The copyright proposals hidden in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB) would do very serious damage to the livelihoods of UK photographers if adopted. We believe that the clauses should be removed rather than amended because:
1. They should be subject to full parliamentary debate, not buried in someone else's bill and secondary legislation.
2. They rob photographers of their rights.
3. They would not create economic growth, they would damage it.
4. They break international law.
5. They would be subject to judicial review even as they are passing through the Commons.
6. They allow no room for the new “Copyright Hub” concept which, given time to get working, would deal with most of the problems.
7. They are no substitute for a dedicated and properly considered Copyright Bill – this is nothing more than a rights-damaging fudge proposed by the Intellectual Property Office.
At some point the IPO should learn to realize that the intellectual property that they are supposed to look after is not only that of big business, inventors but that of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and sole traders whose combined worth to the UK’s economy is substantial.
The copyright clauses in the ERRB are essentially a re-run of Clause 43 of the Labour's Digital Economy Bill, which was so successfully defeated a couple of years ago by photographers.
That proposed to legalise the use of Orphan Works, and Extended Collective Licensing. The details are extremely complicated, but simply put in the case of Orphan Works the government is proposing that your pictures can be used without your permission or payment if you cannot be identified as the author, or even if identified cannot easily be contacted, after a so-called "diligent" search. In the case of Extended Collective Licensing, the "extended" means that unlike collective licensing schemes you might choose to join, your pictures could be licensed without your knowledge or permission, and any payment would be decided by the collecting society, not you. Here the detail does indeed get complicated as the government maintains there will be adequate safeguards, including the right to opt out of such ECL schemes. However we should not be press-ganged into them in the first place.
The Digital Economy Bill also proposed new "exceptions" to copyright. So does the ERRB, only this time they are worse. Exceptions are, as the name implies, exceptions to your rights as copyright owner. That is to say those occasions when your pictures can be used without permission or payment. Known in UK law as "Fair Dealing", these are very restricted and as they stand do little damage to your ability to earn a living. The government now intends to extend them in ways that are very damaging, particularly in the field of educational publishing.
If you can find the time to find out more, do - your rights as a property owner, a creator, your livelihood, and the future of professional photography are at stake. Going further into the intricacies of this here would take several pages, but fortunately that job has already been done by others, in particular the Stop 43 photographers who led the charge against that Clause 43. It's all here: www.stop43.org.uk - together with info on the latest legislation and what to do about it.
Why is the government doing this? In fact, whether Labour or Lib-Dem coalition, the real driving force behind all this is the IPO - the Intellectual Property Office. Why are these civil servants doing this? First because they come from the world of patent, not copyright law. The IPO was previously the Patent Office, not the Copyright Office, and though its brief now cover all intellectual property (IP ), it approaches all IP in the spirit of patent law. This is significant - the crucial difference between copyright and patents here is that while copyright in our work is automatic, ours as of right by virtue of the fact we have created it, inventors have to apply for patent rights, and there the IPO has the right to grant or withhold the patents. They now carry on as though they have the right to grant or withhold our rights too. They don't. As Lord Jenkin recently put it in the Lords debate, they are registrars, not champions, of intellectual property, and we creators need a champion. Secondly for many years now libraries, museums and educational institutions have been lobbying the IPO to use our work without permission as orphans, through ECL schemes, or by way of exceptions. Third, Google has been doing the same, with until recently their own man actually inside No.10. The IPO is more than happy to oblige, "balancing" our rights with the demands of the freetards, instead of defending our rights as creators. Finally, the government wants "growth".
These proposals are being sold to ministers as drivers of "growth", generating huge sums for the benefit of the UK economy. In fact the "evidence" for this does not bear close scrutiny from economists ( again, see the Stop 43 website ), but it does not require a degree in statistics or economics to see that in order to increase wealth in other sectors of the economy, it is being taken away from us creators. In other words it all comes down to robbing Peter to pay Paul.
We are now having to defend our rights. But we are danger while doing so of failing to see the wood for the trees. It is important to take a step back. Why is copyright "reform" concerned with no more than Orphans,ECL and Exceptions? The last fundamental reform of copyright law was the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, and that provided radical, major change for creators - in our case, it gave us photographers the same rights as all other creators to own the copyright in our commissioned work. Since then, as we all know, the world of publishing has been trying to deny us those rights through contract law - rights grabbing contracts. Photographers have replied by demanding, with every copyright review, inalienable ownership of their copyright, as in Germany, and fair contract law to ensure that fees are commensurate with rights sold. We have been repeatedly ignored. Why? Well, for many reasons, but again the principle obstacle has been the IPO. Far from being the champions of creators, they see it as there job to hand as much of our property over as possible to those who already abuse our rights. This struck home when, at a meeting with the IPO, we asked why we could not now have legal reform giving us our moral rights ( the right to our names by our pictures ), the IPO replied across the table - " because the publishers wouldn't like it ". You can see whose side they're on. The IPO has no intention whatsoever of instigating major copyright reform giving us our rights in full as creators. We should not lose sight of these just because we are now engaged in a desperate damage limitation exercise. Interestingly, in the course of the recent debates in the Lords, speaker after speaker spoke up in favour of introducing fair contract law for intellectual property, and protecting the metadata in our digital files. The government ( that, is, the IPO ) has no intention of doing either, but there we are at least winning the battle of ideas. What photographers ( and other creators ) have been arguing for years is now being generally accepted ( that is, outside the IPO ) as "common sense".
That's for the future. For now, we are fighting the IPO. They were furious a being defeated last time round, and have plotted they revenge carefully. And are doing so by avoiding proper parliamentary debate. Two key points - first, they have avoided a Copyright Bill. The have instead hidden major copyright changes inside a bill which has nothing whatsoever to do with copyright. Time for debate is limited, and most MP's following it will have their minds on other things. Secondly the copyright clauses leave all essential detail, and the devil here is definitely in the detail, to secondary legislation. That is to say, parliament is being asked to vote for changes in principle by way of primary legislation ( that is, the ERRB ) the implementation of which will be dreamed up by the IPO and written into secondary legislation ( known as statutory instruments ). Here's the gotcha - parliament cannot debate secondary legislation. It can only vote Yes or No. I think it has only once voted No in living memory. Simply put, the IPO is asking Parliament to buy a pig in a poke.
There are now three ways of fighting the IPO.
First, defeating the clauses when it comes to the crucial vote first in the final stage ( 'Report' ) in the Lords, then in the Commons. This means lobbying Lords before the Report stage ( early April ) and MP's as soon as you can as the final, crucial, debate in the Commons will swiftly follow. Details in another paper.
Secondly, through a judicial review. The IPO thought they had it all stitched up by clever use of parliamentary procedure. They know we photographers can't afford lawyers. But they've managed to annoy big boys who can, including The Associated Press, Getty Images, Reuters, British Pathe, The Press Association, and the Federation of Commercial and Audiovisual Libraries, who have formed the International Media & Archive Consortium. To the IPO's surprise this body is now threatening a judicial review if the government does not make radical changes. Which they won't. That means the courts could begin to investigate what the IPO's been up to even before the ink is dry on the bill. The details are best left to the lawyers but it will focus on amongst other things improper parliamentary procedure ( use of secondary legislation for matters requiring full parliamentary debate ) and breach of international law. The Orphans, ECL and Exceptions proposals do breach international law. When confronted with this so far, the IPO has simply said - " we don't think so ". They will have to do better than that in front of a judge.
Thirdly, by developing the Copyright Hub. This novel idea requires an essay to itself ( again, see the Stop 43 website ), but what it comes down to is that a digital clearing house can be established pointing would be users of intellectual property ( not just pictures ) to where works can be found and licensed, and their authors/rights holders identified and contacted. Once established it would pull the rug from under Orphan Works and ECL schemes, by largely removing their raison d'être. Work has already started and If the IPO steamroller could be stopped in its tracks for long enough, the Copyright Hub could arrive before OW and ECL.
The prospect of a judicial review has thrown a spanner in the works. So everything is now still to play for. We're in this to win.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the untimely death of Peter Webb, freelance photographer and member of The BPPA. He died on the 7th of February 2013 in hospital after suffering serious cardiac problems. The BPPA would like to extend its condolences to Peter's family and friends. He was a generous and caring person who will be missed by everyone who knew him.
The 2012 Annual General Meeting of The BPPA will take place this evening. It will be a mixture of the usual formal business of hearing reports, electing officers and board members and discussing the association's plans and priorities for the next twelve months and more.
Last year's AGM resulted in our defence of news photography at the Leveson Inquiry and there is every reason to believe that we will once again be manning the proverbial barricades when Lord Justice Leveson's report is published.
The AGM is tonight - Monday 19th November 2012 at 7pm. It will take place in the cosy surroundings of the upstairs room at The Bloomsbury Tavern which can be found at:
236 Shaftsbury Avenue
Please remeber that The BPPA is run entirely by volunteers who work hard in their spare time to promote news photography. There is always space on the team for people with energy and time who want to make our profession that little bit stronger, get what we do a little bit more recognition and to be part of something worthwhile. If you want to know more, please turn up and join in... it's that simple.
Here’s a date for your diary: Tuesday the 7th of February. “Why?” I hear you ask, well it is the day when The BPPA will finally get to appear before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice & ethics of the press.
In our main submission to Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry we proposed a four-pronged solution to the issues raised in connection to photography at the hearings to date:
• Make the publishers of websites, blogs, magazines and newspapers and their editors financially and professionally responsible for any lack of due diligence in checking how, where and why pictures that they are publishing were taken. Photographs acquired from citizen journalists, CCTV systems and inexperienced photographers should have a clear and strict series of tests applied before publication to verify their provenance
• Images purchased from holders of UK Press Cards or from reputable agencies that are members of a United Kingdom Press Card Authority member body would require a lower standard of checking and proof because the photographer holding the press card would, according to the new ethical code, already have performed tests as they were shot. Should the images turn out to have been acquired irresponsibly, that would constitute a breach of the code of ethics that they sign up to when receiving their new UK Press Card
• Strengthening of the UK Press Card scheme with an enforceable code of conduct including the suspensions and cancellations of cards. This obviously will not stop the cowboys who don’t have genuine press cards but it will provide a framework within which to work
• Agree a simple outline about exactly which laws apply to photographers when they are going about their legitimate business: trespass, assault, intimidation, harassment and so on. It would also be advisable to clarify where and when the various elements of the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child become applicable without allowing rich and powerful vested interests to slip a de-facto privacy law in by the back door
We started the ball rolling back in November when the association’s AGM took place and we started to discuss what we could do about the beating that press photographers were taking during the first couple of weeks worth of evidence at The Inquiry. Like most people, we had thought that the early stages of Lord Justice Leveson’s hearings would be about phone hacking but time-after-time the actions of photographers seemed to get more coverage than those of private detectives and over-zealous reporters.
Within days we had made our first submission in the form of an open letter to The Inquiry where we outlined our objections and sought to be awarded “core participant” status for the proceedings. The legal team behind the Leveson hearings took a couple of weeks to get back to us to let us know that we would not be offered that status they invited us to make a second and much more detailed submission by the beginning of January. We put the 18 page document in on time and following a few emails back and forth asking for clarification of one of our points we finally learned this week that it is all systems go for Tuesday, the 7th of February.
The BPPA wants to be there at the table when solutions are discussed and when decisions are made. The BPPA wants the voices of press photographers to be heard. Most importantly, The BPPA wants to make sure that the profession comes out of this process with its reputation enhanced, with its future as secure as it can be and with improved media and public perceptions of who we are and what we do.
These are simultaneously worrying and exciting times for press photographers. As a profession we have worked hard to create some momentum towards those goals and it is our aim to keep that momentum going on February 7th.
The full 18 page document that was submitted to The Leveson Inquiry into the the culture, practice & ethics of the press which they received on the 9th of January 2012.
The latest edition of the association's newsletter has pieces about The Leveson Inquiry an account of the 2011 AGM and Christmas drinks parties.
Not only do we have a blog but we are on Facebook too. Please go to our page http://www.facebook.com/theBPPA then hit the "like" button. The more people we have liking our page the more of a voice it gives us. If there is anything on there that you think needs to be shared or tweeted, please go ahead and do it.
A surge of activity surrounding the Leveson Inquiry has convinced the association's new Board that we need a blog. Please visit the blog http://thebppa.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/initial-submission-to-the-leveson-inquiry-by-the-bppa/ and have your say
The BPPA today wrote to the Leveson Inquiry and asked to be added to the list of those giving evidence. We did this because of the one-way traffic from witnesses criticising photographers and because of the dreadfully lazy television journalism that has painted each and every one of us as the worst kind of citizen paparazzi.
The text of what we said is on our new blog
Members of The BPPA can now download the 2011 AGM Agenda from the downloads section of the site.
Annual General Meeting
The 2011 annual general meeting of the association will be held from 7.30pm on Friday November 25th in the Williams Room at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. For those of you who don't know, this ancient pub is the spiritual home of the association and we try to have as many of our meetings here as possible. A proper agenda will be posted on the website beforehand but amongst other things the following have to happen:
The AGM will consist of the following:
Election and/or re-election of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and other officers of the association
Election and/or re-election of members of The Board. *note there is not set minimum or maximum for the number of Board members and we invite anyone who would like to get involved to come along and stand for election.
Propose and debate any changes to The BPPA rules and constitution.
To discuss plans for the association and it's activities for the next twelve to eighteen months.
Any other business that arises
To have a social time, share a few drinks and tell tall tales.
There will be plenty of food laid on from the kitchens at the Cheshire Cheese - which is always rather good!
If you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch with any of The Board or email us at email@example.com . Equally, if you know any press photographers who should be members of The BPPA but aren't, drag them along with you. They can't vote on anything but they can share in the food and we will happily start the process of signing them up.
BPPA newsletter 19th November 2011
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Acclaimed war photographer Sean Smith has covered all the major conflicts of the past few years, from the Middle East to the Congo. Frontlines brings together some of his finest work, and offers both a chronicle of major flashpoints and a unique insight into modern warfare and its aftermath.
Starting with the violence that erupted on the streets of Bethlehem in 2000, when Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers, Smith moves on to provide fascinating and poignant glimpses of life in Afghanistan before the US-led campaign and then the grim realities of the military onslaught and Taliban insurgency that followed. He bears witness to the devastation wrought in Lebanon by the Israeli bombardment of 2006, and the scenes of chaos in the Congo as the government clashed with Tutsi rebels.
But it is to Iraq, the most politically divisive conflict of modern times, that Smith returns again and again. He shows us society striving to hold itself together in the months leading up to the invasion of 2003. He follows the progress of the troops battling against opposition and sectarian attack. And he records the Sunni uprising of 2007 and the US military surge that sought to contain them.
This is an extraordinary record of over a decade of conflict, and a worthy contribution to the great tradition of war photography.
Although Sean Smith was always interested in photography, he never studied it formally. In his early career he worked as a freelance photographer covering a wide range of issues including the Miners' Strike, Handsworth Riots, Broadwater Farm and the Brixton Riots. Early assignments included the Times, Reuters and Time Magazine. After a brief stint as a paparazzo, he joined the Guardian in 1988 and since then has worked in all areas of photojournalism.
In addition to stills photography, Smith now shoots video on most of his assignments and received the Royal Television Society Award for Best International News (Iraq) in 2008.
The Press Photographer's Year 2011
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR 2011 - Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR 2011 - Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker
The juries spent many hours, working through nearly 8,000 photographs, both in slideshow form, and as
C-type prints, laid on the huge Olivier foyer floor at the National Theatre. A final edit of 136 photographs was made and 15 prizes have been awarded. What follows is the winners list and a web gallery of the complete edit that featured in the exhibition at the National Theatre from 18th July until 4th September 2011.
PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker
FIRST PRIZE : News Folio of the Year
Oli Scarff, Getty Images
FIRST PRIZE : Live News
FIRST PRIZE : News
Matt Cardy, Getty Images
FIRST PRIZE : Features
Charles McQuillan, Pacemaker
FIRST PRIZE : Photo Essay
Adam Dean, Panos Pictures
FIRST PRIZE : Portraits
FIRST PRIZE : The Arts
Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images
FIRST PRIZE : Royalty & Entertainment
Matt Dunham, AP
FIRST PRIZE : Sports Folio of the Year
Clive Mason, Getty Images
FIRST PRIZE : Sports Specialist Folio of the Year
Gareth Copley, PA
FIRST PRIZE : Sports Action
Eddie Keogh, Reuters
FIRST PRIZE : Sports Features
Lee Smith, Action Images
FIRST PRIZE : Multimedia
HIGHLY COMMENDED : Multimedia
Kieran Dodds, Panos Pictures
(Producer: Anna Stevens)
FIRST PRIZE : Digital Film
Dan Chung, The Guardian
(Words: Tania Branigan)
HIGHLY COMMENDED : Digital Film
Dan Chung, The Guardian
The team behind I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist have produced a great pamphlet detailing the history of PHNAT which was launched at a party recently. Dowload the PDF version from the link above.
BPPA member Edmond Terakopian is running a free webinar (that's a seminar on the web) for anyone interested on seeing how his workflow runs with the various plug-ins from Nik.
I’ll show how I use Apple’s Aperture in combination with my favourite plugins from Nik Software. I’ll also demonstrate how the same plugins work within a Photoshop environment. Regardless of which platform you’re on, you should find something of interest as the plugin interfaces and use are practically the same.
The link above will take you to the signn-up page or you can cut and paste the link below:
BPC response to the Hargreaves Review
The BPC welcomes some parts of the report, but remains wary of the lack of detail in others and will keep making the case for mandatory moral rights – the only way to stop work being deliberately orphaned.
We are delighted that Professor Ian Hargreaves has kicked into touch the proposed conversion to a US-type system of ‘fair use’. This is a recognition that the UK system of ‘fair dealing’ is equitable.
We are equally pleased that the report (Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth) recommends the introduction of a small claims track for IP court cases.
This was a major element of our submission to the Review, and we consider the establishment of such a court as essential to the interests of freelance creators.
On the downside, we have serious concerns about the proposal to allow extended collective licensing of orphan works. Indeed, we fear it might not be limited to orphan works. It is of paramount importance to photographers that they retain the right to decide where and when their work is used.
We would emphasise that any use of orphan works should be for non-commercial purposes, and press for a workable and strictly worded definition of non-commercial.
The suggested digital copyright exchange is a concept with great potential, but the detail would be crucial.
What disappoints us most, however, is the complete refusal by the Review team to address the issue of the very weak framework of moral rights within this country. Creators should have an unwaivable right to be identified as author of their works and to defend their integrity.
Said BPC Chair John Toner: “There is an absurdity in proposing a system for the licensing of works whose authors cannot be identified without introducing an enforceable right to be identified. Without such a right, works will continue to be orphaned.
“We will continue to campaign and lobby on this point for as long as it remains necessary.”
Richard has asked us to mention his forthcoming exhibition 'The Comic In the White Suit' at the Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch. It runs from the 19th May until the 28th May.
It was a personal project to photograph comedians in the same suit and then have them sign the jacket lining, so that the suit could be auctioned for Comic Relief's 'Red Nose Day'. Richard persuaded the British designer Ozwald Boateng to donate a white suit back in mid-January and went about contacting as many comedians as he could before 'Red Nose Day' on March 18th.
He made myself available 24/7 and at a place which was convenient to them. All the shoots took around 15 minutes and he had no prior knowledge of the Locations. The suit raised £890.00, the winning bidder being Emma Freud.
All the proceeds from the exhibition will go to Comic Relief.
The NCTJ is holding an exhibition of press photography and photojournalism this summer as part of the charity's 60th anniversary celebrations. It will showcase the work of NCTJ-trained practitioners over the past forty years and display regional, national and international photography.
The exhibition, supported by The Guardian and PhotoBox, is being held in the atrium of The Guardian in London. An invitation-only opening event is taking place on the evening of Friday, 10 June and the exhibition is open to the general public from Saturday, 11 June until Friday, 15 July.
There will also be a seminar for budding press photographers and photojournalists in advance of the official opening of the exhibition. It is aimed at those considering training in the profession and The BPPA will be represented. Please let anyone who you know that is thinking of becoming a news or sports photographer know about the event and places for the seminar are strictly limited. Applications for places will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
This seminar a chance to meet leading figures from the industry, learn about the different career options and also to find out about training opportunities.
It will take place on Friday 10 June 2011 between 3.00pm and 5.30pm at The Guardian and includes an opportunity to view the exhibition, a ‘Meet the Photographers’ session with industry representatives and a careers question and answer session with training providers and recent graduates.
Places for the seminar are strictly limited so make sure you get your application in quick. Applications for places will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
Platypus HD storytelling workshop comes to Europe
It isn't just down the road unfortunately but the highly renowned Platypus workshop is making it's first stop outside the USA when it takes place in Florence, Italy between August 20th and August 28th at the Florence University of the Arts. Veteran news photographer Dirck Halstead got in touch this week and offered a 10% discount to members of The BPPA and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the week.The flyer says the following:
After producing more than 40 highly respected workshops in the United States, the Platypus is crossing the Atlantic. You’ll learn how to use your DSLR, with tips and tricks to make it an incredible tool when working in editorial, corporate and filmmaking settings.
We’ll teach you field sound recording, cinematic storytelling, the use of lenses, tripods, multimedia applications, and Apple's latest Final Cut Pro editing software taught by Apple Certified instructor Tom Wolsky. All this in an action-packed, exciting, entertaining and informative 9 days.
This is what you’ll need: Your own DSLR, capable of recording HD video, along with your own high-capacity (at least one terabite) hard drive. A Zacuto or Leatherman finder for your camera is also a necessity.
The Florence contact is Claudia Gori at email@example.com
The latest BPPA project featuring work by UK Press Photographers has now gone live on the WPO website.
"Orphans are Africa's tsunami" claims photographer BPPA Board Member Carol Allen Storey, who has documented the lives of orphans in Sub Saharan Africa. She will be giving a lecture about her work at The Frontline Club in Paddington on January 18th at 7.00pm. You can find details of the event and the location at the club's website http://frontlineclub.com/events/
Her work features two key groups of children who provide a focal point for her work. One, a gang of Ugandan youngsters known as the 'Dustbin tribe' who live and play on a rubbish tip, the other, lucky enough to be in school in Tanzania, are marked out from their classmates with red badges to signify their HIV positive status.
Carol Allen Storey is a committed photojournalist who specialises in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues, especially amongst women and children.
Following on from our last newsletter which talked about the association taking part in Canon Pro Photo Solutions again this year we thought that it would be a good idea to send out a final reminder along with a detailed breakdown of what we and some of our members will be doing there.
Stand 13 - The BPPA will be there on both days with our own stand where members can meet up and have a chat. We will be selling copies of the many BPPA and PPY books that we have published since 2005 at very good prices - most better than half price - including the latest PPY 2009/2010 double edition.
Exhibition area - Selection of photographs from this years' Press Photographer's Year
Tuesday 26th, 11.00am - Seminar room 1 - Kieran Dodds - The British Press Photographers' Association - Photojournalism: A twenty first century approach
Tuesday 26th, 1.00pm - Seminar room 3 - BPPA member Dan Chung - DSLR Video on assignment
Tuesday 26th, 1.00pm - Seminar room 2 - BPPA member Matthew Lloyd - Times Young Photographer of the Year
Tuesday 26th, 2.00pm - Seminar room 1 - BPPA member Edmond Terakopian - Moving Forwards With Photography and Video
Tuesday 26th, 2.00pm - Seminar room 2 - The British Press Photographers' Association - Marc Aspland and Peter Nicholls - The Times Chief (staff) Sports Photographer
Tuesday 26th, 5.30pm - Seminar room 4 - BPPA member Dan Chung - DSLR Video on assignment
Wednesday 27th, 11.00am - Seminar room 1 - Dillon Bryden, Rosie Hallam & David Bebber - The Press Photographers Year
Wednesday 27th, 1.00pm - Seminar room 3 - BPPA member Dan Chung - DSLR Video on assignment
Wednesday 27th, 2.00pm - Seminar room 1 - BPPA member Edmond Terakopian - Moving Forwards With Photography and Video
Wednesday 27th, 2.00pm - Seminar room 2 - Neil Turner - The British Press Photographers' Association - Professionalism - much more than getting paid
On top of all of this, BPPA members will be popping up all over the place - conducting portfolio reviews, giving talks on various stands and hanging out in the coffee bars. You don't have to be a Canon user to come along and get a lot from the show.
Nick Wilcox-Brown is a very experienced photographer who spent many years shooting editorial work in the UK and overseas. He is also well known as a seminar leader and trainer on many topics and has been for many years a technical guru for many of us. Over the last few years he has become increasingly interested in the moving image and what many publishers call multimedia and he is running a couple of 2 day workshops in November aimed squarely at experienced photographers who want to be able to shoot successful client or personal video / film projects with their DSLR or a professional video camera. These are not events encouraging you to buy heaps of shiny and expensive accessories, if anything they will discourage you from doing so!
The origins of this come from his own experiences with DSLRs and camcorders and the struggle to capture sequences and make them fit together (edit) properly. Nothing is worse than getting back to the studio to find that two sequences will not edit together and you forgot or didn't think to get cut away and other material necessary to link them.
There will be 3 presenters and trainers for the event: Nick himself, Jeremy Humphries (enormously respected BBC cameraman, whose recent credits include “Britain from above“, “Ladette to Lady“, "Cutting Edge", "Joanna Lumley's Nile"), and Richard Atherton (Apple Master Trainer on Final Cut Studio Suite for the BBC, also working on Avid and Adobe Premiere).
Between them, they will explain exactly how to construct the story, what material you need to capture and how to do it efficiently. Where to position yourself to make those shots edit together smoothly ("The Grammar of Edit"). Useful information on how to get good audio, using light, capturing movement (no AF tracking on video), interview techniques and much more.
All the information about the event is here: http://www.theimageconsultancy.com/stillsvideo.html
The BPPA is proud to announce that we will be at Canon's Pro Photo Solutions event again this year. The show will be at The Business Design Centre in London and will feature a large range of exhibitors showing equipment, services and training. The association will be taking part in the hugely popular seminars programme and members will be sent more details soon. Please go on line and register for the show and we will see you there.
Photographers who were taught by Paul Delmar on the NCTJ course in Press Photography will be holding a thank you party at The George and Dragon pub in Mosborough, Sheffield on Thursday September 23 from 6.30 onwards. Paul has just retired after teaching the course for 30 years. Over a thousand students passed through this course and they hold positions at every level of our business from Fleet Street to Australia.
More info can be found on this page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=2359278994
When the winners of the 2009 PPY were announced there was no book published to go with the exhibition. Now that the 2010 PPY exhibition has opened the good news is that the 2009 pictures and the 2010 images have been put together in a single volume that is now on sale. It's a spectacular book featuring well over 200 photographs showcasing the best UK news photography of the last two years.
Following the private view on Monday 19th July, this years Press Photographer's Year exhibition is now open at The National Theatre. It features well over 100 images and is open from now until the 19th of September.
The winning images in this year's PPY competition sponsored by Canon and backed by The BPPA have been announced. Congratulations to David Bebber of The Times who won the overall Photograph of the Year and all of the category winners too. The PPY is now in it's 5th year and we are delighted to have been a supporter from day one.
A new exhibition featuring the work of BPPA member Edmond Terakopian is opening between November14th to the 22nd at The Fulham Palace Gallery. The project marks the 15th anniversary of the National Lottery, and he photographed 15 lottery winners who have spent some of their winnings on the quirky to the life-changing.
Edmond describes it as "a fascinating journey that has taken me all over England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and all the way to Canada." The shooting of the project took around five months and was printed by Metro Imaging. The gallery is at Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, London, SW6 6EA.
BPPA Christmas Party 2009
The Association's Christmas Party will take place at a venue just off of Fleet Street on the 17th of December 2009.
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BPPA joins the British Photographic Council
The association has become a member of the new umbrella body created to campaign for the wider photography profession with a single, stronger voice. The NUJ, AoP, CIoJ, EPUK, BAPLA, NAPA, PI, Redeye and BFP will be meeting with government on a series of issues ranging from copyright and orphan works to police harassment and changes to privacy rules.
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