A home for the things I think are worthy of sharing. Will largely be photography based.

Bits of interest

Nikon Custom Picture Profiles

Something super interesting/geeky looking on a Nikon Rumors post.

Custom profiles for Picture Control settings.
I think you can upload them to your camera using the Picture Control Utility.
It includes profiles for some classic film stock as well as modern cameras.

A friend used custom profiles to boost his blue skies on Ibiza outdoor clubbing photos on his 5D.

https://nikonpc.com/

NikonProfiles

Alas I can’t try them yet as I just dropped my camera off for a service today.

 


Video

John Free – 10 year photo project

Interesting story from Photographer John Free about his 10 year photo project!

Initially found via The Art of Photography (which is a great channel I watch often)


UK Photoshow 2016 deals

Just been to Britain’s largest annual photography show in Birmingham NEC – these times called “UK Photoshow” but in the past “Focal”. I’ve been to it a few times over the years -usually just to geek out (hey I know good photography isn’t about the gear – but I enjoy that aspect anyway) but also occasionally to buy equipment.

There have been good deals to be had in the past – but I think less so in recent years. I’ve gone into the habit of photographing price lists to share them online so others can see if they want to go. This year though I’ve just been on the penultimate day – so maybe not so much of use – but what the hell.

I only photographed the price lists I saw that were easily photographed – a fair few only had prices on individual items – as I wasn’t buying – I didn’t go for them.

Past years:

2014
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2014/03/02/photography-show-2014-prices/

2012
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-cameraworld-prices/
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-jacob-prices/

Sorry for the quality – taken on a phone.
I’m not one for taking my camera to photography shows.

Click on the picture to view larger, and then click on the “view in full size” bottom right to see the original.

http://www.photographyshow.com/


Shoot for the jobs you want not the one’s you’re getting

Came across another fairly inspirational video – the post title is a line from it.

Take a look.

Like the fact he treated and shot school sports teams like full on pros!

Originally found via Strobist.


James Dean + Dennis Stock – by New York Times

Used to watch New York Times [Lens] videos on a regular basis. But as they’re no longer on Vimeo it seems I’ve missed them – but they’re on their own website.

Here’s a really interesting one I thought I’d share – on James Dean and Dennis Stock – the photographer who took “the” photo of James Dean – the one of him n Times Square in the rain. Rather than a quick snap – seems that there was a two month run up to it. Would be great to do something like this! If only I had the time. Maybe I should make it happen rather than hoping always.

I tried to embedd the video but as wordpress.com doesn’t allow iFrames – here’s a standard link:

JamesDean


Video

Interesting tech, innovation, maker video

Less about photography and more about tech this one.

For last couple of years I’ve thought about playing around with ardunio tech, wanting to make something both technical and creative. In parallel I’ve also wondered about some day pushing something like this beyond the point of just messing around or doing for fun – i.e. launching into a wider audience by starting a company or similar.

Just come across this video which is really interesting on many of those aspects plus maker community, open source etc – and thought I’d share.

 

Original source is here: http://99u.com/videos/52119/chris-anderson-how-and-why-i-built-a-drone-empire-with-a-19-year-old

999u.com seems really interesting – will follow their video feed.


Never too late

Wow – been a while since I posted something to my blog – oops sorry. Been busy doing lots of gigs and such. Not really posted much on that here but does a few bits on my instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dafowen/
I intend to start a 500px page too.

Anyway – back to the issue at hand – here’s another inspiration video for you. Shows it’s never too late to be / do whatever you want to do.

Found via Kottke.org


Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

A film/Documentary about Tim Hetherington – the well known photographer who was killed in Syria – “Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” is currently available to view on BBC iPlayer for the next 22 days.

Likely UK only.

Not watched it yet but thought I’d share.

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zq89v


Video

The Art of Photography : Mick Rock Interview

The Art of Photography is a Video Blog by Ted Forbes I occasionally watch during my lunch hour. It’s usually a decent length – 20min or so and often covers a review of prominent photographer’s work – however it does sometimes cover other aspects of photography e.g. issues with signing contracts. Worth adding to your feeds if you do such things (I use feedly after Google Reader was stopped) or checking occasionally otherwise.

Just looked after not watching for a while and noticed there is an interview with Mick Rock. One of the most significant names in Music Photography and possibly THE name in terms of 70’s Rock. Work (an image library) have some dealings with him and my recent coverage of music gigs peaked my interest in it, and then thought I’d share.

Part of me wonders what it would have been like to be a photographer then – especially since I’ve loved and at one time had a big passion for that kind of music (was a massive Hendrix fan). Certainly – much more skill was required with film and as such I’m assuming there would have been much fewer photographers and so possibilities of back stage access or hanging out with the musicians more likely. I’ve been to gigs where there are 20+ photographers in the pit. I’m sure because of this we are kept in our place with stricter limits. But then befriending a musician that becomes “big” might just be a matter of being in the right place at the right time.


Video

Grunge & 90s Style Mags : Video

Been a while since I blogged anything – mostly as I’ve not had the time – covered (photography) a couple of London Music festivals and have other editing I’m way behind on. Will likely post some of these in time.

During my lunchtimes I often read photography (or related) blogs, news feeds and such like which sometimes include videos. One that’s not usually photography related (iD Magazine YouTube upload feed) has recently featured a video which covers photography and fashion of the 90s Grunge scene. Thought I’d share.

It’s part of a series on UK youth culture:
Episode 1: Grime & Emo – http://bit.ly/1eCWMxP
Episode 2: Jungle & Cybergoth – http://bit.ly/1UvT0XU
Episode 3: Grunge & 90s Style Mags – http://bit.ly/1K5gNL7
Episode 4: B-Boys, Ibiza & Acid House – http://bit.ly/1Dq3FIO
Episode 5: Soul Boys & Casuals – http://bit.ly/1Mk4xqI
Episode 6: Skins & Scooter Boys – https://youtu.be/5PpAWL1FVxY


Video

Another Inspiration video

I do like my inspirational videos and enjoy sharing them.Well here’s another.

I usually prefer videos which aren’t so targeted i.e. not about inspiration itself but about other people doing what they do, and doing it well sometimes in the face of adversity – but this is a direct one. However if you look at the creators other videos – you see there is a creative pattern there too.

Originally found on Zack Arias’ Dedpxl blog, from the series The Society of Good Stuff – by Meghan Arias. Specific post has several inspirational inspired items.

Video is by Maximus Thor


Sundance Festival – TinTypes by Victorial Will

Just a quick share of some beautiful photography….

Have come across these Tintypes from Sundance Festival by Victorial Will and thought I’d share.

Have loved the videos of Ian Ruhter doing truck-sized tintypes in the past, surprised I’ve not blogged those! So have come to like the look. Not something I’d likely venture to any time soon – but I do love the look of them and the physicality.

Go take a look.

 


Video

Video : Forensic Photography

Came across this interesting video about Forensic Photography on the Vimeo Staff picks feed. Thought I’d share.

Fascinating stuff – but don’t think it would be for me – I much prefer photographing people. The little challenges would inspire me though I think.


Photo Inspiration : Ray Collins Seascapes

Ray Collins Seascapes

I’m loving my inspirational videos at the moment. I tend to be going for two kinds really – the “just go out there and do it” type of video and also those showing something so simple and basic yet done so well and beautifully – and this is the latter of those two.

Sure we’ve all seen lots of surfing photos and videos – but this is a video about Ray Collins primarily just photographing waves. Something so simple and basic in concept – yet done so well and beautifully. Suggests any of us could go do something similar with a topic that we usually just take for granted.

Many of his pictures remind me of solid lumps of glass or obsidian.

Originally seen via PetaPixel.

His Website


Video

Inspiration: Honey shoot

Links to the honey shoot from Blake Little has been doing the rounds a fair bit on social media. He has a book of them : Preservation.

At the time it struck me as such a simple yet clever idea. Although there are of course logistics to consider like buying and controlling honey, different models etc – ultimately it’s simple and beautiful. The kind of thing where I think “Oh – wish I would have done that”.
I keep wanting to do more creative shoots but the impending organisation usually stops me or to be correct – I don’t event start. I just need to commit some time and just do it.

Recently came across a BTS video of the series and thought I’d blog it tagged as Inspiration.


Word Press Photo contest – 2015

The World Press Photo 2015 (best photo of 2014) contest has been announced again.

It’s showing up on my usual blogs and feeds for various reasons.
First off – that it’s been announced of course.
But secondly – of interest to photographers – that it seems 22% of the final shortlisted entries were later excluded upon checking the original files! It sounds like they had quite strict rules on editing. This included hidding elements through dodge and burn, not just cloning etc. Usually I’d say that this would be pushing it a bit far – but I think in press awards I think this is fair – as press pictures should be as true to life as possible. More details in the press release below.

The winning picture (I rarely agree with the overall winner of such competitions but that’s not rare – likely the judges didn’t agree either) is one about Russian gay rights.

Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25.

World Press Photo of the Year 2014, First Prize Contemporary Issues. Photo by Mads Nissen

 

Here’s an interesting video about the contest that I happened across. Nice little short critique on a couple of images. I do really like the table top picture.

Press release:

World Press Photo of the Year 2014, First Prize Contemporary Issues. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures

A photograph that highlights the difficulties facing sexual minorities in Russia has won the World Press Photo contest’s top prize. ‘Jon and Alex’, from a project called ‘Homophobia in Russia’, shows a ‘intimate moment’ between a gay couple from St. Petersburg and won Danish photographer Mads Nissen the Contemporary Issues category of the competition, as well as the first prize for a single image, netting him 11,500 Euro and Canon DSLR equipment.

The 2015 contest attracted entries from 5692 photographers representing 131 nationalities, and drew in a total of 97,912 pictures. Once again what constitutes an acceptable degree of digital manipulation has been questioned, with a spokesperson reportedly telling UK photo magazine Amateur Photographer that 22% of the short listed entries were rejected by the jury once original files were called in for checking. The World Press Photo foundation published Integrity of the Image (PDF), a paper dealing with the characteristics of image manipulation and the acceptable boundaries last year, which describes what it considers ‘minor/normal/subtle/moderate’ and which acknowledges that defining ‘excessive’ is open to interpretation.

For more information on the winners, the competition and to see a gallery of all the winning entries, visit the World Press Photo website. You can also hear the phone call in which Nissen was told he had won the overall prize.

 

 


SWPP Convention + Trade Fair 2015 : London 14-18 Jan

Another year another SWPP trade fair…..

Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas/Holidays/New Year etc etc. I’m not one for new years resolutions (I believe that if something is worth doing – it’s worth starting now) so will get straight into standard posting.

2015Conventionlogo

The SWPP or as it is now called “The Societies” Convention is a standard fixture in January.
SWPP was/is the Society for Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

The convention is part training event/convention part trade fair. I have only really gone to the trade fair part (which is free) and not the rest – training courses, portfolio reviews, etc which are paid.

For the free Trade Fair – registered by Sunday 10th January 2015 after this time it is £6.00.

Full Convention: 14-18 Jan 2015 (Wed-Sun)

Trade Fair: 16-18 Jan 2015 (Fri-Sun)

Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU

http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

I’d say the Trade fair is “Ok”. It has grown in recent years but isn’t anywhere close to the size of Focus on Imagine / “The Photography Show” held in Birmingham NEC. Still – there is a mix of things there – equipment manufacturers, training courses, accessory suppliers and so forth but a cut-down version.
I’d say that there is a significant percentage of album/print suppliers showing at the trade fair – but since the Society/show has it’s roots in wedding photography – it’s understandable. This just may not be of interest to some (such as myself).

There are some free demo/training courses at or around the trade fair – however these are most likely to be biased at software or equipment the stalls are trying to sell and may be overly busy. One year there was one free seminar area. This year Adobe seem to have a seminar room which sounds like it’s free. See the Free Demo links below.

 

Some additional info:

Trade Show Exhibitorshttp://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/
(Canon is there but no Nikon – as previous years)

Ticket/Registration form (Free and paid) : https://swpp.co.uk/secure/conventionform.htm

Free demos
Fri: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Friday16th.htm
Sat: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Saturday17th.htm
Sun: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Sunday18th.htm

Paid Courses
Superclasses: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Superclass.htm
Masterclasses: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Masterclass.htm
Location Seminars: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Location.htm
Business School: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/BusinessSchool.htm
I’m not sure what the difference is between a Superclass and Masterclass – it looks like duration – Superclass is half a day while Masterclass is an hour and a half.

 

 

 

 


Inspirational Video : Making time count

Came across this little video linked by a friend on Facebook.

I wholeheartedly agree with it – likely why I’m constantly so busy and always have stuff to do. I seem to fill my time up without trying.


Modern Panic V

Once again it’s that time of year where the excellent Modern Panic art exhibition is on.
As per before – I had the pleasure to attend the opening event and take photos there.
I have a few friends that are exhibitors there.

It’s a great show and I would highly advise taking a look. As well as the original art – some exhibitors have prints on sale. If I had a big house I’d buy so much from this show!

 

OPEN TO PUBLIC:
SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOV 2014
11am – 7pm | £3 Admission | Support The Arts

Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom

Modern Panic links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/509503689152410/
http://www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-5.html
https://twitter.com/guerrillazoo #ModernPanic

 

Links of some exhibitor friends:

Anne ‘Blondie’ Bengard
https://www.facebook.com/anneblondiebengard
http://www.anneblondiebengard.com/

Iain MacArthur
https://www.facebook.com/IainMcarthur
http://www.iainmacarthur.com/

Rococo Wonderland
http://www.rococowonderland.com/

Karina Akopyn
https://www.facebook.com/karina.akopyan.artist
http://www.karina-akopyan.com/

Michelle Mildenhall
https://www.facebook.com/latexartwork
http://www.michellemildenhall.co.uk/

 

Also includes some photos of MisSa Blue’s performance

https://www.facebook.com/missablue

 

 

 

 


Inspirational little video

Another one of these inspirational little videos I occasionally come across and enjoy. Not specifically about photography, in fact it’s about music/composing, but rather can really be about almost anything where you create something and can get stuck into it a bit too much.

It starts a bit strangely but stick with it.

 

I get several elements from it, others may get different things.

I know I’ve been guilty of comparing myself to others or my photography to theirs. Sometimes this can be disheartening. I think it’s healthy sometimes – pushes us to be better within ourselves, but it can have negative issues too.

Also – I know I’ve been guilty of getting stuck into editing and turning other things down because I have too much to do.

And we’re all probably guilty of taking life too seriously at times.


Paris through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67

Love this so much I thought I’d share.
Simple but effective and very inspiring in wanting me to take the camera out.

If interested there’s some behind the scenes stuff here : http://petapixel.com/2014/08/23/stunning-video-paris-captured-viewfinder-old-pentax-67/


DxO FilmPack 3 for free

Have received a message from dpreview about an offer to get DxO’s FilmPack 3 for free!

DXObanner

This is the previous version of FilmPack – the current one being version 4. But hey – it’s free! Or at least will be until July 4th.

DxO

 

Here’s the message from dpreview. I received it both as an E-mail and alert on dpreview. I’m not sure if the code is personal to myself – and so I’ve obscured most of it.


 

Hello from dpreview!

You’re receiving this message because our friends at DxO have a special offer that they want to extend to our community. For a limited time, DxO is giving dpreview users the opportunity to download its popular film-emulation software FilmPack 3 free of charge, and is offering a $30 discount on the newer FilmPack 4.

To learn more, or take advantage of this offer, go to http://www.dxo.com/dpreview and enter your email address and the unique verification code, below.

DPR-HEJPAY**** [Daf – I’ve obscured the last 4 characters]

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be directed to a page where you can download the software, and DxO will send you an activation code over email. Your email address will only be used to send you the activation code.

This offer is valid through July 4th, 2014.


 

I imagine if you sign in to dpreview then you should get a code too.


Dennis Hopper the Photographer

Dennis Hopper Selfie

I like stories I’ve seen in the past of famous people (usually musicians or actors) being keen photographers.

Here’s another I just came across and thought I’d share. I shouldn’t copy their article so here’s a link to it.

http://www.slrlounge.com/dennis-hopper-photographed-lost-idealism-1960s/

Dennis Hopper Selfie


New Central London Camera Shop – Park Cameras

Park Cameras London

Ok – so I’ve not had cause to go to central London much, even though I’ve moved office to Farringdon which technically is fairly central. But I mean to shop etc.

Also not seen this on any photography blogs – which I read plenty of.

Anyway – Seems that Park Cameras have opened a new shop in Central London. It’s actually been there since December! Shall have to pay a visit when I’m next in town.

http://www.parkcameras.com/article/526/Park-Cameras—London-Store.html

Park Cameras London

 

Park Cameras
53-54 Rathbone Place
LONDON
W1T 1JR

Monday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.30pm

I only noticed when checking out the shops that Manfrotto would have their event days at.

http://www.manfrotto.co.uk/manfrottotakeover