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

Bits of interest

UK Photoshow 2016 deals

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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

99u

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

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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.