Back in March we told you about our exciting new collaboration with Brighton’s very own Miniclick Photography talks and how MPB will be sharing content from these events with you. We will be uploading short but insightful video interviews with each of the months Miniclick speakers along with a profile of them and examples of their work providing you with exciting content from a variety of renowned and lesser known photographers. We know we are a little bit late but we are very pleased to present the first instalment of Miniclick Meets…., this month with Chloe Dewe Mathews.
Having graduated from Oxfords Ruskin of school of Fine art in 2004 and spending three years working in the film industry, Chloe Dewe Mathews decided to pursue a career in photography and has since had great success. Her work has been published in The Times, The Independent and Dazed & Confused and in 2011 her series Caspian was awarded BJPs International Photography award. Although predominantly a documentary photographer Chloe’s subject matter is diverse, from Hasidic Jews on holiday in Wales to exploring the cultural shift between Europe and Asia in the region of Naftalan by the ancient Caspian sea. Her work has been described as the perfect photo essay and there is no doubt that Chloe’s ability to blend everyday observation, unassuming reportage and sometimes an underlying dark narrative make her not only one to watch out for but also a powerful young female figure within photography. Here we have a chat with Chloe about her work and her feelings on equality within photography.
Chloe Dewe Mathews: Hasidic Holiday
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Chloe Dewe Mathews: The Banger Boys of Britain
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Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian
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To find out more about Chloe's work, have a look at the website www.chloedewemathews.com
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Canons 5D series of cameras have always been a popular choice with our customers and are a best seller here at MPB. In this article we compare the 5D, the 5D Mk II and the 5D Mk III, looking at each of the cameras key features, their capability and what sort of photography we think that they are best suited to.
Digic II Processor
Maximum ISO 6,400
9 Point Autofocus
100,000 Shutter Expectancy
3 Frames Per Second
Despite it's age and low megapixel count this camera is still very capable of producing some first-class shots. Although not the greatest in low light situations, when it does show some obvious signs of grain, outside on a brighter, sunnier day it will give you very similar image quality to that of either the Mark II or Mark III. (see pictures below). The 5D produces photographs which have a very distinct appearance, mainly due to the slightly older processor which results in the photographs having softer tones and a more natural aesthetic, perfect for portraiture. It features a quick and easy to use menu system and regardless of its slightly slower frame per second rate the 5D is a great and affordable full frame camera for both amateurs and pros alike.
Best suited to: Portraiture and Studio
Also suitable for: Landscape, Wedding, Macro
Prices start at £419 EXC++ condition
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Canon 5D f/1.6,1/3200 ISO 100 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Digic 4 Processor
Maximum ISO 25,600
9 Point Autofocus
150,000 Shutter Expectancy
3.9 Frames Per Second
Three years after the release of the 5D Mk I came the highly anticipated Mk II and with it a number of improvements. The resolution on the Mk II is perhaps the first thing to mention, almost double that of its predecessor it jumps to 21.1 megapixels and enables the user to save much higher res files giving you more freedom when editing as well as the opportunity to print far larger images. Another huge advantage of the Mk II is the cameras HD video capability. With the benefits that come with being able to film with countless Canon lenses and due to its compact size the Mk II has become a favourite with filmmakers and cinematographers who are using it to produce countless films and TV shows. Some other significant improvements are that this camera has a Live View mode; enabling you to to use the LCD monitor as a large viewfinder, it also features a high 6400 ISO setting perfect for low light shots. The auto focussing system is the one element of the Mk II we found slightly disappointing, it is the same as its predecessor with just 9 focus points meaning it is far from ideal to use for any kind of sports photography. (Perhaps the reason Canon shied away from updating the AF was because they feared they might get it wrong again after the fiasco they had not long before with the 1D III). Regardless of this point the 5D Mk II is a fantastic full frame camera. It was originally targeted at professionals and has become particularly popular with wedding photographers, however generally this is a camera suitable for anyone wanting a high end full frame camera but without the bulkiness or price tag of Canons 1D series.
Best suited to: Portraiture, Wedding, Studio, Video
Also suitable for: Landscape, Macro, Wildlife
Prices start at £999 EXC++ condition
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Canon 5D II f/1.8,1/2500 ISO 100 with Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Digic 5 Processor
Maximum ISO 102,400
61 Point Autofocus
150,000 Shutter Expectancy
6.4 Frames Per Second
The jump up to Canons 5D Mk III isn't as revolutionary as it was between the Mk I and Mk II yet there are still a great deal of features that make the Mk III one of Canons most high ended cameras on the market. The focussing system has been considerably improved on this camera and is fantastic with 61 focus points, a huge step up from the 9 point focus systems of the previous models, this enables lightning fast, accurate focussing perfect for sports photography. The low light capabilities of this camera are also extraordinary with a maximum ISO of over 100,000. The ability to shoot at 6 frames per second (double that of the Mk II) and the silent shutter mode make this ideal for shooting wildlife. The design of the Mk III body has slightly changed, it now includes a middle button on the mode dial for locking in mode settings and an easy to reach front preview button and even though it is a fraction larger and heavier than the others in the 5D series, it is by far the most comfortable to hold. Compared to the Mk II the video functionality is a lot more easily accessible, however due to the increase in technical features and what the camera is able to do, the menu can be a little confusing at first. The Canon 5D Mk III is really all about building and improving on what the Mk II lacked and this includes an incredible AF system a much faster FPS rate, an improved ISO and increased video capability making this a fantastic camera for not only professionals but semi-pros, enthusiastic amateurs and film-makers alike.
Best suited to: Portraiture, Studio, Wildlife, Wedding, Landscape, Macro, Video
Also suitable for: Sports
Prices start at £2019 EXC++ condition
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Spring/Summer Exhibition Roundup
Landmark: The Fields of Photography. Somerset House, London. Until 28th April.
This exhibition explores our rapidly changing environment and engages with those photographers, whose work grapples with problems of rising seas, melting ice caps and global warming. Both stunning and shocking, many of these photographs taken by more than 70 of the worlds most highly regarded photographers, will remind us to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the world often where we least expect it". Including work by Simon Norfolk, Robert Polidori and Mitch Epstein.
Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union: What’s on today from Russia, Saatchi Gallery, London. Until 5th May 2013.
This exhibition looks at the story of art in Russia and addresses its communist legacy and how things stand today. Featuring sculpture, painting and installation as well as a heavy influence from two photographers in particular, Sergei Vasiliev and Boris Mikhailov this often quite disturbing exhibition showcases an unseen Russia. Each of the documentary photographs featured confront us with a stark, complex and often haunting view of Russia and give us an insight into what the collapse of communism really meant for many.
Bert Hardy: Centenary Exhibition. The Photographers Gallery, London. Until 26th May.
Photojournalist Bert Hardy who was best known for his Picture Post assignments would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year and this retrospective of his work focuses on the wartime and post-war pictures he took. His photographs, mainly shot on a second hand Leica camera, offer a valuable insight into the lives of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives during a period of hardship and adversity.
Man Ray Portraits. National Portrait Gallery, London. Until 27th May.
Best known for his surrealist work and with a career spanning more than fifty years, Man Ray was amongst the leading artists both in his field and of his time. This exhibition concentrates on the artist’s portraiture work and features more than 150 photographs including portraits of muse, Lee Miller, artist Pablo Picasso and examples of his ground breaking solarisation technique. Innovative and influential this exhibition hopes to highlight the significance of Ray’s work and demonstrate his central position amongst the leading artists of the time.
Mary McCartney’s Radical Women. The Lowry, Manchester. Until 9th June.
Here renowned portrait and fashion photographer Mary McCartney offers an intimate and often unguarded look into the lives of some of the worlds most influential and radical women in the world of fashion and entertainment. Including many unseen photographs of Tracey Emin, Vivienne Westwood and Frida Kahlo, these portraits demonstrate McCartney’s spontaneous response to a wide variety of personalities and situations.
Genesis: Sebastiao Salgado. Natural History Museum, London Until 8th September.
Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado is probably best known for his humanitarian photojournalism and social documentary. In this ambitious eight-year project, Salgado went in search of those parts of the world untouched and unspoilt by mankind and modern society in a statement about ‘the way we used to be.” This incredible selection of black and white images takes the viewer on a journey to the most pristine and remote parts of the planet and celebrates the world we live in.
Sony World Photography Awards. Somerset House, London. 26th April-12th May.
This exhibition showcases the very best contemporary photography from around the world including winning and shortlisted photographs spanning photojournalism, commercial and fine art photography. Including work by the pioneer of colour photography William Eggleston.
Birmingham NEC- 3rd-6th March 2013
Focus on Imaging is Europe's largest annual imaging event covering everything from image capture through to printing, framing and beyond. More than 200 of the worlds leading manufacturers and suppliers from Hasselblad to Kodak, Canon to Ilford, will be showing off their current ranges of equipment by hosting workshops, giving talks and performing live demonstrations. The event is guaranteed to include all the very latest digital cameras, lenses and accessories; often giving visitors the chance to try them out for themselves, gain free advice and chat with professionals.
This years Focus on Imaging event came to a close last night after four days of demonstrations, talks, workshops and a great deal of shopping. Some have said that this year the show featured fewer big name camera announcements than expected but there was still plenty of gear to check out and try out. Here is a brief roundup of some of the stars of this years show
Nikon D7100 Nikon officially announced the release of the D7100 around two weeks ago and thus the camera was bound to attract a lot of the attention at this years show. With the opportunity to try out the new 24MP mid-range DSLR (which is quite an upgrade from its predecessor the D7000) the conclusions from visitors have been clearly very positive and it looks to become the brands new ‘flagship DX model’. Featuring improved speed, focussing and ISO speed, the lightweight and compact D7100 is a highly versatile DSLR whatever you’re shooting.
RRP: £1099 Availability: We are hoping to have the D7100 in stock by the end of March 2013 for both straight purchase and part exchange.
Nikon COOLPIX A Nikon’s launch of the Coolpix A at the show was a big hit. The first compact camera to have a DX sensor, (in fact the same sensor as the D7000) and also feature the same screen that is found on the D4 and D800 this is a small, slim camera but for serious photographers. With a fixed 18.5 f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) it can shoot 4fps, has easy manual focus but is very solidly built. One of the highlights of the 2013 show.
RRP: £999 Availability: End of March 2013
Hasselblad H5D Another big new camera attracting a huge amount of attention at the focus event was the Hasselblad H5D. Visitors were given the chance to have a go on this serious top end camera, which I think I can safely say most of us can only dream about owning. An upgrade from the H4D it has a more compact body, a faster processor, a much improved and more accurate auto focussing system as well as Hasselblad’s legendary image quality.
RRP: From £15000 Availability: We do not stock Hasselblad equipment however the H5D series are on general sale now.
Fuji X100S Officially announced back in January at CES, the new Fuji X100S features the same design as the X100, (announced two years previously at Focus) however Fuji claim it has more than twenty improvements. It still has the same retro look body design but includes a newly developed X-TRANS CMOS II sensor, upgraded auto focus (which was a criticism of the X100) and full HD video capability. A beauty of a premium compact digital camera.
RRP: £1149 Availability: End of March 2013
Sigma DP3 MERILL Sigma’s DP3 Merrill is the latest in their series of compact cameras incorporating the 46 MP Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Featuring a fixed 50mm f/2.8 lens (equivalent to 75mm in 35mm format) it offers high levels of optical performance, exceptional image quality and is great for all shooting situations.
RRP: £799 Availability: On sale now
Brighton Photo Biennial 2012: Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space
Brightons acclaimed and renowned international photography festival returns to the city next month for a four week long programme of exciting and innovative events in a handful of venues across the city centre. Between October 6th and November 4th this vibrant and dynamic place will once again become host to numerous exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, new commissions and artist talks all expanding far beyond the limits of gallery walls and geared towards appealing to a wide range of audiences. Now in its fifth edition, this years biennial programme is shaping up to be even bigger and more exciting than that of 2010 which saw record numbers of visitors from across the globe. As with previous years there is an importance on showcasing new and emerging photographers together with acclaimed ones and consequently BPB is able to demonstrate an eclectic and effective mix of contemporary photography.
The 2010 biennial, New Documents, curated by the renowned and award winning photographer Martin Parr, was praised for being fresh and distinctive and Parr was held partially accountable for having re branded the BPB from a smaller scale and lesser funded festival to one of the largest, most contemporary and best attended in the world. The programme was celebrated for being the worlds first frame free photography festival, praised for its diversity of venues (including an exhibition held in the three storey derelict co op building) and commended for its unusual commissions informed and inspired by the diverse communities and contexts of Brighton and Hove. In turn, the success of the 2010 BPB greatly impacted on the public’s imagination of how photography can be viewed from varying perspectives and the possibilities in what it can achieve.
This years BPB has solely been curated by the influential photography journal Photoworks who are based here in Brighton. At the heart of this years theme, Agents of Change: Photography and the Politics of Space, is the use of photography as not only a means of understanding our surroundings but how it can be used as a tool in helping to shape them. A wide range of photographic practises will examine how photography is used as an agent of change and the possibilities the medium holds in altering how we view the world around us. The 2012 programme of events demonstrates that this years exhibitions and commisions will highlight pressing and topical issues dealing with current global economic conditions, international protest and revolution, and explore the affect these are having on our urban environment and our everyday way of life. The themes being dealt with are often controversial which reflects the biennials ethos of prokoking debate, inspiring new thinking, and always promising to capture a new spirit and direction in contemporary photography and the diversity of this years work is as always, bound to cause a certain level of discussion. Whether the photographs have been taken by an established photographer, a recent find or a member of the general public with an interest in the medium, the work displayed and what it represents will follow the customary biennial ethos and cause debate, however more imporatantly is that these artists will make visual their thoughts, concepts and ideas and thus creating a thought provoking response to current difficulties that are in one way or another, impacting each of us.
Expected highlights include:
Julian Germain- No Olho da Rua: Fabica Gallery
A collaborative project along with Patricia Azevedo, Murilo Godoy and the street children from Belo Horizonte in Brazil.
Beginning in 1995, Germain offered children living on the streets of Brazil the opportunity to express themselves through photography by giving each of them a camera to document their lives. The images document a period of economic expansion in Brazil and how this affected those that were socially and ecnomically excluded from the apparent rise in wealth and the changes that occured to the urban landscape. The result is an expressive and vast archive of photographs produced over seventeen years that has become not only a testament to ability of the children who took the photographs but also a truthful and intimate document of the way they live their lives. The photographs were originally put on display on the streets of Belo Horizonte in order to place the subjects in the public eye and at the centre of their community.
Artists talk: Monday 22nd October 6-8pm, Fabrica
Lulu Ash- Urban Farming in London and Havana: Brighton Train Station
A photo essay by Lulu Ash commissioned by Fotodocument; this project highlights environmental issues surrounding capital growth in both London and Havana. It considers a food growing initiative in London which focusses on biodiversity and growing organic crops on plots of derelict land in the city, whilst in Havana Lulu's work documents a thriving organic community space in the heart of Cuba which has been transformed from a derelict urban space into a thriving self sufficient project beneficial and essential to the Havana community.
Artist talk: Sunday 28th October 2.30-4pm, Jury's Inn
To find out more please visit www.bpb.org.
The largest global trade fair for the imaging industry, Photokina, takes place every two years in Cologne, Germany. This year has already seen some great announcements from the big brands names, including Canon, Carl Zeiss, Leica, Hasselblad and Olympus.
There were many Compact and Compact Systems Cameras announcements including cameras that are to are to run an Android operating system. This is no doubt in order to combat the ever-increasing dominance of smart phone use by the consumer photographer. Years ago we saw the camera invade the world of mobile communication, and now as the cameras on our phones get better and better, compact manufacturers need to find a way to sell the idea of owning a separate camera to the consumer. No easy task. Will the introduction of cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix S800C and the Samsung Galaxy Camera, be able to give a lease of life to the compact camera industry?
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Nikon Coolpix S800C
With Sony's NEX-5N barely a few weeks old, it has already been surpassed by the NEX-6. A new CSC camera with built in electronic view finder, covering 100% of the frame with a resolution of 2.36 million dots. Whilst the camera itself is not full frame, sporting instead a 16.1-megapixel APS-HD CMOS sensor, it does have 99 phase detection AF points on the sensor. The NEX-6 is WiFi connected, allowing you to add functionality to the camera by downloading apps, though not Instagram! Alongside this, Sony have announced three new lenses to keep the NEX-6 company: the 16-50mm F/3.5-5.6, which shrinks down to just 3cm when powered down; an 18mm f/1.8; and a 10-18 super wide lens. All three lenses feature built in OSS.
Two new rangefinder cameras from Leica
And the big announcement, had to be Canon's unveiling of the EOS 6D, hailed as Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR. The 6D will feature built in wireless capabilities allowing for fast and easy file transfer, native GPS for geotagging photos, and a newly designed 20.2MP CMOS sensor. This latest addition to the EOS line will also contain a revamped AF system consisting of 11 points, able to focus down to EV-3, which according to Canon is the equivalent of moonlight. There is a plethora of modes to choose from as well, in cluding Contrast Detect, Phase Detect Multi-area Selective single-point Single, Continuous, Face Detection and Live View.
Canon revealed three new additions to its Powershot line:
A unique and decadent release from Hasselblad, with a grip of gold.
There have been far to many announcements and developments to enumerate in one article, but some other notable revealations include:
For more announcements and product revelations, please click here.
With the NEX-5N only weeks old,it ahs already been surpassed by the NEX-6.
This latest addition to the NEX line offers and 16.1 mega pixel APS-C CMOS sensor. It is aimed towards DSLR users looking for a more compact and svelt body. This is evidence by the Elctronic Viewfinder and top dials giving access to common camear settings.
The NEX-6 is also WiFi enabled, to take advantage of Sony's recently announce PlayMemories App centre, allowing users to expand functionality by downloading new features to the camera.
To view the full Press Release, please click here.
To read a full review of the NEX-6, please click here.
The NEX-6 will be available in November witha price tage of around £700
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