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Two new highly specified models join Canon’s market-leading range of DSLR cameras Canon at the double

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Big news this month is the unveiling of the EOS 6D Mark II, a 26.2-megapixel full-frame DSLR that replaces the venerable and popular EOS 6D. Just like its predecessor, the EOS 6D Mark II is aimed at photographers who want the benefits of full-frame image quality but in a compact, lightweight form. The EOS 6D Mark II ’ s sensor is completely new and works with Canon’s renowned DIGIC 7 image processor. Its native ISO range is

100 to 40,000 with expansion possible to 50 and 102,400. Aside from the new sensor, the latest version has gained some new features that include an improved continuous shooting speed of 6.5fps, an updated AF system and a vari- angle, touchscreen monitor. Priced at £1999 body only, the EOS 6D Mark II will be available this month. Price is £2379 with the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the optional Battery Grip BG- E21 is £199.

Canon’s second new camera is the EOS 200D, the world’s lightest DSLR with a vari-angle screen, and is aimed at keen smartphone shooters looking to take the next step up to a fully-featured camera. This tiny but powerful DSLR will be available in three colours. The black option with the 18-55mm DC zoom has a guide price of £679 and is available from this month.

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The original EOS 6D was announced five years ago so an updated model was due – and here it is. The EOS 6D Mark II features a new sensor, Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system and an increased continuous shooting rate, so it looks as though thewait has been worthwhile. At the EOS 6D Mark II’s heart is a brand new CMOS sensor boasting a resolution of 26.2 megapixels, which works with Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processor. The combination is said to give exceptional exposure latitude to help get maximum detail in bright conditions. The native ISO range is 100 to 40,000 and this can be expandedup toH2 ISO102,400at the top end and 50 at the lower. The DIGIC 7 processing skills, working with the Dual Pixel AF system, help to give accurate focus tracking of moving subjects and, together with the EOS 6D Mark II’s

6.5fps continuous shooting speed, mean that this camera is better suited to action photography than its predecessor. Autofocusing is handled by Canon’s tried and tested Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. In this system, pixels covering about 80% of the image area on the sensor comprise individual photodiodes, left andright. To achieve accurate AF, the camera compares the images of both diodes and if they are different (ie. not in phase) the lens is instructed to make adjustments until they look the same, to give sharp focus. Single AF point, auto 45 point and various zone AF options are available so most needs are catered for, andAF point selection canbedoneviathetouchscreen.There is amaximumof 63AFpoints in a 9x7 grid via the optical viewfinder. Priced at £1999 body only, the EOS 6D Mark II is Canon’s lowest priced

DSLR forwould-be full-frame owners and it certainly has a lot going for it at this price point. It will be in the shops this July. While the EOS 6D Mark II is targeted at first-time full-frame buyers, its companion the EOS 200D is aimed at those keen shooters currently using a camera phone and contemplating a move to a ‘proper’ capture device. It’s an APS-C format DSLR with a 24.2-megapixel resolution from its CMOS sensor, and is all packed into a really compact body. The DIGIC 7 processor makes another appearance in this camera, and again, Dual Pixel CMOSAF technology is deployed. A 3in vari-angle monitor, Wi-Fi, optical viewfinder and a nine-point AF systemare other highlights. The EOS 200D body is priced at £579 and will available in the shops this July.

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So what is the thinking behind the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II, and why now, five years after the original EOS 6Dwas announced? Firstly, there is no set rule on when new cameras are introduced. Lower down the line, cameras seem to move more quickly and higher up the line products move more slowly. To be fair, the EOS 6D is still a good camera even today and the image quality is very good, but things have changed, so the gap is probably longer than usual. We know there are a lot of people looking to step up on their photography, wanting full-frame pictures. It used to be for professional and semi-pros because of cost, but full-frame is more achievable now than before. I know this because I spoke to a lot of people at The Photography Show and spend a lot of time talking to people on socialmedia, andone of the biggest questions we get is ‘should I step up to full-frame and will I see a difference?’ Once you have shot full-frame it is really hard to go back, and once people realise the benefits, people will want to step up. What do you think are the main highlights of the Canon EOS 6DMark II from a keen photographer’s point of view? I’ve always loved the original EOS 6D. I thought the larger, full-frame cameras were heavy but the EOS 6D, with its light weight, meant it was ideal for carrying around for landscape photography. But what really struck me on the EOS 6D was its low-light capability. It was fantastic in low light, not just its AF down to -3EV but also the high ISOs you could go to and still return good image quality. Now with the EOS 6D Mark II, I am dying to see how good the new sensor is – I have only seen pre- productionmodels so I haven’t seenwhat image quality is like yet. I think being able to push the boundaries of where you can shoot is very exciting and having this new sensor is the key to the EOS 6D Mark II. We are not expecting people to use the camera at ISO 40,000 every day but what this does tell you is that the more usual ISOs are even more usable. DavidParry Product intelligence professional

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One thing I saw in the EOS 6DMark II presentation is the emphasis on AF performance at f/8. Why is this? Are there that many people shooting at f/8? It was something we were asked for years and years ago. It doesn’t really affect Canon lenses but we know a lot of our owners use third-party lenses and we are happy to showwe are not cutting these people out. The EOS 6D Mark II is ‘dust and drip resistant’ when other brands use ‘dust and weather resistant’. Why is this? None of our cameras are what people call weather- sealed. The reason is: take the lens off and there is a big hole on the front. So howgood the camera is at keeping out weather depends on the lens on the front. It means we can’t quote a figure on how weather resistant a camera is because it depends on the lens. We did try it back on the EOS 50D. We said it could survive light rain for 15 minutes – but is that light rain here in the UK or light rain in Asia? There are also so many variables, and while we are happy to talk about seals and grommets on our camera bodies we have stayed clear of quoting weather resistance figures. However, people should have confidence in our productsbecausealotofthemareusedbyprofessionals andwe know they are robust; they are toughmachines and most are tools for doing jobs, often in wet and dusty environments.

The sample EOS 6D Mark II that I got to handle was fully working but pre- production, so I was not allowed to load an SD card to take any pictures. At first glance there is little cosmetic difference between the thismodel and its predecessor in terms of layout. A longer look reveals an extra buttonon the front and a vari-anglemonitor. I’mabigfanofvari-anglemonitorsandtheEOS6DMarkII'sisafineexample; the provided bright viewing image makes composing low-down or above the head shots a cinch, and themonitor also features touchscreen functionality. In the hand, the body has a solid feel and its controls have a positive action. Of course, this is a full-frame DSLR and in that context its body is compact and respectably lightweight. Its dust- and drip-resistant build should ensure a reliable performance even in challenging conditions. The EOS 6DMark II’sAF system is the same as that found in the EOS 80D, a camera I have tested and found to be impressive, with swift focusing and ability to trackmoving subjects. Fittedwith a 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EOS 6D Mark II’sAFwas speedy, responsive andaccurate. Trackingon this earlysample was good but was onlywith peoplewalking across the room. The viewfinder is an optical one and the image provided is bright and contrasty, with camera setting information aligned across the bottom. Layout is typicallyCanon andwill be familiar to existing users. The same canbe saidof the camera’smenu structure. In fact, consistentmenu layout across its cameras, whether mirrorless or DSLR, is one aspect of design Canonmakes a great deal of. I didn’t have long with the EOS 6D Mark II and there is only so much one can glean from a pre-production camera that you can’t shoot pictures with, but there is no doubt that the new camera has great potential for aspiring full-frame photographers. Much of the EOS 6DMark II is existing Canon technology (the AF, exposure and white-balance systems, DIGIC 7 and so forth) but the most crucial aspect is the exciting newsensor with its claimedwide exposure latitude capability.We look forward to testing the camera in PhotographyNews soon.

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Sigma range grows by two

Lee offers newNDs

Lee Filters’ ProGlass IRND filters, made for the film industry, are now available to discerning stills photographers. They are available inarangeofstrengths:0.6ND(2EV), 0.9ND (3EV), 1.2ND (4EV), and 1.8ND (6EV). Extreme strengths are available on offer; for ultra-long exposures go for the 3.0 (10EV) and 4.5ND (15EV). These filters are 2mmmade from optically flat glass tohighlyaccurate filter values and all strengths are designed to be free of colour casts so filter to filter consistency is

guaranteed to assist a fast workflow. They are also coated to block infrared and ultraviolet radiation to ensure clean blacks, midtones and whites free of colour casts. As with the Stopper range, the stronger Pro-Glass IRND filters have foam gaskets to prevent light leaks during very long exposures. The ProGlass IRND filters are available for the Seven5 system, 100mmsystemand SW150 system; priced £148, £180, £415 respectively. A Solar Eclipse filter has also been introduced by Lee. It reduces

incoming light byaround20EVand isdesignedforuseduringthepartial stages of an eclipse – it is removed for shooting totality. This filter is not designed for usual extreme long exposure shooting as the results will be very blue in colour. Any blueness in solar eclipse images can be corrected in processing. This specialist filter is also on offer in the Seven5 system, 100mm and SW150 systems costing £72.60, £106.92 and £136.15 respectively.

Photography News: brand newwebsite! The Photography News website is nowupandrunningsoheadoverto photographynews.co.uk to check outthelatestphotonews,getadvice and tips, read exciting interviews and more. It is free to register. If you have previously registered on absolutephoto.com you will need to create a new account because existing log indetailswill notwork. Once registered, members can access exclusive content and find out about events such as Photo 24 andother photo contestswithgreat prizes to bewon. To celebrate our launch we’ve teamed up with Olympus to give you the chance to win an OM-D E-M10 Mark II, plus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 pancake lens. To enter, Lens construction includes seals to prevent dust and moisture intrusion, and the front lens elements features a water and dust-repellent coating. Bothhelp togive reliableperformance in challenging conditions. This standard zoom is priced at Sigma’s Art lens collection has two new family members aimed at full- frame users. The 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM is a top-end standard zoom and the fourth generation of this focal length range offers much more than a leading optical performance from current high-megapixel DSLRs. Its optical construction features three SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to minimize lens flaws including coma and chromatic aberration and give excellent across- the-frame sharpness. The lens features Sigma’s renowned Optical Stabilizer technology and HSM for fast, silent autofocusing with the option of full- time manual override.

£1399.99 and will be available this July in Canon, Nikon and Sigma fittings. Thesecondlenssetsnewstandards in the ultra-wide-angle category and is the seventh prime lens in the Art line. The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM is priced at £1679.99 with Canon and Sigma mounts available now and the Nikonversion towards the endof July. An ultra-wide lens of this speed makes it ideal for many subjects including landscape but also more specialist subjects like astro photography where such a fast aperture allows a relatively low ISO. Outstanding across-the-frame image quality is delivered thanks to three FLD and four SLD elements while the inclusion of a large 80mm moulded glass aspherical lens element helps provide the lens’s wide aperture. This element also helps to deliver minimal distortion and great centre-to-edge sharpness.

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LandscapePro2 launched

Two zooms fromTamron

Tamron has introduced two zooms, one aimed at full-frame photographers and one for APS-C owners; and that’s where we’ll start. The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD is a 22.2x superzoom that stretches all the way to 400mm – an effective 600mm with 1.5x crop factor cameras. What’s more, the enormous zoom range is available in compact bodyform making it perfect as a carry everywhere lens. Optical construction comprises 16 elements in 11 groups andTamron’sHLD(High/ Low torque modulated Drive) motor gives speedy, accurate and quiet autofocusing. Minimum object distance (the distance to the front element) is 45cm giving a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. Filter size is 72mm. The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a top-quality zoom that is full- frame compatible. It boasts an advanced optical construction of 17 elements in 12 groups features high tech glass that includes three LD, two XR (extra refractive) and three GM (glass moulded aspherical) elements. This arrangement of top-quality glass minimises aberrations and ensures superior optical performance from a

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LandscapePro 2 is an intelligent software aimed at outdoor photographers who want to make the most of their shots but either don’t have the editing skills or the time to sit in front of a computer. V2 retains key features of V1 so you have sky replacement and photo adaptive controls but now there are improved selection brushes, 2D and 3D lighting brushes and an expanded sky library. Ease of use is key to this software. It features one-click presets for instant improvements and sliders offer more control. Three versions are available. The standard LandscapePro costs £29.95 while the Studio version is £49.95 and the StudioMax edition £99.95. Go to the web address below to download a demo version of this exciting software.

compact lens. The body itself features a locking lens hood, a fluorine coated front element, eBAND coating to reduce flare and a moisture resistant construction while autofocus is handled by Tamron’s USD technology with a new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) system to give rapid and accurate AF. The superzoom will be available in Canon and Nikon fits and is attractively priced at £649 with availability from this month. Availability of the 24-70mm f/2.8 is from this July in Canon and Nikon settings priced at £1249.

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Gearing upwith Novo

News in brief

Novo might be a fairly new name in the world of photo accessories but its range is growing quickly. First up is a range of Excel Advanced filters that includes Pro NDs, circular polarisers and UV protection filters. The UV filters are made from ‘Super White’ Schott glass and feature12anti-reflectivecoatingsand come in ultra slimline mounts. Sizes from 40.5 to 86mm are available – the 77mm version costs £24.90. The same size range is on offer with the newcollection of circular polarizers. Made from the same brand of glass, these pola filters have a light loss of 1.3EV, have scratch, water and oil resistant qualities and come in a frame just 7mm thick. The 77mm version costs £44.90. The third filter announced is an ND 8-2000 Variable ND filter and this is 77mm fit only, costing £79.90. This filter has the build quality of the other Excel filters but here you have an infinitely variable amount of neutral density within the ND8

to ND2000 range. The degree of density is controlled by adjusting the front filter ring. For the ultimate protection of your expensive kit, consider a hard case like these models from Novo. Five sizes are available, starting from the Novo Dura 100 that measures 37.7x29.9x13.9cm and costing £79 and going up to Dura 500 that weighs 9kg and measures 63.4x50.3x31cm – this largest model sells at £279. All Dura models feature an ABS hard shell, contoured rubberised handles and a new click-lock system that allows single-handed use. There is also an auto pressurised air valve release. The last Novo accessory announced this month is the MVS-01 Monopod Stand/Feet is a universal three-legged stand that fits directly on a monopod to add greater stability to monopod shooting. This is priced at £24.90.

Bag a Billingham Billingham’s reputation for quality bags is second to none. New to the range is Hadley One as well as a range of premium FibreNyte canvas with leather trim, this bag looks great and has a rugged build. It's priced at £285, has a capacity of 8.75l and weighs 1.38kg. With three pockets and two dump pockets the Hadley One suits DSLR and mirrorless camera use and has space for a 13in laptop. billingham.co.uk travel and overnight bags. Made fromweather-proof

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SRBadds a6EVND SRB has introduced a 6EV ND filter to its range of filtersspecificallydesigned for its Elite Filter Holder. It screws into the centre thread of the Elite holder to eliminate any light seepage while in use without the need for a foam gasket. This also keeps the other slots empty so other filters such as grads can be used at the same time. The 6EV ND costs £29.95.

Savewith On-line On-line Paper Company’s online catalogue can save you up to 60% off manufacturer guide prices and its range now covers arguably the largest range of digital inkjet paper in one place. One of its hottest summer promotions gives you the chance to try Canson’s Infinity 340gsm Baryta Prestige, TIPA’s current Best Inkjet Paper Award winner, at 20% off normal prices. Therearealsogreat dealson the top sellers from Hahnemuhle, Permajet, Ilford, Fujifilm and Fotospeed as well as the more specialist papers like

Zeiss hits ten Zeiss has added a tenth lens to its Milvus range. The 35mm f/1.4 is a full-frame lens available in Canon and Nikon fit at £1699. It features a new optical design that is claimed to be free of chromatic aberrations and deliver a high class performance even at maximum aperture. Zeiss.com

SomersetEnhancedandthelegendary 300gsm 100% cotton Museo Silver Ragwhich emulates the looks and feel of traditional darkroommaterials. For free postage on all UK orders until 31 August quote PN46 at the checkout.

3 Legged Thing gets a grip The QR11 L-grip is available in Copper or Grey priced at £49.99. It's Arca-Swiss compatible and makes switching fromupright to horizontal shooting a cinch. It can also be disassembled quickly and stored flat for easy transport. 3leggedthing.com

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Photography News has teamed up with expert photo printers LumeJet to bring you the chance of seeing your favourite photographs produced as a glorious L.Type print. Win this free to enter contest and you will have £200 to spend on L.Type prints from the LumeJet website. L.Type by LumeJet is the latest step in the company’s development and represents the culmination of over 15 years of research into silver halide. LumeJet has always been passionate about printing beautiful photography and now with L.Type the fusion of classic analogue silver halide materials, cutting– edge digital print technology and super-accurate colour management enables the faithful replication of a

photographic vision with hitherto unseen precision and sensitivity. To be in with the chance of winning £200 worth of L.Type print all you have to do is enter your best travel picture. Travel can be home or abroad, and subject matter can be scenic, people or even wildlife. One entry is permitted and UK only residents can enter. Judging will be done by PN’s editor and the closing date is midnight 7 August 2017. Last month’s contest for best family image was won by ChrisWhite. To enter upload your image to flickr.com/groups/pntravel/

Manfrotto’s newbags Manfrotto ’ s new range of Pro Light Bumblebee camera bags is designed for pro and enthusiast shooters. Two backpacks and two messenger bags are included in the range. Prices start from £109.95. manfrotto.co.uk

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Makehistory

News in brief

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

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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

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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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Photo 24: as it happened This year’s 24 hour photography extravaganza lit up the streets of London; here’s how it unfolded

Written by Kingsley Singleton

This year’s Photo 24 was a massive success, with more than 250 photographers attending the Fujifilm-sponsored marathon of creativity and exploration. The key to this unique get-together was the chance to shoot from noon on 1 July to noon the next day, and enjoy all the photo opportunities London could provide with like-minded ’togs. Whether Photo 24-ers chose to sneak shut-eye in that time was up to them, but anyone completing the day and making it back to the final meeting would have a big achievement, a host of great images and a commemorative T-shirt to look forward to. The day kicked off at The National Gallery, where attendees were given an introduction by PN Editor, Will, and received information about the day, including exclusive special events and photo contests to compete in. Photography News ’ staff were also introduced to the crowd; on hand to help photographers throughout the 24 hours, they were kitted out in vibrant lime-green Photo 24 t-shirts, visible in the dark. And from space, probably. At 1pm, focus shifted to Camden, where the first of the Fujifilm Stationswasset.There,atthehistoric Arlington building, photographers could loan out swanky X-series gear, or try the coveted GFX 50S.

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Anyone completing the day and making it back to the final meeting would have a big achievement, a host of great images and a commemorative T-shirt

Images, clockwise fromabove Spanning 24 hours in the capital, Photo 24 gave photographers the perfect opportunity to get creative in a variety of city situations. The day started at The National Gallery, and before midnight had taken in Camden, South Bank, the O2, the London Eye and more.

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Above Will surveys the view from the top of the O2 which photographers had scaled for low- light cityscapes. Right For low-light opportunities like the photo walk and bus tour, tripods were essential. It was Camden that also saw the first oftheday’sphotowalkswithFujifilm ambassador, street specialist Derek Clark. Derek led photographers around Camden Market with his X100F, showcasing vibrant culture and great opportunities for candids. From 6pm, the Fujifilm Station switched to the Marriott County Hall Hotel on South Bank, another historic spot with quick access to London’s most iconic monuments. What’smore, the second of Fujifilm’s ambassadors for the day, Matt Hart, led another photo walk down South Bank. Overnight, there were trips on the London Eye and the Up at The O2 Experience. Another photo walk kicked off at 11pm, featuring Matt Hart and PN crew members increasingly fuelled by caffeine. Starting at Liverpool St and winding through the canyons of theCity, there were low-light opportunities aplenty, including the Lloyd’s Building. For

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Photo 24 powered by Fujifilm Huge thanks to Photo 24’s sponsors, Fujifilm, which helped to make the day a huge success, as well as giving the 250-plus attendees some very special perks along the way. Fujifilm’s technical experts were on hand at three different venues across London during the 24 hours, and there photographers could try out the latest cameras in the award-winning X-series. Attendees could take cameras out for a spin in the capital, as well as shooting with some of the classiest glass to see what’s so appealing about Fujifilm’s range. Models available to try out included the brilliant X-Pro2 and X-T2, both featuring class- leading image quality thanks to their latest generation 24.3-megapixel X-Trans III CMOS sensors. And a special treat came with hands-on access to the ground-breaking GFX 50S medium-format body and lenses, both of which received lots of praise from attendees. There was also the small matter of the Photo 24 treasure hunt prize, £1500 worth of kit from Fujifilm. For this delegates has to shoot 14 specially selected landmarks within the 24-hour period. A great prize for a great contest. What’s more, Fujifilm X-Photographers, Derek Clark and Matt Hart flew in to provide photo walks and advice on how to get the best from the X-series cameras, so thanks for their expertise, too.

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Above Photo 24 ended with Will thanking all those who made it through. overnight refuge, the County Hall location stayed open, courageously staffed by PN ’s Adam Duckworth, who kept flagging photographers’ spirits up with fresh anecdotes and motivational coffee. Or was it the other way around? It was tough to tell at that stage, but we soldiered on. From 2am, photographers had the chance to shoot two classic Routemaster buses in front of London landmarks, and by 6am, the last PN member standing was Roger Payne, thousand-yard stare in full residence. Fortunately for Roger, 8am saw a relaxing boat ride up the Thames, after which Photo 24 reached its crescendo with a rousing sign off fromWill (who’d slept like a baby from 4am to 9am). We’d like to say thanks to everyone who attended, and special congratulations to those who made it through the whole 24 hours. Several creative challenges were set throughout the day. To see the fruits of those, just check next month’s PN .

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Above Throughout the night, the streets of London were packed with eager photographers, getting creative with long exposures. Right By 8am, the action had moved to a boat trip, taking in memorable landmarks.

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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: 31 July 2017

We need words and pictures by 31 July 2017 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 14 August 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 clubnews@photography-news.co.uk

Honour for Guildford PS member Congratulations to Guildford Photographic Society member Rita Daubeney, who has gained the Artiste Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique (AFIAP) award which is based on the number of acceptances the candidate has obtained in international salons with FIAP patronage. For this Rita had to achieve 45 acceptances in 15 photographic salons in eight countries.

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Settle Photographic Group annual exhibition

The Border Monochrome Camera Club (BMCC) isholding its annual summer exhibition at the Burton Hotel in Kington. The BMCC is the oldest camera club in the United Kingdom dedicated to monochrome work and was formed in 1976. This year’s exhibition is Borders Heritage, highlighting the diverse range of attractions unique to the Welsh Borders. It comprises 48 of the best black & white photographs from their members. Please come along and vote on the work for a chance to win your own mounted print from the exhibition. It is open till 2 September and entry is free. Border Settle Photographic Group’s 9th annual exhibition will be held in Clapham Village Hall, North Yorkshire over the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August, 10am to 5pm. Entry is free and refreshments are available. The Photographic Group currently has members from

all over the district, from Ingleton to Long Preston, from Rathmell to Horton and all points in between. Come and enjoy the exhibition, vote for your favourite picture and then have a look at the wonders of the Clapham area.

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Accrington Camera Club’s annual exhibition runs until 30 July. On display will be prints and PDIs, many of which are award winners or commended from the club’s annual competition. The exhibition is at Haworth Art Gallery, Hollins Lane, Accrington, Lancs BB5 2JS – also home to the largest public Tiffany glass collection in Europe. Open 12 noon to 4.45pmTuesday to Friday, and 12 noon to 4.15pm Saturday and Sunday. Free entry and parking. Accrington exhibition

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Pro focus

Three years ago Brighton-based photographer Adam Bronkhorst landed a commission to shoot portraits of local working people and his project has now turned into a valuable social document Work in progress

Words by Terry Hope Pictures by AdamBronkhorst

Some of the best long-term projects have originated with a quirk of fate, and little did Adam Bronkhorst realise, when he first received a commission from Viva Brighton magazine to produce regular monthly portraits of working people around the town, that he’d still be working on the commission nearly three years later. What’s built up since then is a comprehensive selection of images that serve as a social document of businesses, both mainstream and quirky, that are plying their trade in this area at this moment in time. The series of images is something that’s fascinating to look through now, but will go on to have even more value in the future. “I’d been shooting for the magazine for a year or so before the series came about,” says Adam. “They have a sister publication, Viva Lewes magazine, and they were doing a similar thing, so when Viva Brighton changed its format to become slightly bigger, they thought they would carry the idea across. And I’m so glad that they did, as I’ve got to meet so many great people over the past two-and-a-half years or so – 150 now and counting – and I love doing the shoot every month.” After all this time the series has taken on a life of its own, and Adam has turned his camera on a wide varietyof local businesspeople, from those working in the technology industry through to design agencies, media companies, gymnasiums, local performers, bread makers, artists and so on. The list goes on, and the challenge over time has

been to adapt the approach to suit the individual and to constantly come up with new angles, so that the work doesn’t become formulaic in any way. It’s not been easy, but Adam relishes the challenge and he’s managed to come up with a surprising amount of variety throughout the project, even when he’s had to work within parameters, such as a regular office space, that could have proved limiting. Still progressing No final figure has been set in terms of how long the series might run. In theory, it could pretty much go on forever, since there is a seemingly endless stream of professions, hobbies and subjects to focus on, but even if it were to come to a close anytime soon, there would still be a strong and detailed body of work that would serve to tell the story of the working people of Brighton at this time. “Personally, I’d love it to continue indefinitely,” says Adam. “I’m finding that it’s a great way of documenting the people of Brighton and Hove, and it’s a great snapshot of how we work and what we do, so hopefully, in years to come, we’ll look back on it as a great resource.” Making the shot Because every shoot is different, there is no one set approach that always works, but generally Adam likes to travel light, so he usually takes a single Billingham bag with just his Nikon D800 and a selection of prime lenses. “I’ll also carry one

flash and a trigger if I need to light something,” he explains, “but as we’re usually darting all across the city, it’s much easier to work with available light, unless the idea is to make a particular shoot all about flash, like I did when I was covering performers one month. On this occasion I tried to tell a story with each shot, and I set up different situations with a variety of coloured lighting, so that the results were like filmstills. On another occasion I was producing a portrait of some tattoo artists, and I used flash to make them look like something out of a Rembrandt painting. “I like to get close to people, so I’m usually shooting on a 24mm, a 35mm or my beloved 50mm f/1.8 lens, which I got in Singapore for £60 while on honeymoon in 2005. It’s theultimatenifty fifty, but it’s just so light and good at what it does that I wouldn’t be without it.” Adam is very open to inspiration, and for that reason, although he’ll think about how to tackle a particular shoot a few days in advance, he tries not to have too fixed an idea in mind. “I’ll usually find that the first shoot of the day sets the tone and ideas for the rest of that set,” he says. “So I’ll usually take a cue from the environment or the theme that month. I do use props sometimes, as I did for a portrait of home brewers where I wanted to have them all holding their products, but I’ll usually try and show what people do, so you can see from the image what their story or profession is.”

With the project maturing nicely Adam has turned his thoughts to doing something substantial with the work, but nothing is set in stone yet. Exhibitions can be expensive to mount and a book would be on the back burner until there’s more idea how long the series might run. “I’d love people outside of Brighton and Hove to see the project,” says Adam, “In the meantime, however, I’m content to upload the images every month to my website and people can go there to see what I’m up to and to have a look. And it’s been great to see the project evolving over the past two-and-a-half years.”

Images Food van owners, selling anything from ice cream to Bratwurst, form part of Adam’s project on the working people of Brighton and Hove.

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Terry Fuller

Environmental Photographer of theYear

We catch up with Terry Fuller, CIWEM’s chief executive, on one of the fastest growing photo contests and one that is aiming to make a difference

InterviewbyWill Cheung

Please give our readers an insight into CIWEM and its connection with EPOTY. Few readers will know about CIWEM so what is this organisation all about and what is your role within it? The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the institution of choice for water and environmental professionals. We are a vibrant, creative and dynamic organisationwithboldambitions for growth to support our aim, which is to nurture a safer sustainable world and our mission, which is to build a global community of professionals dedicated to serving the public. As CIWEM’s chief executive, I am responsible for the delivery of the institution’s strategic aims, its services to members and the public interest. How did CIWEM get involved with EPOTY and what is your personal involvement with the contest? CIWEM’s EPOTY competition was the creation of the late Nick Reeves OBE, the chief executvie of CIWEM from 1998 to 2013. Nick was a tireless advocate for the environment and also had a lifelong interest in the arts. The EPOTY competition brought his two passions together and enables CIWEM to communicate humankind’s fragile relationship with our environment to an international audience. Since it began, I have been awestruck by the stunning, engaging and challenging images submitted every year and I am very excited, as CIWEM’s current Chief Executive, to continue to grow the

Above Talking about stars by Bolucevschi Vitali Nicolai, winner in 2009. Left Hard world by Sudipto Das, winner in 2007.

competition into its next decade and cultivate the legacy left by Nick.

How long has EPOTY been going andwhat was the thinking behind its original launch? This year we are celebrating EPOTY’s 10th anniversary and have just announced the 2017 esteemed judging panel, including Stephen Fry, Ben Fogle and Steve Backshall. The competition plays a vital role in enhancing our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to our most pressing global environmental problems, and is now one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world. Since its inception are you happy with the contest’s progress and do you think it has fulfilled its original objectives? Absolutely. The competition has grown to a renowned international photographic competition that engages photographers of all ages, providing an opportunity for environmental champions to share images with international audiences. Viewing the images from the past 10 years together gives a unique view on humanity’s relationship with nature and the scale of the impact human development has had on our environment. Attracting 60,000 entries since its inception in 2007, every single image depicts an individual story and their collective impact truly inspires stewardship of the environment. The wealth of themes portrayed not only communicates the intricate links humans have with the environment but also the

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Above Homeless by Chan Kwok Hung, winner in 2011. Below Gone with dust by Michele Palazzi, winner in 2012.

innovative ways individuals and communities have responded to a changing environment, inspiring others to overcome the challenges to live sustainably. There is no doubt that EPOTY has influenced CIWEM’s own internal motivations and direction of travel. We have surrounded ourselves with images from the competition by displaying them within our staff offices. Whether directly or subliminally, this has had a real impact on CIWEM’s activities. For example, we have seenmany images over the years depicting the issue of urban flooding and latest statistics indicate that by 2060, more than a billion people will be at risk of catastrophic urban flooding. It is very difficult to ignore this fact, especially alongside some of the most powerful and thought provoking images from across the world. Has the competition grown much since its launch? What sort of entry numbers did you achieve last year compared with its launch year, and are you expecting the same level of response in 2017? It has grown phenomenally fast. Last year we received over 10,000 entries, compared with a few hundred in our launch year. We are certainly expecting similar numbers in 2017. How are you evolving the contest in terms of the categories? This year we have included a mobile phone category for the first time, as we have recognised that not all photographs are taken with a traditional camera. We are really interested to see how this category evolves and the types of images submitted. Inwhich categories are you keen to attract greater numbers? I would like to see our young EPOTY category continue to grow. We already attract a fantastic number of very talented young people to the competition but it would be wonderful to attract

even more. CIWEM is dedicated to meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, core to this is working together across the planet to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. I hope by engaging young people in the competition we will not only give them a voice to highlight those issues most pressing to humankind, but to inspire new audiences of all ages to take care of our environment. One big evolution is that you are using celebrity judges like Stephen Fry, Christine Lampard and Ben Fogle. What was the thinking behind that decision and what sort of positive benefit are you expecting? The huge success of EPOTY has enabled us to attract people of high influence. Our judges such as Stephen Fry, Ben Fogle and Steve Backshall are all willing to get involved and champion the cause. These people are not environmentalists in the traditional sense but are now environmental champions working with organisations like CIWEM. The judges are actively engaged with and supportive of EPOTY. Words from Stephen Fry demonstrate this perfectly, “This excellent competition encourages all those with cameras (which is most of us these days, I suppose) to look at our environment with new eyes – to see the environmental impact of things around us, sometimes in the most surprising places. Our cameras can be turned from the narcissistic tool of the selfie into a weapon in the war on environmental destruction.” We also have some fantastic talented photographers involved, Tim Parkin and Ashley Cooper, whose expertise will be invaluable at the judging stage. What was the response from the celebrities when you initially approached them to get involved in the judging? We had a very positive response from the celebrities. Most of

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