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  • 2. CONNECTYOURIMAGINATIONMANFROTTO 290 SERIESA long lasting solution with a solid performance.The ideal tripod to develop your skill and passionfor photography and video further.Essential performance!Increase the accuracy of yourpictures with the innovative3-faced design column.A rock solid and reliable supportwith professional grade,adjustable aluminum leg locks.
  • 3. Everything in life changes, including editors on magazines. We are all living and working in an industry that is founded on change. And certainly for working photographers we need to look at change as an opportunity. I am under no illusion that many of you will not be overly worried that one of the magazines you buy has a new captain at the wheel, but I do as this is my life, my passion and represents more than 75 hours per week of my time. From my point of view, as the new Group Editor of Archant’s Imaging titles and Editor of PP, the opportunity is very much to evolve the magazine, to get to know its readers and to build a legacy. From a reader’s perspective, the opportunity is to get involved in the magazine and help to shape its future. I genuinely mean that: whether it’s in contributing words and images, sending in your ideas and thoughts or asking us to look into an element of the imaging business that you need answers about. After all, we are journalists and should act like them! Yes, there are going to be changes in the magazine’s content and look over the coming months, from new feature ideas to the layout and design of PP, but I believe the changes will be for the better for readers. THIS MONTH There are some exciting things going on this month, apart from me joining the team, including the launch of our Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 competition, a new columnist in the form of Martin Middlebrook and some rants from working pros about the age-old issue of Weekend Warriors in the wedding business and dealing with clients asking for free stuff. In addition, Brian Adams (no, not the rocker) has shot an assignment entirely on an iPhone 4 and in a new feature, What Pros Want, a portrait shooter looks at some rather expensive Bowens lights to see if he can ‘justify’ the expense. If you are looking for some pure inspiration, check out Ben Duffys amazing portraits of the world’s sports superstars in our Big Interview. Another new september columnist is Selina Maitreya, a US-based marketing expert who has been working with professional photographers for the past 30 years. We wanna see how the Yanks do things and if we can learn anything from them. I hope you enjoy the issue and please feel free to send your constructive feedback, feature ideas and pitches, picture stories, thoughts and musings to us here. Have a great month. Adam Scorey, EditorTHIS IMAGE AND COVER IMAGE BEN DUFFY FRONT COVER I love this shot by Ben Duffy of Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open golf winner. It is perfect for the cover because of its feedback@professional fun, yet striking expression.
  • 4. NEW PHOTOGRAPHY8 Student PortfolioWe take a look at the winning graduates in the Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed 2011 competition29 Editor’s ChoiceNew PP Editor Adam Scorey chooses his favourite image from the online portfolio sectionNEED TO KNOW22 Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 COMPETITIONWe launch this year’s PPOTY awards; which categories will you enter?35 It’s Not All Glitz and Glamour NEW COLUMNISTMartin Middlebrook explains the reality of a hard-working pro who will do anything to pay the bills42 The UndercuttersWedding photographer Mick Cookson reignites an age-old debate about ‘Weekend Warriors’48 Stand Your GroundPortrait photographer Craig Fleming explains why the profession needs to get tough51 The Right Stuff NEW COLUMNISTIn the first of a new series, marketing guru Selina Maitreya reveals how to tackle branding and style55 How Much? NEW SERIESHollywood A-list photographer Andy Gotts reveals how one image earned £100,000 for charity56 FrontlineLisa Pritchard, of Lisa Pritchard Agency, discusses the relationship between photographers and agents58 Policing the PressPeter Stevenson examines the world of photojournalists and their dealings with the policeINTERVIEWS & CHATS WITH...60 The 12th ManCommercial sports photographer Ben Duffy talks about the journey to the top of his game70 iDoWe talk to the professional photographers who shot a wedding on an iPhone 474 Through My Own EyesFine-art photographer John Kenny talks to PP about using a large-format camera on a project in Africa106 HeroesIn a variation on our Legend series, Mick Cookson reveals why Bill Brandt is his ultimate idolNEWS & REVIEWS15 ClickThis month’s line-up of the best news, books and exhibitions81 What Pros Want...We get working ‘togs’ to test the gear they want to buy. This month it’s Bowens’ new Gemini 500R TravelPak89 GadgetsOur pick of this month’s most exciting gizmos and gadgets90 Imagenomic Portraiture 2Portrait photographer Karl Shaw takes a closer look at a post-production plug-in for Photoshop103 Stop Press...The latest essential news, gossip and kit from the pro worldKEEP IN TOUCH31 FeedbackYour thoughts, your opinions, your page32 PodcastEvery issue we record a free podcast discussing a topic from the world of professional photography46 SubscribeSave 35% with our latest subscription offer so you never miss an issue
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  • 7. contributorsADAM SCOREY REBECCA STEAD KELLY WEECH SIMON REYNOLDSThe new Group Editor of Archant Art editor Rebecca has five years’ Features assistant Kelly joined Simon was a sub-editor onImaging has eight years’ of experience in magazine the team in 2009 and continues newspapers for more than 30experience editing and 10 years’ design and has been with the PP to be passionate about years. His knowledge meansas a professional photographer. team since September 2010. all aspects of photography. our words are in safe hands.JESSICA LAMB MARTIN MIDDLEBROOK BEN DUFFY LISA PRITCHARDJessica is the guardian of our Based in the Midlands, Martin is Ben was a sports photographer Lisa owns Lisa Pritchard Agencywebsite, Facebook and Twitter a commercial photojournalist for an agency before swapping and represents a wide rangepages, and keeps the readers and has been a contributor to PP press deadlines to specialise in of photographers. This monthup-to-date online. for the past two years. commercial sports images. she is our Frontline subject.KARL SHAW BRIAN ADAMS CRAIG FLEMING ANDY GOTTSKarl, a portrait and fashion Brian is a wedding photographer Specialising in editorial-style Hollywood A-list portraitphotographer based in the with more than 10 years’ portraiture and beauty, Craig has photographer Andy is best knownnorth-east, is only happy when experience. He lives in Florida been a professional photographer for his black-and-white imagesshooting with his Nikon D3s. but works all over the world. for the past seven years. of actors and singers.JOHN KENNY MICK COOKSON PETER STEVENSON SELINA MAITREYAPhotographer John has travelled Manchester-based Mick shoots Peter has worked in insurance American Selina has acted asextensively across Africa since weddings in the UK. Before that for more than 30 years and is now a consultant to commercial2006 and captured images of its he owned a production company director at InFocus, a specialist in photographers for 30 years, andremotest communities. making TV commercials. insuring photographers. is also a lecturer and author. Like what you see here? Why not check out our sister title, Photography Monthly? The October issue will feature expert tips from the pros to help you shoot in low light in any situation, as well as the secrets of subtle HDR. 7
  • 8. The Photographers’ Gallery’s Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed competition, now in its fourth year, showcases the portfolios of students who have recently graduated from imaging degree courses. Here we give just a taste with one image from each of the 20 winners. Complete portfolios can be seen at RENHUI ZHAO Course: MA Photography, London College of Communication Zhao’s work is based on doubt and uncertainty, through the history and development of what he calls the zoological gaze, ie how people view animals. He tests the principles behind the dissemination of knowledge and acceptance of truths. Here he presents a series of photographs showing leaf insects (part of the phylliidae family) on their food/host plants taken from the 2009 Leaf Insect Competition in Tokyo. The best of these leaf insect breeds are shown every year at the Phylliidae Convention in the city, where the species are shown along with their foodplants and owners. Pictured left, Winner, from The Great Pretenders. wwwcriticalzoologists.org8
  • 9. ALIS PELLESCHICourse: BA VisualCommunications(Photography), BirminghamCity UniversityFashion Icons was inspiredby the notion that anyone canbe a fashion icon, and anyonecan be beautiful. Two pensioners pose intheir own homes wearingKling by Kling’s designerclothing. While the outfitsappear incongruous on thesubjects in their everydaysurroundings, they alsobecome the ‘fashion icons’ ofthis photographer’s work. Alis Pelleschi’s interest inpeople and charactersinforms her fashion andportrait work; her widerbody of work includes manyunusual self-portraitsetups.Pictured left, Usha, fromFashion Icons.www.alispelleschi.comTEREZA ZELENKOVACourse: BA PhotographicArts, University ofWestminsterSupreme Vice evolved fromthe photographer’s interestin the revival of the occultin the Western worldduring the 19th century.The work considers oursusceptibility to irrationalbeliefs that often growfrom the desire to makesense of the natural(dis)order of things.However, while this projectreflects on the 19th andearly 20th centuries, theimages invoke death as theonly objective truth of ourexistence. Nothing is real,everything is permitted,according to Zelenkova.Pictured right,CanonDocre, from Supreme 9
  • 10. JUNG-WOOK MOKCourse: BA Photography, London College of CommunicationThe experience of being unable to revisit demolished andredeveloped areas of the South Korean capital, Seoul, wherethe photographer grew up, inspired this project. Working with footage taken from various sources,Mok tries to reproduce the diverse moments of ‘explosivedemolition’ as a significant symbolic event andtransformation of the urban environment. Triggering lostmemories, the intention is not only to capture the wholepassage of demolition in one picture, but also torevisualise the abstract, ambiguous character of thetransfiguration by using a long exposure.Pictured below, Figure 01 from The Urban TopographyResearch project. LUCA GIACOSA Course: BA Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport “Wolves are presences, worries in the shepherds’ minds, their eyes are like glowing embers in the darkness,” says IDA ARENTOFT Luca. In the past 20 years they have Course: BA Fine Art Photography, returned to the Western Alps; this was Glasgow School of Art made possible because while wolves, deer, chamois and wild pigs were The important elements in the series reconquering the Alps, thousands of Passing are a recurring sense of mountain-dwelling people were an absence or a mere trace of a abandoning the region for the factories presence. The images resonate and suburbs of Italian cities. a stillness, where subtle actions Wolves have become the scapegoat happen and emerge in glimpses. for problems that afflict these areas, Finding or creating spaces of and coexistence seems like a utopian indeterminacy through the time of ideal. The aim of this project is year, the sombre shades of night, to explore and document the battle or the glaring light of the flash, play between nature and humans. important roles and help to build Pictured above, the chestnut forests a sense of time moving both forwards that surround the village of Snive, in and backwards. north-west Italy, have been used by Pictured below, Untitled (Red House various wild animals to spread from 53) from Passing. valley to valley in the last few decades. From Pian del Louv.CHIARA TOCCICourse: BA Documentary Photography,University of Wales, NewportLife After Zog and Other Stories is a portrait of Albania20 years after the collapse of Communism, as the countrytries to throw off its past and move forward. It portraysa nation on the verge of change, wanting to join theEuropean Union, and longing for what is new and modern. Tocci visited the northern mountains, the cities, schoolsand prisons, discovering an enchanted place inhabited bypeople who “share the land with their ancestors’ ghosts.”Time and history often seem to have stopped abruptly, butblood feuds and disillusionment persist. Pictured above,Roses, Donika, 13 from Life After Zog and Other Stories.www.chiaratocci.com10
  • 11. YOSHI KAMETANI Course: BA Photography and Film, Edinburgh Napier University SYLWIA KOWALCZYK An organised collection of visual Course: MFA Photography, Edinburgh information, Plastic Spoon has College of Art evolved from four years of building relationships with the residents of Kowalczyk’s Temporal Portraits Muirhouse, Edinburgh, one of the developed in reaction to society’s most deprived public housing estates obsession with celebrity and in the UK. ‘identifiable’ portraits. Her work, by The scheme has suffered high contrast, is not interested in drawing unemployment rates and issues with attention to the individuals identity. drugs and violence. It is located on the The images are deliberately outskirts of a city that – conversely – unaccompanied by a name or title,KYLE ZETO has one of the highest numbers of compelling the viewer to completeCourse: BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design millionaires per capita in the country. the image themselves as they are The photographs capture individuals, at times confronted with just a lock ofHuman imagination and nature have intersected throughout cultural history. landscapes, objects and domestic hair at the back of a neck orFrom the English poet and artist William Blake to Canadian poet Bliss Carman and settings that communicate the feeling a fragment of face emerging fromAmerican writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, biological systems have of isolation, alienation and a sense of behind a curtain of hair.provided stimuli to human fantasy. For Zeto a representation of nature has a vision eccentricity specific to Muirhouse. Pictured below, Untitled, no 9 fromprojected on to it. Anthropomorphism is attributing human characteristics to Pictured above, Playground from the Temporal Portraits.something inhuman or perhaps inanimate. “Nature, to us, is both those things.” Plastic Spoon series. www.sylwiakowalczyk.comPictured above, Hivehead from Folk Logic. www.mryoshi.comGITTE HOETBJERGCourse: BA Fine Art Photography, Glasgow School of ArtHoetbjerg’s work explores intimacy through the fragile borders between distanceand closeness. Uncompromising in her approach, Hoetbjerg tries to engagedirectly with the intimacy of her subjects, creating both graphic and more subtleimages, hinting at the affective and reflective nature of human beings.Pictured above, Boys from A 11
  • 12. CAMERON HAYNES Course: MA Photography, London College of Communication Haynes explores the interplay between identity and classification with individual and collective consciousness, and examines how these inform our understanding of visual representation. More interested in the perception of things than how they look in themselves, Haynes uses found portraits which he manipulates. SONAL KANTARIA The surface of the photograph is Course: MA Photojournalism, University of Westminster rendered opaque, leaving small areas of original colour exposed in order Against the backdrop of an India emerging as a major player in to highlight the skin of the subject, global markets, millions of people have been involved in human thus creating absurd taxonomic trafficking. Girls as young as 10 years old, frequently from the schemes which aims to highlight the poorest backgrounds, are being kidnapped and sold to brothels, inaccuracy of data collection when sometimes by their own families. used to define individuals. This project explores the stories of a number of girls and young Pictured left, Yellowish White, from women who have been rescued from the brothels of Mumbai and What it Means to Be. nearby Pune to be reintegrated into society and, if appropriate, returned home. The work touches on the social, economic and cultural issues that affect contemporary India. Pictured above, Arati from Naseeb: Trafficked. ANDREW BRUCE Course: BA Photography, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham “We divide the landscape and exclude nature from our day-to-day existence; we barely notice the ‘thud’ against our vehicle when we literally come into contact with animals,” says Bruce. His work takes this moment of contact, the ‘road kill’, as its starting point. Tender is a meditation upon morality and our increasingly detached relationship to nature. There is an ambiguity in the title; on the one hand it is about intimacy, on the other it makes reference to pain. The work is made methodically,ELISA NOGUERA LOPEZ using an 8 x 10 view camera and life-size analogue handprints.Course: MA Photography, London College Pictured above, #01, from Tender.of Communication elements from an imaginaryhousehold, Noguera Lopez places hersubjects in the centre of the photograph, FAN CHON HOOraised with small footstools as if they are Course: BA Photography, London College of Communicationresting on plinths. The curtains andupholstery materials, used as a backdrop, This work responds to the Willow Pattern developed by Englishflatten the image and accentuate the craftsmen in the late 18th century. Fan Chon Hoo is interested inamorphous positions adopted by sitters. how a foreign cultural form can be appropriated and translated By presenting both anonymous people into an exotic collectable. He creates paper ‘earthenware’ printedand unidentified pets, the intention is to in cyanotype and embellished with imaginary landscapes showingemphasise the ordinary details, textures oriental architectural structures found in the UK. Fan Chon Hooand shapes within the images, and to wants to challenge cyanotype’s association with the ‘blueprint’ byabstract the relationship between considering the question of origin and fluidity of cultures.the human and the domesticated. Pictured left, Article #3, Teacup, from The Blue and WhitePictured above, Untitled 1, from Perhaps Collection.Finally Alone. www.fanchonhoo.net12
  • 13. AMI BARNESCLARE HEWITT SAMANTHA HARVEY & Course: BA Photography in the Arts,Course: BA Commercial Photography, Arts University College, ANNA BROOKS Swansea Metropolitan UniversityBournemouth Course: BA Graphic Design and Photography, Kingston University Photography can be used toIn Britain the law relating to assisted suicide is in a state of confusion document life; but it can also playand has recently been the focus of extensive public debate. The ethical issues and paranoia a role in shaping experience. In this Through producing these portraits, and interviewing her subjects, surrounding the law on work Barnes seeks to challenge theHewitt has tried to make a more humanistic link between individuals photographing children in todays traditional role of the camera asand the wider arguments. The work examines how compassion and society are controversial and have passive observer and highlight it asunderstanding at a personal level interact with society’s moral, legal, caused confusion. This collaborative an active agent in personalmedical and sociological values. project questions the point at relationships with those around her.Pictured above, Raymond Tallis, retired professor of geriatric which photographing children will The series First Dates is themedicine, from The Value of Life and Death. be completely forbidden. collaborative result of Pictured above,Class Portrait. and interactions with the people who appear alongside Barnes. It is an exploration in control, the experience of the self through another and the potential of the camera to merge art and reality. Pictured below, Stéphan, a video still from First Dates. www.amibarnes.comOCHI REYESCourse: BA Photographic Arts, University of WestminsterReyes’s own body and thoughts are the basis for a criticalexamination of society’s expectations to do with identity.The thoughts scratched on to her skin are related to not fitting inand the feeling of anxiety arising from this displacement. Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed 2011 is the It is not only this malleability of the skin that interests Reyes, but Photographers’ Gallery’s annual competitionalso the idea that skin absorbs information from the outside world; it for recent graduates. Entries were submittedis the interface between the self and others, both separating us and online and judges then chose the work for thebecoming the physical link between our bodies. website exhibition. To see more images in all ofPictured above, 27th May 2010, from Revelations. the winning photographers’ portfolios, go 13
  • 14. PP - CLICK - SEPT 10/08/2011 10:35 Page 15 click A tribute to Tim Magnum Photos is to represent the archive of the late photojournalist Tim news/books/exhibitions Hetherington, who was killed by a mortar shell in Libya on 20 April this © GUY BOURDIN year. A vote to accept the British Charles Jourdan photographer’s work, which includes advertisement, still and moving images from his spring 1979. fateful trip to Libya, was held at Magnum’s 64th annual meeting in Bourdin in your pocket Paris. Hetherington was celebrated The work of the influential and often controversial French fashion photographer Guy for his groundbreaking approach to Bourdin is traced in a new pocket-sized hardback. It presents 55 photographs in photojournalism, which embraced chronological order, including some of his most famous work as well as previously many mediums, as well as his fearless unpublished images. Bourdin worked for French Vogue magazine for more than 30 years, storytelling. His legacy includes the from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, shooting campaigns for some of the biggest names in 2010 Oscar-nominated film Restrepo, fashion. The impact of his imagery, which rejected product shots in favour of a more which he filmed while embedded with atmospheric, often surreal style, is still felt today in both commercial and fine art the US Army in Afghanistan. To read photography. Guy Bourdin, by Alison Gingeras, published by Phaidon Press, £7.95, our interview with Hetherington ISBN: 978-0-7148-6258-3. from the PP’s October 2010 issue, visit Lichfield in the limelight Patrick Lichfield was known for his iconic images of public personalities and royalty, and as the Queen’s cousin he enjoyed access Back to its roots to a glamorous world. A new book covers his Hasselblad has been bought by career from the 1960s to his death in 2005, Ventizz Capital Fund IV, a private and includes more than 300 colour images. equity firm based in Switzerland and A linked exhibition will be held at the Chris Germany. Its acquisition brings the Beetles Gallery, London, in December. Swedish-founded manufacturer back to its European roots after Patrick Lichfield: Perceptions, by Martin eight years of ownership by the Harrison, published by Quadrille on Hong Kong based Shriro Group. 3 October, £30, ISBN: 978-184400948-0. 15
  • 15. click A look on the bright side We know you’ve seen his 1984 image, Afghan Girl, a thousand times, but that doesn’t make its impact any less powerful. Steve McCurry, Magnum master and king of colour, is the latest to have an exhibition of work at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs in London. Largely featuring McCurry’s images of India, the exhibition also journeys to places as varied as Bhutan in South Asia, Kuwait and Cuba, as well as showing Afghan Girl. A common thread is McCurry’s skill at capturing humanity news/books/exhibitions and strength in the most unlikely of places, from a refugee camp in Pakistan to a sandstorm in Rajasthan. © STEVE McCURRY Steve McCurry, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE, 6-24 September. Jodhpur, India, 2005. South African witness A touring exhibition in Liverpool is showcasing more than 90 images shot in South Africa by Magnum photographer Ian Berry. Covering the period from 1960 to 2004, they document the collapse of apartheid, the appointment of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president, and its aftermath. The display includes images of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960; Berry was the only photographer to document the scene when armed police fired on crowds protesting against the apartheid regime, killing around 70 people. Living Apart: Photographs of Apartheid by Ian © MAGNUM PHOTOS Berry, International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, © HENRY WESSEL An impromptu Liverpool L3 4AX, until 6 November 2011, pavement dance, admission free. Johannesburg ,1961. Nothing but the Crosby Street, SoHo, New York, Hawaii Seven-O 1978. Struth If you haven’t had a summer holiday this year, immerse The Whitechapel Gallery, London, yourself in Waikiki, a new book is staging an exhibition of work by by American documentary German art photographer photographer Henry Wessel that Thomas Struth; his first solo documents the sun-soaked show in the UK for almost 20 Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. years. Struth was taught by Shot in the 1970s, the pictures © THOMAS STRUTH Bernd and Hilla Becher in showcase Wessel’s gift for Düsseldorf, which shaped his capturing shape and form style. He began his career perfectly. Don’t expect capturing the streets of cities tourist-style picture postcard such as Düsseldorf, Brussels, London and Naples. In the past three decades he has turned shots; rather a series of subtle his attention to photographing family portraits, technology sites − such as Kennedy Space moments, captured beautifully. Center − and places of faith and belief. This is a rare opportunity to see Struth’s work Waikiki, by Henry Wessel, exhibited in the UK. The collection includes large-scale photographs – some up to four published by Steidl, £50, metres wide – as well as his early black-and-white images of European cities. ISBN: 978-3-86930-300-0. Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX, tickets: £9.50/£7.50 concessions. A vine Oliviero Toscani, the genius behind the controversial Benetton campaigns (featured in the January issue of romance PP) has brought his creativity to the wine trade. The Italian photographer and Tuscan vineyard owner’s OT wine is made from a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grape varieties. 16
  • 16. © Airy Goullet © JURGEN DABEEDIN FOR ORIGINALS“Light Blue has changed my life, for the better– it keeps everything organised and easy tosee. I cannot impress enough how easy it is touse and how important it is to me, and howgreat the customer service is, too.”Matt Pereira, Light Blue userDesigned for all types of photographers, from one-personbusinesses to studios with several staff, Light Blue is aflexible piece of business management software thatlets you keep on top of shoots, orders and contacts. It’sbursting with clever things to help you to run a busy andsuccessful photography business.Download a free, fully functioning 30-day trial from ourwebsite, and discover Light Blue for yourself.Light Blue Software is proud to be sponsoring the Student categoryin the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2012. AWARD-WINNING MUSEUM QUALITY PAPER
  • 17. PP - CLICK - SEPT 10/08/2011 10:37 Page 19 click Louis Smith, Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, Cambridgeshire, The D-Lite-it March 2011, © FINLAY MACKAY / NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY / BT ROAD TO 2012 PROJECT news/books/exhibitions D-Lite-it Kits Going up a gear from £470 inc vat BXRi Road to 2012: Changing Pace is the second exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in a three-year cycle funded by BT, and documents Britain’s top athletes and their supporters, as well as key figures behind the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 37 images on display are by Emma Hardy and Finlay MacKay, the latest photographers to be commissioned for the project. Subjects include London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, film maker Danny Boyle, who is artistic director of the opening ceremony, and world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu. Road to 2012: Changing Pace, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 0HE, until 25 September 2011, admission free. Raising the bar The overall winners of the first Bar-Tur Award, a prize that recognises new talent in the photographic world, have been announced. Open to students and graduates of University of the Arts London, it has been established in BXRi Kit from memory of Ann Lesley Bar-Tur (1947-1984), £785 inc vat RANGER RX a talented British artist and alumna of Chelsea College of Art and Design. The judging panel, which included portrait photographer Platon Q UADRA Antoniou, selected Briony Campbell in the Alumni category for her project Eating Dad’s Dinner, which she began after her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sam Ledger © SAM LEDGER was the winner of the student award for his black-and-white image 7982619518114.0 (pictured). Canon Pro Solutions Show 2011 It’s back! This year’s Canon Pro Solutions Show will take place on 25 and 26 October at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. It’s the third year for this show, which is aimed at video, still image and broadcast pros, and features the latest Canon products. With the convergence of still and moving image having a big impact on the industry, this will continue to be an important element of the 2011 event. Free seminars by Canon ambassadors and well-known photographers and film makers will take place over the two days and trained professionals will be on hand to inspire visitors. The Professional Photographer team will be there too, so drop by and say hello. Entry to the show is free if you pre-register online at Quadra Kits from £1085 inc vat E&EO
  • 20. SIONALRAPHER2011 To celebrate the talent in the UK’s photographic community, we are officially launching our Professional Photographer of the Year awards for 2011. The response to last year’s competition was amazing, and we say a huge thank you to the sponsors, judges and readers for their hard work andTHROUGH OUR WEBSITE commitment. We’d love to build upon thisWWW.PROFESSIONAL success and create a competition in whichPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK the whole industry wants to participate 23
  • 21. 2011 OF THE YEAR AWARDSKeeping things simple is often the best way photography magazines, websites andto handle complex scenarios, and this year’s social media outlets. He was a professionalcompetition will be kept as straightforward newspaper and TV photographer for moreas possible. It will be hosted on the than 10 years.Professional Photographer (PP) website,and each issue of PP, from next month to ANDY GOTTS has been a photographer toFebruary 2012, will feature some of the Hollywood A-list actors, from Brad Pitt tojudges’ favourites that have been uploaded Daniel Radcliffe, for the pastso far. In April 2012 we will host an official 21 years, and many have become friends.prizegiving ceremony and party for the He is also president of the British Institutewinners, judges and sponsors. More on of Professional Photographers (BIPP).the party in future issues. The May 2012 issue of PP will include TOM CATCHESIDES is a leading UK weddinga PPOTY Special Edition showcasing images photographer who also does portraits,from the winners and runners-up in corporate events and PR work. In 2009 hea 24-page section, including interviews, founded Light Blue Software, one of thecomments from the judges and images from sponsors of the PPOTY awards this year.the winners’ party. Opposite page: Winner of the ProfessionalTHE COMPETITION Photographer of the Year title and of the FashionThis year we are having 13 categories, award 2010, Arseniy Semyonov.with a winner and a runner-up in each. Right: Winner of the Editorial award 2010, Rebecca Litchfield. Below: Winner of theThere will then be a final judging to Advertising award 2010, Tim the Professional Photographer ofthe Year. To enter just log on submit your entries in the givencategories. You don’t have to enter allof them; you may pick just the oneswhere you feel strongest. The deadlineis Friday, January 27, 2012.THE JUDGESPAUL SANDERS has been the Picture Editorof The Times since 2004. As well as beinga keen photographer himself, he is equallyobsessive about cycling, and blogs about itat cyclingdisorder.blogspot.comBEN DUFFY is an internationally renownedcommercial sports photographer whohas shot just about every A-list sports star.His impressive client list includes adidas,Nike, the Premier League and EA Sports.ADAM SCOREY is the Group Editor forArchant Imaging and is responsible for theeditorial direction of its portfolio of24
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  • 24. 2011 OF THE YEAR AWARDSTHE CATEGORIESWe have 13 categories for photographers toenter and the titles are generic to encourageas many as possible to take part. There willbe a winner and runner-up in each category,plus Best Portfolio winner and theProfessional Photographer of the Year title.You may enter as many categories as youlike but are limited to one image in each,with the exception of the Portfolio Award.1. HIGH FASHION – from a head shot to a full length, we want to see images oozing style2. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – raw, candid, colour or mono, a visual comment3. THE WILD WORLD – show Mother Nature’s true character4. COMMERCIAL CLIENTS – from abstract architecture to industrial Britain5. IN THE STUDIO – show us your mastery of light Opposite page: Winner of the Travel award6. ON LOCATION – from gritty urban scenes 2010, Paul Thurlow. Above: Winner of the to polished city portraits, we want to see Weddings/Social Reportage award 2010, Sacha Miller. Right: Winner of the Contemporary you show skill at using the surroundings Art award 2010, Sergey Lekomtsev. to enhance your image7. SPORTING ACTION – show us your perfect timing, amazing lens control and how you capture the passion WHAT DO YOU WIN?8. REPORTAGE WEDDINGS – are you the We would like to think that becoming next Jeff Ascough? Professional Photographer of the Year 2011,9. STILL LIFE – let the judges see your or a category or Portfolio winner, are strong control of lens choice, depth of field enough reasons for entering. Yes, there will and composition be an exclusive winners’ party with sponsors10. STUDENT OF THE YEAR – an open and judges, plus magazine staff, but we also THE SPONSORS category for anyone in full-time education feel that you need to get something a bit studying a photographic discipline extra. So, each winner will receive an11. EDITORIAL/NEWS – from hard to soft, exclusive logo to promote themselves to the show us your skills at interpreting a brief industry and to their clients, which can then and responding to events as they unfold be used to help market themselves through12. BREAKING THE MOULD – another open websites, stationery and business cards, category for everything weird, wacky and as a mark of distinction and a sign of quality. avant-garde – have some fun! In addition, there will be a section created13. THE PORTFOLIO AWARD – this goes to on the PP website profiling the PPOTY the photographer with what the judges winners, using this logo as a reference point, consider the strongest overall portfolio so potential clients can visit and discover of three images. The category and their awardwinning photographer. subject matter are open, and we This would be used as a click-through encourage you to submit new images from the winners’ websites back to the from one or more shoots PP website. PP 27
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  • 26. Scorey’s favourite from this month’s Portfolio uploads You may think I picked this shot because it’s of an attractive woman in a skin-tight wetsuit. Partly. But on closer inspection you can see the crafting of the light, the subtlety and balance Chris has used that shows a real understanding of lighting - I particularly like the rim lights. There are multiple lights in use against the dark wetsuit with a contrasting face and swimming cap. It’s tricky, exposure-wise, but what I like about it, more than anything, is its simplicity and its symmetry. The lighting really enhances the subject, rather than overpowering it. Very nice. PP www.christopherneil NEIL LLEWELLYN Want your image featured here? Upload your shots to 29
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  • 28. { feedback } tell us what you think via Twitter @prophotomag or Facebook Pro Photo Mag or by email PRO PHOTO MAGDear Professional Photographer, see as ‘art’, mainly as each image Dear Professional Photographer, loads of photographers specialisingI read with interest your article that we take and see needs some I just wanted to say another big in unusual types of work out there.‘Call it Whatever You Want but form of interpretation. The old thank you to Professional Tim ShawDon’t Call it Art’ in Professional cliché can be brought into play here Photographer magazine forPhotographer (June 2011). in that the beauty (or otherwise) is selecting me as a winner of the Dear Professional Photographer,This subject has absorbed me for very much in the eye of the Shoot the Catwalk Competition Great magazine, have beensome time, and I discussed it in beholder. For me, I’d rather have earlier this year. Are you guys subscribing for a few years,my 2008 book Photographic some form of response than apathy. planning another FW comp? always something new.Composition. Basically I think Apathy is a nasty, horrid thing and (Id love the opportunity to shoot George Daviessome photography IS art, but a lot creates what I call ‘holes’. NY Fashion Week!)is not. Even some ‘art’ is not art! Some form of response allows us Margaret Yescombe Dear Professional Photographer,To make progress I think you need to learn and, ultimately, grow. Excellent magazine. Great to seea definition against which to Personally, I’d love photography Dear Professional Photographer, fellow photographers’ work,measure. In my case I use creativity to become ‘cool’ again – if I can Love the mag, even better when I techniques and experiences.(essential) plus craftsmanship (with use that word. But this would mean get a picture printed in the Alastair Bellsome flexibility) plus emotional we may need ‘leaders’ or icons to Portfolio section. Thanks. Greatresponse (essential). I find help show us the ‘way’ – a Banksy issue this month. Dear Professional Photographer,this quite reliable – for pictures, or Jamie Oliver type. The biggest Paul Thurlow Who is the new Editor of thesculpture, music etc. I have no time problem I can see, other than the Professional Photographer Mag?for photography which just apes sheer volume of people shooting Dear Professional Photographer, Maria Draganpainting, or some of the more now – and what they’re shooting on Excellent read, but I am starting tovacuous ‘arty’ work. But I do like – is that ‘cool’ is as cyclical as the think I am the only photographer Dear Maria,to be moved by a photograph, be it fashion industry. Does photography doing construction and civil The new Editor of Professionalreportage, abstract or avant-garde. lead art or visa versa? Or, as I engineering. I would like to see Photographer is Adam Scorey.I feel we are a bit stuck in this suspect, is it that events to which more varied work, other than Pro Photo Magformulaic ‘contemporary’ phase of we as photographers respond really fashion, weddings; there must beconceptual constructions and blank dictate things?face. As I said in my earlier letter I guess we now also have to bring(PP, December 2010) what we need in technology as part of the process;is not snob photography, but good new developments (from camera @prophotomagphotography. This applies to all sensors to Speedlights) andgenres, including the commercial. software can massively affect our Some nice interviews in latest since some of regular contributorsGeoff Roe, via letter inspiration and what we can now do @prophotomag Kalvar, Mollica, will no longer be in it. with our creative juices. Hansen and Georgiou all @jamiewillmottDear Geoff, A point I feel strongly about, and #Goodstuff. @lensgruntI understand your point fully; what one you have mentioned, is that of @prophotomag question: ifdo we call our pictures now – the importance of craftsmanship. Praise from @peterdench for everyone’s practically leaving theimages or photographs? Technically I think this is an essential Press & Editorial Photography mag as said in this month’s issue, what’s to look forward to nextthey are not photographs... Perhaps ingredient that should be fostered graduates’ London show in Aug’s month? @jamaminiwith a more formal definition, this and grown in all of us. I love @prophotomag p35 – “work istransitional phase we are all in and technology, gear and gadgets, but good and democratic”. @jamamini Still plenty to lookcoming to terms with may be easier it should be up to the photographer @UCFalmouth forward to in the next issue. Theto understand/handle. However, I how best to employ all of them. philosophy of the magazine willdo think we all need to keep an Adam Scorey, Group Editor, @prophotomag I’m interested to remain the same: by pros, for mind and treat everything we Archant Imaging see what the next mag will be like, @prophotomag PP 31
  • 29. PP - Podcast - SEPT 10/08/2011 10:55 Page 32 podcast ON YOUR WAVELENGTH Every month we record a free-to-download podcast in which we discuss, debate and talk around a subject featured in the magazine. We post them on our website and you can subscribe for free and download them via iTunes. So if you haven’t listened in yet it’s time to join us online THIS MONTH’S PODCAST July 2011 Issue May 2011 Issue September 2011 Issue HOW MUCH IS YOUR BOOKSHELF WORTH? CONVERGENCE AND THE FUTURE NEW PPOTY AWARDS LAUNCHED The podcast contributors talk about collecting OF PHOTOGRAPHY New PP Editor and Imaging Group Editor photography books. They examine why some The impact of HD DSLR film making on the Adam Scorey is joined by Jeff Meyer, who has books have not only held their price but world of professional photography is the podcast just taken over at the helm of our sister title, dramatically increased in value while others have topic this month. With many stills photographers Photography Monthly, to discuss the been relegated to the dusty shelf of obscurity. now being asked to shoot video, the debate Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 Long-time photo book collector Grant Scott focuses on problem areas such as narrative, Awards and the latest developments in the explains his passion and the discussion turns to sound and editing, and how stills photographers world of photography. the ways of spotting a good investment. are reacting to this new world. AND THOSE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… June 2011 Issue April 2011 Issue August 2011 Issue THE BEST OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY GETTING YOUR WORK EXHIBITED HIT THE STREETS The podcast discussion this month revolves The podcast contributors discuss the world The previous PP Editor, Grant Scott, and his around the Best of British list published in the of exhibitions. As curator and exhibitor deputy editor, Eleanor O’Kane, discuss PP June issue. The team look at some of the respectively, Grant Scott and Peter Dench share the renaissance of street photography with great names of British photography through the their experiences and look at the wider benefits photojournalist Peter Dench. He explains his decades, stand up for their own personal of making an exhibition of yourself. passion for this type of work and talks about favourites and ask why some periods have seen photographers who have influenced and a proliferation of great British photographers. You can subscribe for free and download the inspired him. They are joined by editorial If you feel a photographer who deserved to be podcasts from iTunes by typing professional photographer and PP podcast fan Chris Floyd, included has been left out drop us an email at photographer into the search tab or listen via who shares his thoughts on the subject. feedback@ PP 32
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  • 32. MIDDLEBROOK IT’S NOT ALL GLITZ... ...AND GLAMOUR Straight-talking pro MARTIN MIDDLEBROOK asks us to sympathise with the unglamorous reality of hard-working pros who will do any assignment to pay the bills, but then blows it with talk of basking in the heat of the south of France enjoying a large beer for lunch This year I have 10 articles, and I also work as a consultant my bitch, is this: it’s not how it used to be. photographed a door and to an advertising agency. I took myself off to Hell, what am I saying? I don’t really remember a fireplace, a skin care Mumbai to gather images that might form how it used to be, but they tell me it was splendid conference and a man part of a new humanitarian project, but and fine – how lovely! dressed as a banana – that are presently just being used to fill the oh, and one dressed as a pages of articles I have to write. WHERE’S THE CASH? strawberry. I have also It’s not all glitz and glamour, not everyone There are too many photographers and too fewexhibited at the British Museum and am is Nick Knight or Rankin, so most of us grab budgets; the maths are simple, and so you havelaying out a book on my Afghanistan project. what we can to fulfil our lives creatively and to to think a little laterally about how you mightI have redesigned my website and written pay the mortgage. This is our reality. So my gripe, continue to make a living. Everyone says you 35
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  • 34. need a website, so you do that. But it’s not MIDDLEBROOKenough. Get a blog and a Facebook page too,but you probably need to sell the kids to producethat vanity coffee table book – a giveaway thatwill bring you no work, but massage yoursensitive soul. You had better get your headaround convergence as well, it’s coming for sure,they keep telling you; so HD is your latestupgrade, and Final Cut Pro. However, you are spread too thinly, you can’tdo any of it well – some of it you can’t do at all– and all the time, what you get paid for this workis tumbling out of control because some upstartis offering to photograph weddings for £150.You can’t compete with that, what with themortgage and the camera upgrade you have justtaken, and your legal obligation to feed the kidsand not use them as collateral against yourmisguided investments. As circles go, it’sbecoming harder to square. It gets harder, too, to remind ourselves whywe do this; that old creativity chestnut looksa little worn out when you are photographinga man dressed as a banana and, if I am honest,the fireplace shoot didn’t rock my boat.FOLLIESThe wonder of the human condition is the “The equation is as follows: Banana suit + foreign travelunquenchable desire to put yourself through it + skin care + social media (yawn) + no daily commuteall, again and again, even though common sensesays you are just stabbing yourself in the eye. + earning just enough to live = A damn happy life!”So I am off to Provence to continue a personalproject on bullfighting that I began about six Martin Middlebrookyears ago. Another self-financed folly thatwill swell my portfolio and make me feel goodfor a while, but won’t bring me the adulation ofSebastião Salgado, just an infected mosquito bite.BUGGERED IF I KNOWSo why do we do it? Why do we still have faith init all? Why do we risk so much, often for so little?Well, I’m buggered if I know, but I think it’ssomething to do with not really wanting a properjob. We insist that nothing will kill our ‘verybeing’ more swiftly and efficiently than aharassed daily commute and a tyrannical boss;we believe that somehow our skills should provideus with a life outside of that little loop, thatwe deserve it, that we are somehow superiorpeople – but, of course, we are not! We couldn’t hack corporate life if we tried, sowe capitulate and swim like swans; all grace andsplendid beauty above the surface, but a frantic,negligent paddle below. And I should know, I havebeen eking out that little parody for longer thanI can remember, always on the edge of glory,or an abyss. The worst part is this: every timeI think I can’t do it any more, something amazing Above top to bottom: Man dressed as a banana with his sidekick; Bullfighting indrops from the sky like candy and somehow Provence from Martin’s personal project. Previous page: Photographing paint drying. 37
  • 35. MIDDLEBROOK Three shoots for the price of one: Product photography from the skin care conference. “Photographing a variety of professors of dermatology describing in graphic detail various skin conditions that would make the Elephant Man look a picture of health is not a career highlight...” Martin Middlebrookhoodwinks me into another 12 months of up my nose. I have taught myself to shoot it FEAST OR FAMINEscratching and searching. “What an idiot,” I say all because when you live in a tiny provincial So in this given week I have several days’ paidto myself, but my alter ego responds instantly: market, which is where many of us work, you work, but the rest is activity that I hope leads to“What else are you going to do, thicko?” don’t have the privilege of picking and choosing fame and fortune and a pocketful of bookings. your speciality, you are the jack of all trades, it’s The reality is that most weeks are like this;HAMSTERS how you survive. Somehow, I taught myself to who am I kidding? All weeks are like this!So resignation has become my future and within write about it all as well and my musings keep It’s always feast or famine, never a steady flowthe constraints of that depressing parameter I me going too, which is why I find myself here, of pleasing commissions or exciting projects thatconcentrate on every positive I can find. I try very at 11.22am on Monday 4 July, committing 2,000 light my fire. When you get that call askinghard to turn them into money from which I can words on the reality of being a professional if you can photograph a door, a window,invest more of my future in hope and opportunity photographer in these most testing of times. a fireplace and some coving, you feign gushing– oh, and uncertainty. So the circle of life So my week holds the following: excitement; it’s the job you have always dreamedcontinues. I don’t suppose we are very different of. “Oh God, thank you for the chance. Let mefrom those corporate hamsters turning that Monday and Tuesday: Finish this article, supply buy that plasterboard and magnolia – the set willendless wheel of ‘permanent and pensionable’. appropriate images. be ready in the blink of an eye.” The regret is I have always broken down my work into almost immediate as you realise your living roomvarious parts: the bits I love that make me feel Wednesday: Shoot concept images for an is going to look like B&Q for the next threegood and provide a little prestige, the work advertising agency pitch. It’s unpaid work, weeks and you spend every last second telling thethat I have to do to pay the bills, and the fun that but holds the promise of winning the kids not to touch anything.fills the holes but pays nothing at all. The sum photographic account when the eagle has The skin care conference wasn’t too peachyof these parts usually suffices and some years landed, which it surely will – I tell myself! either. Photographing a variety of professors ofI am blissfully happy; I’ve learnt to accept the dermatology describing in graphic detail variousswings and roundabouts because some days I am Thursday: My agency day and I consult on this skin conditions that would make the Elephanton a rocket ship to the stars. and that. A weekly pay packet, but no concession Man look a picture of health is not a career I can photograph architecture, PR and events, to employment – I tell myself. highlight, but it was a classic example of howstudio and weddings, photojournalism things have changed. In addition to photographingand abstract concepts – the bases are all Friday: A heads-down day trying to attract new the conference, I was asked to bring studio lightscovered, there is nothing at which I would turn business – sell, sell, sell! and backdrops to photograph 40 staff members38
  • 36. UCLan launches UK’sfirst Travel PhotographyMasters degreeThe University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)has launched the UK’s first ever Masters intravel photography.The postgraduate programme is specifically holiday snaps or photographs for budget and fellow graduate Antoni Georgiev hasfor travel photographers, aimed at both holiday brochures, it’s about being able to produced a portfolio of work about theprofessional and experienced amateurs, and tell a story and capture the experiences of Maasai tribe in Kenya.includes the option of industry placements a particular place. It will enable practitioners Carl O’Keeffe commented: “My photographyand experience with charities and other to develop their skills in this niche area.” has come on more during this course than atnot-for-profit organisations. The full and part-time course has been any other time. The opportunity to travel toThe field-based course enables participants established on the back of UCLan’s already Zambia and photograph in a situation that Ito spend 12 days on an international successful MA Photography degree that has could treat as a professional assignment hasresidential working with indigenous allowed recent students to shoot in Istanbul, made so much difference to my aim, resolvepeople. Proposed visits include workshops Kenya and Zambia through collaborative and my photography.”with Nairobian photographers and projects across the University. Anyone interested in the MA Travelconservationists in National Parks in Kenya. Recent graduate, Carl O’Keeffe, has shot in Photography should emailCourse leader Steve Speed commented: “This Zambia as part of advocacy work for Non- Steve Speed: isn’t about learning to take great Government Organisation, Sport in Action, or call 01772 892400. Photos by: Antoni Georgiev (MA Photography)
  • 37. MIDDLEBROOK One of the highs of being a professional photographer: Martin’s image of a market trader in Mumbai; collected as part of a planned humanitarian project.and carry out product photography at the same this endless self-development, drives me crazy; I will just have music streamed to me on demand.time. It was effectively three shoots in one for the I do get a little weary of it all. But then I consider I did recently get drunk at a friend’s house andsame bargain price. It’s a form of theft when you the following: while many of my friends have we played Joni Mitchell’s Blue album on LP andthink about it; each additional element reared been commuting up and down the M5 these agreed that the sound was three-dimensionalits irritating head after the price had been agreed past two years, I have been to Afghanistan three and amazing. But, of course, when I get on my– theft by stealth. What are we to do? How to times, exhibited several times in London, been flight to France my entire record collection willsee it all? published across many magazines, financed trips be coming with me as zeros and ones – something Well, I see it this way: all these things are the to India, France and the US and probably only you can’t do with LPs. Each of us digital convertsparts that make up the sum, and the sum is that worked about half the year. It’s hard to gripe when – and that’s all of us – are equally as responsibleI go to Provence in a couple of weeks and indulge you look at it like that. for our new reality as the bloke who will shootmy photojournalism whimsy in 35°C heat and that wedding for £150.drink a grande pression for lunch, thanking my REALITYlucky stars that I don’t have to go to work for a The reality of a professional photographer has EQUATIONSliving. Heaven I tell you, heaven! changed greatly over the past few years and If the sum of the parts means that we have an for many of us has become a huge challenge. experiential existence, I will take that every time,CONSTANT REINVENTION However, I am never going to walk away thank you. None of us remembers the dullI wrote 12 months ago that each year I make my from this reality, but merely embrace and grow times, but we do remember the highlights, andliving in different, undreamt of ways. It will with it – what else can I do? I used to buy being a photographer there are plenty of thosecontinue this way; each year it evolves and if LPs that I would then record on to tape. Then CDs along the way. The equation is as follows: BananaI sit around thinking about it for too long, I will came along, at which point I negligently sold my suit + foreign travel + skin care + social mediabecome coal. It’s an annoying but immutable record collection. I built my CD collection, which (yawn) + no daily commute + earning just enoughtruth, so I presume that next year the bulk of is now stored in my loft and I have bought to live = A damn happy life! PPmy income will come from different sources nothing but downloads for the past six years.once again. Sometimes this constant reinvention, Soon all this will change again, I suppose, and NEXT MONTH - MARTIN MIDDLEBROOK REPORTS BACK ON HIS TRIP TO PROVENCE, WHERE HE CONTINUED HIS BULLFIGHTING PROJECT40
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  • 39. {INSIDER }TheUNDERCUTTERSMICK COOKSON is possibly about to upset a few people, or at least reignite an age-olddebate, but he asks some serious questions of wedding photographers and then offerssome possible answersMy name is Mick Cookson. I’m a professional THE WEEKEND WARRIOR BACKUPwedding photographer based in north-west Right, I’ll get it off my chest from the start. The WW shoots with little or no backup kit andEngland. It has taken a good three years The problem with the wedding photography limited or no insurance – you are fully insuredof solid, hard graft to get my business industry is that it’s unregulated, with no official for public liability and have professionalestablished… and I still work full-time on qualifying requirements and no decent governing indemnity policies in place, right? Oh, and youkeeping it that way. After a 15-year career body overseeing everything – in my opinion. are declaring everything to HMRC, aren’t you?in TV commercials, running my own We have the SWPP (a society), the RPS (another I know a certain WW who claims he has 23production company as director/producer, society), the MPA (an association) and the weddings booked in this year at around 500 quidI decided to pack it in and go back to my first BIPP (an institute), which all offer ‘qualifying’ a pop. That’s decent money on top of a shooting weddings for a living. levels for photographers. But let’s be honest,For me, it has been the perfect career move; having letters after one’s name means more to UNDERMINEwell, most of the time. a photographer’s ego than to a budget-conscious Rightly or wrongly these people exist; they always bride – and before anyone starts moaning, I was have done, it’s just more obvious now that the originally an LBIPP, but deliberately allowed industry has ‘gone digital’. By undercutting a my membership to the institute to lapse (for a working pro’s fees, because they can afford to, and specific reason). undermining all their years of experience, skill So, with no official body regulating the and professionalism, these WWs are both annoying industry, enter the ‘Weekend Warrior’ – those who and damaging to many. Admittedly, they do serve still have the security (and salary) of a full- or a market; there are brides with only £300 in their part-time job through the week. These ‘Weekend budget who just want some images on disc for their Warriors’ (WWs) are the archetypal budding phone and Facebook page, who are not bothered pro. Normally they are no more than keen about contemporary images and styles so would amateurs with a good eye and a few lenses never contact the full-time professional anyway. – though there are exceptions on both counts – So are the WWs a good or a bad thing for the who are ‘knocking out’ weddings on the cheap industry? Personally (here we go) I think they’re a at weekends. Anybody with a decent camera bad thing. We need proper regulations and a code of can produce professional-looking results, or so conduct to work to (cue email complaints). the advertising hype would have us believe. Yeah, right. Just buying a Canon EOS 5D Mk II kit doesn’t make you Jeff Ascough or Joe Left and right: Few ‘Weekend Warriors’ produce the consistently top-quality work that a good pro has to do. Buissink overnight. It doesn’t even make you Whatever the mood, whatever the weather, a good pro Mick Cookson! will produce the goods, day in, day out.42
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  • 41. DEGREES OFSEPARATIONMost wedding prosshoot Canon or Nikon.I’m a dedicated Nikonfan, with a D3 andtwo D700 cameras.No D3100s or D50shere – I’d break themin a month. The proNikons naturally suitthe way I work, andmy workflow isspecifically gearedaround these camerasfor efficiency. My latest acquisitionis the new 35mmf/1.4G lens. It gives methe edge in (no-flash)low-light shooting andfor my naturaldocumentary style ofphotography. It joinsmy 24mm f/1.4G,50mm f/1.4G and85mm f/1.4G lensesto make an arsenalof low-light glass,something that theWeekend Warrior(generally) doesn’thave or use alongsidetheir kit zoom, orcheap, all-round zoomlens and flashcombination. My work Above: Professional IS OKAY ENOUGH? a full-time pro. To them I say: if you are good, stopis worth the fees glass sets the I had an electrician phone me recently, asking devaluing the industry and charge accordingly so pro weddingI charge as a result photographer apart if I could train him to become a wedding as not to piss off your full-time colleagues and put– probably more. from the ‘Weekend photographer because he wanted to “earn a few us out of business.But the key thing is, Warrior’. No cheap, quid”. I asked if he would mind me rewiring To the others who don’t seem to care and areI know how to get the all-round kit zooms houses, unqualified and undercutting his prices happy in Program mode with their £300 shoot ’n’ can produce imagesmost from my kit; like this. at weekends, for a few extra quid. The phone went burn weddings, you’re welcome to them; you areI know what f/1.4 quiet... then he said, “Hmm, I see what you not professionals.looks like and when mean” and promptly hung up. It’s exactly thisand when not to use it. shoot ’n’ burn attitude that is slowly destroying WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?These are tools, the wedding photography industry. Does this parasitic behaviour worry you?nothing more, nothing The advent of digital technology makes Are these types undermining your professionalless, but tools that everyone a photographer these days. I have had standards, undercutting your prices and takingI love. people at weddings show me their images on business away from you? If the answer is yes iPhones and tell me they’re just as good – if not let me tell you how I deal with it. better – than mine! So, faced with this mentality, we pros have to look seriously at ourselves and up MAN IN THE MIRROR our game. Let me say again: I appreciate that there You need to look carefully at yourself and what are some really good part-timers out there who, for you offer, and then compare it to what the WWs whatever reason, cannot make the jump to being produce. Is there a noticeable difference in quality44
  • 42. {INSIDER }between your work and the WWs’? There should I’m not a big fan of the low-fidelity ‘retro’ look Above: You get what you pay; if not, that is another discussion. Then, move that everyone’s shooting at the moment; but A good pro wedding photographer earns their fee. They work hardaway from the same market as them and up your everyone is shooting it. Why? Brides love it, that’s to cope with any adversity to keepgame. Obviously, be better than they are and why; it’s what they want because they’ve seen it in the day rolling, so the bride anddon’t go for the same clients. Easier said than the same magazines – they want to look like that groom are left with beautifuldone, perhaps, but there is little point in offering and they’re paying the bill, after all. I offer it as an images for their album – their latest family heirloom.Mercedes-level quality in a market wanting option and it works.garage shed bargains. Do you keep your website and blog up to date? (You do have a blog, don’t you?) Do you have aA NEW MENU Facebook page or put your latest shoots onWe are all different as photographers, so maybe Twitter? Try new lenses and post-production DO MICK’S OPINIONSit’s time you looked at your photographic style, techniques (to speed up your workflow) and stay RESONATE WITH YOU?wedding albums and services offered. Are they up ahead of the WWs. You need to get your productto date? Or are they a bit dog-eared and tired? above that of the WWs, and noticeably so. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVEDo you offer traditional and digital albums to give You don’t need their clientele anyway... do you? YOUR SAY? CONTACT US ATclients a choice? What about iPads loaded If you do, you’re not much better than a Weekend FEEDBACK@PROFESSIONALwith wedding images or free engagement shoots? Warrior yourself. So what do you spend the rest PHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UKDo you read bridal and fashion magazines, of your week actually doing? PP OR GO TO OUR WEBSITElooking at the current vogues in photography WWW.PROFESSIONALand adapting them into your shoots? PHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK 45
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  • 45. {INSIDER}STAND YOUR GROUNDIt’s a fact that since the dawn of digital, the perceived value of our work has, in otherpeople’s eyes, reduced dramatically. Combine this with a recession and, according toCRAIG FLEMING, it’s time for photographers to get toughN ow, I’ve never been a fan of artists’ agents; with one exception they were your way, guaranteed...” Hmm. Again, I think I’ll economic troughs, but I’ve always happy for me to use the images and everyone decline if it’s all the same with you. said that, like a forest fire, they said they loved the photos. Result. do serve a purpose: killing off A month later I was shooting for the client STAND YOUR GROUNDdead wood and allowing new growth. again, with a further booking for the following The only way we as photographers can stopIndeed, if you can survive a downturn, week, which led me to believe I had been right things like this happening is by all standing ouryou’re in a good position to come out to stand my ground. I’ve never discovered the ground. I’m not saying it’s easy to turn downthe other side. That said, in recent months truth about why they wanted me to remove those commissions, but at the end of the day we allI’ve observed an alarming trend: images, but I suspect it was down to some work for one reason alone, and that is to get paid.increasingly, existing and new clients are middle management type who feared their world I love my job, I’m passionate aboutasking me to shoot for them for free. might collapse if, God forbid, anyone other than photography, but I’m just not prepared to letYes, free! This is often preceded by the themselves had any good publicity out of them. clients walk all over me. Whenever requests likeclaim of: “We’re on a budget.” Now, unless this come in I always offer to go and see them toyou’ve recently won the lottery, we can AND AGAIN… discuss the options; the first of those optionssafely assume that we’re all on a budget A few weeks on and an email landed in my being paying me. It’s harder for people to askof some kind or another. in-box from the same client. In the subject box you to work for no payment when you’re sitting was the heading, “I know this is cheeky, but...” in front of them.A LITTLE STRAINED Basically, they wanted me to shoot a gala dinnerI have a client for whom I’ve been doing regular but, because they were “on a budget”, asked VALUE YOUR WORKcommissions over the past two years. A good if it would be possible for me to shoot it for Putting a specific value on your own work can beclient they are too, giving me the opportunity to free. Yes... that is bloody cheeky. Now if you’re tricky, but I put in the time and effort on every jobshoot household names and to get paid for it not sitting down right now I suggest you do so I do, so I know I’m worth my rate. I don’t imagineat the same time. However, over the past six because not only did they want me to shoot that if you walked into a Porsche dealer with £200months things have become a little strained. it for free, they wanted me to hand over the files they would let you drive out with a new 911.Two instances have given me cause for concern. so they could sell them afterwards. The reason for that is simple: it’s not enough to Firstly, I was asked to remove from my That isn’t just cheeky, it’s downright buy one. The same thing applies to my all the portraits I had shot for the client offensive. I immediately declined their generous My rate is set to allow a little discount here and– an odd request given that these were publicity offer in a short email. I could have made my there, but I certainly will not be giving away myshots, images that were seen all over the web response even shorter – two words to be exact work cheaply – and definitely not for free. PPand in the local and national press. Quite why – but as straight-talking as I am, I resistedthe images on my website were deemed so the urge.offensive, I’m not sure. It’s a difficult place to This is a problem that seems to becoming CRAIG FLEMINGbe; on the one hand you don’t want to lose what more frequent. A couple of other photographers Specialising inis essentially a good client, but on the other you I know have had the same type of request and it editorial-style portraiturehave to show off your best work. I decided to is difficult to know what to do, especially when as well as hair and beauty,challenge my client and refused point-blank to it’s an existing client with whom you have Craig has been a professionalremove the images! previously had a good working relationship. photographer for the past Secondly, I was told it wasn’t the client Something else that is becoming more apparent seven years. You can see more of hiswho had a problem with the images, but the is the ‘carrot dangling’ request: “If you do this work at www.craig-fleming.comartists’ management. Fine, so I emailed the one job for free there’ll be loads of work comingDO CRAIG’S OPINIONS RESONATE WITH YOU? WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR SAY? MESSAGE US VIATWITTER OR FACEBOOK, OR EMAIL US AT FEEDBACK@PROFESSIONALPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK48
  • 46. This image by Craig Fleming wascommended in the fashionsection of the ProfessionalPhotographer of the Yearawards in 2010. To find outmore about the 2011awards see page 22.
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  • 48. THEBUSINESS PART ONE In the first of a new series, SELINA MAITREYA shares her insights from three decades of advising commercial photographers in the US on how to market themselves. This month she discusses how to construct the complete marketing package THE RIGHT STUFF As a consultant to commercial photographers for the past 30 years, my long replaced film and buyers are more difficult to access directly, the path job has been to guide visual professionals by helping them to define to achieving success is the same as it always was. and refine their visual product and successfully market their body of work. The concepts, systems and practices that I suggest to my clients are Develop a solid product that has commercial legs effective universally. Target your market, develop five to seven sales channels, service In a nutshell, what every commercial shooter needs to offer clients is exceptionally, and stay in the game consistently and long enough to a deep, defined body of work, focused around a specific visual approach to succeed. Sounds simple, but the reality of the ‘doing’ is much more their chosen topic. In addition, photographers need to understand today’s complex. There is, however, a schematic that each photographer can selling paradigm and consistently meet the demands required in order to learn and make their own. develop market identity. When a creative pro accepts the responsibility for their success and Thirty years is a long time to focus one’s talent in a specific market; it’s begins to work the plan, the path to success has begun. When I look closely safe to say that I’ve literally ‘grown up’ in our business. It’s also fair to add at the steps taken by photographers who have achieved successes, I see a that during this time the industry has grown, shifted and transitioned different variation of the same process. I call the formula The Mix.© ISTOCK / ANDREW JOHNSON constantly. I’ve been a witness and a participant as these changes have First of all, let me be clear, the successful photographers I am talking occurred. As a result I have much to share with you, and I’m excited to have about are not the Annie Leibovitzes of this world. However, they have had the opportunity to do so. success, as each one at different times in their career has reached their Here’s my first nugget for you: everything has changed and nothing has creative and financial goals. They have achieved their success by employing changed. Confused? Let me shed some light… While the selling paradigm not one or two steps of The Mix, but by putting all of the essential steps has shifted and new marketing tools pop up yearly, and while digital has needed into place for the complete mix. That’s the key. 51
  • 49. THEBUSINESS“Marketing is a simple equation and is effective when diversified and done consistently.Effective marketing for any photo business starts with branding and style, combinedwith an up-to-date database.” Selina Maitreya You don’t need every sales option, but some components can’t be left out of assignment in the future) chosen carefully and thoughtfully – and oneand you will need to choose one option from each section of the process. that is large enough to support your outreach efforts (direct mail, visual email). You’ll also need a second, more select group (from the largerHere are the ingredients you should have: database) for in-person portfolio visits. Work on this. A talent-based body of work ready to sell (this means a defined visual Now let’s assume you have got the vision-based body of work, and approach around a specific subject with enough samples to build trust in you have developed your database; now you need to commit to four to five potential clients) different sales channels. That’s right, four to five! A deep database of appropriate contacts (and a smaller, more researched group of contacts for in-person visits) Must-haves include: Four to five different marketing/sales channels (including direct sales – Website see Must-haves section right for options) Blog Marketing materials that are visually branded to move the visual Visual email message forward Visual direct mail Perseverance In-person portfolio showings Faith In-person networking opportunities Patience Social online networking(Allow a two to four-year timeline before seeing consistent results for Portal placementa completely new business) Print sourcebook Press Notice that I wrote that those who were successful worked ALL of thesteps above, not just one or two of them. While there are eight to 10 options You will need to develop your plan of approach; one that represents all offor sales and marketing tools, you will need to employ at least four to five. the must-have options and two to three other avenues for visibility. Marketing is a simple equation and is effective when diversified and But before you move forward you must decide on how much of a financialdone consistently. Effective marketing for any photo business starts with investment you will be making this year. As you begin to create a budget,branding and style, combined with an up-to-date database. take stock of where you are now. Do you need to build a vision? Or is the Notice the words ‘diversified’ and ‘consistent’? For years I have been vision there but you need more examples? Do you have a database?meeting photographers who get a piece of The Mix but don’t jump in Maybe you need to build a palette of tools. Don’t get overwhelmed andcompletely. Maybe they get the vision piece and then decided to send direct don’t get discouraged. Simply see where you are and own it. Commit tomail out to promote themselves. That’s it, direct mail. Maybe four to six investing the resources needed in order to move you to the next step, nottimes a year, period. the next two or three. Stay present and move forward with an open heart. Then there are creatives who believe in sending out visual email once Progress takes time, money, talent and commitment. PPa month. End of story. Of course, if they hear a panel of art buyers talkabout how much email they get, they decide no longer to send email; now Selina is also the creator and host of Clarion Call, the firstthey are on to social networking. free worldwide telesummit for professional photographers. Get the drift? Photographers may now understand that they need to Visit www.selinamaitreya.commarket, but most have not yet embraced the concept of incorporatingThe Mix. The important thing to remember is that everything starts witha complete visual product. No vision? No need for anything else. Selina Maitreya has written a book called How to Succeed inAll subsequent steps rely on a body of work. All your sales and marketing Commercial Photography: Insights from a Leading Consultant,tools are worthless if you don’t have the goods. Let’s see why. which is described as taking a holistic look at how to have a life Let’s assume a buyer has a project (finally). They refer back to one of your in photography. Selina is joined by photographers, clientsmarketing tools and call to ask for your print book. If you don’t have one and other consultants in sharing information and inspiration.(because you’re convinced that nobody looks at print books), there goes the The book is published by Allworth Press, priced at £18.99,assignment. Maybe the next interested creative goes to your site looking for ISBN: 978-1581154917.a ‘deep example’ of the type of vision needed for their assignment, and allthey see are one or two examples mixed in with lots of other types ofphotography or approaches. The body of work needed isn’t there; you’ve NEXT MONTH: WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEEwasted their time and your money. They won’t be calling YOU again. Clearly, a vision-based body of work is number one. So, let’s assume you SELINA GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO HOW CORPORATE GIANTS THINKhave the vision piece sorted out. Who are you going to sell to? If you have ABOUT PRODUCT POSITIONING, AS WELL AS THEIR SALES ANDthe vision and you are selling to the wrong contacts, you’ll have no success. ADVERTISING. SHE ALSO EXPLAINS HOW AND WHY PROS SHOULD USEYou need a database of potential buyers (contacts who may have your type STRATEGIC THINKING WHEN CREATING THEIR BUSINESS PLANS.52
  • 50. THEBUSINESS£100,000... FORONEIMAGE!Some images just sell and sell.Why? Well, we aim to find outin our new feature that tries tounlock the secrets of greatimages in the hope we can alllearn how to improve ourchances of increasing salesThis month we speak to Andy Gotts, portraitphotographer of the Hollywood A-list.In 2003, he was taking portraits of the starsfor his book Degrees, a concept basedloosely around the theory of six degrees ofseparation. He would shoot one actor, thenask them to suggest a friend or someonethey admired as his next subject. One ofthe female actors was the beautiful KateWinslet. Andy takes up the story: “I shot this portrait of Kate for my charityproject Degrees on 16 June 2003, using myMamiya RB67 on Tri-X film (yes film!).The shoot was very laid-back; just myself,Kate and her daughter Mia were there,which is very often how I like to shoot andhow the people I work with prefer to beshot. There was no hair or make-up; theshot was exactly how Kate looked that day –naturally stunning. This shot has beenprinted in limited edition large-size prints,the largest size being 60in. All proceedsfrom the sale/auction of this image havebeen donated to charity; through the sale ofthis one image, the charities concerned havebenefited by more than £100,000. For me, Andy Gotts will be the subjectit is quite a humbling thought that this one of our Big Interview feature inimage could have such an impact.” the October issue of PP, when We then asked Andy just why he thought we will be featuring previouslythe image had been so successful. unpublished work, including some“Of course, Kate is a huge star and very of his latest colour portraits.beautiful, which helps massively. But from To see more of his work ANDY GOTTSmy point of view as a photographer, this go to www.andygotts.comshot of Kate is so appealing because shelooks naturally beautiful. She has analluring expression, which makes her look see in a glossy magazine, it’s an honest shot post-production. Also, the shot lookseven more enticing, as she is not trying to – a capture of the moment – which is timeless with the soft lighting; it could havebe. It is not a retouched shot, as you would what true photography is, not hours of been taken yesterday or in the 1930s.” PP 55
  • 51. frontline from theNeed to put a face to a name, get the background story, the right advice and the inside track onhow to get commissioned? This month we talk to Lisa Pritchard, founder of Lisa PritchardAgency, about photographer and agent relationships, how the industry is evolving and what ittakes to cut it in the world of professional photography What is your definition of a photographers’ and have had to diversify within the industry. agent? But then again, I know many successful Photographers’ agents market and promote photographers who have thrived in terms of photographers, generate commissions and commercial commissions throughout the negotiate fees. But this is not all they do. recession. Perhaps it’s separated the wheat from Experienced agents can give advice and support the chaff. Customer satisfaction is paramount. on all manner of business and legal issues, from More businesses are commissioning industry trends to client contracts. They usually photographers directly, rather than going through get heavily involved in the creative side of agencies. Some of the people that I deal with at things, editing images for promotional agencies seem to be less experienced and not purposes, suggesting ideas for new work and so knowledgeable about commissioning what to enter for awards. As photographers’ photography, but maybe it’s just me getting moreLisa Pritchard agents we also often take the role of mentor experienced. (Let’s hope so after 20 years!) or even counsellor. Life as a professional Photographers spend as much time writing their photographer can sometimes feel insular. blogs and commenting on social networkingOwner: LPA (Lisa Pritchard Agency) Having an agent offers the opportunity to be forums as they do taking pictures. They get just part of a team, giving you someone to bounce as many jobs by tweeting as they do by showing ideas off, get encouragement from and share people their books and these days they shoot the ups and downs with. moving images as well as stills.Career history: How has the photography industry changed in How does a photographer get on your books?Account handler: Image Bank recent years? It’s usually a matter of right time, right place.Photographers’ agent: Flashlight and The main changes in recent years are the It’s also more about quality than quantity for meThe Picture Company knock-on effect of the economic climate and the and I only generally take on new photographersPhotographers’ agent: Independent changes in technology. Deadlines and budgets if a ‘space’ becomes available, so to speak. If aPhotographers Group have been tight, but that’s been going on for a photographer feels that he or she has something toDirector: Insight Advertising and Corporate while now and there are still lots of nice jobs offer LPA and our client base and that they willRepresentation around with fair budgets and timelines. I know complement our other photographers, then initiallyOwner: Lisa Pritchard Agency a few photographers who have been ‘quieter’ they should send an email to tell me why they would be a ‘good catch’. The first thing I’ll do is check out their website. If the work is strong, not too varied and there is a good track record of commercial commissions, then they are in with a good chance. They should follow up their “Do your research. Draw up a wish list. Don’t just send a blanket email to every agent you can find. Look for the © NICK DALY / NIVEA right match. ” Lisa Pritchard
  • 52. “They [photographers] get just as many jobs by tweeting as they do by showing people their books...” Lisa Pritchard© MICHAEL HEFFERNAN know some young agency creatives and shoot some of their ideas; or offer to shoot a mock ad campaign for a friend’s business. What trends do you see in photography at the moment? Street casting – real, natural and believable models, email with a call to my office. If I haven’t taken The time is usually right if you find yourself too including families, older people enjoying retirement their call by the fifth time, stop calling! busy shooting to promote yourself or handle and baby boomers aged between 45 and 63 years enquiries, or perhaps you are getting bigger old being altruistic. Many photographers are also What are the biggest mistakes photographers commissions and need an agent to deal with fees showing their portfolios on iPads, as well as make when approaching your agency? and shoot logistics. tweeting and blogging to promote themselves. Showing little evidence or understanding of what LPA is about or what we might be looking for. What makes a photographer stand out from Do you see video being a bigger part of a This should be easy to work out simply by the crowd? photographer’s requirements in the future, looking at our website and blog. For example, A consistent body of work with a strong signature and if so, how? it’s unlikely that we would take on a very gritty style, inspiring personal projects, an impressive There are some niches of the photography photojournalist or a fashion photographer who list of awards or clients and a slick and clear industry where video is becoming a more regular has only shot editorial. website with an interesting and up-to-date blog request for the stills photographer. In certain Photographers who get in touch giving the are a good starting point. However, possessing an pockets of the fashion and editorial world it’s impression that they are a bit quiet and need an excellent reputation, lots of good publicity and become almost mandatory. agent to find them some work isn’t a good professionalism are equally as important. I believe it’s still early days for a large part plan, either. Although this is a big part of what we of the commercial world, however, with most do, of course, the harsh truth is that I’m looking LPA/Futures represents photographers in photographers feeling little or no effect from the to see what’s in it for my business. the early stages of their careers. How can convergence. It’s not turned the industry on its inexperienced photographers show a breadth head as some would have you believe and won’t What tips would you give to a photographer of work in their books? for a long time yet (if ever). trying to get an agent? I don’t think inexperienced photographers should Video is a learning curve for many Do your research. Draw up a wish list. Don’t just show too much breadth in terms of range. I think photographers and clients, in terms of the creative send a blanket email to every agent you can find. it’s important to find a ‘voice’ and stick to it. approach, the logistics and the pricing. Video will Look for the right match. The industry is so competitive; you stand a much always be an optional extra to stills; whether Photographers’ agents come in many shapes better chance of being remembered if your work photographers choose to embrace it and add to and sizes, from well-established industry has a distinctive stamp. Commissioners are their revenue stream is up to them. PP experts with many contacts and several staff to looking for confidence and continuity in newcomers just finding their feet. I’m not photographers’ work; something that they can If you have a question for Lisa that we necessarily saying one is better than the other; identify them with. haven’t covered in Frontline, email it’s about finding the right one for you. An agent In terms of pure quantity however, I agree a to be new to the business might have more time to photographer needs to be able to showcase a considered for her monthly column on the promote you than one who is busy estimating and certain amount of high-quality images to be taken LPA blog, producing shoots; but then a better-known agent seriously. Look into the market and work out what will give you more credibility and is likely to is being commissioned at the moment and fill in fast-track commissions. It’s vital that you get on the gaps accordingly. I suggest shooting as much Lisa’s first published book, Setting up a well and feel you can communicate. personal work as possible. Be resourceful – to Successful Photographic Business Ask yourself if you are, in fact, ready for an get your foot in the door in the commercial (published by A&C Black), is out in agent. It may be that you still need to build your world those first campaigns are all-important. November and can be pre-ordered now portfolio of work, gain a presence in the industry Consider collaborating with stylists or models from Amazon. and get a few commissions under your belt. who also need to expand their portfolios; get to 57
  • 53. THEBUSINESSCapturing newsworthy events as theyunfold is what press photographers do asa matter of instinct. However, a recent casein Manchester shows this can land them introuble. To set the scene: a fight breaks outin a city street between two groups of menafter a court hearing into an alleged assaulton Channel Four’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddingsstar Paddy Doherty. There you have yourmoney shot – an action-packed image ripefor the taking. It’s in your nature. You seizethe moment. Or do you? Especially after officershave just warned you not to cause an obstructionor take pictures of suspects’ faces. POLICING Manchester Evening News photographer SeanWilton was arrested, along with six peopleallegedly involved in the brawl. Reports suggestthat while trying to speak to a police officerand explain that he wasn’t obstructing their work“in any shape or form” he was threatenedwith the confiscation of his equipment before THE PRESSbeing arrested. So, do we have officers being particularly harshor a photographer falling foul of the law?Taking pictures in a public place is not an offencein itself, but it can lead to other laws beingbroken. In this case the officers believed thatphotographing at the scene might haveantagonised the people fighting and caused afurther breach of the peace. In other cases, takingpictures of people or property that are likely to be In light of an incident in which a newspapersensitive can lead to an infringement of privacy, photographer was arrested after takingdata protection, copyright and trademark laws.There’s a potential risk at every point of a camera. images of a brawl following a court case, The act of taking pictures is not the only dangerarea. Problems can start when pictures are PETER STEVENSON, an insurance specialist,published, especially if they start to circulateand go viral on the internet. These difficulties examines photographers’ responsibilities andaffect all types of photographer. the attitude of the police towards journalists Sean Wilton’s case is a perfect example of howphotographers can get into sticky legal situationsthrough no fault of their own. As a photographer,you need to consider how you would arrange Is it fair to have one set of rules for press move towards helping restore the peace. But weand fund legal defence costs relating to both photographers and another for the rest of us? are left wondering if the police acted in acriminal and civil actions taken against you. Whatever your view on the incident, the fact heavy-handed manner or if the photographer was ISTOCK / JEN GRANTHAM Hopefully, common sense should prevail in the remains that the police felt it necessary to make acting irresponsibly. Whatever the answer,end, as it did in this case, when the MEN an arrest and put Sean Wilton in a police car – this case illustrates the importance of havingphotographer’s arrest was quashed due to a nightmare for any photographer believing he is legal expenses insurance in place.“an apparent intervention from a senior officer”. ‘just doing his job’. I can see why the police may Sean Wilton is described as an MENHowever, are we opening a new can of worms? have decided that taking pictures wasn’t a positive photographer, which suggests the Manchester58
  • 54. Evening News employed him, so he would police, can arrest photographers for alleged Peter Stevenson is director of InFocus,have been acting under the protection of its public order offences such as breaches of the a specialist in insuring, legal and insurance resources. peace or of security regulations. Legal expenses, it is unwise for freelancers to expect the policies are designed to cover this type ofnational or regional media to be generous court defence cost, as employing a lawyer todefenders of principles at all times, especially defend a photographer’s position and get themif it means they risk becoming guilty by out of prison and back working can be a very EVER BEEN IN THIS SITUATION? TELL US YOURassociation. The authorities, for example the expensive exercise. PP STORY. EMAIL ADAM.SCOREY@ARCHANT.CO.UK 59
  • 55. British boxer David Hayein Vancouver, Canada,in the build-up to his worldtitle fight against WladimirKlitschko in Germany.60
  • 56. { THE BIG INTERVIEW } THE 12TH MAN In a rare quiet moment, commercial sports photographer BEN DUFFY chats to Professional Photographer Editor ADAM SCOREY about his rise to the top of his game Ben Duffy, a quiet, charming chap from Leeds, started his life as a jobbing sports snapper, capturing the weekly exploits of stars and athletes while working for a small but highly respected agency. However, Peter Crouch only went and scored his first hat trick for Liverpool, didn’t he? Yes, this was a seminal moment for Crouchy, but it had a dramatic effect on Ben and changed his life forever. “Has the industry changed in 14 years? Yes,” says Ben. “There was a time that you’d be standing in the training ground with a 70-200mm waiting for, well, whoever. Training would finish, the lads would come and have a quick chat, you would grab a few shots and they’d be on their way with a smile and a wave. Now, everything is controlled by a third party. The lads finish, walk past you and get into their Ferraris, Lambos and Rollers. Bye. But those were the days when, after a footie match, I’dBEN DUFFY knock at old Frank’s place at number 96 opposite the ground, slip him 20 quid of the 30 I’d been given for 61
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  • 58. “As an admirerand fan, my aimis to do myselfand my subjectsjustice, so whenI’ve finished ashoot I can holdmy head highand believe thatI’ve capturedsomethingspecial.” Ben DuffyEngland cricketer Kevin Pietersen. 63
  • 59. { THE BIG INTERVIEW }expenses and use his kitchen to develop the films style and experiment a little – it was all mainly me look like I knew what I was doing, which heand his phone to wire them back to the picture desk. off-camera flash. However, what I’d seen so far was fine with. Until he agreed, I was sweatingFrank would even make me a brew and some lacked subtlety and finesse. It took some time to bullets a bit, but the shoot went amazingly...sarnies. If I was at an unknown ground I’d just get my technique to the point where I was happy, thankfully. I gave my assistant a healthy bonus!”knock on a door around the place until someone but this was to set me up for the future. This is the reality for many professionals breakingagreed to do it – hopefully for £15! Ha, ha... there “My catalyst was partly this realisation and partly into new territories. Rarely does the transition gowas no 100Mbps Wi-Fi, multimedia press rooms or that I wanted to make my own mark on the world of smoothly and there are times when, as you all know,PocketWizards – off-camera, wireless shooting was photography... and, yes, there is a little ego in there it is necessary to take jobs where you are not quitethe stuff of science fiction.” too, I suppose; it would be amazing to have millions sure of the outcome or just how you are going to For 12 years Ben Duffy did the sporting of people see my work on billboards, ad campaigns achieve the whole brief. But it’s this spirit ofphotographer’s circuit in and around Leeds. Although and in magazines; the buzz is incredible. I’ve got exploration that Ben had set his mind on whenthis was for a small agency, it did all the big stuff; two kids, a mortgage and a house that is not as big starting out on his own. He didn’t have a studio andmanual primes, pre-focusing and Leeds United as I’d like, similar to most people, so a bit more was unsure about what he was going to charge, orwere scrapping in the Premier League. Now it all money wouldn’t go amiss. At the time, my only even what rights he was happy to keep his own orseems old-fashioned and antiquated – Formica really serious option was to go for work of a more hand over to the client in this new commercialin a polished granite world. But you would also commercial rather than editorial nature. I’m not world. He explains: “For 12 years someone else hadget closer; closer to the athletes and the passion. silly, I’d been doing sports photography for 12 years sorted the practical and business side of things, soBut there comes a time in every photographer’s and built up really good contacts, and I started to I wasn’t sure what I should do. I went to thecareer when there is a sudden moment of realisation make noises to them in the commercial direction.” Association of Photographers (AOP), which hadthat everything you know, everything you’ve worked Ben admits that the key to his success, apart from some great guidelines, but I had nothing to refer to.for, has changed. For Ben that moment came at a little luck, was managing his clients carefully, I called a few mates who, in the end, said the bestAnfield one typical afternoon. communicating constantly with them and being advice was to think of a figure in my head that I’d “I was shooting for the Premier League; able to deliver on the assignments. But his first be happy with – based on reputation, experienceLiverpool were playing Arsenal in March 2007. commercial job, he readily admits, hit a bump in and the client’s requirements – and just stick with it.I’d been asked to get more editorial images so was the road before it had started: “I was completely out So I did.”there with a 17-40mm. It was when Crouchy scoredhis first hat trick for Liverpool. He was right infront of me. I had him with his arm in the air “For 12 years someone elseholding up three fingers, with the crowds in thebackground and it was all on a wide. I must admit had sorted the practicalto thinking this was my career-making shot, my and business side ofdecisive moment. I envisaged it being everywhere– this was the shot picture editors had sold parts of things, so I wasn’t suretheir body for in the past. The reality was different.It made the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph, what I should do.” Ben Duffywhich was great, but the other papers used imagesfrom God knows where that didn’t sum up the of my depth; not in creative terms but in how I wasgravity of that moment. The penny dropped; it going to achieve what the new client wanted,” hewasn’t about stunning images any more. It was recalls. “They kept talking about digi lights –corporate, contracted and controlled. It was over.” I didn’t have a clue but just nodded and said yes. So what do you do when you realise you are Fortunately, I had a little time to get myselftravelling down the path of extinction, digital has organised; it was time to call in a few ‘favours’.devalued the market, every Tom, Dick and Harry I knew I needed an assistant for this job, it was justwith a 300mm is clawing at the gate, the piece of too big for one person to do – plus I didn’t want tothe pie you relied upon is smaller than before and look unprofessional. I called a mate and asked himthere are more mouths around the table? You if he knew of anyone who had the lightingchange, you adapt and you evolve – or you go under. experience I was going to need. The chap I got wasSo while still working for the agency, Ben started to a godsend. I was honest with him and said he’dexplore new things, as he explains: “I started to need to hold my hand a bit with the setup and makelook at lighting; my plan was to develop a newlighting technique that was different. Though the Right: Britain’s leading heptathlete, Jessica was small, we were still getting some good Opposite page: Footballer Wayne Rooney in one of hisassignments. This time allowed me to perfect my rare official media appearances in 2010. 65
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  • 61. { THE BIG INTERVIEW } “It’s just as much of a challenge not to rely on software, but to create in-camera with my lights. This, for me, is the biggest part of the journey.” Ben DuffyWWE wrestler Kelly Kelly.
  • 62. “Gear is often moreimportant to theclient than it is tothe photographer,whether that’sa lighting setup, orthey want the latesthigh-end digibackbecause they’veheard it will shoot avast quantity ofpixels.” Ben DuffyWelsh former world championboxer Joe Calzaghe.68
  • 63. { THE BIG INTERVIEW }Above: Diver Tom Daley in a converted squash court in digital back for the really high-end stuff when Ben believes the secret to his success is the factPlymouth where he trains, in front of a painting that he I need it. My working style is fast and generally that he is a sports fan first and foremost, so theand his colleagues created themselves. on location, in anywhere from a local sports hall people he is now meeting and photographing are or a warehouse to a huge training ground. So it those he has admired for years. “I can honestly say Ben’s style was very much non-studio based. means I need to be able to identify a suitable spot, it’s been a real privilege to meet all the people thatThe lighting technique on which he had spent conceptualise the theme and then action it – all I have. As an admirer and fan, my aim is to dotime working, though to a high standard, was in within the space of a few minutes (and I do mean myself and my subjects justice, so when I’ve finishedreality a constant evolution; a fact that was minutes!) and also to a standard that would be a shoot I can hold my head high and believe thatconfirmed by his experiences on ensuing shoots acceptable to an agency in New York or Tokyo. I’ve captured something special. I love people andwith various assistants. His technique was practised Though, to be honest, I am at a bit of a crossroads I treat everyone the same, but I have to rememberand creative, but ultimately needed the more at the moment with gear.” that sports stars aren’t models and there is oftentechnical know-how of an assistant’s training on Ben’s dilemma is whether to invest heavily in only so far you can go due to an agent looking overmany of his assignments, due to new technologies a new system rather than to keep hiring it. The 5D your shoulder.”and equipment. Ben confides: “Gear is often more Mk II is great, but clients and agencies demand So what’s next for Ben? “More of the same, really.important to the client than it is to the photographer, the highest quality and are very sophisticated and You always need to push yourself as a photographer,whether that’s a lighting setup, or they want the clued up. It’s a crossroads many pros face – hire or to experiment and try something new. Okay, youlatest high-end digiback because they’ve heard it buy. “I rent most of my gear from The Flash Centre have to do this on a job-by-job basis, and get yourwill shoot a vast quantity of pixels. in Leeds,” he says, “as they have got everything I safety shots, but then you can explore new ideas, “Probably the biggest revolution, however, is need and I’ve got a great relationship with the lads concepts or lighting techniques. It’s just as much ofin the lighting, particularly in its portability. there. But I can see it getting to the point soon a challenge not to rely on software, but to createI now use the Elinchrom Ranger RX Quadra AS where something like the new Phase One IQ140 in-camera with my lights. This, for me, is thesystem with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and various may have to be a reality if my clients keep asking biggest part of the journey.” PPL-series prime lenses. I hire a Phase One P 65+ for larger and larger images.” FOR MORE GREAT INTERVIEWS WITH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS VISIT WWW.PROFESSIONALPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK 69
  • 64. When we first heard that a weddinghad been shot professionally onan iPhone we thought it must be iDoa publicity stunt. PP catches up withthe photographers involved to get the Given Rainer’s unbridled enthusiasm for the mobile device, I could see how he would easily agree to such an experiment, but what about the bride-to-be? Rainer gives a huge laugh. “She trusts my judgment and has got to know Brian too, so she loves his work. Even so, I couldn’t rely solely on the iPhone to capture stills and video, and I wanted to have a plan B just in case. We were guinea pigs and wanted to test it out, but we still wanted good photos and video in case the experiment didn’t turn out the way we wanted. I had to give my fiancée some peace of mind that the photosstory behind the shoot and video were going to turn out well.” As a test run, Brian took along his iPhone when he shot Rainer andBrian Adams and Rainer Flor love iPhones. They love everything about bride-to-be Candice’s engagement pictures on his Canon EOS 5D Mk II,Apple. They eagerly await every shiny new product the brand creates. just one month before the wedding. The aim was not only to practiseBrian and Rainer are also professional wedding photographers, shooting with the iPhone, but also to experiment with editing and toshooting on Canon DSLRs. It was only a matter of time, therefore, fine-tune that all-important aspect of wedding photography, shooting imagesbefore they turned their attention to the iPhone 4 and what it could of high enough quality for the album. The results were positive. “I ended upachieve with its 5MP camera. printing a 12in x 12in album of their engagement session where I mixed in The pair have established thriving – and separate – wedding businessesin the United States; Brian shooting stills and Rainer working as avideographer. Having been introduced six years ago, they started working “I ended up printing a 12in x 12in albumin partnership and often shoot weddings together, travelling extensivelyaround the United States and beyond. It was this partnership and shared love of their engagement session where I mixedof technology that led to them capturing what they believe is the firstwedding to be shot professionally on the iPhone 4. Speaking from his in both iPhone and SLR images...Florida office, with Rainer joining us on the line, Brian explains how they We actually showed it at Rainer’s weddingtook the leap. “At the time Rainer and I were sharing office space and every day we and people loved the photos; no one BRIAN ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHICS INC / IPHONESHOOTERS.COMwould talk about technology. We’re always first in line when an Appleproduct comes out, we always have the latest stuff. Then one day could tell the difference...” Brian Adamswell over a year ago, Rainer showed me a video that was posted online ofan iPhone fashion photo shoot. We looked at each other and almost at both iPhone and SLR images,” Brian says. “We actually showed it atthe same time burst out, ‘We should shoot a wedding with iPhones!’” Rainer’s wedding and people loved the photos; no one could tell the Given the competitive nature of the market, where a wedding difference between the photos in the books.” Having to consider thephotographer is only as good as his last album, surely capturing the final format the client might want for the images caused some concern,happiest day of a paying client’s life on a mobile phone could potentially be but Brian knows that clients tend not to favour large prints these days.committing career suicide? Brian replies: “We began brainstorming and the “The world is changing,” he says. “In the last few years I’ve noticed thatquestion came up: who would be crazy enough to allow us to shoot their no one is really purchasing anything larger than an album-sized with an iPhone? Rainer said, ‘Well, my wedding’s coming up, Some of my clients are interested in digital photos only for Facebook,so I’ll be the guinea pig.’” for example. As someone who has been in the industry for a while, I try70
  • 65. { WORKING PRO }to make sure my client orders an album, so I am really concerned only aboutimages up to around 12in x 12in. That was my biggest worry and we usedthe engagement session as the test, so when we got the album printed all myfears were alleviated.” So far, so good. However, the engagement did highlight where thechallenges lay. “I did expect them,” admits Brian. “One of the major ones This page and following pages:was shutter lag; there’s a bit of a lag with the iPhone so you have to Images taken on the iPhone 4over-anticipate the moment, which means that when I shoot with it I’m at Rainer Flor’s wedding and Brian Adams with the camera.planning to take the shots half a second before the moment happens. 71
  • 66. { WORKING PRO }Lighting is a challenge; you can’t use a traditional flash or Speedlight, soyou must use constant light. In outdoor light, or bright indoor light, thecamera functions exceptionally well, but once you are outside at night, orinside and it gets darker, it’s necessary to use continuous light. Obviouslyyou can’t shoot RAW… these are all minor technical hurdles that you canget over with practice. “Having said all that, as a photographer who shoots with two camerasand runs around all day with 70-200mm lenses, it was a release – it almostfelt like I was naked! It was the first wedding I’d shot in nine years wheremy back wasn’t aching afterwards. The biggest advantage is the access;you’re able to approach people more easily. They open up to you andwhen they realise what type of camera you’re shooting with, they havea reaction we never usually see. They are surprised, interested and theybecome an active participant.” On the big day, the team used three iPhone 4s in total, placed in OWLEBubo mounts that featured a wide lens attachment. Brian also modifiedthe rig to add an external battery pack to combat the short battery life andadded a neck strap. For the videography they used a tripod and monopod. For Brian and Rainer, another of the huge plus points of shooting onthe iPhone – event photographers take note – is the ability to upload theimages instantly to the internet at the wedding. This is an aspect where theyfeel the device has huge advantages over its DSLR counterparts, even if“A lot of people are wowed by it... we honestly feel the iPhone thing is really cool. We don’tknow in what direction we’ll take it, but we’d love to do more of it.” Rainer Florthe quality of the images isn’t comparable. Rainer describes this element as“super powerful”. He explains: “Brian and I have been doing this for sometime and guests are always asking, ‘When are the photos going to be up?’I shot a wedding last week in California – an Indian wedding – and I tooksome pictures on my iPhone. I was able to post them right then and thereand show them to the couple and their family. The expressions on their faceswere priceless.” The built-in editing software in the phone means decent quality imagescan be uploaded almost immediately. “You can charge a premium for doinga same-day edit and post for a client and it’s really appreciated,” says Brian.“It didn’t used to be that way when I started nine years ago; people werevery patient then, but now I get calls the next day from clients wonderingwhy their photos aren’t online.” From a marketing perspective, the twomen agree that being able to post images on the same day is certainly goodfor business. I tell them that often when I talk to editorial photographers, they lamenthow, on a digital shoot, the client will ask to see the image before anypost-production has been done, before the photographer is ready to show it. in time companies such as Canon and Nikon will find a way to connect their“It’s funny,” Brian continues, “but people will remember you. Particularly at cameras to the internet so photographers can post photos and videos rightweddings, if you can show photos or video to 200 wedding guests, those 200 after they shoot them. The experience is completely different; it’s notpeople will remember you as a good photographer, whereas if you waited 30 just about the photo, it’s about what everyone gets out of it because we candays and posted those images only when they were 100 per cent perfect, then post it right after we shoot.”they might think, ‘He was good but he took a long time to post those photos.’ As successful professional photographers, are they afraid of sabotagingI do think you need that balance.” their own businesses by using mass market kit? “Not at all,” Brian replies This instantaneous upload changes the photographer-client acquaintance, confidently. “The cameras that we use [Brian shoots with a Canon EOSwhich is why Rainer and Brian get so excited about the iPhone experience, 5D Mk II while Rainer uses an EOS 7D] are available to everyone ateven as two passionate DSLR users. “I think this is the next evolution,” consumer stores. A lot of my clients own the same equipment as me or usesays Rainer. “Everyone is so concerned. There’s a misconception that the even better cameras, but it all comes down to the skills of the photographerquality suffers and while a fraction of that might be true, there’s another half or videographer. It’s 90 per cent the eye of the shooter.”to the story, about the experience that the user gets out of it. I’m sure that “I’m not worried at all, quite the opposite,” says Rainer. “I want more72
  • 67. positive. “A lot of people are wowed by it,” he says. “People have their own THE KIT opinions but we honestly feel the iPhone thing is really cool. We don’t know Brian and Rainer in what direction we’ll take it, but we’d love to do more of it.” used the OWLE And clearly some people are happy to have their weddings shot with Bubo mount for mobile phones. Brian and Rainer have already had an enquiry from Ireland iPhone 4. about shooting another iPhone wedding (“The groom’s a big Apple fan!”) Made from a and intend to price any iPhone weddings similarly to DSLR shoots. single piece of So what’s the future for these iPhone sharpshooters? At the moment Brian aluminium, it weighs and Rainer are waiting to see what happens next. “We are happy to shoot 1.1lb and has a 37mm people’s weddings with iPhones,” Brian says, “but we may develop into lens threading with 0.45x a community of people who shoot things with iPhones. We want to keep it wide-angle/macro combination lens and open at this point. We do need to embrace it rather than be afraid of it or fear an adjustable microphone for shooting video. that it’s having a negative impact on our business.” It is available in the UK from Rotolight for £149.99. Both are eagerly awaiting the next generation of iPhone, which they think might have a longer battery life and a better camera, with less shutter lag and improved low-light performance. The pair have also discovered a new SLR lens attachment for fixing a Canon 70-200mm lens to the iPhone,people to be able to use the technology for their own personal use. We are which could take their iPhone photography to a new level.not out to try to convince people that they should shoot everything with “Our intention was never for this to be a publicity stunt,” Brian concludes.iPhones. We’re not knocking SLR cameras, we love shooting with them. “We just thought, ‘Hey, this is cool, let’s be the first to do it.’ Once weFor the most part we’re mainly just proving that this kind of shooting with saw the results and everything was edited, we took a look at it and thought,this piece of relatively inexpensive technology is totally possible and if ‘Wow, this is good, let’s put it out there!’” PPbrides and grooms are interested it’s a perfect fit.” I wonder if they have incurred the wrath of their fellow wedding To visit Brian and Rainer’s website go to http://iphoneshooters.comphotographers? “We have had some negative reactions from people whopossibly don’t understand the whole story,” Brian concedes. “They aredown on us, saying the bride and groom aren’t going to be happy with WOULD YOU HAVE YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS TAKEN ON AN IPHONE?the quality of the photos, or questioning why we would want to do such a HAVE YOUR SAY AT FEEDBACK@PROFESSIONALPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UKthing when there is better quality technology out there.” YOU CAN SEE THE VIDEO ON THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER From the video point of view, Rainer says the comments have been more WEBSITE WWW.PROFESSIONALPHOTOGRAPHER.CO.UK 73
  • 68. Warrior from theRendille tribe calledPandilan Korole – takenat the singing wells ofSonga, northern Kenya.April 2011. I met thisyoung man with oneother warrior at a placeknown for the soundsmade by warriors asthey sing and passbuckets of water to thesurface from deep wells.Due to the drought therehad been an escalation ofconflicts with othertribes which had left thisplace almost deserted,but this young man andhis friend knew the risksand seemed undaunted.74
  • 69. { WORKING PRO }THROUGH JOHN KENNY is a MY part-time fine-art photographer based in London. In 2006 he began OWN his travels through Sub-Saharan Africa’s remotest areas, taking portraits to highlight EYES the effects of climate change on indigenous communities. KELLY WEECH finds out why, on his latest trip, he swapped his Canon EOS 5D Mk II for an 8 x 10 Chamonix large-format JOHN KENNY film camera 75
  • 70. { WORKING PRO }W hen he first went to Africa in 2006, John Kenny was not Towards the end of 2010, John decided to take his photographic vision and envisaging a long-term photographic project, nor did way of working to another level, because he felt his working habits had he realise the impact the continent would have on become repetitive. His solution was a Chamonix 8 x 10 large-format him personally and creatively. In the remoter areas, camera, which would take him back to basics and allow him to hone histhe reaches of urbanisation and 21st-century living are sometimes craft. He was not seeking to replace his Canon EOS 5D Mk II, but tobarely detectable, with uncertain resources and enormous hardship augment his work with the smaller, digital camera. “I believe large-formata part of everyday life. These traditional societies rely on the certainties of cameras lend themselves to a more considered and contemplative approachtribal rites and a profound understanding of rainfall and pasture patterns to photographing,” explains John “It’s quite hard to contemplate,to provide a way of life. Within this structure people live a modest existence, for us photographers, that there might be some sense of satisfaction inwithout the material wealth of the western world. He recalls: “I always knew actually not taking a picture. In a strange way it can be quite rewarding notI wanted to see the continent of Africa through my own eyes, mainly because to take the picture when being ready to do so; I think it is the inner sensethe Africa that I felt ‘familiar’ with was in reality nothing more than an of quality control kicking in and telling you that the image would not haveacquaintance with what I had heard through the news: a steady stream of been good enough, for whatever reason, so why commit the money,stories focusing primarily on despair. It’s true that I photograph for myself, time and hope into something you feel is flawed?”first and foremost, but a close second comes my desire to show others This change in thinking and being more discerning when prejudging thethe magnetism that draws one into the eyes of these fascinating people.” success of each shutter click is something that is not often considered in Hitchhiking and trekking to find his subjects, John has set out to capture the digital world. There are practically no penalties in pressing the shutterportraits that act as a stark reminder of the impact climate change is having at will and although this freedom is sometimes of great benefiton these communities. He says: “I specifically chose to photograph the – for example when you are learning – John found it hindering his ownindividuals that you see on my galleries because I had a real sense of wonder photographic development.when I met them. Each one had something that attracted me, sometimes a The use of an 8 x 10 camera slows down every step of the photographicpiercing intensity, or an uncommon beauty, which I felt compelled to try to process and requires a more methodical working approach. But there iscapture.” The images he produced do just that, marking both the influence of also the expense of film and processing to consider. Shooting with an 8 x 10the modern world and the pride inherent in traditional cultures. in addition to a digital camera obviously increased the cost of this project, which was completely self-funded. However, there are ways to make sizeable savings if you do your homework. John got all his film at 70 per cent off the retail price because it was slightly out of date, although technically perfect, and paid half the costs of 8 x 10 colour film development in London by sending them in large orders to Peak Processing in Sheffield Many people I photographed were mesmerised that this camera – which is really just a wooden space box – had demanded complete concentration over a prolonged period from both of us.” John Kenny ( In total he shot about 90 sheets of film and used no more than two sheets per person. The final stage of the process involved digitising the film; he selected only a small number of shots and used a drum scanning service in London. He reassures me: “It is still possible today to shoot 8 x 10 on a budget, but you have to shop around and be prepared to use the post a lot to buy and process your materials.” John found his old-school approach served as an ice breaker and talking point among traditional societies in northern Kenya. He says: “Some people were just amazed by the contraption, while others were simply amused Left: Warrior from the Samburu tribe called Pitalo Lenjuio – taken at Archer’s Post, northern Kenya, April 2011. I photographed this warrior as the light was fading in intensity and conditions were far from perfect for the way I photograph; nonetheless this young man was amazing to work with and his demeanour was one of the most natural I have ever come across.
  • 71. Warrior from the Samburutribe called Learnesi Learamo– taken at N’Donyo Wasin,northern Kenya, April 2011.I met this young warrior at aremote animal market thathappens once a week. I had tophotograph at the edge of themarket, so by the time I tookthis shot I had a big crowd ofpeople around me and it wasbecoming a little chaotic;so I worked fast and carefullyto try to capture what Ithought was an exceptionallybeautiful and striking youngSamburu moran (warrior). 77
  • 72. “In northern Kenya I had realchallenges with findingenough light. Previously I’dshot my subjects in theshade; however, mybudgetary constraints meantI needed to adapt myworking methods around thematerials I could get holdof...” John Kenny WHAT’S IN YOUR KIT BAG? + Chamonix 8 x 10 large-format field camera (maple wood and carbon fibre) + Fujifilm Provia 100F slide film + Gitzo 5541LS carbon fibre tripod with Arca-Swiss Z1 ballhead + Canon EOS 5D Mk II + Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens Above: Warriors from by it; but there was almost never any ambivalence. I just wish that I had the Samburu tribe taken a picture of one of my subjects peering through the ‘empty’ camera called Imelesuan Arapo (left) and as I took the lens off the front when packing up the gear. Many people Lekeru Mirigishan I photographed were mesmerised that this camera – which is really just (right) – taken at a wooden space box – had demanded complete concentration over a the singing wells of Songa, northern prolonged period from both of us. I never tired of letting people peer into the Kenya, April 2011. fresh air of the camera body to see their reaction.” I met them as they On the other hand, the 8 x 10 camera also presents practical and technical rested at the wells; one warrior spent problems. In return for outstanding quality and resolution, you give up half an hour or so a lot of working agility when photographing subjects. Large-format cameras applying red ochre demand plenty of patience, especially when using only natural available to the other’s hair to beautify him. light. On the most recent trip, the subjects were shot against a white background, simply to reflect and add more light because of the limitation of working with the 8 x 10 camera. “In northern Kenya I had real challenges with finding enough light. Previously I’d shot my subjects in the shade; however, my budgetary constraints meant I needed to adapt my working methods around the materials I could get hold of, in this case ISO 100 Fujifilm Provia transparency film. I was always faced with a judgment call on whether to sacrifice shutter speed for depth-of-field, or vice versa, even though I pushed the film and rated at ISO 200. It was a real challenge when people were standing for the shots, often in windy conditions. BIOGRAPHY I think the fastest shutter speed I managed was 1/30sec – and clearly you John Kenny lives in need to be very careful in watching out for subject movement in close London and has been portraits at all stages of the photographic setup and image capture. a part-time photographer The depth-of-field limitations with 8 x 10 are in a different world to that since 2007. His images are of digital formats, with the front-to-back focus sharpness being so much the result of many years less than with 35mm full-frame capture.” visiting remote cultures across the Sometimes John felt he did not have enough time to set up the 8 x 10 African continent. When not travelling camera and he would rely upon his Canon EOS 5D Mk II. “You can’t capture or exhibiting, he returns to his job as everything with 8 x 10, especially when you may have access to a person a freelance technology consultant based for a very short time, and also because not every subject can give you the in the UK. concentration to make the picture a success. So I shot both formats and I will definitely use this approach again.” He used his judgment to78
  • 73. { WORKING PRO }decide which format would give him the better chance of success with Above: Young girl from the Turkana tribe calleda particular subject. Alamach Allol – taken at Loiyangalani on the edge of Lake Turkana, northern Kenya, April 2011. In his new exhibition Facing Uncertainty – Photographic Portraits from I photographed this girl in intensely hot and windyKenya, John’s images will be on display up to two metres wide by 1.6 metres conditions with my 8 x 10 Chamonix. It was hugelyhigh. However, at this large scale, John insists that he is not pushing difficult to stop the wind from blowing the extended bellows with my 450mm portrait lens, and I also neededthe limits of this format, even with an 8x enlargement, simply because of to wait for clouds so I could manage contrast on theits phenomenal resolution. Each image will be captioned to help provide transparency film. I took this shot during a very briefcontext for the viewer. John feels the writing will counter-balance a tendency pause in the winds – by then both the subject and I were more than ready for it!to romanticise the lifestyles of the people in the photographs. “It is obviousthat there are compelling hardships that shape the daily existence of peoplewho live among traditional societies. My exhibition aims to provide theviewer with a realistic view of how the communities in semi-arid areassuch as northern Kenya are encountering enormous difficulties with thedroughts of the last decade. At the moment I’m working with a communityleader from a Samburu tribal village to construct the show’s narrative andprovide an insight into the role that recurring drought and climate changeplays for those who live there. I’ve seen first-hand the difficulties ofa sustained lack of water and pasture for communities which live in dryareas with their animals.” John will give some of the exhibition’s profits to community groups in Facing Uncertainty, Photographic Portraitsthese areas and will also ask visitors to the show to consider a donation. from Kenya, by John Kenny, will runA selection of his work will be donated to the Africa Foundation in the UK from 22 September to 3 October 2011 atand feature in its Art for Africa auction in aid of the countries where he has 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, Covent Garden,worked previously. PP London, WC2N 4BP. If you go along, let us know your thoughts by 79
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  • 75. WHAT PROS WANT... ALIGHT’SA LIGHT, RIGHT?Pro portrait shooter KARL SHAW wantedto update his location lighting setup and fancied Bowens’ new Gemini 500R TravelPak Kit, but was unsure if he wanted to spend the money. So we stepped in, gave him a set and asked him how he got on... 81
  • 76. “I’m not saying other manufacturers don’t provide similar products or level of service, northat Bowens’ products are necessarily better than anyone else’s. It’s just that I tend to followthe ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ path when it comes to switching brands.” Karl ShawT here’s always a checklist, always like a Rolls-Royce if the performance is like the name Bowens is synonymous with quality a few questions that need to be asked an asthmatic pit pony. and choice – everyone I’ve encountered along when buying any expensive piece of Now, cameras come and go; more pixels are the photographic journey is familiar with its photographic equipment. Whether being crammed into the same surface area, products and reputation for providingyou’re a first-time buyer, or replacing or replacing your still superb, 18-month-old everything a working professional needs to kitsupplementing existing gear, it’s important workhorse that is now ‘old’. Lenses get out a busy studio. I’m not saying otherthat all the right boxes are ticked. Let’s be improved with better coatings, less distortion manufacturers don’t provide similar productshonest, there’s not a lot in the photographic and new vibration reduction systems, but or level of service, nor that Bowens’ productsworld that’s cheap – even the items that are studio lights tend to stay the same, don’t are necessarily better than anyone else’s.‘cheap’ are not exactly inexpensive. really need improving and therefore avoid the It’s just that I tend to follow the “if it ain’t While price is obviously important, the old ‘out-of-date’ indignity that afflicts your broke, don’t fix it” path when it comes toadage “you get what you pay for” certainly camera. Even when an existing model gets switching brands. Have I successfully dugholds up when it comes to anything designed a facelift we tend to add to it or replace myself out of that hole?for professional duties. With daily doses of damaged items rather than ‘update’ – a light’suse and abuse, a working studio needs a light, right? QUALITYequipment that has the level of toughness After a very brief deliberation I am now theand build quality you get only when spending NEEDS MUST… proud owner of a Gemini 500R TravelPakthat bit more. The gear also has to deliver on Recently I fell into the ‘add to’ category of light Kit. At close to £1,500 for two lights,what it promises – it’s no good being built improvement. Now, when it comes to lighting a battery pack and accessories, it may82
  • 77. WHAT PROS WANT... 83
  • 78. WHAT PROS WANT...seem like quite an outlay; after all, in theserecession-hit times there are cheaper optionsand far easier ways of using light outdoors:hello strobists. But let me explain: lights orlighting are a means to an end, it’s that lighthitting the subject that gives us the picture,and the ability to model, sculpture and shapefeatures to our liking. With Bowens I geta certain quality of light that’s hard to put myfinger on and while I do own and use othermakers’ gear, it’s the light that the Bowensemit that I keep coming back to. I also liketheir build, and while weight isn’t always agood thing – more of that later – these 500Rheads feel reassuringly weighty and capableof taking the odd knock or two that isinevitable in a busy studio or on location –more of that later, too. I also like their abilityto pop all day in quick succession withoutoverheating while maintaining the sameoutput flash after flash. I’m saying ‘like’ but Iactually expect this from a set of Bowens.WHAT DO YOU GET?So what do you get for your money? Two 500Rheads with a colour temperature of 5,600K,auto dump, a large LED display with good-sizecontrols and a recycle time of 1.3 seconds.Then there are all the cables you need forinternal and external use, bulbs and a synccord, one 60 x 80cm softbox, one rather neat90cm silver/white/shoot-through umbrella,a wide-angle reflector to use with theumbrella, two stands – not damped, which ismy only gripe – and a very good trolley casethat can be used with or without the wheels.Basically, it’s a portable studio (a phrase Idislike), often used to describe a small,two-light kit, compact enough to betransported easily between locations whichusually provide the electricity. This is aproper portable studio and the main reasonI chose the TravelPak was having the abilityto use 500W studio lights outdoors.LET’S GO OUTSIDEWorking indoors the Geminis do exactly what Iwould expect: they take all my existing lightmodifiers – grids, snoots, beauty dishes andsoftboxes – and sit happily alongside my otherlights. Outdoors, things stay the same, albeitwith a few obvious exceptions. Remember Imentioned weight wasn’t always a good thing?With the kit as a whole weighing nearly 25kg,it’s not a good idea to have to drag it too far.Yes, it has wheels, but some lifting will be 85
  • 79. required over rough terrain; not the end of theworld, but worth noting. One option is to takeexactly what you need, as losing one light andstand reduces the weight if you’re going to beusing only a one-light setup. I mentioned that the Geminis are capable oftaking the odd knock or two, but they wouldprobably lose the argument with concrete ifthey fell from a height. First time out I had oneof those ‘watch in slow motion as the wind fillsthe umbrella and comes crashing to theground’ moments, even with only a very slightbreeze and the battery pack weighing down thestand. Luckily I was in the middle of a field withfairly long, bushy grass, but the umbrella wasstill destroyed – a beauty dish provides less ofa sail. Sandbags or doorstops are an idealsolution but just add to the weight that needslugging around. Finally, recycle times will belonger and battery life reduced the morepower you use. Having said that, I’ve been onlocation shooting all day and never had anycomplaints, even being surprised by how muchbattery life was left. This is starting to sound like an advertorialfor Bowens, but I have to be honest. I haveused and tested all sort of lights over theyears; I’ve got Paterson, Lastolite Lumen8sand Interfit lights, so am well-versed in what’son offer. The Bowens Gemini 500R TravelPakKit is ideal for the working pro who wantsprofessional lights in the studio one minute butto be able to pack them away, en route to alocation, the next. There are plenty of lessexpensive options, but the Bowens are qualityin both build and light delivery. I love usingthese lights outdoors and being able either tomix the flash with ambient, use as fill orcompletely overpower the ambient, stoppingdown the shutter for dramatic effect. Gettingcreative with light outdoors adds anotherdimension to studio or wedding photographyand the Bowens tick every box when it comesto satisfying both me and my clients. PP ALTERNATIVE OPTION SPEC BOWENS GEMINI 500R TRAVELPAK TWIN HEAD KIT ELINCHROM RANGE QUADRA RX 2 HEAD ‘A’ KIT PRICE: £1,429 PRICE: £1,615 POWER: 500W This is Elinchrom’s fully portable, battery-operated, GUIDE NUMBER: 85 wireless set of location lights. Due to their small size POWER RANGE: 5 stops (15W to 500W) – they fit inside a briefcase-sized hard case – and COLOUR TEMP: 5,600K decent power output (400W), these lights are RECHARGE TIME: Small BW7690 battery six hours/ a popular choice with location shooters. The heads large BW7691 battery eight hours come with a reflector, all your cables and the IN THE BOX: Two 500W heads, including two tubes EL-Skyport wireless system built-in, as well as and 250W modelling lamps, two stands, 60 x 80cm a daylight-balanced LED modelling lamp. However, softbox, 90cm umbrella, wide-angle reflector, two you’ll need to buy an adapter to fit your Elinchrom mains leads, sync cord, battery and controller. softboxes and umbrellas. BUY: BUY: www.theflashcentre.com86
  • 80. WHAT PROS WANT... “First time out I had one of those ‘watch in slow motionas the wind fills the umbrella and comes crashing to the ground’ moments.” Karl Shaw
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  • 83. ImagenomicStudio and location portraitphotographer KARL SHAWhas been looking for apost-processing softwarethat is purely for his type ofwork. Here he takes acloser look at US-basedsoftware companyImagenomic’s Portraiture 2plug-in for PhotoshopWe all know how the whole skin smoothing/retouching aspect of photography has hadsome bad press of late, with models lookingas if they have lost pounds in weight andgained porcelain-smooth skin. We also knowthat it is a necessary part of the picture-takingprocess for many portrait or weddingphotographers. It is also time-consuming andsomething of a grey area when it comes tocharging our time. After all, it took probably1/125sec to capture the image and a good deallonger to work it up. Now, when it comes to retouching I’m a bit ofa sadist, not caring how long I sit in front of mycomputer smoothing this and whitening that, aslong as I achieve the desired result and the clientis suitably overwhelmed. After all, the client is “...The number of images I’d processed over theking. In the past I’ve always shied away fromquick fixes; you know the kind of thing – one two weeks was unbelievable, compared withclick does all and saves you hours in Photoshop.I’ve always regarded these claims as, well, my usual retouching route, so buying a copycheating and akin to witchcraft. Now this is for myself was a no-brainer.” Karl ShawONE-CLICK WONDERInset: It’s as plain as the nose on your face (if you’llpardon the pun) that Charlie hardly needs retouching towithin an inch of her life. However, some level ofpost-production is expected, to bring the picture upto the exacting standards of today’s publications.The main image, right, utilises one of the many presetsthat comes with Portraiture 2 – in this case, Glamour.90
  • 84. WHAT PROS WANT...Portraiture2 91
  • 85. WHAT PROS WANT... where you’re expecting me to confess to the discovery of something that has turned my workflow routine upside down and changed my whole opinion of ‘quick fixes’. Well, I’m surprised to say that you’d be absolutely right. When I make discoveries such as Imagenomic Portraiture 2, I should really keep quiet about it, not letting on that I now also ‘cheat’, take short cuts and let a mere plug-in do all the hard work for me. But on the flip side I want to shout from the rooftops how a mere plug-in has transformed the way I work, changed my retouching habits and, most importantly, saved me so much time Above: This image uses my own tweaked preset that post-processing – time that, if I’m honest, I never I call ‘just smooth’. You could argue that it’s a tad really charged out at a rate that I was happy with. over-egged, but the beauty of working in layer-based software is that you can change the opacity of the layer Now, I’m being a bit flippant when I say a you are working on so you can go from very subtle plug-in takes care of all my post-processing duties to in-your-face in an instant. and after one click I’m done; there’s a bit more to it than that. The great thing about this program Portraiture 2 is quick to get to grips with, quick – I’m calling it a program as it feels so much to customise and quick in use. There’s no faffing Portraiture 2 is more substantial than a plug-in – is that you are in about plotting where each facial feature is available for total control of so many options and you can located, no reshaping the subject’s face beyond Photoshop from CS3 save all your ‘tinkerings’ as presets to apply to all recognition and no guesswork. This is onwards, Lightroom each image in turn if you don’t want to use any of a professional piece of kit that produces stunning from version 2 on the in-built presets. results, will save you bags of time and, both Windows and However, the Glamour preset, applied to a ultimately, money. As Imagenomic says: Macintosh platforms, duplicated background layer with a reduced “It’s more than just a facelift.” and Apple’s Aperture opacity, is usually all that it takes to add the wow A photographer friend defied me not to press from 2.1. It is priced factor. But the real beauty is that it’s a breeze ‘purchase’ after my 15-day trial had elapsed. at just under $200 to use; sliders provide the control over the However, the number of images I’d processed over (about £123). Go to: blurring, fuzziness, colour, contrast and sharpness the two weeks was unbelievable, compared with options, to name but a few, so you’ll get the my usual retouching route, so buying a copy for hang of it in no time. And that’s the point – time. myself was a no-brainer. PP92
  • 86. Probably the most direct The examples shown on the website are the Standard edition. There are two competitor to Imagenomic highly dramatic reconstructions, but it can additional versions to choose from as Portraiture 2 is Anthropics be much more subtle. Most who use it, not well: Studio (RAW and 48-bit files) and Technology’s Portrait unlike the Imagenomic’s offering, love its Studio 64 (for very large images). Professional, now up to ability to automatically produce very To see video demos and download the version 10. It’s also pleasing results, but also that there are Mac or Windows versions go toa very easy software to use straight out of plenty of options to fine-tune each image www.portraitprofessional.comthe box and can create some fairly to personal tastes. It’s also very good Below: Here are some screen grabs I did of a shot ofpowerful results in a few simple clicks. value, starting at just $40 (about £25) for PP’s Editor, Adam Scorey, that show subtle changes. 93
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