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20 December


Our distributors are warning us that a dock strike in the USA is likely to delay magazine deliveries to the USA and possibly Canada - we're very sorry if you've been waiting for your copy of f2 Freelance and it's held up at the docks - it is of course still available on-line from the subscriptions page of this site as are very many back issues!

6 December

LPA / FUTURES Competition 2013

The call for entries is now open for the LPA / FUTURES Competition 2013 a fantastic
opportunity for emerging photographers to win representation by one of the UK’s leading photographers agents. LPA Futures is a division of the Lisa Pritchard Agency developed to support and promote the next generation of commercial photographers. Selected by a panel of industry experts, a group of five up and coming photographers will be represented by LPA as part of a two year programme. The 2013 winners will also receive £500 to put towards lighting/camera rental or studio hire at Direct Photographic, vouchers worth £250 for a bespoke portfolio made by Cathy Roberts/Delta Design, advertising space in Production Paradise’s online magazine ‘Spotlight’ and a £250 voucher towards camera insurance from Williamson Carson/Chubb. During their two years at LPA, an exhibition featuring the winners work, sponsored by Metro Imaging, will tour UK advertising and design agencies.
Previous LPA / FUTURES winners have picked up an impressive list of commissions majopr agencies

The 2013 judges are:
• Olly Burn / LPA / FUTURES 2011
• Trevor Chambers / group creative director / Cubo
• Ben Cole / head of creative services and art buying / VCCP
• Will Hudson / director / it’s nice that
• Sarah Knight / senior project manager and producer / wcrs
• Lisa Pritchard / founder / LPA
• Paul West / partner / Form

for complete details of how to enter and all terms and conditions please visit www.lisapritchard.com/futures.
Deadline for entries is Friday 1 February 2013 at 6pm.
The five winners will be announced in May 2013.

4 December

Call for Motoring Photographers

The Guild of Motoring Writers is the world’s oldest and largest organisation for motoring journalists, photographers and broadcasters and is always ready to welcome new members. Chairman of the Photographic Sub-Committee,  Kerry Dunlop (www.kerrydunlop.co.uk), is particularly keen to recruit more professional photographers to the Guild.  Any photographer who earns more than 50 per cent of his/her income from motoring or motorsport photography is eligible for full membership status which comes with numerous benefits including Press ID Card, free AA membership, access to the BRDC clubhouse at Silverstone and a wide range of discounts on products and services such as a complimentary Channel crossing each year, courtesy of P&O Ferries. If you qualify for membership and would like to apply please contact Chris Adamson via honsec@gomw.co.uk for more information.

21 November

London Photovision and web training special offer

Great to see everyone at Photovision yesterday - really good to catch up with Victoria Grech and Paola De Paola and hear how things are moving forward as well as some new faces. I also enjoyed Mark Cleghorn's inspiring seminar in the afternoon - here at f2 we're becoming increasingly aware of how important training really is for journeyman professionals, as well as the very high level of training that is out there to be had. Sticking with training there is a SPECIAL OFFER CODE in the latest f2 for Photo Training 4U's on-line training courses offering £150 discount on your first year's membership of this very respected on-line training service for photographers. Whether you are a studio or non-studio based business Mark Cleghorn's reputation is second to none, and it's on-line training so you can take part from anywhere in the world. To learn more about Photo Training 4U and take advantage of this great offer go to www.PT4U.tv and use the SPECIAL OFFER CODE f2

16 November

Light Blue at the Apple Store, Regent Street.

Light Blue Software has announced a new version of its award-winning business management software for photographers, which the team will be previewing at a special event at the Apple Store Regent Street London at 6pm on Monday 26 November. Nearly two years in the making, the new version moves away from Filemaker to introduce native applications for Mac and PC. Founder and director Tom Catchesides explains “We wanted to build something that looks and feels amazing, is really quick to pick up, and simple to use. Having a native application means that everything looks and feels like other applications on your system, and we’ve been able to massively improve the speed and user experience, too.” A public beta of the desktop application will be released in December and Light Blue are also working on native iPhone and iPad apps, presently scheduled for release in 2013. For more information follow @lighterblue or visit www.lightbluesoftware.com The Apple Store event is free and not ticketed, but you’re asked to email admin@lightbluesoftware.com if you’d like to attend, so they know how many to expect.

13 November

PhotoVision London Next Tuesday 20th November

We're looking forward to meeting everyone who can make it to Photovision London next Tuesday at ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis London Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD. For more information please click here

6 November

Ruiz Cirera Wins £12,000 Taylor Wessing Prize

Congratulations to Jordi Ruiz Cirera, featured in the current issue f2 Freelance Photographer, who last night won the £12,000 first prize in the National Portrait Gallery (London) Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012. The winning image of a woman seated at a kitchen table, is part of Menonos, Ruiz Cirera’s long-term project to document the daily life of a South American Mennonite community. The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition runs at The National Portrait Gallery London from 8 November – 17 February For the full interview with Jordi Ruiz Cirera check out the current f2 Freelance
www.jordiruizcirera.com www.npg.org.uk/photoprize1/site12/index.php

23 October

Brands Hatch Photovision Roadshow today!

Looking forward to meeting you at Brands Hatch PhotoVision Roadshow today! Click here for detail

16 October

NME Music Photography Awards

The, Nikon sponsored, NME Music Photography Awards exhibition runs at Getty Images Gallery London from 7th November – 1st December 2012. The exhibition will feature the best images from this year’s music photography competition which was open for entry during the festival season this summer to both amateur and professional photographers. NME, the internationally famous music brand, and Nikon teamed up to foreground hot new talent. Celebrating the best music photography of 2012 the show includes the winners and runners up across the six competition entry categories. Now in its third year, the competition attracted more images than ever before, with judges NME Editor, Mike Williams; Acting Photo Director at NME, Zoe Capstick and legendary photographer, Dean Chalkley, having to select winners from over 7,000 entries. Taking the awards to another level and in celebration of excellence in music photography, an Outstanding Contribution to music photography award will also be awarded to a legendary professional photographer who has captured iconic moments and documented some of the most famous bands in UK history. All winners will be announced in NME magazine, issue 27th October 2012. The exhibition will feature the best images from this year’s music photography competition which was open for entry during the festival season this summer to both amateurs and professional photographers. NME, the internationally famous music brand, and leading camera manufacturer Nikon teamed up in a bid to discover hot new talent and celebrate the best in music photography.

For more click here

12 October

Second shooters - what's the risk?

Over on the Facebook page there has been discussion about the risks taken on by wedding and events photographers using a second shooter. Sitting down to think about it the risks are not inconsiderable, both from the perspective of liability and the risk that pictures shot by a second shooter might be placed on their own web site or FB page without your, or the client’s, permission. (please join us at http://www.facebook.com/groups/36038656784/ if you aren’t already a member) – we’d like to hear your opinion or experience on this very real issue

10 October

PhotoVision Road Show Brands Hatch 23 October

Great to see everyone yesterday at Photovision Southampton - as ever we met loads of photographers and had a great day. The next PhotoVision Roadshow is Kent at Brands Hatch on Tuesday 23rd - so if you weren't able to make it to Southampton and are based in the South of England or Essex why not come to Brands and see us there? For full details and offers for Photovision Brands Hatch please click here

1 October

Bowens Creo Pack generators

Bowens have launched a new range of high end, pro-level ‘go anywhere, multi-voltage’ 1200Ws and 2400Ws generator packs. The culmination of two years R&D Creo packs have built-in self-cooling systems, ultra-fast, action-stopping flash durations. The new models will ship in November and start from £3,500 (inc VAT). An optional, plug in, Creo infrared remote control unit enables operation without the user needing to leave his/her camera position. www.bowens.co.uk

26 September

Getty Launches new Edit

The new edition of Edit from Getty Images is now available online. The current issue features highlights from Getty's photojournalism collection. For more click here

Calumet Autumn Open Days

Calumet’s Open Day events are being run in store again from Edinburgh to Bristol and Belfast to London, this autumn. Expert representatives from leading brands including Canon, Nikon, Bowens, Epson, Manfrotto, Fuji, Lowepro,  Certon, Profoto, Sony, Sigma, Nik Software, Eizo, Sunbounce, NEC, Hahnemuhle, Velmex and others will be on hand at each event to demonstrate latest products (not all brands will be at every event so check with your local store before making a special trip) and help with photographers’ workflow challenges. For more information visit: www.calumetphoto.co.uk

25 September

Photovision Roadshows hit Southampton

Don't forget PhotoVision Roadshows arrive at Southampton for the first time on Tuesday 9th October. The roadshows are excellent events for the working pro and F2 Freelance will of course be in attendance - come and say hello if you are based in the area - we're always interested to meet and hear the views of our readers. For more information on Photovision Southampton click here

24 September

Feature update - Nikole Ramsay

As many of you already know, here at f2 Freelance we are always keen to keep in touch with photographers we have featured – to see how they are doing, how their career progresses over a longer period of time, and to be able to keep you up to date. It’s always great to be able to show how they’ve moved forward since we last spoke. In 2010 we featured social, portrait and commercial photographer Nikole Ramsay, originally from Australia who at the time was based in London. One of the things that always strikes us about Nikole is the manner in which she manages to remain at the cutting edge of both social and editorial photography: shooting weddings and her very personal style of portraiture, as well as editorial and still life for publication. To bring you up to date, just under two years ago Nikole and her husband Jason, also a photographer, moved back to Australia and they’ve been going from strength to strength ever since. Nikole and Jason have always worked separately, and their latest advance has been to open their own studio, close to Melbourne – to catch up with Nikole and check out blog click here

23 September

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma have introduced a radical concept in the form of user operated optimisation software for new product lines in the Sigma Lens range. The user will be able to connect lenses directly to their PC via a special USB Dock, then using easy-to-operate on-screen controls to fine-tune focus and adjust other parameters to suit personal preferences, essentially custom tuning a lens similarly to the manner in which individual users add personalised custom settings to their DSLR. The USB Dock will be of particular relevance to sports photographers who will be able to use it to set a customisable focus limiter: tuning a lens for a specific shooting situation. Pricing for the USB Dock and software has yet to be announced. To see Sigma’s other Photokina product launches please click here

New trend in Food Still Life?

The StockFood photo agency says it has noted a significant new style emerging in commercial food photography, influenced by Scandinavian photographers who first exploited the light effects of northern Europe. Cool Nordic lighting contrasts with darker background colours and the minimalist arrangements are reminiscent of classic still life. StockFood has named the trend "Mystic Light". Petra Thierry of StockFood's Photographers & Art Department says: "Mystic Light is a powerful style being adopted more and more in magazines and cookery books. It brings food, drink and props into focus in a very special and particular way, which works particularly well for winter productions." See example images at www.stockfood.com/mystic_light

19 September

Sigmas new lens product lines

Are you confused by the enormous range of lenses available on the market? To help you make the right choice, Sigma has reorganised its lens line-up and grouped their new models into three product lines: Contemporary, which features the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness and high-performance. Art, which is designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, the Art line also delivers high-level artistic expression. And Sport, while offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, the Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. This enables you to find the right lenses quickly and easily. For more information visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com

18 September

National Asian Wedding Magazine launches October

Wedding photographers may be interested in the upcoming launch of The National Asian Wedding Magazine, a new glossy title for brides and grooms planning their wedding. It is published by Platinum Exhibitions, organisers of the National Asian Wedding Show, and will be launched at the show at ExCel London in mid-October. For advertising or editorial queries contact reena@nationalasianweddingmag.com  www.nationalasianweddingmag.com

17 September

Arcangel Images opens New York office

British/Spanish picture agency Arcangel Images has opened a New York office in response to increasing US sales. The agency specialises in creative, stylish, high-quality images aimed at book publishers, particularly for cover designs. Director Michael Mascaro says: "Our sales had been going up and up, particularly in America, and so we needed to open an office in New York and we expect our work to have increasing prominence in this important market in future." More information from www.arcangel-images.com

Nikon announce D600

Nikon has introduced its smallest and lightest full frame DSLR yet: the D600. Officially aimed at the high end enthusiast the D600’s 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor offers significant opportunities to the pro and semi-pro. The camera has excellent start-up at approx. 0.13 seconds, and shutter release time lag is minimised to approx. 0.052 seconds. Continuous comes in at 5.5 fps, and low light shooting, for many the judgement seat of today’s DSLRs is also well catered for with an ISO range of 100–6400, extendable up to 25,600 (equivalent) and down to 50 (equivalent). Nikon promises intelligent noise reduction systems manage noise without sacrificing fine details and there is a 39-point AF system boasting AF sensitivity inherited from the flagship D4. The Nikon D600 also offers Full HD 1080p with a capacity to shoot Full HD movie clips up to 29 minutes 59 seconds long, all stored on SD. For storage the D600 offers high-speed dual SD-card slots supporting SDXC and UHS-I memory cards. As would be expected Hi-Speed USB is available and wireless image transfer can be achieved with the optional WU-1b Mobile Adapter.

Camera Control Pro 2 (optional). Versatile remote camera controls: the software offers numerous improvements to make the Nikon D600’s live view operation exceptionally smooth. Aside from controlling exposure mode, shutter speed and aperture, creative controls include remote start and stop for movie shooting and switching between live view for stills and movies.

The D600 goes on sale 18th September to coincide with Photokina, RRP:

D600: £ 1955.99 /€2385.99 D600 with 24-85mm: £ 2443.99 / € 2981.99

WU-1b: £64.99 / €79.00 For more information click here


6 September

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm has launched a second X Series interchangeable-lens camera, with image quality comparable to 35mm full frame DSLR sensors. The X-E1 has the same 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the X-Pro 1, only packed into a smaller body with a new OLED electronic viewfinder and built-in flash. It has the same Fujinon XF lens X mount as the X-Pro 1 and is compatible with the three existing XF lenses. Two more XF lenses are due later this year, with five further additions in 2013.


31 August

The Sigma DP1 Merrill

The Sigma DP1 Merrill will be available in the UK from mid-September with a RRP of £799.99.This compact digital camera features a 46MP Foveon X3 direct image sensor and a 19mm f/2.8 lens to maximise sensor performance. A large volume buffer memory enables the camera to capture up to 7 raw images per sequence in continuous shooting mode. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com for more information.

30 August

Hasselblad and broncolor go on tour

Hasselblad and broncolor will launch their UK Studioday tour on 10 Oct at the Hasselblad Studio in Hoxton, London. The tour will give UK photographers their first chance to see the Hasselblad and broncolor products unveiled at the photokina trade show in September. It consists of eight free Studiodays, which will be held at venues around the country. Photographers wishing to attend one of the events should register at www.handsonahasselblad.com.

22 August

Nikon Coolpix P7700

A compact camera with vari-angle 7.5cm monitor, the P7700 has a f/2.0-4.0 Nikkor 7.1x optical zoom lens and a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated 12MP CMOS sensor. It also features lens shift vibration reduction, full 1080p HD movie mode and raw file format. The ISO can be set manually from 80 to 6400 ISO equivalent using the Hi1 setting to reduce the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light. The camera is compatible with Eye-Fi X2 (or later) cards for wireless transfer to smart phones and SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. On sale from 27 September, RRP £499.99. For more information visit www.nikon.co.uk.

20 August

Hasselblad Masters Awards

Photographers only have until 31 August to enter the 2014 Hasselblad Masters Awards. There are 12 categories to enter, including a new underwater category. Entries are allowed from both medium format and 35mm-style DSLRs, providing the camera delivers a minimum resolution of 16mp. To qualify for the competition, photographers must have been active professionals for at least three years, with the exception of those entering the Project/21 category, which is open to everyone aged 21 or under, regardless of experience.

17 August

Olympus working on new body for Top Pro lenses

Olympus is working on a body to deliver the focusing performance expected by users of the Top Pro lens series, which includes models such as the 90-250mm f/2 fixed aperture zoom. Akira Watenabe, manager of Olympus Imaging's SLR planning, says he has been delighted with the success of the OM-D, but acknowledged that it did not deliver with the legacy high-end lenses from the E-System. While further information wasn't forthcoming, he was keen to emphasise that Olympus is actively developing a solution and will announce more details in due course.

16 August

EISA awards 2012-13 winners announced

Despite the recession it’s been a very strong year for product development as is reflected in todays European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Awards announcements. In the Photo Awards section the Nikon D800 scoops European Camera, while Advanced SLR Camera goes to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The Canon Pixma Pro-1 takes Photo Printer of 2012-2013 with Compact Camera of the year going to the Canon PowerShot G1 X. Professional Camera of the year is the Nikon D4. Olympus collect the Compact System Camera award for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 also winning in the All Weather Camera category for the Olympus Tough TG-1. Macro Lens of 2012-2013  goes to the Sigma Apo Macro 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM and the European Lens of the year is the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. For more details on EISA and a full breakdown of the Awards please go to www.eisa.eu

9 August

Nikon 1 J2

Nikon’s compact system camera the Nikon 1 has a new model – the J2. Features include Mobile Snapshot, which simultaneously records a slow motion film and a still image, to create a moving photo, and Smart Photo Selector, which captures 20 images at high speed and automatically assesses which are the five best shots based on facial expressions, composition and focus.

The J2 is being launched alongside the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 compact 2.5x zoom lens and the new WP-N1 waterproof case, which allows divers to capture images up to 40m underwater. It is compatible with the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

2 August

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra gets lighter battery

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX lithium-ion battery is 60% lighter and nearly 30% smaller than the previous lead gel battery. The total weight of the Ranger Quadra is now just 2kg. The new battery also powers more than double the number of flashes and recharges from flat 25% faster than the lead gel version. Elinchrom is distributed in the UK by Photographic Studio Consultants.

27 July

SuperStock announces SuperScience

Following its acquisition of Science Faction Images, a provider of science and technology images, photo agency SuperStock has launched SuperScience. To submit photographs to either Superstock or SuperScience, email info@superstock.co.uk or call 020 7036 1800.

25 July

Color Confidence launches monitor calibration solutions

Color Confidence has launched two new monitor calibration solutions: ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro. ColorMunki Display (RRP £139 inc VAT) is designed for photography enthusiasts and graphic designers, while i1Display Pro (RRP £199 inc VAT) is for professionals who require total colour control. Visit www.colorconfidence.com for more information.

20 July

T3Media releases Paya

T3Media Inc, a US provider of cloud-based video management and licensing services has launched Paya, an index of licensable content. It aims to create a new direct channel between buyer and seller, allowing both professionals and amateurs to sell their work online. The site streamlines the licensing process, providing guidelines and flexible profiles for rights and pricing, and enables file delivery after transactions are complete. Sellers are in full control of pricing and terms, receiving an 80% share from every sale, while Paya’s promotion and selling tools help drive buyers to images. Paya also enables users to tag existing content, from sites such as YouTube, Flickr and Facebook with, with ‘buy’ links.

Committed Photography launches

Committed Photography is a new online gallery allowing photographers to sell their work to customers from around the world. Photographers can upload their work and set a price for each photo, receiving 80% commission on every sale. The Toronto-based organisation manages order processing, manufacturing, customer service and shipping. Sign up for free at www.committedphotography.ca.

19 July

Fujifilm Professional discontinues films

Fujifilm Professional will discontinue a number of its films. The last shipment of Fujichrome Velvia 100F in 35mm, 120 and 4x5 formats, and Velvia 50 in 4x5 and 8x10 will arrive in the UK in December 2012.

Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film, says: “Due to decreasing demand globally we have to announce the withdrawal of some formats of Velvia 100F and Velvia 50. It is an unfortunate consequence of digital capture, that some of the slower selling silver-halide lines will drop off the radar. Fujifilm will continue to manufacture a wide range of film.”

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards will focus on two major categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. A shortlist of 30 titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review and exhibited at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais and at the Aperture Gallery in New York. The winners will be revealed at the opening of Paris Photo on 14 November. Enter now at www.aperture.org/photobookawards. Deadline for entries is 10 September.

18 July

New telephoto macro lens from Sigma

The new Sigma APO Macro 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens will be available in the UK on 27 July for Canon fit. Sigma and Nikon fittings will follow. The lens has a magnification ratio of 1:1 and Optical Stabiliser function. Three F Low Dispersion glass elements provide correction for colour aberrations and the Super Multi-layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It will come with a fitted case, bayonet type hood, hood adapter and tripod socket. RRP £1499.99.

16 July

Marrutt launches professional ink range

Marrutt has launched its own range of professional photographic inkjet pigment-based inks in 30ml to 1 litre bottles. The inks are available for desktop, medium and wide format inkjet printers, and A4, A3 and A2 professional media. Email digital@marrutt.com to order a free sample pack of professional photo inkjet paper, and a free A4 test print and JPEG download to compare with an existing inkset.

12 July

Olympus firmware update for OM-D E-M5

Olympus has released a firmware update for the OM-D E-M5, which will be available from its website later today. The firmware version 1.2 has the following updates:

  • Improved sleep recovery operation
  • AF target is indicated while using C-AF+TR in sequential shooting mode L
  • M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 underwater support has been added. When using underwater macro or underwater wide mode the lens will move automatically in tele or wide setting

Super-telephoto lens from Nikon

Nikon today announced the development of a super-telephoto lens. The F-Mount, 800mm, AF-S lens has an aperture of f/5.6 and a Vibration Reduction system. It will be compatible with the autofocus system of all Nikon FX format cameras and will have the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens. The lens will be premiered to professional photographers at the Nikon-sponsored Open Golf Championship at the UK’s Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club from 19-22 July. It will also be on show at photo and imaging exhibition photokina in Cologne, Germany, from 18-23 September.

Radio control for Qflash

Quantum have released a new radio control unit for use with Qflash units. The Co-Pilot’s switch and dial arrangements allow control of units such as the Qflash T & X series, as well as the Trio. It retails at £149 plus VAT and will be demonstrated, along with the rest of Quantum’s range of products, by Flaghead Photographic at DML in Dublin on Monday 16 July.

New launch from Bowens Limelite

Bowens’ Limelite has launched a new LED panel for studio and location video lighting and photography. The 30cmx30cm Mosaic Delight provides 4200 Lux of 5600°K daylight and retails at £714 inc. VAT. Visit the Limelite website for more information.

NME partners Nikon for music photography awards

NME has partnered Nikon for its 2012 music photography awards. The NME Music Photography Awards with Nikon aims to find the best music photography from both amateurs and professional photographers and includes two categories - Photographer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution - for professionals. Entries will be rated by www.nme.com users before being judged by a panel headed by acting photo director for NME Zoe Capstick. Category winners will receive Nikon camera equipment and a photography masterclass with an NME photographer and picture editor. The best two will then shoot a gig for NME and the ultimate winner will go on to shadow an NME photographer and have their work published by the company. This year’s winning images will be exhibited at London’s Getty Images Gallery.

10 July

Will Hutchinson

Congratulations to f2 feature writer Will Hutchinson, whose film My Uncle Built This House has reached the final of the Films Short competition! Will frequently contributes to f2’s Technical section and has been busy with his filmmaking: another of his shorts, Sammy, also received a mention in the Guardian London Travel film competition. If you’re impressed by Will’s films, don’t forget to ‘like’ them.

5 July

Prix Pictet shortlist announced

The 12 photographers who have made the shortlist for the Prix Pictet were announced yesterday evening at global photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles. They will now prepare their work on this year's theme of Power for the finalists' exhibition to be held at London's Saatchi Gallery from 10-28 October. The shortlisted photographers are: Robert Adams, Daniel Beltrá, Mohamed Bourouissa, Philippe Chancel, Edmund Clark, Carl De Keyzer, Luc Delahaye, Rena Effendi, Jacqueline Hassink, An-My Lê, Joel Sternfeld and Guy Tillim. Visit the Prix Pictet website for more information.

4 July

Imagebrief - a new home for lost images?

ImageBrief, an online marketplace that connects image buyers with a global network of professional photographers, has launched a marketing campaign asking photographers to find those “fabulous lost images” that lie in their archives unused. More info from www.imagebrief.com and for an interesting commentary about how Imagebrief works check out www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/02/idUS129196+02-Aug-2011+PRN20110802

27 June

f2 Freelance Photographer app goes live!

f2 Freelance Photographer is now available to download as an Android app from Google Play and as a digital edition from online newsstand PocketMags. iPad users, don’t panic - an Apple version is due to hit the App Store in the next few weeks. Download individual issues for only £2.99 each and subscribe to five issues for £12.99 or ten issues for £21.99. Plus, over the coming months we’ll be making more of our back issues available for download so watch this space!

24 June

Ian Parry Scholarship 2012 DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Ian Parry Scholarship 2012 DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to July 20th Full information on entry to this prestigious award from www.ianparry.org

21 June

More! magazine

More! magazine is looking for talented fashion/photography students to contribute to a new page within the recently revamped title. The magazine says it is "committed to helping young people achieve their career aspirations, and this unique collaboration will give students their first opportunity to have work published within a national magazine, and take their first steps on the career ladder." For further details contact picture director Janet Davenport, janet.davenport@moremagazine.co.uk

12 June

100 Faces of London

Milan Svanderlik‘s new exhibition “100 FACES OF LONDON”, sponsored by Epson, opens today at The Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ, running until Saturday 14 July 2012. The images in the exhibition were printed by the photographer on an Epson Stylus Pro 3880, using advanced ink-jet technology and UltraChome K3 inks Opening times: 10.00 -17.00 Mon to Sat (11.00 to 17.00 Sun) Admission free. Times may vary

8 June

Jonas Seaman
In the current issue Rachel Mawdsley talks to Seattle based wedding, social and music photographer Jonas Seaman from Seattle USA - we think he's cool so why not check out his web site www.jonas-seaman.com

7 June

London Festival of Photography

The London Festival of Photography gets bigger and better every year not least thanks to its director, and driving force, Brett Jefferson Stott and support from some of the biggest hitters in freelance photography. The Festival is now in full swing with something happening most days. To see what's on when and where check out www.lfph.org

Ian Parry Scholarship deadline 30 June

The deadline for applications for the 2012 incarnation of the internationally respected Ian Parry Scholarship is fast approaching. The closing date for applications for the £3500 scholarship, which is awarded to a young photographer, either attending a full time photographic course or under the age of 24, is 30 June. The scholarship was created in memory of photojournalist Ian Parry, who died on assignment in 1989 when he was just 24, and giving consideration to the number of photographer casualties during the course of the Arab Spring makes this a particularly poignant year for the award.  Entrants must submit examples of their work and a synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won. Full details from www.ianparry.org

Les Rencontres Arles 2012

Also fast approaching is the 2012 Arles photography festival which runs over the course of the summer from the first week in July. f2 Editor David Land and Publisher Simon James will again be reviewing portfolios at the international folio review at the event. For Arles information in general click here. For booking details for the international portfolio review and details of who will be available to view your folio please click here PLEASE NOTE - Photo-Folio Review applications must be submitted by 20 June

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Closing date for entries to the National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 is 9 July. The 2012 winner will receive £12,000. and new this year, the John Kobal New Work Award will be awarded to a photographer under 30, who will receive £4000 and a commission. Full details from www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

20 March

Pro Centre Workshop Series launched

London’s Pro Centre has announced it will be running a series of seminars and workshops in conjunction with some of the world’s leading professional photographers. For full details of the workshop series please go to http://www.procentre.co.uk/seminars/seminars_and_events.html

24 February

Looking for a little business boost in March?

Don't forget Mother's Day is nearly upon us and there's nothing Mum's like quite so much as portraits of their kids. Facebook marketing, as we know from Immi Imaging and many others is now a sure fire way of increasing business - the promotion below is for Fitzgeralds on Guernsey and very much shows the way forward

17 February


The European Publishers Award for Photography, now in its 19th year, is a major initiative to encourage the publication of contemporary photography. The 2012 Jury will be held in early May in Manchester, UK and Dewi Lewis Publishing is the Project Leader.

Open to photographers worldwide, the competition is a unique collaboration between European Publishers: Actes Sud (France), Dewi Lewis Publishing (United Kingdom), Kehrer Verlag (Germany) Blume (Spain), (Peliti Associati (Italy). The competition requires the submission of a substantial, completed and unpublished photographic book project. The winning project is then published in book form simultaneously by each of the publishers in their own country and in their own language. The winning book will be published in autumn 2012.  More information about the award please click here. The closing date for entries for this year's Award is March 31st. Entry details and entry form are available to download from www.dewilewispublishing.com

3 February

Hamish Campbell

Here at f2 Freelance we're always keen to hear how featured photographers are doing and to be able to pass on to you a bit of what's happened to them since they appeared in the magazine. Last summer we ran a Starting Out feature on Edinburgh-based photographer Hamish Campbell. In Hamish's case we're pleased to be able to report that his career is really taking off. Recent projects include promotional material for some of Scotland's premier five star resorts, an ad campaign for Sterling Furniture and a large promo for Scottish model agency Colours. And in this case taking off really means taking off - Hamish will soon be jetting off to the USA for a two-week commission with Kohler Hotels. To see some more of Hamish Campbell's work go to www.HCampbellPhotography.co.uk.

23 January

Immi Photography - new site

Immi Photography, one of the most successful wedding and social photography businesses in the South of England, and one readers will know we've been following for some time, has just launched a new web site - check it out at www.immi-photography.com

12 January

Aidan Dockery
Some time back we ran a Turning Pro feature on Aidan Dockery. It's not everyone that decides on Hanoi, Vietnam as a location to set up a new photography business and we thought Aidan had a really interesting story to tell. Today of course, due to recession in Europe and boom time on the Pacific Rim, Aidan looks a bit like someone who could see into the future. Suffice to say he's done really well. Now operating out of both Hanoi and Bangkok he's becoming a sought after wedding shooter on the international stage: recently for example being commissioned from Bangkok to go and shoot a wedding in Canada. We'll be running an update feature on Aidan in the coming months in f2 and his work can be checked out at www.abdphoto.net and www.aidandockery.com

6 January

I Am: Pushing the Limits - Nikon announces the D4

Nikon D4Nikon's latest professional DSLR was released worldwide at 5am GMT, with the emphasis on multimedia production and sports/agency workflow stronger than ever. A new 16.2Mp sensor, unique to the D4, allows a lower base ISO of 100, and expands the "extended" range from 50 to 204,000; usable with the flexible video modes as well. High speed 11 frame per second capture is now supported by UDMA 7 and XQD card slots for 98 raw frames in 10s.

The most significant improvement in the camera's capabilities comes from a revised Multi-CAM 3500 metering system. The D3's 1001-pixel RGB sensor has been replaced with a 91,000 pixel unit that enhances performance in mixed light and when tracking or identifying subjects (face priority affecting metering choices, as well as focus). Many ergonomic changes have been made, including illuminated buttons, better viewfinder information and joystick selection of AF point for both horizontal and vertical shooting.

The D4's phsyical changes are subtle, but clear, improvements over the already familiar and well-liked D3 range - much of what has been revised makes the camera more accessible to professionals used to other brands' layouts, presenting unambigious controls clearly.

Connectivity is also vastly improved. The video capabilities now extend to "limitless" uncompressed recording via the HDMI port, with suitable professional video equipment, and the internal audio features have been extended for better control of levels, with a headphone socket for reviewing and monitoring on-location. Using the cards for video, it's possible to record just under 30 minutes of H.264 compressed HD video at 24,25 or 30 fps, with 50/60 fps for 720p.

Ethernet is provided for situations such as the Olympics, where large numbers of users can make working with wireless impractical or even impossible, and for where WiFi is appropriate, the new WT5 transmitter is a huge leap forward from the WT4's bulk and power requirements. The optional GPS unit - the GP-1 - can now set the clock in the camera for perfect timestamps.

The D4's mission is not only to battle Canon's 1D-X, it's got to follow up one of the best professional DSLRs produced. For existing Nikon users, the changes have been made without sacrificing familiarity; for other users, it's quick and easy to find even advanced modes.

Nikon have an on-sale date in mid-February for the £4799 D4 - and we will be reviewing it as soon as production models are available.

5 January

Lisa Pritchard Workshop: The Business of Photography

Photographers' agent Lisa Pritchard (www.lisapritchard.com) is running a workshop on The Business of Photography. She'll be discussing the essentials of running a photography business, including finance, marketing and legal obligations.

The workshop will take place on 19 January at Westbourne Studios, London. Click here for more information and to book a place.

4 January

Kirsten Murphy - Arctic Freelance!

Here at f2 we stand by the notion that there is a living to be made just about anywhere for the creative and businesslike photographer, but it isn't that often we have it so clearly evidenced as we did this week by new subscriber Kirsten Murphy from Yellow Knife, just South of the Arctic Circle, in Canada's Northern Territories - For Kirsten's story click here or check out her web site at www.kirstenmurphy.com/


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