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Focus on Fujifilm lenses Launched less than six years ago, the Fujifilm X Series camera system is now

supported by 23 fabulous optics with more in the pipeline. Buy an X Series camera and you’ll be able to tackle almost every subject with ease

Having a selection of great cameras is one thing but what every system needs is an extensive choice of lenses to suit individual needs, preferences and budgets and be able to cope with every subject. The Fujifilm X Series is less than six years old so you might not expect too much choice, but you’d be wrong. In that short period, the brand has built up an impressive collection of optics than includes 12 fixed focal length lenses, nine zooms and two teleconverters. Invest in an X Series camera and you won’t struggle to find the ideal lens (or lenses) for your photography. Image quality comparable to 35mm full- frame was one of the many criteria Fujifilm worked towards when designing the X Series, which uses the APS-C format with a sensor size of 23.6x15.6mm compared with the 36x24mm dimensions of the 35mm format. The smaller image area demands the best possible quality lenses to make the most it,

which explains why Fujifilm has worked so hard to deliver a first-class range of precision optics made to the highest standards and from the finest materials for its users. It isworth stressing that theXSeries system has been designed from the ground up so, for example, the lenses have been created, crafted and engineered for this system only, which is very different from some longer established camera systems where lenses are used across different sensor formats. Many lenses in the Fujifilm X Series range are richly featured with fast apertures, weather-resistant build (WR) and optical image stabilisation (OIS) that very effectively combats camera shake. The latest optical design techniques and technologies are employed to deliver images with outstanding sharpness, clarity and colour fidelity. The choice of focal lengths offered in the range is also logical and considered. So, for

instance, among the primes, there are options at key points. The 14mm for ultra-wide dramatic compositions: the 23mm and 35mm, each available in two aperture options, for general use, the 56mm for flattering portraits and the 90mm when magnification of more distant subjects is needed. There are actually too many lenses to single any out here for a special mention so over the next two pageswe’ll be highlighting a selection of the latest optics and the technologies used by Fujifilm that ultimately help you get the most from its cameras. Furthermore, with Fujifilm’s latest cashback scheme just launched, now is a great time to invest in an X Series camera and XF lenses – four cameras and 19 lenses are featured in the current offer. See the back page of this special Fujifilmwrap for details.

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XF16mmF1.4 RWR 35mm format equivalent 24mm

XF23mmF1.4 R 35mm format equivalent 35mm

Enjoy dramatic wide views with this prime lens that gives a 24mm equivalent view in the 35mm format. With its super-fast f/1.4 aperture you have great light-gathering properties at your disposal so it’s a wonderful lens to use when the lighting conditions are less than perfect. So, this is a great lens to use for street shooting, interiors and in crowded markets where you have little space and often little light to work with. Weather- and dust-resistance is a key use benefit and should you ever need to override the autofocus system, switching to manual focus can be done almost instantly simply by pulling back on the focusing ring. This also reveals a distance scale.

Fujifilm offers two lenses at this very popular focal length and if you shoot more in poor lighting, the XF23mmF1.4 R is the preferred option. Its superfast maximum aperture means you can shoot handheld at reasonably fast shutter speeds in low light and get sharp pictures. Class leading optical design keeps distortion to an absolute minimum and great optical performance at every aperture setting. Handling is first rate too and if you need to engage manual focus, just pull back on the click- stopped focusing barrel. If you prefer a more compact lens then go for the XF23mmF2 R WR which weighs in at a mere 180g and has the extra benefit of weather-resistant construction.

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Lens construction 13 elements in 11 groups Filter size 67mm Minimumfocus 15cm Aperture range f/1.4-16 Weight 375g Dimensions 73.4x73mm

Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups Filter size 62mm Minimumfocus 60cm (normal), 28cm (macro) Aperture range f/1.4-16 Weight 300g Dimensions 72x63mm

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This focal length is perfect for all sorts of photography and gives a perspective that is similar to that of the human eye. So, if you want a compact, very fast aperture standard lens as a constant partner for your Fujifilm X Series camera, this is a lens to be seriously considered for that role. Excellent sharpness at the wide apertures characterises the lens’s performance and out of focus areas exhibit a beautiful bokeh. This is the lens if you enjoy shooting in low light, but if a smaller bodyform coupled with weather-resistant build and even faster autofocusing is what you prefer, then Fujifilm provides that option with the XF35mmF2 R WR.

If you enjoy people photography and wonderful background bokeh effects, then this lens is difficult to beat. You get a natural perspective and a comfortable working distance from your subject. Also set a wide aperture and the background just falls away making your sitter the centre of attention. The superfast f/1.2 aperture gives great freedom when it comes to working in less than ideal lighting so you can keep to low ISO speeds for optimum quality and fast shutter speeds. Fujifilm offers an APD version of this lens. The built-in Apodization filter lets you smooth out bokeh outlines for an even greater three-dimensional effect.

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Lens construction 8 elements in 6 groups Filter size 52mm Minimumfocus 80cm (normal), 28cm-2m (macro) Aperture range f/1.4-16 Weight 187g Dimensions 65x50.4mm

Lens construction 11 elements in 8 groups Filter size 62mm Minimumfocus 70cm Aperture range f/1.2-16 Weight 405g Dimensions 73.2x69.7mm

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XF90mmF2 R LMWR 35mm format equivalent 137mm

The Fujifilm X Series gives the opportunity to save weight and space compared with a traditional 35mm camera system. The system is based on the smaller APS-C size X-Trans™ CMOS sensor and the camera bodies are lighter and more compact. Those physical benefits are carried through to the lens system. For example, let’s look at the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, a lens that gives the same coverage as a 70-200mm f/2.8 in the 35mm format. The Fujifilm lens weighs in at 995g and is 175.9mm in length, while a lens of similar specification designed for 35mm full-frame format weighs 1540g and measures 205mm in length. The weight- and space-saving with just this one lens is significant so you can imagine the massive potential benefit if the same thinking was applied to the bagful of lenses most photographers need. Another important consideration of Fujifilm XF lenses is that they have been designed specifically for the format from the ground up. This not only means that they are more compact and lighter compared with those for existing camera systems, but they have been optimised to get the most from the sensor. That might not necessarily be the case with systems that feature both 35mm format and APS-C format products in their range using lenses mostly designed for the larger format.

A medium telephoto focal length has a great many uses, from landscape and nature to portrait and candid photography. Add a fast aperture and its potential is expanded even further so there is a great deal to appreciate about this Fujifilm lens that gives an effect comparable to 137mm in the 35mm format. Optically, it is a top class performer with high contrast and excellent sharpness even at f/2 where for portraits you can also get beautiful background bokeh. Handling is also very good for a lens of this focal length and it balances really well on Fujifilm X Series cameras while focusing speed is maximised thanks to a Quad Linear Motor design.

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The world of digital photography is forever changing – and very, very quickly too, as manufacturers exploit new technologies and evolve products to suit the needs of modern photographers. Of course, the modern photographer is a many headed beast so to deliver products to satisfy such a broad range of consumers is a challenge. Many camera users love shooting

high-speed flash, while the interest in 4K video recording is deepening all the time. Then there are shooters striving for the ultimate image quality and we can’t forget the photographer who wants searingly fast continuous shooting with full Raw capabilities and autoexposure and autofocus tracking. The incredible thing is that all those types of camera user – and

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Sony’s dynamicduo This month, Sony launches a flagship CSC and a premium compact, both with superfast autofocus

Landscape Pro The creators of Portrait Pro have released a new software dedicated to editing landscape images. Landscape Pro allows you to select areas within an image – sky, trees, buildings etc. – and adjust them individually. on sale with 50% off, making the studio version £49 and the stand- alone version £29.95. Photography News readers can get an extra 10% off these prices by using the code, PN38 at the checkout.

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Two leading Nikon lenses Nikon’s ever-popular 70-200mm f/2.8 has enjoyed a significant revamp. The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is lighter, faster and optically better compared with its predecessor. AF tracking and exposure control with an electromagnetic aperture have been improved and there is a VR Sport mode, which gives a more stable viewing image when shooting high-speed action. Optical quality has been improvedwith a new lens design featuring six ED glass elements, a fluorite lens element and a high refractive index element. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare. Aimed at architecture and landscape photographers, the Nikon PC 19mm f/4E ED manual focus full-frame ultra-wide is a versatile lens offering plenty of control with its movements over image perspective and sharpness within the scene. There is double layer PC rotation, which means tilt and shift can be employed on their own or in combination to get the required result. Optical quality is first rate thanks to two aspherical elements and three extra low dispersion elements with Nano Crystal Coat to defeat flare and ghosting. The Nikon PC 19mm f/4E ED costs £3299.99 and is available from the end of October, while the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is priced at £2649.99 and will be in the shops from 10 November.

Sony has a new flagship APS-C camera, the A6500. The company claims this latest mirrorless CSC combines the world’s fastest AF speed with the highest number of AF points. The AF system uses the same 4D Focus system as the A6300 and can lock onto a subject in 0.05sec, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time. The system uses 425 phase- detection points positioned over the whole imaging area. The A6500 has touchscreenAF so you can focus on the subject just by touching it on the screen. The A6500 can shoot at 11 frames-per-second with continuous AF and autoexposure tracking and in live viewmode for easy framing of a moving subject you get up to 8fps. A large buffer allows up to 307 JPEG shots in continuous shooting at full speed. The sensor in the A6500 is an APS-C sized 24.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS unit that works together with a BIONZ X image processor. The native ISO range is 100 to 51,200 and noise performance is very good. The sensor has a thin wiring layer

and large photodiode substrate to gather as much light as possible. Copper wiring is used for super- quick readout speed. Also available is a 5-axis image stabilisation system, the first time such a system has been used in a SonyAPS-CCSC.When anE-mount lens with OSS (Optical SteadyShot) is fitted, pitch and yaw are corrected in the lens, while horizontal, vertical and roll axes are compensated for in- camera. Typical in a modern camera, the A6500 can shoot 4K video (3840x2160p) in the Super 35mm format, which uses the whole width of the sensor. In this format, the sensor collects 6K of data to give very high-quality 4K footage. During video shooting, the Fast Hybrid AF system offers touch focusing for professional looking smooth focus shifts. The Sony A6500will be available in December for £1700 body only. Sony’s second camera launch this month is the RX100 V, which claims to have the world’s fastest AF and the world’s highest number of AF points in a compact camera.

A Fast Hybrid AF system has an AF acquisition of 0.05sec and there are 315 on-sensor AF points covering around 65% of the image area. This new compact also offers very impressive continuous shooting speeds. It’ll shoot up to 24 frames- per-second at the full resolution of 20.1 megapixels with exposure and focus tracking up to 150 continuous Fine JPEG shots. The camera’s maximum electronic shutter speed is 1/32,000sec and to minimise the effect of a rolling shutter, which can distort moving subjects, the RX100 V uses an anti-distortion shutter. A Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24- 70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens (35mm equivalent) delivers images with sparkling contrast and excellent colour reproduction and images are recorded on a newly developed 1in Exmor RS CMOS sensor. The RX100 V is a premium but very pocketable camera that offers an outstanding performance for still and video shooting. It is priced at £999 and it will be available fromNovember.

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Kenro’s flash in the plan Adding to its extensive range of photographic accessories, Kenro has released its own brand speedlight, the KFL101, and it’s compatible with both Canon and Nikon’s TTL flash systems. Also new from the company are four new tripod kits and six ball heads

Kenro has launched its own speedlight, the Kenro Speedflash KFL101. The new gun is compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLRs, and, in a neat touch, the same unit is compatible with both types; this makes for easier swapping, which is great for sharing accessories at camera clubs. The Kenro Speedflash KFL101 is fully compatible with both brands’ TTL systems (Nikon i-TTL and Canon e-TTL), sousing it is as simple as mounting it and firing away. And it also comes equipped with must- have speedlight features like high- speed flash sync up to 1/8000sec and two slave functions, making it usable off-camera when other lights are firing a TTL pre-flash. When used wirelessly, it can be fired up to 30m away outdoors up to 15m indoors, across four channels and three groups. Other modes include manual, stroboscopic, master (to control other flashes optically) and flash exposure bracketing. Functions are displayed on a large LCD panel, which has a backlight option for working in low light, and the inputs are via large, clear rubberised buttons. There’s Macphun Luminar Macphun has announced Luminar, a user-friendly image- editing software. Officially launching on 17 November, it’s available for a discounted $49 from 2 November. macphun.com Save cash – now! It’s that time of year when the camera and lens makers want your cash hence a rash of compelling offers. Fujifilm is running its popular cashback offer on selected X-series cameras and XF lenses. There are 12 qualifying cameras and camera kits, plus 19 lenses all with savings up to £125. This offer runs for products bought fromqualifying dealers until 31 January 2017. See the website for details. Panasonic is also running a cashback promotion with £100 available when a G-series camera is purchased or £50 on a camcorder. This offers runs fromnow to 9 January 2017. See the website for details. fujifilm.eu/uk/ panasonic.co.uk/promotions News in brief

automatic and manual zoom from 18-180mm, and a built-inwide-angle diffuser widens this at the short end. A reflector card and fully articulated head make for easy adaptation of the light, and the flash has plenty of power, with a stated guide number of 58 (m/ISO 100), at its most focused 180mm zoom setting. Power is manually controllable from 1/128 to full in 0.3EV steps, and recycle time is quoted at 2.3sec. It takes four standard AA batteries, measures 7x6.5x20cm and weighs 460g. Priced at £95.94, the Kenro Speedflash KFL101 is available now. Also new from Kenro is a range of tripods and ball heads. There are four new tripod kits and six heads. The carbon fibre Kenro Standard Travel Tripod Kit (KENTR104C, £221.94 with included Kenro BC1 ball head) is a four-section model. Constructed fromeight-layer carbon fibre and aluminium alloy castings, it adds up to a weight of only 1.44kg, but can support up to 8kg. It extends to a full working height of 163.5cm. An Ultimate model is also available. This comes in aluminium or carbon-fibre – KENTR401,

£215.94 and KENTR401C, £281.94 both with Kenro BC2 ball heads. The aluminium kit weighs 2.15kg and can accept up to 10kg, while the carbon model is 1.93kg and takes the same load. Both tripods feature a removable leg that can be used as a full-sized monopod and ball-action centre columns for easier switching from vertical to horizontal shooting. Finally, there’s a Heavy Duty Tripod Kit (KENTR501C, £395.94 with Kenro BC3 head), also constructed in eight-layer carbon fibre. This four-section model has a 14kg capacity, and a maximum height of 168cm. Of the six ball heads released, three are double-action models – the KENBA1, KENBB1 and KENBB2 – with loads of 5kg, 6kg and 8kg, respectively. The other three are triple-action heads – KENBC1, KENBC2 and KENBC3 – with capacities of 6kg, 8kg and 12kg, respectively. All have a 3/8in fit, are precision made aluminium alloy and have spirit levels, plus an Arca Swiss-style quick release plate. Prices range from £35.94 to £105.

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Winpro printsworth £200 Photography News has teamed up with expert photographic printer Lumejet to bring you this chance to win £200 to spend on its website.

Passionate about printing great photographs, Lumejet developed its own printer, the S200, which it uses for high-end photographic and commercial prints. This high resolution printer features the Lumejet RGB Digital Print Head and uses Fujifilm professional grade Crystal Archive materials to achieve a unique, ultra-high quality with extraordinary colour fidelity. To be in with a chance of winning we want to see your brilliant portraits. Your shot could be a head- and-shoulders portrait of a loved one or you could take a more documentary approach and go for an environmental portrait. But your subject doesn’t have to be human and any mammal image is eligible so your entry could be a great shot of your pet. Upload your entry to bit.ly/2dzpbXl Only one photograph per person can be submitted and the entrant must also be UK based. Images should be 1500 pixels across and we will contact you if we need higher resolution files to judge or publish. The editor’s decision in this contest is final and for full terms and conditions please see absolutephoto.com. The closing date for entries is 21 November and the winner announced in PN issue 39, out the week beginning 28 November 2016. The winner of last month’s competition, the best of British landscape, was Alberto Ostacchini.

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Phottix, a perfect match for Canon

Canon DSLR users will be delighted to see Phottix’s latest flash unit, the Indra 500LC. It’s the first studio lighting system compatible with Canon’s radio flash system and features radio control triggering for Canon RT and Phottix Laso systems. The Indra 500LC’s key features include TTL flash and high-speed flash sync (on compatible cameras). There is an 8EV operating range in manual from full power to 1/128th output, adjustable in 0.3EV steps. For creative effects, there is a stroboscopic mode, which you

can set at up to 100 flashes per second and from one to 100 times. Output and control can be handled from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter. The Indra500LC will be available mid-November from Phottix Platinum dealers and it’s priced at £1099. The kit comes with a Li-ion battery cables, charger, carry bag and a five-inch reflector.

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Bags ofManfrotto

Fancy a new camera bag this autumn? Then Manfrotto has plenty of new models to offer. There are three new lines to enjoy: the Windsor collection, Advanced and Street selection and the Pro Light 3N1 backpacks. Starting with the latter, it has a three-in-one design, allowing you to carry it like a normal backpack, a sling or a cross backpack. The 3N1-36 model can take pro‑sized camera gear, or by modifying the dividers, it’ll fit a large drone like the DJI Phantom 4 or 3DR Solo. A smaller 3N1-26 model is also available. Prices start at £149.95.

TheAdvanced andStreet bags are aimed at CSCusers, offering what’s claimed to be a functional, durable, lightweight and stylish carrying solution. There are shoulder bags and backpack designs in the range; five models in total, starting at £39.95. Finally, there’s the Windsor collection of four premium quality, water-repellent bags aimed at enthusiasts, featuring leather trims and a vintage look, with a stylish tartan lining. The range starts at £99.95.

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Fotospeed goes square Inkjet paper specialist Fotospeed has launched a selection of square printing papers available in 8x8in, 10x10in and 12x12in. Three popular surfaces are on offer: PF Lustre 275m, PlatinumEtching and Platinum Baryta. Each finish has its own individual look to cover all tastes. The square format saves the wastage of cutting down larger sheets and it’s a shape that finds favour with portrait, fine art and landscape workers. Instagram users will also enjoy it. Fotospeed’s square papers are available with prices from £17.99 for 50 sheets of 8x8in PF Lustre, while 25 sheets of the same size in Platinum Baryta costs £25.99. Generic profiles are downloadable from the website and a bespoke profiling service is also available.

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X-Pro2 firmware update

FujifilmX-Pro2 users can now download firmware v2.0 that offers a big selection of bug fixes, tweaks and upgrades, 20 changes in all. Many of the changes involve the camera’s autofocusing system with several coming over from the X-T2. The autofocus system can now be set to use 91 or 325 AF points, while phase- detection AF, AF tracking and eye-detection AF have been improved.

Additional menu items have been provided to make the most of Fujifilm’s new flashgun, the EF-X500, and changes to the camera’s power management have been made to make the most of the camera’s battery. There are firmware updates for many XF lenses too. You can download them all from the website.

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Gitzo’sgoing steady

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Money for your pictures The latest edition of The Freelance Photographer’s Handbook is out on 1 December. Published by the Bureau of Freelance Photographers and now in its 33rd edition, the handbook is available from good bookshops, or direct for £17.95 including post & packing. The address for orders is PO Box 474, Hatfield AL10 1FY. This essential tome for serious and aspiring freelance photographers has the latest information onmarkets for pictures including publishers of books, magazines and greeting cards. There is also plenty of advice on how to submit your images and fees. thebfp.com blue, beige, pink and white and costs £249.99 and stocks will be available from early November. ricoh-imaging.co.uk ONA fromtheUS over here ONA bags from the US are now available in the UK through JP Distribution. Each ONA bag is handcrafted frompremium materials and these desirable bags suit men and women. A range of sizes and styles is available alongside a selection of accessories. onabags.eu All actionRicoh The Ricoh Theta SC is an easy to use 360° imaging device. It is the standard class model in the Theta range but retains the high level image quality of the Theta S. It uses a CMOS 14-megapixel sensor and f/2 wide aperture twin lens. There is 8GB of internal memory, capable of storing 1600 stills. The Theta SC is available in

Loved serious enthusiasts, Gitzo has long been associated with high-performance, precisely engineered tripods and monopods, and that looks set to continue with its refreshed Systematic range. The range employs upgraded leg tubes using Gitzo’s latest generation of Carbon eXact materials. This should strike a great balance between rigidity and weight, while newly designed 50mm wide feet increase stability and reduce the chance of slippage on surfaces like by pros and

wet rocks. The legs also benefit from a G-lock Ultra system that’s claimed to allow more comfortable operation, and redesigned leg angle selectors for quicker set-up. Also new from Gitzo, Series 4 Systematic monopods follow the new design and replace the previous Series 5 line. Both ranges come in a selection of sizes with the Systematic tripod range starting at £649.95, and Series 4 monopods beginning at £214.95.

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Enjoy aVIP visit toCEWE CEWE Photobook’s printing facility in Warwick is one of the UK’s largest and Photography News is delighted to offer interested camera clubs a VIP visit. This will include a tour of the production facility, a live software demonstration and the chance to try CEWE’s Photobook Creator software for yourself. We have limited opportunities so if your club (or small group) wants to visit one of the country’s biggest and most advanced book printing facilities please email willcheung@bright-publishing.com.

Leica has introduced a range of leather accessories including a wallet, phone wallets and pen cases. Each is handmade from Nappa leather and finished with the Leica logo embossed on the front. Prices start from £40 for the credit card/business card wallet and top out at £120 for the notebook case. Leica put on the style

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Panasonic correction

In issue 37 we incorrectly identified Panasonic’s new 20-megapixel bridge camera as the Lumix TZ2000. Its correct name is the Lumix FZ2000. The FZ2000 is fittedwith a 20x

zoom giving an 35mm format equivalent range of 24-480mm, cost £1099.95. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Leading edge

Returning for a very welcome third instalment at the Little Black Gallery in Chelsea, London, Girls, Girls, Girls (vol.3) offers the chance to view a stunning range of images from some of the world’s greatest portrait photographers. Focused, as you’d expect from the title, on the female form, the exhibition features more than 50 glorious images, and collects the work of luminaries including Alan Aldridge, Bruno Bisang, Bob Carlos Clarke, Corinne Day, Mike Figgis (whose Kate Moss Strip (2007) image is featured here), Marco Glaviano, Patrick Lichfield, Roxanne Lowit and Alistair Taylor-Young. Girls, Girls, Girls is open nowat 13A Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ and runs until 3 December. Kate’s back

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12 Edwardes a year Calendar maker Allan+Bertram (A+B) has announced an exclusive collaboration with landscape photographer Guy Edwardes, and it looks like one that needs to go straight on your Christmas list. Two titles will feature Edwardes dramatic imagery, with epic 2017 and view 2017 each featuring an inspiring collection of shots from around the world. These are the first A+B products to exclusively feature Edwardes’ work, and the calendars’ large size, high-quality paper and colour reproduction should give his renowned images even greater appeal. allanandbertram.com Guernsey Photo Festival Attention Channel Islanders: This is your last chance to enjoy The Guernsey Photography Festival, which is open until the end of October. The Festival includes a large exhibition space at Trinity Square, housing work from 12 artists, three exhibitions at the Guernsey Museums and the Priaulx Library at Candie, as well as outdoor exhibitions near Castle Cornet and around St Peter Port. The Trinity Square centre is open from 10amuntil 5pm daily, and entrance is free. 2016.guernseyphotography festival.com

Photographs from the Edge celebrates the work of legendary nature photographer, Art Wolfe, and covers 40 years of his amazing work. Co- authored with Rob Sheppard, former editor of Outdoor Photographer , the book takes readers on a global journey, and alongside the photos, Wolfe explains his decision making, methods and techniques, with advice designed to appeal to casual photographers and enthusiasts. Published by Amphoto in hardback, it’s out now, at £22.99.

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The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition is the world’s leading contest for stills and video recognising the art and diversity of food – and it’s back for an exciting sixth year! The competition is now open for entries, and the closing date is Sunday 5 February 2017. That might seem a long way off, but five minutes ago it was June, so if youwant to enter one of the competition’s diverse themes, get your thinking cap on. The categories are devised to illustrate the culture and production of food in all its variety, and now include aWorld Food Programme Food for Life category, where the judges are seeking images of the humanitarian aspects of diet. Those judges include legendary chef, Gary Rhodes OBE, Wajmah Yaqubi (Buzzfeed’s Global Photo Director) and Rein Skullerud (head of the World Food Programme’s Photo Unit). Shortlisted entries will be announced Wednesday 29 March 2017, and winners crowned at the Mall Galleries, London on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Hungry for success?

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Cowand great Charles Saatchi has published a collection of his favourite photos alongside his articles on modern life, originally from the Evening Standard . Called Holy Cow! , the 240-page hardback tackles subjects as diverse as CCTV, the man bun and selfies. Each is accompanied by a striking image from Saatchi’s collection. Out now, the book is published by Palazzo Editions, priced £16.99.

Mark Higgins’ new book Time-Lapse Photography: Art and Techniques is a 144- page guide containing all you need to get started shooting time-lapse projects with your camera. Drawing on ideas from stills photography and video techniques, it promises to be a clear and inspirational account, with tips and tricks from both genres. The book is out now from The Crowood Press priced £16.99.

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We need words and pictures by 13 November for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 21 November. 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.

Great honour for Guildford PSmember Amateur photographer and

Brentwood Photographic Club recently hosted the annual 6 Club Colour Challenge, a competition that has been running for 57 years. Each club submitted eight DPIs, and the judge, Mike Fuller, knocked out six images in each round until only six were left. Brentwood came in third place, behind Upminster CC in second place and winners, Thurrock CC. The other clubs taking part were Barking PS, Hornchurch PS and Romford CC. Brentwood hosts 6 Club Colour Challenge

BathPhotographic Society , believed to be one of the oldest of its kind in the UK, holds its annual exhibition Exhibitions this November Central Library, The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath BA1 5AN, 9.30am to 5pm. More than 100 images will be on display. Entry is free. bathphotographicsociety. org.uk facebook.com/ BathPhotographicSociety KingstonCamera Club’s annual exhibition takes place from 4 November until 19 November at The Gallery, Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS from 10am to 5pm (closed Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays). Club members are happy to chat to visitors about the club’s photographic activities and answer any queries about photography. kingstoncameraclub.co.uk BedfordCamera Club holds its annual exhibition at the Harpur Suite, Bedford from 17 to 19 November. The exhibition is open to the public on the 18th and 19th, 10am to 4.30pm, and will be opened on the 17th by The Mayor of Bedford Borough. Club members and invited guests will see an AV presentation of some of the images showcased this year. bedfordcameraclub.co.uk Banbury Camera Club celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and holds its annual exhibition in the Michael Heseltine Gallery at Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney OX17 2QR. It is open to the public 1 to 25 November, 9am to 4pm, and on the weekends of 5/6 and 26/27 November, 11am to 4pm. Entry is free. The exhibition raises money for Katharine House Hospice; last year nearly £800 was raised. banburycameraclub.org.uk from 29 November to 3 December at the Bath

portrait of a stylish young man browsing trainers on Shoreditch High Street, east London. David says: “I’m delighted and overwhelmed, I’ve long been an admirer of the Portrait Prize and am honoured to have my image Abdul included in the 2016 exhibition.” Willie Jamieson, Guildford Photographic Society chairman, said: “Everyone at Guildford

Photographic Society is excited for David at having an image included in this extremely prestigious exhibition.” David’s portrait will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 17 November 2016 until 26 February 2017.

Guildford Photographic Society member David Cantor has had an image selected for the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The competition attracted 4303 prints from 1842 photographers, with just 58 selected for the exhibition. David’s image Abdul is a striking

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Left to right Brentwood PC chairman Dr Roger Winter, Dave Smith of Thurrock CC and judge Mike Fuller presenting the shield.

110years of The Kidderminster CC

This Kidderminster Camera Club celebrates its 110th anniversary. The original Society minute book from the 1906-1913 membership period has survived, providing a fascinating insight into the early membership. Much is made nowadays of all the effects that can be created from digital photography, but back in 1908 the Society heard about how adding skies or cloud year The

effects could improve a view, so not much has changed! By the late 1930s the Society was one of the largest clubs in the Midlands. To celebrate its 110th year the club has planned a photographic trip to Lacock Abbey.

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Left The Kidderminster Camera Club outing, circa 1907.

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Profile

Before the judge

TerryDonnelly FRPS Each month, a respected judge shares their thoughts and experiences. This month we speak to Terry Donnelly, a working pro and sought-after club judge

Initiallymyinterestinjudgingwastogainaninsight intowhat judges look for inan image, to improvemy own competitionwork. I figured that if I knewwhat the judgeswere looking for, then itwouldhelpme in my selection and preparation of an image. In 2013, I was invited by Christine Widdall (L&CPU Judges Secretary) to attend a judges’ training and selection day with a view to becoming a judge for The L&CPU federation. Following the judging seminar, I was invited to become a judge, and after serving a probationary period as a ‘new’ judge, which involved feedback from clubs I judged at, I wasmoved onto the approved judges listing. In the past few years I have judged at several international photography salons having FIAP patronage, such as the 93rd Scottish International Exhibition 2016 and The Smethwick International Salon 2015. At national level, I’ve judged at BPE member exhibitions including Southport 2015 and Shrewsbury 2014. At federation level, I have judged the Midland Federation Annual Exhibition 2015, NEMPF exhibition 2016 and Yorkshire Exhibition 2015. I also judged the Isle of Man Annual Photography Exhibition in 2016. AtclublevelIhavejudgedinter-clubcompetitions and end of year andmonthly club competitions. One of the things I always say at a judging is that if anyonehas anyquestions orwants anexplanation of my observations and critique of their image privately, to see me in the break or at the end of the night and I will explain my comments. I have had people speak to me during these periods and express thanks for the comments and the helpful critique, and it’s great to see that lightbulb moment they have when they start to see their pictures from a competition point of view. I have had people apply for me to mentor them through the L&CPU mentoring service from club competitions after hearing my critique, it is very rewarding from that point of view. My favourite judging experiencewas judging the Midland Federation National Exhibition in front of a live audience. The oohs and aahs as scores were announced live, really added to the atmosphere and excitement. I had initially thought the judging was behind closed doors, so had a bit of a surprise when I arrived at the hall to find 300 chairs set up behind the judges’ table for the audience. It was good fun though andwe saw some fabulous work. The overall standard of pictures varies fromclub to club, but the standard is definitely improving overall year on year. Nature in particular at club level is of a very high standard. At a recent club judging appointment, I saw a picture from a fairly new face to the club competition scene, Sue Blythe. I spoke of the image being of international exhibition standard, and it won top awards on the day. It has since gone on to be awarded in a number of international exhibitions. Club photography has a habit of showing some fabulous work and surprises, which is partlywhy I enjoy it somuch. Generally I think the standard of amateur photography in the UK is world class. This statement is supported by the success UK clubs have had on the world FIAP stage, and the success the PAGB representing the UK in FIAP country competitions. This year the FIAP World Cup saw UK clubs take all four top positions from worldwide entries, that alone is testament to the strength of UK amateur photography. The PAGB, representing the UK, this year also won the FIAP Mono Print Biennial Competition, whichconsistedoftensportsimagefromtenauthors

Biography

TerryDonnelly FRPS Since he started entering photo contests in 2012, Terry has received over 200 awards in international contests including 11 best author awards and 160 awards in BPE exhibitions. Years in photography 40 years as an amateur and ten years as a professional. Home club Have been a member of Ormskirk Camera Club for many years. Favourite camera It depends on the task. i have different favourites for different scenarios. Favourite lens Again, this depends on the task. Favourite photo accessory The CamRanger, it’s a great device for shooting tethered, either for actuating the camera or for sharing images with a client or art director during a shoot. Who is your favourite photographer? Joe McNally. What is your own favourite photographic subject or technique? I love street photography. What awards/distinctions/ medals have youwon? I hold three Fellowships with three different organisations, for three different bodies of work – the RPS, the SWPP and the BPE – and a Masters with The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain MPAGB. I also have the EFIAP.

(myself being one of them) representing the UK on the world stage. UK competition photography is literally on the top of theworld. Sometimes images are seen that are not of the standard required tomake it into the exhibition, but I always applaud the effort by the entrant. Each image is considered in the same way, and even if not accepted, the score received from the panel of judges serves as a good indication if that type or standard of image is worth considering in further exhibitionwork. Sometimes an image receives a score of 15, with all three panel members giving it the highest mark available. It’s a great moment when this happens, as we all want to see as many 15s as we can, it’s a huge lift to the whole teamwhen that happens and often receives a round of applause from the exhibition support staff. Without doubt for me the most common failings are pictures that are over processed. With the onset and availability of plug-ins over the last few years, I see many good pictures ruined by an application of a filter, which is applied generally, instead of locally to an image. For example, applying a subtle hdr effect to a landscape can bring out more detail in the land, but it can destroy clouds and make them look unnatural. So in this instance, locally applying to areas of the land only, and leaving the sky natural, would give amuchmore pleasing image. I don’t find it challenging to be positive or constructive, but sometimes finding the rightwords canbe a challenge. The last thing in theworld Iwant to do is to discourage a photographer at any stage of their photographic journey. I will always find something constructive to say about a picture and offer ways to improve it in certain areas. I have in the past had people say to me that I had missed obvious cloning or something similar in an image during critique. It’s often the case that I have not missed it, but that I don’t see the point in pummelling somebody’s image and shattering their confidence by highlighting every fault or issue in a picture. One or two pointers on improvement is enough at any one time. I mark every image as I see it, regardless of a techniqueusedoritsgenre.Ifit’sdonewell,itreceives anappropriatemark.Wenaturallyallhavepersonal likes and dislikes, but they have to be put aside

when judging, andwemust mark an image entirely on itsmerit. The easiest thing in the world to do is to criticise an image, the task we have as judges, along with picking the strongest pictures, is to encourage and nurture photographers at all levels. In my federation, the L&CPU, I am proud to be a member of a small team that are involved in running judges training and induction days. A lot of time and effort is put into judges’ training by the team, and in particular by ChristineWiddall. Judges are classed as new members, and can also after serving a probationary period, apply to be an approved judge, which entails having reports submitted from competition secretaries on a number of judging performances. All judges are encouraged to stay current, and be involved in competition work themselves, and also attend national competitions and distinction adjudication days, to keep abreast of the standards. We can as judges only do our best, but it’s never going to be a please-all task. We do however aim to have at least one happy club member, the one that takes top honours. Some people are naturally disappointed if they enter a competition and their picture does not do as well as they expected, and they don’t understand why. That is the reason why, as I said earlier that I amhappytodiscussanimageprivatelywithanyone. Trends come and go, but qualitywork regardless of trends or genre will always stand the test of time. A picture that people see with their hearts, will always triumph over a sterile technically perfect image with no feelings. My advice would be to ignore trends, simply dowhat you are best at doing. Trends are something other people do, they are not important; the only person any of us are in competition with is ourselves, nobody else matters in that context, we are there to improve on what we have produced previously. If I had to give just one piece of advice I’d say present a well-exposed and colour-balanced image, that has impact, an uncluttered background, and a narrative or a sense of emotion. These types of things can apply to all genres of photography, and can really set an image apart from the rest.

On top of working professionally as a photographer, Terry is part of a team organising Photo Show, taking place at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, 29 and 30 April 2017. For more visit photoshow.info

What do you think?

Have you seen a photographic judge at work who you’d like to see profiled in Photography News ? If so please drop us a line to opinion@photography-news. co.uk with the judge’s name and, if possible, their contact details.

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Drum roll please Pro focus

Written by Jemma Dodd

It can be tough getting a clear shot of a drummer when they’re at the back of the stage, but photographer Deirdre O’Callaghan’s latest project puts them front and centre...

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Deirdre O’Callaghan has built a career uniting her passions for music and photography and her new book, TheDrumThing , combines the two perfectly. “As a photographer, I love watching a drummer perform – the sheer physicality of playing this kind of instrument. To me drumming is almost like a dance, and the idea of capturing this energy and rhythm really appealed to me,” Deirdre begins. “I am always working on different personal projects

and really felt that this project encompassed a lot of different things that I’mpassionate about. “I chose to include Julie Edwards of Deap Vally as I like her originality as a player. For such a mild-mannered person she is a very energetic and dynamic drummer. We had a chat before the shoot to work out a few ideas regarding the location as her studio is in a different area to her house. It was very important tome that every shot in the bookwas

taken in the most personal space to each drummer,” Deirdre toldus. “It was a very relaxed and fun shoot with Julie, and this shot was taken where her kit was set up. I shot with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with a 50mm f/1.4 lens and for lighting used two Profoto battery packs and three heads.”

This article first appeared in issue 125 of Professional Photo , on sale now. It’s packed with inspiring images and tips for aspiring pros and those already making a living. absolutephoto.com

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