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26 December

February issue feature - Fitzgeralds Photography

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Guernsey based photographer John Fitzgerald www.fitzgeralds.co.gg As well as running his thriving wedding and portrait business on the island, John also owns and operates the island's principal commercial processing and printing business, which also caters for a number of mainland companies. If, for example, you order a print of a picture published in a UK national newspaper, it is more than likely that your picture will be printed at Fitzgerald's and despatched to you from the Channel Islands. Quietly spoken, John sits on a wealth of experience that he continually augments via Facebook, Twitter and any other means he is able. John and his fellow Guernsey based wedding and portrait photographers periodically club together to import noted UK, and overseas, photographers to give workshops and keep them up to speed with current trends in the wider world. In this context among other things we spent some time discussing the way in which, despite it continuing to be an absolute requirement for weddings to be shot in the reportage style, precious few couples actually order larger prints of the reportage style images, tending instead to go for those shot in the traditional style. Here at f2 we're most interested to hear readers' experiences in this area and will of course keep you informed of the information received. The full interview with John Fitzgerald will appear in the February f2 Freelance, available in the shops 1 February.

30 November

LPA Futures Competition - call for entries

LPA Futures is a division of the Lisa Pritchard agency that supports and promotes 5 up and coming photographers as part of a 2 year programme. Entry to the programme is competitive and LPA have just announced the call for entries is now open for the LPA Futures Competition 2011.

This year, as well as gaining all important agency representation, winners will also receive 50% off membership to The AOP, vouchers towards a bespoke portfolio made by Cathy Roberts/Delta Design studios and their own book published by Ubyu.

Previous lpa futures have picked up an impressive list of commissions from clients such as Boots, Orange, The Mental Health Foundation, HSBC and The COI, to name but a few as wellas gaining recognition in a number of International Photography Awards including World Press Photo, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, Lucie Awards and Creative Review Photography Annual.

The next group, will be selected by a panel of industry experts this year including: Simon Bainbridge, Editor, The British Journal of Photography, Mark Blanchard, Creative Group Head, Baber Smith, Tim Cole, Head of photography, Saatchi & Saatchi Design, Phil Metson, Design Director, Radley Yeldar, Laura Pannack, LPA futures Photographer 2009, Lisa Pritchard, Photographers Agent LPA, Will Thacker and Blake Waters, creative team VCCP, Sarah Thomson, Head of Art Buying, DDN UK, Lucy Webb, Visual Resources Manager, Landor. Winners will be announced in May 2011. Full entry details at www.lisapritchard.com Closing date for entries
is the 7 February 2011

24 November

AOP Assistant success

Congratulations to Sheffield based Nick Eagle www.nickeaglephotography.co.uk who has been awarded a Merit in the AOP Assistant Awards - Nick was featured in the June/July 2010 issue which is available from the back issues page

20 November

Vision 2010 feedback

Good to see everyone yesterday at Vision 2010 - f2 Editor David enjoyed looking at the folios and has, I believe, found a couple of new photographers to feature in the magazine over the next couple of months.

Also very good to get your feedback - to hear what you think we're doing right and also the areas you really want to know more about.

Finally it was great to hear that one person had discovered f2 Freelance while interning at The Sunday Times Magazine - we send the magazine to quite a few  picture desks we think our featured photographers should be seen and it's always great to hear that it's getting read in those places, so a big thanks to Monica Allende, Picture Editor at The Sunday Times Magazine for pointing out f2 to her interns!

17 November

Albert Watson talk at London's V&A on 23 November

World-renowned fashion and commercial photographer ALBERT WATSON will be ‘In Conversation with’ Andy Golding, Head of Photography at University of Westminster at The Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum on the evening of this coming Tuesday, 23 November at 7.00 pm. There is an allocation of free tickets for students - to book call 0207 942 2211. After the talk Albert will be signing copies of UFO: Unified Fashion Objectives, (Hardie Grant), a fully illustrated retrospective of his extraordinary career - www.albertwatson.net

A new exhibition of Albert Watson’s work "VINTAGE WATSON" runs at Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, London W1K 2EU from 26 Nov - 21 Jan

8 November

Vision 2010  - 19 November at Islington Business Design Centre

f2 Freelance's next event will be Vision 2010 only just over a week away now at London's Islington Business Design Centre on 19th November. f2 Editor David Land will be at the show and reviewing portfolios free of charge on our stand - so don't forget to update your folio prior to the show and bring it with you on the day - here at f2 Freelance we're keen to know what you're doing and how things are going!

Heading the lineup of speakers this year are Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen and Tom Hunter. As ever there is also the opportunity to get your folio reviewed by top London picture editors, curators and art buyers including Cheryl Newman, photography director at The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Marian Paterson, Photo Director at NME and NME.com, James Mullinger, Photo Editor at GQ, and Alexandra Bortkiewicz, Photography Director of Alamy images. To see more about Vision 2010 or book your ticket please click here

3 November

Steve Pyke's Philosophers

So often when talking to photographers at portfolio reviews we emphasise the importance of continuing to work on long term personal projects. A fantastic example of such projects is Steve Pyke's Philosophers series which is soon to have its second book published. Steve himself moved to New York... some years back and now has one of the most coveted contracts in the world as the portrait photographer for The New Yorker magazine. He's just has a really interesting feature on The Philosophers series published in the New York Times which can be accessed clicking here

25 October

Canon Pro Solutions 26/27 October

Canon Pro Solutions 2010 launches tomnorrow at the Islington Business Design Centre in London. This is the second nyear for Canon's major professional show and it looks set to become a regular annual event. For more details about the event which takes place on 26 and 27 October please click here

18 October

Photovision Roadshow Brands Hatch

We're going to be at PhotoVison Roadshow Brands Hatch tomorrow. As ever the road show will be packed with professional and freelance relevant trade stands accompanied by a running programme of lectures and seminars. If you're coming to the show make sure you save time to stop by and say hello. For full details about PhotoVision Roadshows please click here

30 September

f2 Freelance is now on sale in WH Smith in UK

Brian Griffin - f2 Profile for October and major retrospective FACE TO FACE in Birmingham

Innovative Immi - major feature in October issue

The October issue is now on sale and we're pleased to be able to announce a roll out into very many more WH SMith shops in the UK - we're not yet in railway stations and airports but you are now able to buy f2 Freelance Photographer in 310 WH Smith branches across the United Kingdom. If you're trying to get the magazine from outside the UK, or there isn't a WH SMith in your area, individual copies of the magazine and subscriptions remain available, securely via PayPal, from this site. f2 Freelance Photographer now publishes ten times each year: annual subscription rates for UK £39.99, EU £48.99 and Overseas £55.99. TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY VIA PAYPAL PLEASE CLICK HERE

Brian Griffin

Also in the October issue is a major feature with corporate, portrait, advertising and fine art superstar Brian Griffin, whose major retrospective FACE TO FACE is on show in Birmingham until 21 November. Griffin has also recently busy shooting a commission for the National Portrait Gallery on the movers and shakers behind the London Olympic Games. For full details about FACE TO FACE please click here

Innovative Immi

For the next issue I've been doing an interview with Immi Photography, a cutting edge wedding and social outfit based in Margate in Kent. Ted Cunningham, Kim Geddes and Ells Gosling all met while working as photographers on Royal Caribbean Cruises. They set up Immi on what might be described as a wing and a prayer, and despite the current economic gloom opened a state of the art bespoke studio just under a year ago.

Suffice to say they’ve got a real story to tell in the October issue of f2 Freelance Photographer. Naturally you can also find them on Facebook by clicking here, where 110 albums are presently posted and they have more than 1300 fans, and at www.immimages.com. Immi Photography are clearly  one to watch

28 July

A Story is Born - seminar at Foto8 1 & 2 October

Foto8 are running a weekend seminar in London. A Story Is Born, featuring keynote speakers Olivia Arthur, Neil Burgess, Joakim Eskildsen, David Hurn & Simon Norfolk starting 6.30pm on Friday 1 October and running through until 5.30pm Saturday 2 October. Price 145.00 GB Pounds per delegate (including a reception on Friday evening & lunch on Saturday) To book on line please go to www.foto8.com

9 June

Les Rencontres d'Arles - Workshop series announced

Continuing our coverage of the international photography festival in Provence Les Rencontres d'Arles: for 2010 a series of workshops are being organised. Workshops, with support from Olympus, vary from one-day "get to know" encounters to full weeks working under the guidance of top photographers offering the chance to benefit from their vision and experience. The list of distinguished international experts includes British photographer (and member of the F2 Freelance Facebook Group) Brian GRIFFIN, who draws on a vast commercial and fine art practice, along with: Sarah MOON, Paolo ROVERSI, Marcos LOPEZ, Véronique ELLENA, Claudine DOURY, Stéphanie LACOMBE, Antoine D'AGATA, Klavdij SLUBAN, Wilfrid ESTEVE, JH ENGSTRÖM, Grégoire KORGANOW, David BALICKI, Léa CRESPI, Diana LUI, Ludovic CARÈME, Grégoire ALEXANDRE, Jean-christophe BÉCHET, Gilles LEIMDORFER , Olivier CULMANN, Éric BOUVET, Jean-luc MABY and Martine RAVACHE. More information from www.rencontres-arles.com
Contact: Fabrice Courthial stage@rencontres-arles.com Tel: +33 (0) 4 90 96 76 06

Arles - Photofolio Review

Opening week for Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie is only a month away now running July 3rd to 13th. F2 Freelance editor, David Land, and publisher, Simon James, will be in attendance 6-9 July and looking forward to meeting up with friends old and new.

There is still time to submit your work to the keen eyes of international photography experts during the opening days of the festival from July 4th to 13th. 100 publishers, exhibition curators, museum directors, chief editors, agency directors, gallerists, collectors, critics, art directors and famous photographers are gathered to offer critical appraisal and useful advice regarding your practice and contacts that may provide outlets for your work. In the case of F2 Freelance we have participated in Photofolio Review for the past three years and every year to date have found a photographer whose work and practice has been featured in the magazine. Before signing up it's a good idea to check out the reviewers' biographies on-line to find experts who suit practice. As a new incentive this year, at the end of the review days, one of the participants' portfolio will be chosen by the reviewers, the Fnac and the Rencontres d'Arles, to be exhibited in the 2011 edition of the festival. For further information contact Eléna and Rosie photofolio@rencontres-arles.com  +33 (0)4 90 96 76 06  www.rencontres-arles.com

16 May

June/July issue - Elaine Bandele

Continuing to trail the June/July issue; in The Business section we feature North London based wedding and portrait photographer Elaine Bandele, www.elainebandele.co.uk who launched her business with assistance from The Prince's Trust. One of a growing band of British wedding and social photographers now called upon to work internationally, Elaine mentions that she will be making two trips to Jamaica this year for wedding assignments: in each instance integrating a "Cherish the Dress" shoot within the overall package. June/July Issue goes to the printers this week and will be on sale first week in June.

14 May

June/July issue - Julia Fullerton Batten

Looking forward to the June/July issue of f2 Freelance, David has just done a major interview with Julia Fullerton Batten for the f2 Profile feature.

One of comparatively few UK photographers to successfully combine careers as a top advertising and fine art photographer, she's just back from Barcelona, where she's been shooting a Ford Focus campaign, which she says was the first time that she's been asked to use CGI in a shoot. Fullerton Batten echoes the increasing feeling at the top of the industry that moving imagery is the future, having first seen moving billboards on the underground in China seven years ago, and also makes interesting comment about the fact that, as her advertising work has taken a hit during the recession, sales of her fine art prints have actually increased.

Portfolio construction and editing is one of the all time arguing points of the freelance industry. This of course is hardly surprising when you consider exactly how important the folio is in keeping you in work. Looking again towards the June/July issue of f2 Freelance, for her feature Making the Final Cut, Miranda Gavin has been talking to London based movers and shakers within the industry about exactly what it is that makes a folio stand out from the crowd. June/July issue is on sale from 1 June

The June/July issue of f2 Freelance goes on sale 1 June

7 April

Nikon iPhone App launches in Europe

Nikon this morning launched its ‘Learn & Explore’ photography application to iPhone customers in Europe. Aimed at photographers of all skill levels, the free application offers quick, easy on-the-go access to information and editorial content, including images, video lectures, audio commentary and a glossary of photography terms. The app is now available, so far in English only, in Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. It is also available in Canada and the United States. More information about Nikon from www.europe-nikon.com/

31 March

Guardian/RPS 2000 GB Pound Photo-Essay Bursary

The 2010 Joan Wakelin Bursary has been announced, offering photographers £2,000 and the chance to have their work published in the Guardian. The bursary, administered by the Guardian and the Royal Photographic Society, is awarded to the photographer who presents the best proposal for a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. Submission is open to all, with no restriction on age or qualification.

Entrants should submit a series of six images as examples of their work, along with a written proposal (maximum 500 words) describing their intended project, and a completed entry form, which can be downloaded from this link.

Completed entries should arrive by first post on August 1 2010 at: Guardian Picture Desk, Kings Place, York Way, London, N1 9GU.

The shortlist will be selected by a jury nominated by the Guardian and the RPS. The winner will be announced at the 2010 RPS awards ceremony. The winning photo-essay will be published in the Guardian and the RPS Journal in 2010. Copyright will remain with the photographer, although licence will be agreed for the photo-essay to appear in the Guardian, the RPS Journal and any promotions associated with the bursary.

More information on the Joan Wakelin Bursary and past winners from www.rps.org/bursaries/home

12 March

Nikon D3S and 400mm f/2.8 AF-S

f2 Freelance Associate Editor and technical reviewer David Kilpatrick has been putting the Nikon D3S through it's paces for his review in the April May issue. As a part of this review he has produced a short video shot on the camera which is now available to view on video. To see David's D3S movie please click here

3 March

In the April/May issue

Anyone who has met and talked with us at trade shows will be aware we think maternity photography is an absolute no brainer for women photographers building a social and wedding business. The principal reason for this has to do with one of the fundamentals of the social and wedding sector: the notion of building a relationship with clients who will return to you regularly over a period of years to have photographs made highlighting the landmark occasions of they and their families lives.

To be able to begin this long lasting relationship with a new, hopefully long term, client two weeks before he or she is actually born seems to us to be staggeringly good business! There's also a very old maxim that if a client comes to you three times you are likely to retain them for many years to come; and photographers offering a maternity service should in fact achieve the first two of these crucial three commissions very close together: the maternity shoot for Mum and then two or three weeks later the first formal shots of the happy family

The first specialist maternity photographer we featured in F2 Freelance was Cecilia Magill www.ceciliamagillphotography.com  in the February/March 2007 issue (available from the back issues section of the web site). Cecilia's business has of course now grown along with her client base and a look at her web site clearly shows that Cecilia Magill child photography now forms an important part of her practice 

In the April/May issue of f2 Freelance Photographer we will be featuring leading, London based, social, wedding and editorial photographer Nikole Ramsay www.nikoleramsay.com  We first spoke to Nikole some years back and are now very pleased to be back doing a follow up as her business has moved on so much. Nikole also offers specialist maternity photography in a similarly elegant, lifestyle editorial, approach to that she employs for her wedding work and her site is an example to the sector so please check it out.

As ever at f2 Freelance we are keen to hear about your own work, and in this instance how other social and wedding photographers are developing this relatively new element of the sector and incorporating it into the services they offer  - to make comment on this please join us over on the blog at http://f2freelancephotographer.blogspot.com/

2 February

Jason Bell video

In the Feb/Mar f2 Profile Jason Bell says he increasingly finds himself asked to shoot moving as well as still imagery. An example of this is his short video of ballet dancer Sergei Polunin made while shooting his portrait for the Royal Opera House "A World Stage" campaign. To view Jason Bell's video please click here


21 January

Sigma cut pro lens prices

Sigma UK have cut the price of a number of their specialist, professional lenses. The new suggested retail prices are effective immediately including the following lenses: Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye £715.21, Sigma 8mm f/3.5 EX DG Circular Fisheye £766.29, Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Fisheye £613.03, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye £613.03, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX DG HSM Macro £613.03, Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX IF DG HSM £1021.73. All prices include VAT at 17.5%. For more information on Sigma products, visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or contact your local photographic retailer.

Verbatim launches 2nd Generation Micro-drives

Verbatim has launched its second generation of Micro USB drives in a range of vibrant colours and capacities. The tiny drives, which are only 3 cm long and no thicker than a Euro coin, can store up to 32 GB of data, and are available in stores now with the RRP ranging from £7.99 for the 2GB drive through to £34.99 for the 32GB. More information from



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