Photography News Issue 49

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A Samsung 128GB memory card Enter thecompetition onpage48 WIN!

Nikon D850 Full test of Nikon’s latest – is it worth all the hype? Find out on page 34

Golden wonder Make the most of autumn. See page 18

Profoto A1 Theworld’s smallest studio light, packedwith great features. Check it out on page 3

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a landmark camera in Canon’s G-series and the first to have an APS-C sensor offering DSLR image quality with the convenience of a compact camera A first for Canon

Callingall camera clubs andsocieties The Photography News Camera Clubof theYear2017-18contest, in association with Fujifilm, is open. Five clubswill get the chance todo battle at a very special final next spring, but you have to qualify first, and it all starts here.

Canon’s PowerShot G-series has been going since 2000 and the G1 X Mark III is the 21st model in the family and the very first to have an APS-C sensor. The sensor is a 24.2-megapixel CMOS unit working with Canon’s highly capable DIGIC 7 processor to deliver the level of image quality expected from the brand’s market- leading DSLR cameras. The sensor’s native ISO range is 100 to 25,600. The sensor is claimed to be capable of dealing with a very wide

dynamic range, while features such as Auto Light Optimiser help to handle high contrast situations for excellent straight- out-of-camera JPEG files. The G1 XMark III is a fixed lens camera and that lens happens to be a top-notch 3x zoom giving the equivalent coverage of a 24-74mm in 35mm format terms with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6. Autofocusing is handled by Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, and in the pre-production sample we tried, focusing

is very swift and responsive too in low- lighting conditions. Highly featured compacts can verge on the bulky, but that is certainly not the case with the G1 X Mark III, which is impressively compact and small enough to comfortably tote around all day. Stocks are due in November and its guide price is £1149. Read more on page 7

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Profoto’s small studio light

Hands on: Profoto A1

“It is always a privilege to be at a product launch and it’s rare – I’m talking dodo rare here – to be invited to the unveiling of a lighting unit. As the presentation began, my knee-jerk reaction was that the new product was a speedlight, but as the Profoto team went through the thinking behind the product and showed work from photographers who had been trialling it, I could see why Profoto is touting the A1 as the world’s smallest studio light. “Later, we got to use the A1 in various scenarios. The first test was, could I get shooting with it without referring to a quick start guide or asking the Profoto support team? Actually, yes I could. Mounted and locked on a Nikon D810 I was up and running in a trice, although it took a few minutes longer to fully understand what the settings and the options were. “TTL or manual light control is easy as there is a sliding switch on the A1’s side. The neat thing with Profoto’s TTL mode is that once the correct exposure is determined in TTL you can slide the switch to manual and the output stays the same. “Outdoors in intermittent sunshine I started shooting in TTL mode at normal sync speeds using the control dial to fine- tune output. Next it was time to explore high speed sync and I Will Cheung was at the launch of the Profoto A1 in Stockholm and here’s his report on the event.

Leading lighting brand Profoto talked to social and wedding photographers and identified what they needed from a portable light: the result is theA1. This professional flash features a round light head designed for light shaping whether used on its own or with modifiers that fit on the magnetic mount around the head. The head itself can be tilted or rotated to suit bounce flash whether shooting upright or horizontal format pictures. The A1 has a hotshoe mount, dedication available for Canon and Nikon at the moment, so can be used on- and off-camera. Its output is a very useful 76Ws so powerful enough for use on its own or in combination with other Profoto flash units, and that brings us to a key feature of the A1: it has AirTTL Remote on board. So if you own (or intend to own) a Profoto B1X or B2 set-up, the A1 means you have wireless control, normal sync and TTL flash up to 300m and 100m in HSS over those lighting units plus it provides a quality front light. Power is provided by a li-ion rechargeable battery with capacity of up to 350 full manual flash bursts. The cell recharges from flat in 80 minutes, recycling time after a full power flash is about 1.5secs. In addition to the A1, Profoto introduced the AirTTL Remote trigger for Fujifilm cameras, available from the end of the year,

tried shots at a variety of shutter speeds including 1/8000sec for a blip of high speed sync fill-in. That seemed to work fine. The A1 coped well and recycling times were short, as promised. “Next we had some indoor scenarios lined up where we got the chance to try the A1 in bounce mode and also with the modifiers that come with the A1. The wide lens diffuser, dome diffuser and bounce card were all tried. These magnet-fit accessories worked well, stayed put on the flash head and did a great job of modifying output for impressive lighting effects, even with just one light. “In the final scenario we used the A1 with its AirTTL mode on with Profoto B2 flash heads. Again no problem and the whole systemworked really well. “In the short time that we got to try the A1 it is difficult not to be impressed. It performed well, gave a lovely light quality and gave us more than an inkling of its potential, on its own and with members of the Profoto family.”

joining a family of triggers for Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony cameras. There’s a full test on the A1 and a profile of Profoto’s CEO Anders Hedebark in this issue of PN if you want to find out more .

CameraWorld launches CameraWorld LIVE

CameraWorld has announced the launch of CameraWorld LIVE, its brand-new photography event, which will take place at 155 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street, London EC2M 3YD on 28 October 2017. The event will see a wide variety of photography brands and manufacturers exhibiting. Attendees will have the chance to chat to the experts, plus try out and buy gear. There’ll also be a dedicated trade-in area allowing you to use your old gear to put towards purchasing something new, and there’s a full programme of events, talks, interactive seminars, live photoshoots and much more. If you are thinking of buying something new, CameraWorld has said that it will be including some of its famous show deals. Tony Stent, director and co-founder of CameraWorld said: “We’re thrilled to introduce CameraWorld LIVE. We wanted to build on the success of our

previous events and the reputation of the CameraWorld stores, and we’re confident that CameraWorld LIVE will deliver a fantastic experience for visitors and for the exhibitors involved. The feedback from camera brands and distributors has been exceptionally positive; there’s a real appetite for this type of event in London and we can’t wait for 28 October.” Tickets to the show are free, and you can sign up on the CameraWorld website to receive updates about speakers and exhibitors.


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Hands on: Olympus OM-D E-M10Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III was announced last month and with the camera now available in the shops, PN editorWill Cheung got the opportunity to take some pictures with it on a river Thames boat trip with Olympus. “I used the Mark III with the kit 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, the original 14-150mm f/4-5, and the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, shooting both Raw and large JPEGs. The camera was left mostly in aperture-priority, multi-zone metering although I did venture into other modes and art filters, too. “In an hour I shot 300- odd pictures in changing light. I thought the camera performed really well, giving consistent exposures and even potentially tricky situations were dealt with skilfully. I expected close- up head shots of a singer

performing inside the boat against a daylit background to be drastically underexposed, but I was surprised most of the shots looked okay and the shadows didn’t need correcting. “Autofocusing seemed efficient, too. I tried the camera’s 121 AF points system and also tested the optional nine-zone group AF target

and single zone. Being able to select the AF point on the touchscreen using my thumb while the camera was up to my eye was very useful. “Equally useful is the camera’s very efficient image stabiliser, which works in five dimensions and has a claimed 4EV benefit. Its effect can be very nicely demonstrated by shooting some handheld video footage – you can see the system adjusting to any camera movement quickly and giving an

of all levels. It proved really user friendly, making it suitable for those with less experience, yet it has enough headroom to keep those who want to take their photography to the next level, too. While it’s true that it is not much of an advance compared to the Mark II, the few changes available seem to me to be very worthwhile. For example, the AP setting on the mode dial: this is the camera’s Advanced Photography setting and makes accessing some of the camera’s more exciting features easy and quicker than digging around in the menus.” The Mark III is priced at £629 body only or £699 with the 14-42mm WZ f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. We’ll be putting it to the full test in the next issue of Photography News, due out from 27 November.

image that seems to float on the monitor/EVF. “In the brief time I hadwith the E-M10 Mark III I found it a capable camera with great potential for photographers

The E-M10Mark III handled the day's tricky light situations extremely well, giving consistent exposures across a number of images, taken both indoors and outside

Hands on: FujifilmX-E3

Fujifilm’s ever- growing lens collection will gain two high spec lenses in the near future. The XF8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR gives a 12-24mm equivalent coverage in the 35mm format, making it the widest lens in Fujifilm’s lens family. Together with the XF16-55mm f/2.8 and XF50- 140mm f/2.8, that means the wide, standard and telezoom ranges will be covered by high-spec f/2.8 optics. The second lens is the XF200mm f/2 R LMOISWR. This optic gives a 305mm in the 35mm format and its superfast f/2 aperture makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography. It will be compatible with Fujifilm 1.4x and 2x teleconverters, too. Two new optics will also arrive in Fujifilm’s medium- format GFX system in the near future. The GF250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR gives the 35mm format equivalent of 198mm, so this is a telephoto lens ideal forportraits, scenics and action. This lens’s potential can be furthered with the addition of the second new product, the GF1.4XWR teleconverter. Fit this onto the 250mm f/4 and you get the 35mm equivalent of a 277mm f/5.6 telephoto for even greater pulling power. Fujifilm updates lens roadmap X-series

Out and about on the streets of New York, PN ’s Roger Payne got the chance to use the new FujifilmX-E3, announced last month and in the shops soon. This is his report... “The X-E3 represents familiar territory for the X-E series, taking technologies already proven eleswhere in the range andwrapping them up in a compact, lightweight body. Perfect for a day's street photography in New York! “First impressions of the X-E3 are positive, although I did initially struggle with the absence of the quadrant of buttons on the rear of the camera that have graced every X-series interchangeable lens model to date. It’s been removed to reduce size, of course, but you soon realise that the functionality has simply

method even easier, but the X-E3’s is fixed, presumably for size reasons. “While I shot in Raw and JPEG, at the time of writing I haven’t processed the Raws, but the JPEGs are trademark Fujifilm straight out of camera. With minimal post- production tweaks I was producing vibrant images full of colour and detail, no surprise given what we know about the capabilities of the X-Trans CMOS III sensor. “Lens-wise, I shot for much of the time with the new XF80mm but in the shops, the X-E3 is being packed with the XF23mm f/2 and the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4, and those options make this a fine camera/lens combination.”

beenmoved elsewhere, most notably to the touchscreen LCD. “Design aside, the touchscreen LCD is one of the most significant changes on the X-E3 and I think it’s a real boon. Shooting on the street, I was able to hold the camera at waist level and tap the screen to both focus and shoot in one, getting some great results in the process. An articulatedLCDwouldmake this

Samyang’s fourthAF lens Tamron unveils new ultra-telephoto zoom

With a fast maximum aperture and useful focal length, the Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE is sure to appeal to Sony E-mount owners, and at £599 it is very attractively priced, too. Lens construction includes 11 elements in ninegroupsandfeaturestwoaspherical lenses, and two high-refractive lenses to deliver high resolution images free of optical aberrations – plus there’s Samyang’s Ultra Multi Coating to combat flare and ghosting. This Samyang lens will be available from November onwards.

With a weight of 1115g, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is the lightest lens in its class of 100- 400mm f/4.5-6.3 lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. This ultra-telephoto zoom lens from Tamron has an advanced optical design which includes three low dispersion lens elements and eBAND coating to defeat aberration and anti-reflection. Designed for use with full- frame DSLR cameras, the Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is compatible with

Tamron's teleconverter, and the Tamron TAP-in Console. The lens has a minimum focus distance of 1.5m and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6. It also boasts a high-speed DUAL Micro-Processing Unit control system which helps deliver fast and precise autofocus, and a powerful VC (vibration compensation) feature to ensure sharp shots at slower shutter speeds. The price and availability are yet to be confirmed. 1.4x

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Rear filters for Sigma 14mm Sigma has announced a chargeable service for installing a Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Canon, enabling you to use filter gels with the lens. The holder has a suggested price of £39.99, or you can buy the holder and the installation service for £59.99. or Windows worth £48.99. The products in the offer are the ColorMunki Display, ColorChecker Passport Photo and the ColorMunki Photographer kit. designed to meet the needs of enthusiast photographers. The range consists of a Sling/Waist pack, Street Pouch, Street Strap, NX CSC backpack and NX CSC Messenger bag. The Sling/Waist pack, priced at £59.95, is designed to hold a CSC or entry-level DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached, as well as two lenses. The £19.95 Street Pouch can also hold a CSC with two lenses, or a DSLR with a standard zoom and is designed to be placed inside another bag allowing you to keep your camera gear safe and hidden. For CSC users the Street Strap priced at £9.95 features a lens cap or extra battery holder. For large quantities of gear the NX CSC backpack can carry a CSC body and up to four lenses, or a DSLR with three lenses. There’s also a dedicated space for a 9.7in tablet, as well as space for additional smaller accessories. Quick access to your gear is through the back of the bag. Remove an insert and the bag becomes a day bag. Finally, the NX CSC Messenger bag is priced at £39.95 and can hold a CSC with three lenses. X-Rite deal Buy a selected X-Rite product before 31 December 2017 and you will get a free download of Serif Affinity Photo for Mac

A first for Canon

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a premium zoom lens compact and first in the G-series to boast an APS-C sensor to give DSLR image quality. Having a larger sensor, though, has not compromised its size. In fact, the G1 X Mark II is significantly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The sensor works with Canon’s renowned DIGIC 7 image processor giving a native ISO range of 100 up to 25,600 with a good high ISO noise performance. The compact body offers a 2.36 milliondotEVFaswell as a three-inch vari-angle monitor. The monitor is also touch sensitive for functions like menu selection, image review and for the camera’s Drag Autofocus feature – this lets you select focus point while the camera is up to the eye. Speaking of autofocusing the G1 X Mark III uses Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS system, a feature used in the brand’sDSLRs,andgivesfastaccurate focusing in low light, low contrast situations. The camera is a fixed lens model featuring a 3x zoom giving the 35mm equivalent of 24-72mm, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8-5.6. This lens is designed specifically for this

Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the PowerShot G1 X Mark lII boasts Canon's renowned DIGIC 7 image processor, as well as weather sealing, a touch sensitive monitor and full HD video capture.

camera and features anine-bladed iris for smooth bokeh effects. To assist sharp shooting when light levels get low, the G1 X Mark III has an image stabilisation system with a 4EVbenefit.

For those photographers keen to shoot in inclement conditions, the camera is sealed against dust and moisture. Full HD video capture, a new panorama mode and an eco shooting

mode for extended battery life are some of the camera’s other notable features. Due in the shops in November, the CanonPowerShot G1 XMark III has a guide price of £1149.

The BackLight 26L photo daypack offers fast access, great protection and, with 26 litres available, very good capacity – this includes nine litres of daypack capacity for your personal stuff including a 10in tablet and 15in laptop. It is now available in Woodland Green. The clever design of this backpack includes a back panel opening which allows convenient gear access without taking the pack off, so you can work without getting the bar and straps covered in mud. The carrying experience is enhanced with a padded, quick-fit waist strap and adjustable neck strap. There is also a seam-sealed raincover which folds flat for use as a ground cover. Guide price is £240. MindShift

Creativity Backgrounds is now distributing Muraro professional lighting supports. Made in Italy, Muraro stands are manufactured without compromise so will withstand hard, regular use which is why they all come with a five-year guarantee. Arange of stands is on offer, from the Ranker at £110.40 which extends up to 2.8m in height and the Master Stand priced at £115.20 for use up to 3.6m, to stands designed for boomuse. The Super Height Boom stand costs £366 and this is designed to get a light stable over the subject. The full range of Muraro products can be seen on thewebsite. Great support

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Manfrotto tripods Manfrotto has added two tripods to its Element collection of tripods. With legs made from carbon fibre, these new pods are perfect for the travel photographers. The Small version sells for £174.95,

Photography contest we asked for your best shots on the theme of city life. Thanks to everyone who entered and well done to Rolf Kraehenbuehl whose excellent image was judged to be this month’s winner. Sadly, this is the last inour series of photo challenges in conjunction with professional printing company LumeJet, so we ’ d like to say thank you for its generous

The Impossible Project is now Polaroid Originals and there’s a new Polaroid camera too, the OneStep 2. The OneStep 2 analogue instant camera is based on its predecessor, the OneStep, and features a built-in flash, USB charging and a self-timer. The Polaroid OneStep 2 will be available inwhite or graphite fromthe

end of October priced at £109.99. A new range of Polaroid Originals instant film has also been announced with colour, black&white and special editions. The film is available to purchase now with prices starting at £14.99.

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will take a payload of 4kg, extends to a maximum of 143cm and weighs just 1.05kg. Priced at £199.95 the Big model folds down to 41.5cm but gives a maximum working height of 1.64m and will take a 8kg load. Both models have twist-lock legs, three leg-angle positions and come supplied complete with and Arca-compatible aluminium ball-head. The Big version has a detachable leg that can be attached to the centre column to work as a monopod. Optional spiked feet are available for the Big model too. Nikon cashback offer Get up to £90 cashback with Nikon’s promotion on the Nikon D5600 and selected NIKKOR lenses, such as the AF-S DX 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED and AF-S 58mm f/1.4G. The promotion runs from 11 October 2017 until 9 January 2018 and all claims must be received by 9 February 2018 (inclusive) to qualify. Tim Carter, head of product management at Nikon UK says: “This is the ideal promotion for photography enthusiasts looking to take the next step with their photography and invest in some exceptional Nikon glass.”


Wild India byAxel Gomille The author is an award-winning photographer and zoologist and his latest book features over 150 wildlife pictures taken over a decade throughout the Indian subcontinent. Published by Papadakis, the book costs £30 and it is available this month. FromtheRiser: Adrummer’s perspective II byDavidPhillips This is a photographic celebration of today’s greatest drummers and features 270 pictures of drummers of all genres. This book is only available to buy from the author’s website for £29.99. YouAreHere: a travel photobook byRoughGuides This paperback priced at £12.99 is a collection of over 300 inspiring travel images selected from this year’s Rough Guides Photography contest. The cover features the winning image, taken by Solly Levi, shot in Phuket, Thailand. PhotoshopforLandscapePhotographers byJohnGravett This paperback is priced at £16.99 and packed full of step-by-step advice onmaking the best of your landscape shots. Using layers, contrast control, making great black & whites and using plug-ins are among the subjects covered by the author in 192 pages and featuring 300 pictures. TheRecent Past by James Ravilious James took nearly 80,000 pictures of rural Devon when he was hired by the Bedford Centre to archive the people and landscape of the area. His pictures were taken during the 1970s and 1980s and all taken within a ten mile radius of his home. This fascinating book is due for publication on 2 November and costs £30. 1 2 3 4 5






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Camera club news If your club has any news that you want to share with the rest of the world, this is the page for it. Your story might be about your club’s success in a contest, or a member’s personal achievements; it could be about a group outing you had recently or when the annual exhibition is on show. Any news is eligible for inclusion, so club publicity officers please take note of the submission guidelines and get your stories in

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Deadline for the next issue: 6November 2017

We need words and pictures by 6 November 2017 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 27 November 2017. Write your story in a Word document (400 words max). Please include contact details of the club, exhibition or event: website, meeting times, opening times, whatever is relevant. Images should be JPEGs, 2000 pixels on the longest dimension, any colour space, and image credits should be included. If the story is an exhibition or event, please send a picture from the exhibition (not the publicity poster) or one from the event. If it includes people, please identify them. Attach the Word document and JPEGs to an email and send to

Newton Abbot’s special day

On 12 November, Newton Abbot Photographic Club in association with the WCPF is holding a special day of photography at the Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot. The day includes An Audience with Terry Donnelly FRPS where he will be talking about his recent work. There is also a talk by Chris Marsham entitled Ladakh in Print. Following his recent trip to this area Chris will show his prints and explain and advise. Fotospeed will be attending the event with a live demonstration How to get the best from your printer and papers will be available for purchase at special event discounts.

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The Thames Valley RPS Digital Imaging Group meets on eight Sundays during the year and arranges for top class speakers to provide lectures. So, starting off on 21 January 2018 is Tony Worobiec who will be speaking about photography in all weathers and how to deal with night and low-light situations. On 18 February Vanda Ralevska will be sharing her experiences of creating compelling images, while in March Tim Pile will be doing a talk entitled Have I Got Nudes for You . The Group meets at Woosehill Community Hall, Emmview Close, Woosehill, Wokingham, Berkshire. RG41 3DA. More information about the centre, the lecturers and ticketing details can be found on the website. digital-imaging/digital-imaging- thames-valley RPS DIG group unveils 2018 programme Brentwood Photographic Club continues its Friday meetings after the summer break and visitors are welcome to have three free trial visits at Friends’ Meeting House, Shenfield CM15 8NF, from 8pm. Brentwood PC

Potters Bar PS’s first meet of the season was an internal competition for projected image. 55 pictures were submitted in two classes, general and advanced, and nine got the maximum 20 out of 20 top score. The judge was professional photographer Alison Jenkins. The Society meets at Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar on Monday evenings from 7.30pm. PottersBarPS

EnfieldCC’s annual exhibition is on until 4November at the gallery of the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6DS. The show features mounted prints by the entire club membership, ranging from comparative enthusiastic beginners to highly technically advanced workers. All visitors are welcome, admission is free and there’s the opportunity to vote for your favourite photographs. General club and other literature is available. Enfield CC’s annual show Forest of Dean speaker event

The Forest of Dean Camera Club are proud to be hosting An Evening with Thomas Heaton who is a travel and landscape photographer. His YouTube channel has over 100,000 followers. This promises to be a unmissable and popular event The evening will be held at Dene Magna School, Mitcheldean, on 4 December, 7.30pm start. Tickets are available for non-members at £8 each by contacting the club on contact@

Gloucester’s CCannual show

GloucesterCC’sAnnualExhibition takes place 21-28 October at St. John’s Church, Northgate Street, Gloucester. It’s open daily from 10am till 4pm (except 22 October). Entrance to the exhibition is free andmembers will be in attendance to talk about the images and hopefully encourage visitors to join the Club. Visitors can also vote for their favourite image.

St. John’s Church is situated right in the centre of Gloucester and visitors could combine it with the opportunity to photograph Gloucester Cathedral as well as the famous old docks. The Club meets every Tuesday, 7.30pm at Elmscroft Community Centre, Gloucester.

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RPS 160 winners The winners of the 160th RPS International Photography Exhibition have been announced. This year was the first time that all four medals – Gold, Under 30s Gold, Silver and Bronze – have been awarded to photographers who entered work from a series. Margaret Mitchell won the Gold Award for her set of portrait images entitled In This Place. IPE 160 selector, curator Zelda Cheatle, commented: “Margaret Mitchell’s images are made from the heart. They speak of this modern world we live in, there is a sincerity and depth of emotion to thiswork that resonates long beyond the initial view.” All the selected exhibition images will be touring the UK next year and details will be published on the website below.

St Neots on show

Ware &District PS’s annual exhibition The exhibition takes place at the Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware, Herts SG12 7ED over the weekend of 18 and 19 November. Over 100 prints and 200 projected digital images will be in display St Neots Camera Club’s annual exhibition is being held on 21 October in the Priory Centre, St. Neots, Cambs PE19 2BH. It includes images taken recently by members participating in a ten-day photoshoot with each member taking two images over a set period of ten days, on any subject whether humorous or serious in colour or mono. The response was large and interesting.

35 Postal Club hits 70

35 Postal Club has changed quite a bit during the last fewyears, incorporating digital as well as print circles. The basic concept remains, which provides for members to submit one piece of work each month for other members in their

circle to comment on. If you wish to get a better idea of how the club operates go to the club’s website where some members’ work is on display.

Knaresborough CC

Knaresborough CC kicks off its 51st year with a programme of speakers and judges as well as workshops for members of all levels. Club chair Richard Bryant said the committee was sticking with its tried-and-tested formula of a mix that would appeal to novices and those with higher skills levels. He added: “Although our standards are high, we’re very informal in our approach and our members like it that way because they can develop their skills without any pressure.” Meetings take place at the Chain Lane Community Hub, HG5 0AS.

Joe Cornish at the RPS The RPS North Wales region has organized an afternoon event with renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish. Taking place on 25 November, the event lasts two hours starting at 2pm and the venue is The Catrin Finch Centre, WrexhamLL1 2AW. The talk is open to all. Tickets cost £15 each for non RPS members, £12 for RPS members and £10 for region members. To order tickets go to thewebsite. november/25/an-afternoon-in- the-company-of-joe-cornish

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Kingston CC’s annual show

There’s the chance to meet wildlife and photography experts at the North West Bird Watching Festival which takes place on 18 and 19 November at WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire. TV presenter Nick Baker, wildlife cameraman Doug Allen and Sacha Dench of Flight of the Swans are big names there for the weekend.

You’ll get the opportunity to enjoy some great wildlife photography too, with hundreds of Whooper swans feeding alongside teal, wigeon and pink-footed geese. For travel information, workshop bookings and an exhibitor’s list please see the website.

Kingston CC’s annual exhibition takes place 10 to 25 November at the Kingston Art Gallery, Wheatfield Way, Kingston KT1 2PS. Subject matter ranges from nature, wildlife, portraiture, street photography,monochrome, as well as imaginative, creative images. Special themes for

this year include photographs depicting weather and textures. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite picture, and are welcome to chat to club members who steward the exhibition. Admission is free.

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Anders Hedebark Profile The Profoto A1 is a revolutionary product, the world’s smallest studio light. The day after the launch, we grabbed the company’s CEO to ask him all about it and Profoto

How did you get started in photography, and how did you get into Profoto? I used to work for Hasselblad before joining Profoto in 1997. I was hired as CEO by Conny Dufgran, one of the company’s founders. Profoto wanted to do more and they thought I had the right background because of my engineering andmarketing skills. Did you have a vision for Profoto back then? Yes, we do two things: product development and selling our products on an international level. We really try to satisfy the needs of the customer. We get into the detail and determine exactly what we are going to do – and what we are not going to do. It is a matter of prioritisation. This is the most important part of implementing our strategy, of how to preach the message of light shaping and that photography is light shaping. That is a very difficult message to sell isn’t it? Do you think photographers using different brands get the light shaping message? I think many photographers buying competitor brands understand light shaping. I am impressed by all photographers trying to create their vision, I think that is fantastic. I am not a photographer, I am just trying to be their humble servant in the background to support all photographers. Actually, we prefer to say image creators now because we think photography is changing so rapidly at this time – photography five years from now will not be the same thing as what it is today. Communication will be purely over the internet, printed matter will be second hand, ie. it will be what happenedon theweb, but there is still the need to create great still images because people don't have time. You need to catch their attention in 0.1sec. If you can’t capture their attention in a very short period of time you can’t communicate your image. This is so important for us in a changing market. It is how can we support photographers to take images that can communicate even more in accordance with their own vision. This is why the message of light shaping is not so difficult. We only want to sell our products and ideas to people who want to shape with

Biography Years in the photo industry? 23 years. I started at Photokina 1994. Current location? Profoto’s offices, Stockholm, Sweden. Last picture taken? I am not a photographer. I do not take many images myself. I am not an image creator by any means. When youwere younger, what did youwant to bewhen you grewup? working in product development and sales. I am a trained electrical engineer and have an MBA in business administration so I love numbers and sales. Dogs or cats? Dogs. Toast or cereal? I don't know. Email or phone call? I wanted to a businessman in a small company like Profoto, Phone. Email is simple, but if I want to really communicate, I would choose the phone because I can hear the person react when I speak to them.

Images The A1 is the latest addition to Profoto's popular range of studio lighting solutions for photographers.

develop and change every day and we know some of our competitor brands have disappeared over time. I feel very sad about that, but I don't want to fall into that trap and the only way to avoid that is to invest in product development and to be able to support the needs of the changing market. All photographers need to create their own value by creating their own style and we hope they use light shaping to do that. And so do we. Our style is that we support the light shaping journey of all image creators around the world. That’s what we do. As we speak, the A1 has now been out one day (the product was unveiled on 18 September). How do you feel about reaction of your guests here (over 100 journalists, leading photographers and influencers from 22 countries) and from your website? Yesterday was so fantastic. I asked many of our guests during the day using the A1 what had they learnt, or if indeed they learned anything. We were preaching light shaping and some people were converted to the light shaping way of thinking. Some were only natural light shooters yesterday morning and by the night they were light shapers. Light shaping gives a natural and very beautiful light in their images. I was thrilled by the reaction. On the web, there was so much reaction – news of the A1 was everywhere in our industry so we are very happy. We have produced a lot of video content that shows the benefit of the product (go to as well as YouTube to see it). I saw some negative comments about the A1’s price (£849). I didn’t see the comments as negative. Of course, one should

debate the price but I can guarantee that if youwork and shape with light the A1 is value for money. We had the D2 and PRO-10 generator from Profoto last year and now the A1; so what next for the company? Basically, we have nearly tripled our sales in just a couple of years so we are growing.We are investing 10%of our sales into product development so when we sell more A1s we need to spend that money on more new developments. We have a long list. Once aquarterwe go throughwhat we are going to develop and what can wait to start until the next quarter.We havemanymore ideas than funds but we are investing 10% of our sales and that is quite huge actually. We are growing and we measure our success onnewclients using light shaping to create beautiful images. The company is based on 125 fantastic employees (it was just ten people 20 years ago) who are here for two reasons. One, they love Profoto but two, they are here because they want to develop as professionals. They want to make a career, to make more money and I want to build Profoto as a company that I would want towork formyself, and it is very important for me personally that we change, develop and it is a company where I can build my knowledge. I interview everyone we hire and I say to all of them that you need to change, if you don't want to change do something else and don't work for us.We offer the possibility for you to change but we also demand that you develop so it's important to have an internal drive.

light. If you are only interested in the correct exposure you shouldn’t buy Profoto; I wouldn’t recommend our products, you should buy something else. We are relentless in our drive to only support those who want to create fantastic images with light shaping and that is why in our mission statement we say we want to create knowledge and tools to support all image creators to turn their vision into reality. That is a crucial factor to us, people who want to create with light, to sculpt with light, whatever term you want to use. We say shape with light. Light shaping is traditionally with studio-based lights and now with battery-powered studio-sized lights like the Profoto B1. What did you find out when you started thinking about the A1 back in 2013 and asked photographers in Las Vegas about what they needed? They didn’t say we should develop the A1. They told us their needs. They saidtheywantedtoacreateabeautiful image of the bride and groomdancing in a perfectly lit large room with all their guests. Everything needed to be perfectly lit but with a good kick in the bride’s eyes and face to show how very beautiful she is. That is what they said to us. We thought about how could we create that, and what we came upwithwas the A1. Did you think theA1 was a gamble? Yes and no. The reason is my philosophy, which is that if we don't change we will die. We need to


Once a quarter we go through what we are going to develop and what can wait

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CameraClubof theYear in associationwith

Calling all camera clubs and photographic societies! It’s your chance to get your name up in lights in PN’s massive annual imaging contest Camera Club of the Year 2017-18

Words byWill Cheung

Welcome to our annual challenge for the UK’s camera clubs and photographic societies. Over the next five months, we’ll be asking for your club’s best pictures on popular themes and the winners of each round will qualify for a grand final shoot-out taking place in spring 2018. To win the overall title and the glory that goes with it, your club has to overcome two challenges. The first is to qualify for the final by coming top of the pile in one of the five monthly rounds. The second is the final itself; a very special day’s photoshoot, the details of which will be released simultaneously to the five finalists. If you saw our coverage of last season’s shoot-out that will give you an idea of what the five finalists can expect. If you didn’t see it (where were you?), we’ll just say that the final shoot-out was a great day’s shooting with a range of Fujifilm camera equipment. Your club’s competition secretary (or whoever is going to enter each month) must sign up on Terms and conditions are also available on the website.

Any club or group is eligible to enter so long as there are at least five members. Online groups, internal company clubs and those clubs not affiliated to the PAGB are eligible to enter. Once you have signed up to go the Members Area on the topmenu bar, click on that and you will see Camera Club of the Year 2017-18 on the drop-down menu. Select that, then register your camera club and follow the upload instructions. JPEG files should be at least 1500 pixels on the longest dimensionand, preferably, be in the sRGB colour space. A club can only enter one set of five images and the five images must be from five different members, while failure to enter five shots will mean the missing shot/s scores zero points; so it is crucial to enter the full number of images. After the closing date each picture will be scored out of 20 points by the experts at Photography News and the highest scoring club will qualify for the final. In the event of tied scores, for those two clubs we will ignore the highest and lowest scores and average out the f/2.8 R LM WR and XF200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR, are due in the foreseeable future. Having a great lens system is one thing but you obviously need good cameras to fit on the end of them, and that’s not an issue here for Fujifilm. At the top of the range there’s the X-T2 and X-Pro2. They share the same 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor working in combination with Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor Pro for very fast start-up, minimal shutter lag, superfast file processing and highly responsive autofocusing. Both have a native ISO range of 200-12,800 with the option of expansion to ISO 100, 25,600 and 51,200 – all available in Raw as well as JPEG. However, while the X-Pro2 and X-T2 share a similar feature set, they do offer distinctly different approaches to image capture and handling. The X-Pro2 provides a classic rangefinder experience with the optical/EVF finder offset to the left of the body while DSLR users might prefer the X-T2 with its central located eyepiece that is EVF only. Also featured in the X-series range is the X-T20 which is akin to a baby X-T2 with an impressive feature set that includes the same sensor. The latest arrival in the range is the X-E3. This shares the same excellent 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor used in other Fujifilm X-series cameras so it is assured of delivering top-quality

three remaining scores; the clubs with the highest averaged score wins. If scores are still tied, all five scores will be averaged out. When the issue with that month’s result is published, the scores for every picture entered will be published on the website each member can see howwell they have done. There is no monthly prize apart from qualifying for the final shoot-out and once a club has qualified for the final it need not enter again. Of course it can do it for the challenge and pictures will still be scored but there is no reward for winning in this instance. In effect,

because each monthly contest is self-contained, ie. it is not a league systemover the period of the contest, you do not have to enter every month – perhaps it is a theme the club is less strong at or the club’s contest secretary has gone on holiday. Clearly it makes sense to give yourself as many winning chances as possible, however. So, good luck. Read the entry details above again, check out the theme and start gathering your entry. Qualify for the final and your club could be joining us for a very special photography event with the title of Camera Club of the Year 2017-18 to be won.

About Fujifilm

images and this rangefinder-style camera does so in a more compact bodyform. Despite its small size, the X-E3 is packed with features including the X-Processor Pro image processor that helps to deliver an outstanding performance when it comes to autofocusing speed, fast start-up time and a very short shutter lag of just 0.05sec. Ideal as a travel companion or a take everywhere camera, the X-E3 is available as a kit with the delightfully compact XF23mm f/2 lens which is priced at £1149 or if you prefer to buy just the body the price is a competitive £849. Fujifilm has also been breaking the mould in the world of medium-format digital capture with the introduction earlier this year of the GFX system. The first camera in the system is the GFX 50S 51.4-megapixel camera that is in the shops at £5999, a remarkably competitive price for a medium-format camera. The system is in its infancy but already the GFX 50S can be partnered by six lenses including a GF23mm f/4 R LM WR ultrawide, a GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR standard zoom, a GF120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR macro and a GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR portrait lens with one more recently announced, the GF45mm f/2.8 R WR. For more information on all these Fujifilm products please go to the website.

Fujifilm generously sponsored last year’s Camera Club of the Year contest and we at PN are delighted to have them involved for the second year in a row. Fujifilm’s range of X-series mirrorless cameras has been popular since the system was unveiled to the world close to six years ago. Since then the system has grown and grown and as of today X-series users have the choice of 14 prime lenses, nine zooms and two teleconverters with more to come in 2018. In the recently updated lens roadmap two high-spec lenses, an XF8-16mm




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