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 9

BIG Trip briefing and PhotoSoc Competition Members Voting

When: 13th March (Friday)

Timing: Meet 7pm at Pentland Room (Pleasance)

Cameron will be giving a short 10mins presentation on our upcoming BIG trip in May and will answer any queries you may have.

Week 8

Portrait and Lighting Session

Where: Pentland room (Pleasance)

When: 6th March (Friday)

Timing: 7pm - 8pm

This Friday, we'll set up 2 backdrops (white and black) to give members a chance to experiment with different lighting techniques for low key and high key photography.

Week 7

Talk: Applying the fundamentals and Steel wool photography

Where: Pentland room (Pleasance)

When: 27th February (Friday)

Timing: 7pm

This Friday, we'll kick-off with a short presentation from each committee member on their roles in the society.

Week 6

Talk: Wildlife photography by Laurie Campbell

Where: Appleton Lecture Theatre 1

When: 20th February (Friday)

Timing: 6pm - 9pm

This Friday, in collaboration with SVAR society, PhotoSoc will be screening a film entitled 'The Ghosts in Our Machine' followed by a talk on wildlife photography by Laurie Campbell.

Week 5

Talk: Night Time Photography

Where: Pentland Room (Pleasance)

When: 13th February (Friday)

Timing: 7pm

This Friday, Andy will be talking about long exposure and light painting, and how to creatively utilise your surrounding light sources, instead of having to use expensive lightings to do night time photography.