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View from the Chair – Paul Wilkinson

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News and Awards Update

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Best of British Commercial The Awards of Excellence and Merits for UK Industrial, Commercial, Architectural and Advertising.

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Pets & Livestock UK Awards of Excellence Meet MPA’s new President – Steve Walton

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Steve’s Sea Change From panoramic film to full frame digital, from mountains to beaches and shores – and a crofter’s memorial. Steve Walton’s new directions.

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Rebirth in Venice – the Symposium Clare Louise reports on the 2015 Graphistudio/Yervant professional symposium in Venice and presents selected images taken by the star speakers.

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Winter Blues: portrait lighting concept Stephanie Ann Thornton styles an icy beauty set with simple but effective lighting.

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FELLOWSHIP: Erich Caparas Two tribes, one princess – a storyboarded FMPA panel created with a volunteer cast.

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LICENTIATESHIP: Phil Paine Stories of the street, tradesmen, shopkeepers and travel.

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Reciprocity with Richard Bradbury: Too Many Pixels? Richard Bradbury FMPA wonders whether bigger files from 35mm format DSLRs are his future – or will the faithful 5D MkIII remain his weapon of choice?

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Ringing in the changes MPA Chairman Paul Wilkinson FMPA

W CEO Clare Louise FMPA Tel: 01325 356555 e-mail: clare@thempa.com President Steve Walton FMPA Tel: 0116 2994901 e-mail: stevewaltonphotography.info Management Team Paul Wilkinson FMPA (MPA Chairman 2015/16) Tel: 01844 290054 e-mail: paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk Steve Ramsden LMPA Tel: 01904 479063 e-mail: info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk Ray Lowe Hon.FMPA Tel: 01992 636152 e-mail: ray@raylowe.co.uk Directors John Parris FMPA Tel: 01450 370523 e-mail: info@parrisphotography.co.uk Paul Cooper FMPA (Qualifications) Tel: 01904 416 684 e-mail: info@baileycooper.co.uk Dave Thexton LMPA Tel: 01229 835035 e-mail: smile@tjphoto.co.uk Collin Davies LMPA Tel: 01792 883274 e-mail: sales@highsocietyphotography.co.uk Paul Inskip LMPA Tel: 01243 861634 e-mail: studio@paulinskipstudios.co.uk Head Office Contacts MPA, Jubilee House, 1 Chancery Lane, Darlington DL1 5QP Tel: 01325 356555 Fax: 01325 357813 Website: www.masterphotographersassociation.co.uk Membership: Amanda Buckle – membership@thempa.com Cherubs: cherubs@mpauk.com Cherubs Direct line: 01325 952259

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ISSN 2042-0234 Vol 12 #5 published for the membership of The Master Photographers Association six times each year Icon Publications Limited Maxwell Place, Maxwell Lane, Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5 7BB www.iconpublications.com Publisher/Editor in Chief: David Kilpatrick Hon. FMPA Tel: 01573 226032 Mobile: 07971 250786 email: editor@iconpublications.com Ad Sales: Diane Henderson Tel: 01573 223508 email: diane@iconpublications.com On the Road: Richard Kilpatrick Mobile: 07979 691965 email: richard@rtkmedia.co.uk Icon Publications Ltd can accept no responsibility for loss of or damage to photographs and manuscripts submitted, however caused. Responsibility for insurance and return carriage of equipment submitted for review or test rests with the owner. Views expressed in this magazine are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views and policies of The Master Photographers Association, Icon Publications Ltd or its advertisers. All technical data and pricing information contained in news and feature articles is printed in good faith. While all advertising copy is accepted in good faith, neither Icon Publications Ltd or the Master Photographers Association can accept any legal responsibility for unjustified claims or the quality of goods or services arising from advertising in this publication. All contents including advertising artwork created by Icon Publications Ltd are copyright and cannot be reproduced by any means without prior permission. ©2016 Icon Publications Ltd. E&OE.

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ell, here we are up to the ankles in 2016 and wondering where another year has gone! So we recover from the festive spirit and one by one break the usual New Year’s Resolutions… eat less, exercise more, less time at work, more time with family. Who knows – maybe this year I’ll achieve at least one of those? As I sit and recover from the annual seasonal onslaught, it’s an opportunity to look back at an incredible year to see just how far things have come and to use that to put plans and ideas together for the coming year. 2015 was one of change, no doubt about it. For those who made it to the AGM (thank you by the way!) you’ll know that we have returned the MPA to a profitable state – something that has been a combination of some very very tough costcutting (the MPA historically wasn’t renowned for its financial efficiency!) and a drive to push up the membership, something that will be continuing for the next few years. We have the beginnings of a new website after our old one was hacked and, when we tried to fix it, turned out to be irreparable. We know there are glitches in there but hopefully you can see where it’s headed which is hugely exciting. The 2015 awards were the best I’ve ever been to (I’ve been a member since 2008) with the most incredible photographers and images that truly captured what the MPA is about. I have never felt so proud to be standing on a stage as I was that night as Chair of the MPA.

Qualifications and mentoring Qualifications are at the very heart of the MPA, whether you are a Licentiate, Associate or a Fellow, those letters of accreditation are something that are hard won and you should be fiercely proud of them. I know the MPA is occasionally considered elitist and that’s a shame as I have always thought it to be one of the most open and friendly of the various associations in our industry, yet paradoxically, when you sit and think about it, we should be elitist. Those letters we award are never given lightly: each panel, each image, each profile, every single part of it is judged by a panel of professional photographers who have achieved Fellowship and beyond – many of them holding those letters with multiple Associations and in multiple categories – so you know, when you are awarded your qualification, you truly do deserve it. To support this, we have needed to look long and hard at the mentoring process to make it both more efficient and more available. To that end, a new platform is being rolled out in 2016 to help both mentors and those being mentored, providing a place where feedback can be captured and monitored, where images can be critiqued and shared, where you can both receive and give feedback with your mentor and to Desi Fontaine who is going to be overseeing mentoring: I cannot tell you how excited I am to have someone with her skills and experience keeping an eye on things! We are also working hard to get the message to prospective consumers, whether they are looking for Bump-To-Baby, Portraits, Weddings, Commercial or Fashion images, they should be looking for a qualified photographer so that those hard-won letters have some real-world value to you as a business as well as a photographer. And yes, I guess that is a little bit élitist. Long may it continue!

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January 20th-24th 2016 The Societies Convention Hilton London Metropole Hotel January 29th 2016 Online Qualification Judging February 22nd 2016 Baby & Child Portrait Retouching with Michael Shilling Hinckley Island Hotel February 23rd 2016 Newborn Photography with Melanie East Hinckley Island Hotel March 15th 2016 Awards 2016 open for entries March 19th-22nd 2016 The Photography Show Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham, UK March 21st 2016 Qualifications Day NEC Birmingham March 25th 2016 Online Qualifications Judging April 5th 2016 Kelly Brown Hinckley Island Hotel April 19th 2016 Photovision Roadshow Edinburgh May 17th-18th 2016 Newborn Photography Show Coventry

WITH major dealers like B&H showing images of the original Olympus Zuiko 300mm ƒ4 PRO lens six months ago, its launch was delayed to allow a new type of image stabilisation to be added. Finally launched on January 6th, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO is the first lens to use the Sync IS mechanism that coordinates with the 5-axis system fitted to the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II models. The result is claimed to be enhanced compensation by 6 EV steps. This stabilises handheld still EVF composition and video alike. The £2,199 lens is equivalent to a 600mm on full frame, but focuses

down to an unprecedented 1.4m (twice as close as most 300mm lenses) for 0.48X subject scale, almost equal to having 1:1 macro on full frame. It is only 227mm long, takes 77mm filters and weighs 1270g. An optional 1.4X tele converter retains the fast silent linear motor autofocus, which can also be manually controlled with optional preset focus distances allowing pull focus video takes to be programmed. The optional tripod collar fits directly to Arca Swiss tripod heads. www.olympus.co.uk

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May 27th 2016 Online Qualifications Judging June 22nd 2016 Licentiate Qualifications Day MPA Darlington July 29th 2016 Online Qualifications Judging July 31st 2016 Awards Online Entry deadline August 8th-12th 2016 Master Photography Awards International Online Judging August 26th 2016 Awards Print Entry deadline to HQ September 6th 2016 Photovision Roadshow Dublin September 8th 2016 Open Print Judging Darlington September 9th 2016 A&F Judging Darlington September 30th 2016 Online Qualifications Judging October 16th 2016 Meet the Masters Open Day Hinckley Island Hotel Awards Dinner & Presentations November 19th 2016 Photovision Roadshow Epsom November 25th 2016 Online Qualifications Judging

HOYA’S new FUSION Antistatic professional filters – look out for the box shown here in ads and at your dealer – feature a new 9-layer Super Multi-coating that greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields very high light transmission rates, while also being water and dirt resistant. They claim the coating can even resist ink and marker pens. We’re told that these filters under the Fusion name in Europe are a later generation than those sold in the USA under the same name. Be sure to buy the right item! Fusion filters are available in UV, Circular Polariser and Protector and in sizes from 37mm through to 82mm. Prices start from £26.99 for a 37mm protector filter. www.intro2020.co.uk

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW has confirmed the line-up for The Live Stage and Behind the Lens for the show taking place at NEC Birmingham from March 19th to 22nd. March 2016. The Live Stage – in which MPA has played an important rôle – will tackle everything from posing newborns to capturing the illusion of magic and fun at the circus. Food Photographer, William Reavell will reveal styling and lighting tips for creating beautiful food photography. Street photographer Matt Hart will show photography as therapy; Steve Howdle will sync flash at high speed and Vicki Churchill promises to turn the everyday into the spectacular. Melanie East will share her tips on photographing babies. At Behind the Lens, Ram Shergill will delve into working with fashion designers; Paul Colley will dive into underwater photography; Ian Cook will look at sports photography. Photojournalist Tom Stoddart will share his photographic journey and Emma Drabble will explore what makes a photograph more than just an image. For registration and tickets see: www.photographyshow.com

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NEWS EL Skyport Plus HS

The Meet the Masters Open Day at the 2015 Awards was the first public demonstration of the new Elinchrom EL Skyport Plus HS wireless trigger system, used on the Nikon platform (also for Canon, as fitted above – Sony to follow). THE FLASH CENTRE brought the latest Elinchrom light shapers, and Pentax the new 645Z 50 megapixel CMOS medium format DSLR, for visitors to try out at the October 18th event. Just arrived in the country, the EL Skyport Plus HS was there taking control of all the different Elinchrom flash heads – from the camera position, with a full readout of the various settings and power for every head (photo above). This sub-£200 trigger is dedicated to Elinchrom heads with built-in wireless or accepting a plug-in RX module, whether the latest powerful ELC, the everyday BRX, portable Quadra RX and ELB, or even the entry-level D-Lite 4 shown on the display here. Its backwards compatibility with every Elinchrom head or pack to have used the Skyport wireless triggering makes this single purchase able to upgrade any studio with a set of these

lights going back over a decade. However, its real value lies in being dedicated to the Nikon ‘FP’ or Canon High Speed Sync functions, enabling the camera to work at shutter speeds faster than the normal X-sync limit. It is possible to use speeds up to 1/8000s and still get a fully exposed flash frame, using the precision advance-delay HSS function of the trigger. Elinchrom calls this Hi-Sync to distinguish if from Hypersync, which is normally a simpler method for catching the peak of electronic flash output. A readout on the trigger lets you time the exposure for the best plateau of light output, avoiding the typical ‘graduated exposure’ effect which hypersync methods can produce with focal plane shutters. For further information, visit www.theflashcentre.co.uk – or use the QR code (on camera) for Elinchrom’s YouTube promo.

Cassandra Grant of Future Publishing’s The Photography Show presents the International Master Photographer of the Year 2015/16 Award to Jason Banbury LMPA .

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Calum Thomson of Loxley Colour presents the Overseas Master Photographer Award to Johnson Wee FMPA (right, in groups, is guest of honour John Stoddart).

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The balconies of the Hinckley Island Hotel give an overhead view of John Stoddart, above, in conversation with Paul Wilkinson and an informal audience. Below, Elinchrom’s studio with models and Steve Howdle FMPA – and a 3D custom designed background installation from Mark Bushkes of Magic Bean, www.magicbeanstudio.co.uk

Fujifilm UK’s Jon Cohen adds a prize of Fujfilm X-system body and 56mm ƒ1.2 lens to Lisa Visser FMPA’s award as UK Master Portrait Photographer of the Year.

Martin Baynes of Graphistudio congratulates Paul Fowler LMPA as UK Master Wedding PoY. Paul also won UK Classical Wedding, sponsored by Loxley Colour.


Xianbin Li’s entry validated as the winner

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he Master Photographers Association has announced Xianbin Li AMPA as the winner of the Overseas Wedding Art Fashion 2015/16 and Overseas Wedding Photographer of the Year 2015/16. After the original winner was disqualified, due to an unintentional breach of the rules of entry, Chair of Judges Peter Ellis FMPA and members of his judging team, Trevor Yerbury Hon FMPA , Dennis Orchard AMPA and Roy Wooding FMPA rejudged the Overseas Wedding Art category from the remaining finalists and awarded Xianbin the title for the photograph above. The Overseas Wedding Photographer of the year was then re-judged from the winners of the following wedding categories, Wedding Day and Celebration, Wedding Classical and Wedding Art Fashion. As a result Xianbin Li has also been awarded the title of Overseas Wedding Photographer of the Year 2015/16. Members are reminded that pictures taken at seminars or workshops, whether by a delegate or by the organiser, are not eligible for entry into categories which require the work to be from a commissioned or paid wedding or bridal fashion assignment. A revision and update for clarity of the rules of entry (which already stated this) will be printed in the next Master Photography edition before the 2016/17 Awards open for submissions.

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Martin Baynes of Graphistudio was also on hand to give Scott Johnson the news that he’d won the MPA Wedding Album of Year award and a prize trip to Venice.

Roy Meiklejon of main awards sponsors Towergate Insurance presents Alexandra Lord AMPA with her certificate and trophy as best Associateship of 2015.

Melanie East of The Art of the Newborn Workshops and Martin Baynes of Graphistudio give the Newborn Photography Award to Hazel Irvine LMPA .

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The best of British commercial

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hough dominated numerically by brides, babies and beautification there’s a category in the Master Photography Awards for industrial, architectural, advertising and commercial work. With the budgets allocated by large corporations to everyday photography now unattractive compared to the sums ordinary families spend on a wall print or an album, it’s a threatened sector but still produces a great variety of diverse imagery. On this spread, the Awards of Excellence – top left by Richard Bradbury FMPA, whose overall winner appears in the Masters of Photography 2016 Annual (he was also honoured for a vertical variation of the above picture); right, by Phil Ingles AMPA . Top right, by Paul Walker FMPA; and bottom right, by David Taylor FMPA .

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Six entries also reached the level of Award of Merit. On this spread, we find three which have a connection to transport in one way or another – and three which are interiors. Above, by Andy Hook LMPA , whose entries in other categories following this theme of editorial-style environmental portraiture certainly caught our editorial eye. Right, by Grant McKelvie LMPA – and we have to hope that David Taylor’s further entry below has only a tenuous link! David, a Fellow of the MPA, is one of the very few senior photographers remaining in British industry, portraying how oil keeps the wheels of the economy turning for Lubrizol Ltd. Facing page, top left, by Julia Holland AMPA . Top right, by Andy Hook LMPA . The architectural shot, bottom right, is by Giles Christopher AMPA . Perhaps with the end of many years of recession in which no new architecture has appeared in the UK, we’ll one day see the art of architectural photography deserve a category of its own.

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Winners go to the dogs

Pet portraiture underpins many successful studios. Here are the three Awards of Excellence from the 2015/16 exhibition – top, by Belinda Buxton LMPA ; below, by Tracy Clements AMPA ; and bottom, by Trixie Hiscock LMPA . Start thinking about your 2016 entries now!

MPA’s new President – Steve Walton, triple Fellow

At the annual awards day in October outgoing President Faye Yerbury was specially thanked – along with her husband Trevor who has shared the workload – for her diligence in visiting regions and reaching out to the membership. She passed the President’s Badge to Steve Walton, new President, with the admission that it was the first time she had worn it as it’s been away for renovation. We look forward to seeing more of the gong along as Steve promises to follow Faye’s example.

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y career as a professional photographer has taken many turns to arrive where I now stand as 2015-16 President of the Master Photographers Association. Throughout all the ups and downs, I owe a great deal to photography. I have travelled extensively and doing what I love has brought me into contact with many inspiring people along the way. Most members know me as both a landscape and travel photographer and as a wedding photographer, probably two of the most difficult areas to carve a living from these days, so I’m fully aware of the challenges most of us face in our businesses. To take the place as the public and industry figurehead of our Association is a huge honour and I take the role very seriously. I once sat in a seminar where the speaker said that he would never press a shutter release without being paid to do so. It’s often said that a seminar is worthwhile even if you can take away only one piece of useful information. In this case, that was exactly what I did. The useful information I took away with me from that seminar was that I had no intention of following the same path, but I was resolved to do the exact opposite because I absolutely disagreed with his comment! Personal work and projects are a rich vein of creative development and, from my own experience, often lead to new directions, drive, ambition and business growth. My landscape and travel photography business is now on course to be my main income stream. As with any business, it’s up to me to reach my goals but I am determined and my personal work has been very influential in this direction. My Presidential year will involve regional visits, I’m already booked to visit the Central and Wales Regions and I’m looking forward to meeting those members who I have not yet met and those who I already know. One of the messages I will take with me is to keep your mind and your eyes open to new ideas, directions and opportunities. Search, try, learn, practice and adapt. You may not always be paid every time you press the shutter release, but that is not the end of the story. It may well be the beginning of the next chapter. – Steve Walton FMPA FBIPP FRSA National President

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n 2014, Cameracraft ran an eight-page portfolio of Steve Walton’s black and white work – mostly panoramas. It was all about film. The accompanying biographical profile didn’t even mention digital. Now two years later, Steve’s new task as President of the MPA prompted us to ask for newer images, having seen many examples of recent work in the Hebrides, where he has been exploring locations for the photo tours he leads. This new work is all captured with the Nikon D810 and the resulting files are as good as any scan from medium-format film. We wrote for the Cameracraft folio – “As a wedding photographer, he’s used to coping with everything the British weather can throw at couples and cameras.” That certainly also applies when you make your huntingground the fringes of the Atlantic in the far north west of the British Isles.

Steve won many awards for his monochrome views with the Fujifilm GX617 panoramic rollfillm camera system he used for many years alongside his Leicas. Digital capture joined these some time ago – but he uses the same degree of technical control once required for film, metering for manual settings rather than relying on automation. He likes to get everything right ‘in camera’ and controls sky and land tones using Formatt and Lee filters, with a Manfrotto

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tripod always at hand to ensure sharpness. The aim is to make the scene look natural without exaggerated filter and time exposure effects. He also avoids the use of HDR processing, as when recording the deserted time capsule of ‘Rachel’s Croft’, a discovery he has documented without disturbance. Access to this is controlled Steve worked light – no tripod, just the excellent ISO 3200 quality of the D810 and a single Nikon lens, the new 20mm ƒ1.8.

Steve is a Fellow of the MPA, BIPP, and RSA and much in demand as a speaker and judge. He is the author of Contemporary Wedding Photography (David & Charles, 2006), one of the most comprehensive and original wedding photography textbooks, now translated into seven languages and selling well. Social and commercial photography are as important as fine art to Steve’s business. He’s also an expert digital printer. Steve is a tour tutor and a regular workshop leader. In 2015 Santorini and La Gomera were added to his favourite shooting-grounds. Harris and Lewis, however, remain responsible for turning this mountain man into a keen visual beachcomber. You learn more at: stevewaltonphotography.co.uk wildlightphototours.co.uk or make sure you catch one of his MPA regional dates in 2016. –DK

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Recent work in the Outer Hebrides – with a beautiful dawn at Callanish, below.

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Above: Luskentyre Beach, one of the most popular locations for year-round photography. Steve uses fast, top grade prime lenses with his Nikon D810 and his kit includes the 20mm ƒ1.8, 24mm ƒ1.4, 28mm ƒ1.8 and 85mm ƒ1.4. Below: The last light of day, after 9pm on a May evening – Inch Beach, County Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland.

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TEAMING UP TO TEACH THE ART Paul Wilkinson FMPA joined forces with Sarah Plater to produce a definitive new portraiture manual

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f ever a book deserved a hard cover and long future of reprint runs, it must be the new Ammonite Press title Mastering Portrait Photography. Paul Wilkinson provides the portraits, while Sarah Plater as both a photographer and writer pulls the content together in the usual editorially-planned manner. This approach – from synopsis to finished softback with 176 inner pages – is how publishers have worked since the 1970s. The book must have a multiple of 16-page sections, the topics must fit neatly on to spreads, the illustrations will go with the text and cations, and each spread is like a mini-article in its own right. It contrasts to the old way of writing a book in chapters which could vary greatly in length and often ended up with pictures divorced from the relevant text. What this book is not about is business. You might ask why a chairman of the MPA, a Fellow and totally committed professional, would give away all the secrets of portrait photography, one of the two great pillars of the social studio’s structure. This book doesn’t even go there – it is entirely about creating portraits, on a technical and creative level. The examples used throughout the eight chapters and 57 topics are relevant to personal, student, salon (competition), and commercial work. The book does not attempt to define its readership as amateur, professional or otherwise. It’s just a blow-by-blow reference study. You can open it at any spread and learn something. The picture of Peter Adlington (right), for example, appears with two others on a spread all about Eye Contact. Hiding in the text is a small gem of great value to any professional designing an album,

This shot of world-famous architect Peter Adlington OBE has the subject’s gaze looking slightly off-camera, at something the viewer can’t see. This creates intrigue, as the viewer tries to guess what the subject is looking at.

a portrait book or a multi-picture frame layout. Of direct eye contact, the authors say – “It also demands more of the viewer, so a whole set of images containing eye contact can becoming tiring and repetitive”. One of the other two examples on this spread is also used on the cover of the book (left) and combined with a third shot of a couple where the woman looks at the camera but the man kisses her with eyes closed from the side the point is made perfectly. Do you think about the direction of gaze, and the way direct eye contact is used in your layouts? Many similarly vital points are made throughout this book and they bring a professional’s perspective to the general topic of portraiture. Amateurs can benefit too, even film-makers can pick up plenty of tips from Mastering Portrait Photography. If there’s any criticism to be made, it is that the topics are only extended beyond the two-page spread format when absolutely necessary and this tends to happen with hardware and technical stuff. You can’t deal with Exposure in a single spread so it gets two; Aperture gets a second spread (mostly one image) to cover that annoyingly misused Japanese term ‘bokeh’. Shutter Speed only gets a single spread. Lighting, in contrast, gets an effective six-page intro which is necessary for the single subject which has most effect. The book is written for a transatlantic market, so ‘color’ finds its way in to replace ‘colour’ but nothing jars. Somehow the writers and editors manage to avoid any major culture clash. In the past, publishers had to use picture libraries to add examples taken in the UK for US books, or in the US for UK

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books, or anywhere except Germany for German ones… today things are different as much of the world dresses and looks the same. Even so, it’s essentially a Northern Hemisphere manual. The pictures on this page illustrate quality of natural light rather than just finding a solution to a downpour (left), and exposure lock with an off-centre subject rather than the pleasures of shooting outdoors in winter (above)

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but we have selected them as they will remind you that January and February do not force you to work only in the studio! Below is a great illustration showing the use of two off-camera wireless speedlights from the section on Portable Flash. Mastering Portrait Photography is available at £19.99 from www.thegmcgroup.com or find ISBN 978-1-78145-085-7 – David Kilpatrick

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herself. She joins in their games – hunting for lions and making daisy chains. She stimulates their imagination, wins their trust and then takes her pictures in a relaxed style while the children play happily around her. “I work quickly and take whatever the children will offer me,” she says, “and just capture what’s there in the most natural way possible.” Self-taught and with a natural eye for composition, Janine previously had a busy life as a criminal barrister. Then eleven years ago her husband’s job took her to Singapore for what was


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recommendation. “She suggested Genesis,” she says, “and I’ve been with them ever since. The Fujifilm Crystal Archive C-type prints they produce for me not only look amazing, but give me something extra that I can tell my clients. The pictures of their family will go to become an heirloom, and I can tell them that they’re archivally really stable and could last for up to a hundred years.” One of the most pleasing aspects of photographing children is that once Janine has completed her first shoot she will often go on to become the family’s regular photographer. What starts out

as a shoot with a new baby turns into shots of the Christening, then pictures of the first birthday party and other significant family events way into the future. “It’s such a pleasure to watch these children growing up,” she says. “We get to know each other and that leads to very relaxed and successful sessions. I still have plenty of contacts in Singapore and go back there twice a year to catch up with the clients I still have there. “It’s a privilege to be involved in this way and it’s definitely one of the best aspects of the job.” www.janinestowphotography.com

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t had been such a long time since MPA was first invited by Graphistudio to go out and visit their factory and castle – two years in fact. We couldn’t do it at the time. So when their latest offer to join them at the Venice symposium came – the time was right, and I accepted. Getting to know who our sponsors are and have greater insight into the core of all they do, and strengthen our relationships, is an area I have focused on. Graphistudio bring such a wealth of opportunity to both our members and the Association. Investing the time getting to know the key people who support us, meet up with some of the icons in our industry, whilst rekindling and creating relationships with speakers and members for the MPA was the main purpose of the visit. When I came away also filled with creative passion and inspiration I certainly took home a lot more than I expected.

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Clare Louise finds out why the Queen of the Adriatic is the number one destination to revive your photography

A lovely city I arrived 36 hours early to prepare for a very busy schedule, knowing that I would not be able to spare time to explore Venice itself once the large group of speakers, delegates and organisers assembled. I wanted to understand the culture of Venice having never been before, so armed with my journal and pen I spent Sunday walking, just going with the flow seeing where my steps took me. As I explored Venice I understood just why Yervant and Anie choose this city as the location for their workshops. The creativity that is celebrated in every nook and cranny of this beautiful city made it feel like home. With no cars rushing past, no phone pinging because something else needs my attention, it became easy to slow down the mind to a leisurely walking pace and absorb all around. So by the Monday morning I was both refreshed and excited about the week that lay ahead of me – and soon

From the top, a welcome to ‘La Serenissima’ – the Grand Canal; Tullio Tramontina, founder of Graphistudio; down to business indoors at Ceconi Castle with an enthusiastic delegation; and making notes in the sunshine.

lost in the magic of the opening speeches as the passion from every single speaker filled the room with a spiral of energy that propelled me to a whole new world of inspiration. You could not help but feel the sense of love, respect and genuine friendship that flowed from the people stood before me.

Telling it how it is Dario Righetto from Graphistudio opened the symposium with a speech that moved me the most as he spoke about their ethos of creating a community for sharing passion, knowledge, expertise and experience. His values resonate with our own to create a home for photographers, and perhaps the biggest lesson I was reminded of was to ‘trust yourself enough to take responsibility for your life so you can listen, learn and do’. Yervant followed! His humour filled the air, bringing a lightness to the laughter in the room which somehow floated up to the ceiling and draped itself from the art that adorned time and space. Add in his passion for photography, sharing knowledge, his pure admiration and love for his wife Anie, and you could feel the secrets of his success with every word that flowed. Anie, Rocco Ancora, Jeff Ascough, David Bastianoni, David Brenot, Nik Pekridis, Michelle Neal Celantano, Salvatore Dimino, Vicki Papas Vergara, Kelly Brown, Keda Z and Jerry Ghionis all took their turns to fill the room with insight into the delights of the week ahead, and my feet tapped excitedly with each wave of passion that made its way through the sea of silent listeners sat before them. As I write this article for the magazine, I realise that in my space allocation there is no where near enough room to share what I have collected from each speaker, so I will create a series of on-line blogs to follow up this article and share all that I brought back with you.

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Intensive immersion The week became a blur of walking from class to class, absorbing more information than I knew what to do with, my notebook quickly filling up with creative inspiration, technical information and the wisdom of other people’s experience. Within the first three days what I had learned or been reminded of was now beyond a price-tag – the value of what was flowing through me priceless, inspiration, passion, creativity and as I looked around the halls watching people on their way, I know I was not the only one feeling that way too. It was as if a magic wand had been waved and we were all given permission to just be, just play with life, our creativity, and think not of yesterday, or tomorrow… just today, no questions asked… to just listen, learn and do. To do something just because we wanted too, not needed to or were asked to, simply wanted. My goodness was that food for the soul, something I have missed since I put down my camera and concentrated on my management role, yet something I urge every photographer to make the time to do. Creative days, no matter where or when that is! We were broken down into smaller groups and I made friends with people from around the world as well as on my own doorstep that I would never have had the opportunity to meet, who enriched the trip beyond measure. Midway during a week of creative overload, the groups were taken out on a variety of locations with models and gear to test, to take photographs, to explore all that they had learned from the days before under the guidance of the speakers. Ahead of leaving for the shoots we were treated to the unveiling of Anie’s new burst of creativity as a fashion designer. She watched the models parade in front of us in her stunning designs – I looked over to see her tear filled eyes and was both 30 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016


touched and inspired by her humbleness, excitement and awe as she watched her own dream take shape in front of her. I am a big believer in dreams, I always have been, and live by my own motto ‘dreaming is the imagination’s guide to all things possible’. As we were driven out to the Graphistudio factory and Count Ceconi Castle, Graphistudio’s education centre, I was shown just how much the power of believing in your dreams, against all odds, can achieve, and it is here I am moved to tears.

Ceconi Castle

Photographs from the event – facing page, top, by David Bastianone; bottom, by Michelle Neal Celantano; this page, above, by Jerry Ghionis. See also the story overlead about Jerry’s presentation and his ‘Hockney’ wedding album design. Left, Ceconi Castle under the changeable skies of the Veneto, photographed by Clare Louise.

When you stand at the foot of magnificence – and are stood next to a man no different to yourself when he set out on his journey of unleashing his creativity, armed with a vision, passion and determination – you stand in the power of your own dreams, your own vision, your own passion and determination. It is here you understand that no matter how big or small your dream is you can achieve it if you believe in it. I do not think for one second that Tullio Tramontana, the founder of Graphistudio, ever imagined that he would own a castle that sits amongst the peaks of mountains when he started out working from a converted garage producing those first books by his own hand.  It’s as if the journey to castle is symbolic of the road Tullio and many others take when following their dreams. The excitement when you make that first step to a destination unknown. The road is long, with bends that you can not see around and positioned on the steepest of inclines… and as you brace yourself to make it round those tight corners with the never-ending drops, you see the beauty those tight corners can bring, and just when you wonder how much further there is to travel, the road opens up to an expanse of serenity, accomplishment

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and beauty. And as you stand in that peace amongst those peaks, they too speak as a reminder that there is always more to climb, always a new dream, a new vision to be had borne from the wisdom of the road less travelled. The Graphistudio factory is the size of what feels like 15 football fields, and whilst I’m sure that isn’t quite right you definitely feel you are in the creative photographer’s version of Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory. If ever there was a company that wanted you to explore your vision of creativity rather than stopping at theirs, here it is.   As you walk around listening to the who, where, what, when and why of it all, it is clear that Graphistudio's investment in their product is about giving today’s professional photographer the tools to explore their own creative vision. They provide choice to create products that enhance their work, choice to create uniqueness that is not only reflected in the images you shoot but in the products you sell – choice to brand you and your business in a way no other can. They become another tool to help you, the professional photographer, stand out above the crowd as you wrap your images in

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their quality, elegance and creativity. As it came to an end, the week felt like a year, the strangers had become friends, the dreams reality. Nothing had prepared me for what I would come away from on this trip, and no words can sum up the magic and inspiration that was ignited within – not just within me, but in those around me. Life is what we make it, that message came through loud a clear from every speaker we were fortunate enough to hear. Opportunities can so often go unseen and buried in so many excuses that we forget why we are here, doing what we do. For anyone thinking of doing something for themselves this next 12 months, consider making your way over to a Venice workshop or simply taking a trip to the castle, where the doors are always open to photographers. Invest in yourself, invest in your skills, your creativity and your dreams – and like me and so many others be inspired to aim for greater things. – Clare Louise FMPA

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See: www.graphistudio.com Pictures: top, by Vicki Papas Vergara; centre by David Brenot; below by Kelly Brown.


More pictures taken in the Castle Ceconi settings by speakers – above, by Keda Z Feng; below left, by Rocco Ancora; below right, by Nik Pekridis. The outfits worn by the models are all from the Anie Z label collection, created by Yervant’s wife Anie Zanazanian in her new venture as a designer.

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Jerry Ghionis revisits his ‘Hockney’ album design

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uring his presentation for the Venice week, Jerry Ghionis told the story of an album he created a few years ago for a WPPI competition. It was inspired by Hockney and others who have used Polaroids, contact sheets or sliced-up images to create large artworks. Since then we’ve seen the arrival of concepts like the Lytro Illum lightfield camera which give the impression of a subject frozen in time yet moving, and seen from more than one angle. Of the original design, Ghionis says, “It created a sense of movement in each spread. It makes a 2D image almost appear 3D. It was like creating a puzzle from the inside out with no knowledge of the final image. “The album was one of the most ambitious, challenging and difficult album designs of my career. Each image had to be placed individually and carefully. It took me six long days with very few interruptions to produce this album. I called my good friend Andrew Funderburg from Fundy Software Inc who created the base templates for the book and made it easy for me to position and adjust all the images faster than I could have in Photoshop.

Concept for WPPI contest, above – client album sample spread, below

“My inspiration came from the master of Polaroid collages, David Hockney. For the WPPI competition I try to disguise my entries so the judges don’t assume it’s a ‘Jerry Ghionis’ album. Well, I was rewarded! I won the album of

the year award for the eighth time with that very album! “It was a love or hate album. It’s deliberately chaotic and it was a huge risk but it was designed with purpose. It is truly one of my favourites and it is the most difficult de-

sign I have ever attempted. “I have featured the design on my web site ever since (sample spread shown top) and thought it was like the ‘Ferrari in the showroom’ – most will stop and stare at it but will most likely never buy it. “Well, last year a couple booked me for that very album. Before the Venice presentation for Graphistudio, I put the final touches on the album and presented it to the couple. I was so excited that a couple had the guts to order this kind of album. “The moral of the story? You sell what you show. Don’t believe that the industry forces you into a particular style of photography. Love what you do and put it out there. People will book you for your unique perspective. Unashamedly and unapologetically be yourself. “Put your heart on your sleeve (and your web site) and you may not be the most popular photographer but people will book you for the work you love rather than the work you have to do.” The lower image shows a spread from the client album created using the concept from the competition album. See: www.jerryghionis.com

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WINTER BLUES Styling and lighting a creative portrait with Stephanie Ann Thornton

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ver the past few years I have gained a reputation as a ‘Fantasy Photographer’ which is not something that I particularly set out to do and it is only one part of the styles of work I shoot. I like to create images with more of an artistic feel using colour, shape and textures and some simple narrative. Before starting any of my creative shoots I take a moment to consider the mood and feel that I am aiming to achieve. During this time I create a mood board and discuss the ideas with my creative team. Although I always have an idea of what the final image should look like I appreciate the input of my team consisting of hair stylist and makeup artist and sometimes the designer. In the example here for instance I knew I wanted a cold, icy style shoot, feeling both wintery and edgy. While this sounds like I do a lot of initial planning I must confess that I actually put little thought into the lighting, pose and styling at this stage, preferring to leave this until the day of the shoot. While the model is in hair and makeup it is easier to evaluate how the final image may look and my model had the perfect face for me to light in such a way that would accentuate her cheekbones and collar bone, which is something I always aim to achieve in my work. Stephanie’s lighting (see details in story) used two blue filtered narrow strip boxes either side of the subject position to produce a rim light accent, reflectors, black panels and a single 44cm unfiltered flash head providing a well defined face structure. Make-up, hair, props and fabric were all chosen to fit the winter theme.

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Dress code My original clothing ideas can also change quite dramatically at this point to ensure they still match the hair and makeup styling. With hair and makeup complete I decided a less is more approach to the cloth styling would be needed. The model was dressed in a tutu which was turned upside down from her waist to make a top which was then tied around with more netted material. The material was chosen to complement the icy feel I was looking for and to work much better than tailored clothing. The hair was set to one side of the head to give the impression of a slightly windswept and frozen appearance and to make it just that little bit more unusual a pair of silver horns were added. These were positioned at an angle to produce an asymmetric look. Over time I have built quite a collection, for my cre-


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ative shoots, of head pieces, tutu's, corsets, dresses, various pieces of material and quirky items and more often than not I use these rather than high street fashion clothing. For my hair and beauty shoots I prefer the outfits to be either non-descriptive or not seen at all to produce a more natural and real feel and far as away as possible from just ‘another pretty girl in pretty clothes’ image.

Tuning the light I wanted the lighting for the model to be soft but also to be sharp with lots of definition and contrast. I started by positioning two Elinchrom 600RX heads with 130 x 50cm strip soft boxes, each with a blue gel filter fitted inside, on either side of my background. My background was a mid grey Colorama paper roll from Creative Backgrounds, which is perfect for producing the best colour from my gels while at the same time allowing me to control the depth of colour though the power output of my lights. In this case the angle and position of the strip lights was set to tint the background but spill slightly on to the subject, to accent the edges of the hair and bleed gently onto the skin. Two 8' x 4' black poly boards were placed either side to partly flag the background, and shade more definition on to the model’s cheek bones. Finally I used my Elinchrom Quadra ELB 400 fitted with the 44cm square ‘mini hazy light’ rigid reflector, deflector cap and grid for a more direct focused light. The grid not only creates good contrast while maintaining a beauty dish look but also makes this front light easy to control and position to prevent spill onto the background. Incorrectly positioned ,or used without the grid, it would have reduced the colour of my background. During shooting different poses and styles develop as you go but I always favour the simple look, not over ex-

aggerated or messy. I look for smooth lines and shape that allow me to make best use of my lighting to add shadows and define the body. Expression is also a key element in any image so I tried to maintain a feeling of innocence but still have a slightly fierce edge, keeping the eyes soft and dreamy and contrast that with tension in the eyebrows. Most of the images during the session were shot under the same lighting conditions the only difference being the

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model’s position between the strip lights and moving the flags slightly to allow more or less coloured light to fall on to the background. For a more contrasty and dramatic effect (the first and final pictures here) I simply moved my originally central front light, the 44cm reflector, to one side creating deeper shadows and darkening the background. Occasionally I would bring a small reflector just under my models chin to reduce the contrast slightly

and make her eyes stand out, especially when shooting close-up head shots. All the images were shot at ISO 100, ƒ4 @ 1/125s on a Canon 6D and 24-70 ƒ2.8L.

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ECAPARAS RICH TWO TRIBES, ONE PRINCESS – A FELLOWSHIP STORY IT’S PORTRAITURE, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT, JIM…

This is a photographic essay about a princess and her six suitors. The princess lives between two continents with suitors from both sides: the eastern tribe and the western tribe. Princess Shekie is a very modern princess. She is loved by her family, admired by her people, and worshiped by many. Her colorful personality is matched only by her creative flair and impeccable taste for fashion. She glows and she gleams wherever she goes but she’s lonely. Often she is seen reflecting on her life and daydreaming about her future. She has come of age and is ready to embark on the next chapter in her life. She has to choose a mate for life. The day has come to present her to her suitors.

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warded a Fellowship of the MPA for this storytelling portrait panel, Erich Caparas already has an international reputation. He started in the 1970s in reprographic art for the printing industry, transitioned to the emerging DTP and computer graphics field in the

1980s, was a beta tester for Photoshop and in 1990 set out on a ten-year career in photo imaging as the new technology progressed with him. In 2000, as the dotcom revolution changed the economics and technoloigy involved, he moved with it but became disillusioned with the sudden

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collapse in standards and professional status. From 2002 to 2011 he left the industry and became a real estate professional in Florida. Then, at the age of 51, he was drawn back to photography and realised things had moved forward to the point he could pass on 38 years of experience to others.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ERICH CAPARAS FMPA

See the front cover for the fifth image in this set.


Although most of Erich’s strongest past period in photography involved commercial and advertising, his passion is portrait photography. “I just got burned out and felt that the true craft of photography was forever lost when digital cameras became affordable. I always had a studio to do my personal portrait work, and I decided in 2011 to pick my camera up again, but this time I would just do the type of photography I wanted to: Portrait, Fashion, and Editorial. “I occasionally accept commissioned work but my photographic involvement recently is through teaching. I mentor advanced photographers. I was coaxed into it – I started posting my work on Facebook and soon photo enthusiasts started asking me questions, following me, and asking more of the same questions. I realised that most of the people getting into photography, post film era, were lacking in basic fundamentals. Speed, aperture, and ISO were just numbers that made their images lighter or darker. When I checked books about post processing and online tutorials I was shocked to see the lack of quality teaching materials. Authors concentrated on workflow, workflow, workflow… keyboard shortcut commands, and plug-­ins. That’s not teaching! It’s like learning the piano through notes and music sheets. Take away the music sheets and the pianist can’t play. Whereas a jazz pianist can play with his eyes closed and ad-lib to his heart’s desire because he understands the instrument and how it works. “My original plan was to use past images for my panel. I after consulting with a mentor I realised that, to have theme and continuity, I had to create new images for my fellowship panel. The 20 images were from two different sittings as a requirement for continued on page 49 MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 • 43


The Suitors from the Eastern Tribe (above): The King, the Herder, and the Lover. Each one possessing the qualities of a future leader, these suitors have travelled far and prepared well for this day. King is the young king with no queen and spends most of his time working to chisel his body. Verge is the oldest son of a herder whose father is a herder and so is his father before him. Verge will continue his family’s legacy. Vin is a soft-spoken intellectual who loves to write and document the history of their tribe. Vin may not be able to offer expensive gifts to the princess but he makes up for it with his wits and charm.

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The Suitors from the Western Tribe (below): Likewise, the east is matched by an equally able western counter part. Presenting Dada, Bobi, and Hamid. These men are fierce. Being on the west side exposes these men to harsh climate and wilderness. Dada, the


best candidate of the tribe, is a leader and a hunter. His Tiger marking is for courage. Bobi is a son of a shipwrecked merchant. Raised by the tribe, he has proven himself a worthy candidate for the princess’ hand in marriage. Hamid is Dada’s brother and is just as cunning and fierce as his brother. Not to be outdone, he is painted with the markings of a leopard, an equally smart, cautious, and calculating cat.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: As the princess laments on a very difficult decision, the tribesmen square off on an intimidation match. What to do, the princess sighs? Decisions, decisions. Oh what a headache. It is getting dark. Few more days and she must make the tough decision. Facing page: The Courtship – see over.

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The Courtship: Thus the princess spends the next two days deciding for a suitable mate. And for two days she has six suitors at her feet willing to do anything to win her acceptance. As soon as she decides, a ceremony will be held, followed by more festivities. But for now, she has the luxury of choice but not time. The Final Selection: The princess has reached a decision! Well, almost. She has narrowed down the selection to two men. One from each tribe. Vin, from the eastern tribe and Dada, from the western tribe. And so, the ceremony continues as each and everyone is readied for the ceremonial attire. Impressive show of colours and ornaments. And each suitor is taking one last time to make an impression.

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The Tie-­Breaker and the Ultimate Choice: The lover or the hunter? Both very eligible. A tough decision indeed. In a rather unorthodox tribal tie-breaker, the princess takes her suitors for a ride to test their patience, obedience, and endurance. The hunter wins easily. Had it been a test of wits, Vin may have won. But for now… Dada wins.

continued from p43 Portraiture Fellowship. These were the portraits of the princess to showcase her colourful personality. The tribal sitting was several ssittings. I only had a few minutes to get my shots. Each lighting setup is different, paint is drying and cracking… I used four to eight lights, four mine, the rest, never seen before. I used a Nikon D810 with 16-35mm, 50mm, and 85mm lenses. I have been lucky to have many talented people take part on this – 30 people offered their time and talent free – six makeup artists, six body painters, seven models, two hair stylists… whatever reward I get from this series will be equally shared with them. See: www.erich3D.com

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STORIES OF THE STREET

Phil Paine could have been humming Leonard Cohen as he approached a varied cast of characters to take their portraits and note down their stories – “lost among the subway crowds, I try to catch your eye…”

Met in the town, a great face and a fabulous laugh. Nice chap.

This is the man who services my car – he always has the time to be nice.

hil Paine became a regular GP photographer, with the usual mix of social commissions and around 20 weddings a year, after many years in film and television. “I had a camera from the age of eight”, he says, “as my dad thought I needed something artistic to enjoy! How right he was. “Since that time I have always had a camera with me either for the job I was doing with TV news or just to document my own travels, people I met and things that made me smile. “I worked in war zones for approximately 29 years and when I left that arena of news and current affairs I took up my camera and began my own business as a portrait and wedding photographer. I absolutely love what I do, the people I meet and the very fact that I get to see people in the best of days and the best of ways. There is generally a time to chat and be with people but I do love to document what I see and as such I rarely use any external lighting, flash or

This is our local corner shop man, Ramesh, from Sri Lanka. We always talk and have a joke about the world and I asked if I could take his picture. He was a Tamil Tiger when he was 19 (he's 26 now) and was picked up by the Sri Lankan army, they wanted some information so tied him to a chair and pulled his thumbnails off, then burnt his arms in many places with cigarettes. He left Sri Lanka and hasn't seen his family in a while, when I printed this picture for him to send to his mum he was very happy. He hasn't spoken with his mum for a few years, when she received the picture she called him and said how beautiful he looks, she cried! Ramesh is a lovely young man, with a big smile and a gorgeous laugh, he closed his shop for an hour to look at all these images set up on the newspaper racks so he can see what I have done. It's powerful that a photograph can make a difference – I'm glad his mum called him.

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fixed. Occasionally I use off camera flash and have helped other photographers with off camera flash to help them produce stunning images. “I love faces, people, stories, chatting and just getting that one image which sums up a person for me. “My view on the world is more documentary style but there is a great need to interact with and see the person first and then to become invisible whilst they talk and tell me about themselves. “For the last few months I have been documenting around my area up to a two mile radius in order to put together a book of all the different people, places and changes that have happened and continue to happen within that area of my post code.” He’s also been taking the same kind of documentary portrait further afield – and his endeavours have earned him an Licentiateship. Phil gave background stories for the images, and we’ve chosen a few to reproduce here.

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The Restoration Man. From a series of 20 images, this is Clive the furniture restorer. Clive loves anything in wood especially old and antique.

I met this chap on the canal path in Cambridge, he was enjoying a can or two of ale and was sat watching the world go by. I joined him for a while and he was kind enough to allow me to take this photograph.

Whilst visiting the area around Boston we met with this lovely lady in the local bait shop in Hull, MA. What a fabulous person and what a great store.

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From the Luton carnival in 2015, a colourful affair, with a light drizzle of rain as always. This man stood out as I walked down the hill he was guiding an elephant (not a real one!) through the street. He was so calm amongst the noise of the carnival.

Another from the carnival in Luton – as I turned away from the man guiding an elephant, I spotted this man in the archway sat in a wheelchair. He was watching the noise and the spectacle and didn't look part of the day.

I visit the woodmen of Ayot Green for woodworking and various timber parts. Theirs is an old business in a really lovely old barn, it's cold with masses of wood and machinery and they are skilled carpenters who make old style sash windows, doors and anything you can fashion from wood. Their skills won't be passed on as there are too few who are interested in the traditional methods of making things from wood. 52 • MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016


Grand Rapids, Michigan – this hot dog stall has never advertised in all their time, just word of mouth. Great retro-looking place with graffiti on the walls, posters of bygone days and probably THE best dogs I have ever eaten. This is the young man who served us with a great smile.

I pass the Berlin Doner in Luton most days – and one day decided to call in to ask if I could take a photograph there for the project I am working on. These are great chaps working hard and producing delicious food… just had to try it! Yummy!

We met Ron on the I75 going to Mackinaw City – he pulled us over because of our tinted windows! We all got chatting and throughout our chat Ron never took his hand off his pistol. A large man at over 6ft 5inches and with big hands, he was polite and a great advert for the Michigan State Troopers. Really enjoyed our meeting, thanks Ron. See: www. philpainephotography.co.uk and follow Phil on Facebook for his regular new portraits and stories MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 • 53


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n the early 1900s there was a growing feeling of personal independence throughout the modern world. A new sophisticated populace required a means of affordable, personal transport that wasn’t reliant on a garage full of expensive, bespoke craftsmen. In 1908 Henry Ford launched the ubiquitous Model T Ford. The Model T came with the benefits of mass production, a rolling concept first introduced by the Venetian ship builders of the 1300s building a galleon a day, in kit form, for the warmongers of the world. Everyone could enjoy the Model T’s sleek lines and 2.9 litre, inline 4 cylinder motor at an extraordinary top speed of 45 miles per hour. After breaking all known sales records the Model T was replaced by the Model A now boasting a top speed of 65 miles per hour and so the obsession with motorized speed began. Speeds increased with every new model and it became the all consuming feature of every vehicle. In time it became evident that a regular person was only able to travel so fast before reaction times and the practical restrictions of the public road system made it unfeasible to accelerate more. Speed limits were introduced around the world and the idea of travelling faster and faster on a daily basis became superfluous as most cars could accelerate to over 100 mph but were rarely able to do so. We had reached the limit of usefulness for that particular feature of motor transport. Cars are now judged by the quality of the features that are essential for the modern driving experience. Engine smoothness, interiors, road holding, ride quality as well as navigation and entertainment systems are now refined with every new model and the top speed has become almost irrelevant. In short the market has gradually become sophisticated and requires more from its vehicles than just a high speed blast down the tarmac.

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PIXELS?

In this regular column Richard Bradbury FMPA – MPA Creative & Commercial Photographer of the Year – wonders whether the megapixel race benefits 35mm format DSLRs

Canon’s 5DS and 5DSR – kings of the pixel pile

The history of professional digital cameras is a little more difficult to track but the exponential rise of the digital image has been led by one thing, megapixel count. Scientists had been using digital systems for some time and a few enthusiast or amateur cameras became available to the general public around the early 1990s. In 1993 Canon launched the first prototype EOS SLR camera with a capture capacity of 1.3MP. This was never going to be usable for the professional market but it was an exciting milestone. Various scanning backs came onto the market with compatibility to existing studio camera systems but obviously these were only usable for still life photography. In 1994 the AP/Kodak NC2000 and NC2000E became the first cameras to be marketing directly at photojournalists. Based on the Nikon F90 and F90S they offered a resolution of 1024 x 1280 pixels and cost £11,200.

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My first foray into the digital world was a Phase One Lightphase back with an output of 6MP (my current iPhone has 8MP). It was used with my Mamiya RZ67, cost more than the entire camera system put together and could only be used tethered. The lenses from the RZ system were totally unsuitable for digital capture and the results were questionable at best. Various digital backs arrived to fit large and medium format studio cameras but we were screaming for more megapixels in a hand-held camera. Most of us, me included, were still using film for professional jobs but we were moving ever closer to a useable professional pixel count. The great leap forward came in the shape of the Canon EOS 1DS. Launched in 2002, it gave access to up to 50 dedicated Canon lenses and a full frame 35 mm sized CMOS sensor pumping out 11.4 magnificent megapixels in RAW with every press of

the shutter. Finally we had a camera that professionals could call their own. It took Nikon nearly two years to create the almostcomparable full frame D1X and the crop frame 12 megapixel D2X by which time the Canon 1DS MkII was offering 16.7MP. At that time I was using the 1DS for location portraits and editorial assignments, a 6MP EOS 10D for site progress and reccy work and a Phase One or Hassleblad system for the big advertising stuff, usually with a separate operator. But our obsession with file size was not over. We needed more pixels to hold in our hands. The invention of the “prosumer” was to finally seal the deal. As technology advanced the amateur and professional markets were growing ever more similar and the prosumer concept created a much larger customer base. The liberated enthusiast was demanding more and once again it was Canon that led the way with the launch of the EOS 5D MkII in 2008. The techies were finally able to feed the hungry mouths of a world of pixel-starved photographers both amateur and professional with 21.1MP. Nikon quickly gained ground with the D3X boasting a 24.5MP CMOS sensor built by Sony. Sony themselves now also entered the professional market place with the Alpha A900 using the same sensor. Nikon soon started making their own sensors and by 2014 megapixel freaks had a choice between Nikon’s D810E at 36.3MP, Sony’s Alpha 7R at the same level, with Canon lagging behind with the 5D Mk3 offering just 22.1MP. It’s worth mentioning that Leica launched the 37.5MP medium-format S2 way back in 2008. It is the Ivanka Trump of the camera world being staggeringly beautiful, quite brilliant, but bloody expensive. With a price tag of over £12,000 it was designed for kings rather than clickers. As 2015 rolled around you could not fail to notice


You would not normally retouch young skin and it would be very difficult as the 5DSR image (full sized 300dpi section, left) reveals almost microscopic skin and hair detail.

arguably the most significant camera launch of the decade, following hard on the heels of Sony upgrading the A7R to a MkII sensor-stabilised 42MP version. Canon’s EOS 5DS and 5DSR (with low-pass cancelling technology) are the world’s first 50 megapixel DSLRs. Like thousands of other pixel freaks I placed my pre-order the day that I heard the news. By now you will have read a million words written about the 5DS so I promise you that this is not going to turn into another camera review column. Before my order was due, I was able to test the camera, and decided to stick with my 5D MkIIIs for 35mm-SLR style work. The 5DS and 5DSR hit the hire counters the moment they were available, I already use medium format for major commission work needing very large reproductions, and I can hire one of the new Canon bodies should I have a specific job which needs it. Even I find that decision a strange one as I am forever yearning for more quality in my images and nothing adds quality like more pixels per square inch…or does it? I’ve now used the 5DSR on several occasions and it does indeed pump out 50.6MP unless you opt to use the 28MP medium or 12MP small raw sizes. But the sacrifices they have made to achieve this goal, in my MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 • 55


300dpi reproduction from a section of 50.6MP Canon 5DSR full size raw 8688 x 5792 pixels

The same section of a 28MP MRAW (medium sized reduced raw) 6480 x 4320 pixels – print resolution 225dpi

The same from a 4320 x 2880 SRAW (small sized reduced raw) capture which is just under 12MP and a file resolution of only 150dpi – a setting our print process flags up as below the threshold for a sharp reproduction

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This Canon 5DSR image shot as a full sized raw would enlarge to a little over 61 x 91cm at 240dpi, the default resolution for high quality inkjet display printing. At 300dpi, the recommended setting for magazine reproduction or the best quality photographic output, the overall print would be around 48 x 72cm, or 17 x 26". This is larger than four pages of this magazine, or A2. We have printed very detailed A2 reproductions from 24 megapixel files in the past, and as the examples on the left show, the 5DSR full sized files should stand very close inspection at A1 poster size and look excellent from a normal viewing distance at A0.

A wide open ƒ2.8 is needed on the 24-70mm L lens when shooting action, to secure 1/1000s at ISO 800, and blur the busy background a little at 54mm. At a full 1.5 metre wide wall print size, lens quality, subject movement, stabilisation, noise levels and dynamic range to survive postprocess treatment, and depth of field become critical (200dpi clip below).

opinion, are simply too great. The low pass cancellation filter gives bitingly sharp results but handling this amount of pixels is very tricky with anything other than a good solid tripod. Even my stabilised lenses, which can claim two to four shutter speeds in safety margin, now offer only one to two. The claims made for Canon stabilised lenses can only be based on a final print size, the 10 x 8/12 the industry still uses for depth of field. Obviously with the 5DS image over twice the linear size of the original 5D – half the pixel pitch – a stabilised lens needs to offer one step more in effect, be twice as precise in correcting shake. The dynamic range offered by the 5DS models is also limited. Offering an ISO rate of up to just 6400 the cameras do not handle low light situations well. Its not a good choice for videographers either, as it doesn’t offer HDMI output or headphone sockets and doesn’t shoot 4K. The other thing about the 5DS is that it looks and feels exactly like my 5D MkIII. This obviously has a lot of functional advantages but for something north of £3,000 I expected a newer experience. I for one am happy for now to stay with my 5D MkIII – great in low light, easy to handle in the field or in a studio and basically 22.1MP is enough! We have reached the point where additional features are worth more than megapixels. I regularly sell A1 sized prints to my clients and I have never had one rejected yet. How big does a file need to be? I shoot commercial advertising with it as well as my private portrait clients and my storage drives are always full to bursting so the idea of

more megapixels is just not that appealing. Canon will tell you that this camera was designed for studio photographers or tripod carrying landscape photographers – and they are right. I think that 50MP is about enough to satisfy pretty much any brief but there are more important things in photography than megapixels. Low light capability gives you options that are far more useful – and I need cameras that I can use all day every day for most of my clients. The 5DS didn’t fit that requirement – the 5D MkIII or the 1DX certainly do. I remain a dedicated fan of Canon cameras and never felt an urgent need to switch systems just because others had 24MP, 36MP or 42MP. My little EOS 10D way back in the day had just 6MP but it also had a pop up flash. Why don’t any full frame Canon cameras have that? I used it all the time to brighten faces or fill in a shadowy corner of a room. I must now carry a chunky Canon Speedlite with me on every location portrait shoot (about 150 per year)… Come on Canon, Nikon and Sony – I want a 50MP camera with stabilisation, that shoots at ISO 24,000 with no visible grain or colour shift and the option of a pop up flash… that’s all! And by the way, available in any colour you want as long as its black. – Richard Bradbury FMPA www.richardbradbury.com

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Richard Bradbury FMPA is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer best known for his Guinness World Records set-pieces. Richard is now offering a helping hand to photographers around the world with a programme of seminars, mentoring and business coaching event. To find out more please go to:

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY SCOTT JOHNSON Scott Johnson, of The Edge Photography in Chelmsford, Essex, is the Master Photography Awards Graphistudio Album of the Year winner for 2015/16. Scott, who is an Associate of the BIPP and SWPP, wins an all-inclusive trip to the Italian album and art printing company’s headquarters near Venice and photographic training academy at Castle Ceconi. This is the complete album design, with cover, which was judged winner by a live panel at the October awards event. See: www.theedgephotography.co.uk

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In memory: William Ng

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illiam Ng Tong Hng Hon FMPA was a gentle gentleman, whose inspiration and determination encouraged Singaporean photographers to achieve qualifications and success. He gave so much time mentoring, helping other photographers, encouragement and guidance. He made a tremendous contribution to the MPA in the Far East. His quiet determination to perfect his photography and his passion for knowledge from his peers led William to travel to the UK to present his Associate panel for qualification. Twice Overseas Master Photographer of the Year and a recipient of many awards, William strove to raise standards in both Singapore and Malaysia. He received the MPA President’s award in 2003. His dedication to professional photography will always be remembered. Ryan Wong FMPA , MPA Ambassador to the Far East, writes this of him: “Without William the Far East chapter would not be as glorious – without William there would not be the rising stars among the greats of photography. William is a giant to many photographers of Far East. “A humble and passionate Master of Portraiture, he had an enormous keenness to share with young generation and spent much of his time working for the betterment of photography in Singapore. “He was a true master, teacher and a true friend.” Our condolences to his wife Soon Cheng. William’s health had deteriorated over recent years but he never complained. His passion for photographic knowledge led to a sincere friendship over many years. He will be sorely missed. – CB

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FINDING YOUR REGION ON FACEBOOK

March 15th 2016 – Jenny Johnston from 3XM will be coming to the usual location, look out for the emails and keep on eye on the Central Region Facebook page. Jenny is going to be talking about using social media tools to promote your business – those of you who have been to one of her seminars will know just how useful the information is, and we’re thrilled that she’s going to take the time to come and talk to us!

REGIONAL news, discussion and updates can be found on Facebook. To find the main MPA page, type ‘Master Photographers Association’. For regions, type ‘The MPA’; for special groups including China, Malaysia, Cherubs, Qualifications, type ‘MPA’ – in each case you’ll get a list of options. Here are the full URLs of active regional UK Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/MPA.Central.Region https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-London-Essex-Region https://www.facebook.com/MPANorthernRegion https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-Welsh-Region https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-West-Midlands-Region https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-Scottish-Region https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-South-East-Region https://www.facebook.com/The-MPA-South-West-Region

May 11th 2016 – Steve Walton, the MPA President, will be coming down to for a joint meeting with London and Essex – something we’ve done for the past few years very successfully – and it’s the turn of Brentwood to be the location. Really looking forward to both welcoming Steve and seeing some of his stunning photography!

NETHERLANDS

GF Smith (above) host Gary Walsh’s seminar for the Northern Region – Gary took one of the top images of 2014, right

SCOTTISH REGION

HENK VAN KOOTEN, who has looked after MPA’s members in the Netherlands and acted as a judge and speaker at many events worldwide, was presented with an Honorary Fellowship at the annual awards dinner by Chair Paul Wilkinson.

MIKE WARD received the President’s Award from Faye Yerbury, outgoing president, for his hard work mentoring and helping many qualifications aspirants across the whole of the UK.

New Licentiates Congratulations to those who achieved their Licentiate qualification recently: Jo Pickering LMPA – Portrait Fiona Mckean LMPA – Portrait Stephen Reid LMPA – Portrait Phil Paine LMPA – Portrait Documentary Rebecca Barclay LMPA – Portrait Darren Facinelli LMPA – Wedding Mollie Hosmer LMPA – Portrait Samantha Black LMPA – Portrait Andrew Weild LMPA – Wedding Jordan Fraser LMPA – General Practice Sasha Wright LMPA – Portrait Neo Ni LMPA - Wedding David Tham LMPA - Illustrative & Pictorial

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NORTHERN REGION February 29th 2016 – Just when you wondering what to do with your spare day next leap year, we’ve gone and booked it out for you already! The Northern Region presents a day with Gary Walsh at GF Smith, including a tour around the G F Smith Production Unit in Hull. Gary is known for both his amazing wedding photography and his environmental portrait photography, his work can be viewed at www.garywalsh.co.uk He will be leading an environmental photography portrait session in the vicinity of GF Smith’s base in Hull, and will follow this up with a fascinating talk on how he works with his clients. Delegates will enjoy light refreshments supplied by GFS, and each photographer can have a print from the shoot downloaded and printed during the course of the afternoon. We expect to finish early evening, and retire to a local bar for further refreshments for anyone who wishes to join us. Everyone is welcome, see your email and the regional Facebook page for timings and prices, which will be released in the New Year. Our thanks go to Tim and Lee at GF Smith for very kindly looking after us, and helping out with the factory tour, refreshments, and use of their premises.

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Melanie East Newborn Photography Seminar February 23rd 2016 at the Hinckley Island Hotel The day will consist of the following: Preparing the parents and managing the parents’ expectations. The psychological aspect of a newborn photography session is huge, and many photographers do not realise that the parents are usually very very tired and emotional – and to some extent it is necessary to step on eggshells while still ensuring that you control the session. How to set up for the session. Working with textures, tones and colours. Shooting to sell. Safety. Composites and when to use them. Safe use of props. How to pose baby safely at all times. How to wrap a newborn baby neatly and effectively. Lighting using strobes – teaching using one simple lighting set up. So many photographers are terrified of strobes for newborns and it really doesn’t need to be anything too complicated. Learning to recognise lighting patterns. Posing: Baby on beanbag – to cover the following poses: 1. Simple “bottom up” pose. 2. Taco and semi taco. Plus wrapped taco. 3. Side lying pose. 4. Wrapped side lying pose. 5. Head on hands/arms pose with assistant support for safety. In props: 1. Baby on log with assistant support for safety, 2. Baby on posing stool with assistant support for safety 3. Baby in bowl lying on back. In all of the above poses, delegates will be shown the best angle from which to photograph and to gain the maximum amount of images without over-shooting to produce a gallery for the parents of around 25-40 highly saleable images. This event is observational ONLY, Lighting set ups will be photographed on the day and supplied to MPA members after the event Please bring plenty of paper so you can make notes. All day at the Island Hotel Hinckley for Just £120 plus VAT. Limited numbers only 25 spaces available. Contact membership@thempa.com or call 01325 356555 to secure your place today.

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EAST MIDLANDS Steve Walton FMPA 13 Juniper Close Leicester Forest East Leicester LE3 3JX 0116 2994901 stevewaltonphotography.info LONDON & ESSEX Raymond R Lowe Hon FMPA 123 Crossbrook Street Cheshunt Hertfordshire EN8 8LY 01992 636152 ray@raylowe.co.uk NORTHERN REGION Steven Ramsden LMPA 10 Gillingwood Road Clifton Moor York, North Yorkshire YO30 4ST 01904 479063 info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk NORTH WEST David Thexton LMPA T&J Photographic 111 Ramsden Street Barrow in Furness Cumbria LA14 2BW 01229 835 035 smile@tjphoto.co.uk

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