Archive for October, 2014

The PMA 2015 Conferences Update. Book Now

The PMA 2015 Conferences, including DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE, January 4-5, 2015 at Bally's Las Vegas, will bring you timely information that can change the way you do business.

Join Georgia McCabe, Author, Speaker, and Social Media Trainer, for an enlightening look at this generation of consumers and a practical plan for earning their trust and loyalty. Learn what makes millennials unique relative to previous generations. Discover ways to engage millennials online and turn them into brand advocates. Uncover key methods for keeping your brand relevant to this audience. And more.

New trends in the photo market space are changing the game in the industry. Are you prepared?

You also won't want to miss the DIMA 2015 Conference, January 4-5, 2015 at Bally's Las Vegas, for exceptional education and valuable networking opportunities. Attend timely sessions like:

How to Merchandise Personalized Photo Products to a New Breed of Customers

Join Marion Duchesne, CEO and founder of Mediaclip, and Marie-Eve Lemieux, Marketing Vice-President of Mediaclip, as they share their expertise and experience. This session will cover key new trends in the photo market space that are changing the game in the industry and how it's impacting new consumer's needs and the way they want to shop and create photo projects. See different merchandising and marketing strategies that can help providers connect with and retain their customers. Explore some of the best practices in terms of products selection, shopping experience, brand interaction with users through social media and other ideas that can positively affect your bottom line.

You'll walk away with:

a better understanding of emerging trends and how it is affecting where the market is going

examples of best practices regarding merchandising and marketing of photo products

tools and merchandising actionable ideas that can increase your revenue with current customers and appeal to the new ones as well

Register today to make sure that you don't miss out on this and other great sessions.

For just $299 member, you will experience:

• Networking at the Saturday evening PSPA/SPAA Welcome Reception, and all sponsored breaks and luncheons.

• Top education in your choice of sessions held Sunday and Monday (includes DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE plus IS&T's TDPF Symposium).

• An opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception Sunday evening.

• The PMA Welcome Reception at Bally's on January 5.

• Official Business Sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

• All Digital Imaging/Photography Conference sessions at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Hall meeting rooms) January 6-7 during International CES.

• Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to the Digital Imaging/Photography Marketplace presented by PMA, and all International CES exhibits and keynotes January 6-9.

Haven't renewed yet? Don't miss out. Renew online, or call PMA at 1-800-762-9287.

Great room rates are still available at Bally's Las Vegas and neighbouring properties. Book online today for the best possible rates.

See you in Las Vegas!

Meet the PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection

Fast on the heels of the PENTAX K-S1, launched in September 2014, RICOH IMAGING UK has announced the latest additions to this range of innovative digital SLR cameras - the PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection.

The new collection includes three new colour ways - Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, all of which incorporate stunning design and streamlined, white bodies accentuated with vibrant colour accents.

Designed for photographers who take pictures wherever they go, the PENTAX K-S1 ups the ante when it comes to image quality, while still offering a great lightweight, compact and portable option.  And these special-edition models make digital SLR photography even more fun, while fitting perfectly with your personal style.

Within its compact, lightweight body, the PENTAX K-S1 offers a host of advanced features to rival high-end models - from an optical viewfinder and super-high sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, to an innovative illumination interface system that intuitively reacts to changes in camera operation from stills to video, ensuring the K-S1 stands out in the crowd.

Key features:

• The white body camera is paired with a white lens to enhance the overall appearance.

• Newly developed CMOS sensor with approx. 20.12 effective megapixels

• LED body illumination indicates the current status of camera operation. Power switch LEDs stay green during still-image shooting, but change colour to red during movie recording

• 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor, and newly designed, easy-to-use GUI (Graphical user interface)

• Full HD movie recording with stereo audio

• Super-high sensitivity at ISO 51200

• Top shutter speed of 1/6000 sec.

• High-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of 5.4 images per second

• Image processing tools to create 10 distinctive effects, including three new options: "Fresh" with a crystal-clean finishing touch; "Fade Colour" for an elegant finish with subdued colours; and "Infrared" for a black-and-white finish like that of an infrared photo

• 21 digital filters including a new "Colour Replacement" filter. Smartphone-support functions available by installing the optional FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB memory card**

• DR (Dust Removal) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor

** These functions support smartphones operating iOS6 or later and Android 4.2 or later

Price:

K-S1+ SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 - RRP £599.99

Availability:

Mid November 2014

New Marumi ‘entry level’ Fit and Slim Filters announced by Kenro

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Marumi filters has announced the new range of entry-level camera lens filters as the successor of the Marumi MC and MC-UV series.

The new 'Fit + Slim Range' is named such because of their slim frame whilst still enabling the user to attach a lens cap securely. They are available in MC Lens Protect, MC UV (L390), and Circular Polariser.

The 'Lens Protect' will protect your lens from dust and scratches. The 'UV Cut + Lens Protect' will additionally cut UV rays and a wavelength of 930nm and under to reproduce clear images of distant views. The 'Circular Polarizer' increases the colour saturation and reduces reflections.

Features:

- Ultra Slim 5.4mm satin finished frame for low reflections (UV and Lens Protect)

- 8 layers multi coating on Lens Protect and UV filters

- Newly developed high pressure press method to attach lens cap to hold it securely.

- Eco-friendly filters made of lead free materials

- Available in sizes 49mm up to 82mm

- Lightweight

- New design slim retail packaging

Says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director: "These new low-cost filters will ideally suit those with entry-level DSLR cameras. All Marumi Filters are manufactured in Japan, and for more than 60 years the company has focused exclusively on innovating, developing and manufacturing filters for cameras."

To view Kenro's full range, or for details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk - alternatively call Kenro's head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

BJP’s International Photography Award announced

British Journal of Photography's annual International Photography Award is now open for entries, offering photographers the chance to win a one-week exhibition in London.

 

Now in its 9th year, the IPA is judged by a rolling panel of photography experts, who this year include: Erik Kessels, curator and co-founder of KesselsKramer communications agency; Sean O'Hagan, photography critic for The Guardian and The Observer; Emma Bowkett, photo editor for the Financial Times' FT Weekend Magazine; Brett Rogers OBE, director of The Photographers' Gallery; Bruno Ceschel, director of Self Publish, Be Happy and SPBH Editions; Hannah Watson, director of TJ Boulting gallery and Trolley Books; Bruno Bayley, European managing editor of Vice; Alexia Singh, editor-in-charge of the Wider Image Desk, Reuters; and Sarah Thomson, head of art production, Fallon London.

 

Photographers may enter projects on any topic, and there are two categories to choose from: one awarding the best series of images, and the other the best single image. Both winners will have their work printed and framed by Spectrum and exhibited at TJ Boulting gallery in London for one week.

 

Previous winners include Chloe Dewe Mathews, Alvaro Deprit, Nikolai Ishchuk, Facundo Arrizabalaga, Peter diCampo, and Edmund Clark.

 

The closing date this year is 07 November 2014. For more information, and to enter, visit www.bjpipa.com

Fujifilm Processing Lab to close in November

Following Fujifilm UK's announcement last year, the manufacturer has confirmed it is to close its E6 processing facility next month (November 2014). The Fujifilm slide film processing facility is a partnership between Fujifilm UK and Leeds-based professional laboratory CC Imaging.

This ceasing of E6 processing operations was planned a year in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers are only valid up to the closing date of 1st November 2014.

CC Imaging will continue with its full range of existing lab facilities after the closure, including the E6 slide film processing line. Customers will still be able to have their transparency films processed as normal, just not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand after 1st November 2014.

For any queries, please contact the Fujifilm Processing Lab by email: [email protected], or call 0113 244 8221.

Fujifilm announces Student Awards 2014 winner

Fujifilm has announced the winner of its 2014 Student Awards. The winner is Manuel Fernandez of Burton and South Derbyshire College who wins the title of 'Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year' and a brilliant prize package courtesy of sponsors Metroprint, the online arm of Metro, the long-standing London pro-lab and Focal Press.

Manuel will be presented with £200 worth of film from Fujifilm, a professionally produced folio of prints, a one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of Metroprint’s (www.metro-print.co.uk) top printers and can select books worth £100 from Focal Press (www.focalpress.com).

Manuel’s image is a double exposure of a building, building in the background with some clever ghosting.

Manuel said, "I am honoured to be the winner of the Fujifilm Student Awards and to be named the 'Fujifilm Student Photographer of the year', this is unexpected and such an achievement for me and my college."

This year's Awards had an open brief, with students being briefed to let their imaginations run away with them and get their creative juices flowing.

Fujifilm received submissions from all UK students, not just students taking photography courses. All images entered must have been taken on Fujifilm film and submitted via www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk – entry was free and students could enter as many photographs as they wished.

Creative Director for Metroprint Steve Macleod made this comment about the winning image: "All done in camera and is exceedingly simple, clever and very nice."

Burton and South Derbyshire College was the source of the most entries in the Awards with 208 submissions. The Department will be presented with £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film and can select books worth £500 for their college library.

Gabriel Da Costa from Fujifilm Professional commented on the Awards "The awards attract a variety of talent which makes judging a very difficult task. Manuel’s image fits the brief and I am sure winning the awards will be the start of a fantastic career in photography for Manuel."

2014 marked the 29th year of these prestigious awards, making it the longest running student photography awards in the UK. The 30th anniversary in 2015 will be a special one, the 2015 awards will be open soon.

To see the winning image go to www.fujifilmstudentawards.co.uk.

New RICOH WG-30 and RICOH WG-30W cameras announced

The WG-30 and WG-30W are the latest digital compact cameras to join the WG-series from RICOH IMAGING UK, LTD. Boasting an array of advanced features these compact, lightweight cameras with waterproof bodies are able to hold their own in the field, ensuring you are free to capture every moment through high-quality images and Full HD movies.

Both the RICOH WG-30 and WG-30W deliver outstanding durability under demanding conditions - including being waterproof to a depth of 12 metres, shockproof against falls from 1.5 metres, and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as ?10°C.

Better still, the RICOH WG-30W, available from December, also comes equipped with a host of Wi-Fi functions. Users can release the camera's shutter and set various shooting functions from a distance, browse and download recorded images and movies, and even share them with friends by uploading them to social networks and other websites - all via their smartphone.

Thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor and a newly designed imaging engine, these new members of the WG-series promise  brilliant, low-noise images, even when the user takes pictures of poorly illuminated scenes - like nightscapes and indoor sports events - using a top sensitivity of ISO 6400. The triple anti-shake protection also prevents blurred images, while six macro lights assist close-up shooting, with a Self-Portrait Assist mode.

With high-quality, high-resolution images with approximately 16.0 effective megapixels and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie recording capability, the new WG-series models deliver  effortless imaging- making them the outdoor companions!

Other features include:

- A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional) for a variety of  camera setups

- Two remote control receptors (both front and back) to widen signal coverage

- Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre to the subject during extended observation and shooting

- High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds (minimum); Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject's smile is detected

- Outdoor-friendly Style Watch function displaying the time on the LCD monitor

- Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes

- A choice of 12 digital filters

- Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog

Pricing and availability:

RICOH WG-30

RRP: £229.99

Availability: early November

RICOH WG-30W

RRP: £259.99

Availability: early January

 

PEOPLE OF INDIA Photographic Exhibition

The People of India Photographic Exhibition is taking place at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry until 11 January 2015. People of India is an exhibition of three series of photographs, taken in India at different time periods spanning the last 150 years.

At the heart of the exhibition is a series of striking contemporary street portraits by Coventry based photographer Jason Scott Tilley, inspired by an archive of family photographs taken by his Anglo-Indian grandfather, Bert Scott. Taken between 1999 and 2009 during ten years of travel across India, his black and white studies capture a slice of India through a social and anthropological lens.

Jason says, "These sometimes very brief encounters, or in many cases, re-encounters with people I had known for a number of years, were made with very little direction from me. I simply sought to capture an essence of their spirit as I found them."

Having started printing at the age of 15, Jason began his photographic career in 1987 as a staff photographer at the Coventry Citizen, going on to work for the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Birmingham Post and Mail, and a wide range of national newspapers and magazines, before embarking on this decade-long project.

Also on display is a range of family, society and army photographs taken by Bert Scott, Jason Scott Tilley's Anglo-Indian grandfather which capture defining moments in British-Indian history. Scott was a press photographer for The Times of India newspaper from 1936 to 1940, and head of the Indian army's photographic unit in Burma during the Second World War.

For the 17"x17" square black and white images in the exhibition Tilley chose to print on 20"x24" ILFORD MULTIGRADE FB photographic paper. There is a larger set of images in Library of Birmingham's archives. The prints were produced during an Arts Council England Residency @ Coventry University photographic degree course which also allowed Jason to share his analogue printing skills with the students.

Finally the exhibition presents a series of ethnographic images from the seminal 19th century photographic undertaking The People of India on loan from the Library of Birmingham, who have also supported Jason's ten year project.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

Find out more at www.theherbert.org

Help FILM Ferrania build the factory of the future

FILM Ferrania are in the process of building a new kind of analog film factory in northern Italy. To be viable for the long-term, this factory must be self-contained - producing finished still photo and motion picture products from nothing more than raw materials.

They have a plan to make this happen, but are seeking your help to get over a pretty serious obstacle.

They have set up their new operations in the former Ferrania Research & Development (L.R.F.) building, which contains a miniature film production line. Their team has been working for more than a year to refurbish and re-engineer this building to prepare it to start. They can make film from this facility, but only a small amount - at a high cost.

They have created an ambitious new factory design that will allow them to produce enough film, at a reasonable price, to meet worldwide demand. They have already rescued tons of equipment (quite literally) from the old Ferrania buildings - but they need more and are out of time. The buildings will be destroyed at the end of this year.

See how you can help and get a reward for doing so here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/filmferrania/100-more-years-of-analog-film

Fujifilm hails a new golden era for silver halide paper

Fujifilm has pledged to boost its R&D investment in silver halide paper technology as increasing numbers of photographers opt to use it.

The company already has a leading market share with its Crystal Archive Paper range - but plans to increase production at its Tilburg, Holland manufacturing site, to cope with growing demand.

Peter Wigington, Fujifilm Photo Imaging Group marketing manager said: "We're seeing that inkjet- dominated clouds still have very substantial silver linings. Despite the highly successful evolution of inkjet options, the 150 year-long tradition of silver halide paper still remains a first choice for many of today's professional photographers who seek the ultimate in quality output."

He added "The real challenge is simply to educate more photographers that silver halide exists and that it is a 'peak of perfection' product available right here, right now. The fact is that silver halide offers the highest print quality attainable right now from any medium. Additionally, photographers using papers such as Fujifilm Crystal Archive have the important security blanket of print longevity. Images printed by a good lab have archival permanence and boast supreme quality."

Top photographers  like  multi-award-winning Edinburgh-based Trevor and Faye Yerbury and Newcastle-based Tim Wallace - who is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten most influential photographers in the world today - say they insist on their labs having the capacity to print their work  as C-Type prints.

Said Trevor Yerbury: "The inescapable fact is that our pictures look simply stunning when output on Fujifilm Crystal Archive. It's a silver halide no-brainer for us."

Tim Wallace added: "I've just had an exhibition of my recent work in Death Valley. It was Digitalab manager Jeff Heads who suggested we output the prints on Crystal Archive and I was delighted with the results - simply the very best quality output."

Digitalab's owner and Exhibitions Manager Jill Roe said "You can't get better than a C-Type print for quality and archival stability."

Ian Loxley, founder and owner at Loxley Colour added: "We know the real value of photographic paper and we know it's not disappearing any time soon. This is technology developed over many years and it still has a great deal of life left in it."

He added: "Even though there have been advances as far as the digital products are concerned the R&D that Fuji has continued to undertake over the last ten years has been tremendous. "If you compare the silver halide paper market now to what it was fifteen years ago, it's much less problematic- and of course outstanding longevity comes with the paper."