Helen Atkinson

SWPP Societies 2013 Convention

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The SWPP Societies 2013 trade show is almost upon us!

Trade Show Dates and Opening Times
11-13 January 2013 – 10:00-17:00

New Venue Hilton London Metropole

For full information on the Societies’ 2013 Convention including tickets explained, seminar schedules, Big L Challenge, hotel layout plus more, please see the Societies’ 2013 Convention website: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

The SWPP 2013 show will be offering a broad range of learning opportunities designed to expand the proficiency of photographers and brings together a rich selection of talent within the photographic industry:

Masterclass Schedule

Location Seminars

Superclass Schedule

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Trade Show Exhibitor List

Snapperstuff will be exhibiting at the SWPP 2013 Trade show – Hilton London Metropole, 11-13 January, 10:00-17:00, King Suite, Stand K52, K53, K54!

We are proud to now represent the following brands, which we’ll have on display for you to check out:

TTP LOGO HIGH

LumiQuest LogoLightech Logo

FLM LogoGreen Clean Logo

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ioShutter Timelapse in Bristol Harbour

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Freia & Helen took the ioShutter to Bristol Harbour for a Time-lapse shoot.

Here’s how they did the shoot…

With very little planning & preparation we gathered the key things we needed…

  • ioShutter N3 cable (Canon fit)
  • Tripod (Manfrotto)
  • Camera (Canon 5D MkII)
  • iPhone 4S (you can use an iPad or iPod Touch instead)

…then we headed for Bristol Harbour to find a good location for our Timelapse. After a wee bit of wandering we found a good spot on Pero’s Bridge and set up the tripod & camera.

Next we connected the ioShutter cable to the iPhone and turned on the ioShutter LITE App (that’s the free one).

We chose the intervalometer setting of: Every 5 secs for 10 mins to trigger the camera’s shutter, and here’s the result:

Next we thought we’d compare the Timelapse option of the LITE App with the PRO (paid for one) and found heaps more functionality, so we set the intervalometer every 1 second for 10 mins and here’s the result:

While the ioShutter was working its magic we hung the phone in the blue bag that comes with it on the tripod and kept an eye on the passing pedestrian traffic to ensure our gear stayed in place!!

It really was as simple as that :0)

With hindsight we made a list of things that should be checked before going out to do Time lapse photography:

  • Ensure your sensor is clean – every little spec of dirt will show up!
  • Remember to install the App before your shoot… otherwise you may get a little frustrated waiting for it to load…
  • Remember to bring the quick release plate (Camera to Tripod attachment)
  • Bring an umbrella if the weather’s not looking too good
  • Set the file quality to JPEG only so you can fit plenty of shots on your card (& for quicker post production)
  • Remember to turn your iPhone to Airplane Mode as this could interrupt your shoot
  • Charge all your batteries before heading out!

How to do POST-PRODUCTION:

We put all the JPEG images from one 10 minute Timelapse shoot into ONE folder on the computer.

Then we used some Time Lapse assembly software to create the movie.

Typing ‘Time Lapse Assembly’ or ‘Time Lapse Assembler’ or ‘Time Lapse Software’ into a search engine will give you a multitude of free & paid for software to choose from and lots of useful websites guiding you through this too.

The one we used to compile our shots was: Time Lapse Assembler (Mac) (free)

Here are the settings used:
Codec: mp4v
Framerate: 30 fps (frames per second)
Dimensions resized to: 1280 or 1024 and scaled proportionally
Quality: High or Normal

Apple’s QuickTime 7 Pro (Mac/PC) (paid) is also highly recommended.

Just for fun, here’s one of the most amazing timelapses that I think has ever been made… something to aspire to!!

Produced by Neil Lucas, narrated by David Attenborough, Executive Producer Michael Gunton for the BBC:

Woodland Timelapse from the BBC LIFE Plants series

You can see some more fantastic BBC Time Lapse footage in their online Nature Video Collections archive. (click on link)

Does My Kit Fit? Retrospective 10 pinestone

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Pete Rawlinson, Sales Specialist at London Camera Exchange in Winchester, was privilaged to be asked to test out the new Nikon 1 cameras at the press launch in Shanghai, back in October…

“I thought I’d need a bag that would better suit all my kit. Now, like most photographers, I have many different bags and cases yet none seem to be able to handle the kit I’d be taking out with me.

While at work I looked at the Retro series and thought I’d appeal to my rep, Helen’s, kind nature and ask if there were any Retro Demo bags I could borrow. Unfortunately none of these were available, but Helen kindly lent me her own Retro 10. The bag was big enough to fit all my kit plus the chargers and my vitals, phone and wallet.

The main things I really found great about this bag were;

  • Enough room for all my kit plus more
  • Not your typical “Camera Bag” (meaning I could happily walk around the streets with £8000 worth of camera equipment on my shoulder)
  • The cushioned strap was more than welcomed as I spent 5 days carrying all this kit for the whole time
  • The carrying handle made picking up my gear from the taxis, buses and boats easier than having to pick it up via the long strap.
  • The sound silencers were probably the best feature with this bag. I found this particularly handy while exploring the Buddhist temple when I had to switch over memory cards.

All in all I don’t think I could say anything negative about these series of bags and since returning from China I have bought myself a Retro 10 which has become my primary Camera Bag.”

www.LCEGROUP.co.uk

www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

Congratulations to Pete who recently wind 3rd prize in the Sony World Photography Awards (staff competition)!
Here he is collecting his prize:  Pete collecting prize

Pete Rawlinson shooting in Shaghai with the Nikon 1 camera

Shaghai at night, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai People, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011Fellow Nikon Photographers Simon Stafford & Will Cheung (Advanced Photographer Editor) with their Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise shoulder bags in Shaghai, shot on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Shaghai, taken on the Nikon 1 camera – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

Nikon 1 camera gear, which Pete fitted in the Retrospective 10 bag – Copyright Pete Rawlinson 2011

To see more of Pete’s work please check out this link: www.Pete-Rawlinson.co.uk

To find out more on the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10 and other bags in the range to can catch up with Pete in the LCE – London Camera Exchange – store in Winchester, Hampshire. Website: www.lcegroup.co.uk

You can follow LCE on Twitter here: @LCEUsedCameras

and here: @LCEOffers

You can follow LCE Winchester on Facebook here: LCE Winchester

For more info on the Retrospective range click on this link: RETROSPECTIVE RANGE

Focus On Imaging 2012 – Thank you

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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:

Helen Atkinson

Peter Atkinson

Margaret Atkinson

Michael Crabtree

Fiona Hanson

Sam Pearce

Matt Pereira

Edmond Terakopian

Angus Thomson

Freia Turland

Anthony Upton

James Wicks

Thank you also to our suppliers:

Anneliese Lettner of Green Clean™

Orbis LogoFrio Logo

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…

Jeff Ascough: Wedding Photojournalism Skills Workshop 18 & 19 March 2012

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Jeff is holding a wedding photojournalism skills workshop this Sunday and Monday 18 & 19 March 2012, in Watford.

We will be attending with a selection of the Think Tank Photo range of bags and accessories, and product specialist Helen Atkinson will be on hand to answer any questions the delegates may have on working, carrying, traveling or storage solutions for their camera gear.

Due to popular demand Jeff’s workshop is sold out, however he is keeping a reserve list, so if you are interested in the future please email him now to avoid dissapointment: jeff@jeffascough.com

You can also find out more info on his blog here: JEFF ASCOUGH’S BLOG

Does my kit fit? Airport International v2

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See how much gear Helen Atkinson can fit in her Airport International V2.0:

 

Canon 1D mkIII (with Black / Grey Camera Strap)
Canon 5D mkII with Battry Grip (BG-E6), Black / Blue Camera Strap and 70-200 f2.8 lens attached
24-70 f2.8
100 f2.8 macro
300 f2.8 with lens hood (reversed)
x3 MultiMAX Pocket Wizards (wireless transceivers)
Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket (CF & SD card holder)
x1.4 & x2 Canon  EF Extenters / Converters (stacked)
Sto-Fens
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II
Canon Compact Battery Pack CP-E3
16-35 f2.8 (hidden under converters)
extra batteries; cables; lens cleaning cloths; etc…

The Airport International™ V2.0 is designed to meet current legal international carry on requirements. Also to transport heavy camera or lighting equipment in urban environments.
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.

find out more about the Airport International™ V2.0 here…