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Ashley Franklin, Derby City

Carol's Total Immersion talk is put together with the same care, finesse and dynamism that distinguishes her creative and artistic composites. Hers is a remarkable journey and our members were very impressed by her ardour and passion as she made her way from raw beginner to Fellowship distinction. Carol is a supreme portraitist and I can see this talk inspiring a legion of photographers.

Keyworth Camera Club

This evening Carol McNiven Young FRPS EFIAP CPAGB BPE2* visited the club to give her presentation Total Immersion. This talk documented Carol's introduction into photography and how it then became an obsession that has seen her with countless awards and achieve a Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society - all this in just a few short years. Determination and preparation being a large part of her success.

Carol didn't hide anything as she explained where her ideas came from, her techniques in post-processing, her methods of working and where she got her wonderful costumes and props. Carol's patter also included plenty of comic quips and humorous anecdotes that had the audience laughing out loud.

All of this was supported by many projected photographs, including before and after pictures. These looked extremely good but to see the real excellence of Carol's work you had to look at her prints, and Carol had brought along her FRPS panel of fairy tale imagery based on illustrations found in old-time books. These prints were nothing short of stunning, in quality, content and presentation.

The evening was very well received and our membership left in awe of those prints, filled with aspirations to achieve something of their own that matches the beauty of Carol's FRPS panel.

Thank-you Carol, for agreeing to visit KCC, your presentation will certainly be one of the highlights of the year.

Bill, Surrey

I approached my first PhotoArt Experience shoot with high expectations, and they were surpassed. Carol and Bob have brought together first class models, costumes and locations to provide stunning opportunities for small groups of photographers. Everyone has the opportunity to direct the models, ensuring they capture unique images, with Carol providing expert guidance on those important details that make the images truly special. I found the atmosphere at the Pre-Raphaelite and Vintage events both relaxed and productive, and I look forward to signing up for more this year. The shoots are great value for money and earn a solid five star recommendation.

Chris Keenan, Rushcliffe Photographic Society

Having previously presented a lecture at our Society about her FRPS panel, Carol returned to spend a Saturday morning in conversation with our Society’s distinctions group on the topic of gaining distinctions. She gave freely of her time and our group really appreciated her generosity, honesty and openness about her own experiences. Carol spoke from the heart about the ups and downs of going for distinctions both with the RPS and PAGB, and was incredibly encouraging. Her infectious enthusiasm has energised, inspired and motivated our group and we will definitely be building on the advice and tips that she so generously shared with us.


Well, what a great night we had on Monday 23 September! Carol McNiven Young was widely agreed to be one of the best judges we’ve had in some time, with an intelligent and amusing approach, lots of constructive analysis and a great style. We’ll definitely be inviting Carol back to Kettering.

Leicester & Leicestershire

Thank you for an absolutely amazing lecture. I don't think we have heard such an enthusiastic yet sharing speaker before. I found it absolutely fascinating and think our other members did also.


Thank you so much for your lecture yesterday evening – so many wonderful images, and it was fascinating (and instructional!) to see you put all the elements together to create something so enormously satisfying, and so much more than a sum of its parts. Some of us are finding our way with montages (the main problem, as one member says, is having the necessary creativity and imagination ....!) and your passion was inspirational.

Isle of Thanet

Thank you for judging last night from all the members, after you left us they were buzzing with praise for you. In group one the winner received his first twenty and a win, this lifted the members spirits. Most judges are soft with comments and harsh with scores your comments and scores were the complementary to each other. Again thank you.


I wanted to thank you for your excellent presentation on Wednesday. It is quite remarkable and jaw dropping to see what you have achieved in the last 5 years. The level of detail in your planning, risk assessments and programming is something I have been used to in my life as a civil engineer but not previously in my photography - so far.

Bakewell Photo Club

We found Carol to be a very supportive judge, never criticising but always giving constructive advice. She has a very smooth delivery with clear and consistent objectives as to what makes a good image. We would thoroughly commend her undoubted skills as a club judge.

Blackwell CC

I want to say how much we all enjoyed your presentation to the club last week - as far as I am concerned, it was the best one we've had in a long while. It is such a joy to get an evening with great presentation skills, thought-provoking images as well as a number of excellent learning points, and that is exactly what we got last week! Thank you so much for a fabulous evening!

Corby PS

Thank you very much for a very enjoyable evening and your exceptional judging of our monthly open competition. It is a very difficult juggling act, marking and critiquing images and giving meaningful scores without making entrants of the lower scores despondent and I think you achieved all of these things in a very confident, entertaining and professional way. I hope we have the pleasure of you judging for us again. The feedback from all our members was extremely positive and consistent even from those who didn’t do as well as others. It was a pleasure meeting you.

Deal CC

Thanks for judging our DPI competition you made it a very enjoyable evening in fact one of the best evenings we have had for a long time so much so that all our members want to know
when will they see you judging again, You not only gave us an evening full of good advice but made it fun as well.

Ashford CC

The club members and guests gave some wonderful feedback. Thoroughly enjoyed by all it seems regardless of their experience. Some more experienced members discovered some new techniques to try whilst others less experienced developed a good understanding with your clear explanations. Meanwhile we enjoyed your fantastic images and creativity. It was an inspiring evening.

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