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Sony launches itshighest resolution full-frame camera so far

The Sony A7R IV is the world’s highest resolution 35mm full- frame camera. Its imaging sensor is a newly developed design; a 61-megapixel back- illuminated Exmor R CMOS unit working with Sony’s latest BIONZ X image processor. The sensor’s new structure and noise-reduction techniques work together to give a lownoise performance even at high ISO settings. The native ISO range is 100 to 32,000 with expansion to 102,400 available.

The A7R IV is available this August and costs £3500 body only or £4500 for the camera complete with a 24-105mm G OSS lens. Sony has also unveiled the Cyber-shot RX100 VII, a 20.1-megapixel, zoom lens, premium compact featuring advanced technologies to give a performance at the level of the brand’s flagship, the A9. The RX100 VII will be in the shops at £1200.

Sigma has launched the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera. The Sigma fp 24.6-megapixel camera uses a conventional Bayer sensor and weighs in at just 422g body only. As well as stills shooting it offers 4K video capture too. It’s the brand’s first L-Mount camera – Sigma is one of the three members of the L-Mount alliance. And speaking of lenses, Sigma has also announced three new lenses this month including its first 35mm prime with a superfast f/1.2 aperture. Sigma sensation

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Sony launches its highest resolution full- frame camera so far

Sigma says the fp is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, with overall dimensions of 112.6×69.9×45.3mm and body weight of 422g. The camera features a 35mm Bayer sensor with 24.6 megapixels and, despite its small body, allows for mixing and matching with a variety of interchangeable lenses and accessories. The Sigma fp offers users the ability to shoot stills or videos and comes with a host of features, including being able to adjust image tone and colour, an auto HDR function, and the ability to create animated GIF cinemagraphs in-camera. Additionally, the camera supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording for Raw video data, and possesses the ability to record at 4K UHD/24fps. Through the L-Mount, a range of Sigma lenses can be usedwith the camera, aswell as those of other manufacturers. With the Sigma mount converter MC-21, Sigma SA mount and Sigma's Canon EF mount lenses can be used, offering users more options. Keyfeatures Sigma fp 35.9x23.1mmback-illuminated Bayer CMOS sensor 24.6megapixels, 6072x4056 pixels L-Mount Contrast AF, 49 zones Captures RawDNG files, 12/14-bit ISO range 100-25,600, expansion down to ISO6 and up to 102,400 Electronic image stabilisation 30secs to 1/8000sec shutter range Up to 18fps continuous shooting 3840x2160UHD 4Kmovie 1xSD slot Sigma announces world’s smallest full- framemirrorless

According to Sony, the A7R IV is the world’s highest resolution 35mm full-frame camera. Plus, it can shoot full-resolution images at up to 10fps with continuous AF/AE tracking for up to seven seconds and up to three seconds in APS-C crop mode, delivering 26.2-megapixel images. The camera’s imaging sensor is a newly developed 61-megapixel back- illuminated Exmor R CMOS unit working with Sony’s latest Bionz X image processor. The sensor’s new structure and noise-reduction techniques work together to give a low noise performance, even at high ISO settings. The native ISO range is 100 to 32,000 with expansion to 102,400. The sensor can handle a 15EV dynamic range at the lower ISO speeds, giving smooth tonal gradations from deep shadows to the strongest highlights.

In-body image stabilisation (IBIS) is fitted in the A7R IV body, giving a shutter benefit of up to 5.5EV. Helping to reduce riskof camera shake further is a redesigned shutter unit assembly. The cameradelivers61megapixels, and you can get even more out of the camera by using the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode. In this setting, the camera captures 16 individual exposures, capturing 963 megapixels of data and giving a single file of 240 megapixels and 19,008x12,672 pixels. The A7R IV has an advanced autofocusing system using 567 focal plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of the image area. These AF points are assisted by an additional 425 contrast AF points that help accuracy and reliability in low-light situations. The AF system also features Sony’s Real-time Eye EF, which uses AI to lock onto the subject’s eye, and this is available for animal and human eyes. This mode also works with movie shooting and the AF tracks the eye’s subject. Available from this August, the Sony A7R IV body will cost £3500. An optional vertical grip, the VG- C4EM, will be available from September priced at £400.

Keyfeatures SonyA7RIV

£3499 body only 61-megapixel resolution Sony E-mount 9504x6336 pixels Full-frame back-illuminated sensor 15EV dynamic range Dual SD card slots, UHS-II compatible 5.76million dot EVF 3in tilting touchmonitor, 1440k dots 4Kmoviemode

567 phase-detect AF points, covering 74%of image area 10fps continuous shooting with AE/AF tracking Shutter range from30secs to 1/8000sec Built-inmicrophone USB-C charging Weather sealed 670 shots fromone charge

Keyfeatures SonyCyber-shotRX100VII Sony brings A9 performance to its RX100VII

Sony has also added to its premium compact line-up with the arrival of the RX100 VII, a camera offering a 20.1-megapixel resolution using a one-inch stacked CMOS sensor and Sony Bionz image processor. The RX100 VII can shoot at 20fps without image blackout and with AE/AF tracking. This is thanks to the 357 point phase- detect and 425 point contrast-detect AF system, which makes AE/AF calculations 60 times a second during continuous shooting. For even faster shooting, the camera has single burst shooting mode, which

gives seven still images at 90fps, 60fps and 30fps in Raw and JPEG using the anti-distortion shutter. For the first time in a compact camera, the RX100 VII has real- time tracking and real-time eye AF, which works in still and 4K video shooting. The integrated lens, in 35mm terms, is a Zeiss Sonnar 24- 200mm f/2.8-4.5, so a wide range thatwill allowallmanner of subjects to be tackled successfully. The RX100 VII will be in the shops at £1200.

20.1 megapixels using one-inch stacked CMOS sensor 357 point phase-detect and 425 point contrast-detect AF system Real-time tracking and real-time eye AF for humans and animals 20fps blackout-free shooting with AE/AF tracking Zeiss Sonnar 24-200mm f/2.8 lens Promovie features including 4KHDR, real-time tracking and real-time eye AF, 4KActive SteadyShot and 3.5mm

microphone jack Weighs in at 302g


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Fujifilmannounces new photography experience centre in London

Nikon adds to its Z lens system

Nikon’s Z lens family gains a new member with the announcement of the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S. Ideal for people photography and with a fast-maximum aperture for low-light shooting, this lens is a welcomeoptionforusersofNikon’s full frame mirrorless cameras. This short telephoto has a construction of 12 elements in eight groups, including two extra low-dispersion elements to minimise lens aberrations and maximise resolution even at its close focusing distance of 80cm, and Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating is used to combat flare and ghosting. Autofocus is performed by ultra-quiet stepping motors and there’s minimal focus breathing, so this lens is ideally suited to video use too. The lens is also fully compatible with the five-axis image stabilisation systems built into the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras.

This exciting lens will be in the shops fromearly September and is priced at £799.

experimenting with printing photos and more. “Our new centre will put the customer at the heart of the experience as a place for everyone to completely immerse themselves in the world of photography,” says Theo Georghiades, general manager of Electronic Imaging, FujifilmUK. Zones in the centre will feature the following experiences: • Instax instant cameras and printers experience zone

• Wonder Photo Shop with photo printingandphotogiftinginspiration “Fujifilm is passionate about the preservation of people’s memories and committed to more than just keeping the spirit and culture of photography alive – we want it to thrive. This new experience centre, a Fujifilm first, will help us do just that,” said Yoshitaka Nakamura, managing director, FujifilmUK. The centre opens in winter 2019.

Aworld first for Fujifilm, the concept centre will offer touch and try experiences with Fujifilm cameras, lenses, printers andmore. Based in Covent Garden and spread over three floors, the centre will celebrate and showcase all aspects of Fujifilm’s photography and imaging brands, from picture taking to picture making. Visitors will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the world of photography and experience all Fujifilm has to offer, by using kit,

• GFX specialist area • X Series spotlight

Three up fromSigma

Fujifilmannounces two lightweight lenses image stabilisation system which offers up to 6EV benefit.

The GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR and the XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR are designed for Fujifilm’s medium format GFX and APS-C X Series systems respectively. The GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR is the tenth addition to the GFX lens range. It is the smallest and the lightest in the GFX range, weighing 335g and measuring 84x48mm. Its focal length of 50mm (equivalent to 40mm in the 35mm film format) makes it ideal for general use when you want to travel light. The GF50mm f/3.5 lens is dust and weather resistant and capable of operating in temperatures down to -10°C. The XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR is a competitively priced 5x standard zoom (equivalent to 24- 122mm in the 35mm format) and its headline feature is its optical

The lens has an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups which includes three aspherical and one extra-low dispersion aspherical lens to control aberrations and give sharpness across the frame. Autofocus uses a stepper motor that drives the focusing group of lens elements very quickly and quietly. Add dust and weather resistance and you have a great all-round and very useful standard zoom. Both lenses will be available from mid September, the GF50mm f/3.5 R LM WR selling at £949 and £769 for the XF16- 80mm f/4 R OIS WR.

Sigma’s three new lenses – the 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art, the 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art and the 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary – are optimised for full-frame still and for video shooting on mirrorless cameras. The fast aperture 14-24mm wide-angle zoom is a compelling choice for photographers shooting starry skies, sweeping landscapes and interiors and demand high resolution to the edges of the frame. The 35mm is Sigma’s first f/1.2 prime lens. With a large aperture comes thepromise of high resolution and large bokeh effects with a shallow depth-of-field, meaning the lens will be enjoyed by portrait photographers and those wishing to shoot similar artistic content.

The 45mm features a compact design, intended for use with small full-framemirrorless bodies. As part of Sigma’s Contemporary line, the lens is designed for easy operation across a broad subject range. All three lenses feature high- speed, accurate and quiet AF when shooting still or video, withL-Mount and Sony E-mounts available. Other features across all three lenses include a mount with a dust- and splash-proof cover, and full-time manual focus mode. The 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art and 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art both cost £1459.99, while the 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary is priced at £549.99.

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Small and light Nissin

Venus Optics has announced the availability of the Laowa 17mm f/4 Zero-D ultra wide- angle lens for the Fujifilm GFX system. The new lens is the fourth lens in the Zero-D family, and claims to have very low levels of distortion so straight lines stay straight. Its construction features 21 elements in 14 groups, has a five-blade diaphragm and focuses as close as 20cm. This lens is designed with a 86mm filter thread, or filters canbe usedvia amagnetic filter holder. It starts shipping from this August, priced at £1299. Laowa’s going verywide

that gives a light spread up to 16mm. It takes four AA cells, a new set giving up to 1500 flashes, with a recycling time of 0.1 to 5.5secs. The i600’s guide price is £189.95. Kenro has also announced a carbon fibre lighting stand, the LS-55C. This stand weighs in at just 625g, extends to amaximumheight of two metres and can take a maximum load of 1.5kg. The LS-55C has a guide price of £139.95.

The Nissin i600 is a compact speedlight designed with smaller mirrorless cameras in mind. It is available in fits for Canon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony. It weighs just 300g without batteries. The i600 might be small but it doesn’t lack in features, with an output of guide number 60 (ISO 100/m), high speed sync up to 1/8000sec, TTL and zoom head covering from 24mm to 200mm. The head also has a built-in diffuser The Hahnel MODUS 360RT is a compact speedlight, with a guide number of 36 (ISO/m) and a rapid recycling time of just 1.5sec at full power. Its HLX-MD2 Extreme li-ion battery has enough energy for 400 full power shots from a charged battery. Other features include an integral high power video light, TTL and multi-flash modes, and high speed sync up to 1/8000sec. Variants for Canon, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and Sony are available, priced at £159.99, with extra batteries costing £34.99 each. Small and flash Hahnel

Cambridge Cameras in Cambridge photographers and videographers, providing a place to network with leading industry specialists.

The Photography Show is the place to be for imaging enthusiasts, featuring the latest gearfrombrandssuchasOlympus, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony. Broaden your skills by listening tobrandambassadors,dronepilots, photographers and videographers, all sharing a range of tricks and tips that you can incorporate into your own photography. The Cambridge Photography Show aims to connect like-minded

The show is on 19 October at the Cambridge Guildhall, and by attending you have the chance to win an Olympus TG-6 Tough camera, an adventure compact for allweathers –andevenunderwater. This show is free to attend so register today to book your place.

Lee’s latest additions Four locking tabs hold the hood in place on the filter holder, and it can be rotated independently of the holder.

Lee has introduced two items to its 100 system, to complement its recently launched new 100 holder. The Tandem adapter (shown above) is made from aluminium and means you can fit two 100 adaptors together, so you can use more than one ND grad and rotate them independently of each other. It is a great solution for all those tricky lighting situations. There is also a new collapsible hood. It can be used with up to three slot-in filters, plus the polariser.

At full extension, the hood can be used with 28mm lenses and two filters with no vignetting issues. At half extensions, lenses as wide as 20mmcan be used. The Lee 100 Tandem adapter is priced at £53.40 and the hood is £249.60. Both are available now.

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Backpacks for travel fromTamrac

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Tamrac’s new Nagano backpacks are designed for the travelling photographer and come in 16L and 12L models. They feature modern designs and offer efficient storage for a host of photography-based kit. Both models can house compact and full-frame DSLRs, mirrorless systems, action cameras, flash

units, compact DSLR bodies, accessories, water bottles and more. Additionally, the 16L model can hold a 15in laptop, while the 12L will hold an 11in laptop or tablet. Both backpacks feature rear- panel access, a padded upper compartment for personal items

and expandable side pockets, and are constructed with durable, weather-resistant fabrics. The Tamrac Nagano 16L and 12L backpacks are available now with guide prices of £125 and £145 respectively.

Panasonic Lumix’s scheme allows image-makers to loan the S1 and S1R cameras free of charge. Photographers can also loan S series lenses, including the 24-105mm standard zoom, the 70-200mm telezoom lens and the 50mm prime as well as the SigmaMC21 converter. The Lumix S loan scheme is open to photographers and videographers who are interested in trying out the S series for their general work or an upcoming project, providing an excellent opportunity to try out the system. BorrowaLumix – for free

Buy a Datacolor SpyderX before 30 September 2019 and you can save up to £70. The SpyderX is a very accurate monitor calibrator, easy to use with single-click software. The ‘It’s time for a facelift’ upgradeprogramlets users trade in any calibrator they currently have to save £35 on a new SpyderX Pro or £70 on a new SpyderX Elite. The offer is available online and at participating retailers. Trade in your current calibrator (any make or model) via mail or at a participating retailer to be eligible. Additional details can be found on participating retailer websites. lumix-s-loan-scheme-uk-pr

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Tenba launches Skyline bag series

Cokin releases CLEARSKY filters Cokin’s new Clearsky filters are designed for use by astrophotographers and those wishing to capture night-time scenes without street light pollution.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we’re giving you the chance to win one of two copies of MissionMoon 3-D , signed by Brian May. Mission Moon 3-D is a tribute to the heroic moonwalkers that took those first steps from Brian May and David J Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine, and takes you on a journey through time, illustrating the events that led to the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. The book can be purchased from for £30. Win a copy of MissionMoon 3-D Tenba has expanded its Skyline bags with six new models, which include pouches, top loaders, messenger bags and a backpack. All of the models are made from water-repellent fabric and available in black or grey, with a vibrant blue interior. The range includes the Skyline 3 Camera pouch, priced at £12, and the Skyline 4 Camera pouch priced at £15, which will fit premium compact cameras and small mirrorless cameras. The Skyline 8 Top Load Bag can hold a mirrorless camera or DSLR with an attached standard zoom lens (18- 55mm) and is priced at £25, while the Skyline 9 Top Load bag can fit a pro DSLRwith a 24-70mm lens. Also in the range is the Skyline 13 Messenger priced at £75 and the Skyline 13 Backpack priced at £90. Both theMessenger bagandbackpack can fit a mirrorless or pro DSLR camera with up to six lenses and a 13in laptop. The new bags will be available from Tenba authorised stockists thismonth.

Thispollutioniscausedbysodium or mercury vapour lamps found in streetlights and appears in the form of an often-unwanted yellow or orange glow. Cokin’s Clearsky filters target thesewavelengths of light for a natural-looking effect. The filters have multi-layer anti-reflect and anti-flare coatings appliedonbothsidestoincreaselight transmission, reduce reflections and provide protection from scratches, watermarks and oily fingerprints. The Clearsky filters are part of Cokin’s Nuances range and are available in rectangular widths of 84mm, 100mm and 130mm, or as round, screw-in filters from52mmto 82mmdiameter. Clearsky filters are available now from Cokin stockists, with guide prices ranging fromto £69 to £199.

Polariser fromSyrp Panasonic

firmware updates

Updates are available for the following Lumix cameras: S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S, G9, G90, G80 and GX9. Benefits depend on the camera; for example, S1 and S1R updates improve image stabiliser and AF. More details are available from the Lumix Global Customer Support website.

Syrp has launched a circular polarizing filter. Made from Schott glass and featuring an anti- scratch layer, the Syrp polariser has a durable, low-profile aluminium frame. Two sizes are available, 67mm (small) and 82mm (large), priced

at £99.95 and £114.95 respectively. Both sizes of filter come with step-down rings to fit smaller filter threads – 52mm and 58mm for the small, and 72mm and 77mm for the large.

For a chance to win one of two signed copies head to missionmoon and answer the questions. The competition closes on 30 August at 23:59.

Shimoda’s straps exclusively designed for women

Shimoda a range of straps designed specifically for women. The straps are available in three fits, the Tech Strap, Simple Strap and Petite Strap, which all fit around the sternum and abdomen and curve away from the chest to sit towards the underarms. Each strap has created

features a stretch water bottle sleeve and zipped phone pocket and fit any Shimoda Explore backpack. All of the straps are available now, with the Simple Strap priced at £32 and the Tech Strap priced at £36. Shimoda is also launching a range of accessories which

includes panel wraps, an accessory pouch, passport wallet, booster strap set, divider pocket and XQD/ CF card wallet, all aimed at the adventure or travel photographer with prices starting at £5.


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Nikonwinners announced


The Nikon Photo Contest is one of the largest photo competitions in the world, achieving a record 97,369 submissions from 33,000 photographers in 170 countries. This year, the contest is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Submissions were invited in three categories: Open, Next Generation and Short Film. The Nikon Photo Contest 2018- 2019winners are as follows: n Open Award Single Photo Gold Prize: Alma and Alzheimers, by Jason Parnell-Brookes (UK), shown right n OpenAwardPhotoStoryGoldPrize: Hope, by ThaibChaidar (Indonesia) n Next Generation Single Photo Gold Prize: Ayimpoka, by Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain) n Next Generation Photo Story Gold Prize: Moments in Our Youthful Days, by Fanghua (China) The announcement of the Grand Prize winner will be made at the official award ceremony in Tokyo on 23 August 2019. All winning photos and videos can be found at

Hoya Fusion

The Fusion series of filters joins the Hoya range as a ‘fusion’ of the brand’s most highly valued features which include 18 multi-layer coatings, high light transmission, pro-grade optical glass, water- and stain-resistant coating and slim filter frames. The Fusion series is available in protector, ultra-violet and circular polariser. Pricesstartfrom£20andsizes range from37mm to 82mm.

New monitor fromBenQ

International charity Born Free is running a free-to-enterwildlife photography contest to promote its campaign against trophy and canned hunting. Photographers of all skill levels can enter and shots can be taken in the UK or abroad so long as they portray Born Free

The Preservation Trust launched this contest last year to discover how photographers interpreted architecture and as a way of making architecture accessible to a wider audience. The contest culminated in an exhibition of the top ten images that was seen by over 3000 visitors. This year there are three themes; Architecture of Architectural Photographer of the Year Bath

the beauty of freedom. Entries will be uploaded to Born Free’s Facebook page and the public invited to vote for the winner. Closing date is 30 September. For details see the website.

The BenQ SW270C features the company’s screen-wide colour uniformity technology, shows 99% of the Adobe colour space and is HDR10 compatible. It also has a USB-C port, supports 24P/25P video content and has 16-bit 3D look-up table and Delta E<2 in Adobe RGHB and sRGB colour spaces for the most accurate colour view. The monitor costs £699.

Entertainment; Bath: after the Georgians; and Junior POTY for photographers under the age of 19.


International Filter Photo Contest 2019

A to images taken at National Trust Sissinghurst has been added to the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest (IGPOTY). It is the first time the renowned garden created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson has had its own category in this leading photography contest, which closes 6 October. Sissinghurst award category dedicated

This contest, sponsored by Cokin, Formatt-Hi-tech, Hoya and Kenko, is looking for great images that show creative and effective use of photographic filters. Judging will be done photographers from four different countries. There is one grand prize of Yen500,000 (about £3866) for the

overallwinner,ajudgesspecialprize of Yen 100,000 and 30 ‘excellent work’ prizes of Yen 10,000 of Kenko-Tokina group products. Entry closes 31October 2019. The winners will be announced on the website in February 2020.

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Camera club news If your club has any news you want to share with the world, these are the pages 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 read and take note of the submission guidelines (right) and get your stories in

Here’s how to submit

Deadline for the next issue: 2 September 2019

We need words and pictures by 2 September 2019 for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 10 September 2019. If you want to submit, follow these guidelines: y y Write your story in 250 words or fewer. Include the club’s website, meeting times, what the event is, opening times, entrance costs – anything relevant. y y We need an image for every story. JPEGs, 2000 pixels max on the longest dimension, any colour space, credits should be included in your text. y y We DO NOT use posters or images with words on the image front. y y Before the above deadline, attach the text document and JPEGs to an email and send to

Ware &District PS

We’re always keen to receive club submissions. To help with the planning and timing of submissions, here are the publication and deadline dates for the next few issues of Photography News . Helpful dates September Deadline for contributions: 2 September Issue 71, out from15October Deadline for contributions: 7 October Issue 72, out from26 November Deadline for contributions: 18 November Issue 73, out from14 January 2020 Deadline for contributions: 6 January 2020 Issue 70, out from10

Several members of Ware & District PS have had images accepted in the PAGB Annual Exhibition. They are as follows: PDIs Open Section – Ntando Mahlangu by Peter Milsom EFIAP (S); Colour Prints – Marcel Hug Leading in the Rain by Peter Milsom EFIAP (S) and On the End of the Chilterns by Bob Norris EFIAP; and in PDIs Nature Section – Ptarmigan in the Snow and Beewolf Wasp Carrying Honeybee, both by Simon Jenkins DPAGB. Ware & DPS’ new season commenceson4September at itsnew location of Thundridge Village Hall, Old Cambridge Road, Thundridge, near Ware SG12 0TU. Meetings start at 8pm.

NewCity PC

The 2019/20 season gets off to a flying start forNewCityPC inMiltonKeynes withnot one but two great evenings. First up on 5 September there’s a visit from David Smith of Olympus Cameras. The evening starts with a short history of Olympus products and then a demonstration of the current cameras and features such as focus stacking and Live Composite mode. There’s also the chance to get hands on the latest Olympus kit. Entry is free to both members and visitors, as are the refreshments. Then on 26 September photographer

and photoshop guru Glyn Dewis will be talking about his 3945 Portraits Project, an ongoing series of portraits of veterans who lived through the eventsoftheSecondWorldWar.Entry for this meeting for non members is £5, refundable if you decide to join the club. New City PS meets at Christ Church Hall, Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN, Thursday evenings from 7:30pm from early September through to the end of July.

Maidstone CC is holding its annual exhibition in The Mall, Maidstone, 19 to 25 August. Entrance is free and there will be over 100 prints on display. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourite picture from the exhibition. Opening times are the same as for The Mall (see and club members will be on hand every day to talk to visitors about the club and anything photographic. Maidstone CC meets Tuesdays at 7.30pm from September round to May at Madginford Hall, Bearsted, Kent ME15 8LH. Maidstone CC

Monmouth PC Monmouth PC reopens its doors on 6 September. Based in Mitchel Troy Village Hall (NP25 4BD) the club meets on the first and third Fridays of the month starting at 7.30pm. Standout events in this season’s programme include: 6 September Panasonic Lumix ambassador Damien Demolder; and on 4 October sees Tim Knifton, an urban explorer, and a feature of his talkwill be his visits to Pripyat – the town adjacent to Chernobyl. The club is open toall andentry is £4 per night for non-members.


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Hebden Bridge CC Hebden Bridge CC will hold its annual exhibition from 24 until 31 August at the Town Hall in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Open 10am to 4pm every day except Bank Holiday 26 August when the town hall is closed. Entry is free. Prints from the club’s 50+ members will be on display and visitorswill be invited to vote for their favourite image. Also HBCC 2020 calendars will be on sale. Hebden’s new season begins 4 September at 7.45pm at the Masonic Hall, Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge.

Inspire PC and West Haddon PC are to present a talk by the BBC wildlife photographer and filmmaker Dr Michael Leach titled It’s a Funny Way to Make a Living , at Pitsford School, Pitsford Village, Northampton NN6 9AX on 3 October, 7pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets cost £6 for non- members and are available via email, nphotocollaborative@ Inspire PC meets meetings every Thursday at 7.30pm. Inspire PC

Viewfinders of RomseyCCcelebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone it has invited one of the UK's leading landscape photographers, Mark Bauer, to give his presentation ‘From Dawn to Dusk: Using Light in Landscape Photography’ at the Lantern Theatre, Mountbatten School, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5SY on 14 September. The evening starts at 8pm and entrance is £5. Viewfinders meets most Tuesdays and new members, regardless of photographic experience, are always welcome. Viewfinders of RomseyCC


Chesterfield PS is moving to St Thomas’CommunityCentreon Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield S40 3AW. To celebrate the move, photographers and their families are invited to a drop- in open evening at St Thomas’ on 5 September, from 7.30pm where they can view the new venue, learn new techniques and meet current members. As a bonus Dents Photography will be setting up an exciting photo opportunity to take pictures of snakes and have free prints supplied via its online app. . Martin Jackson, Chesterfield’s president, says “It’s an exciting time and moving to a newmeeting place will allow us to provide much more opportunity for practical work such as lighting, flash, presentations on the use of software and how to print and mount images as well as social interaction in amore accessible venue. This is a momentous step in the life of our society to the extent that we will, effectively, relaunch and we would like to encourage all Chesterfield photographers to come along and join in. “We have introduced a new member rate of just £30 for the year plus £1 on the night, which gives access to the full range of practical and guest speaker presentations.” Chesterfield PS

Poulton- le-Fylde PS

Loughton CC

On 31 August Loughton CC will be opening its annual exhibition at Loughton Library, Traps Hill during normal opening times. Entrance will be free. Closing date

is 28 September. On display will be colour and monochrome images and there’s a PDI show too.

The Residents Competition is part of Poulton PS’s Summer Exhibition held in Poulton Library, on until 23 August. This is Poulton’s second annual event involving the local community and the first prize was a year’s free membership of PPS – several members have joined the Society as a result of entering the competition in the past. Shown here is Childhood Dream, an entry in the Residents contest by Kelsey Baker. This year’s exhibition includes the Society’s first prize-winning entry to the Glennie Memorial Nature Salon 2019 where Poulton came first out of 65 clubs worldwide. The Society meets on Thursdays at 7.30pm in Poulton-le-Fylde Methodist Church Hall, Queensway FY6 7ST. The new season starts on 5 September and runs to June 2020.

Leigh on Sea CC

Leigh on Sea CC was formed in 1929 andwill be holding its 90th anniversary exhibition at the Forum, Elmer Square. Southend on Sea from 22 August to 17 September. Visitorswillbeabletoseeover 40 images of work created by the club’s members who

have a range of photographic experience. There will be a variety of subjects on display which should be attractive to the whole community. ‘’We would hope that visitors go away with the experience of seeing some fine photography which

may stimulate their own interest in photography or perhaps encourage them to take up this creative and satisfying art,” says Keith Fenton, in charge of publicity for Leigh CC.

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Competition Wedding Photographer of theYear: Round 5

Discover the theme for Round 5 and find out the winner of Round 3 Last month we launched Round 4 of our WeddingPhotographeroftheYearcompetition with Loxley, so we’re more than halfway through the competition. Currently in the running tobe crownedWeddingPhotographer of the year are Round 1 winner AshDavenport, Round 2 winner Marie Anson and our Round 3 winner, who we can reveal is Steve Vaughan; his photographwon the Reportage round.

Round 3: winning image Steve’s winning image shows the bride’s grandparents and her aunt, sittingwaiting to greet the bride and groom. Steve says, “It’s one of thosemoments that I love to look for in a wedding, and I like the way they lookmiserable with all the happy photos around themat the back. We do have lots of photos of themenjoying themselves later in the day, it was just ‘amoment’!” Steve has won a Bellissimo album fromLoxley Colour and also joins the running to be namedWedding Photographer of the Year 2019.

Here are some of the judge’s comments:

“You’d think everyone belonging to them was dead! Great expressions!” Paul Callaghan

“I just love the look on everyone’s faces, they just look so bored and uninterested. A well seen and

capturedmoment.” Trevor Yerbury

“This image is an example of catching a wonderful situation at a wedding. This photographer did not miss the magical moment of the sheer boredom from

the elderly guests. Faye Yerbury

“My reason for choosing this is that it captures a very real moment and tells a story that evokes a reaction fromme, the viewer. I like to be able to get a story from a reportage image and experience an emotion, and I get that from looking at this image.” Natalie Martin

Round 5: Group shot

Here are some group shots from some of the judges – Brett Florens and Kevin Pengelly Get inspired

While not always fun for guests, group shots of family and friends are still important, as the couple can look back and be reminded of the loved ones that shared their special day. You might take traditional group shots with family members all standing around the bridge and groom, or cleverly composed shots of the groomsmen and bridesmaids, or you could get a little more creative. Last year’s winner and judge of this year’s competition, Natalie Martin, says, “Obviously families are a huge aspect of the wedding day photographs and what I want to see here is something different, something away from the normal wedding line-up. A bit of fun, a bit of energy and a lot of love." Judge Kevin Pengelly says, “I like to see a well-balanced image with good posing and a connection between the group. It could also show the love between the family and also the fun element.” Adam Johnson has this advice to offer; “Making a group shot more than just a boring image is a huge skill, so I’ll be looking for elements of individual posing, background selection, and then the expressions across the group.”

Submit your Round 5 image at weddingphotographeroftheyear before 10 September to enter. Full Ts&Cs can be found at the link above.

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South London PS kicks off again on 16 September. This small, informal group of keen photographers meets weekly to share their images, ideas and questions. Meetings take place at 8pm in the Perry Rise Baptist Church, Perry Rise, Forest Hill, London SE23 2QL. Established in 1889, it is one of the UK’s longest-running photographic groups. South London PS Theimageshownbelow,Moonlight, was taken by SLPS member Richard Evans who joined because he wanted a route back into photography. “I found that it was friendly,” he says. “I love the regular competitions but the best thing about the group is the gentle encouragement and advice of themembers and judges.”

Leighton Buzzard PC starts on 6 September at 7:30pm for 8pm. Visitors can have one or two free meetings then it is £3 entrance fee per meeting plus membership. LBPC’s season ended on 26 June when club trophies and certificates were handed out to those who had been successful in the club competitions through the season. The presentations were made by chairman Mike Kitchingman, assisted by Paul Searle. Leighton Buzzard PC

Beauvale PG’s annual exhibition takes place on 6 and 7 September, 10am to 3pm, at Eastwood Town Council Community Hall, 120 Nottingham Road, Eastwood, Notts NG16 3NP. The group, which is non- competitive, is entering its fourth Weekly meetings start at 7.30pm on Thursdays at the Gate Inn, Awsworth, Notts. This season starts on 5 September. Beauvale PG year. It provides a forum where those interested in photographic art and techniques can meet on a friendly and social basis.

The club’s new season kicks off at 7.30pm on 2 September at Ramsgate Football Club. Memberswill be showing photos taken during the summer break. The club is open to everyone with an interest in photography. Club members have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share and there’s an excellent programme of talks planned. Isle of Thanet CC

For those who are more competitive, we have some great print and digital image competitions lined up. Finally, just a reminder that the club’s annual exhibition takes place at York Street Gallery, Ramsgate from 16 to 23 October.

Chichester CC’s annual exhibition takes place at the Assembly Room in North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ. There’s a total of 293 prints and 149 projected images to be viewed. It is on until 17 August, 10am to 5pmeach day, free entry. Chichester CC


Coventry PS and George Eliot

Beeston CC

Beeston an exhibition of member’s work at the Canalside Heritage Centre, Weir Cottages, Beeston Lock NG9 1LZ. The exhibitions run from 1 September until Thursday, 31 October 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Admission is free. There will be approximately 40printsondisplay inthe cafeteria and also upstairs in the Weir Room where there will be a continuous slideshow. There’s also a photographic competition for exhibition visitors. All images will be judged by an CC is holding

accredited PAGB judge. The top three images will be printed on A3 paper andmounted for the winner to keep. The top twenty images will have their images critiqued with appropriate feedback to the authors, and also have the images displayed on Beeston CC’s website. Beeston CC meets every Thursday at 7:30pm from the first Thursday in September to the last Thursday in April at The British Legion, 16 Hallcroft, Beeston NG9 1EL.

Coventry PS is pleased to announce its collaboration with the George Eliot Fellowship for a series of exhibitions during 2019 and 2020 linked to the George Eliot bicentenary celebrations. A 1919 newspaper article revealed that members of Coventry PS undertook a pictorial survey of the locations used by George Eliot in her books and those prints formedpart of a George Eliot centenary exhibition. Some of the original images were printed in a book, a copy of which is held by the Culture CoventryHistory Archives (CCHA). Its discovery

prompted members to undertake a similar exercise to celebrate Eliot’s bicentenary in 2019. The exhibitions will display copies of the original photographs taken in 1919 and images taken of those locations in 2019 by members. The exhibitions start in September at the George Eliot Heritage Centre in Nuneaton and then at the Albany Theatre, Coventry. Details will be on the CPS’s and the Fellowship’s sites. coventryphotographicsociety.

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Smethwick triumphs at Warwick University

20 pictures in the final. Smethwick scored 270 points with Arden Photo Group and Rolls Royce, Derby finishing in joint second place with 264 points. Smethwick PS meets at the Old School House, Churchbridge, Oldbury B69 2AS everyThursday at 8pm.

On 13 July, Smethwick PS competed with 35 other photography clubs from around Great Britain at the annual PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) Projected Image championships. Each club had to submit eight pictures in Round One and another eight pictures in Round Two. The top scoring eight clubs then had to submit

Above Club president John Holt with the trophy and Smethwickmembers Images All these Smethwick images scored themaximum 15 points

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TomWay Profile After quitting his job as a personal trainer, Tom now travels the world taking striking, fine-art photographs of wildlife – a task that is not without challenges

Photography News: Can you introduce yourself to PN readers, please? What is your day job and where are you based? TomWay: My name is TomWay and I ama fine- art wildlife photographer based in theUK. PN: What came first: photography or your love of nature and wildlife? TW: For me, it is the love of wildlife. To have the opportunity to travel the world and witness these beautiful and majestic animals in the wild is extremely rewarding. PN: How long have you been a professional wildlife photographer? TW: I leftmy job as a personal trainer in 2012. PN: How long did you spend building up your wildlife work before turning pro? TW: With my passion for wildlife and travel, I was intent on building a career around those two aspects. I felt one way of doing that would be to become a wildlife photographer. After generously receiving a Canon EOS 450D as a present, I quit my job to become a professional wildlife photographer and over the next two years developed a style that I enjoyed. PN: How does a wildlife photographer earn a living nowadays? High-resolution cameras and fast aperture lenses are within affordable reachofmany enthusiasts, and itmust be very competitive. Do you sell pictures, host photo holidays, supply a library or something else? TW: There are a few ways in today’s market that you can make a living out of wildlife photography, from running photography tours to guest speaking and lecturing. I’m personally very passionate about seeing my photography come to life in print and so I earn the majority of my income through selling my photographs as large, special edition pieces for people’s houses. I do also run small group and private photographic safaris to Africa and India as well as guest speaking around theUK.

Fotospeed Foto Fest

If I do actually happen to take an image I am proud of within the one-month shoot, then I am very pleased indeed

Foto Fest takes place on 8 September at theUniversity of Bath. TomWay is one the speakers alongwithMartin Parr, Rachael Talibart andNigel Danson. Aday pass costs £40 for all four talks, a panel discussionwith the photographers, car parking and entry to themarket place, where there’ll be special deals from leading brands includingCanon, Fotospeed, Lee Filters, Olympus, Sigma and Sony.

PN: Do you specialise in any particular wildlife subject or location?Or is yourwildlife interest more general? TW: I describe myself as a ‘large mammal photographer’ – this is my niche. I am currently working mostly on the African continent, focusing on lions, elephants, leopards etc. PN: Do you have a favourite location? TW: East Africa – the open savannah fits my fine-art style of photography very well, with its clean and simple lines and large, open skies. This environment doesplayhost toahugevarietyand density of largemammals aswell. PN: What has been your best or most satisfying wildlife shoot so far? TW: Although my favourite subject is the lion, I enjoy every moment I spend around elephants as well. My most satisfying shoot thus far was two years ago out in East Africa on an elephant- focusedassignment.Iwaswaitingforaparticular moment during my stay, in which a large bull would cross an open lakebed. Fortunately, after twoweeks ofwaiting, themoment happened just before the sunset.

PN: Please give us an idea of what camera and lens kit you would take on a typical wildlife shoot. TW: I currently use Canon equipment. Typically my go-to combination is the EOS-1D X, coupled with a 400mm f/2.8 lens. I do also carry a 70- 200mmf/2.8 and a 16-35mm. PN: Do you have a favourite lens, a lens that you can’t do without? TW: The Canon 400mm f/2.8 is a beautiful lens. Stunningly sharp – and the aperture gives the photographer the chance to be creative. PN: Have you had shoots where nothing has gone right? Absolutely. There are more times than I can care to mention where I have landed back in the UK without astrong image. It isall part of thewildlife photography process, unfortunately, and although it can be demoralising and potentially a large hit to the business, I tend to go out with the attitude that I will most likely take nothing. If I do actually happen to take an image I amproud of within the one-month shoot, then I am very pleased indeed.

Right TomWay always wanted to take a photo of a male lion walking directly towards his camera, which he managed to achieve in December 2015 with the image ‘View To A Kill’

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