Photography News issue 24






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Photography News Issue 24






Interviews Techniques


Your FREE newspaper packed with the latest news, views and stories from the world of photography news Photography Produced by Issue 24 21 Sept – 15 Oct


Taking the wider view Turn to page 28 for perfect panoramas


Flying high with Bird Photographer of Year Behind the scenes interview, page 22

Test lens special Get the low-down on 9 newoptics, page 36

Samsung memory duo Enter the competition on page 62

A classic upgrade Olympus enhances its affordable, award-winning OM-D E-M10 CSC, announcing its successor, the Mark II

Fixed and fast Two new exciting SP lenses from Tamron, the fast, fixed focal SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Continue reading on page 5

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is undeniably popular with its award-winning credentials and fair price point, so with the release of the Mark II, its successor has rather big boots to fill. If you’ve got something that works, there’s no need to fix it and that philosophy carries with the Mark II. It takes forward its predecessor’s 16.1-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and tiltable, bright and contrasty touchscreen. The big improvement comes in the form of

5-axis image stabilisation – compared with the E-M10’s 3-axis system– as well as a viewfinder with quality that’s almost double that of the original’s. Body only, it costs £549.99, add a 14-42mm pancake lens and it rises to £649.99. With the pancake lens and a 40-150mm, it’s retailing at £749.99 and with the 14- 150mm you’ll pay £799.99.

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Wide eyes The upgrade to Canon’s EF 35mm f/1.4L USM has arrived and with the users asking for more advanced optical technologies, that’s exactly what you’ll get with the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM. It’s the first Canon lens to incorporate its Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics. These work on a molecular level to reduce chromatic aberration. Also helping achieve top results is Subwavelength Structure Coating that improves contrast and minimises flare. You’ve got a fast f/1.4, nine-blade aperture for total control over the depth-of-field aswell as helpingwith shooting speedier subjects when working in lower light. Add to that an ultrasonic AF motor and weather sealing and you’ve got a fast worker that can autofocus near silently, in any weather. You’ll have to hold off until October to get your hands on this lens; expect to pay £1799.99.

Fixed and fast Tamron’s long established SP family of top class lenses has gained two additions Designed for full-frame DSLRs and compatible with APS-C format models, the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD has a ten-element, nine-group construction using two aspherical elements, one LD (Low Dispersion) and one XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) element. The SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a fixed focal standard lens with a ten-element, eight-group construction, using two aspherical elements and one LD element. The aspherical elements compensate for spherical and chromatic aberrations for uniformity throughout the frame, whilst the LD and XLD elements help to deliver crystal clear images without any residual colour fringing. Both feature Tamron’s lens coatings to suppress ghosting and flare and each has high-speed AF with an Ultrasonic Silent Drive for quiet, quick shooting. A fluorine coating repels water and helps keep fingermarks at bay, whilst the moisture-resistant construction keeps your kit protected. Both will be available as of October in Nikon and Canon mounts, with Sony mount release dates to follow. Guide price of each lens is £579.99.

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TLE Expo 2015 The date for the very first TLE Expo is 27 September and it all happens in Andover, Hampshire. The day is jam-packed with all things photographic, from seminars with leading brands like PermaJet and Photoshop whizz Guy Gowan, through to a range of photoopportunities, includingperiodsetswithvintage cars, to practise your technique on. Steve Comber, one of the world’s top aerial photographers, will also be there giving a presentation on his experiences capturing everything from heritage aircraft to fast jets

and iconic airplanes, and he’ll also be available for a Q&A session, so come armed with questions. The usual line-up of photo-related firms will be showcasing their wares too, from Canon and Nikon to Hähnel and Cactus. Tickets are £25, but you’ll get a voucher to the same value on arrival to use against a purchase made on the day. You haven’t got much time so book your place right now.


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Shoot LDN Get 8-9 October (10.30am-6pm) in your diaries ready for ShootLDN, a Hasselblad organised two-day event at the Old Truman Brewery in London, covering all things photo, from seminars on building your brand to lighting demos and live shoots. As well as photo legends such as landscaper Charlie Waite, dance shooter Nicola Selby and architectural photographer Sean Conboy, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get up close with the latest kit, there’s even the chance to test out a Hasselblad on a fashion shoot. Fancy seeing your image grace the front cover of a mag? Our sister title Photo Professional is giving you the chance to shoot issue 114’s front cover. Just try your hand at shooting the cover image at the event and our judges will invite a final two photographers to a special front cover shoot at a later date. ShootLDN is free to attend. Just register online and come along.

News in brief

Sell your pics Always wanted to sell your photos but never been too sure of how to go about it? The Freelance Photographer’s Market Handbook 2016 32nd Edition is just the ticket. Coming out in November for £14.95, it’ll guide you through the whole selling process. printing instantly without the need for a router or a PC. If your DSLR has Wi-Fi connectivity, you can print straight away via the server. Print anywhere The Wireless Print Server, the WPS-1 EU, from DNP Photo Imaging Europe creates a hotspot to get you

Pimp your phone Don’t want to lug around your pricey DSLRwherever you go? The DxO One might just be the thing for you, if you have an Apple iPhone that is. It’s apro-qualitycamera featuringaone-inchsensor that plugs intoyour iPhone (5 and later) and delivers 20.2-megapixel images through a f/1.8 prime lens equivalent to 32mm in 35mm format. You can take manual control of focus, extend your exposure times up to 15 seconds and choose PASMmode, plus the ISO range extends to 51,200 (equivalent). Before the year is out DxO is promising extra features, including high- speed Raw burst, a horizon level and an advanced viewfinder. The DxO comes out in Europe this October and will sell for £449 and we’ll be testing it very soon. For a compact, lightweight alternative, though, initial results are very impressive.

Publishing platform Less than a year after the launch of calendar publishing platform Calvendo, the free-to-use service has now hit the 1000 registered user mark. Self-publishers get royalties on each calendar sold, with prints made upon orders being placed.

A print above the rest

Filling inall those customer feedback forms has paid off, as PermaJet has put your thoughts into practice to bring you refined Fibre Based papers, which use new multi-layer technology and coating processes. Combine that with modern ink technology and you’ve got some pretty high Dmax ratings. Now, you can get these papers in ten-sheet boxes and the range comes in Gold Silk 315, Royal Gloss 310, Matt 285, Satin 310 and Distinction 320, with prices starting at £10.79. All come in sizes fromA4 to A2 sheets and rolls. We’re testing samples right now so expect a full review in the next issue of Photography News , out Monday 19 October.

The full 360° It doesn’t look like any of our normal camera kit or gear, but that’s probably because the Ricoh Theta S is something other than ordinary. An upgrade to the original Theta series of spherical cameras, the S doesn’t disappoint in producing 360° scenes in 14-megapixel quality or in full HD, recording videos as long as 25 minutes. The improvements in quality are down to an enlarged image sensor and a new fast f/2 lens for even more detail. The Ricoh team has tinkered with the Wi-Fi connectivity on the new Smodel, the result of whichmeans you can now get your images and footage transferred to your tablet or phone up to four times faster than with its predecessor. The internal storage has also been upped; now it can hold up to 8GBworth of data and you’ll get a clearer view of what’s going onwith a new face-mounted LEDmode indicator. The S is out as of October for £299.99.


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Win a Bouncelite The Bouncelite is a clever flash modifier that fits over your accessory flashgun and improves the light in a huge number of ways. Incorporating both a large diffuser panel at the front and a bounce door on the top to spill the light or reflect it off a ceiling or wall, you can adapt the illumination to any subject and get everything from hard or soft looks whenever you want them. ant to improve your flash photography? We’ve got three superb modifier kits to win...

News in brief

Editing inWindows 10 Keeping up with the latest operating systems, Cyberlink has now upgraded its PowerDVD and PowerDirector media playback and editing apps so they’re compatible with the new Windows 10. demand, G-Technology has now launched a brand-new platform, the G-Technology Windows Format Wizard, which enables users to quickly reformat their drives for a PC in under two minutes. It’s also added a number of new drives to its series, including the G-DOCK ev Solo (£67) and the G-SPEED STUDIO XL with two ev Series Bay Adapters, with prices starting at £1867 for a 18TB version. Lens bundle promo Hasselblad shooters listen up. You can now get your hands on the H5D-50c (with or without Wi-Fi) with an HC f/2.8 80mm lens together for £16,295 (£16,995 with Wi-Fi). Or you can trade in your medium- format camera for a discount of £1000 on any Hasselblad lens; trade in two and get a £2300 discount on any two Hasselblad lenses. The offer stands until 31 December. G-Tech rethink In line with customer

Weighing only 250g it’s very portable, too, so it won’t slow you down on a day’s shooting, and, of course, it can be used to improve the light on or off the camera. See our full review on page 50 for more details or check out for the full story. So, if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning your own Bouncelite Venue kit, which includes the basic Bouncelite model, plus a range of colour filters that are inserted using the supplied filter cassette – a package worth a total of £119.99 – just answer the following question:

Q: Where is the Bouncelite’s bounce door? A: On top

B: On the side C: At the back

To enter, head to our website at . The closing date is 30 November 2015 and winners will be chosen on 10 December. Entries are open to UK residents only and you’ll need to be 16 or over to take part. Prizes will be shipped for arrival before Christmas. Entry is restricted to one per person. Full terms & conditions are on the website. Good luck!

High capacity, rugged USB memory available Samsung ups its memory game USB drives don’t exactly get the pulse racing, but Samsung’s new range of slimUSB flash drives are pretty impressive. The Bar type version is lightweight and designed specifically for use with PCs, coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities and offering read speeds of up to 130MB/s, which equates to downloading a 2.4GB full HD video in less than 20 seconds. The most compact USB in the range is the FIT. Designed for use with slim notebooks, it comes in 32GB and 64GB capacities and has a read speed of up to 130MB/s as well. For use with a smartphone or tablet, there’s the DUO. It comes in the same sizes and has the same read speed as the FIT. Each USB can survive up to 72 hours in seawater and in temperatures from -0°C to 60°C.


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Express yourself Photographic printing at home is made even easier with Epson’s latest all-in-one printers

News in brief

Smoothmoves Manfrotto’s new sliders give smooth and accurate movement thanks to their eight high precision steel ball bearings. The Slider system with 391RC2 head enables a pan and tilt motion as well, whilst the system with a 494RC2 is perfect for a fast set- up with a quick release plate.

Epson has laid down the gauntlet for all-in-one printers with its release of models in the Expression range. Joining the already popular line-up in the Expression Premium series are the XP-830, XP-635, XP‑630 and XP-530, which set out to produce everything from glossy photos to clear text documents. The next level quality of these latest Expression printers is thanks to a new four-colour dye and pigment ink set, making your colour prints even more vibrant and if you’re into black & white shots, the addition of a Photo Black ink cartridge makes blacks appear deeper and richer.

For the money-conscious, the ExpressionHome range, comprising the XP-435, XP-432, XP‑335, XP‑332 and XP-235, is designed to cost you less cash without compromising on quality. Individual inks help keep the cost down, whilst a compact overall size means it can fit compactly into any space, home or office. A brand-new EcoTank range also helps you save pennies with every print. It boasts an ultra- low cost per page and its refillable ink tank does awaywith the need for ink cartridges.

Another way to edit Corel is challenging you to resist opening Photoshop for your picture editing, instead giving its latest X8 and X8 Ultimate versions of PaintShop Pro a go. Interested? Corel is offering a free 30-day trial, giving you enough time to see if this subscription-free, affordable software is all its cracked up to be. All new tools make the latest PaintShop Pro versions intriguing, with the X8 now featuring Magic Move, a content-aware tool to replace backgrounds to remove people or moving objects amongst other features. The X8 Ultimate also enables quick conversion and editing of Raw files as well as a range of creative filters and presets. The X8 will set you back £59.99 whilst the Ultimate X8 version costs £64.99.

Leica-ed to thrill The Leica S (Typ 007) medium- format camera is faster, more sensitive and comes with even more features than its predecessor. A MAX CMOS sensor and Leica Maestro II Imagine processor work at speeds up to 3.5 frames- per-second, delivering videos in Full HD or 4K and regardless of ISO levels, you’ll still be getting exceptional quality. The autofocus system has been upgraded too, working at higher speeds and more precisely, in part to help deliver more accurate tracking of moving subjects. The sensor has a dual- axis position so when shooting through the viewfinder, you’ll be seeing the precise horizontal and vertical orientation for bang-on positioning of your

subject without the help of any accessories. There are, of course, the usual extras too, with the built-in GPS and Wi-Fi offering extra functionality. As you’d expect from Leica, the Leica S (Typ 007) is never going to be a spare of themoment purchase. It’ll set you back £12,900.

Monitor magic

The BenQ 27in monitor brings exceptional colour accuracy and high specs to the table, all with for a reasonably affordable price. The BenQ SW2700PT is the second colour critical monitor released by BenQ and is designed for pro picture editors, with a 2560x1440 resolution display, 99% Adobe RGB colour space and IPS technology. A controller is included for quick switching between three custom modes:

Adobe RGB, sRGB and black & white photo mode. Includedwith eachmodel is an individual factory-tested colour calibration report whilst a ten-bit display panel facilitates smooth shading and colour transitions in natural gradations. The BenQ SW2700PR is available to buy now and costs just shy of £500.

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Sony’s sensitive side There’s anewfull-framemirrorless camera on the scene, the Sony A7S II.

News in brief

Noiseless update Macphun has released a new version of its Noiseless app, a one-click noise reduction

when you’re shooting in Full HD, there’s no pixel binning, just full pixel read-out. The autofocusing system hasn’t been overlooked either and now has 169 AF points and can react just as quickly down to -4EV as it does in daylight, even when you’re finding it tough to pinpoint the subject. The OLED Tru-Finder in the A7S II offers an impressive magnification of 0.78x and a Zeiss T coating reduces reflections on the viewfinder for a clear view of the scene ahead. You’ll have to wait until November to add an A7S II to your kitbag, and prices have yet to be revealed.

solution, which can be purchased as an app if

This low-light demon features a high top ISO sensitivity of 409,600, and that’s with low noise throughout the range too. The full-frame 12.2-megapixel sensor helps to deliver excellent dynamic range right across the ISO range and even in extreme conditions it promises to capture crystal clear images packed full of detail. The II is also equipped with a new five- axis image stabilisation system that can be found on the A7 and A7R II models. There’s been an upgrade in the video department too, now including 4K movie quality in the XAVC S format, and

Colour correct The Cube takes the guesswork out of colour matching, pairing with smartphones and desktops to save, store and work with real-world colour. It picks up on your desired hue to record the raw colour values for use whenever you like. Morememory fromToshiba Toshiba has extended its Exceria range of memory cards to include new Compactflash, SD and microSD cards, which all combine high capacity with fast read and write speeds, making them ideal for sports photographers or those shooting in Full HD. Trio of releases fromWacom Wacom has launched three new products, the Bamboo Spark (£119.99) for writing and sketching, the Intuos range of new tablets (from £54.99) for pen drawing, and the Bamboo Fineline 2 pens (from £9.99). you’ve already downloaded the original. Noiseless Pro owners will receive the update automatically for free. The latest version now enables batch processing.

Zeiss has a family The ZeissMilvus family of primemanual focus lenses has been announced for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. These lenses have been optimised for high resolution cameras, whether shooting stills or video. Six focal lengths have been announced and the range will be added to in due course. The first six optics are a 21mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/2, 85mm f/1.4 and 100mm f/2. All Milvus lenses feature Zeiss’s Floating Elements Design to minimise lens aberrations at different focusing distances. Other common features include T* anti-reflective lens coating to combat ghosting and flare when shooting into the light, as well as dust and spray waterproofing. Prices are to be confirmed but deliveries to dealers will start in October.

Lowepro bag it Lowepro has redesigned its Daypack series, coming up with the Slingshot Edge range of bags. A slimmer design and added storage for tablets make them the kind of bags you’ll want to take out and about with you on a day’s shooting. There are two sizes, the 150 AW (£63) and the 250 AW (£74), and each comes with dedicated compartments to bring a little organisation to your kit. If you’re shooting with a CSC the 150 AWwill do just fine. There’s room for your camera with lens attached as well as a second lens and small tablet, along with the usual smaller accessories. For DSLR users, the 250 AW is the one. It has room for your DSLR with a lens attached as well as a flash, full-size tablet and the rest of your photo accessories. The AW in the name alludes to the built-in All Weather cover, keeping your gear safe and dry.

Built for both Featuring 4K technology, the Lumix GH4R is a happy medium for both photographers and videographers. The Lumix GH4R includes V-Log L video capability which allows for greater accuracy and flexibility when recording videos. Having been developed with similar characteristics to the Cineon curve, the industry standard for film digitalisation, you can use the same Look Up Table for reference.


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Undercover GoPro

The top fifty

News in brief

Kit to go It has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the creation of the Exo GP-1, which the guys at Exo say will help unlock the power of your action camera. So with the GP-1 external housing you’ll have your GoPro looking slick in the style department, but you’ll also be able to mount your GoPro on a tripod and use it alongside conventional camera accessories. It comes with a viewfinder and you’ll even be able to fit filters to the front to get even Ever felt like your GoPro stood out a bit like a sore thumb in a sea of chrome and leather covered DSLRs and CSCs? Well you’re clearly not the only one. New-Zealand based EXO Camera Equipment has come up with a nifty solution to disguise your GoPro as an ordinary camera to helpmake taking stills with it that little bit easier.

more out of your GoPro than ever before. The possibilities with this product are exciting and endless. A minimum pledge of $5 will get you a thank you from the Exo team, but if you want to get your hands on the product itself an early bird offer of $245 will get you a brown or black version of the GP-1 – but act fast before the offer runs out.

Don’tmiss the next issue Issue 25 of Photography News is out on Monday 19 October. If you want to submit your club’s news for it, we’ll need it by 8October. your pictures, as well as edit and order prints for home delivery or collection. It’s for both Android and iOS devices. Save your images Kodak has launched a new free service, the all-in-one Kodak Moments app. This enables you to both capture and preserve

Above Madrid, Spain, 1933. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Magnum Photos. Courtesy Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

You can’t talk about photography without the name Henri Cartier- Bresson cropping up. Considered by many to be one of the most important photographers of the 20th century you can now see 50 of his famous masterpieces at The Fine Art Society in London. They’re on display from 6 to 29 October. Having travelled the world as a photojournalist, Cartier-Bresson has witnessed an impressive

list of historic events, from Gandhi’s last days through to the Communist victory in China. The collection of signed prints shows many of Cartier-Bresson’s most renowned pieces of work, including Behind the Gare St Lazare, Paris, 1932; Coronation of King George VI, 1937; and portraits of the likes of Henri Matisse and Marilyn Monroe.

There are two new Braun camera bag ranges, the Kenora and Ocean series, both of which have now hit the high street. The Kenora series comes in five sizes and is made for DSLRs as well as CSCs; divide your gear between two compartments; the top is the easy-access pouch for your personal items while the bottom area is set aside for camera equipment with quick access from the side. There’s a laptop compartment in the back section and it’s cushioned throughout for added protection. There are six sizes in the Ocean series and each model comes with quick side access and can store a DSLR or camcorder. Prices start at £13.80 for theKenora series and £10.44 for theOcean series.

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Booked up

September has seen a rush of new photo books, the first of which is the compendium of stunning results of this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards. The sixth book in the series covers everything fromcreepycrawlies through to rarely seen species and urban wildlife. The Collection 6 book is available now for £25. Iceland is a photographers’ paradise and analogue shooter Tim Rudman is one of the many to have been enticed by its beauty. He’s now collected his images of the magic island for his latest book, Iceland. An Uneasy Calm . Due for release in October, the book features 98 reproductions of toned silver gelatin prints and has taken him the best part of eight years to complete. Read our interviewwith Tim in this issue.

Get started in night photography and light painting with the aptly named Night Photography and Light Painting . This latest edition guides you through capturing urban nightscapes as well as shooting the landscape by starlight. It’s by Lance Keimig, who has been shooting night photos for 30 years. It costs £21.99. Last but not least, photographer Tim Booth has been working on his collection of the hands of Britain, which took him on a journey to capture over 110 hands including Alistair McGowan and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. A Show of Hands will be available to buy from 6 October.,,,

Photo culture


A new way to get your hit of culture without leaving the house, the Stand & Stare Editions provides a curated collection of limited edition contemporary prints by leading photographers, and if you fancy keeping a copy for yourself prices for images start at £35.

If you’d like to have your work considered for the online gallery, visit standandstaresubmissions. More of a traditional culture vulture? Then visit the Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence , which is on display from 2 October until 10 January 2016

at The Photographers’ Gallery in London. It pulls together an intriguing collection of images that have been harnessed as evidence in instances of crimes or acts of violence.

Try your luck As official sponsors of the Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving you the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when you buy a selected Canon product, including the EOS 7DMark II, the 750D and the PowerShot G7 X. If you don’t win tickets, you’ll still get to take home a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 replica ball* with your new camera. The offer is running up until 9 October, so act fast to be in with a chance.

A flight of photos Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has officially launched the 2016 Bird Photographer of the Year competition, which is asking for entries before the closing date of 9 January 2016. There are eight categories to pick from, including Best Portrait, Bird Behaviour and Creative Imagery, giving you plenty of creative scope when capturing your avian images. A top prize of £5000 in cash is up for grabs, along with other prizes and if your image is chosen as one of the winning or shortlisted images, it’ll be published in the competition coffee table book too. Get your entry in before 30 September and you’ll get 30% off the entry fees. For more details on this contest and why it was launched read our interview with Rob Read, organiser and judge, in this issue.

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Olympus photo comp opens



WIN a trip to Australia The Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year competition is on the hunt for the next winner, who will either take home £3000 in cash or be boarding a flight to Western Australia for a photo commission. Tempting. The competition is run in conjunction with The Independent newspaper and the winning photos will be printed in the paper as well as in travel magazine, Wanderlust . The winning images will also be shown in an exhibition at a holiday and travel show. Runners-up in the comp win a Nikon D5500 with an 18-55mm lens. You’ve got until 31 October to get your entries in.

Olympus’s online photo contest has now opened its doors to entries, welcoming photos into four categories under five themes: Life (Birth), Future (Places to Preserve), People (Smiles and Laughter) and Technical (Macro and Art). You can fancy your chances up to five times per theme. The Grand Prize winner will take home the latest PEN series camera andnearly £5,500. A further 14 prizes are up for grabs across

all the themes too. Winners will be announced in February 2016. Get inspired for your entry by visiting Olympus’s outdoor photo exhibition, which features the work of ambassador shooter Edmond Terakopian, shot on the E-M5 Mark II. Titled Opera By the River , it’s free to visit, and it’s on London’s South Bank until 11 October.


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

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Deadline for the next issue: 8October 2015

We need words and pictures by 8 October for the next issue of Photography News , which will be available from 15 October. Write your story in a Word document (400 words maximum). 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

Farnborough Camera Club got the 2015/16 season off to a flying start with a display of members’ work, a successful first meeting and plans for a talk. They pre-empted the season with a display of members’ work in Farnborough’s Princes Mead Shopping Centre on 15 August. The display attracted much attention from the public, and it’s hoped it will bring new blood into the club. Subsequently the first meeting of the season on 3 September welcomed new as well as existing members. The meeting included a competition for those who had scored ten in the last season. This was won by club president, Terry Redman. Throughout the season, Farnborough CC meets weekly on Thursdays and its busy programme is on its website. On 22 October, the club welcomes Tim Mannakee, a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 competition, to talk about his life as a travel photographer. Tickets are available from the website for £5.25 or can be bought on the door for £6.50. Season kicks off at Farnborough

Above inkJeTT is a group of retirees, all keen amateur photographers who have been studying digital imaging for the past 12 years – since giving up their darkrooms. They’ve been exhibiting their work since 2001, and are now putting on a new exhibition at Leominster library. The display is on 5 to 16 October (closed Wednesday) and is free to visit.

An eveningwith…

To year, Cheltenham Camera Club is holding a Three Counties Photo Day on Saturday 24 October, at the town’s Bacon Theatre. The three counties involved are Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, from where clubs are invited to enter the Three Counties Digital Projected Image Knockout and the Three Counties Show. One club will be announced as the best in the show in the Knockout, and attendees can vote for the prints in the Show, all on the day, when PN ’s editor, Will Cheung will be there to present the prizes. There will also be trade stands at the theatre during the afternoon, and club attendees can enjoy a three-course meal afterwards. In the evening, Will Cheungwill giveapresentation, My Passion for Photography, showcasing some of his images and covering everything from natural history to landscape, from street to portraits. Day tickets for Three Counties photo club members are £10 in advance; £12 on the day. A day ticket including the meal is £19, and these must be booked by 17 October. It’s a knockout mark its 10th

Enjoy an evening with Simone Sbaraglia, acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer courtesy of City of London & Cripplegate Photographic Society on Tuesday 6 October. Concentrating on endangered species and ecosystems, Simone aims to highlight the beauty, harmony and uniqueness of our planet. The award- winning photographer also teaches and leads workshop, so this is a great opportunity to learn from him. Tickets for the evening are £5 and will be available on the door. The evening takes place at St Joseph’s Church Hall, EC1Y, starting at 6.45pm.

Knaresborough Camera Club is inviting professional photographers to judge its competitions and speak at its meetings this season. It’s a formula the club has used before, so this season’s programme features professionals involved in commercial, industrial, landscape and portrait photography. The full line-up is on the club’s website. Chairman Richard Bryant comments: “It’s amazing what you can get if you just ask. The professionals we have lined up have given their time so willingly. They readily accept our invitation because they say it’s their opportunity to give something back to the art they love.” Among the first lined up is Richard Bunce, who will be discussing what makes a good image with the club on 22 October. Knaresborough is also pleased to be hosting this season’s speakers in its new venue. The club now meets in Knaresborough’s Chain Lane Community Centre. Meetings are every Wednesday from September until April. Turning to the pros

Kingston annual exhibition showcases the best of its members’ work from the past year. The exhibition takes place at Kingston Museum’s Art Gallery, from Friday 23 October to Saturday 7 November. It includes images from pictorial and landscape to natural history and abstract colour fantasy. The exhibition isopen10am-5pm, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 10am-7pm on Thursdays. Entrance is free. Kingston’s annual exhibition Camera Club’s


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16 Exhibition Interview Anton Corbijn As photographer and film-maker Anton Corbijn’s exhibition goes on tour, the legendary band photographer reveals the inspiration behind and the motivation for his long career In some ways Anton Corbijn is like a rock star: he’s been described as the fifth member of U2 and is credited with developing DepecheMode’s entire visual style, having directed their videos, shot their photography and designed their record sleeves for 30 years. I asked him if the famously long-term relationships he develops with his subjects makes him feel like a member of the band too. “Well, not financially!” he laughs. “But I guess there’s no need for any of these guys to keep coming back to me if they don’t want to. It’s flattering and touching and great to know that what I shot for them last time worked, and that they liked it. When I started in photography people were hesitant to like my images, especially in Holland. So when things that you never really felt were good enough suddenly find an audience, that’s a great feeling.” Corbijn’s modest, down-to-earth personality is extremely likeable. In fact one of the reasons so many big-name bands keep coming back to him is because they enjoy his company as well as his photography. Flick through the 352-page coffee table book that accompanies his exhibition and the anecdotes from the likes of Michael Stipe and Nick Cave describe just how much fun an Anton Corbijn photo shoot can be. “Look at some of the ridiculous outfits Anton has persuaded us to wear over the years!” writes Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, himself pictured in awedding dress. “Believeme it look a lot of love and trust. He deserves it!” Smells like teen spirit Corbijn first picked up a camera in 1972. “I was young and a very shy guy. I’d moved to a new town and I didn’t know anyone at school,” he says. “There was this concert I wanted to go to, but I felt too shy to go. I thought that if I took my father’s camera then I could get to the front by the stage and be on my own. So I took a few pictures and sent them to a magazine, and they got published. That was the answer for me: how I could be connected to music, which was really my big love.” For the next 20 years Corbijn photographed musicians exclusively. “It was all I really picked up my camera for,” he says. “In later years I shot actors, directors and people like that too, but it’s always been people whose work I knew of. I think when you’re familiar with someone’s work you can get an idea of their state of mind.” The interpretation of music into visual themes is something at which Corbijn is highly skilled. He gives the impression this is an organic process that comes fromwithin. “We just try something… it’s a slow and gradual process,” he comments. “I’ve always tried to reflect in my pictures the music of the people I shoot. For instance in the 1970s when I was shooting Joy Division, I once asked three of them to walk away fromme while one looked back – that seemed to me to be the vibe of their music right there. “I think Bono once said that I photograph U2’s music rather than the band, which I take to be a compliment. I think he meant it positively.” Corbijn’s pictures have a very strong visual style, making theminstantlyrecognisable.He shoots onlyon film, specifically Kodak Tri-X, thousands of rolls of which he has stored in three fridges at home. Words by Ian Farrell

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Bono once said that I photograph U2’s music rather than the band, which I take to be a compliment

Above Nirvana, Seattle, 1993. Right Nick Cave, London, 1988.

“I feel the way I work is adventurous: you meet someone, you photograph them and for a few days you don’t know if you’ve been successful or not. I’ve always found that to be an interesting stress – an adventure! And how did his style come about? “You don’t set out to make a style. You basically can’t do it any other way, because you’re not skilled enough to do it any other way. It’s basically your disability that becomes your style. That’s how it is with me: this is how I shoot, but it’s also because I can’t do it any other way. I guess I could learn to, but I don’t want to. So I make it work for myself.” Corbijn says he finds digital cameras irritating to use. “You see too well what you are doing. People shoot and they look at the back of the camera and see if the image needs to be more perfect and shoot again. Perfection is a killer in photography, and imperfection is totally underrated, just as sharpness is overrated. I like to keep that element in my work.”

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However Corbijn is not against digital in his workflow. “I love the possibilities that digital photography gives me post- capture. I shoot on film and use digital for post-production and printing. It’s the best of both worlds,” he says. In fact, digital manipulation has enabled Corbijn to recover pictures he thought were lost. “Going through my archive for the exhibition, there were negatives that were so badly under or overexposed that I wasn’t able to make a print from them originally. But scans have givenme information in these images that I couldn’t see before, and I can use that to make a print.” Going through his archive while curating the show was a mammoth task. “I went through 25,000 contact sheets,” he recalls. “Sometimes you look at pictures and you think ‘what was I doing?’ but other times you find a picture you’ve forgotten about and you think ‘wow! I love that.’ “So many years down the line you look at your work differently, because it’s lost its need for immediacy. ” Alongside this career in stills, Corbijn has won huge praise for his music videos. He’s worked with names such as Nirvana and Johnny Cash, as well as his regulars like U2 and Depeche Mode. In more recent years it’s also led him into directing feature films: Control , The American and AMost Wanted Man have all won considerable acclaim. And for Corbijn, feature films are where his attention is right now. “I’mnot putting down photography, because it’s my big love, and I will always take pictures, but the focus at the moment is very much on films,” he says. “They are demanding in terms of energy and time and I can’t pursue stills photography to the same level I have in previous years. So it has to take a bit of a back seat. The exhibition is kind of a goodbye to that involvement in photography – for now.” The next Corbijn-directed film scheduled for release is Life , which looks at the photographer Dennis Stock and his images of James Dean. Looking back over Corbijn’s career so far, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the creativity, variety and quantity of his work. He has vision, and doesn’t try to shoot like anyone else. His images are as recognisable as the voice of REM’s Michael Stipe or the guitar of U2’s Edge. Perfection is a killer in photography, and imperfection is totally underrated, just as sharpness is overrated

Above left Bono, Ireland, 1984. Above right Siouxsie Sioux, London, 1983. Left Mick Jagger, Toronto, 1994.

See it yourself

1-2-3-4, the exhibition is at the C/O Berlin Foundation, Germany, from 7 November until 31 January 2016. The accompanying exhibition catalogue is available from Prestel priced £50.

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Profile Kirk Paulsen Known for its digital imaging solutions, DxO is unleashing the ONE this autumn – a 20-megapixel camera for your iPhone. Senior VP for marketing, Kirk Paulsen tells us all about it


Can you introduce the DxO ONE and its concept to everyone? The DxO ONE is a new high-quality sub-compact camera with a large 20-megapixel sensor and fast f/1.8 lens that connects directly your iPhone or iPad via a Lightning connector. The direct connection allows the DxO ONE to transfer high-quality, high-resolution images to your iPhone photo library, seamlessly and silently so your favorite photos are always with you and ready to share. Who is the DxO ONE aimed at? The DxO ONE is designed for pros and photo enthusiasts who want to capture high-quality photos, even in extremely low light, with a device that’s small enough to keep with them at all times. It also allows you to instantly share those images. Because so much of photography is aspirational, the DxO ONE will appeal to image lovers who aspire to take photos with pro-level quality and creativity. Why did you develop the ONE? First and foremost for our own use, as we are passionate about the art of photography. We were confident in our ability to bring our experience in image science we’ve been perfecting for the past decade to a new category of camera. We wanted a camera that was small enough to keep with us and produced images with DSLR-quality images that could be shared immediately. What response have you had after the product announcement? We are thrilled with the initial response to the DxO ONE. From the positive reaction received from virtually every corner of the world, it’s clear the ONE is perfect for photographers who love their iPhones but want DSLR-quality images available at all times. What were the main design challenges? Our image science made the DxO ONE possible, with a large sensor positioned directly adjacent to the optical assembly. This enables us to achieve a high level of image quality from a remarkably small device. A tremendous amount of engineering expertise went into the remarkable, patent- pending Lightning connector, which swivels +/- 60° to allow for very creative compositions. It was challenging to design the companion app, which packs incredible power and control into a small display.

The ONE is cheaper than current premium compacts so do you think it will affect that market? The DxO ONE is a premium compact camera, and as such is definitely positioned to compete with others. That we could price it at £449 is testament to the expertise and efficiency of our operations and manufacturing teams. Our readers are mostly Canon and Nikon users so how does the ONE’s image quality compare? Your readers are welcome to review the DxOMark’s objective scientific measurements as they relate to image quality, where scores for the DxO ONE can be viewed alongside those of other camera bodies. The real proof is in the photos, and we’ve been very pleased by what we’ve seen from early prototypes. Do you think a dedicated DSLR user would benefit from having a DxO ONE? If you carry your DSLR with you at all times, then you’ll probably have no need for the DxO ONE. If you ever find yourself out without a DSLR, then you could definitely find enjoyment capturing special moments with your DxO ONE. If there is one feature of the ONE you want to shout about, what would it be and why? The DxO ONE can capture remarkable photos in extremely low-light situations. We are able to retain important details and bring the noise level to an minimum, thanks to the SuperRAW™ format which uses both spatial and temporal NR when processing Raw images. The process is automatic via any of DxO’s companion desktop apps (Connect, FilmPack and OpticsPro), which are included for free when you buy a DxO ONE.

How are you marketing the ONE? Initially, the DxO ONE will be available via our own online DxO store at We’ve had a number of very encouraging conversations with both online and traditional retailers, and we look forward to extending the DxO ONE’s routes to market. Was the ONE developed with Apple to ensure full compatibility and ongoing support? Apple has been very supportive of the DxO ONE, since we first discussed the concept with them. The Lightning connector is fully approved by Apple’s MFi (Made for iDevices) group, and the companion iOS app has been approved for download via the iTunes App Store. Does the ONE have its own power source or does it take power from the iPhone? If the latter what is the impact on the battery? The DxO ONE camera has both its own internal microSD card slot, as well as an integrated lithium ion battery, so it won’t impact your iPhone storage space or talk time. The lens is a fixed 32mm f/1.8 equivalent. Do you think a zoom lens is a viable option? Many serious photographers prefer prime lenses even on their compact cameras, because they work exceptionally well in natural low light, and provide elegant bokeh, especially with portraits. We think our choice of fixed focal length and maximum aperture is perfect for these users. Is it a DxO sensor? The DxO ONE uses the same high- quality one-inch 20.2-megapixel backside illuminated Sony sensor as a number of other popular one- inch format cameras.

Who do you think will be buying it? Are you after the phone, the premium compact or the more- serious photographer market?

The DxO ONE isn’t intended to compete with the iPhone’s

exceptional camera. Nor is it meant to replace a DSLR body or lenses. It’s designed to fit that spot where a photographer has only their iPhone with them, but wishes their DSLR was handy because they’ve spied something that would make a great photo. The ONE is especially useful in very-low light environments, which we encounter daily. DxO is famed for its DxOMark- sensor testing system. When you developed the sensor did you have a target score in mind? We knew the expertise of our image science team to produce images of exceptional quality, with virtually every optical flaw considered and corrected. We were surprised by the remarkable DxOMark sensor score they achieved using our new SuperRAW image format and the associated post-processing of our companion desktop applications DxO Connect, DxO FilmPack and DxO OpticsPro. Have you compared the ONE’s ISO 51,200 setting with DSLRs and CSCs offering similar sensitivity? Can you give us an idea how quality compares? The DxO ONE provides ISOs of 12,800, Hi 1 (at 25,600) and Hi 2 (at 51,200). At these very high ISO levels, it’s best to capture in the new SuperRAW format that can be enabled with a tap. When the camera is tethered to a Mac or PC, DxO Connect software can apply spatial and temporal noise reduction to your high-ISO images. DxO Connect offers a split-screen comparison of the before and after.

Years in the photo industry? Over three decades. I was an assistant to a National Geographic contributing photographer when I was 21, a long, long time ago Current location Dividing my time between our teams in Paris and San Francisco Last picture taken One hour ago (over lunch) When youwere younger, what did youwant to bewhen you grewup? Cinematographer Dogs or cats? Not at the moment Toast or cereal? Toast Email or phone call? Text

We wanted a camera that was small enough to keep with us and produced DSLR-quality images that could be shared immediately

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