I am an amateur photographer currently living in Herefordshire. My father gave me my first camera when I was a teenager – an Agfa Rapid – and my interest in photography developed from that gift.
Since retiring a tad early in 2014, I have been able to focus on my photography full time. I love sport and was delighted to be given the chance to photograph the Worcester Wolves matches, having taken many school trips to the club. Here’s a monochrome image taken at the Worcester University Arena this season:
I also love to photograph big birds [eg Bewick’s swans at Slimbridge, red kites at Gigrin].
When I can get to the coast I also like to photograph action:
I am working on a monochrome series of coastal imagery – here’s one currently in the set which will be printed on matt paper:
With the help of Beacon Camera Club members, you tube and trial and error, I have been developing the skills to create more abstract imagery:
My grand day out! The BBL Cup Finals Arena Birmingham – January 29th 2018
I have a left shoulder injury and an obvious lens choice [70-200mm f2.8ii ] had to stay at home as the shoulder wouldn’t tolerate hefting it about all day. Taking both the Speed Freak and the Airport International enabled me to take more gear than I could physically carry – rucksacks are out of the question at the moment. When I arrived at the arena, photographers were very restricted and I had to experiment with the primes from the corner of the court selected from the roller bag [ which was secured secured to a chair with the built in metal cable – a great feature]. Deciding that I couldn’t get the shots I wanted from the corner of the court, I managed to create enough space next to the basket to move in a chair next to the lad whose job it was to wipe up the sweat from the court when the players clattered to the ground. This enabled me to support the camera with my left elbow resting on the bag on my knees. At half time, at the other end of the court, I had to sit on the floor. My bag helped a great deal again – supporting my shoulder. At the end of the 3rd quarter, I stood up to stretch my legs out [much muttering amongst fellow photographers about sore knees], took a couple of steps away from my position to lose my spot within seconds to a guy who just nipped in and sat down! Lesson learnt…. Thanks to Tom Bennett of Razorlight Imagery for the mug shot of me holding his camera, taken shortly after I lost my spot on the floor.
ThinkTank Airport International V2
The gear in the two Think Tank bags I took to Arena Birmingham for the BBL cup final on January 28th was as follows:
- Canon 24-70 II f2.8
- Canon 300mm f4
- Canon 135mm f2.8
- Canon 200mm f2.8
- Canon 16-35m II f4
- Canon 35mm f1.4
- Olympus OMD EM1 Mk2
- Olympus 12-40 f2.8 PRO
- Olympus 7-14mm f.28 PRO
- Think Tank Card pouch – more spare cards
- Fuji X100T
ThinkTank Speed Freak:
- Canon 15mm f2.8
- Canon 1DX2
- Think Tank Card pouch – spare cards
- Blower brush
- Systema waterbottle
- 2 spare 1 DX batteries
- 2 spare Olympus batteries
I have two waist bags: The Speed Freak and the Speed Racer. I am most comfortable with the Speak Freak for my basketball photography.
At a home match, I can take move around easily with all the lenses I need without having to be concerned about the security of my kit. The belt is broad enough to be comfortable and the external pockets give plenty of space for cards, my phone and money and a snack. In the lid, there is an easy place to stash lens wipes, a spare card and business cards; I now avoid putting anything metal here as an allen key escaped once and lightly scratched the back of my camera. The Airport International also takes a shedload of gear; I believe the latest version has a more robust handle but I am not prone to dragging my bags up flights of stairs so it is not a drama for me.
It would be fair to say that I am a ThinkTank convert; I have 6 of their bags; all well made, hi spec material and created by sensible people who put handles where you need them!
Snapperstuff will be at the Photo Show again this year at the NEC; I always call in for a chat and usually come away with a bargain. J
You can find more of Linda’s work at the Beacon Camera Club website here:
If you’d like to see Linda in action she’ll be courtside for the Worcester Wolves at the Arena for their home games.
Beacon Camera Club in Malvern – are also running their annual showcase event at the Swan Theatre, featuring Joe Cornish, on 14 July. If you’d like to see and hear one of Britain’s greatest landscape photographers get your ticket here: BEACON CAMERA CLUB
We met up with Pete from LCE – London Camera Exchange – Winchester branch to find out which backpack from the Think Tank Photo range is the smallest fit for the DJI Phantom quadcopter and accessories.
We found that the DJI Phantom Series 1 fits very snugly in the Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack, with room for the controller, monitor, action camera, some spare batteries and the blades.
Take a look at how this gear fits in the Airport Commuter:
The Airport Commuter backpack weighs in at 1.5 to 1.9kg, depending on the number of dividers used. The external dimensions are 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H) and the shape is rectangular, so this is an ideal bag for airline travel. Of course you’ll need to check out your preferred carrier for their carry-on allowance!
For those of you that prefer more space around the DJI Phantom quadcopter, then the larger Airport Accelerator backpack is ideal. With external dimensions of 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H) and weight of 1.9 to 2.5kg (depending on dividers used) it provides even more space for accessories too. There is also a separate pocket for your laptop and tablet.
These photos give you a guide to the bag size when fitting Canon and Nikon gear inside:
The dividers that come with the Airport Accelerator are for standard DSLR gear, however Think Tank Photo have now produced a special divider set for this backpack – the Airport Accelerator DJI Phantom 2 Divider Kit – to maximise best use of space when fitting the DJI Phantom and accessories:
As you can see, compared to the Airport Commuter there is more space around the quadcopter, and greater capacity for accessories. The special dividers allow for storage in between the quadcopter arms, and also the divider kit comes with x4 protective rotor mount thread caps.
Find out more about the DJI Phantom quadcopters and Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter and Accelerator backpacks from Pete at London Camera Exchange in Winchester.
You can check out Pete’s work on his website here: www.pete-rawlinson.co.uk
FYI: We filmed the video of the DJI Phantom 1 fitting in the Airport Commuter using Canon, Sony and GoPro cameras.
We’re bringing a little touch of the wild to the Societies’ Convention in London in January 2014 – and by spotting the animals on our safari you can be in with a chance to win fabulous prizes worth over £1200!
Six companies are stopping-off points on the safari, and on each stand you’ll find a cuddly toy animal. Note them all down and drop your entry into the box on the Folio Albums stand (K95-8) to be in with a chance to win!
Download your entry card now!
Just print it out, and bring it along with you to the show.
(We’ll have some printouts for you there as well, in case you forget!)
=== Who’s taking part, and what you can win ===
One lucky winner will bag all of these fabulous prizes, worth over £1200!
Fine art portrait and wedding albums for professional photographers handmade in the UK.
Prize: A 10″ Fine Art Folio Album
2nd Floor Foyer
Cameras built to excel in speed, precision, creativity and image quality – topped off with a retro design.
Prize: An XZ-10 compact camera
West Wing Lobby
The UK’s leading magazine for professional photographers the world over. All the latest news, reviews, tips and techniques to boost productivity and profit.
Prize: A year’s subscription to Professional Photographer
Business management software for photographers that’s really easy to use – it makes admin really simple!
Prize: A copy of Light Blue
Focused on photography: an all-in-one software solution to make your images their best.
Prize: Perfect Photo Suite 8
Quality gear for photographers – UK distributors for Think Tank Photo, FLM, Green Clean, Lightech, LumiQuest and Peak Design.
Prize: A ThinkTank Sling-O-Matic bag
The FULL Societies 2014 Convention runs from 15-20 January 2014, and the Societies TRADE SHOW takes place over 3 days, from Jan 17-19, at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU.
Full Convention: 15-20 January 2014
Trade Show Dates: 17-19 January 2014
Friday, 17 Jan = 10-5pm
Saturday, 18 Jan = 10-5pm
Sunday, 19 Jan = 10-4pm
The countdown is on to Europe’s biggest annual photographic Convention.
The Societies 2014 Convention runs from 15-20 January, and we’ll be exhibiting with the Societies Trade Show, over 3 days, from Friday Jan 17-19, at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU.
Friday, 17 Jan = 10-5pm
Saturday, 18 Jan = 10-5pm
Sunday, 19 Jan = 10-4pm
Registration for FREE ENTRY to the Trade Show has now been extended to 10 January 2014, after this the cost is £6.
Over 100 exhibitors are preparing to show the latest products and services from the photographic industry.
Phil Jones, The Societies’ CEO says, “There is no question that this show is a ‘must-do’ event for all serious photographers”
He added, “Many of the trade have negotiated special deals for the 2014 Trade Show. There will also be a range of free demonstrations from some of the key players within the industry, such as Adobe, The Flash Centre, onOne Software, Fujifilm…to name a few.
Our 2014 Convention will simply be the biggest event of its kind ever held in Europe – and our message to photographers is simple ‘Don’t miss it’.”
For more information on The Societies 2014 Convention, please visit the link below:
We will be exhibiting the brands we represent here in the UK & Ireland:
Wildlife photographer Roger Hooper is passionate about both wildlife and the environment and through his photography communicates the extraordinary aspects of our planet and the frailty of the world around us.
His next exhibition at the gallery@Oxo will be from Friday 9 August to 1 September 2013 – having been to see a couple of his exhibitions I highly recommend making a visit to see his fabulous images.
Photo of Art in the Wild exhibition at gallery@oxo, June 2013, Copyright: Helen Atkinson 2013
Roger takes his trusty Think Tank Photo Airport TakeOff to ferry his gear around on his travels.
Having both wheels and a backpack is essential for Roger to work across the varied terrain, from the smooth airport terminal floors to the plains of Africa and beyond.
However, when trekking into the jungles and across other tough terrain, the Shapeshifter provides him with a great lightweight solution for carrying his gear.
In addition to this the Peak Design Capture Clip & Plate has become an essential addition to Roger’s equipment.
Clipped firmly onto his Shapshifter Peak Design Capture Clip & Plate leaves both hands free for trekking and has proved to be invaluable when climbing up to the tree tops, holding his 500mm lens on the Canon 1DX body securely in position and leaving both hands free to climb!
Photos of Roger Hooper at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Brazil, are Copyright Roger Hooper 2013
If you’d like to can see more of Roger’s work, have a look at his website here:
Roger’s next exhibition:
See how much gear Freia Turland can fit in her Airport Antidote:
Professional photographer Freia Turland packed her Airport Antidote up for an adventure both for the bag and herself:
Canon 5D mkII with Battery Grip (BG-E6), Black / Blue Camera Strap and 24-70 f2.8 lens attached
16-35 f2.8 mkII
Canon Speedlite 580 EX
Special edition Pixel Pocket Rocket
Spare camera batteries, AA battery holders, lens cleaning cloth etc
Canon battery charger LC-E6E
In the front stretch pocket of the bag Artificial Intelligence 15 (included with the Airport Antidote) containing a 15” MacBook Pro (this is also included in the version 2 or you can get this separately)
Freia told Snapperstuff, “I wouldn’t normally keep a battery charger in my bag, but off to catch a series of planes to the Arctic Circle I needed to have everything in one place. I knew that the Airport Antidote met current legal international carry on requirements for my journey and was comfortable to have on my back for many hours of the day. A must with 100km snowmobile routes to make over the ice!”
Freia has the version 1 Airport Antidote, which has now been updated to the version 2 after feedback from users… find out more about the Airport Antidote™ V2.0 here…
We will show you some images from her trip here soon…
Please note: We highly recommend you check with your airline the legal carry-on allowance for both weight and size are prior to travel. Carry-on size and weight restrictions vary with different airlines and at different airports nationally and internationally.
A very big THANK YOU from Snapperstuff.com to our fabulous Focus On Imaging 2012 team
Our team comprises mainly of Professional Photographers who use the gear we distribute. Please click on their names below to find out more about them and their work:
Thank you also to our suppliers:
Anneliese Lettner of Green Clean™
James Madelin of Enlight Photo™ (aka orbis™, frio™, ioShutter™)
…and of course Think Tank Photo
We had an amazing Focus on Imaging 2012, and it was so good to see everyone buzzing with energy and enthusiasm!
We thank all of you for your ongoing support and we will continue to strive towards giving you the best service possible.
Please keep an eye on our blog for upcoming news and features on the latest additions to our range…