Archive for 2011

155th International Print competition – call for entries

The world’s oldest photographic competition, organised by The Royal Photographic Society, has put out a call for entries for 2012. The 155th International Print competition is open to entrants until 21 March 2012 and has £6500 (approx $10,000) in cash prizes, Olympus Pen equipment and it will award medals to the winners.

The competition is sponsored for the fifth year by international legal practice Allen & Overy which will also host the opening exhibition from 18 July 2012. The competition is open to all photographers and includes a special award for under 25 year olds. Up to 125 prints will be selected by a panel that includes photographic artist Tom Hunter HonFRPS, the Guardian and Observer’s head of photography Roger Tooth, social documentary photographer Ian Beesley, and photographers Sandy Cleland FRPS and Vanessa Slawson FRPS.

Allen & Overy is awarding a £1000 prize for the best photograph on the theme of ‘Change’. The Society’s Director-General Michael Pritchard commented:  ”Acceptance of work in to The Society’s International Print competition is for many photographers the high point  of their photographic endeavours. Our selectors are looking forward to the challenge of choosing the best of photography. The Society is grateful to Allen and Overy for their continued sponsorship”.

First held in 1854 the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print competition and exhibition is the world’s most prestigious. Submissions reflect all aspects of photography from documentary and contemporary work through to natural history, landscape and portraiture. Past award winners have included Harry Borden, Peter Dazeley and Julia Fullerton-Batten.

The exhibition will tour the UK and elsewhere for up to a year and photographers will have the opportunity to sell copies of their prints. All accepted prints will be shown in a full-colour catalogue which all entrants receive.

Key dates:  ·

Deadline for receipt of entries – 21 March 2012·

Selection dates – 13 and 14 April 2012·

Awards presentation at Allen & Overy, Bishops Square, London – 18 July 2012·

Exhibition tours – July 2012-May 2013

The Society’s website includes an entry form and further information:

Medium format film scanner from Relecta

Photographers can now digitise positive and negative medium format films quickly, easily and to a professional quality high resolution thanks to the introduction of the new Reflecta Midformat Scan MF5000.

The scanner, available now through Kenro, is described as a “state-of-the-art CCD scanner with fast image processing” and features a 3-line CCD image sensor allowing for scans of 3200 x 3200 dpi optical resolution and 3.6 Dmax optical density.

The Midformat Scan MF5000′s scan speed – a colour scan at 3200 dpi and 24 bit colour depth takes only 200 seconds, very fast for a colour CCD scanner  ˆ means that top quality scanning is no longer the time consuming exercise it used to be, while the Magic Touch feature, which automatically removes dust and scratches via an infrared sensor, helps ensure that the final scan is perfect first time.

Mains powered, the scanner is connected via USB 2.0 to a computer (either MAC or PC). It weighs around 5.6kg and measures 320mm x 165mm x 160mm and will scan the whole range of 120 and 220 films, including 6×4.5, 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9 and 6x12cm formats. Holders for four framed slides up to 3.2mm thickness, film strips with up to six frames and for one or two medium format film frames are included.

Kenro’s managing director, Paul Kench made this comment on the release: “The MF5000 enables photographers to produce professional quality scans time-after-time, quickly and simply. It’s the perfect piece of kit for a serious photographer who wants to digitise their archive of medium format films.”

Technical data:
Optical resolution: 3200 dpi
Scanning speed: 3200 dpi, 24 Bit = 200 Sec.
Colour depth: 48 Bit
Contrast: >3,6 Dmax
Image sensor: 3-line ˆCCD-Sensor
Lamp: whit LEDs and infrared LEDs
Scanning area -max: 24.3 x 36.5mm / 118 x 56.9mm
PC interface: USB 2.0
MAGIC TOUCH Technology

The Midformat Scan MF5000 comes complete with power adapter, Cyberview X scan software, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, holder for four framed slides, holder for film strips with up to six frames, medium format holder and full user instructions.

The scanner is available now with an RRP of £2,250. For details of your nearest stockist please visit – alternatively call Kenro’s head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 – Call for Entries

Printspace are proud to be the official print partner & sponsor for The 2012 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, to take place at the Embankment Galleries in Somerset House from 27th April 2012 – 20th May 2012.

All prints, mounts and frames will be produced by theprintspace, and the finished works will be available to viewon its opening day to the public the 27th April 2012.

Last call for entries! If you don’t want to miss the chance to be amongst the exhibited winners, enter your images before the 4th of January 2012!

Enter here:

Apart from being part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2012 exhibition, you get international exposure and can win up to $25,000, flights to London including 2 nights accommodation and VIP tickets to attend the awards gala, and digital SLR camera equipment from Sony and publication in the exhibition book. Good luck and we hope to see your work exhibited as part of  The 2012 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House.

Booked for Vegas yet?

The 2012 DIMA Conference, January 8-9 at Bally’s Las Vegas, will feature four tracks of education to provide timely advice and thought-provoking ideas to help grow your business.

The Photo Publishing track features sessions designed to introduce you to new strategies and new products/services to be successful in the new era of printed photo products.The Retail Strategy track features innovative retailers and industry professionals providing guidance for creating a new brand, adding online presence, and engaging with your customers through photo safaris and other fun events.

The Social Media track provides insightful advice for novices as well as those currently engaged in social media campaigns, strengthening social media strategies.The Professional Imaging track features some well-known speakers providing information on lighting techniques, color management, and tips to improve workflow and post-production efficiencies.Activities begin January 8 at Bally’s and then the action shifts to The Venetian for [email protected] education and exhibits on January 10.

Your DIMA Conference Badge is your “all-access” pass to all things imaging related at the [email protected] experience. For $399 (member), you will have access to the best education, networking, and expo events throughout the entire event, both DIMA and [email protected]! Energize your business.

Register today!

Innova puts JetMaster Paper in the frame

Innova Art’s biggest success of the past 12 months has been the JetMaster display system. A tough, lightweight and stylish gallery wrap that can be assembled in minutes; the winner of the much coveted Innovation Award at the 2011 UK Art & Framing Industry Awards.

The JetMaster frame comprises a pre-cut, laminated self-adhesive board to which a paper or canvas print is pressed, then trimmed and folded to make a 3D gallery wrap print.

Now, Innova Art is broadening the brand with the launch of the JetMaster paper, newly developed to enable perfect prints for the JetMaster system, time after time.

“As a supplier of premium digital media for the fine art market, we are experts in helping our customers create that ‘gallery’ look,” said Mike Ramos-Gonzalez, Innova Art MD. “The JetMaster paper takes the display system a step further: a carefully tailored solution that means JetMaster prints look even better, are even easier to produce – and can cost less too.”

The JetMaster paper has been specially developed to allow the print to stretch without cracking as the 3D frame is assembled. Its unique pliability produces perfect finished corners and the paper has the strength to withstand being peeled back and repositioned if necessary.The JetMaster paper is available in two finishes, one Smooth the other Embossed to replicate the surface texture and appearance of canvas.

Innova Art is long renowned for the image quality of their media and the JetMaster paper is no exception.

“We have applied our knowledge supplying the top end of the art market and applied it to a product with a much wider industry application,” says Gonzalez. “The JetMaster paper has the look, feel and archival quality of traditional fine art products. It offers outstanding print quality yet it has all the flexibility that a JetMaster user is looking for and is much, much cheaper than many of the alternatives.”

The JetMaster display system has been an immediate hit in those busy production environments seeking innovation, quality and consistency at the lowest possible cost. The incorporation of the JetMaster paper range enhances those benefits still further. The paper will be available in A4 and A3 Plus sheet formats and a variety of rolls.

Available Now! Free On-Line Print UtilityTo assist our customers in making the perfect JetMaster frame visit We have created an On-Line Print Utility for all frame formats within the Jetmaster range. The print utility enables users to make a professional gallery wrap without the need for photoshop or other proprietory software.

Hasselblad gets festive with half-price lens deal

Hasselblad is offering customers who buy a new H4D-40 camera with an 80mm lens the chance to buy a second HC/HCD lens of their choice at a massive 50% discount.

The exclusive Christmas/New Year deal means  that a photographer opting for an HCD 4-5.6/35-90mm zoom lens could save  up to £2,397.00 overall on the purchase.

Explained Chris Russell-Fish, Hasselblad global sales and marketing director: “There has never been a better time to invest in the cutting edge Hasselblad H4D-40. We have just announced  excellent free firmware upgrades on all new H4D cameras including; one-click instant digital focus check, two directional electronic spirit level, an improved high resolution display and a brand new rear display with grip info on the back. And from now until the end of January photographers  buying  an H4D-40 with an 80mm lens can get half price discounts on any H-line lens from the HCD 4/28mm wide angle upwards.”

Any photographer keen to take advantage of this promotion should visit the Hasselblad website or contact their local dealer for more information.

New Portrait Webinars announced

Portraits for Profits Webinar series has been launched by SF Photo School and sponsored by 6 of the industry’s leading companies including onOne Software, Wex Photographics, Sim2000, Nikon, Foto SF & StroBeam.

This 7 hour online webinar series is aimed at those wishing to start either a part or full-time portrait photography business from home. Presented by Uzair Kharawala, this webinar series covers topics including how to set up a business, what camera & lens to start with, how to build up your marketing muscles for your business, simple yet effective lead generating tips, pricing, promotions, products, setting up a mobile studio, off-camera flash, editing, post-processing, off line & online marketing, websites, blogs, social media and much much more…

This online photography course will teach how to set up a profitable ‘lifestyle portraiture’ photography business without having to invest large sums of money.

Uzair, who has been an ‘Evangelist’ for Nikon for the past 5 years explained as to how this idea came about, “I see many new photographers really struggle with starting their business on the right track and with the correct foundation. They go to seminars & workshops at ridiculously high costs for not much return on their investment. I already run a very popular 2-Day Portraits for Profits workshop at Nikon House and decided to make this into an online training course so those who can’t attend the workshop can benefit from the course content at a very affordable price and without any additional costs of travel, hotels, food, etc. In this webinar series, I will share with the attendees actual marketing campaigns we run for our own business, my shooting & editing workflow, portrait sessions (not with models), what I do for my online activities & promotions. In a nutshell, I will share my 10 years of experience in running our business which has been profitable from Year 1.”

Each webinar is scheduled for 1 hour, and run from 11 Jan 2012 to 1 Feb 2012. The cost of the series is only £125 + VAT and comes with bonuses worth £180, including full version of the award-winning photo studio management software Foto SF. Plus there are some exclusive offers from onOne Software & Sim2000.

Seats are kept extremely limited and served on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place and for more information, visit

About the presenter…Uzair Kharawala is a full-time professional photographer. He runs SF Digital Photography with his wife Farzana and is also the creator of the award-winning photography studio management software Foto SF. Uzair has photographed & given seminars in various countries including Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Malaysia, Malta, Cyprus, Ireland & Denmark.He has been an ‘Evangelist’ for Nikon for the past 5 years and is a regular ‘Guest Speaker’ at major photography conventions & trade shows. His work is regularly featured in top photography magazines, journals, websites & blogs.

HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Camera success

The first stocks of the new ILFORD PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY KIT featuring the HARMAN TiTAN PINHOLE CAMERA were shipped to UK photographic dealers at the end of October. Several dealers then reported that they had sold out within 48 hours, and placed further orders.

Such has been the interest in the HARMAN TiTAN since the prototype was first shown at Focus on Imaging exhibition earlier this year that several hundred Kits are now on back order. The cameras are manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras. Mike Walker is working flat out to satisfy demand from enthusiasts all around the world that will take several months to catch up; meanwhile new batches are being shipped as they become available. Anyone keen to secure a kit should place an order with his or her chosen dealer; this will ensure they secure a camera when stocks arrive.

Steven Brierley, Director of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN technology said, “The interest that the HARMAN TiTAN camera has generated has been overwhelming for us. Orders for the Kits are far more than anyone anticipated. This is a pleasant surprise for us and we are doing everything we can to deliver the kits to everyone as soon as possible. There has been a lot of talk in various forums between people anxious to see what we have got. So much so that we have now released a short video on YouTube. “

The short 5-minute video, presented by Sue Evans of HARMAN technology Technical Department, explains the features of the camera and the contents of the Kit, and can be viewed at

Of the camera, Sue says, “We are really enthusiastic about it………..We hope you get lots and lots of fun from it”

The camera is supplied in a kit that also includes 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE FB photographic paper, 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch ILFORD DELTA 100 Professional film, and 10 sheets of 4×5 inch ILFORD MULTIGARDE IV RC paper that can be used in the camera to make a paper negative. All contained in a recognisable iconic ILFORD white box, with a Pinhole Exposure Calculator based on a design by Richard Koolish.

The first batch of kits has now been shipped to Wynit Inc. and Amplis Foto Inc. for distribution in USA and Canada. Shipping to Distributors in Europe will commence in November, with other world regions throughout November and December, and into January.

Details of all ILFORD black and white products can be found at


Loxley albums and Dunsmore images big hit with Royals

Loxley Colour and royal wedding photographer Andrew Dunsmore are over the moon after The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expressed delight at receiving photograph albums filled with images of the royal wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey last April.

Dunsmore, who runs Croydon-based Picture Partnership, worked with Loxley Colour’s marketing manager Chris Kay to develop and dispatch the top of the range Bellissimo Perfetto albums to both Balmoral Castle and St. James’s Palace.

Picture Partnership are official photographers for Westminster Abbey and were granted two key positions in the Abbey during the ceremony.

Said Dunsmore: “By 3pm that afternoon we already had a large number of images up on the Abbey’s website but it wasn’t until after the event that I thought about creating albums for the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

My background in news photography meant I was primed to capture newsworthy cameo moments, like Prince William unable to resist looking over his shoulder to see his bride walking down the aisle. I put the idea of creating albums to Chris at Loxley and together we produced six of them. I couldn’t have done this without Loxley’s expertise.”

In a letter from Balmoral Castle the Queen’s assistant private secretary, Doug King said: ”Her Majesty sincerely appreciates your thoughtfulness in sending this generous gift and has greatly enjoyed looking through the images of the day. Thank you for producing such a lovely memento”.  Chris Kealey, assistant private secretary to HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said: “Their Royal Highnesses were delighted and so touched that you went to such trouble’

Added Loxley Colour’s Chris Kay: “We were very happy to help Andrew with this project and to play an active part in that historic day. We decided to provide Bellissimo Perfetto albums which boast high quality leather covers that are actually produced in a tannery that itself has long-standing royalty connections.”

Photo by Picture Partnership

Framing the Nation Competition launched

HARMAN Technology Ltd  has announced the 2011 competition for all UK photographic students. “Framing the Nation” is the theme of this competition from the home of ILFORD PHOTO black and white products, and HARMAN PHOTO inkjet papers.

Following positive feedback from colleges, the competition this year will have 2 sections. Category 1 is for monochrome images taken and printed with ILFORD black and white film and paper. Category 2 is for inkjet prints from digital capture printed on HARMAN CRYSTALJET ELITE RC inkjet paper.

In each category there will be a first prize and 2 runners up prizes. Category 1 First Prize winner will receive the ILFORD PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY KIT including the HARMAN TiTAN Pinhole Camera PLUS £350 cash. In Category 2 the First Prize winner will receive a Nikon J1 camera complete with 10-30mm lens worth over £500. The 2 runners up in each category will be able to choose products to the value of £100 from, the college that submits the most eligible entries will get £500 of product from

The competition closes on 28th January 2012, and will be judged by Trevor Griffiths, Head of Photography at Bradford College, who set The Brief.

Full details of the competition including ‘The Brief’, Terms and Conditions, and Entry Forms, as well as posters, can be downloaded from

Winning images will be displayed on the HARMAN technology stand at Focus on Imaging 2012, at the NEC Birmingham from 4th to 7th March.

Details of all ILFORD black and white products can be found at

Details of HARMAN PHOTO inkjet products can be found at