Photography News | Issue 46 | absolutephoto.com
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The Historic Photographer of the Year Awards is open to amateur and professional photographers around the world. The Awards have been launched to celebrate and capture the very best historic places and cultural sites across the globe, from the most famous national treasures to the most obscure hidden gems. Judging will be by a panel of experts including broadcaster and historian Dan Snow, All About History magazine editor-in-chief James Hoare and David Gilbert, chair of Creative United. Commenting on the awards, Dan Snow said: “All of us on the panel of judges want to be wowed! We want to see images that astonish, evoke emotion and inspire people to visit new, exciting and fascinating places, not just in the UK but all over theworld.” Entries will be judged on originality, composition and technical proficiencyalongsidethestorybehind the image and its historical impact. First prize is worth £2500. For details and entry please visit thewebsite. Join leading inkjet media brand FotospeedforitssecondFotoFest taking place on 10 September. Four top photographers – Martin Hartley, Paul Sanders, Ben Hall and Colin Prior – will be talking about their experiences producing brilliant images in challenging weathers and difficult conditions. Martin Hartley is an adventure travel photographer and he will talk about his quest to photograph the Arctic Ocean. Ben Hall is a renowned multi-award-winning wildlife photographer and his talk is a behind-the-sceneslookathisbest work. Paul Sanders and Colin Prior are expert landscapers offering talks entitled Time, Space and Connection and The Living Mountain respectively. Visitors are certain to be inspired and learn from these four image-makers. Visitors will also have the chance to get hands on the latest gear from brands including Canon, Lee Filters and Datacolor, so Foto Fest will be a great day well worth attending. Foto Fest takes place at The Edge at the University of Bath starting at 9.15am and finishing at 5.15pm. Tickets cost £45 with free tea and coffee available all day and free on-site parking at the venue. FotoFest 2017 photographer.triphistoric.com
MacphunNeptune Macphun image editing software Luminar is updated; the new version is called Neptune and includes the innovative Accent AI filter which uses artificial intelligence to assess different scenes on structure, objects, colours, tonal range and other parameters. The filter automatically ‘understands’ what the image is lacking and improves it. Cost for new users is £55 and £46 for anyone who owns Macphun software. macphun.com/luminar Full-frame intomedium- format does go Laowa has announced a lens adaptor that allows full-frame Canon/Nikon lenses to be used with the Fujifilm GFX system. The Magic Format Converter features a patented optics system to expand the image circle to cover the larger format without vignetting and to maintain the optical quality of the attached lens. The lens focal length is multiplied by 1.4x and there is a light loss of 1EV. Its price to be confirmed and availability is soon. ukdigital.co.uk
Drone time Video Masterclass by Fergus Kennedy will help you exploit this exciting subject with advice on how you can legally, confidently and expertly take to the air. The author goes into all the essential technical skills for capturing great images but it is also packed with inspirational shots from around the world, from an erupting volcano to stunning panoramas of the British coastline. Published by the Ammonite Press and with a cover price of £16.99 Drone Photography and
The Royal Photographic Society North Wales region is hosting two major talks this autumn and tickets are on sale now. How to cheat in Photoshop with Steve Caplin takes place on 16 September at theElectricMountain Visitor Centre, Llanberis. Tickets costs £16 for non-members and £12 formembers. On 25 November, there is the opportunity to spend an afternoon with leading landscaper Joe Cornish. His talk takes place at the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndwr
University, Mold Road, Wrexham. Tickets costs £16 for non-members and £12 formembers.
Panoramas the easyway Manfrotto's PIXI Pano360 minipod will help you shoot shake-free panoramas and time-lapse sequences with your smartphone, action cam and DSLR. It is a compact unit and the head gives 360° coverage that can be controlled with a remote control or the dedicated, easy- to-use app. The PIXI Pano360 is priced at £124.95. manfrotto.co.uk
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