Archive for 2012

Harman technology Ltd invest in cassette manufacturing facility

ILFORD PHOTO has not made cassettes for 35mm photographic film in the UK since the early 1960′s. Since the rise of digital imaging the reliable supply of quality film cassettes from external supply sources has been problematic.

To overcome this HARMAN has invested over 350 thousand pounds in setting up its own cassette manufacturing facilityHARMAN has invested over £350K in setting up its own cassette manufacturing facility.

The installation project has been completed ahead of schedule and is now in production making cassettes for the world famous ILFORD range of black and white photographic films, at the factory in Mobberley, Cheshire, England.

HARMAN Managing Director, Peter Elton says, “This is just another example of our ongoing commitment to traditional monochrome photography. We are now able to manufacture our own cassettes and this gives us, and our customers, improved security for the future of film production”.

Full details of all ILFORD black and white photographic products can be found at:

BJP’s app team launches 125 magazine’s new unique iPad edition

Following the success of BJP’s award-winning iPad edition, the team behind the app now brings you 125 on the iPad.

125 magazine is one of the world’s leading fashion photography magazines – a visual compendium
of new ideas in photography, fashion, art and culture. The iPad edition is a new version of the magazine,
which showcases previously unseen content, moving image and animation.

Featuring in-depth interviews, creative writing, photo shoots and exclusive video, 125 for iPad is
created in the same immersive and stunningly produced style as BJP’s iPad edition.

The first issue is free, and out now on the App Store:

For more information visit

Falmouth student hailed November winner in Fujifilm Student Awards

University of Falmouth student Adam McGhee has been named Fujifilm’s November winner in a new twist to their annual Student Awards photography competition.

Adam’s image, which shows a woman working on an allotment overlooking The Clyde River in Glasgow, impressed judges with its vivid colours and interesting subject matter. Going into further detail on the inspiration behind his image, Adam said: “I travelled to Glasgow to document how the urbanised cityscape has affected the social behaviour in the city, most noticeably within the Gorbals and Rutherglen districts.”

He continued: “I chose to shoot my image using Fujifilm Superia XTra 400 120mm film due to its richness of colour and the way the film reacts to over exposure, whilst using a Canon EOS Rebel 2000 with a Sigma Zoom 28-105mm 1:2.8-4 and HOYA UV Filter.”

Organisers have added to the prizes given away this year by introducing a monthly award to the image deemed ‘Curators Choice’ by the judges. Each monthly prize winner will feature in a winner’s London exhibition to be held in summer 2013. They will also be presented with a 12″ x 16″ professionally produced print of their winning image by Metroprint as well as receiving 10 rolls of Fujifilm film.

Creative Director for Metroprint Steve Macleod made this comment: “The image has a strong composition and I also like the way the colour relates to the subject, drawing you into the work. It interests me to see more work from this photographer.”
This year’s Award is run in conjunction with, the online community dedicated to film photography and Metroprint, the online arm of Metro Imaging, the respected London pro lab.

The awards are now open to all students in the UK, not just those undertaking courses involving photography. This decision was taken following several requests from students who are keen photographers but not actually studying photography.
The theme for this year’s Award is ‘The Colour Of….’ with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world. All images must be taken on Fujifilm Professional film and submitted via – entry is free and students can enter as many photographs as they wish.

In addition to being named Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2013, the overall winning image will feature in an exhibition to be held in London next summer, as well receiving a professionally produced folio of prints and a one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of Metroprint’s top printers and also £200 worth of film from Fujifilm. The college or university that submits the most entries will win £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film.

2013 marks the 28th anniversary of the competition, making it the longest running and most prestigious student photography awards in the UK. The closing date for the competition is the 29th April 2013.

For further details and examples of previous winners, go to or to follow the Awards on Facebook or Twittersimply search for ‘Fujifilm Student Awards’. To find out more about Metroprint’s services, visit


Adobe announce major updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Incorporated has revealed a major update to its Adobe Creative Cloud offering. During Create Now, an on-line event this evening, the company is announcing that Creative Cloud members will now have access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe is also highlighting the huge customer momentum behind Creative Cloud, with more than 1 million free and paid memberships, including approximately 326,000* paid individual members who have signed up through November 2012.

Additionally, at the Create Now event, the company is introducing a new version, Creative Cloud for teams, making it easy for creative professionals to collaborate with colleagues; showcasing new capabilities for mobile website design with Adobe Muse; launching Creative Cloud Connection for desktop syncing and collaborative sharing; debuting Creative Cloud Training, a library of premium instructional video from leading partners; and demonstrating the unlimited access to the Digital Publishing technology used by major publishers to create interactive content for the iPad.

“It’s been remarkable to see over 1 million users join Creative Cloud in just seven months,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Our goal is to make Creative Cloud the ultimate hub for creatives, where they can access the world’s best creative tools, store and collaborate around their work and ultimately showcase their creations. Now with the availability of the new Creative Cloud offering for teams, we’re making it easier for workgroups to create and collaborate.”

Tune in to see the full details unveiled at the Create Now online event at 6pm GMT with new Creative Cloud capabilities, including Creative Cloud for teams, available at that time.

New Photoshop CS6 capabilities available to Creative Cloud members, include:

*Immediate support for HiDPI (Retina) displays for Apple MacBook Pro. This feature was also made available to perpetual license customers as a free update.
*Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify.
*The ability to quickly export CSS code for text and objects, and import colour swatches to easily design incredible websites.
*New workflow timesavers including Crop tool refinements.
*3D enhancements including improved live (OpenGL) previews of shadow effects and additional control over illumination using 32-bit colour picker to create glow effects.
*Conditional Actions that automatically select the appropriate Action based on user-defined rules, giving users enhanced image processing speed.

New Offering Brings Teams into Creative Cloud

Also available, Creative Cloud for teams is designed to help creative professionals work better together. Creative Cloud for teams delivers everything that’s included with the individual version of Creative Cloud – all of the same desktop tools, online services for publishing and file sharing, and upgrades and feature updates when they are released. Plus it also includes easy management of virtual work groups  100GB of cloud storage per user (versus 20GB for the individual Creative Cloud offering), expert support services, centralised administration for the quick and easy deployment of new seats, and centralised billing and efficient license management.

Other new Creative Cloud additions include an update to Adobe Muse, a desktop app that allows designers to create professional, HTML websites without writing code. Adobe Muse now includes the ability to create unique layouts for desktop, iPhone, iPad and other mobile device versions of a website. Designers can now customise each experience whether the site is viewed on a large monitor while sitting at a desk, or viewing on a small screen while on-the-go.

Also added is Creative Cloud Connection, a desktop sync app, which allows users to automatically sync files to a Creative Cloud account by saving files to the desktop folder, or simply dragging and dropping. In addition, new exclusive Creative Cloud Training (available to all paid Creative Cloud members soon) offers an extensive library of tutorials and trial courses from renowned training partners, Kelby Training, video2brain and Attain, designed to help make Creative Cloud members successful with the tools and services available to them.

These select partners, along with Adobe, will provide training videos for an international Creative Cloud audience in English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Italian, with more languages to be added later. Also today, Adobe Illustrator was updated to support HiDPI (Retina) displays and this feature was made available to both Creative Cloud members and perpetual license customers.

Digital Publishing Single Edition

During Adobe’s Create Now online event, the company is demonstrating core Creative Cloud capabilities, including Digital Publishing Suite (DPS), Single Edition. DPS, Single Edition significantly simplifies the mobile app development process by enabling designers to create and deliver digital publications to iPad through the Apple App Store, without writing a single line of code. With DPS, Single Edition members can create single-issue content, including brochures, catalogs or personal design portfolios, and submit an unlimited number of apps to the Apple App Store for publication, at no additional cost. This gives freelance designers, design agencies and small-to-mid size businesses easy access to the same core digital publishing technologies that leading publishers worldwide are using.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £38.12 (ex VAT) per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for individuals at the discounted rate of £22.22 (ex VAT) per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for £22.46 per month. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at £53 (ex VAT) per month per seat with an annual contract required; existing customers who own CS3 or later get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of £38.12 per month per seat. Creative Cloud for teams is available for purchase today on; annual memberships are also available worldwide through a growing network of Adobe certified resellers. The new Photoshop and Adobe Muse features, Creative Cloud Training, and Creative Cloud Connection preview are immediately available to Creative Cloud members.

About Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with unlimited access to download and install all Adobe Creative Suite(r) desktop applications, plus other applications including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom(r), Adobe Muse, Adobe Edge Tools & Services; game developer tools and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps**. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to publishing services to deliver apps and websites, cloud storage and the ability to sync to any device, and new products and exclusive updates as soon as they’re released.

** Internet connection required. Adobe online services, including the Adobe Creative Cloud service, are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and Adobe’s online privacy policy. The applications and online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or subscription charges may apply.

BJP backs new photography fair set for 2013

British Journal of Photography is supporting a new initiative that will put photography centre stage in the capital next spring.

The Photo Art Fair is a new five-day event (2nd-6th May, 2013) at the Sorting Office, just off Oxford Street in central London, showcasing the work of 200 photographers, most of which will be on sale to the public. British Journal of Photography is the official sponsor of the event, alongside the Positive View Foundation, a charitable organisation that funds projects working with disadvantaged young people, who royal patron is HRH prince William.

The appeal of the fair is the creation of a whole new platform for photography, spanning a range of genres, from Fashion to war. It is designed to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase affordable and collectable photographs from both undiscovered and also well-known artists.

Simon Bainbridge, editor of British Journal of Photography, and a member of the Fair’s selection committee, comments: “London is home to some of the world’s greatest photographers, and has a thriving photographic
culture, yet there’s precious little opportunity to bring people together to discuss and celebrate the medium.
Hopefully, the Photo Art Fair will provide that focus.”

Mark Adams, Photo Art Fair’s founder, adds: “Part of our mission is one of discovery: to unearth new art. Our selection panel is tasked with finding new artists and also raising the bar for existing artists by presenting their works in different ways.”

The Photo Art Fair is now calling for entries, welcoming applications from all photographers. Working closely with head curator Susie Babchick, a London-based photography consultant, all applicants will be screened by a selection committee that includes Andy Page, founder and CEO of the Positive View Foundation, Steve Macleod, managing director of Metro Imaging, and photography collectors Gert Elfering and Anke Degenhard, who set
up Camera Work Gallery in Berlin.

Sony clicks with Snapfish by HP

Sony has teamed up with Snapfish by HP to make online photo printing easier for owners of Cyber-shot, “a” A-mount and E-mount digital cameras and Handycam camcorders.

The latest version of PlayMemories Home software now lets users* order prints from Snapfish, the online photo printing service from HP. With millions of users worldwide, Snapfish offers a wide range of personalised photo products – from individual prints and photo books to posters, mugs, greeting cards and more.

PlayMemories Home Version 2 will be available for free download for customers of new cameras and consumer camcorders from Sony and will allow you to upload images directly to Snapfish. Just click on the Snapfish icon: once you’ve registered for your free Snapfish account, it’s easy to upload selected images from PlayMemories Home for online printing and delivery to your home.

As an additional incentive for Sony camera owners, there’s a tempting offer to save 50% on your first photo book for newly-registered Snapfish users.

Included with all new digital cameras from Sony, PlayMemories Home software makes it easy to enjoy, share, manage, edit and print all those photo memories stored on your PC’s hard drive.

The latest version of PlayMemories Home PC software (Version 2) with Snapfish integration comes free of charge with all new digital cameras and consumer camcorders from Sony. Existing PlayMemories Home users can update to the latest version by visiting

* Snapfish service is integrated with Sony PlayMemories Home Ver. 2 software in these countries: United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Ireland.

DIMA and PSPA/SPAA Conferences – Social Media Bootcamp

In this increasingly “social” world, we can all use a little help. Attend the DIMA and PSPA/SPAA Conferences and take part in one segment or all four of the social media bootcamp led by social media marketing maven, Georgia McCabe. A member of the photo industry for years, Georgia is the leading authority on social media strategy and technology for photographers around the world.

You won’t want to miss these sessions on Monday, January 7.

Part I: Why you need social media
There is no escaping that conversations are taking place online. Google and Facebook are the two most popular networks where a business is searched for first. So, you can either let conversations take place without you (and lose big), or you can contribute value and build critical relationships by participating.

Part II: Strategies for finding (and keeping) superfans
The days of simply collecting “likes” are gone. The mantra for 2013 is all about quality vs. quantity. Learn how different types of content strategies create different levels of engagement and lead to greater conversations and stronger relationships.

Part III: Developing your tactical social media plan for 2013
Attend this session and learn the top 20 tactics you should have on your plan, ranging from SEO to website review and design, blogging and emailing.

Part IV: Measuring, adjusting and celebrating your success!
How will you know if you’ve reached your destination if you don’t know where you’re going? Just like the mile signs on the highway tell the distance between you and your destination, measurement tools and analysis of your social presence will yield the same important information.

Don’t wait! Register here for the PMA All Conference Pass – $299 member ($499 non-member). 

Your registration includes:

• DIMA and PSPA/SPAA Conference sessions, vendor reception, keynote luncheon, and networking breaks at Bally’s January 6-7.
• PMA Welcome Reception at The LVH on January 7.
[email protected] Exhibits Plus Pass, which also includes access to all CES exhibits and keynotes January 8-11.
• All [email protected] Conference sessions at The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) January 8-11.
Bally’s Las Vegas is the official PMA headquarter hotel. Rooms are still available but they are going fast! Click here to book online.

DIMA 2013 Conference – Don’t miss the Vendor Reception

embrace ideas. enrich relationships. explore technology.

This year’s theme comes to life at the Vendor Reception Sunday, January 6th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm during the DIMA 2013 Conference at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Embrace ideas – Spend 2 1/2 hours networking with colleagues. Share ideas that have worked for you. Introduce your friends, both new and old, to your vendors of choice. It is a great opportunity for an ideas exchange.

Enrich relationships – The Vendor Reception’s relaxed atmosphere and intimate setting allows you to deepen your connection with or get to know other industry members. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Explore technology – Conference and Vendor Reception sponsors will have their tables set with the latest technologies, new products offerings, and exciting services that will help your business in 2013. What will be your big find?

New sponsors are added weekly so expect to see these companies and more… 36 Pix, Advanced Photographic Solutions, Ark La Tex Color Lab, Camtrol, Canon, Cash Flow Solutions, Inc., Clearbags, C.R.I.S. Camera Services, Denny Manufacturing, Diversified Imaging, Eastman Kodak, ECCE TERRAM, Heigl Technologies, Kubota PhotoDesign Inc., Live Yearbook, MackayMitchell Photopak, Marathon Press, Marco Photo Services, McAdams Graphics Inc., Miller’s Professional Imaging, Photolynx Inc., Richmond Professional Lab, School Annual Publishing Company, Southpoint Photo Imaging Supplies, Studio Source Yearbooks/Independent Yearbook, Timestone Software, Tracer Imaging, Tyndell Photographic, Walters Publishing, Xerox

Don’t miss out on the Vendor Reception and all of the exceptional educational offerings at the DIMA 2013 Conference. Register here:

Would you like to join the list of sponsors? Contact Jeff Frazine today to secure your table at the Vendor Reception or to discuss other sponsorship opportunities

International photography training returning to Jersey

The Societies confirm photographic training dates with internationally-acclaimed photographer John Denton in Jersey for all photographers.

Between Friday 12 and Monday 15 April 2013, the Radisson Blu in St Helier will be the focus of attention for all photographers in the islands.

The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP), the largest body representing photographers in the UK, are coming to Jersey for a weekend of photographic training aimed at photographers of all levels of experience. They will be bringing photographer and trainer John Denton across from the UK together with one of his regular modelling team. Together they will demonstrate and guide delegates through a range of techniques to light, pose and finish images in art nude to fashion styles.

For John this is a dream booking. “I’ve been coming to Jersey since I was a child and more recently with my own kids, so to get the chance of training photographers on the island again is a dream.” He continues, “I love the scenery and the atmosphere of the island and also the fantastic light you get around the coastline. It was the work of Gerald Durrell that first made me aware of Jersey so I guess my ideal shoot location would be around the Zoo which is always a place of pilgrimage when I arrive.”

This is the second time the Societies have visited, Director Colin Jones explains, “We would love this to become an annual event. We trialled it in a low key way last year and had a wonderful time. This year we are aiming to bring photographers from the mainland as well as welcoming fellow photographers from all over the Channel Isles. We are grateful to Fitzlab of Guernsey who is sponsoring the event and if any other local businesses would like to get involved then please get in touch.”

Last year’s event nearly fell at the first hurdle, John explained, “When we arrived in St Helier late on the Friday afternoon, we realised the wedding dress we had ordered had gone missing in transit. There was a mad panic until we found the wonderful Ellis of Ellis Fashions on La Colomberie. She was incredibly calm and kitted our model out in a beautiful bridal gown. Panic turned to triumph and the pictures turned out beautifully over the weekend.”

For model Jennifer Dickinson this will be a first visit to Jersey. “I’m incredibly excited to be coming to St Helier. I’ve met so many fantastic people and visited wonderful places through my work and can’t wait to meet the photographers of Jersey and Guernsey.”

Visit The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers website for more details:

For more information you can contact Colin on 01745 356935 ([email protected]) or John on 01964 501712.


Sigma announce offer for new 18-250mm super-zoom lens

Sigma have announced a new offer when purchasing the new 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM super-zoom lens, a FREE 62mm UV DG filter worth over 40 pounds can also be claimed.

A Sigma Ultra Violet filter protects your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your FREE Sigma 62mm UV DG filter.