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11 December
Natan Dvir - Website Update
New York based Israeli Photographer Natan Dvir, another long time friend of f2 Freelance, has updated his web site. You've been pretty busy since we last saw you in Arles Natan http://natandvir.com/

10 December
Ed Clark, If the Light Goes Out, Website Update
Long time friend of f2 Freelance Ed Clark, who over the past ten years has become one of the world's premier photographers' of conscience, has launched a new web site http://www.edmundclark.com/

5 December

Sony World Photography Awards 2014
You have until 6 Jan to enter the Sony World Photography Awards 2014. The judges have been announced, and include Soho Management founder Guy Harrington. A full list can be seen at http://bit.ly/IrtemW. http://worldphoto.org/


Image: © Joyce Le Mesurier, Singapore, Entry, Open Arts and Culture, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

4 December
Discontinued Film
Fujifilm has discontinued its black and white instant film, FP-3000B, with the last shipment scheduled for March 2014. www.fujifilm.co.uk/professional

3 December
World Press Photo Contest 2014
You have until 15 Jan to enter the World Press Photo Contest 2014. Winners stand to a receive a cash prize of up to 1500 euros, while Canon will donate a professional DSLR camera and lens kit to the overall winner. The results will be announced on 14 Feb. Starting in Amsterdam on 18 April, the exhibition will travel to over 100 cities in more than 45 countries. www.worldpressphoto.org/2014-photo-contest


Image: © Olivier Jobard. Winner of the third annual World Press Photo Tim Hetherington Grant, for his project Dream of a Rain of Perfume

Cash Back Offer
Until 20 December, you can claim £50 cash back from Flaghead Photographic when purchasing a Quantum QFlash, Turbo Battery or Omicron 3/4. http://tinyurl.com/qz7kafk

28 November
Olympus Firmware
Firmware update version 1.1 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is now available, and among other features, offers improvements to live bulb image quality while noise reduction is on, AF operation, and image stabilisation. http://tinyurl.com/p3rqolm

26 November
The Lisa Pritchard Agency's Student Challenge
Jamie Mellor from Edinburgh College is the winner of Lisa Pritchard Agency’s Challenge Number One, in its Student Challenges (image below). The runner-up was Stefy Pocket from the London College of Communication, whose image, again with the theme Challenge, was a portrayal of everyday life in multicultural America. Details of Challenge Two can be found on the LPA blog. www.lisapritchard.com



22 November
Profoto
The Profoto B1 is an off camera wireless flash, capable of TTL metering through Canon and Nikon cameras when paired with an Air Remote TTL trigger. The Canon remote is available now, while the remote for Nikon will be available in 2014. “The B1 concept was born from a simple idea”, says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “We wanted to make it as easy as possible to use an off-camera flash, but without compromising quality and versatility. All the features of the B1 and the Air Remote TTL-C can be traced back to this single idea.”
www.profoto.com

21 November
Hasselblad Discount
Until 31 December, Hasselblad is offering a discount of up to 14% for any customer wanting to expand their equipment options with a wide angle lens. www.hasselblad.co.uk

19 November

Nikon D5300 Cameras & Sigma lenses

Sigma has discovered that its current firmware for Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon D5300’s OS and Live View Auto Focus functions. Sigma are going to provide a free firmware update service to resolve this issue.

For new Sigma products the problem has now been resolved. All new lenses will have the latest firmware and will be labelled ‘D5300 Compatible’ for identification purposes

more information from www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

15 November

Steve McCurry and Rankin join the line up for The Photography Show

Update for The Photography Show at Birmingham NEC 1-4 March - major guest speakers now include Rankin and Steve McCurry

Keep up to date with The Photography Show and reserve your tickets by clicking here

Olympus Cashback offer

Olympus UK have just announced a £100 Accessory Cashback (on Olympus accessories worth over £199.99) voucher incentive to anyone purchasing an E-M1 body or kit from authorised Olympus dealers. The offer runs from 15 November until 15 January 2014 and the cashback can either be redeemed at the same time or within 60 days of the initial purchase.
For full details please click here

13 November
Spencer Murphy Takes Home the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Spencer Murphy has been awarded the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013. The £12,000 award was presented to the London-based photographer at the National Portrait Gallery on 12 November. The winning image, which is of jockey Katie Walsh, will be exhibited along with other selected entries at the gallery from 14 Nov until 9 Feb. Taken at Kempton Park Racecourse, the winning portrait was photographed while Spencer was shooting a series of jump jockeys' portraits for Channel Four's The Original Extreme Sport campaign. “I was keen to include Katie”, says Spencer. “I wanted to show both her femininity and the toughness of spirit she requires to compete against the best riders in one of the most demanding disciplines in horse racing. I shot the series on large format film, to give the images a depth and timelessness that would have been hard to achieve on a digital camera.” This is the seventh time that Spencer’s has been exhibited in the gallery’s annual photographic exhibition. www.npg.org.uk


Image: © Spencer Murphy


12 November
Photovision Roadshow LONDON 
Don't forget PhotoVision Roadshow LONDON, with loads of free seminars on freelancing, is today! Piers and Vicki will be at the show all day - don't forget to stop by for a chat if you are visiting the show!

For more information please click here


8 November
Flaghead's Cash Back Offer
Until 29 Nov, Flaghead Photographic is offering £50 cash back on Qflash T5DR, Qflash Trio (Nikon and Canon versions), Turbo Blade, Turbo Slim Compact, Turbo 3 Omicron 3 and Omicron 4, purchased from an authorised UK retailer and imported by Flaghead Photographic. To claim, send a copy of the invoice, with a record of the serial number, to Flaghead Photographic.
www.flaghead.co.uk


5 November

Nikon's New Full Frame

While externally modelled on the firm's iconic 35mm film camera bodies, Nikon's latest addition to its full frame range, the Df, is fully up to the minute too, inheriting its 16.2 MP CMOS image sensor and Expeed 3 processor from the D4, ensuring it delivers superior imagery under a large range of lighting conditions. This is also abetted by its being able to achieve a top ISO (equivalent) of a whopping 204,800.
Nikon's lightest full frame camera yet, it nonetheless has a durable build, and offers a 5.5fps burst mode and a shutter life of 150,000 cycles. It includes a self-cleaning sensor unit, and offers highly sensitive autofocus with a Multi-CAM 4800 39-point AF system, and a scene recognition system which optimises exposure, autofocus and white balance immediately before the shutter is released.
Featuring compatibility with legacy non-AI lenses, thanks to a collapsible metering coupling lever, the Df is retro in more than just its styling meanwhile, meaning that those old Nikon lens you have stored away never to be used again can be restored to their natural habitat. It is also, of course, fully compatible with modern F-mount lenses. Priced at £2749.99, it’s sale date is 28 Nov.

Canon's Cashback Offer
Until 26 Jan, Canon’s Christmas promotion offers cashback on compact cameras, DSLRs, camcorders and a printer. You can also get an extra £35 when you mix and match by buying two promotional products at the same time. www.canon.co.uk/wintercashback

3 November
The London Art Fair
The London Art Fair returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington from 15 to 19 Jan. Photo50, the fair’s annual showcase of contemporary photography, will be there, featuring this year’s exhibition: Immaterial Matter. Curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti Gallery, this exhibition examines the distinction between the digital and the material.
There will also be a Photography Focus Day, on 15 Jan. This includes talks, tours and discussions, examining contemporary practice and market concerns. Tickets: £13 (plus £1.50 booking fee) in advance, including a copy of the 2014 Fair Guide (to be collected at the fair). Tickets on the door, £17.
www.londonartfair.co.uk



Image: © Joe Hamilton, Div Contour, 2012, website, Photo50 at LondonArt Fair 2014

2 November

Winners of the World Press Photo Comp

Nadav Kander, featured in the April 2013 issue of f2 (Vol 7 No 2), has won first prize in the Staged Portraits Single category, in the World Press Photo competition, with a portrait of actor, comedian and writer Daniel Kaluuya as Special Agent Tucker in the 2011 Rowan Atkinson film Johnny English Reborn.
Other award-winning photographs from around the world capture conflicts in Syria, Israel, Afghanistan and Sudan. This year, 103,481 images were submitted by 5666 photographers representing 124 nationalities, from which more than 350 photographs were selected.
The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, from 8-26 Nov. www.worldpressphoto.org

Image: Nadav Kander

1 November

An Addition to Hasselblad

Hasselblad has extended its Stellar range with a special edition. Available in black, white or orange, with grips in a choice of carbon fibre, padouk wood or wenge wood, it comes with a specially designed leather case. £1,975 (+ VAT). www.hasselblad.com


Fuji announces closure of E6 processing in UK

Fujifilm has announced it is to close its E6 processing lab facility in November 2014. The lab is a partnership between Fujifilm and Leeds based pro lab CC Imaging. CC Imaging is unaffected by this decision and will continue trading as normal. This ceasing of operations has been planned in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers will continue to be available, but must also be used before the closing date of 1st November 2014. For more information click here

24 October
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
African wildlife photographer Greg du Toit is the grand title winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, with his image Essence of Elephants. One hundred images, selected from tens of thousands of international entries, are displayed in The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Natural History Museum until 23 March 10.00-17.50 (last admission 17.15) http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/exhibition/



Portfolio Days
Hasselblad and Broncolor Portfolio Days are an opportunity to use high end equipment in a studio with a professional model, with dedicated technicians on hand to solve any problems and help you get the best out of the kit. The next two days are on 20 November and 11 December, at Hasselblad’s north London studio. www.hasselblad.co.uk

23 October
NME Music Photography Awards 2013
Winning images from the NME Music Photography Awards 2013 are being exhibited at The Printspace in London. Winners' work will be displayed alongside a collection from Pieter M.Van Hattem, winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Music Photography award.
The exhibition, hosted by NME and Nikon, will launch today with a guest-list only private view, and will be open to the public from 24 Oct – 6 Nov.
One of last year's winners, Matt Richardson, recently carried out work experience at NME and has since been signed up as an NME photographer.www.nme.com www.theprintspace.co.uk


The Terry O'Neill Awards
The November 30 deadline for the Terry O Neill Award is drawing closer, and with a new look and approach, it is set to be the biggest competition to date. There has been a significant upsurge in interest from the UK, with entries currently outnumbering those from both the US and Brazil. The awards are generating a huge amount of interest worldwide, with almost twice as many visitors to the website compared with the same period last year! Standard entry costs £25 to submit a minimum of three up to a maximum of ten images. Student entry is just £10. www.oneillaward.com


Jason Bell's historic portrait

Congratulations to, friend of f2 Freelance, portrait photographer Jason Bell who is taking the official pictures of the christening of Prince George at Clarence House today.
As a part of the shoot Bell will be making a historic portrait of HM The Queen, with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George – the only time that a reigning British monarch has been photographed with the next three generations in line to the throne since Queen Victoria was photographed in a similar group in 1894.
To read a recent full f2 Profile interview with Jason Bell please
click here

Photo Max Irons © Jason Bell

 

18 October

Simeon Quarrie reviews the MōVI M10

International Asian wedding maestro Simeon Quarrie has just taken delivery of his MōVI M10 computer controlled camera steadier. I've just shared Simeon's Vimeo of his first thoughts about this amazing bit of kit onto the F2 Freelance Facebook Page - to see the Vimeo click here

Kent Photovision 2013
Kent Photovision Roadshow takes place this Tuesday (22nd October) at Brands Hatch Circuit. Simon, Vicki & Piers from f2 Freelance will be at the show and are looking forward to meeting friends old and new, so if you are coming to the show please do stop by and bring us up to date with your news. Also don't miss out on our special trade show offers!
More information from
http://www.forwardevents.co.uk/roadshows/kent/exhibitors-list.html

17 October

Nikon's Christmas Offer
Until 26 Jan Nikon's Christmas promotion is offering cashback on products including selected DSLRs, Speedlights, Nikon 1 cameras and DX lenses. The promotion is limited to one claim per person per product, and all claims must be received by 28 Feb in order to qualify.
www.nikon.co.uk/cashback

16 October

Sigma's 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM

Constructed of 19 elements in 14 groups, with a minimum focusing distance of 45cm, Sigma’s 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM is said to offer the convenience of a zoom lens without compromising on levels of quality normally associated with primes.
Compatible with 35mm full size image sensors, it is designed to bring out the potential of high resolution sensors. It offers fine image quality from wide to mid-telephoto range, with a combination of a fixed aperture and a good zoom ratio. Available in Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts. www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

15 October

AOP Open Awards
Nearly 1500 images were submitted to the AOP Open Awards. Ten photographers will be given prizes designed to help them in their careers. To check out the level of photography on display, head down to the AOP Open Awards: 18 Oct, 18.30, The Loading Bay Gallery at The Old Truman Brewery, Dray Walk, London E1 6NJ. Limited capacity. Get your name on the RSVP list as soon as possible.https://www.surveymonkey.com/checkrequest.aspx?aspxerrorpath=%2Fs%2FSDPHFQC

14 October

Student Photo Competitions Starting Soon

The Lisa Pritchard Agency Student Challenge offers all those studying photography in the UK the chance of being represented by LPA - one of the country's leading photography agents, along with prizes such as experience days, industry exposure, and copies of Lisa Pritchard’s book, Setting up a Successful Photography Business. Challenge 1 will launch 22 Oct with the deadline of 5 Nov. Announcements will be made at www.facebook.com/LisaPritchardAgencyPage

9 October

Calumet Autumn Open Days

Calumet have announced their 2013 Autumn Open Days. Imaging specialists from Bowens, Canon, Epson, Lowepro, Manfrotto, Nikon, and Profoto will be on hand to demonstrate products and discuss workflow at Calumet branches commencing in Edinburgh on 9 October, and finishing at the Euston branch London on 7 November.

Just drop by to get to grips with all the latest products, and receive free expert advice, along with in-store promotions. Free sensor cleaning for your Nikon or Canon DSLR will also be available – just ensure you take it fully charged.

Calumet Autumn Open Days 9 Oct, Edinburgh, 10 Oct, Glasgow, 17 Oct, Birmingham, 24 Oct, Belfast, 31 Oct, Manchester, 7 Nov, London, Euston

www.calumetphoto.co.uk

Southampton Photovision
Great to catch up with you at Southampton Photovision yesterday. We also enjoyed making quite a few new friends and will be going through your cards over the next few days - at least two look like great stories for the magazine - more later!


8 October
Perfect Photo Suite 8
Perfect Photo Suite 8 is due to be launched on 26 Nov in three editions: Premium, Standard, and for Lightroom and Aperture. New features include a Perfect Enhance module, Perfect Eraser, and twice as many filters. www.onOnesoftware.com


7 October
New Work in London’s National Portrait Gallery

Mark Harrison, f2 Profile in f2 Freelance Vol 7 No7, has a portrait in a new exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Achievement: New Photographs 2011-2013, including Harrison’s portrait of acclaimed actress Gina McKee, is on show at the gallery until 5 February 2014
www.markharrisonphotography.com
www.npg.org.uk/
 

2 October
Photovision
Southampton Tuesday 8 OCTOBER
Southampton Photovision Roadshow takes place next Tuesday (8th October) at The Aegis Bowl
Simon, Vicki & Piers from f2 Freelance will be at the show and are looking forward to meeting friends old and new, so if you are coming to the show please do stop by and bring us up to date with your news. More information from www.forwardevents.co.uk/roadshows/southampton/exhibitors-list.html

25 September
Pierdom
Simon Roberts will be talking about his new exhibition and book, Pierdom, with Financial Times photography critic Francis Hodgson at Flowers Gallery 82 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP on Monday 7th October at 7.00pm


Image: Taken from Pierdom series.

20 September

Arte Laguna Prize

The 8th Arte Laguna Prize features five sections, including: photographic art, video art, and performance. Each section features a top prize of 7000 euros. The final deadline is 30 Oct, but there is a chance for multiple awards for those who apply by 9 Oct. www.artelagunaprize.com


Image: The Matryoshka Dolls 2/3, From The Fractal Architectures series, 2012 © Laetitia Soulier

19 September

Creativity Backgrounds - Innovative Pop-up Background

Creativity Backgrounds has expanded its product line with the Twistflex. This portable pop-up wrinkle-free cloth background is double sided, and is said to be ideal for a quick set up. Both sides can be used with chroma green, chroma blue or black and white. It flips out to the size of 2.16x1.79m, and folds away to a circle 84cm diameter, weighing 3kg. £175 + VAT, £5 delivery + VAT. www.creativitybackgrounds.co.uk

17 September

Calumet - Relaunched Website

Calumet has relaunched its website. Updates include thousands of additional product listings, side-by-side comparisons, reviews, interactive platforms and online promotions. www.calumetphoto.co.uk

12 September
Shortlist For The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2013

Chosen from nearly 2500 other entrants, Anoush Abrar, Dorothee Deiss, Spencer Murphy and Giles Price have been shortlisted for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, so are in with a chance of bagging the £12,000 top prize. The winner will be announced on 12 Nov, while work chosen for exhibition will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 Nov–9 Feb. www.taylorwessing.com

Image - Dorothee Deiss, The twins.

Olympus - OM-D E-M1 Four Thirds System Camera

Olympus’ long-awaited OM-D E-M1 Four Thirds system camera is available to pre-order now, for delivery in mid-October. Said to be ‘Olympus’ most pro-friendly system camera’, it was designed in close collaboration with freelances, who gave Olympus a wish list of ways to make it more ergonomic. Reassignable dials, switches and rings are big, and laid out to ensure the camera sits comfortably in your hand and is easy to use.
Said to combine the portable dimensions of the Micro Four Thirds format with image quality that matches that of a DSLR, thanks to its new Live MOS sensor and next-generation TruePic VII image processor, the OM-D E-M1 delivers images which are the best in the history of Olympus cameras. Its autofocus out performs that of its predecessor, and its Dual Fast AF is available for sequential as well as regular stills.
The OM-D E-M1 has an electronic viewfinder with the magnifying power of a high end, full frame DSLR, and the 5-axis image stabilisation system that made its OM-D debut on the E-M5.
Compatible with an ever-growing range of interchangeable lenses (63 at the last count), it is available for pre-order in black with a special offer, and in the shops with an additional offer for E-System users from mid-October. Prices start at £1299.99 for the body only, £149.99 for the M Zuiko Digital 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens kit, and £1949.99 for a kit that includes the new M Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 lens. www.olympus.co.uk

5 September

Nikon LD-1000 LED launched

Nikon has announced the LD-1000 LED light for Nikon 1 system and COOLPIX compact cameras: provides a continuous light source for close-up photography or movie making. The light comes with a bracket and lock screws for attaching the light to the camera’s tripod socket. RRP: £119.99 / €146 More from www.nikon.co.uk

2 September
Flaghead's Discounted Equipment List

Flaghead photographic in the UK have updated their Sale of Ex-Demo and Used Equipment list -

http://www.flaghead.co.uk/pdf/ 0813/ Ex-Demo%20Equipment%20%20August %202013.pdf


29 August
International Garden Photographer of the Year - Open
£13,000 (GB Pounds) worth of cash prizes and a range of special awards are on offer in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. Deadline for entries is 31 Oct – more from www.igpoty.com


Image by Richard Loader: Fertile.


29 August

Calumet has launched two portable flash systems
The Genesis GF200 has 360º illumination, 200Ws power output and is £285. Its larger sibling meanwhile, the GF400, has similar illumination, 400Ws power output and is £385. Both units are capable of wireless-remote manual power control when used with the company’s Genesis 433MHZ 16-Channel Wireless Trigger kit. www.calumetphoto.co.uk.

28 August

Pixelrights

Created by freelance photojournalist Shaun Curry and web developer Patrick Krupa, Pixelrights is a new web platform that will allow photographers to display, protect and share work online with greater security than ever before. A beta version will be available soon. http://www.pixelrights.com/


Business Startups Award
Been in business under three years? Until 13 Sept, freelances who’ve been trading less than three years can enter the Home-based & Freelance Business of the Year Award, which is part of The Startups Award.
The Startups Awards 2013 recognise the success of Britain’s newest home-based businesses and there are 13 awards on offer: including Innovative Business of the Year, the Woman in Business Award and the overall Simply Business Startups Business of the Year. This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at London’s prestigious Kensington Roof Gardens, on 6 Dec. More from www.startupsawards.co.uk

23 August
HIPA Awards
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (HIPA) International Photography Award offers a top prize of £77,021 ($120,000), as well as prizes of up to $20,000 in individual entry categories. The closing date for entries for what is fast becoming the worlds major open photographic competition is 31 December 2013. More information from http://hipa.ae/en/

By Florian Dümig - Germany

Instagram's Terms of Use
The American Society of Media Photographers has released "The Instagram Papers", a collection of essays about Instagram's terms of use and the rights they give the company. ASMP believes that few Instagram users understand the extent of the rights they are giving away, which include granting perpetual use of photos and video as well as the right to license images to third parties. Photographers also relinquish the right to terminate the agreement. Anyone who uses Instagram should take a look at this. For more - www.asmp.org

22 August
iPhone App - Photo Ferret
Landscape photographer Tom Mackie has revealed the exact GPS locations across the UK of 180 of his images in the iPhone app Photo Ferret. The app features a Google Maps interface, making it easy to navigate. Tips are also given about getting the best shot, while a Wikipedia interface can tell you more about the area. $13.99. www.tommackie.com

Image by Tom Mackie

12 August
The London Photo Festival
Freelances are still able to submit their work to The London Photo Festival, which will be taking place 3-5 October at The Crypt, Borough High Street. With only a few spaces left, you have until 2 September to enter. The two themes are b/w and night photography. Judging this year is Zoe Whishaw, commercial photographer, editor and art director, formerly of Getty Images. She is also available for portfolio reviews.


Image - 'Manic' © Khadijah Abdullah. Exhibited in May 2013.


9 August

The Lens For All Purposes

Nikon has launched AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, a DX-format zoom with Vibration Reduction. £579.99 http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/

7 August
The Photography Show: 1-4 March at The NEC, Birmingham UK
Momentum builds for The Photography Show: Nikon and Olympus have confirmed their attendance; and so has f2 Freelance Photographer! We’ll be keeping you informed as further news is announced.

1 August

Special Offer - 20% Off Digital Subscriptions of f2 Via Pocketmags.com
Pocket mags is available across all devices and offers a 10 issue (annual) subscription £17.49 and a 5 issue (6 months) subscription £10.49. This offer runs from 1 to 4 August - click here to grab this deal before it's too late!



Making Switching Between Camera Systems Easier
A Mount Conversion Service is available from Sigma UK for freelances wishing to carry on using their Sigma lenses, and switching between camera systems. The following lenses can be used within this service: 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM, 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM, 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / DC MACRO HSM. 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM. The conversion is available for: Sigma, Sony, Nikon, Pentax and Canon. This is chargeable service regardless of the warranty period of the product. For more details go to -http://www.sigma/-global.com/en/lenses/cas/service/mcs/index.html

31 July

SmugMug Re-brands

SmugMug has rebranded. The relaunched site promises photographers increased opportunities other than a standard template, as well as full cross-platform function from smart-phone through to large screen monitor. More information and a free 14 day trial from www.smugmug.com

30 July

Ian Parry Scholarship - Extended Dealine

The Ian Parry Scholarship's deadline has been extended to 10 August. Entrants submit a project proposal along with 12 images. The cash prize, worth £3500, goes toward the cost of the winning assignment, which will then be published in The Sunday Times Magazine. www.ianparry.org


26 July

Fujifilm Discontinues Four Films
Fujifilm have announced the discontinuation of the following films:
Fujifilm Neopan 400 35mm black and white film
Fujichrome Provia 400X 35mm and 120 colour transparency film
Fujifilm Superia 400 120 medium format colour negative film
Fujifilm Reala 120 medium format colour negative film
Details of the remaining Fujifilm analogue products can be found at
www.fujifilm.eu/uk/products/analogue-photography/film/

24 July
IGPOTY Comp

Until 31 Oct, anyone can enter International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 7. It has a top prize of £5000 for a single image, and £2000 for a portfolio of work, along with a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal. Finalists will have their work exhibited and published. All entrants will receive personal feedback on entries by email on request. www.igpoty.com


Image - © Rob Hunt, Kite Flying on Clifton Downs

19 July

Photovision

It was great to catch up with everyone, and meet subscribers old and new at Bristol Photovision on Tuesday. The next Photovision that we will be attending is Southampton 8 October. We hope to see you there!


Sony World Photography Awards Competition

Until 9 Jan 2014, any photographer who has completed a body of work in 2013 can enter Sony World Photography Awards’ Professional Photographer of the Year. The winning project will be awarded the L’Iris d’Or, as well as $25,000 (roughly £16,270). http://www.worldphoto.org/competitions


12 July

Bristol Photovision

f2 Freelance will be at Bristol Photovision at Ashton Gate Stadium this coming Tuesday (16 July) so do please stop by and say hello if you are coming to the show

For more information on Photovision Bristol please click here www.forwardevents.co.uk

Light Blue 4.2 launched

Light Blue Software has announced the immediate availability of version 4.2. Most significantly Light Blue 4.2 now includes iPhone and iPad apps to complement the desktop software. A free, fully functioning 30-day trial of Light Blue can be downloaded from www.lightbluesoftware.com

10 July
Ian Parry Scholarship
Photographers aged 24 and under, as well as those of any age attending a full time photographic course, have until 1 Aug to enter this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship. You must submit a project proposal along with 12 images, the £3500.00 cash prize going toward the cost of the winning assignment, which will then be published in The Sunday Times Magazine. More information from  www.ianparry.org


Image: © Adrian Fussell

5 July

Summer promotions on Elinchrom lighting kits

Elinchrom  D-Lite RX ONE, D-Lite 2 & 4, BRX 250  & 500 Compact kits & Quadra Hybrid RX kits are being offered at Special Summer prices, through participating UK stockists, until 30th September. Complete kit prices start from £365 including free accessories. More information from www.pscdistribution.co.uk/elinchrom

4 July

EOS70D promises smoother video shooting

Freelances shooting video, will want take a long hard look at Canon’s new EOS70D, as changes to the auto-focusing system contribute to very much smoother autofocus video shooting. Autofocus, traditionally calibrated for stills photography, tends to create jumpy images when used in video mode. In launching the EOS70D Canon have reacted to the growth in DSLR film makers, including a focusing system that moves smoothly between focus points. The EOS70D will be available in the UK from late August and is on pre-order with retailers now, price £1079.99, body only. For more information from canon.co.uk

1 July

NME and Nikon Launch 2013 Music Photography Awards

Until mid-Sept, category winners in the NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon will receive a Nikon 1 J3 camera kit, while the professional photographer category winner will receive a Nikon D600 DSLR kit. All winners will be exhibited in London. NME Editor Mike Williams says: “This allows NME to seek out fresh photography talent and celebrate some of our most iconic shoots from NME's past.”

Image: Last year's NME Music Photography Awards winner © Matt Richardson.

30 June

*** f2 Freelance Photographer Vol7 No6 ***

Just a very brief reminder that F2 only publishes 10 times each year – so the August/September issue will be arriving with both digital and print subscribers nearer to the middle of the July. On Sale date in the UK is 11 July for both print and digital versions

25 June

Photo-Show launched for 2014

Future Publishing, supported by The Royal Photographic Society, this morning announced it is stepping into the void left by the sudden demise of Britain’s major annual trade show Focus on Imaging. Similarly to Focus “The Photography Show” will take place in Halls 9 and 10 at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre and is scheduled to run from Saturday 1st to Tuesday 4th March 2014. Despite taking the same venue, over roughly the same time period, the Future team are keen to emphasise this is an entirely new show determined to make a very positive impression. As long supporters of Focus on Imaging, here at f2 Freelance Photographer,  we’re acutely conscious of the importance of the annual event: to the industry, the profession and everyone with a passion for photography and extend the new show and its organisers every good wish for the inaugural event in 2014!  

24 June

Olympus Offers Free Grip

Olympus UK are offering customers purchasing any OM-D E-M5 body or M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm lens kit a free HLD-6 2-Part Grip. The offer is open to UK residents and runs from 1 July until 30 September - more information about Olympus from www.olympus.co.uk

14 June

SIGMA 18-35mm f/1.8 DC - launch date & UK price announced

Sigma UK have just announced the much talked about 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens will be launching in Canon and Sigma mount in early July, with Nikon fit following on towards the end of the month. UK RRP will be £799.99 including VAT. Availability for Sony and Pentax mount is to be announced at a later date. More information from

www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

SmugMug issue metadata pledge

Photographer backlash against the new Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act continues to gain momentum, with top names like David Bailey challenging the planned copyright law changes at the highest level. Responding to photographer concerns, Don MacAskill, CEO of e-commerce site SmugMug, this morning went on the record pledging “Our users can rest assured that we never strip key metadata from their images. Assuming they upload their images with the proper metadata, we will always maintain the important fields in their display copies (except thumbnails).”

In reinforcing the above statement SmugMug Educator and Account Manager Sean Rogan adds: “There is a due diligence issue that corporations must embrace. If an original file is out there and is lifted from SmugMug and ends up in a national newspaper, the photographer can make the case that the image has been used without their knowledge. The publisher will not be able to contest this because the original source file will have all its necessary metadata.”

www.smugmugpro.com

5 June

Sony World Photography Awards - Open for Entries

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, organised by the World Photography Organisation, is now open for entries. Professional, amateur, youth and student photographers from across the world can enter their best work for free. Photographers will compete for a range of cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. Overall winners will be announced in London on 30 April 2014. More information from www.worldphoto.org


Image: The Limousine Project. © Myriam Melon, Italy. Sony World Photography Awards.

30 May

The Renting Game

With more and more freelances renting their equipment rather than buying, Calumet has set up a website dedicated solely to rental. Photographic equipment, from cameras to studio products, is available at a daily rate, including damage waiver insurance. www.calumetrental.co.uk



29 May

Inkifi - Printing and Selling On Demand

Social media site Instagram has launched Inkifi: a platform which enables users to print their images on demand in different formats without the hassle of invoicing. This allows anyone to make money from their prints easily: a recurring issue brought up by many freelances. Just upload your image to the Inkifi website and choose how you want it to be printed – on anything from a canvas to a t-shirt. The Instagram printing service will then print to your specifications and ship it to anywhere in Europe. You have complete control over the selling price, with the option to alter commission levels with each sale. To find out more and get printing, visit http://inkifi.com/


23 May

Peaches and Cream Calling for Entries
Millennium Images Peaches & Cream competition asks you to submit a series of 3-10 images suitable for a book cover or hanging on a gallery wall. Prizes include a three year contract with Millennium Images; £750 in cash;
an exhibition at Dreamspace in central London in October; and the
possibility of seeing your work published on the front cover of a bestselling novel. Deadline of 20 July, with a discount for entries by 12 July. 
www.milimgallery.com


17 May
Bowens Compact Lighting Kit
Bowens Travelpak kits comprise a control panel, a battery unit, two Gemini cables, and a universal mains charger. They come in two sizes. The small Travelpak kit can power one or two Gemini monolights up to 3000Ws. Highly portable, it can deliver up to 375 shots at full power per charge, and can recycle to full power in as little as 2secs. The bigger Travelpak features twice the capacity, delivering up to 750 shots at full power, and recycling just as quickly in as little as 2secs. www.bowensdirect.com


8 May

TIPA 2013 Best Expert DSLR Lens
Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens has been awarded the TIPA 2013 Best Expert DSLR Lens. Says Adam Woolfitt (f2, May 2013), "The resolution across the entire image field is exceptional, particularly at full aperture. From any standpoint, I judge it an outstanding lens and amazing value. Mechanically, it is beautifully engineered and a pleasure to handle."
http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/

29 April

Winners of the Photographer of the Year Awards
For the second year running, Mark Ashworth has taken joint honours in the Click Group, Fresh, and B2B Photographer of the Year Awards 2013. With the judging panel comprising internationally respected freelances such as Damian McGillicuddy, the awards are a great chance for photographers to get their work noticed. There are three awards given. Mark Ashworth ashworthphotography.co.uk takes the Click Group Award; Paul Johnson pjphoto.co.uk/ is the Fresh Group winner, and Sarah Tate sarahtate.co.uk wins the inaugural B2B Award. They all received cash prizes of up to £5500, and an OMD kit, courtesy of sponsor Olympus. www.cccuk.co  



26 April

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards

L’Iris d’Or and competition winners were announced last night at the gala ceremony held in London. The winner of the L'Iris d'Or / Photographer of the Year title is Andrea Gjestvang, 32, from Norway. Meanwhile, amateur photographer Hoang Hiep Nguyen from Hanoi, Vietnam, was announced as the Open Photographer of the Year. Having only bought his first digital camera one year ago. Natalia Wiernik from Poland was awarded Student Focus Photographer of the Year, and Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania was awarded Youth Photographer of the Year.
http://www.worldphoto.org/competitions/sony-world-photography-awards-2013-open-competition/


Image: © Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, L'Iris d'Or, 2013 Sony World Photography Award

25 April

Bowens - Half a Century in the Making

Bowens has been in business for 50 years and is marking the occasion by holding a competition on the theme of '50'. Interpretation of this can be as varied as you please. The Bowens Litebook team will shortlist its favourites and place them on the Bowens Facebook page for the viewing public to pick the winner. The prize is £600 worth of Bowens lighting equipment and the deadline end of May. https://www.facebook.com/bowensflash

Image by Christian Hough using Bowens super-fast new Creo generator

 

24 April

Special Offer for UK Sigma Users
Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd have launched a special promotion recognising the loyalty of Sigma camera owners. Effective immediately and running until 16 June 2013 all existing Sigma SD/DP camera users can receive up to £300 cashback when they purchase a second unit. Terms & conditions apply to this offer and claims must be received by June 24, 2013 in order to qualify for the cashback. More information from www.sigma-imaging-uk.com


 

Photovision Hertfordshire

Good to meet everyone at Photovision Roadshow Hertfordshire yesterday at the Sopwell House Hotel. We were very pleased to finally meet Neil Bowler, whose work we have been following since our feature on him last year.

As usual all sorts of topics were raised on the stand some of which we will be covering in f2 over the coming months. One of the things that came up a couple of times was branding and logos - increasingly photographers seem to feel it's important to have a logo designed as a part of their branding. Some look great but quite a few in our mind don't tend to compliment or perhaps work with the style the photographer is creating. What's your experience of this? We'd really like to have your feedback on this really crucial topic – go to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/f2FreelancePhotographerMagazine

We will be joining the events again at Bristol's Ashton Gate Stadium Tuesday, 16th July - hope to see you there!

 

18 April

Sigma's Wide Aperture Zoom Lens Breakthrough

Sigma's 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM APS-C format (27-52.5mm, 35mm equivalent) is unusual in achieving a maximum aperture of f/1.8 throughout the zoom range - a very wide aperture for a zoom lens. This looks like a useful piece of kit for freelances to keep in their gadget bags, enabling you to achieve manual focus in darker conditions, and a narrow depth of field for portraits. Price and availability TBC.

 

15 April

Quantum's Compact Video Ringlight

The Quantum Omicrom 4 Video Ringlight is a ‘chromatically correct’ colour variable LED video ringlight, with adjustable colour temperature and auto-tracking. It is: flicker free dimmable from 100-5%, and colour temperature variable from 2600-6500K. It features auto tracking, and automatic intensity adjustment. It has a chromatically correct LED array for true colour rendition; eight user defined pre-set modes; a three mode LED display, flexible power options (mains or battery), and it is compact, light and easy to use. Omicron 4 video LED ringlight, incl AC supply OM44, £838.80. www.flaghead.co.uk

 

11 April

Nikon Red Dot Triumph

Nikon's FX (full frame) format D4 DSLR and four of its compacts – the 1 V2 and J3, the S1,and the Coolpix S01 - have received Red Dot awards for product design, presented for products released over the past two years that exhibit superiority in such features asinnovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecology, and durability. Winners will be on display from 2-28 July at the Design on stage – winners' Red Dot award: product design 2013 exhibition, at the Red Dot Design Museum, Essen Germany. http://en.red-dot.org/

 

4 April

Photovision Hertfordshire

Photovision Roadshows’ 2013 series begins at Sopwell House, Hertfordshire on Tues 23 April. f2 Freelance will of course be there and looking forward to meeting you, so bring a folio or tablet and show us your work. Register for FREE Photovision tickets - http://www.forwardevents.co.uk/register-for-free-tickets.html See you there!

May f2 Now On Sale

You can order your print or digital copy from our Buy Now page. It is also available to buy from W H Smiths on your local High Street or through our app. This month's issue contains five exclusive interviews with successful freelances including Simon Brown. Plus news, tips for improving your business and the latest product reviews. Find out more by reading our Latest Issue column (to your right).

 

28 March

Easter Bank Holiday In-App Discount

Special Offer for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend - 25% off 5 and 10 issue subscriptions via pocketmags.com, now is the time to subscribe! The f2 App is FREE to download - go to http://tinyurl.com/d4qm9cy

 

27 March

AFP - Sports Journalist Photographer of the Year

Adrian Dennis receives coveted award as 2012 photographer of the year from the British sports journalists’ profession. Dennis was particularly acknowledged for his surprising picture of Usain Bolt, photographing himself alongside fans after the Jamaican team’s victory in the 4X100-metre relay at the London Olympics. Having already won the photographer of the year title for his coverage of the Paralympics, Dennis was praised for his Olympics portfolio by the UK Picture Editors’ Guild.

http://tinyurl.com/d8xn4v8

 

25 March

Olympus OM-D Easter Offer

Olympus have announced an Easter Bank Holiday Special Offer with £150.00 off OM-D bodies and kits. The existing free accessory offer is also extended over the Easter period from the original end date of March 31st to midnight on April 1st. For more information on the offer please visit olympus.co.uk/promotions

 

14 March

Nikon's Spring Cash Back Offer

Nikon's spring promotion offers up to £150 cash back on selected products, including DSLRs the D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200, D7000 and D600.  This promotion runs from 14 March – 31 May, and all claims must be received by 30 June.  For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/cashback.

7 March

April f2 Now On Sale!

The latest issue of f2 Freelance Photographer magazine is now available and you can order your print or digital copy from our Buy Now page. It is also available to buy from W H Smiths on your local High Street or through our app. This month's issue contains five exclusive interviews with successful freelance photographers including Nadav Kander, plus news, tips for improving your business and the latest product reviews. Find out more by reading our Latest Issue column (to your right).

 

1 March

Focus On Imaging

f2 Freelance Photographer will be at Focus at The NEC Sunday through Wednesday. We're on stand K1, sharing again with our friends from the Bureau of Freelance Photographers, - do please drop by and say hello if you're coming to the show.

Nikon School launch
Nikon is opening the Nikon School in central London next month. Based in the new Nikon Centre of Excellence, two minutes from Oxford Circus. It will also function as a contact point for technical support and advice, for professional photographers who are members of the Nikon Professional Services (NPS) group. A programme of courses is being launched to coincide with the opening, from introductory to more advanced. Nikon is currently offering a £20 discount on courses. To claim your discount use the code aclc2kfojh when booking.

www.nikon.co.uk

 

25 February

Capture One Pro 7

Phase One has launched Capture One Express 7 offering essential tools to import, convert, organize, adjust, share and print superior-quality photographs in a fast, intuitive workflow. Express 7 includes many of the advanced features found in Capture One Pro 7, such as noise reduction when shooting in low light, the ability to recover detais in shadows and highlights. More from www.phaseone.com/pricing 

 

21 February

Bowens in the Limelite

Limelite, the videography and broadcast subdivision of Bowens, will launch two Mosaic LED panels at Focus this year. The Tungsten and Bicolour panels are part of the Limelite modular studio and location light-bank system, and are set to be showcased alongside a new HD Field Monitor, a range of DSLR camera rigs, and the Studiolite DMX fluorescent lighting range. The company will also preview a new 300W focusing floodlight and an on-camera LED light and LED ringlite. www.limelite.uk.com

 

15 February

Hahnemühle FineArt has a range of archive and portfolio boxes for storing fine art inkjet prints

Due to be launched at Focus on Imaging, Hahnemühle FineArt's range of archive and portfolio boxes offer a protective storage solution. These boxes are acid free and age resistant, and have been designed in conjunction with museums and galleries in China for the safe storage of artworks and artefacts. Available in four sizes to hold A4, A3, A3+ and A2 sheets, the boxes are constructed in a thickness of 1.6mm for A4 and a heavier 3mm board for the larger sizes. Prices start at £5.50. www.hahnemuehle.com

 

14 February

The Nikon Photo Contest, final call for entries

With a deadline of 28 February you have just two weeks to enter the Nikon Photo Contest. This gives you the opportunity to win money to spend on Nikon products as well being included in the exhibition of prize winning works - useful exposure for any emerging freelance. www.nikon-photocontest.com

 

12 February

Zed Nelson's exhibition "Love Me"

Zed Nelson's exhibition "Love Me" continues its tour and opens across 2 venues at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Lighthouse Gallery on Friday 15 February. Zed Nelson will be there for the opening and will be giving a talk about the project, at 7pm. He's a great supporter of freelance photography and is always happy to talk about his projects - so it's a talk not to be missed if you're in the area. www.zednelson.com

 

7 February

Loxley Colour appoints ex Kodak manager to the head of sales

Leading wedding and social pro lab Loxley Colour has appointed former Kodak business manager Calum Thomson as its new head of sales and business partnerships. Stepping into his role with immediate effect Thomson says: “This is an extremely exciting challenge.” Commenting on this high key appointment Loxley Colour MD Ian Loxley adds: “Calum brings a comprehensive and enviable knowledge of the imaging world. He will bring fresh focus and impetus to the company and will play a key role in helping to expand the Loxley Colour business.” calum.thomson@loxleycolour.com  www.loxleycolour.com

 

30 January

LPA / FUTURES Competition 2013 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to win representation by one of the UK’s leading photographers’ agents. The deadline is fast approaching for applications, which is this Friday 1 Feb at 6pm. www.lisapritchard.com/uploads/pdfs/Call-For-Entries-2013.pdf

 

25 January

15,000 share £4 million Payback royalties through DACS.

Payback is an annual scheme which distributes royalties to visual artists, including photographers, whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or on TV. In August 2012, DACS launched a new online system for Payback making it quicker and easier to make a claim. Planning for Payback 2013 is now underway and will launch this summer. If you have had work published in UK Books, magazines or on TV and wish to claim Payback for the first time this year you should register with DACS. To find out more about Payback visit www.dacs.org.uk/for-artists/payback or follow DACS on Twitter at @DACSforartists

 

18 January

Calumet chief pledges to help ‘stranded’ Jessops customers
Calumet has made an offer of free help to any Jessops customer left stranded with warranty repair issues following the recent collapse of the High Street retailer. Christof Bergmann, MD at Calumet Europe, said Calumet’s doors were open across the country to provide professional assistance with manufacturers’ warranty repair issues saying: “Customers experiencing these problems can walk into any Calumet store with their appropriate receipt and our staff will handle the dispatch and return of the product along with all the necessary paperwork – and we will make no administration fee for this service.”

 

14 January

Sigma Special Cashback
From 14th January 2013, Sigma Imaging UK Ltd are introducing a short term special offer of a £50 cashback for customers buyiong a 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens. Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your £50 cashback.

Phase One updates Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro 7.0.2 is ready for immediate download. The release focuses on solving bugs reported by customers, strengthening overall stability, adding support for new cameras,and includes new tethered support for Canon EOS 6D. www.phaseone.com

 

11 January

Nikon continue Jessops customer repairs

Nikon UK would like to assure Jessops customers that we are actively working with the administrators and plan to undertake all outstanding repairs as quickly as possible. Nikon UK will be contacting customers directly regarding their repairs, however for any queries please call 0330 123 0928. To help us update you on the status of your repair, we ask customers to have a product serial number to hand. Nikon UK can confirm that we will also be honouring any repairs under Jessops’ Photo + extended warranty scheme.

Nikon UK would like to take the opportunity to remind customers of its FREE product returns service via a local Post Office, simply visit www.nikon.co.uk/repairrequest to register a repair request. Customers should also take advantage of the range of Nikon service benefits, including free technical support and advice via our support centre and online Service and Support section and manufacturer’s one year guarantee with an option to extend for two years. Simply register your Nikon camera online at www.nikon.co.uk/register .

 

4 January

Reviews Section  - new product reviews added

We're continuing our update of the site by adding more recent equipment reviews including tilt and shift lenses, EOS5D MkIII and the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra lighting system - please check out the reviews section for more.

 

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