Archive for January, 2010

Veer drops RM and goes the RF route

Veer

Veer, the stock library owned by Corbis has dropped all Rights Managed images in favour of Royalty Free, it was reported in the British Journal of Photography. The RM images currently on their site will be relocated onto the Corbis website.

” We launched microstock-priced imagery a year ago in response to customer demand,” says Nairn Nerland, senior vice president of marketing and general manager of veer.com. ” It’s been very successful and we’ve decided to make it more scalable and extend our proposition in the value-based sector of imagery.”

Veer admits that the stock image industry is evolving, with microstock taking increasing importance in the market.

I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult for photographers to make a regular income from the stock industry. Too many images are driving down the prices and many pro photographers on stock forums are complaining about diminishing returns. I’m currently with Alamy for my editorial work and I’ve noticed that the prices are dropping. Wether this is due to the current economy, competition, microstock or my bad photography time will tell. It does all seem to be on a downward trend.

Apple launch the ipad

Apple have today launched the ipad, a revolutionary way to view the web, for reading and sending messages. Looks amazing. This should be an wonderful tool for photographers. Apple continue to be a marvelously inventive company. The ipad should be available March / April.

A 20 minute stroll with a Hasselblad H3D 50

Today I managed to get out and play with a Hasselblad H3D 50 camera. I only had about 20 minutes but I got some nice images, which I thought I’d post. The H3D is easy to use with all the functions you’d expect from a high end medium format digital. The file sizes are huge. I saved mine as jpegs and the file size was 149meg. You can save your 3F files as jpegs,tiffs and many other. The quality was awesome. I’m going to be using this camera more in the near future so I’ll keep you updated.
The word show.

Neon mini cabs sign

A red neon mini cabs sign

A closed job centre in east London

State of the Nation.

All pictures are the copyright of Neil Juggins.

Funny Bus Stop

On a stroll in my lunch break today, I came across an amusing sight. The bus stop nearest my work had been made ” out of use ” by London buses, however only three yards away was the replacement bus stop ! I love photographing amusing sights and it tickled me all day. The bus passengers were all lined up at the replacement stop but there appeared little wrong with the normal one. Makes you wonder !

Photographing gigs

Photographing gigs is one of the hardest subjects I’ve ever had to photograph. You get to the venue, have three tracks and then you have to leave. I went to the O2 venue in London to photograph a well known band. Luckily I wasn’t there in a professional capacity, so the pressure wasn’t on. No deadlines, no sweat. Just a useful exercise. I’ve had 20 years experience of press calls, celebrities, royalty, sport etc but a live concert was a different kettle of fish ! The first track arrived when I realized I’d forgotten earplugs, a deafening noise, a huge crowd and the protagonists were backlit. Not only were they moving about but the lighting kept changing. Different exposure times, camera at the limit of ISO, struggling with shutter speed. Which lens to use ? The nightmare. Second track arrived and still I was having trouble with everything. Two tracks gone and no worthwhile images. Disaster. The last track that I was allowed to photograph arrived, far too quickly for my liking but luckily I’d managed to get myself slightly more composed. The lighting was better and I managed to get a few worthwhile frames. The buzz of photographing a live gig was immense and possibly one of the hardest events I’ve ever had to photograph. Give me a press call any day ! I really want to do it again though, as I found it highly enjoyable. These are a three of my favorite frames. Give it a go if you get half a chance.

Hasselblad Masters 2009 Winners

The winners of the Hasselblad Masters award for 2009 have recently been released.

This is a much coveted titled and the photographers featured are worthy winners.

Here is a list of the winners.

The 2009 Hasselblad Masters Awards winners are:

Up-and-Coming: Lyle Owerko, NYC, USA
Wedding: Joao Carlos, NYC, USA
Portrait: Claudio Napolitano, Miami, USA / Caracas, Venezuela
Fashion: Dirk Rees, London, UK
Product: Mark Holthusen, San Francisco, USA
Fine Art: Quentin Shih, Beijing, China
Architecture: Stephan Zirwes, Stuttgart, Germany
Landscape: Bang Peng, Hong Kong
Editorial: Nina Berman, NYC, USA
General: Mark Zibert, Toronto, Canada

The work of Stephen Zirwes is particularly impressive as is the work of Dirk Rees. It’s difficult to chose 2 from such an impressive list but it’s just a personal choice. They are all very deserving of their accolades. Go to the Hasselblad link on this blog to view the winners work.

Polaroid Returns

How the world of photography wept when Polaroid closed in doors. Gone, finished, never to be seen again.
However the phoenix has risen out of the ashes in the shape of “The Impossible Project “.
For all of you polaroid devotees you can get polaroid materials from Polapremium.
The website is http://polapremium.com/

Re-live the golden years, dust off the 1200si and happy shooting.

Three of my favourite photography books 3

Gregory Crewdson’s images in Twilight are elaborately staged and explore the domestic landscape and its relationship to an artificially heightened natural world. These enigmatic photographs produce a tension between the normal and the paranormal and transform the suburban landscape into a place of wonder and anxiety. Remarkable work that I adore.

Twilight by Rick Moody: Book Cover

Three of my favourite photography books 2

Edward Burtyensky’s book on Quarries is magnificent. The scale of his images, the composition and the narrative behind the pictures is breathtaking. Genius.

Quarries

Three of my favourite photography books

I love the work of Stephen Gill, a London based photographer. His work is always challenging and thought provoking.
To bury your work is bonkers yet brilliant. Stephen is a true original.

Buried

Buried

The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly. When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but It just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as Iā€™d said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place ā€“ allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture ā€“ felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark.
Stephen Gill