“I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist” – an Opinion

Copyright: 2010 Simon Taylor, LRPS
Copyright: 2010 Simon Taylor, LRPS

This Saturday (23rd January 2010) there was a mass gathering of photographers of all types at Trafalgar Square in London in defence of street photography as part of the “I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist” campaign. I wanted to be there to show my support, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it.

In essence, “PHNAT” is about the right to take photographs in public places in the UK and the alleged abuse and misuse of terrorism laws by some police officers when confronting photographers going about their business (or hobby).

An article was posted on Stuff.co.nz yesterday which took the opposite stance; the old “if you are not doing anything wrong, what’s the problem?” and I tweeted to say I thought this person was somewhat missing the point. However, I do feel they had a point, to some extent, inasmuch as it really should not matter if the police approach you to ask you why you are taking photos of a location considered to be a security risk.

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Larger Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe Softbox

Ezybox-Hotshoe-76x76-inner-Ezybox-Hotshoe-range

The new 76cm x 76cm (30″ x 30″) Ezybox Hotshoe softbox is the latest addition to Lastolite’s range of highly successful flash gun accessories.

This new softbox will be the largest in the range offering the photographer a greater spread and a softer light when using their off camera flash.

The new Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm (30″) will be available as the softbox only (2481) bundled with the Ezybox Hotshoe plate (2480) and as part of a kit including: 76cm Ezybox Hotshoe, Ezybox Hotshoe plate, 4 section stand, tilthead bracket (2401), extending handle (2400) and a padded shoulder bag and circular carry case (2472).

Ezybox Hotshoe Kit 76cm x 76cm (30″ x 30″)
2472 / JP Code 192315 / SRP £211.00

Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm x 76cm (30″ x 30″) with plate
2480 / JP Code 192316 / SRP £133.00

Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm x 76cm (30″ x 30″) without plate
2481 / JP Code 192317 / SRP £108.00

Visit Stand B1 at Focus On Imaging to see the new Lastolite range.

For more information please contact JP Distribution:

Tel: 01782 753300
Email: info@johnsons-photopia.co.uk

New Larger Ezybox Hotshoe Softbox

The new 76cm x 76cm (30” x 30”) Ezybox Hotshoe softbox is the latest addition to our range of highly successful flash gun accessories.

This new softbox will be the largest in the range offering the photographer a greater spread and a softer light when using their off camera flash.

The new Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm (30”) will be available as the softbox only (2481) bundled with the Ezybox Hotshoe plate (2480) and as part of a kit including: 76cm Ezybox Hotshoe, Ezybox Hotshoe plate, 4 section stand, tilthead bracket (2401), extending handle (2400) and a padded shoulder bag and circular carry case (2472).

Ezybox Hotshoe Kit 76cm x 76cm (30” x 30”) – 2472 / JP Code 192315 / SRP £211.00

Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm x 76cm (30” x 30”) with plate – 2480 / JP Code 192316 / SRP £133.00

Ezybox Hotshoe 76cm x 76cm (30” x 30”) without plate- 2481 / JP Code 192317 / SRP £108.00

Come visit us at Focus On Imaging on Stand B1 to see the new Lastolite range.

For more information please contact JP Distribution:

Tel: 01782 753300

Email: info@johnsons-photopia.co.uk

 

New Extending Handle for the Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe

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The new handle extends from 73cm to 221cm (2ft 5″ to 7ft 3″) and weighs only 700g. Featuring two sponge grips for an extra firm hold, the extending handle offers an even greater reach for an extra firm hold, the extending handle offers an even greater reach for the photographer when positioning their off camera light source. The top of the handle includes a standard spigot connector making it easy to fit the Ezybox hotshoe, the tilthead hotshoe, the tilthead spigot or the TriFlash brackets.

The new handle (2435) will be offered in addition to two smaller handles already available from Lastolite: 24cm & 48cm (2400) and 65cm (2413).

JP Code – 192304
LAS Code – 2435
SRP – £45.00

Visit Stand B1 at Focus On Imaging to see the new Lastolite range.

For more information please contact JP Distribution:
Tel: 01782 753300
Email: info@johnsons-photopia.co.uk

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Battery Powered Flash Wins Award at SWPP

The new Elinchrom Ranger Quadra battery powered flash and continuous daylight lighting system, is causing quite a stir.

elinchrom-ranger-quadraAgainst extremely stiff competition in the form of the Canon EOS 5DMkII and Nikon D3X, this amazing new concept light was voted The Best Professional Product of 2009, by the 7000 strong membership of the SWPP.

SWPP-trade-awardsTo find out what all the fuss is about, why not ask your local Quadra specialist dealer about the Elinchrom Ranger’s Quadra Try before you Buy scheme?

You can find further information at www.pscdistribution.co.uk

Lifetime Achievement Award for CEO Phil Jones (Press Release)

“This man has methodically nurtured the SWPP into the organisation it is today”Jon Cohen, Fujifilm Business Group Manager

Phil Jones, CEO at The Societies (incl SWPP) has been honoured with a unique imaging industry “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

CEO Phil Jones (centre) with his sons
CEO Phil Jones (centre) with his sons

The award was made at the Societies’ annual Awards Dinner at the end of its week-long seminar and trade show convention in London & and had been kept secret from him for months. Juliet Jones, the Societies’ MD & and wife to Phil & explained: “We had been planning this for months, after a number of dignitaries in the imaging industry felt that Phil’s contribution should be honoured in some way. Our challenge was in keeping it a secret from him. This was far from easy as we all work so closely together at our Rhyl HQ.”

Over four hundred guests at the Novotel hotel, Hammersmith stood and clapped as TV presenter Philippa Forrester announced the award. A visibly shocked and moved Phil Jones told the audience: “I am blown away by this honour & which I am dedicating to my father. I had no clue at all that this had been planned. I just want to thank everyone for their support for what we have tried to achieve over the past decade. We are fortunate to work in a wonderful industry and we will continually strive to see it bloom and blossom in the future.”

Photographers and industry spokespeople combined to praise Jones’s input to the industry. Jon Cohen, Fujifilm’s Business Group Manager said: “We love the way that this man has methodically nurtured the SWPP from its early days to the powerful organisation it is today.”

Aled Oldfield, a photographer and close friend for thirty years added: “Phil Jones is a strong man with a kind and generous heart. He is always extremely focussed and single-minded & and he is definitely not a guy to be underestimated.”

George Dawber, another photographer and friend, commented: “I have known Phil since the early 1990s when he was the chairman of the northwest region of the MPA & and he has never changed from the affable, considerate and deep-thinking person he was then. My only real beef with him is that he supports Liverpool FC.”

Juliet Jones, who masterminded the award “plot”, had the last word: “Phil really deserves this recognition. There is no hint of nepotism in this decision at all.  Since I first met him Phil has been totally obsessed with finding new ways to help improve the working lives of photographers & and he is generous to a fault.”

The Societies’ Convention Defies Weather (and Recession) to Break all Records (Press Release)

Copyright: Jerry Ghionis (Winning Image)
Copyright: Jerry Ghionis (Winning Image)

Australian portrait and wedding photography legend Jerry Ghionis stunned over four hundred guests at The Societies’ Convention Awards dinner in west London (Sun Jan 17) by picking up an unprecedented EIGHT major awards, including the coveted overall Photographer of the Year 2009 title.

Ghionis takes homes the most valuable prize in The Societies’ history – over £7,500 worth of cutting edge Nikon D3s camera and Fuji ASK dye sub printer equipment.

Copyright: Jerry Ghionis (Winning Image)
Copyright: Jerry Ghionis (Winning Image)

Over 23,000 images were entered, across 33 categories in the 2009 awards programme and Ghionis, whose international seminars sell-out months in advance, said he had been “wonderfully shocked” by winning eight awards on his own.

“In my business it’s unheard of for me to be left speechless; but this is a unique moment for me. The trophies I have won are just glass but if they show I have been in some way helpful to other photographers through my images and my workshops then that is praise indeed.”
Jerry Ghionis

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