John Margetts ARPS Welcome to my website

Here's something about me


I am an Honorary Life Member and an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society and I am very proud to hold both of these honours.


My interest in photography started at school when an enlightened teacher asked us boys if anyone was interested in learning how photography worked. Not quite knowing what I was getting into but I said yes and from that moment on I was hooked. Seeing an image appear in the darkroom was like some sort of magical experience and one that has stayed with over the years. Today my enthusiasm for the magic of photography is still there and has never diminished.


I eventually went on to study photography at St Mary’s College of Art (now West London University). Having passed my professional examinations at college I went on to become a full time professional photographer. However, I started work as an assistant photographer for a number of photographers in London.  During this period I gained a wide range of experiences covering many genres of photography and this enabled me to set up and run my own very successful photographic studio in West Drayton. Over the years, from my darkroom day using film through to modern digital techniques, I have tackled a wide variety of types and styles of photography including industrial, commercial, event photography, portraiture and weddings.


Following on from that I found that 'Street Photography' was also very enjoyable and I have added that to become another firm favourite style of my photography. Being able to observe  and photograph so many people has helped me realise what a wonderful, colourful and diverse world we live in. It is a form of photography that I really do enjoy doing and it does fell like I am, with my camera, trying to 'Capture the Rainbow' hence the reason for the name of my web site.


However, studio portraiture always was and still is my favourite subject and it is the also type of photography that inspires and motivates me the most and the one from which I gain a great amount of pleasure.


So, building on my many years experience as a professional photographer, plus the knowledge and skills that I have acquired, I am now combining all of those to provide you with the very best in Portrait Photography. In order to achieve this I am currently providing Family Portrait Photography, Head Shot Photography and Model Portfolio Photography from “Rainbow Studio”; this is my new home studio in Chatteris, a small Fenland market town in Cambridgeshire,

This is a little more about my membership of The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) once I had joined the RPS I decided that I wanted to work towards gaining one of their distinctions. The first level of distinction is the Licentiateship, so the  first thing I did was to look at their requirements and guidance which I found on their website which I found very helpful. I then started taking a look at my techniques to ensure that I was able to produce the standard required. After doing this and taking a lot more photographs than I needed I was able to submit my panel of 10 images to the RPS for assessment. As a result this turned out to be a successful submission for my Liceniateship (LRPS). This really did encourage me to progress and it was then that I decided to focus on Urban and Street photography and following this decision I started to photograph some of the many street markets and other interesting places in London.


However, as London Underground were celebrating their 50th anniversary, I ended up by starting a photographic project which was my version of celebrating that event. As a result I then spent many hours using the Underground and photographing the people who use it every day. For me this was a very rewarding experience, being able to photograph so many people in so many different locations, all with no issues or problems. I travelled on every tube line some from end to end, sometimes on crowded trains and other times when they were almost empty.  From the many images taken I was able to select the 15 required by the RPS to form a panel, my selected images were then submitted to the RPS for examination and judgement. This was followed by a very long and anxious wait but in the end I was extremely thrilled to have my submission accepted and I now hold their Associateship Distinction (ARPS)


Since then I was very surprisingly nominated to receive a very special award; The Annual Members Award, which goes with Honorary Life Membership of The Royal Photographic Society. This is most definitely and without any doubt the highlight of my photographic career and and I was extremely honoured to have been nominated. The award was presented to me by Vanessa Slawson FRPS on 28th September 2019 at their headquarters in Bristol.

To vist my page on the RPS Website please click on the image above.


Then there is a link to Cambridge in Colour a very informative web site providing a wealth of photographic information.

This is followed by three of my personal favourite photographers whose work I respect and admire, they are;

Joel Meyerowitz, Simon Roberts & Martin Parr.

A very useful learning Link
Great American street photographer
Great British Observational Photographer
He just sees us as we are! Brilliant stuff




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Please note: This site is currently under development by John please check with him for future developments.


All being well the site will be completed during the course of 2020.


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