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Ramblings

Neal Preston – Exhilarated and Exhausted Trailer Extended

 

Realised I’ve not posted on my blog in over a year! (Well a year yesterday)

Of late I post my photos to Instagram.

And have developed my main website to more of a portfolio site.

So will continue to use this blog just to post items of interest – mostly found elsewhere.

So here’s one – a video trailer for a Music Photography book by Neal Preston.

I first found out about him from a Matthias HTBARP podcast.

Have ordered the book ūüôā


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

Chris Hondros – another conflict photographer film

Come across this and thought I’d share.

Seems Chris Hondros was injured/killed in the same incident as Tim Hetherington. Wiki says he was a finalist for a Pulitzer on two occasions.

Just the trailer so far – so hard to tell how good/bad it might be.

The Trailer website: http://www.chrishondrosfilm.com/trailer/2015/4/9/hondros-teaser-trailer

 


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

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


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.


Professional Photographer magazine to end

Received the below E-mail last night.

I’m not overly surprised.

Each time I tried a subscription I was ultimately disappointed by it. There were some good articles – don’t get me wrong – wasn’t all bad. But all the bloomin time ¬†they would have poor articles about things like SEO. I realise that I’m not the main target audience in that I’m not full time pro and don’t do any marketing – but almost every single time they did an SEO/Internet tools article it would be a brief introduction not going into any great depth or detail. Each time they’d do this it would cover the same well trodden ground. It just smacked of inviting some SEO consultant in to do a free piece – each time they’d obviously start from the beginning and not have enough space (or want to) give specifics. This happened on many such topics not just SEO – woo this is branding, this is SEO, this is Twitter……. then a month or two later …… this is SEO, this is Branding etc etc

 

There is an alternative – I recently picked up a copy of Photo Professional up from the SWPP convention. From chatting to the guy there – it seemed like several of their staff used to work at Professional Photographer. I’ve bought and read one back copy. Seemed Ok. I did like the fact that they organises all the business into one section, all the gear into one section etc – so if not interested in that you could easily skip it.

But personally – I’m going to go for a digital subscription from the US Magazine – Photo District News a.k.a PDN. Unfortunately PDN¬†doesn’t have a distributor in the UK (I’ve asked several times) and the US to UK postage more than doubles the price – so I’m going to go digital.

 

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Gig: JD McPherson + The Cactus Blossoms

JD McPherson

A nice Rock and roll/rhythm and blues/country/Rockabilly gig at Islington Assembly Hall. Was expecting it to be more lively Рbut it was fairly relaxed. Would have been a great place to photograph the crowd too as there were lots there dressed up in a Rockabilly style.

There was only two or three of us photographing the show so plenty of space to move around. Lighting was good too with no crazy smoke etc.

22/01/2015

The Cactus Blossoms

JD McPherson

All Rights Reserved.
Images available to license through Photoshot/Retna (UK)


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.


The Long Game : Inspiration to keep going

During my usual lunchtime blog viewing I came across a couple of videos I thought I’s share.

I love inspiration videos – of various guises – to create art, help those around you, share knowledge, find new skills etc and these are similar but a little different. They show how we shouldn’t give up – that over much of time “success” (however you judge that) often isn’t a quick thing, isn’t immediate. I think the films are correct in stipulating that in the modern age we’re used to getting everything quickly – the hear and now – which can mean we’re more impatient than we used to be. So hopefully they may help anybody who thinks it’s too late for them to “make it” or similar.

I do feel this occasionally – photography is my passion however not my career – I work in IT, but at least in a photography related industry. As with many people with a passion but not profession in such¬†field I sometimes wonder if I could/should/would be any good as a professional photographer – but also think that maybe at 38 it could be too late. Thankfully it’s never too late …. or so say these videos ūüėČ


New War Photography film : A Thousand Times Goodnight

I seem to have developed a habit of mentioning or featuring films and books on War/Conflict photography or it’s photographers. It’s not something I want to do but it has fascinated me in the past – I think it’s the potential to get such powerful images and also try to help the world get better.

 

Aaaanyway, another has just popped up in my news feeds – A thousand Times Goodnight

AThousand

This is a “inspired by” type film rather than documentary.

Check tag cloud for a word like “Conflict Photography” to see the other mentions – book and videos.

I have Bang-Bang club the film but yet to watch it (read the book a while ago)


Minolta light meter reset

Am selling a few of my previous boss’ old photography equipment – including Canon film SLRs. Started with bits that didn’t need a clean including a Minolta IV F Auto meter – a light meter. When photographing it I thought I’d give it a quick test and found out that it was way off! My light meter was giving f8 (1/250 ISO 100) while the Minolta gave f22! There is a little dial to adjust within the battery compartment – but this didn’t give enough variation to reach f8. I did a few searches to find out how much it would cost to calibrate it when I came across this video.

It sounds strange – but it actually works!

I first tried it with a piece of card and didn’t run – and it didn’t work. Then tried an actual US dollar bill (I happened to have one) and did the rubbing thing – and it worked!

Is so strange – can’t imagine this is a true calibration – at best guess it either cleans the contacts or somehow removes a charge in the system. Not sure how a dollar bill/rubbing would have changed things.

But it’s so strange – thought I’d post it.

Here’s the lightmeter on eBay if you fancy one. Auction ends 29th April.


Jess De Wahl’s BigSwingingOvaries

Here’s a quick set from my friend Jess’ press event for her gallery opening.

Jess is combining an exhibition of her artwork using textile sculpture and a charity event : “#bigswingingovaries is an exhibition, exploring and incorporating art, feminism and recycling.” during World Woman’s Day.

Last night was the press event but tonight is the official opening.

You can find further details here : http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/big-swinging-ovaries

Here’s a video she’s made

And my photos, using my old backup camera as the shiny D800 is in for a repair.


Nikon NPU vs NPS

Nikon NPU

Have just come a cropper of something regarding Nikon Professional scheme which is partially my fault but I think could be made clearer. Thought I’d highlight it to avoid others doing the same.

I’ve been a member of a/the Nikon UK professional scheme for several years. I’ve never really used it other than getting the Nikon Professional publication which I’ve enjoyed. However sending my camera in for a Warranty repair recently I’ve tried to use one of these services only to find out it didn’t apply in my case.

I knew that for Nikon worldwide the requirements were different from that of the UK scheme – but I’ve come to realise that they are actually different schemes and have different names.

 

Nikon Professional Services (UK + Worldwide)

Nikon NPS

http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/npsapplication/benefits.aspx

In essence to be a member you need to be “anyone engaged as a full-time professional photographer” and have a number of equipment – “you need to own at least 6 pieces of professional equipment from the list below, 2 of which should be professional camera bodies.

I knew that this last part was different – but didn’t realise the schemes were different.

 

Nikon Professional User (UK)

Nikon NPU

http://www.europe-nikon.com/en_GB/pro/Pro_NPU.page

Having the requirements of: “you need to own at least¬†two¬†pieces of equipment form the Nikon Professional body and lens range, one of which should be a camera body.”

So a lot less. I own six pieces from the list – but the D200 has now been downgraded (was included originally) and so only my D800 counts as a professional body.

Different benefits of both schemes:

NPU NPS
Core:

  • Membership Card
  • Nikon Pro Magazine
  • Notice of new Products
  • Invitation to Seminars
  • Discount training
  • Freefone Technical Support
Core:

  • Membership card
  • Nikon Pro Magazine
  • Notice of new products
  • Invitation to Seminars
  • Discount training
  • Freefone Technical Report
  • Priority allocation scheme
  • Support Depots at major events
  • International support
  • Pro-track express service
  • Loan equipment if service repaired

You can see there is a fair difference – and it was these two highlighted items (pro-track express service & loan equipment) that I had hoped

The lists of professional Products

UK : http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/npsapplication/productlist.aspx

US: http://nikonpro.com/Renewal-NPS-Equipment-List.pdf

They seem to differ slightly – not sure if the UK list is just slightly out of date – I would have expected the D600 to be on UK list. Maybe the DF on both.


Inspirational photography + creative videos

Just come across another few inspirational videos.

This is a series by Smugmug on YouTube designed to do exactly that i.e.  inspire.

I prefer this one:

But from the Von Wong video I like the quote :

“I think if you start doing the stuff that you love, and you start sharing the stuff that you love, ¬†then sooner or later people will start hiring you to do the stuff that you love”


onOne Perfect Effects for free (until 28th Jan)

Something I’ve found via FStoppers.com.

You can download onOne plugin Perfect Effects 8 for free until the 28th of Jan.

CLICK HERE

Perfect Effects

Not used a lot of plugins although I’ve bought Color Effects Pro from Nik/Google – has some good functionality but don’t use it often. But this one is free so might as well give it a go.

Edit: Just noticed they also have some free presets for Camerra Raw, Lightroom and Apple Aperture : http://www.ononesoftware.com/free/


Personal work + the creative spark

Both on this blog and in person I’ve been thinking and discussing personal projects a lot. As you may have seen – my last blog post I’ve started along the path of doing a personal project myself, the first that I can truly call a “project”.

Part of this also ties into my admiration for freelancers – having never gone it out alone I find the whole prospect rather daunting – not that I’m thinking about it seriously – but it is a consideration from time to time. E.g. A Retoucher friend, Hazel Nelson, has recently gone freelance. If you need any work done – go ask her.

So when I happened across this video just now it struck a chord – it shows someone wanting to move to doing different work but in the same industry and how he went about it – with passion – and investing time in it. If you really have the passion for it and want to do something it’s worth giving it a damn good go. Thought I’d post the video to share.

Just subscribed to the lynda vimeo channel.


Inspiring Behind The Scenes videos

You’ve all likely seen the great looking Milk/Pinup photos by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz.

Milk by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

While browsing another site – I came across a link to a behind the scenes video he’s done. Seems he has a few and I find them all rather good – to the point, informative, and inspirational.

It’s interesting how he makes things look so simple, yet puts a huge amount of planning and setting up into a couple of them (e.g. The Trial)

The videos on his site are here : http://aurumlight.com/!videos

Or his Vimeo Channel.

Here a re a few:


Going Solo ?

A topic I often reflect on is the possibility of going it out solo / alone…..

Having worked in IT for almost 14 years I’ve never actually freelanced. I’ve always been a PAYE employee. In all that period I’ve only been out of work something like 2-3 months – most of it when made redundant 6 years ago. I didn’t try to “go alone” in any way – I just hit the job sites and search, search, searched for IT work in Photography which I eventually found. ¬†So from time to time when thinking about photography, inspirational entrepreneurs when reading Wired, and stories like Instagram etc I wonder what it would be like to go it solo. Start my own company, do something I’m passionate about and be my own boss.

The prospect is quite scary to me. Especially in the current climate and when reading so many photography blogs about it being a bad time for the industry either due to spending cuts or so many “weekend warriors” (such as myself) taking the work of full time pros.

However it is also quite appealing. Both for the creativity but also other aspects – such as being your own boss. ¬†Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall when dealing with bosses. Also hearing stories about the founders of .com’s such as Twitter, instagram, GoPro, Facebook and so on makes me think that to “make it big” you have to take a bold step into the unknown.

Will I ever do it ?

I don’t know. Currently my safety net or the Satatus Quo is to safe to let go. I guess there is the option of doing something part time – but I never seem to have spare time for anything.

But for those that do – I salute you.

What started this ramble ?

This video which I found at: Roadhouse Relics Blog, via a Zack Arias Q&A answer about business going badly.

The video is very inspiring, but Zack’s blog post very scary. Both seem to go hand in hand on this topic.


Focus on Imaging to end!

Oh what!!
Just read that Focus on imaging, UK’s largest photography fair will shut down. The people running it aren’t selling it – just shutting it down.

See : http://www.photographyblog.com/news/mary_walker_closes_focus_after_24_years/

Focus


Interesting talk on remixing and copyright

Another interesting talk about remixing and copyright.

I’d heard of this before – the lawsuit about the Miles Davis photo had made the rounds in the photography news feeds.

He refers to the “Everything is a remix” series of videos I’ve mentioned before.


Fashion blogger photographers

Think I may have posted something very similar before – or it could be on Facebook. Either way this is both curious and interesting: A video on the ever increasing trend in fashion bloggers and photographers.

Obviously there are the very old-school people like Ian Cunningham (see previous post about a film about him) and then more recently it’s been made popular by the likes of The Sartorialist. But it now seems to be exploding!

During London Fashion week I passed a venue where there was a show and there must have been a dozen or so photographers there. Only one or two who looked like pros.

It’s also interesting to see that a couple of people being photographed are rather common in the different situations – as if they in turn follow the photographers!

(Found via PetaPixel)