Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition

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This year I visited the Landscape Photographer of the Year Exhibition on display at Waterloo National Rail Station. You will find the exhibition on the upper floor of the station with many fine prints on display. The exhibition and competition is organised by Take a View and is in its 8th year. This year’s winner of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014 was Mark Littlejohn for his photograph of a transient stream in Glencoe. Mark wins the title and a whopping £10,000 prize. Mark Littlejohn was thrilled to win and said, “When I got the call, I was in a …

In Conversation with William Klein

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 William Klein, Photographer, Film Maker and Painter An interesting short video, which accompanied Klein’s London exhibition at the Tate Gallery.  Always interesting to look back and listen to a great Master in Conversation. William Klein is an extraordinary individual, his creative practice encompasses Film Making, Photography and Painting.  Klein originally trained as a painter under Fernand Leger and found early success with his work.  He soon moved on to photography and had an extremely successful career as a fashion photographer with Vogue.  Iconic imagery is what Klein creates, whether he is on the street photographing as he sees it or photographing fashion models …

Beginner Photography Course

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Beginner Photography Course gets off to a great start in January 2015.   Our first beginners’ photography course of the year and the sun is shining.  Waking up to London after all that Christmas cheer it is always hard to get moving again after the festive break!  Our beginners clearly had set a New Year Resolution to learn their brand new cameras fast.  It was great to find our first beginners group in such good form and totally motivated.  The course attendees arrived dressed for the weather conditions on the day, and had their digital camera batteries fully charged.   …

lost or stolen camera – what to do.

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You may have seen in the news that a Canon 5DMk3 was sold at auction last week by Transport for London Lost Property. The camera was left on the tube and not reclaimed: it fetched £2,301 including the lens. The present discounted retail price new (assuming the camera in the photograph below shown in the news is the actual one sold) would be £3799. There are a few lessons to be learned here should you part company with your expensive camera. First don’t assume it has been stolen unless you are sure, and also, don’t assume nobody will hand it …

Aperture to Lightroom import – new update

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Previously, Aperture users  were left without support by Apple when it was decided to not carry on the development of Aperture: Adobe were promising to develop an import filter into Lightroom. Firstly, Adobe developed a free plugin to do the import – this was only for Mac users. Now we have an update to Lightroom 5.7 which makes it able to import images out of Apple Aperture and Iphoto libraries into Lightroom 5.7.  If you have Lightroom 5.6 you will still have to use the older plugin.