Brian’s 2012 review
With the year nearly at an end, and the turkey almost all gone, it is time to look back at a few of my highlights of 2012.
The p4pictures blog
At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal to write 104 blog posts over the course of the year, two posts per week; how hard could it be?
Over the year my spreadsheet has been filled with ideas for future blog posts, and had news, tips and answers to questions from photographers all over the world. My spreadsheet also shows that his is blog post number 109 this year – yay I’ve done it. The commitment to more regular posting has paid off with increased traffic and enquiries through the website.
However over the year I’ve answered questions about WiFi transmitters, and plenty about Speedlite flash. Of course this was the year that Canon introduced a whole new radio controlled flash system (it was very very expensive at launch prices).
Most popular post ever
A well thought out and carefully crafted post for the first of April went off the scale. I saw almost two weeks worth of normal traffic levels in twenty four hours when I wrote an April fool post about firmware v1.04 enabling 40MP resolution for professional users of the EOS 5D Mark III. I’m going to have to step back on that horse again in late March 2013 🙂
Training seminars and workshopsThis year has been good for training, but I want to help even more photographers understand and apply the knowledge to taking better photos in 2013. I was one of the first folks to present about the new radio Speedlite flash system at Focus on Imaging for Canon UK, and then went on to do more presentations in Norway, Finland and Ireland for Canon. Also with my training partner Dave Newton we ran some successful EOS Network workshops, and have more in the calendar for 2013. Book your EOS workshop place for January, February or March 2013 at EOS Network
I also undertook quite a number of individual one to one courses for photographers wanting to get the most from their existing Canon equipment.
Writing articles and another book
The writing projects continue to grow, and it’s an area that often creates opportunities to really extend my knowledge and delve deep in to less frequently used settings, features and menus. It also drive the need for photography too. I have had articles in Professional Photographer and the SWPP’s Professional Imagemaker, I’ve also been fortunate to be part of another book project with my fellow writers Jukka Kolari and Peter Forsgård. I already have more writing projects planned for 2013.
PhotographyIt’s been a year of new challenges for photography, I have undertaken projects for and with other photographers when they’ve needed my expertise and guidance with lighting on location. I’ve had the fortune to shoot with some great models this year and I’ve joined a fantastic collaborative group of models, photographers, make-up, stylists, and hair folks known as London Speedlite Scene (picture above taken at an LSS event).
Late in the year, when the weather is normally cold and wet and grey, I have had two of the best winter light days and photographed a whole lot of working dogs. The dog above couldn’t resist a quick swim to fetch a dummy bird from the pond. While I have often enjoyed motorsport photography in the past, this year has also seen several successful forays in to the world of the Kickboxer that’s whetted my appetite for future events.
My gear of the year
Unsurprisingly the EOS 5D Mark III has seen the most action this year with or without the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and a growing number of Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes.
The EOS 5D Mark III turned out to be almost everything I could want in a camera for training, and for photography. It’s wide-ranging abilities have made it be the camera of choice for almost everything I have photographed since I got the camera in April.
The radio Speedlite flash system soon became an absolute godsend, and in combination with the EOS 5D Mark III opened new avenues for flash photography. If lighting conditions were bright and contrasty then flash would be employed to reduce the contrast range, often with high speed sync and multiple flashes. The awesome high ISO performance of the EOS 5D Mark III meant that if it was dark then high ISO rather than flash was a workable solution.
Cheers, and see you in 2013…