Brighton Photographers Group Press Release

Press Release –  28th January 2015

The BPG and NPS believe in the education and practise of photography and this is why for this event we have teamed up with the National Photographic Society.

We all create images for different reasons, but rarely do we get the opportunity to have our work scrutinised and get advice on how it could be improved. That is where this Meetup comes in.

I would venture to say that 99% of people cannot unbiasedly critique their own work, and I know from experience that a fresh pair of eyes can often see glaring mistakes we are blind to when looking at our own work.

With this in mind, participants in this meetup are invited to bring with them, and to present, a body of work (maximum 6 images) they would like some feedback on and direction with. Rather than a 1-2-1 feedback approach, each table will have a ‘key reviewer‘ and five participants. After each body of work is presented, the ‘key reviewer‘ will first offer their advice to get the ball rolling, and then throw the table open to the remaining four participants for their input. Each of the five participants at each table will get the opportunity to present their work. Obviously, the critique process is very much reliant on all participants getting involved. Firstly, because it always helps to have other people’s opinions; secondly, because it will help everyone to learn how to be more critical of their work and thirdly, if four eyes are better than two, imagine how good twelve are!!

And now to the images. They might be from a project you are currently working on, from your portfolio or from a collection you can see potential in but would like to progress further. Or they could just be your favourite images to date but which you’d like to know what you could have done differently. We will make editing suggestions for your shots too, if desired.

Attendees are reminded that this Meetup is for their development and no harm or offence is intended by any feedback. The feedback will be constructive but honest. Participants are encouraged to take notes and to ask questions.

Your images should be either printed or brought on a device such as a laptop or standard iPad. Please – no iPhones. They are just too small.

Should your collection of images fit into a specific genre, then please note in the Comment section below which reviewer you would like to get feedback from (these requests will be made on a first come, first served basis). The key reviewers all have experience and a good solid understanding of photography, so even if your subject is unique they will still have insights to offer. Each key reviewer will have a maximum of five photographers at their table. 

Dade Freeman – Portraits & Commercial 
Ben Harvey – Landscapes & Architecture  
Linda Johnstone – Animals & Weddings 
Erika Szostak – Weddings & Fashion 

I would like to thank the NPS for their continued support with the BPG and its membership.

The venue is Al Campo Lounge, 84-86 London Rd, Brighton and the first of these events will be the 18th February from 7pm – 9pm

There is a £5 charge via the meetup page at

Limited to 20 participants

There are car parking facilities directly across the road from the venue and it is very close to the train station.


Brighton Photographers Group

Vicki Lea Boulter Becomes PermaJet Ambassador

Renowned photographer, digital artist and NPS Fellowship holder Vicki Lea Boulter has become an ambassador for Permajet – one of the leading manufacturer and supplier of photographic paper.

Vicki’s work has been featured heavily by PermaJet on both their product packaging and their promotional work for some time now with her iconic and instantly recognisable images prominently displayed in large format.

The NPS are proud to be one of the first to wish Vicki our congratulations on this prestigious appointment.


Hurry, hurry, hurry!

There really isn’t much time now to get your entries in the for The NPS monthly image competition.

With Decembers competition rolled into January’s, this month gives you twice the chance of picking up either a Gold or a Highly Commended award.

Remember, the competition is open to both members and non-members and costs absolutely nothing to enter.

As always, prizes are there to be won from our sponsors so click here to enter!


Phase One Capture One 8.1 Update Released

Phase One has released Capture One 8.1 which offers new camera and lens support, new features, stability improvements and bug fixes.

Capture One 8.1 is available now in four versions: Capture One Pro, Capture One DB (digital back version), Capture One Express (for Sony), and Capture One Express (for Sony).

Feature enhancements include: 

  • Ability to edit images in external applications, such as Adobe Photoshop or Pixelmator
  • Improved Auto Adjust
  • Live View for select models of Sony cameras
  • Quick cursor tools
  • Find/replace naming
  • Additional and improved naming tokens
  • Multiple on-screen guides for aligning and composing images
  • Incremental camera controls
  • Up to 16 adjustment layers
  • Additional TIFF processing options

Additional Camera Support:

Capture One 8 now supports more than 350 different camera models, with:

  • Live View for Sony A7S, A7R and Sony A7 Mark II
  • File and tether support for Sony A7-II
  • Tether support for Sony a5100
  • Tether support for Canon 7D mark II
  • File support for Fujifilm X100T and X30
  • File support for Canon G7X
  • File support for Panasonic FZ1000
  • Improved support for Leica T

Bug fixes: 

Capture One 8.1 has fixed some stability issues and bugs, including:

  • Windows: Fixed an issue where browsing images would stop preview generation
  • Windows: Improved support for importing, adjusting and processing images with non-English characters in their path
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where Export to Originals did not include LCC or ICC profiles
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where incorrect dates would be applied to imported images
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where using the Spot tool together with a Heal Layer would result in a crash

For more information, take a look at the Phase One website.

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens Announced

Nikon has today introduced a new telephoto lens to its NIKKOR range of lenses which features a Phase Fresnel element, making it a lot smaller and lighter than its predecessor.

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a Phase Fresnel element and the combination of an f/4 maximum aperture, 300mm focal length and VR technology means the lens performs well in low light and produces good bokeh.

The lens, which features Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat to minimise flare and ghosting, has an electromagnetic diaphragm that provides enhanced stability in auto exposure and three focus modes are available: A/M (prioritises autofocus even when the focus ring is in use), M/A (allows instant switching from autofocus to manual operation in AF mode), and M (manual).

Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology enables shooting speeds of up to 4.5 stops slower* and the NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR also features an all-new SPORT VR mode.

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4 comes with the new HB-73 Lens Hood and CL-M3 Lens Case. An optional RT-1 Tripod Collar Ring is available which allows the lens to be rotated more freely for better balance and smoother transitions between vertical and horizontal orientations when using a tripod.

Available from 29 January 2015, the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR has an RRP of £1639.99.

Visit the Nikon website for more information.

From Nikon UK:

Nikon today announces the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR. As the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a Phase Fresnel element, this high-performance prime lens offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and superior image quality.

Photographers on the hunt for a telephoto lens that delivers performance and portability will love the new NIKKOR 300mm f/4. Ideal for sports and wildlife photography as well as travel shots and tight, detail-oriented portraiture, this NIKKOR is the smart way to fill the frame but not your bag. Use of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element noticeably reduces the size and weight of the lens, while the combination of an f/4 maximum aperture, 300mm focal length, and impressive VR technology enables superb results. Built to handle shooting in diverse conditions, a fluorine coat actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality.

Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager, Lenses & Accessories, Nikon UK, says:  “Nikon constantly strive for new and innovative ways to ensure that each new lens offered is even better than the last. The new 300mm is a perfect example of this. The new and improved lightweight design makes portability even easier than before, allowing photographers the freedom to shoot whenever the opportunity arises. With new and improved features and optical quality, D-SLR users can benefit from unrestricted usage and optimum shooting.”

Close the distance

The new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4 is a seriously smart way to shoot telephoto without carrying heavy gear. Use of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element keeps the body remarkably compact and lightweight without degrading image quality. The combination of f/4 maximum aperture, 300mm focal length, and impressive VR technology allows strong low-light performance and beautiful bokeh. Enhancing performance further is an electromagnetic diaphragm that provides enhanced stability in auto exposure for consistent, more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates. Three focus modes are employed: A/M (prioritises autofocus even when the focus ring is in use), M/A (allows instant switching from autofocus to manual operation in AF mode), and M (manual).

SPORT mode

Nikon’s renowned Vibration Reduction (VR) technology enables impressive shooting speeds of up to 4.5 stops slower*, and the all-new SPORT VR mode makes it possible to pan fast-moving subjects with incredible clarity. Designed to deliver a stable viewfinder image when shooting high-speed movement, SPORT mode allows a continuous shooting frame rate with reduced release time lag similar to those that are possible when VR is turned off.

New optical design

The new NIKKOR 300mm f/4 is the first F-mount lens to boast a phase Fresnel (PF) lens element. Developed by Nikon, the Phase Fresnel element utilises the photo diffraction phenomenon to effectively compensate for chromatic aberration: it reduces the number of lens elements required to achieve high-quality results and enables the outstandingly compact and lightweight build. In addition, Nikon’s ED glass ensures sharpness, an aspherical lens element controls unwanted distortion, and Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat minimises ghosting and flare.

Portable performer

Weighing just 755g, the NIKKOR 300mm f/4 is substantially smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Whether you want to cover more ground without tiring, shoot telephoto without a tripod, or have the room to pack a telephoto lens just in case the shooting situation demands it, this lens gives you options—and results. Built to deliver in diverse conditions, it boasts a fluorine coat that enhances durability and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.


The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4 comes with the new HB-73 Lens Hood and CL-M3 Lens Case.
The optional RT-1 Tripod Collar Ring enables the lens to be rotated freely for better balance, and smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation when using a tripod.
* In Normal mode based on CIPA standards.

Tiffen Introduce New Davis & Sanford Carbon Fiber Tripod

Tiffen has announced a new Davis & Sanford Traverse carbon fiber four-section grounder tripod and ball head.

The Davis & Sanford Traverse Tripod line is designed to meet the needs of just about any adventure photographer. The new model is lightweight and compact, with sturdy structure and adjustable grounder leg system.

Key Features:

  • Perfect for DSLR, mirrorless, and point and shoot cameras
  • Folds to 18.5” for optimum storage and transport
  • Easy-glide centre post
  • Four-section quick twist leg locks
  • Three independent leg angles
  • Foam grip cushioned insulated legs
  • Rubber-to-spike feet for inside or outside shooting
  • Bottom center post hook allows for hanging equipment or adding weight to increase stability
  • Separate short centre post for grounder shooting
  • Maximum Height: 65”; Minimum Height: 9”
  • Centre post Diameter & Height: 24.5mm, 12.5”
  • Leg Diameter & Sections: 25mm, 4 sections
  • Leg Lock Type: quick twist lock
  • Capacity: 15 lbs.
  • Total Weight: 3.25 lbs
  • High-quality tripod bag included

The new Davis & Sanford Traverse Tripod and Ball Head are available today through the Tiffen reseller network for a street price of $169.98 USD. For more information take a look at the Tiffen website.

Microdia SD 4.0 Memory Card

Microdia has announced a new addition to its flash memory card range with read and write speeds of up to 300 MB/s.

The Xtra Elite SD 4.0 Flash memory card is said by Microdia to be many times faster than current flash memory cards. Professional photographers and videographers can simultaneously capture and load images and footage at phenomenal speeds. The card handles 4K- and 5K-resolution videos and images with equal aplomb.

The standard SD card size allows professional photographers and videographers to use the SD4.0 card in the majority of branded DSLR cameras and video cameras currently available. A built-in read/write protection switch provides peace of mind, helping to ensure that data is not lost.

Up to 832 RAW images (at 22MP) or 120 two-hour MPEG-4 videos at 30fps can be stored on a 64GB SDXC flash memory card; much more can be stored on a 512GB flash memory card.

The Microdia SD 4.0 Flash memory card will be available from mid 2015 in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities. No pricing has been announced. For more information, take a look at the Microdia website.