Photography News issue 20

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Competitions

READER EXPERIENCE

Portrait perfection Choose four competition winners, give them each a Pentax 645Z with a selection of lenses for the day and the result is beautiful contemporary portraits

Words by Will Cheung

Our sister title, Advanced Photographer called this event unmissable and it certainly was. Four lucky readers won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot contemporary portraiture with the Pentax 645Z, one of the world’s most sought-after cameras. And so it was a quartet of photographers found themselves in an exclusive Northampton venue on a Friday morning, being briefed on the medium- format marvel. With Mark Elshaw and Adrian Uden from Ricoh Imaging, Pentax’s parent company, on hand to offer technical support throughout the shoot and a wide selection of lenses, from ultra-wide to long telephoto on offer, the four shooters were well equipped. Lighting was provided by ElinchromQuadra Rangers and a good selection of modifiers, backed up by two experts from The Flash Centre. Six models were available for the duration of the shoot, with a variety of outfits and experience. Also on offer was a wide selection of props and the venue provided plenty of backgrounds – even the ladies loos had potential. Each of the four photographers shot gigabytes’ worth of images during the shoot, with guidance and support from the experts and editor, Will Cheung. And after the shoot, they shared their thoughts on the experience, both of the shoot and the revolutionary Pentax 645Z, with its class leading list of features, including 51.4 megapixels, top ISO of 204,800 and excellent battery capacity. Read on to find out exactly what they thought.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT (back) Garry Clarke, shoot organiser; Mark Elshaw and Adrian Uden from Ricoh Imaging; Simon Burfoot and Brian Ollier from The Flash Centre; Photography News editor Will Cheung; (front) readers Tony Presland, Richard Scourfield, Chris Mills and Damian Hall.

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