photosoc

Check out our latest events, news, and more below or go to the blog to see it all.

Week 5 Events! 2014-2015

Social: Bowling at Fountainpark

Where: Teviot

When: Friday 24 Oct 7pm

This Friday, we have decided to introduce a change to the monotonous weekly talks on photography and will be headed to Fountainpark for tenpin bowling.

Week 4 Events! 2014-2015

Talk: Macro Photograph

Where: Meet at Pentland Room (Pleasance)

When: Friday 10 Oct 7pm

Price: For PhotoSoc members

This Friday's meeting looks at macro photography and what some people call close-up photography.

Week 3 Events! 2014-2015

Meeting: Night Walk and Light Painting

Where: Meet at Pentland Room (Pleasance)

When: Friday 3 Oct 7pm

Price: For PhotoSoc members

Our next meeting this Friday starts off with introducing you to the camera techniques involved in light painting, whether you want to sign off your name, create a light orb or paint a landscape with light, it usually involves following simple rules such as using a stable tripod and long exposures.

Week 2 Events! 2014-2015

Free for PhotoSoc members, £1 for non-members
Friday 26th Sept 7pm
Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 1

Talk: Photography Basics

Our next talk goes into the basics of using your camera, understanding exposure (ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed), composition and white balance.

Week 1 Events 2014-2015

Talk: Introduction to PhotoSoc and Reflections

Where: Pleasance (Pentland Room)

When: 19th Sept Fri 7pm

The evening starts off with an introduction to PhotoSoc and the activities that we organise, followed by our ex-PhotoSoc members Kishore Patel and Matthew Crisp, who will be sharing their experience in photography and their interest in street photography (Kishore), landscapes and long exposures (Matthew).