Think Tank Photo
After its runaway success over the last ten years, this major one day event will again be held at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton, on Thursday 10th April.
Visitors will be able to see, try & buy the latest professional digital SLRs, plus a wide selection of lenses & accessories, printers, tripods, bags, memory cards, studio flash systems, backgrounds & reflectors plus quality used equipment, all under one roof.
As always the Show will offer the perfect opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts to invest in the latest kit, with special Show-only offers and part exchange deals on the day. Expert advice and in-depth demos will be on offer from a host of manufacturer experts as well as our highly trained, friendly staff.
Brands exhibiting should include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma, Samyang (tbc), Tamron, Tokina, Epson, Lowepro, Tamrac, thinkTANK photo, Gitzo, Manfrotto, Velbon, Giottos, Lastolite (inc Lumen8 studio flash), Bowens studio flash, Metz, SanDisk, Hama, Hahnel, Cam Ranger, Rogue, X-Rite & ColorMunki, DxO Software, Stealth Gear, Crumpler & Op-tech.
Canon & Nikon sensor clean clinics will be in session, offering a FREE basic sensor clean on your Canon or Nikon DSLR by manufacturer technicians! (One only per show visitor).
Wild Arena will be holding various mini-studio photo sessions in conjunction with Canon including their popular ‘Animal Macro’ workshop, giving visitors the chance to try out the latest Canon DSLRs & Macro lenses etc on a variety of exotic insects, small reptiles and other subjects. The Royal Photographic Society will also be attending with info & joining offers.
Free Seminar Talks by manufacturer specialists/photographer ambassadors are to be held- to include sessions from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus & Colour Confidence:
- 11.30am-12.30pm – Nikon will offer a talk and presentation on the amazing new D4s Pro DSLR;
- 12.30-1.30pm – Canon Explorer Danny Green will be discussing ‘The Art of Wildlife Photography’ using EOS equipment and is also offering short portfolio review sessions- email him at email@example.com to book your slot on this;
- 1.30-2.50pm – Pro Fashion & Portrait Photographer Damian McGillicuddy will be talking about his work and on using the latest Olympus OM-D E-system cameras;
- 3-4pm – Sony product talk, details to be confirmed.
- 4-5pm – Pro Photographer Mark Lawrence from Lastolite will be discussing Studio Lighting techniques and the Lastolite product range, including Lumen8 Studio Flash, Backgrounds & Reflectors etc.
- 5-6pm- Colour Confidence will be talking about ‘Improving Your Workflow’ using their monitor/printer calibration products and software;
NOTE: Places limited on all of the above, pre-booking not available on seminar talks.
Entrance to the event is FREE and doors are open from 11am until 7pm (limited car parking is available at the Novotel itself- visitors to enquire at reception for further info).
To add to the excitement, every visitor will have the chance to win a superb Fujifilm X-M1+16-50mm Zoom (Compact System Camera) worth £549.99 SRP in the FREE Prize Draw on the day!
Snapperstuff will be demonstrating gear from Think Tank Photo, FLM, Peak Design and LumiQuest at the show, so please come and ask our Product Specialist any questions you have, and try out your gear for best fit!
LCE PRO SHOW:
Date: 10 April 2014 – Thursday
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1RA
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:
With over a year’s planning under their belt, Photographer Paul Clarke and a group of friends embarked on the Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC). Travelling from London around Europe and back to London from 6 to 23 July 2013.
Copyright: Paul Clarke 2013 Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC)
Paul has set up a picture gallery for each day of their travels which you can see here:
PAUL CLARKE GCERC FLICKR GALLERY
A large part of Paul’s planning was what camera gear he could actually take with him and how to carry it.
Paul says: What was the most flexible set-up I could bring, capable of everything that could be thrown in front of it from deep inside the Arctic Circle, the rough end of east European cities, the hot plains of Spain and everything in between? And how would I actually carry it? Weight, speed of access, and security mattered here.
Here’s a list of the gear Paul eventually decided upon for his journey:
Canon 5D MkIII full frame SLR
Canon G15 (fixed lens, zoom equivalent of 28-140mm)
50mm f/1.4 prime
16-35L Mk II f/2.8 zoom
70-200L MkII f/2.8 zoom
2x extender (MkIII) (to turn the telephoto into a proper big 400mm beast where required)
580EXII speedlite flash
Laptop & processing:
Alienware G14 laptop and Wacom A5 graphics tablet. Big and heavy, and the wrong choice for this trip. In future, a 4GB RAM thin ultrabook of some kind will do. I use the Alienware because it’s ultra fast for crunching pics on location at events. Here, time is not my enemy.
Spare memory cards, USB3 card reader, 2 USB-microUSB cables, multi-purpose cable (USB-miniUSB/microUSB/iPhone), 4 AA batteries for flash, 2 spare 5D batteries, chargers for 5D and G15 batteries, mini USB brick, 2 euro AC socket adapters, AC-USB converter, spare phone battery.
So, for carrying the gear around, Paul sought advice from fellow photographer Tracy Howl – which resulted in Paul using the Think Tank Photo belt and pouch system. He used the Lens Changer 75 Pop Down v2, the Skin Body Bag and the Hubba Hubba Hiney pouches on the Pro Speed Belt v2 to carry his camera gear around for comfort, speed of access and peace of mind knowing his valuable gear was attached to him!
You can see Paul’s full camera gear planning article here:
GCERC camera kit
The GCERC group have put together a website which gives extensive coverage of their GCERC journey, including the route travelled, places visited, costs and links to all their blogs and super features from enroute: Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC) – the disOrient Express. London to everywhere and back, via everywhere!
Copyright: Great Circular European Railway Challenge (GCERC) 2013
To see more of Paul’s work you can see his website here:
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:
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:
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:
We caught up with multi-award-winning Guardian Sport Photographer Tom Jenkins over the summer and took a look at what gear he fits in his Airport Security:
Here’s what Tom says:
This is the typical kit I take to a football match. Layout is as follows anti-clockwise from top left:
1/ 24-70mm 2.8
2/ underneath hidden 70-200mm 2.8 on top SB900 flash and 1.4 converter.
3/ mini tripod head (for remote), 28mm 2.8 for remote
5/ D3s, D3, spare battery
6/ 500mm f4 with on top mini tripod legs and pocket wizards.
For a football match I would also take another D3 body plus 300mm f2.8 in a laptop bag with my mac. Waterproof gear goes in front pocket of Airport Security along with stool. Monopod down the side of the bag.
Tom is offering a Masterclass to Fixation customers, in London. He’ll be sharing his techniques and ideas, inspiration and creative drive, as well as suggesting essential tools for creating the perfect image of the greatest sporting moments.
ABOUT TOM:I started being a professional sports photographer in 1989. For the vast majority of the time since I have worked for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. Of the many international events I have covered probably the 5 World Cups and 3 Olympics stand out as the highlights. As a lover of sport and photography it has to be the best job in the world! One of the best pieces of advice given to me right at the start of my career was to ‘get yourself down to Fixation. They will sort it out!’. Ever since I have relied on them to fix my gear (be it Nikon, Canon then Nikon again!) and find me new equipment. Quite possibly I couldn’t do my job without the back-up I get from everyone at Fixation.