Did goe to the Maritime Museum laste night and was greatley amused. It was the launch night for the Nikon D7500 - the enthusiast's APS-C DSLR from Nikon. And as it was their 100th anniversary it was a very splendid occasion. They pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable occasion for the visitors. Contrary to what that old movie showed - it's not bad in the museum at night...

If you are going to be a professional press photographer covering the political and business scene you are going to have to have the ability to think on your feet, and think fast. You'll also have to have an eye for a situation as it develops - the rich and powerful rarely pause in their tracks to suit you - or if they do it is for extremely brief periods of time. The quick shot gets the page. This much was evident in the talk given at Shoot Photography last night by Attila Csaszar - a staff photographer for Business News in Western Australia. That's him posing with a copy of the magazine bannered with a portrait he took of the WA Premier. Not a surprise, that, for a business paper, but big news for the Leica enthusiasts at Shoot - because it was taken with a wide-angle lens on a Leica Q camera. The Leica Q is all wide angle and all Leica. You can't remove the lens but you can dial in three focal length outputs from it - with...

The annual Photo Live has just concluded - a full day of trade presentations and expo fun at a city hotel. It was run under the aegis of Camera Electronic, but around the Novotel function room you could find stands from a whole raft of major and minor photographic suppliers, service organisations, private firms, and photographic societies. There were lectures that were very well attended and trade sessions that were a hive of activity. A wet hive, mind, for part of the morning...

Getting rid of drudgery is a good way of reinvigorating people's interest in any subject. Just as the introduction of the frost-free freezer and the automatic tyre chains made all the difference to winter comfort in Canada in the 60's, so the new developments in the pipeline at Leica are pretty sure to capture people's imagination. The one that I want to see is scheduled for release just at the end of March or the start of April - the self-cleaning lens. We've all had that sinking feeling when we've looked at the DSLR or mirror-less camera lens selection in our camera bag and discovered that they are coated with grease, oil, and baked-on food scraps. Even the most lackadaisical photographer will eventually have to admit that putting pieces of fried chicken or glazed doughnuts into the camera bag along with the optics is going to lead to a build-up. Sweet and sour sauce on the polarizing filters is even worse. Eventually you have to do something about it. And none of us likes to spend a morning with a can of...

This carved Leica sign sits above the upper office doors here at Camera Electronic. It is a beautiful thing, and I'm actually jealous of it. I once bought an oil painting of myself but that is just a daub - this is sculpture. Mind you, I have been looking closely at the artwork carved behind the names. Someone said it represents oak leaves and natural shapes, but I'm not altogether sure it isn't two dragons; Fasolt and Fafner. Which means that somewhere around the place is a fabulous horde of gold, a ring, and a Valkyrie maiden surrounded by fire. Plus Nibelungen*. It's going to play hell with the insurance rates for the premises...

Well, if your subject is just too big, too wild, or too smelly for a studio, you'll have to take it outside. This also applies to the things that are fixed in place - power house turbines, mountains, railway bridges. No good trying to move the mountain...

If you've been following the series this week on reflectors in the studio, you'll probably wonder what we have that second head in the two-head Profoto or Elinchrom set. Well this when - when you need to throw fill light in from a distance and you can't get a reflector to do it. Or when you need to flood a subject with light entirely. I won't go into lighting rations for several reasons: a. I don't understand them. After 1:2 the only rule of thumb I know is buckle my shoe...