Monday, November 30, 2009


Get a job at Jessops focus on being good at closing sales, photographic knowledge not a requirement, so read a recent advertisement for a.12-hour-per-week job for a store in Edinburgh.
So the old values and knowledge base for which Jessops was known has reeally gone as the company is delisted from the stockmatrket.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Night out

Edinburgh Trams project water show Princes St

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Kata are giving away $22,000 of Photo Gear in the Dream Bag Challenge!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Nikon D3000
Image thanks to my Linkedin mate Ken Rockwell - no doubt he'll be chasing for payment to support his family once he spots his review here as well!

Back to the camera, I've not been able to do a full review as I have only had about 1/2-an-hour hands on at work, it is a "demo" camera so I'm unable to take it home since a certain incident with a D3X last summer.
But my first impression is: "Great, what a lovely uncluttered back with not too many buttons," and "Simple controls + dial on top."
Like the D40, 40X, D5000, D60 it will not focus with non-AFS lenses, but then some of my best ever pictures such as: "Steve Hislop Crashing in World Superbikes" were taken using old manual lenses, in that case a Tokina 300mm/2.8 on a film camera, as the motorbikes moved at some speed there were no 2nd chances. At that time I'd been photographing motorsports regularly for eight years.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Calumet & Photographic Societies Convention 2010

Societies’ Convention 2010

Posted: 18 Nov 2009
Societies’ Convention sold out - The Societies’ Convention bucks the recession with its trade show sell-out.
The Societies Convention LogoThe Societies’ Convention, to be held in January 2010, now has 250 imaging companies signed up and will be the biggest Convention The Societies' has ever held. There are also 150 speakers booked for Convention. The trade-show element is free as long as you pre-register before 8th January 2010.

Press Release:

Two hundred and fifty imaging companies have signed up to fill the trade area of Europe’s biggest ever photographic convention in January.

The Societies’ week-long Convention starts at London’s Novotel, Hammersmith on January 12th 2010 – and it’s already set to break all records.

Said The Societies’ CEO Phil Jones: “This will be the biggest Convention we have ever staged. And now the three day trade show element (Jan 15-17) is completely sold out. We may be in a recession but the entire industry is looking to the future - and for many it starts at this show.

Jon Cohen, Fuji Business Group Manager said: “This is a great jump-start for The New Year. The Societies’ Convention provides us with a central point interface where I can put Fuji staff in front of customers to talk about their businesses and how our products can help them. Being able to meet customers in this way is a real winning combination. We will be using the show to preview new products like the ASK-2500 high speed dye sublimation printer.

Calumet Photographic spokesperson Natasha Hatwell added: “We’ll have a dedicated team of imaging experts providing customers with expert advice and help and we will be showcasing products from our key suppliers .We always have a sharp focus on this event.”

Chris Kay, Marketing Manager at Loxley Colour said: “The Convention is a key show for Loxley Colour and we will be showcasing very latest products and services like our new Dynamo Press online marketing solution for photographers. We’ll also have a brand new range of albums and other lifestyle products unique to Loxley Colour.

One hundred and fifty speakers have been booked for the Convention, including international imaging heavyweights Jerry Ghionis, Kevin Kubota, Charlie Waite, Mark Cleghorn, Damian McGillicuddy and Trevor and Faye Yerbury.

The Societies will run over 350 Masterclasses; over 12 hours of exclusive Business School workshops and over forty hours of free seminars and demonstrations.

The Trade Show element of the Convention is free as long as visitors pre-register online before January 8th 2010. For more details and ticket options for The Societies’ 2010 Convention visit theSWPP website.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Guardian - 100 Years of Great Press Photographers

Today's Guardian includes a supplement 100 years of great press photographs the 1970s. Images such as Eamonn McCabe's Table Tennis player from 1978 are printed.
Other photographers such as Alex Webb (Magnum) and Mick Rock have pictures included in this neat little retrospective.
Among the photographers I'd forgotten was Stanley Forman's image of a mother and child falling five floors from a Boston apartment block when the fire escape collapsed. The image won him a Pulitzer Prize and helped tighten up Boston's fire regulations. I have reproduced the image from the Guardian below:

This picture is also used by Harold Evans in "Pictures on a Page" in (the former Sunday Times Editor's) his own musings on the much maligned decisive moment. Stanley Forman was using a motor driven 35mm camera but remembered thinking I don't want to see them hit the ground and turned away before the moment of impact. The mother died but the child's fall was broken by her mum's body and she survived.
I was first shown "Pictures on a Page" by Stuart Blair, a photographer on the weekly Kidderminister Shuttle where I was doing a brief work experience 15 years ago. It should still be the bible for all aspiring photojournalists.