Thom Hogan hits hard at Nikon. – Again!

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I read this great article by Thom Hogan today and there is no doubt that he has hit the Nikon nail on the head.

I’ve been discussing this subject with several friends recently regarding the Nikon – dare I say – Demise.They clearly are missing the point with what the consumer wants and needs, maybe they are concentrating on the pro requirements but then when you hear and read what the likes of Scott Kelby are saying then really Nikon should get their heads out of the dirt and listen…

On a recent walkabout in London, I was amazed at how many guys had mirrorless cameras. Hardly a Dslr in sight and no Nikon1 series cameras. I truly thought that the release of the Df was going to be a turning point for Nikon – They need one badly IMO. But the reviews have not been that good I’m afraid… and still they continue to bring out new Coolpix models for a market that is being impinged on by the smartphone makers.

How has this happened Nikon are entrenched in the camera and lens market they have nothing to fall back on like Canon, Fuji, Sony and Olympus even Samsung (!) to name a few. I’ve said before in a previous blog something in the Nikon product line will have to give. Maybe the Coolpix? No too many options on the market now. Nikon 1? No they have invested too much into it and their innovations from this product are appearing in other cameras of the Nikon product range ie focusing etc.) The Dx? Well thats my bet. As I feel sure that Nikon should move to smaller / cheaper Fx cameras…

Don’t get me wrong here I love Nikon their history their earlier innovations and their lenses. I would buy a Nikon before a Canon anytime – It’s just right in the hand to me!. But they need to do something soon to turn their ship around otherwise we may see another Monolta or type occurrence here, as the regular knockers have their say.

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This could be you if you think about it… Less weight to…

This could be you if you think about it… Less weight to carry more photography to enjoy and make…

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2014 What to look forward to Part 1.

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I haven’t written a blog for sometime as I didn’t want to get caught up in the “what did you get for Christmas’ styled blog. So I’ve waited a little while until something came up that was worth (in my opinion) blogging about… and I have!

Starting on the 21st January 2014, Mark Seliger’s work is being shown at the Beetles+Huxley gallery in Swallow Street, London, check out the details of this exhibition using this link 

http://www.beetlesandhuxley.com/

Now, I must confess I am a bit of a fan of Mark Seliger, for not only his photography work, as you can see from the link above, but also for his very informative, thought provoking interviews he does on Capture via The Reserve Channel – Here’s a link to his first episode 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfmifVKpat8

See you at this must see exhibition of work…

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Sadly another great photographer passes away.

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Saul Leiter one of my very favourite photographers has recently passed away. He to me epitomised the use of colour in street photography. If you haven’t seen his work before I urge you to do so. I can’t wait to buy the recent video that has been made which is made reference to in the link to his obituary below.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/29/saul-leiter

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Why not print your work?

Its important to note that when you have taken a photograph the image should not reside in your computer, iPad or iPhone, they deserve to be printed. Theres nothing like seeing and holding a print that you have created and edited to your desired effect.

Getting the print right though is a major problem for some photographers. The right printer, the right inks and the correct way to process and edit the image so that it prints correctly can be a minefield.

To start with I found this very difficult to achieve what I wanted the prints to look like. A lot of the time they looked great on the screen but when printed they didn’t quite meet the standard I was looking to achieve. Especially when the prints were going to be judged and marked at my local Photo club.

Then I came across Martin Bailey. (http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/) An Englishman based in Tokyo that had been making weekly podcasts for, well, a long time. He is about to present his 400th podcast. When it comes to printing there isn’t much that he doesn’t know, if at all! His book published through Craft and Vision called Making the Print (http://craftandvision.com/collections/all/products/making-the-print) opened my eyes to successful prints and as it turned out good scores at my Photo club, with simple to understand instruction and insight into what you can achieve.

For those of you that are interested in printing your work for family and friends or even if you think you can sell your work, then this book is a must buy.

Photography is all about showing the image and the story that you have created. Don’t leave it in the camera, iPhone, iPad or the computer. Show them off and with this excellent easy to follow book your images will be stunning!

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Sadly another great photographer passes away.

Saul Leiter one of my very favourite photographers has recently passed away. He to me epitomised the use of colour in street photography. If you haven’t seen his work before I urge you to do so. I can’t wait to buy the recent video that has been made which is made reference to in the link to his obituary below.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/29/saul-leiter

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