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  2. 2. Well, well, well, I must admit to it being rather an interesting month here in the office. From an email saying I look “bored”, in my Editor’s picture (left: Really?), to recording my first set of podcasts, to putting out all sorts of ‘fires’ in the wake of Mick Cookson’s The Undercutters article in September’s magazine. This is obviously a very important issue for many of you out there – as you will see in the Feedback pages from just some of the emails I had. And it’s a subject I will continue with over the coming months. Highlights in this issue, for me, have to be two features in particular. First, Patrice de Villiers’ amazing set of images for her book in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, Love Music Love Food, and, second, my interview with Dr Andy Gotts. Inspiration a-plenty there. We have had a great response to the PPOTY awards, and you will see some of the team’s early favourites on page 28. Middlebrook has october penned some pure bull, and Chris Frear lets us in on life as a working pro in rural Scotland – he even covers horses’ cocks (literally!). Paul Tansey, MD of a company called Intergage, starts a new, six-part series about online marketing for us, while Selina Maitreya tells us to wake up and smell the coffee! We have an interesting feature on second-hand gear for pros, with a case study from someone who saved quite a few quid taking this route. A competition to win Fluid Mask software and a bunch of neat gadgets are also worth a look. Oh, and I must not forget the cheeky monkey... you will know what I mean if you take a look at page 63. Enjoy the issue. Adam Scorey, Editor FRONT COVER Thanks to Dr Gotts for being alive! I love his sublime images; from the stunning shot of ElleTHIS IMAGE AND COVER IMAGE ANDY GOTTS Macpherson on the cover, to Orlando Bloom in his boxers... apparently lots of folk think the actor is a Yank (I even heard he was the brother of Steve Bloom – the wildlife photographer). A lesson in lensmanship for us all. NOW YOU CAN BUY SINGLE ISSUES OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER ONLINE – GO TO
  3. 3. NEW PHOTOGRAPHY 8 Portfolio: Love Music Love Food The recipe book for rock stars by rock stars – musicians and their favourite food 31 Editor’s Choice PP Editor Adam Scorey chats about an image that has caught his eye from the online portfolio section NEED TO KNOW 22 Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 We have full details of this year’s PPOTY awards and publish early entries for the competition 39 Middlebrook: A Bit of What You Fancy Martin Middlebrook develops a taste for the French way of life while shooting bullfighting in Provence 44 Insider: The Price is Right? Garry Edwards tackles the vexed question of how much photographers should charge for their work 46 Insider: A Country Practice Chris Frear reveals the ups and downs of being a rural pro photographer out in all weathers 49 Bad Weather – Gear Buyers’ Guide In association with Jessops, the most durable cameras and a few choice accessories 57 The Business: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Marketing guru Selina Maitreya advises pros to forget the competition and think big 60 The Business: Online Marketing Masterclass In the first of a six-part series, agency boss Paul Tansey explains how to promote your business online 62 The Business: Monkey Business Peter Stevenson takes an offbeat look at copyright issues when it’s animals that are taking the pictures INTERVIEWS & CHATS WITH... 66 The Big Interview: Andy Gotts – Face Man Andy Gotts describes his rise from Norfolk lad to Hollywood A-list photographer 106 Heroes Travel photographer Tim Gartside praises Jean-Dominique Dallet and Mike Busselle’s work in Spain NEWS & REVIEWS 17 Click This month’s line-up of the best news, books and exhibitions 77 and 86 What Pros Want... Craig Fleming tests the Lencarta Safari Classic Ringflash and Hama’s digital camera trigger 82 Second-hand Gear Ten top tips for buying used equipment, plus a case study of a pro who saved thousands 91 Gadgets Our pick of this month’s most exciting gizmos and gadgets 92 Competition Your chance to win a copy of the Vertus Fluid Mask 3.2 masking tool, worth £99 103 Stop Press... The latest essential news, gossip and kit from the pro world KEEP IN TOUCHPATRICE DE VILLIERS/LOVE MUSIC LOVE FOOD 33 Feedback Your thoughts, your opinions, your pages 36 Podcast Every issue we record a free podcast discussing a topic from the world of professional photography 76 Subscribe Save 35% with our latest subscription offer and get a 432-page book worth £16.95 for free
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  5. 5. 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’ experience in magazine design the team in 2009 and continues newspapers for more than 30experience editing and 10 years’ and has been with the PP team to be passionate about years. His knowledge meansas a professional photographer. since September 2010. all aspects of photography. our words are in safe hands.JESSICA LAMB JEFF MEYER PATRICE DE VILLIERS ANDY GOTTSJessica is the guardian of our Jeff edits Photography Monthly. Patrice is a highly respected food Hollywood A-list portraitwebsite, Facebook and Twitter A journalist for 16 years, he photographer and the subject of photographer Andy is bestpages, and keeps the readers remembers using an actual knife our Portfolio, featuring her known for his black-and-whiteup-to-date online. to cut and paste text! Love Music Love Food cookbook. images of actors and singers.MARTIN MIDDLEBROOK PAUL TANSEY CRAIG FLEMING TIM GARTSIDEBased in the Midlands, Martin is Paul calls himself an “online Specialising in editorial-style Author and stock photographera commercial photojournalist marketing geek”, and so he portraiture and beauty, Craig has Tim has been writing forand has been a contributor to PP should as he is the MD of web been a professional photographer magazines for years. He pens ourfor the past two years. marketing agency Intergage. for the past seven years. Heroes column this month.SELINA MAITREYA GARRY EDWARDS PETER STEVENSON BUBBLESAmerican Selina has acted as Pro studio photographer and Peter has worked in insurance Up-and-coming pro photographera consultant to commercial Lencarta’s technical guru in the for more than 30 years and is now Bubbles is just starting hisphotographers for 30 years and UK, Garry shares his experience director at InFocus, a specialist in career but has already made anis also a lecturer and author. when it comes to pricing. insuring photographers. impression on the business! Like what you see here? Why not check out our sister title, Photography Monthly? The November issue will feature tips on how to pose family photos in a number of locations, how to shoot autumn mist and tests of the Sony NEX-C3 and Olympus PEN E-PL3. 7
  7. 7. Love Music Love Food - The Rock Star Cookbook started out as a seed SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR: “Mr Fish,of an idea after a chat with a musician. Over the last three years, where we shot Sophie, didn’t want to close while we worked, so the chip shopPatrice de Villiers has combined her passions for music, food and stayed open – I didn’t think it would bephotography to create a book designed to help raise money for busy at all. However, at one pointTeenage Cancer Trust. Patrice has photographed over 60 bands and around 3.30pm, an elderly chap came in to get his daily order of hake & chips,musicians, each masterpiece inspired by their favourite food... or whatever, and wasn’t going to be put off by a camera crew, so we had to wait. Sophie stood there, all ballgowned upAbove: Sophie Ellis-Bextor. “Fish and chips only taste right in England. and gorgeous, and the bloke didn’t batThe rest of the world just can’t get it right.” an eyelid; he got his food and toddledLeft: Espresso yourself. Paul Weller with his beloved lattes in Bar Italia, Soho. out as if it were all completely normal.” 9
  8. 8. Right: Marina and the Diamonds: “My dad was verytraditional and is quite against pop culture – so I’vealways been very drawn towards it.”Below: Trout and harmonica. “I wanted to illustrateHeston’s recipe in the same way that I had approachedthe award-winning Sunday Times’ series of images.”Bottom: Eliza Doolittle: “I like to cook the beans slowly,then they get super-mushy and sweet, then I overloadsome standard white toast with butter – you got to getthis shit right.” PHOTOGRAPHY & ORIGINAL CONCEPT BY PATRICE DE VILLIERS10
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  10. 10. Biffy Clyro. Brandon Flowers. Madness. DEDICATION TO TONY WHITE “These black-and-white bromide prints were handcrafted Top: Eggs and drum. “This is one of the PHOTOGRAPHY & ORIGINAL CONCEPT BY PATRICE DE VILLIERS by one of the best black-and-white printers in the MADNESS: Balancing Pies. filler shots I created for the book, inspired by other content.” country, Tony White. He generously donated his time and “The nutty boys are always expertise to create the prints for us in support of Teenage a joy to work with and I knew I Above: Coco Sumner: “The toast has to be Cancer Trust. Tony sadly passed away on 1 August, leaving wanted to get this shot all in mildly burnt. It’s got to have crunch.” a legacy of the most beautiful prints for this project one. We had all the hero pies Right: Noel Gallagher on tea: “It’s got to be and many others. No one can replace his individual lined up and sort of figured out the exact same colour as a Quality Street craftsmanship, so these are truly original prints produced how to balance them between toffee or it’s going down the sink.” by Tony for the good of young people with cancer. the lads’ heads. It ended up a Our sympathies to his family and our thanks to a true bit of a pie graveyard on the artist in his genre who will be greatly missed by all who floor – I had no idea it would be had the pleasure of his craft and his company.” Patrice. so difficult to balance a pie TONY WHITE: 1961-2011 between two fezzes!”12
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  12. 12. PORTFOLIOLove Music Love Food BEHIND THE SCENES WITH PATRICE ON THE SHOOTS THE KOOKS: “Mixing sheep and rock stars in the same shot is nerve-racking... Sheep areAdam Scorey catches up with food photographer Patrice de Villiers, the quite skittish, as I now know, but Hugh and Luke weremastermind of the gorgeous book Love Music Love Food – The Rock Star immensely calm throughout.Cookbook, which has been three years in the planning and shooting But we all had a moment when the sheep started hurtlingAs soon as we saw these amazingly stylised images, we knew towards a very expensivewe had to get them on the pages of PP for you to see. But it TEENAGE CANCER TRUST camera setup – and potentiallywasn’t until we delved a little more deeply that we realised the Every day in the UK, six young sheep-extinguishing lighting.full story behind them – we had to support the cause. people aged 13 to 24 are told Fortunately, my fabulous Essentially, Love Music Love Food is a recipe book, but unlike any they have cancer. Usually placed assistants defended the tripodother you will have come across; it’s a celebration of food, music and on a children’s ward or with and power packs, and we allphotography – with recipes. The inspiration for the shoots came from elderly patients, young people lived to take the next picture.”the musicians’ favourite foods. Patrice then came up with a concept often feel extremely isolatedbased on these and Andrew Harrison, a renowned music journalist who while being treated for cancer. HUEY MORGAN: Anotherhelped massively with the project through his contacts, interviewed Teenage Cancer Trust believes animal tale. “I had two setups,each band or star. Sarah Muir, a tour caterer for the likes of Radiohead young people shouldn’t stop basically, as I thought I couldn’tand The Prodigy, used the ingredients to create a recipe. being teenagers just because shoot Huey without doing a The whole project has been created by Patrice to help raise money for they have cancer. So the charity reference to the song ScoobyTeenage Cancer Trust (TCT), with all the cash raised, bar the builds units in NHS hospitals Snacks. Apparently, Scoobyproduction costs, going to the charity. “Food and music are my two that offer young people was a Great Dane... so I hiredmajor passions,” she says “and I was looking for a non-commercial, specialist care, bringing them the biggest dog in the universephotographic project that gave something back – I wanted to do together so they can support – his collar was 27in! We hadsomething unique that was also a creative challenge. I was at a Muse each other in an environment the shot where the dog has thegig in Manchester and got chatting with Matt Bellamy from the band suited to their needs. San Pellegrino and Huey hasand found out he makes his own pasta. The seed of an idea started to As well as specialist units, the pizza. It was all going wellform of musicians and food. But it wasn’t until I met with Heather TCT also funds a number of until Travis, our ‘Scooby’,Burns-Mace, a regional fundraiser for TCT four or five months later services, all with the same goal: snatched the pizza and wolfedthat I knew I wanted to combine my passions for food and music with to help young people fight it all down; the pizza wasphotography. Leaving that meeting I was committed to supporting TCT cancer. These include clinical donated by Marco Pierreand their amazing work.” and research staff, an education White’s Frankie’s kitchen at Three years later, and with a combination of serendipity, the programme for schools, family Selfridges, so Travis isimmeasurable help of more than 200 contributors and Patrice’s support networks and an maybe the first dog to eatconsiderable hard work and talent as a photographer and persuader, annual conference for young Michelin-starred-chef pizza!”Love Music Love Food – The Rock Star Cookbook has hit the shelves – cancer patients.with a foreword by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. “It’s been a huge BIFFY CLYRO: “I delighted myamount of work,” she says “particularly as the whole concept – inspired three female food-stylingby a poster I saw for a Muse album designed by Storm Thorgerson – assistants on this shoot bywas organised by myself; from persuading people to lend props and announcing that they wouldspare studio time, to trying to find a publisher and just getting have to place haggis, neepseverything organised. Some of the people involved took a little time to WHERE CAN and tatties on Biffy’s nakedget their heads around the pictorial concept, but with more than 60 I BUY THE torsos. When it came to thebands/musicians involved, it has been a massive success and it’s for BOOK? shoot, I had 10 minutes as BCsuch an important cause. The video I watched of TCT’s work that It is on general were due at the NME awardsinspired me to raise money for the charity, was an incredibly humbling release now; that night to collect the Bestand emotive experience, but the support I’ve had from the music you can buy it, Live Band prize. I got the firstindustry confirms it was the right thing to do. I’d like to say a massive priced at £30, from shot, but tried to fit in thethank you to everyone who has contributed and supported the project; band as a human plates shot.I couldn’t have done it without you.” or, We were all laughing so much The Love Music Love Food book is now on sale from its dedicated and all good bookshops. that we only had time for threewebsite (, which is definitely worth a visit frames, which didn’t makefor the behind-the-scenes stills and movie interviews, news and tweets. Twitter: @LMLF_Tweet the cut, but hey, the girls lovedYou can also buy limited-edition prints from the book, all of which will Facebook: it and the band had a hoot.”help to raise money for TCT. PP14
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  14. 14. WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? THE MOMENT THE EVENT THE EXPERIENCEThe leading photography hosting solutionin the US has arrived in the UK.Stunning Portfolios Custom Designs Unlimited StorageOrder Fulfillment Shopping Cart 500+ Products to Sell Get it all for £150 per year. Start your free trial today at elegant photo hosting
  15. 15. click LAST On the road with Friedlander CHANCE Two bodies of work by American photographer Lee TO SEE! Friedlander are now on show in London at the Timothy Taylor Gallery. This is the first time these works have been displayed© LEE FRIEDLANDER, COURTESY FRAENKEL GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO in the UK and also marks Friedlander’s first solo exhibition in the capital since his 1976 show at the Photographers’ Gallery. Lee Friedlander: America by Car charts numerous journeys he has made during the last decade across most of the 50 US states, shooting from the interiors of rental cars, typically from the driver’s seat. Friedlander makes use of side and rear-view mirrors, windscreens, and side windows as framing devices for the 192 images, one of news/books/exhibitions which, Mississippi 2008, is pictured left. As an introduction to the exhibition, the gallery is showing simultaneously The New Cars 1964 portfolio of 33 works, also never seen before in the UK. Lee Friedlander, Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Street, London W1K 2EX, until 1 October. LAST Corinne Day: The Face CHANCE Fashion and documentary photographer Corinne Day’s provocative images TO SEE! appeared in The Face magazine in the early 1990s and a selection is now on show in London. Some of Day’s earliest work for the magazine is included, providing an opportunity to assess the artistic legacy of the photographer, who died in August last year. Corinne Day: The Face is on at Gimpel Fils gallery, 30 Davies Street, London W1K 4NB, until 1 October, Bang Bang Club on DVD The DVD release of the film The Bang Bang Club is coming out on 3 October. Based on a true story, it follows four England’s photographers taking Dreaming, iconic and shocking © CORINNE DAY Rosemary pictures in South Africa during the last days of the apartheid Ferguson, for The Face, regime. August 1993. 17
  16. 16. click © LARRY YUST, HTTP://UK.LUMAS.COM Wellington Street, London. news/books/exhibitions Yust takes an American’s-eye view of London life The American Larry Yust is known for his ‘photographic elevations’ of some of the world’s great cities, taking a series of digital images to create one wide panorama. In his latest works he turns his eye to London and the resulting views of traffic arteries and streets, which can now be seen at an exhibition in the capital, show the sensitivity of a film maker and photo artist. Larry Yust – Metropolis, LUMAS London, 50 Conduit Street W1S 2YT, until 18 October. Pink Lady food photography competition The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2012 competition has started inviting entries from © MAJA SMEND professionals and amateurs alike from around the world. The nine categories Honey-dried Pink Lady. include Food in the Field, Food Portraiture and Food in the Street, with the overall winner getting £5,000. The judges, who come from the cooking and photographic worlds, will announce their verdict next April and the work of the winners and runners-up will go on show at the Mall Galleries, central London. The awards are sponsored by Pink © PAUL VICKERY Lady Apples UK. For more details, go to Dancing in the streets Photographer Paul Vickery was so intrigued by the notion of Wraps come off circus life teenage identity and its link to youth movements, including Swedish photographer Bertil street dance and free running, that he documented the subject Nilsson has worked for five over 20 months. The results can now be seen at an exhibition years with circus artists in London. Paul says: “As the project evolved I became throughout Europe and North interested in the period of transition between teenage years America to document their and adulthood. Over time it was the more subtle ‘in-between’ world from a new perspective. moments which caught my attention, hence the title Transition. The resulting hardback book, “All the shots are produced using available lighting, in one Undisclosed, explores many frame of film, and then hand-printed. What you see is what acrobatic and aerial disciplines, and you get, right down to the extraordinary effect of time lapses – features 92 black-and-white images of the performers, all evident in some of the images which use the mirror in the naked, working on their skills in training spaces. There is performers’ training studio. There is no digital manipulation.” also an essay by Laura Noble, co-director of Diemar/Noble However, the images are more poetic and dream-like than his Photography gallery in London, and a foreword by circus previous work, a kind of ‘fantasy-reality’. creator Daniele Finzi Pasca. Undisclosed is published Paul Vickery: Transition will be on show at Bayeux, by Canalside Books and is available in a limited first 78 Newman Street, London W1T 3EP, from 7 October to edition of 1,000 copies. For more information or to buy the 4 November, on weekdays from 9am-6pm. book online, priced £35, visit, 18
  17. 17. OK, it’s just a light.In much the sameway a Hasselblad is just a camera.
  18. 18. click The D-Lite-it news/books/exhibitions© NIKOLAI YUDIN Mosque in European blue. D-Lite-it Kits Istanbul – our new capital of Europe? from £459 inc vat BXRi An exhibition by Russian photographer Nikolai Yudin takes a new look at Istanbul, often described as the gateway from Europe to Asia. Moscow-born Yudin avoids photographing the obvious and captures the culture of the Turkish city by concentrating on everyday people and situations away from the tourist attractions. Istanbul – Our New Capital of Europe? is on at Rhubarb & Custard Art Gallery, 4 High Street, Eton SL3 9EN, until 30 September, and then at other venues in the town during October and November. Chasing Shadows: Santu Mofokeng South African photographer Santu Mofokeng captured haunting and thought-provoking images of his country during and after the apartheid era. A new book, Chasing Shadows, covers 30 years of his work and contains 200 photographs, BXRi Kit from 20 of which are in colour. It includes £745 inc vat essays, archival documents and an RANGER RX Q interview with the photographer. Chasing Shadows, edited by Corinne UADRA Diserens, published by Prestel, £40, ISBN: 978-3-7913-4585-7. Canon Pro Show 2011 Photographers The Canon Pro Solutions Show will be staged at the Business Design Centre, Contract Maker in Islington, north London, in October. This app for iPhones allows Aimed at video, broadcast and still photographers to create, edit imaging professionals, it will feature and store contracts, including seminars and demonstrations, as well model release forms, reducing as a wide range of Canon’s photographic clutter and paper use. products. The show, now in its third The Version 1.9 app allows models to sign year, is being held on 25 and 26 on the touch screen and automatically October. Admission is free if you saves all date and time information. pre-register online, or £8 at the door. Available from iTunes priced at £1.99. For more details and to register go to Alternatively users can test it out by Quadra Kits downloading a PCM LITE version for free. from £1085 inc vat E&OE
  20. 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. 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.prize-giving 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 one of the UKsa PPOTY special edition showcasing images leading wedding photographers. He is alsofrom the winners and runners-up in the founder of Light Blue Software, whicha 24-page section, including interviews, develops award-winning businesscomments from the judges and images from management software for photographersthe winners’ party. and is one of this years PPOTY sponsors. 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. 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. 27
  25. 25. Marko Mestrovic, Coralie Andrew Cleminson, Euljiro SK building, Seoul Adam Scorey – Group Editor/PP Editor: “Marko’s image reminds me of that Queen cover from yesteryear. I love the starkness andcentral positioning of the subject. I’m sure it must have taken a good fewattempts and experiments to get it just perfect.” Paul Thurlow, Charlotte Jeff Meyer – Photography Monthly Editor: “The light and contrast, as well as the low perspective, all immediately stand out in this picture. But I really like it for the way its wide angle shows the passers-by and conveys a sense of interaction and shared community. This was a difficult shot to make on several levels, and it’s been done extremely well.” Ana Berger, Nuvens [clouds] of Manhattan Luke Woodford, Walk on by Kelly Weech – features assistant, PP: “This image is composed Robin Sinha, beautifully and offers a mixture of warm and cold tones. I like the Ballygunge railway contrast of the man sitting still and the motion of the train speeding by. station, Calcutta, 2011 To me, it suggests a reflection of his everyday life.”28
  26. 26. 2011 OF THE YEAR AWARDS SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE ENTRIES SO FAR... AND WHAT WE THINK ABOUT THE IMAGESLuise Hannah Reichert, Wayne Johns,Julia Projections Rebecca Stead – art editor, PP: “I like the concept behind this image. It makes the picture more than just a fashion shot. The photographer has taken a lot of care to choose the right ‘film’ to complement the model and styling, and ensure her face is not obstructed. Every time I look I see something different.”J Collingridge, Martyn Baker,Empty underground II Waiting bride
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  28. 28. editor’s choice Scorey’s favourite from this month’s Portfolio uploadsJEFF NG I think everyone looking at this image, jump out of the page. over the various textures and image will spot immediately To my eyes it almost takes on surfaces. Depth of field is why it has been chosen. the bearing of a giant concrete spot-on and Jeff’s choice to go The graphic shapes, the crocodile or dinosaur – but mono removes the temptation contrast range of deep blacks perhaps I’ve just had too to look at the detail first; instead and bright whites, and the much coffee... your eye is drawn to the graphic Want your image featured interesting compositional I also like the ‘mathematical’ elements of his picture. PP here? Upload your shots to tension that photographer Jeff element of the shapes created Ng has used to create the and the way the light changes 31
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  30. 30. { feedback }Tell us what you think via Twitter @prophotomag or Facebook Pro Photo Mag or by email Professional Photographer, wedding photography was theOf course Mick Cookson’s piece perfect move, yet spends the rest ofabout part-time wedding the article talking with a kind ofphotographers [PP, September] is jaded cynicism for punters with notquite correct, especially in regard to enough money to afford him and forthe need for a code of conduct and other wedding photographers whodecent regs. Problem is that in don’t work in the same way as him.the UK it just ain’t ever going to All this after a mere three years inhappen. But his back page pic of the the [wedding photography] industry!Morecambe Midland Hotel has to be His entry into the industry alsoa leg-pull surely. Homage to Bill feels quite similar to many of theBrandt, Mick… Now who’s taking photographers he is taking issuethe ‘p***’? with, the only discernible differenceChris Smith, by email being that he left his regular decade with the advent of digital; When articles are written about the employment to do weddings the consensus seems to be to state of the wedding industry, theyDear Professional Photographer, full-time. But at some point, surely, diversify your income streams and tend to be in language that treats theJust read, and laughed, at the there was a transitional period where work smart. I’ve got no sympathy buying public as visually illiterate,Weekend Warrior article. I’ve been he could have been classed as a for anyone complaining about the uneducated and driven by price,involved in a BIG argument (that’s Weekend Warrior where he charged loss of income from one small area with barely a consideration of whatstill ongoing) about this very issue less for his work than he does of photography – the writing has their images will actually look I am now a seasoned WW, and now while he built his profile? been on the wall for years. Yes, some people are driven byMick spouts much of the usual Whatever, it’s wrong to assume that Shackling the wedding price, but so what? In this economyrubbish aimed at us part-timers. all other non-full-time wedding photography industry with there’s no way I’d judge anyone forJust off on hols but if you fancy, photographers are simply there ‘regulations’ and a ‘code of conduct’ saving money on anything, becauseI’m happy to write an article as for a few quid. Some of these will not help at all. I notice that I do it myself every time I shop.a rebuttal. photographers are the stars of the Mr Cookson made no offer of what But maybe some decisions areDavid Goodier, by email future, just starting out and building these regulations might be; he just made on visual style and the owner their confidence – we all start made a cynical comment about the of that style is a photographerEd: I have asked David to write his somewhere. Many will fall by the vitriol he knew he would stir up! who charges, say, £500 for a day.rebuttal for the November issue… wayside but that’s the same in every Deep down I think he knows any Maybe, for whatever reasons,can, worms, all over the show… other profession, bar none. suggestion is largely unworkable: pictures from a wedding simply Photography is accessible to pretty one man’s trash is another man’s art aren’t that important to someDear Professional Photographer, much anyone, so you’re going to get and all that. The last thing we need couples and they’re happy to payI have to take issue with Mick a high turnover of people having a as photographers is a body telling us £300. Is that so bad? I wish everyCookson’s article on the state of go; get over it. what is and isn’t a good wedding couple had £3,000 to spend on theirthe wedding industry. The biggest Photography is possibly the most photograph – that’s what it will wedding images and I was pickingproblem with this article is the democratic of visual mediums and come down to and any other up 25 weddings a year at that rate,palpable sense of entitlement of pretty much always has been. To be regulations will just be extra but we have to get real; the industryMr Cookson. It seems anyone even lamenting the sheer number of bureaucracy; all it will do is stifle has changed massively. Simply toconsidering photographing a photographers out there is a creativity. In the heavily codified blame the Weekend Warriors forwedding or making the transition redundant argument. Yes, it makes area of wedding photography real undercutting the wedding sectorfrom a different career is simply extracting an income from the creativity is at a premium and feels like a gross oversimplification.stealing potential clients from profession harder, that is without should be encouraged and nurtured. I firmly believe the industry willMr Cookson; how dare they! question, but the point has been I think it’s also appropriate to find its own level, even with thisHe says the move to full-time debated ad infinitum over the past talk here about visual literacy. level of competition, and the 33
  31. 31. { feedback }savvy businesspeople who are also insurance side of the photography makes one or two stop and think, poor-quality work. However, I thinkgreat photographers (in that order) fence the need to make sure your then it’s got to be worth saying. the problem lies with people’swill survive. It’s not even about photographer of choice is insured is On the flip side, we do also say to inability to distinguish goodbeing ‘better’ than the others (for me paramount; my thoughts are purely a photographer only to disclose that photography from bad, which appliesanother totally redundant argument based on that side of the fence. they have professional indemnity to some WWs too. They probablywhere photography is concerned). In the past I have advised pros insurance if they are asked. have an over-inflated view of theirSure, you can offer more fancy when talking to a potential client to The reason is that there a number own ability and believe that they areadd-ons, but really it’s about being mention that they are fully insured of people who will try to stiff the just as good as the professionals.the best photographer YOU can as this may prompt the client to ask photographer after the event by Amateurs are taking over in otherbe and giving that to the client. the next photographer they talk to if saying the work is poor and try to skilled areas. I recently had a quoteRick Hanley, Bracknell, by email they are. If they say they aren’t, that get their money back, along with to tile my bathroom from someone may be the decision-making point. a set of photos free of charge. who knew less about the job thanDear Professional Photographer, Do you want to run the risk of Disclose public liability, as that is I do! We hear all the time aboutI had to laugh at Mick Cookson’s a guest getting injured at your the cover that protects the couple shoddy workmanship from builders.article, especially when I looked at wedding and not be able to claim and their guests; only disclose How do you tell good from bad?the accompanying photographs. from the bloke you hired to take the professional indemnity if they ask It’s easy if they leave you with aI suppose that, according to the shots? I have advised a number of – otherwise you could be advertising leaking roof, but the quality of a setworld of MC, I could be perceived mates/girlfriend’s mates always to to someone – whom you have only of photographs is very being a WW. However, there are make sure the one they choose is just met and you may not know their Wedding photographers areno cheap, all-round zoom kits in my insured. Even in today’s market, true colours – that if they don’t like supplying a service like any othergear and my photography is a great WWs can get an amateurs policy your work you have an insurance and it comes down to the better than the ones on show. that gives public liability cover – cover on which they can claim Perhaps we need a ‘Jamie Oliver’He seems to be a kit collector. I pay which should be the minimum cover against you. It’s your name that’s of the photographic world tofull whack for my lenses and do not anyone takes out. going to get dragged through the educate people to have moreclaim back the VAT because it is not I agree that there is a market for mud – you must protect it. discerning tastes.a perk of the WW. There are many WWs, but it shouldn’t impinge I hope what I’ve said is of There’s no easy answer to theprofessionals who are substandard on the professional one. I have been interest and does back up your problem. It will be interesting to seeand a few amateurs who know what approached by WWs in the past for article and quantify your sentiments. what your respondents would like tof/1.4 is and when to use it. If he is as insurance, only for them to say, Having banged this drum for a few see happen. I suspect the debate willgood as he seems to think, he should “Do I need public liability/ years, it’s good to see someone run and run...have no problem with the WWs. professional indemnity as I don’t do raising its profile. It is something Sandie, by emailPeter Rogers (amateur as much work as a professional?” that can affect the whole industry.photographer by choice), by email I’ve always said that if you’re going to From an insurance angle, there are a Dear Professional Photographer, advertise yourself as able to do the few companies out there offering I’ve been looking forward toDear Professional Photographer, same job as a professional, regardless insurance to amateurs, the breeding receiving the September issue ofI’ve just read Mick’s article and of costs, then you are undertaking the ground of the WWs. As with young Professional Photographer, knowingthought I’d drop you a line. same risks as a professional and so drivers, they tend to have more a new team is in place. Although Brilliant piece! I have worked in should be insured appropriately. If claims (dropped cameras, kit stolen I’m not a pro photographer, I findthe industry for a number of years you cause an accident and wind up in because they’re not as careful, PL that ‘pro’ mags deal far morenow – not as a photographer – and court being sued (as you didn’t have claims when they’ve tried to pull off with my main interest, peoplehave on numerous occasions raised PL), the judge isn’t going to be a shoot and injured someone or photography, whereas mags for theor discussed the matter of the lenient on you because, “You don’t do damaged property) and that in turn ‘amateur’ market are geared far tooWeekend Warriors and it’s great to as much work as a pro”; chances are means insurance companies will much to wildlife/natural history andsee someone putting out an article he’d make an example of you and fine push prices up to recover losses. landscapes. Unfortunately, though,like this. you more. And so the pros could see prices rise I found that PP was getting tedious. Having worked with professionals This alone should make everyone due to the amateurs’ failings. Although I know it is difficult as anfor a number of years, I have always (WWs and pros) stop and think. Steve Beveridge, CLiiK account editor to maintain freshness, it isadvocated to anyone looking for Do they want to pay for insurance, manager, by email. hard to wade through a magazinea photographer to seek out a circa £400 per year, and put their that’s rather heavy on words andprofessional. But how do the public prices up to cover that? Or do they Dear Professional Photographer, light on other things.see the difference other than the decide the risk now highlighted There must be many excellent Anyway, my initial reaction to thehigher prices and more options in isn’t worth £350 once a month and photographers who can’t afford to ‘new’ mag is positive, as I see thatthe style of album/portrait etc? so ‘retire’ from the arena and give up their day job to turn pro Adam Scorey is now in the hot seat.It’s a question I feel I can’t answer, concentrate on shooting for fun? and are incensed at being lumped I say this because I met Adam atI can only input my thoughts, and as Many will still continue, but together with the seemingly an event at Canon’s UK HQ insomeone who works on the by highlighting these points, if it growing band of WWs producing December 2009 and was pleased to34
  32. 32. { feedback } PRO PHOTO MAG Strange article bashing Weekend I’m with Gavin on the student Warriors in this month’s mag. work thing. It’s very important to It strikes me that most people remember that ‘emerging new were WWs at one time or another. talent’ isn’t always the product of Good competition and an open universities and colleges. In fact, market only serve to raise the bar having viewed a good many and ensure people keep striving student exhibitions, I’d have to say for excellence rather than I’ve seen very little talent indeed. stagnating. If you’re better, show It’s also very important to you’re better, don’t bash the guy remember that the words coming up for wanting a shot. ‘emerging’ and ‘new’ are NOT Finn D synonymous with ‘young’. There’s some fantastic ‘emerging Enjoyed this month’s issue, new’ talent out there coming fromhear his views on how he would like particular wish is unlikely. love the article on The people who have made careerto see photography move forward Therefore, by whatever means Undercutters (oh how very true). changes or discovered awere similar to my own. For me, necessary, I will settle just for I notice that Grant Scott is no wonderful creative talent they’dAdam’s most memorable point at the activity of photography longer the Editor. I would like never previously had a chance tothat time was one he also alludes to returning to the limelight in the to wish him well on whatever explore, or discovered thatin the September issue. This was to way it was in the 1960s. From his project he has moved to. photography allows them to trulyask why cooking, and the arrogant, comments in Feedback in the Looking forward to seeing Adam express themselves for the firstegotistical group known as celebrity September issue, I suspect that Scorey’s future editions. time. The deepest emotions tend‘chefs’ receive the attention they do, Adam still feels the same as he did Tommy Cochrane not to come from those with thewhile photography is ignored by in December 2009, and in that least experience of life!the mainstream media. Probably respect, I wish him total success. Got my subscription already, very Avril Jonesbecause there are arrogant, Finally, articles on such things as good edition. I like the Middlebrookegotistical people doing that job, blogging and social media would be article and The Undercutters – bit Hi Avril. Yes you are right, not allI suspect, which is where I would appreciated; although I’m only an disappointed to see the regular emerging new talent is fromlike to see the difference between amateur, I would still like one of my portfolio replaced with the work education, nor is it always young,cooking and photography. pics to bring me my (non-arrogant) of students but assume this is but on this occasion we decided to Based on what I know of certain 15 minutes of fame one day! a one-off. Gavin Hardy support The Photographerspro togs already though, that Rob Boler, by email Gallery Fresh Faced & Wild Eyed Yes, this was to support the new competition to show the wide talent emerging. Glad you enjoyed range of work (from old & young), the two features mentioned; from the universities in 2011. @prophotomag Middlebrook will be a regular Thank you for your thoughts. columnist. Pro Photo Mag Pro Photo Mag@atmoorehead @prophotomag @muluphotography Good articleLove the cover image, off to buy by @mickcookson on weekend Got to say it – your magazine used I’ve just read Craig Fleming’sthe magazine later! wedding togs in @prophotomag to be amazingly relevant to me article and he is right about and also very aspirational. standing your ground. I still can’t@prophotomag @atmoorehead @flemingcraig Lovely to see one Witty too with Peter Dench’s great believe a client asked him for theBen Duffy is a god, and a very of my all time favourites making diary. Now with the latest issue images so they could sell them!nice chap too. full page in @prophotomag Shot it’s just like loads of the other Unbelievable! Can he recommend using windowlight and pure luck ones that hold no interest how we photographers in the@jamiewillmott Loving the photo whatsoever. I’m sure you’ve done fashion world can get paid? Theof Rory McIlroy on the cover of your market research and exploitation of photographers whothe new issue of @prophotomag @francisambler Just read an maybe this is the way you need to need photos to show their work is article in @prophotomag take it to grow your readership, scandalous. Natalie Lawrence@aperturetweet New issue of that reflected the reality of but I hope you might bring@prophotomag waiting on the being a photographer, a bit back some of the magic of the Hi, good new start, likemat when I got home today daunting but I wouldnt have it old magazine! Middlebrook’s honesty, it’s much#somethingtosmileabout any other way. Kerry Harrison needed. James Kriszyk PP 35
  33. 33. podcastON YOURWAVELENGTHEvery month we record a free-to-download podcast in which we discuss, debate and talkaround a subject featured in the magazine. We post them on our website and you can subscribefor free and download them via iTunes. So if you haven’t listened in yet it’s time to join us onlineTHIS MONTH’S PODCAST the renaissance of street photography with great names of British photography through theOctober 2011 Issue photojournalist Peter Dench. He explains his decades, stand up for their own personalSPECIAL GUEST MICK COOKSON passion for this type of work and talks about favourites and ask why some periods have seenAdam and Jeff are joined by Mike Witts, the photographers who have influenced and a proliferation of great British’s new intern, to chat about the latest inspired him. They are joined by editorial If you feel a photographer who deserved to beissue. There is also a special guest this month: photographer and PP podcast fan Chris Floyd, included has been left out drop us an email atMick Cookson, author of The Undercutters who shares his thoughts on the subject. feedback@ in the September issue, joins the teamto answer for himself... July 2011 Issue May 2011 Issue HOW MUCH IS YOUR BOOKSHELF WORTH? CONVERGENCE AND THE FUTUREAND THOSE YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… The podcast contributors talk about collecting OF PHOTOGRAPHYSeptember 2011 Issue photography books. They examine why some The impact of HD DSLR film making on theNEW PPOTY AWARDS LAUNCHED books have not only held their price but world of professional photography is the podcastNew PP Editor and Imaging Group Editor dramatically increased in value while others have topic this month. With many stills photographersAdam Scorey is joined by Jeff Meyer, who has been relegated to the dusty shelf of obscurity. now being asked to shoot video, the debatejust taken over at our sister title, Photography Long-time photo book collector Grant Scott focuses on problem areas such as narrative,Monthly, to discuss the Professional explains his passion and the discussion turns to sound and editing, and how stills photographersPhotographer of the Year 2011 Awards and the ways of spotting a good investment. are reacting to this new world.the latest developments in photography. June 2011 IssueAugust 2011 Issue THE BEST OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY You can subscribe for free and download theHIT THE STREETS The podcast discussion this month revolves podcasts from iTunes by typing professionalThe previous PP Editor, Grant Scott, and his around the Best of British list published in the photographer into the search tab or listen viadeputy editor, Eleanor O’Kane, discuss PP June issue. The team look at some of the PP36
  34. 34. Astrophysicists know the speedof light is constant. Photographers know the quality of it isn’t.