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AWARDS 2013/14 – COME AND VIEW ALL 349 MERIT ENTRIES ON OCTOBER 20th

STEVE HOWDLE – STYLED TO SUCCEED • HAMILTON STUDIOS CHERUBS THE POPULATED PANORAMAS OF PHIL INGLES LANDSCAPES FROM PETER SEARIGHT OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 • SONY ALPHA 3000 • WORDPRESS & BLOGS


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Chairman’s Update

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 launch Hossain Mahdavi reports from the introduction of a new professional Olympus, staged in Northern Ireland. Associateship – Peter Searight Creating a business founded on fine art, expanding into social and commercial, The Remarkable Studio.

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Associateship – Phil Ingles 360° walkthroughs for the property and tourism markets led to HDR tone-mapped panoramas.

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Reports – John Swannell Audience, A&F judging Two stars of the coming Awards seminar day.

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Master Photography Awards 2013 & Seminar Day A final call for all members able to make it to the first big day of the new-look MPA.

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Styled to Succeed – Steve Howdle, Fellowship An in-depth look at some of the images from Steve Howdle’s career in the hair and beauty advertising market.

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Cherubs’ Corner: Hamilton Studios Frazer Visser’s business plans to keep families as clients by starting them off through the Cherubs scheme.

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Sony Alpha 3000 David Kilpatrick looks at an outstandingly cheap deviation in the path of mirrorless development.

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Photo Lab Christmas Deadlines Key information from the trade for your planning diary.

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Business: Tearing a Sheet off the Blogroll David Kilpatrick says that Wordpress is more just an old-fashioned ‘blog’ – it’s a site within your site and could well be how you build your web presence.

A random selection drawn out of the hat from out of almost 350 Merit passes selected for exhibition at the Master Photography Awards Day 2013, on October 20th. You can see these – and learn which were the Awards of Excellence, almost 100 of them, and the big winners of the 2013/14 titles.

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OCTOBER 2013 • £5.00 • ISSN 2042-0234

AWARDS 2013/14 – COME AND VIEW ALL 349 MERIT ENTRIES ON OCTOBER 20th

STEVE HOWDLE – STYLED TO SUCCEED • HAMILTON STUDIOS CHERUBS THE POPULATED PANORAMAS OF PHIL INGLES LANDSCAPES FROM PETER SEARIGHT OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 • SONY ALPHA 3000 • WORDPRESS & BLOGS

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I President & Chairman Hossain Mahdavi FMPA Tel: 01923 494532 e-mail: hoss@hossphotography.com Directors’ Management Committee Steve Ramsden LMPA Tel: 01904 479063 e-mail: info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk Clare Louise FMPA Tel: 01926 811270 e-mail: clare@clare-louise.co.uk Seppi Preston LMPA Tel: 01786 475007 e-mail: info@lighthousestudios.co.uk Regional & Co-opted Directors 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 R G Haley FMPA Tel: 01133 074458 e-mail: paul@paulrghaley.com Phil Flowers LMPA Tel: 01458 273144 e-mail: phil@pffoto.com Deborah Selwood AMPA Tel: 0115 944 7727 e-mail: deborah@geckophotography.co.uk Ray Lowe Hon.FMPA Tel: 01992 636152 e-mail: ray@raylowe.co.uk>

MPA, Jubilee House, 1 Chancery Lane, Darlington DL1 5QP Tel: 01325 356555 Fax: 01325 357813 Website: http://www.thempa.com

must say, it has been an extremely busy and exciting month for the MPA and me. It seems everything had to happen in September. I was invited to Ireland by Olympus to be at the launch of the new OMD E-M1. Then a very impressive invitation arrived through the post courtesy of past president Martin Grahame-Dunn Hon FMPA, asking me to be there for the association at the Hamadan International Photography Awards’ exhibition and VIP dinner (see my report over the page). The judging of the Master Photography Awards 2013/14 went well, and all the organisation which was done by Clare Louise and staff at head office was flawless. The two-day judging was tough on the judges’ eyes and tiring mentally. to make sure we are giving every image the full attention. We also had two successful Associateship applications and one new Fellowship to judge, and we are pleased to be able to introduce the work of Phil Ingles AMPA, Peter Searight AMPA and Steve Howdle FMPA in this magazine issue. I had to finish the organisation of John Swannell seminar and – as I am sure you noticed – make sure it was advertised on Facebook and through Olympus, with emails from HQ and coverage in the magazine. In the end “An Evening with John Swannell” was fascinating and his photography was amazing. More importantly the response from the members was very positive not only on the seminar but how impressed members are with the way the MPA is running now, the magazine too. There are even more changes happening in the coming year.

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Having prepared the Chairman’s report, after the latest NEC meeting the board of directors, interim CEO and myself are proud to announce we are now on the rise and more new members are joining and former members coming back to the MPA. We will be an important part of The Photography Show, which takes over the Focus ‘slot’ in 2014 and hope to see membership grow further, faster, in the coming year. Members of the trade are supporting our plans for the future. We need to repay them by going to the seminars they sponsor for us, where they are able to showcase their products and services. This is the reason they travel to every corner of the country. Without their support some seminars are not possible to arrange. So I hope you will support your MPA activities more and more in the coming year. With the awards dinner in just a few days, I hope you have booked your seats and will attend the diverse seminars organised for you. If you missed Swannell’s talk on September 30th, there will be a mini version on Sunday October 20th, as well as much other expert advise and demonstrations. You can find the programme for the many seminars and activities in this magazine. It is your day to learn, see your colleagues and mentors, have fun and support your friends – or even collect your own awards. Enjoy! Hoss – Hossain Mahdavi FMPA, President and Chairman

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master news photography Awards gains new sponsors, guests and a year THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS are set to continue as an Autumn event – but starting with this year’s awards, they are to be given an added year, so that photographers receiving awards just two months before the end of the year do notfeel their title is out of date for ten months. The awards presented will be for 2013/14, matching the MPA’s own membership and administrative year, and giving the titles and up-to-date feel for the entire year after the event. MPA is pleased to welcome The Photography Show and its organisers Future Publishing on board as headline sponsors for the 2013/14 Awards, and to announce that the association will be fully represented at this new show at the NEC (March 1st-4th 2014). STOP PRESS: The Royal Shakespeare Company Costume Store will be sponsoring the Fine Art category at the Awards day, represented by their Costume Store which is expanding its theatrical horizons to become a key source for accessorising, costumes and styling for photography and film making. At the awards, current Chairman and President Hoss COSTUME Mahdavi FMPA will hand over the STORE President’s rôle to John Parris FMPA, giving the Association a Scottish president in the year that Scotland must vote on its consitutional future within – or outwith – the UK. During the last few weeks a great deal of effort has been put in behind the scenes. “Clare Louise FMPA as acting Chief Executive Officer has been working round the clock”, said Master Photography editor David Kilpatrick Hon FMPA. “I have been involved in the run-up to the awards for many years, and this year I am sure that the costs have been kept to a minimum by making full use of the skills of MPA members and the support of sponsors. “Loxley Colour deserve a special mention as they have, once again, provided the large panel displays for all the entries to be seen in printed form. Their graphic design department has also undertaken the design of the exhibition. “Paul Cooper FMPA has, again, converted and programmed all the image files to make the screen presentations for the evening. I’m looking forward to meeting new members and I will be available during the Sunday to discuss suggestions for magazine content and ideas to improve Master Photography. We would like to see some regular bylined columns appear in the magazine.”

A worldwide welcome The MPA wishes to welcome all our overseas members who are taking the time, and going to some expense, to be present at the Master Photography Awards 2013/14. Your presence and company completes the weekend for your friends here in the UK.

Annual General Meeting The AGM of the MPA will take place at St John’s Hotel, Solihull, on Monday October 21st at 11am (convene at 10.45am). Master Photography will carry a report on the Awards weeked and the AGM in the November edition, which should be with members in the first week of November.

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Left to right: Hoss; Sahar Al Zarei, Assistant Secretary General of HIPA; Henry Dallal, member, HIPA Board of Trustees; Reza Deghati, National Geographic Photographer. Photos: David Goff/HIPA.

Hamdan International Photography Awards I WAS CONTACTED by editor David Kilpatrick to say there was an exhibition in London he felt I would be interested in attending on behalf of MPA. Shortly afterwards Martin Grahame-Dunn invited me to a VIP dinner at this exhibition – an impressive invitation through the post – one you would not refuse! H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has established the prestigious ‘Hamdan International Photography Award’. The Award is an open exhibition or contest which appeals to all talented photographers across the globe, and also nurtures national talent, which in turn attracts international art and cultural attention. The Award highlights how Dubai is fast developing into one of the most artistically conscious and established cities in the world. The exhibition and lecture by the acclaimed photographer Reza Deghati of Iran, recipient of HIPA's 2012-13 Photography Appreciation Award, was fantastic. Reza’s lecture Photography for Humanity was breathtaking and his work with children and people in third-world countries has been both educational and life saving. Through photography he has Past President Martin managed to reunite 3,500 children Grahame-Dunn with President Hossain Mahdavi with their families in Uganda. A humble man, he has photographed war and peace at the same time. The event was beautifully presented at the Royal Geographical Society, whose hospitality and catering can not be faulted. Established in 2011 by the Crown Prince, HIPA is open to photographers of all abilities and boasts the largest grand prize award in the world of photography of $120,000 (USD) and the largest overall prize pool of $389,000 (USD). I had a fantastic time and met a man from my country, who through photography, has demonstrated how he could help humanity: http://rezaphotography.org/ Currently in its third season, HIPA continues to demonstrate the Emirate of Dubai’s commitment towards the encouragement and support of art, culture and creative innovation. This is one which MPA members should enter: http://www.hipa.ae/en/creating-the-future-2013-2014/introduction Thanks to Martin, and also to David Goff for the photographs – David is now based in Dubai. – Hoss

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Olympus returns to the pro market with the OM-D E-M1 – waterproof, fast, small, light but extremely tough ILC

Photos taken with the OM-D E-M1 at Castle Leslie by Hoss Mahdavi.

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he Olympus OM-D mirrorless MicroFourThirds SLRstyle system hit the market in 2012 and rapidly established a reputation for its new 16 megapixel sensor, natural-looking electronic viewfinder and advanced 5-axis in body image stabilisation. The new OM-D E-M1 follows up with much improved body design – far easier to hold with a substantial built-in right hand grip and more traditional controls – plus the highest quality EVF of any interchangeable lens system camera. To this Olympus has added a degree of waterproofing similar to the top models in their professional FourThirds SLR range, very fast contrast detect autofocus, and a new equally well sealed 1240mm (24-80mm equivalent)

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ƒ2.8 Zuiko lens. Demonstrations including soaking the cameras outfit with a hose, and product photographs include one straight from the deep freeze (above) as it works down to -40°C. MPA President Hossain Mahdavi was invited to the camera’s launch in Northern Ireland, representing the association and the magazine. Olympus would seem to back courting the professional as they did back in the OM-1 days. “Having become the new sponsor of the Olympus/MPA Wedding and Portrait Awards (formerly Kodak and Fuji), Olympus invited me to Ireland for the launch of the new OMD E-M1”, he says. “Twenty-four other photographers and I, from different fields of photography, were flown over using Har-


Meet Olympus at the Master Photography Awards 2013 on October 20th, where they will be present with OM-D system ambassador 106138 135x195 brands hatch_Layout 1 19/09/2013 11:48 Page 1 Damian McGillicuddy FMPA and the new E-M1 products.

rods Aviation, looked after like kings and queens… and brought back home safe and amazed by the camera and the first class hospitality. “The mid-morning flight to Belfast was delightful – none of that getting up early to reach the gate. We were then taken to Castle Leslie by coach. We arrived for reception refreshments followed by a delicious lunch. There then was a quick welcome and introduction to the new camera. In no time, we were all given a camera and two lenses to use all day. “The organisers had arranged subjects for us in different parts of the grounds, as well as in the castle. We were able to have photographic sessions with models, horse riders and a light-artist to use the camera in many situations, including low light, flash and after dark. With dinner in between, the cameras had to be returned (unfortunately!) by 11pm. Yes – all-day photography. “The camera is amazing with its authentic Olympus SLR look, size and handling. The speed of

the shutter release and of burst mode make it a must for any photographer. The long nighttime exposure is the best I have seen from a digital sensor. “Processing the shots, I feel I left ‘my’ camera behind – that is how much I enjoyed having the E-M1 in my hands.” Features of the OM-D E-M1 include a new 16-megapixel LiveMOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, tilting touch panel LCD, EVF with 2.36 million dot resolution, ‘Dual Fast AF’ for sequential shooting, five axis image stabilisation, and better high ISO performance. Built-in WiFi lets you change modes, ISO, white balance and other settings, view and capture remotely by smartphone or tablet. Pairing camera and smart device is via a QR code displayed on the back of the camera. The AA filter has been removed to improve detail sharpness. The Olympus OM-D E-M1 costs £1300 body only, £1500 with 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens kit or £1950 with new 12-40mm f/2.8 ED lens.

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peter searight Few photographers make a career in fine art and work mainly for galleries and print sales like Peter Searight and his business, The Remarkable Studio Ltd in Haslemere, Surrey. He has just achieved his Associateship.

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aking a consistent living from art is a tough call, as Peter Searight said in his AMPA submission. “I began to diversify into portrait and some commercial work. The strategy had been to combine an eye for landscapes with portrait work where possible. I have had some commercial commissions, notably from Dalemain, an estate in the Lake District – and having been invited to photograph weddings, this has become a significant part of our business. Photography as art does, however, remain and important element and a key driver in terms of innovation and excellence in my work. “I try to minimise post-processing because I would prefer an image to speak to the view directly. Technology is driving the quaity of photographic ‘craft’ to higher levels, but often this does not help the artist to introduce meaning into his work. “Development of the market’s appreciation of photography as art has changed dramatically in the UK over the last few years and it’s an exciting time to be involved in this field.”

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Peter is an associate of trhe RPS and BIPP and has been a regular winner of merits and awards in regional and national competitions over the last seven years. See: www.theremarkablestudio.com

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Phil Ingles


PHIL INGLES started his photographic business Infront Photography in 2009 after a long career in sales and management. He renewed an

early amateur interest through college courses, and association membership, attending many seminars and finding a sympathetic mentor in Dennis

Hylander HonFMPA. He now does 360° virtual tour photography for venues and property, and for his AMPA series, chose tone-mapped panoramas based

on this technique, involving dozens of exposures of each scene. The people included are selected during editing creating a variety of unusual ‘populated

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panoramas’. He may create several versions of a scene based on the different positions of people within the shot. The completed image files are very large – each frame is shot using a Nikon D800E, 36

megapixel DSLR without AA filter for maximum detail. They do not use the whole frame, however, as the starting images are circular fisheye 180° views from an 8mm fisheye lens. The lens is always stopped

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down to between ƒ9 and ƒ11, and each of the fisheye frames – typically four or five to give the right overlap on a full 360° round the camera position – will be bracketed plus and minus a surprisingly wide range of

exposure, for these examples between ±7EV and ±9EV. The resulting bracketed frames are HDR tone mapped individually, and then merged to create the panoramas. The pictures here show, previous page, ‘Pearly


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master events photography John Swannell – reasons to be there when he’s the MPA’s guest on October 20th

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t the end of September, John Swannell visited Coventry for “An Audience With”, giving those who booked an exciting, inspirational four hours of his time in the evening; a rare opportunity to meet and talk to someone who has enjoyed a career working with stars and world leaders, with global publications and exotic locations. Mentored by some fellow called Bailey, John’s determination to get into the exciting world of fashion photography is impressive. Beaches, sunshine, the glamourous world that Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” was so evocative of, John Swannell has been through it all. And yet, quiet softly spoken and approachable, he shares all the stories with a glint in his eye that suggests it is still exciting, over 40 years on. Without grandstanding, John provides a narrative of some truly inspirational, enviable shoots. As with his images, an awful lot of it relates to the subjects, rather than himself – he is absorbed in what he’s created, rather than his career. So with a room full of pho-

tographers, there is a sense of intimacy, of being there that leaves you slightly surprised that so much time has passed. When the projector is switched off, a short Q&A session gives everyone a chance to get involved. John is frank and open about the way these bookings to work with celebrities come about - though there’s little to ask, as many of the images shown earlier involved discussion, explanation of the process. Almost everyone buys a copy of the book he’s brought with him as John takes time after the seminar to sign them; signing means a few more minutes and maybe a chance to talk more. He even has the time to humour my request to take a portrait on an ancient Polaroid with Fuji’s black and white instant film.

The main reason we’re reporting on a past event like this, of course, is to remind you that John will be at our “Meet the Masters” event, on the 20th October. Part of the MPA Awards programme, John Swannell is one of several photographers not to be missed. Unlike many post-event reports, you do have a chance to take part. Support for the Coventry Hilton hosted “An Audience With”

came from Olympus – with an OM-D E-M1 offered as a prize, and one of John’s signed prints as an additional prize. Delegates also got the opportunity to try out Profoto’s new flash range and modifiers, Phase One’s latest IQ2-series medium format backs with wireless, direct tethering to iOS devices with full camera control, and meet with Colorworld. – Richard Kilpatrick

Make a day of it with Steve Howdle’s two one-hour sessions at the Awards in Solihull

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teve Howdle, newly an MPA Fellow and a respected fashion and beauty photographer with clientèle including BaByliss, will be sharing his skills on Sunday. Steve, a lighting guru regularly sponsored by The Flash Centre, will be expanding your knowledge and going through what it takes as a commercial photographer, from client brief, creating a concept, to capturing the image at his morning seminar on October 20th in Solihull. In Session 2 of his Awards day contribution, Steve will hold a live demo, providing techniques and skills with a variety of lights. Steve’s expertise and simplicity of approach is a must-see for anyone wanting to expand their skills in lighting. Steve will also be available on The Flash Centre stand for pre-booked 10 minute one-to-one sessions where you are invited to take images for critique as well as ask questions and pick up hints and tips on lighting. Book your place now on this seminar and get first refusal on Steve’s available one-to-one slots. Call 01325 356555 to book your place or email seminars@mpauk.com which are also the contacts for booking for John Swannell.

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LAST CALL FOR THE MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2O13/14 THE OCTOBER 20th event is at St John’s Hotel, Solihull, West Midlands – only two miles from the nearest motorway with great links from the south-east, south-west, north-east and north-west and four miles from the nearest train station and airport for those further afield and international visitors. DAY SEMINAR PASS Book now, it’s still £55.00 with lunch/refreshments but only £25 without! Includes lunch and access to seminars, seats on a first come first served basis. Please note – seminars also available individually priced see opposite page. Some seminars are free but you MUST REGISTER WITH HQ by emailing seminars@mpauk. com or calling 01325 356555 to be admitted! Book through: seminars@mpauk.com EVENING AWARDS CEREMONY Drinks reception followed by three-course meal with wine, coffee and chocolate; late night bar, entertainment. £55.00 Book now for discounted rate through: awards@mpauk.com

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started my career in professional photography at the begining of 2000. It was a change I had started to put into place a few years earlier by enroling at college to achieve a good technical and hopefully creative foundation. Redundancy forced my hand a little earlier than planned and not much consideration had been given to the area of photography I wanted to work in. Luckily during my last year of college an opportunity arose to shoot some images for a branch of Toni & Guy hairdressing for their in-house competition. It was my first time shooting in a commercial studio, shooting models and working with other creatives but it was one of the most exciting experiences. That first shoot was published in a twice yearly international magazine called Passion. Turns out that was quite an appropriate name. I am sure everyone knows the struggles of a starting business so I won’t dwell on the details of progression but needless to say finding more work was tricky at best. I had the good fortune to have a PR company that loved my style of work, and had themselves only started in business a few months prior to my own. In April 2002 they secured a shoot for me with a hair education academy in London. The shoot was part sponsored by BaByliss and part by the academy. The resulting images were to be published in Hair Flair magazine. The shoot was a makeover style to demonstrate how to create your own hair styles at home using a new range of consumer hair tools from BaByliss. Step by step images were required along with the finished look. This was a first yet again on so many levels, but the major change for me was using a Nikon D1X and shooting to a MacBook Pro. The shoot was more of a success than I could have imagined with Hair Flair contacting

Steve Howdle FMPA

Above: for Hair Traffic, Belfast, ‘Android’ theme. Below: for Hempz Hair Care (see final uses, page 29).

me to say thanks for supplying the images with so much info, contact sheets, and finished images and offered me eight more pages for the following year. The magazine lead time was around fourteen months. Shortly after BaByliss contacted me via the PR company to shoot images for the newly acquired trimmer company Forfex. This was a man’s shoot to take place in Manchester with the brief of ‘Classic with a Twist’. As a studio based shoot I didn’t think I was giving my best so during a quiet half hour I went on to the roof of the studio with a couple of models. With Manchester’s iconic buildings in the background, BaByliss loved my ‘twist’ and used these images for the advertising campaign. A year later I negotiated a contract with BaByliss Professional, opened a 2,500 square foot studio with hairdressing facilities and quickly became noticed by other hair companies. During this period I also became involved with colleges and universities keen to have me talk to students about my experiences. This is still something that I am passionate about, passing on knowledge and experience is a privilege. I have lectured in Stevenson College Edinburgh, Newcastle, Preston, Blackpool, Cheltenham, Reading, Salisbury, Falmouth and Leeds colleges.

New directions Over the last few years family health has had a major impact on my work which led me to rethink the business profile and seek new avenues of income. I had been lucky enough to meet some great creative people during my time shooting advertising for product companies and I realised that I could use my perfectionist attitude and their skills to offer other services still aligned to photography. An obvious avenue was printing and I purchased a large MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY 25


Above: for BaByliss Pro ‘Ethereal Aura’ project. Below: the presentation layout, Steve’s complete Fellowship panel.

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For Modelle magazine launch – the location was cleared with the local council. A Hasselblad with Phase One P30+ back was used with Elinchrom location lighting, the leaf shutter lens allowing perfect balance of flash and daylight.

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Shoot for Maverick Models using The Spa at Scarborough – Phase One P45, Elinchrom Ranger flash packs, beauty dish, deep Octa and a high performance reflector balanced the intense sun.

Above: trade exhibition final use of Hempz Hair Care images, and Patrick Cameron styling hair for BaByliss Pro Twisted Twin Styler and Conical Wand (see advertisement repro adjacent, page 29).

Created for BaByliss Pro Aura promotion, with a theme of ‘Ethereal Aura’ (the large picture on page 26 was also created for this). See top row of page reproductions, opposite.

format printer to enable printing of my work for window displays, point of sale etc. This led on to artwork reproduction, copying and colour proofing and put me into contact with a variety of artists. This was an area of work that still demanded a high level of precision and I quickly discovered I was not the only perfectionist around! My attention to detail was recognised when I was approached to consult on the shooting of a private collection of sporting pictures. The majority of this important collection had not been seen by the general public and some of the images were valued above £1 000,000. A limited edition book was to be produced by Christies and the collection itself was held at the home of Lord Halifax. My consultation position quickly changed into that of photographer of the collection and I felt very honoured to be so close to and be so involved in the documenting of these artworks.

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The books were only issued to members of the Jockey Club including HRH Prince Charles. Printing artwork also introduced me to schools. The head of a local school collected artwork and asked if I could reproduce some of the schools work as large displays for around the building. Forty 2m x 1m panels were produced and so well received by the school that I thought other schools may be interested in similiar work. As usual things tend to go in directions not first considered and today I also offer design, prospectus work, graphic displays and other school branding and marketing products. Our industry faces many challenges but I believe that if you are passionate about what you do and produce work to a high standard we can differentiate ourselves for those producing substandard work through greed or ignorance. – Steve Howdle

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Final uses of Steve’s work are shown above. ‘Powerful Styles’ for Forfex, with hair stylist Desmond Murray (reproduced page 27) was taken with Kodak DCS 14n Pro and Elinchrom lighting. This was also used for Steve’s second shoot for Hempz, which produced the images bottom of page 25. Bottom row and right hand pair above, examples of final editorial feature layouts including step by step demonstration shots. All photographs © Steve Howdle. Steve’s current studio is Magnus and Gillespie Ltd – www.magnusandgillespie.com Steve Howdle FMPA is a speaker at the 2013 Master Photography Awards, October 20th 2013. MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY 29


CHERUBS’ CORNER – YOUR REGULAR SPOT FOR KEEPING IN TOUCH

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amilton Studios has been in the High Street of East Grinstead, West Sussex for over 100 years., says Frazer Visser LMPA I have owned the studio myself since I was 19, having started working here four years earlier. At the age of 18, I was the youngest member of the MPA in their history. We joined MPA Cherubs in 1998, and on February 18th earlier this year, I too used the scheme after being blessed with the birth of my baby girl. Just like any other father, I was keen to make the make the most of these early moments and capture as much as I could. This is why I love Cherubs,

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Twin girls made a popular window display print

and feel it fits in perfectly with new families and parents. Babies in our studio have been as young as a few days old, with one of our most successful window displays being a pair of one-week old twin girls (left). We look upon our Cherubs sittings as less of a ‘midweek filler’ and more as lifetime customers that we can start a long and reputable relationship with. Charging £30 to join the scheme, we try to keep it flexible, allowing variation on the ages of the children as well as including families and siblings in with the sessions. Our studio is specially prepared for our younger clients, with


Three typical sittings – stage 1, left, stage 2 above and the third more active ‘age’ right.

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Left: in the viewing room, an example of a very large print made on their new Epson Stylus Pro 7890. Right, a poster promoting the £30 registration offer and Baby Club. Below: newborn photography is also offered and the Cherubs.

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just under £300, often including a selection of prints as well as a choice of frames, while we keep our prices the same as any other session. It’s a regular occurrence that one cherub session with a first child will lead on to further

shoots with subsequent siblings and group family shots, as well as providing constant reorders for birthdays and Christmas presents alike. Although we make good use of the Bounty leads, many of our Cherubs bookings come from friend referrals – for

example from NCT and baby classes – as well as fans of the studio buying vouchers and gifts. It’s not rare for up to a quarter of our Bounty leads to have already booked in their first session before we send out our personally designed


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mail-outs, directly from the studio and avoiding mail-merge companies. Hamilton Studios has focused and built on its marketing strategies and brand identity, including our promotion of the Cherub Scheme. Having a constant window display in our town centre location that advertises the “Hamilton Studios Baby Club”, still in-keeping with the scheme but developing it outside the restrictions of the Bounty data, attracts passers-by with a new-baby gift in mind. We’ve worked with professional graphic designers and marketing experts to focus our brand image, using the same fonts, colours and designs across

Hasselblads in 2005 and, more recently, moving to DSLRs including our current studio camera, the Nikon D800. The studio is entirely Mac based, with processing being done through C1 Pro and every single photograph being retouched and edited in Photoshop before the customers come to view. Our viewing sessions take place in the studio using a screen and projector, surrounding the clients with our products, and includes a slideshow set to music using ProSelect. We have recently expanded to print all our photos in house, using the Epson Pro 7890, which allows for easier quality control and quicker turn around time,

“Charging £30 to join the scheme, we try to keep it flexible, allowing variation on the ages of the children as well as including families and siblings in with the sessions” all our active social media, from our own website and blog to Facebook and Twitter, as well as local magazines and newspapers, to keep an overall feel and image of the studio. We track every lead when they book in with the studio, enabling us to prune and refocus our marketing specifically to our audience. We also run adverts on our local radio, send monthly newsletter emails, and are a senior part of the East Grinstead BNI Chapter. Alongside our ongoing Cherubs offer, seasonal loss leader offers still prove popular and are run with the aim of pushing those who have ‘be meaning to do it for ages!’ into confirmed appointments, such as offering a photoshoot and 8”x 10” print for £25. With presents in mind, our average spend from a Christmas session is often in excess of £400. These also tend to sell well as gift vouchers, which ensures a busy January after the lull of the New Year. In the 13 years I’ve owned the studio we have moved away from shooting on exclusively medium format, which maintained our high and exacting quality, progressing to digital

as well as dramatically cutting overhead costs. Frames and canvases are still made by Kaleidoscope with framing and finishing being completed here. We help maintain our appointments using LightBlue Studio Management software, creating customer profiles and recording their appointment dates, orders and any extra information, which also allows us to create mailing lists for our monthly emails. However, even through all the technology we use, we try to keep to the classic and pure art of photography by not offering online viewings or selling digital files. Having Cherubs as a fundamental part of the studio really allows us to grow on our reputation for professional, timeless photography with our specialty of babies and newborns, and through that time I have learnt that being able to work with and engage with the children is far more important than owning the latest cameras. Frazer Visser was interviewed by Becky Wells. www.cherubs.co,uk www.hamiltonstudios.com

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Sony Alpha 3000 master gear photography mirrorless E-mount

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here’s no cheaper way to get a 20 megapixel image of excellent quality, even with Samsung’s history of 20MP models. The Sony Alpha 3000 at under £350 with its 1855mm lens sets a new low entry price for an APS-C interchangeable lens camera with all the features needed for student work or as a backup. Indeed, in the three weeks between starting to use one and going to press, the WEX price was cut to a mere £299. The A3000 manages this by cutting out built-in connectors like HDMI output, vertical grip, microphone, and headphones along with any kind of mirror, external battery charger or refinement of its viewing methods. It has the lowest resolution electronic viewfinder you’ll find on any comparable camera, and a rear LCD which is little better at 230K dots. While it looks like a DSLR, it’s actually mostly just an empty plastic shell, one and a half times bigger than a mirrorless NEX, containing what would be a NEX but omitting the articulated rear screen. It is clearly a ‘fake SLR’ in shape and size, hiding a compact mirrorless ILC with the Sony E-Mount. But into this Sony has put a very good 20 megapixel sensor (similar to the Alpha 58) with contrast detect focusing that turns out to be fast enough for its conservative 2.5fps shooting, and very accurate indeed. The camera does have AF calibration, and it can accept adaptors for A-mount Sony lenses. The sensor is placed almost at the front of the chunky body, to make the whole camera thicker to resemble an SLR. There’s a fake prism bulge hiding the minimal (0.7X) EVF and adding a mere GN4 flash. But it will expose and focus well down to EV0 with an f2.8 lens, equivalent to EV-2 with the normally quoted f/1.4. Despite the amateur specs, it has full PASM control and

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a hot shoe which can operate studio flash (with EVF/monitor effect over-ride for viewing with modelling lights). This hot shoe also has the array of contacts needed to add audio I/O, monitor, HDMI out, advanced wireless flash, future GPS modules and more. It shares its battery type with NEX models and its charging method – via USB – with the popular Cyber-shot RX models. European and British mains leads and a small 5V USB charger come with the camera. Many things are missing, such as depth of field preview, but many are included like focus peaking and the ability to use adapted lenses. Add any adaptor, and the body looks like an SLR with a 2X converter fitted, pushing such lenses well forward. Use E-mount lenses via the precision metal bayonet (better than the plastic of the A58 entry-level Alpha) and it’s never as compact as a regular NEX, but looks pretty good with the pancake 16mm and balances well with 18-200mm or other long lens designs. With its basic-level NEXtype interface and menus, this camera only has a single rear four-way plus rotational control and two further buttons – no front or rear dials at all. Yet it is fast enough to use professionally especially if you treat it seriously and use manual or S/A modes. Conclusion? For many uses where small size is not vital, this is a more comfortable camera to use, and it’s unprecedentedly low in cost. The 18-55mm black kit lens used to cost £199 for the NEX-7, now it’s included with this 20 megapixel EVF/ LCD body at only £350. That’s less than the electronic add-on viewfinder for some models. Image quality up to ISO 3200, whether still or video, is up there with the best. The entry barrier to large, sharp prints no longer exists. - David Kilpatrick

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Sunday 1st December: Architect Album Design Wednesday 11th December: - Albums Friday 13th December: Desk Products, Frames, Mounted Prints, Press Printed Products and Wall products. Friday 20th December: Prints - Courier delivery (must be in by 1pm) Opening Hours: Monday 23rd December 8.30am-5.30pm Tuesday 24th December 8.30am-2.00pm Wednesday 25th December Closed Thursday 26th December Closed Friday 27th December 8.30-4.00pm* Saturday 28th December Closed Sunday 29th December Closed Monday 30th December 8.30-4.00pm* Tuesdays 31st December closed Wednesday 1st January Closed Thursday 2nd January Closed Friday 3rd Jan 8.30-5.30pm *on the 27th and 30th December the telephone lines will be open, however main reception will remain closed. Tel: 0845 519 5000 Web: www.loxleycolour.com

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ing page. This can be password protected for client privacy, but the beauty of this system is that you can pick a few images for the world to see and put them where searches will find them. Strangers will be able to see this showcased work (unlike Facebook where you have the difficult decision to make about allowing private images such as wedding to be ‘public’). You can watermark images or restrict the size for better security, and theimagefile will not do any automatic sharing of what is posted. You can set whether your subscribers (followers) will all be notified of a new post, or not. The control over presentation and business identity makes the Wordpress site more attractive – and it is, of course, exclusive. You don’t have rival and inappropriate updates appearing above and below your latest wedding or portrait! And there’s no advertising popping up. Wordpress once learned is very quick to use, complete web pages can be created in a few minutes. A ‘web log’ should be a public notebook which you update daily or weekly and with this, you can. – David Kilpatrick

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October 20th 2013 – Master Photography Awards, St John’s Hotel, Solihull. There will be a Licentiate judging. March 1st-4th 2014 – The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. MPA will have a stand and will be organising several activities and events. March 27th-30th 2014 – London Imaging Live, the ExCEL Centre, London E16.

For up to date event info contact David Thexton LMPA, telephone 01229 835 035 or email: smile@tjphoto.co.uk

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South West

November 19th 2013 – Kevin Mullins (http://www.kevinmullinsphotography.co.uk) will be our final speaker of 2013. Kevin’s documentary wedding photography is utterly beautiful and everyone should take the opportunity to come and see it up close and personal. This will be our regular format – meet, eat, chat, enjoy. Leave inspired. Location: The Pin Wei Restaurant, Abbots Langley Date: Tuesday 19th March Time: 6:30pm for food, 8pm for seminar. Price on the door: £10 (I.e. bargain!). Meetings are held quarterly on a Tuesday night at 8pm unless otherwise stated. For further details please contact Central Chairman Hoss Mahdavi on 01923 494532 or email: hoss@hossphotography.com

All meetings at the Cowick Barton Inn, Exeter. For information contact the regional chairman Phil Flowers, telephone 01458 273 144 or email: phil@pffoto.com

East Midlands For information please contact new Chair, Deborah Selwood, tel 0115 9447727. Email: info@geckophotography.co.uk

London & Essex/SE October 16th 2013 – TBA November 20th 2013 – TBA For information contact: Ray Lowe, ray@raylowe.co.uk

Great Western Members welcomed from all regions, please contact GW new Chairman Morag MacDonald, for more info at: studio@documentaryimage.com or call 0117 9720834.

Northern Region November 18th 2013 – Paul Walker FMPA on Pet Photography. Contact: Steven Ramsden LMPA. Telephone: 01904 479063, email: info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk

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Scottish Region For regional information contact Seppi Preston 01786 475007 or email: info@lighthousestudio.co.uk

Welsh Region Contacts: Chairman: Collin Davies 01792 883274. Secretary: Mike Roberts 01639 820840.

Wessex Region November 25th 2013 – Earn an extra £10-£25K per annum with very little extra effort! An Evening with Dave & Janice Burlison. 6pm-9pm. How to run a multi-discipline photography business covering weddings, commercial, events, portrait photography and training. An overview of this very busy and successful business working with major clients such as Mars, Euronics, RBS, MetLife and Peter Alliss. Great tips to maximise profits from clients. At: Burlison Photography, The Studio, Apsley Barns, Apsley Estate, Hurstbourne Priors, Hampshire SP11 6NA. Studio is the first barn on the left through the courtyard. This event is limited to 20 so please book early to avoid disappointment. £15 MPA members, £20 non-members; £20 attendance plus meal for members; £30 attendance plus meal for non-members. Cheques to MPA Wessex. Contact Anthony von Roretz on: 01722 422224, or email anthony@trinity-photography.co.uk. Regional secretary Belinda Harvey AMPA, Harvey Studios, 75 Park Road, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire SO53 2EL. Telephone: 023 8025 3666 belinda@harveystudios.co.uk

West Midlands Contact: Abby Wilkes, 0121 7459926, abby@abbywilkes.com

MPA Qualifications Director Paul Cooper FMPA congratulates new Associates after Judging – top, Peter Searight, bottom, Phil Ingles. Photographs: Hossain Mahdavi.

REGIONAL CONTACTS CENTRAL HOSSAIN MAHDAVI FMPA HOSS Photography The Gallery 24 The Crescent Abbots Langley Herts WD5 0DS Telephone: 01923 494532 hoss@hossphotography.com EAST MIDLANDS DEBORAH SELWOOD AMPA Gecko Studios Photography Limited The Old Lace Mill 112 Station Road Ilkeston Derbyshire DE7 5LL Telephone: 0115 944 7727 Mobile: 07870 262296 deborah@geckophotography.co.uk GREAT WESTERN MORAG MacDONALD LMPA Documentary Image Studio 5.14 The Paintworks Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH Telephone: 0117 9720834 studio@documentaryimage.com LONDON & ESSEX RAYMOND R LOWE Hon FMPA 123 Crossbrook Street Cheshunt Hertfordshire EN8 8LY Telephone: 01992 636152 ray@raylowe.co.uk NORTHERN REGION STEVEN RAMSDEN LMPA 10 Gillingwood Road Clifton Moor York North Yorkshire YO30 4ST Telephone: 01904 479063 info@steveramsdenstudio.co.uk

NORTH WEST DAVID THEXTON LMPA T&J Photographic 111 Ramsden Street Barrow in Furness Cumbria LA14 2BW Telephone: 01229 835 035 smile@tjphoto.co.uk SCOTLAND SEPPI PRESTON LMPA 13 Alloa Road Causeway Head Stirlingshire FK9 5LH Telephone: 01786 475007 info@lighthousestudios.co.uk SOUTH EAST – enquire to Head Office SOUTH WEST PHIL FLOWERS LMPA 12 Sevenacres Somerton Somerset TA11 6HF Telephone: 01458 273 144 phil@pffoto.com WALES COLLIN DAVIES LMPA High Society Photography Caecarrig House 15 Caecarrig Road Pontarddulais West Glamorgan SA4 8PB Telephone: 01792 883274 sales@highsocietyphotography.co.uk WESSEX – enquire to Head Office WEST MIDLANDS ABBY WILKES LMPA Fair Lea, 104 Tanworth Lane Shirley Solihull West Midlands B90 4DF Telephone: 0121 7459926 abby@abbywilkes.com


PHOTO TRAINING OVERSEAS 27th Annual Training Course 25th January - 1st February 2014 at the 4 Star Elba Carlota Beach & Convention Resort, Fuerteventura on all inclusive - flights from Glasgow, B/ham, Gatwick & Manchester

Master Class Tutors Damian McGillicuddy - Fashion & Lighting Martine Hamilton-Knight - Architecture Dave Wall - Table Top Commercial David P MacDonald - Modern Portraits Liz Roberts - Newborn Babies Louise Sumner - Classical Weddings Dave Wall - Photoshop Stuff Kevin Mullins - Documentary Weddings There will also be two major ‘Super Classes’ on the final day Plus Evening seminars on: Social networking & SEO: Ten Minute Tantalizers: An Evening With a Legend plus the popular Digital Photo Critique Competition with the fantastic Gala Awards Event and other great competitions

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master news photography Nikon makes a small splash Discount for MPA on Xmas cards and calendars

Report and photograph by Richard Kilpatrick NIKON has released the world’s first interchangeable lens underwater digital camera. Available in black, white or silver metal finish for £749 with standard 11mm-27.5mm ƒ3.5-5.6 Zoom lens (equivalent, in 35mm terms, to 30mm to 74mm) which is rated for 15m submersion, or £949 with the 10mm ƒ2.8 and the zoom, with the 10mm supporting 20m submersion. Part of NIkon’s 1-series, the AW1 sports the hybrid AF 14Mp sensor, high-speed shooting (now 15fps with continuous AF) and good high ISO abilities that defined the CX-mount family from the start, with some enhancements inherited from newer models and ideal for underwater use. The modified mount is similar, in concept, to the Nikonos RS mount, but reversed. Even the familiar grease to maintain the seals is included. The AW1’s physical lens mount and registration is unchanged, but the body includes a greater protrusion for the flange with a rubber gasket. On the new underwater lenses, the mount is recessed, with the extension of the barrel including a silicone liner. The AW1 does not make existing CX mount lenses suitable for use underwater, and the underwater lenses will not mount on existing CX. It does allow F-mount lenses via the adaptor. Other technical improvements include GPS/GLONASS support with compass, depth and altitude meters, shockproof from 2m capability, and an underwater Speedlight (the SB-N10) due to be introduced, though the camera’s own pop up flash can be used underwater. Several accessories have been announced, including the obligatory bright rubber housing which includes a grippy collar for the lens. See: www.nikon.co.uk MASTER PHOTOGRAPHY 42

Sim Express Xmas Cards can be printed onto a choice of four atrratcive papers. Add branding to the back of the Card design to increase your exposure! Also ideal for Wedding Thankyous & Birth Announcements. From only 36p each!* Sim Bespoke Calendars show off your best photography, why not add in your own events and dates? Pick your starting month and customise your dates for birthdays and functions as you wish. There is a choice of hanging A3, A4 and a A5 Desktop options from only £7.20 each. 10% OFF CODE*: MPAXMAS13 at simexpress.co.uk info@simexpress.co.uk | +44 (0) 1707 27 37 47 *Offer ends 16/12/13. T’s & C’s Apply. Card unit cost based in ordering 500. Calendars based on order over 5 A5s. Ex VAT.

FLAGHEAD PHOTOGRAPHIC have a £50 Cash-Back Offer on all Quantum Qflash units, TURBO batteries and Omicron Ringlights running until 29th November 2013. The offer applies to the following products: Qflash T5DR, Qflash Trio (Nikon or Canon version), Turbo Blade, Turbo Slim Compact, Turbo 3, Omicron 3 and Omicron 4. To claim customers simply send a copy of the invoice, with a record of the serial number, to Flaghead Photographic and a cheque will be issued in return. Only product purchased from an authorised UK retailer and imported by Flaghead Photographic is eligible. The cashback amount includes VAT. For more information visit www.qtm.com or www.flaghead.co.uk Flaghead has also announced the release of the new HEDLER DF-25 HMI Fresnel Spotlight, a more powerful version of the very successful DF15 which answers the demands from photographers and videographers for more power. Its 250 Watt Metal Halogen Lamp is equivalent to 900W tungsten, but it only weighs 2900g and costs £799+VAT (incl. 1 x 250W lamp). See: www.flaghead.co.uk


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Perfectly sized, feature-packed: the new flagship OLYMPUS OM-D gives you more freedom to take all the shots you want, with all the image quality you expect. When it comes to size, this compact system camera leaves D-SLRs in the shade with a perfectly-dimensioned design and a portable weight. This superiority extends to imaging excellence and performance – enhanced with the newest sensor and image processer generation including DUAL FAST AF using both Contrast AF and On-chip Phase Detection AF. And the OM-D E-M1 offers fantastic versatility – with over 65 different Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds lenses at your disposal. Find outMASTER more at your local dealer or44 visit: olympus.co.uk/e-m1 PHOTOGRAPHY

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Master Photography October 2013  

Steve Howdle's hair and beauty technique - Hamilton Studios success with baby shoots - Phil Ingles panoramas - Peter Searight's landscapes -...

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Steve Howdle's hair and beauty technique - Hamilton Studios success with baby shoots - Phil Ingles panoramas - Peter Searight's landscapes -...