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10 exhibitions in 2015 that have us excited

There’s nothing quite like going to an amazing exhibition to get yourself inspired! We’ve been having quite a few discussions at Best Photo Prints recently since coming back to the office about which shows we are most looking forward to in 2015! Here is our selection below of ones not to miss! In no particular order.

Only In England, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

13th February – 7th June 2015

Notions of Englishness by photographers Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones.

 

Lightworks -  Pekka Nittyvirta
Lightworks – Pekka Nittyvirta

Light-works: Contemporary Photography and Art in Focus, Mottisfont, Hampshire

17th January to 19th April

Light-works: Contemporary Photography introduces an international selection of accomplished artists whose works focus on the effects of light, using unusual techniques to get breathtaking results.

 

Ponte City
Ponte City

Ponte City | Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Photography Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh

6th December 2014 – 26th April 2015

Photo-journalism surrounding the iconic Ponte City structure in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

 

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James Bridle l Still from Seamless Transitions

James Bridle, The Photographers Gallery, London

6th February – 15th April 2015

Bridle explores how technology both affects culture and reproduces and shapes political power.

 

 

 

Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. Peasant girls, Russian Empire, 1909, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

 Close & Far: Russian Photography Now, Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

17th January — 7th March 2015

Pioneer colour photographers document a pre-revolutionary Russia and look at 21st century Russia.

 

 

 

Zanele Muholi, from the “Faces and Phases” series, Tumi Mkhuma Yeoville Johannesburg, 2007, © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg
Zanele Muholi, from the “Faces and Phases” series, Tumi Mkhuma Yeoville Johannesburg

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2015, The Photographers Gallery London

17 April – 7 June 2015

The annual Deutsche Börse Photography Prize never disappoints, nominees have recently been listed. The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize aims to reward a contemporary photographer of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution (exhibition or publication) to the medium of photography in Europe in the previous year.

 

 

 

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Free Range Photography Week, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London

June 2015

We always enjoy this one. The annual Free Range exhibitions showcase the best new talent from artists/photographers around the country. In the heart of a burning Brick Lane in summer time.

 

 

 

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 Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, National Portrait Gallery, London

July 2nd – October 18th 2015

The immensely popular icon has an eagerly awaited exhibition showcasing her incredible life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUNIL SHAH

 SUNIL SHAH: UGANDA STORIES, MEZZANINE GALLERY, New Art Exchange Nottingham

17th January – 8th March 2015

In this exhibition, Sunil Shah explores very personal themes linked to his family’s roots and heritage as Ugandan Asians, and offers wider narratives

around exile, displacement and dispossession

 

 

 

Photo London, Somerset House London

21th May – 24th May 2015

Photo London will showcase the broad range of photographic practice – from vintage to contemporary. Photo London is produced by Candlestar, an internationally renowned cultural consultancy with an outstanding reputation within the field of photography and the arts.

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Are we becoming lazy and leaving our cameras at home?

Here’s the scenario. It’s 12.05pm and you are running late for Mum’s birthday lunch where all the family are gathering. As you are about to lock the house before jumping in the car your partner shouts from out the window “have you got the camera?” Ten or maybe even five years ago most of us would have opened the door and picked up the camera we bought especially for these types of occasions. However nowadays it’s probable that quite a few of us are locking the door and replying “nah.. I’ll just use my phone!”

Is this a bad thing or a good thing? Let’s try and find out.

Firstly it is important to establish that the camera phone functions on mobile phones have improved dramatically in recent times. We are able to get much clearer images on our smart phones today than we did on our ‘brick like’ mobiles in the early noughties. This vast improvement in technology therefore has made it a consideration in the first place to leave our cameras at home which can only be applauded.

So what are the benefits of taking the mobile instead of the camera?

Image taken with Google Nexus 5
Image taken with Google Nexus 5

1) The excuse ‘If only I had my camera’ is becoming obsolete. We are able to take snapshot of scenes that interest us immediately on a mobile phone meaning the instances of ruing a missed opportunity are decreased dramatically.

2) Lightweight – This is a massive benefit as it allows us to take the camera in our pocket rather than carry a bag around our shoulder and neck. It’s always with you wherever you go.

3) Unique Viewpoints – Because of the shape and slim nature of the device it allows us to take pictures that wouldn’t be possible with an SLR for example. It is also easier to take a quick picture in an environment that may normally be frowned upon i.e. concerts, sporting events etc.

4) Social Media – Smart phones today are geared towards allowing us to upload pictures immediately to share them with friends/family/audiences.

5) Backing Up Files – Many of us are now able to take a photo and have it automatically backed up/stored on a server so we never have to worry about it afterwards.

What are the disadvantages of leaving the camera at home?

Image taken with Samsung GT-I9100
Image taken with Samsung GT-I9100

1) Quality – Whilst a camera phone may produce a lovely clear image on a PC monitor on someone’s Facebook page it is predominantly a different story when blowing the image up to a 30×20” print for instance. Framing/Printing – If you are someone that enjoys producing physical prints of your photographs to a high standard (as featured on Best Photo Prints) then leaving your camera will mean you are not guaranteed to have the best quality possible.

2) Thought process – When we are shooting with our cameras/SLR’s we are thinking lots about composition/cropping/exposure etc. It could be an argument to suggest that these thought processes are not as important when taking an image with your camera. Therefore ultimately the image will not be as strong as the decisions made prior to taking the image have not been made.

3) Having complete control – There is no substitute for having complete control over the images you take. We’ve all been there where we try to create an image via the mobile and we just cannot get it right. Whether it be the subject blurred, flash too bright etc. Although image options and modes are getting better on smart phones it cannot compare to our SLR’s.

Image taken with Fujifilm FinePix S2950
Image taken with Fujifilm FinePix S2950

4) Looking like a photographer – There is something cool about having a camera around our neck. It’s a talking point and says ‘I care’ about the images produced. That’s why we spent the money on it in the first place!

5) Running out of battery on phone! Let’s face it, battery life on our mobiles never lasts as long as we would like it to, no matter which device you have! If you are taking pictures all day on your smart phone then inevitably you will soon encounter the dreaded ‘low battery’ icon blinking on the interface! That all important phone call you were expecting or the football results you wanted to check after the meal is not possible now!

Image taken with Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
Image taken with Canon EOS 300D DIGI

So there are some things to think about before you close that door in future! Whether you decide to go back in and get the camera or not the most important thing is to keep taking photos! At Best Photo Prints we check every image prior to printing and will always be honest and offer our professional advice to make sure you get the best results! Try us out today and join the ever growing list of photographic lovers and professionals using us already!

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Wildlife Photography Tips from Tom Way

Tom Way Eelephant - Best Photo Prints

Tom Way Eelephant - Best Photo Prints

Tom Way found his passion for wildlife photography three years ago whilst travelling in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Upon his return to the UK, Tom set up a business selling his artwork at exhibitions. In the last two years, the business has grown rapidly and as a result he now exhibits around the UK, with some of his work appearing in magazines. Tom now gives talks about his photography and travels to an assortment of camera clubs and wild life groups and also runs photographic safaris and workshops. To see more of Tom’s amazing images, check out his website.

Tom Way - Wildlife Photographer - Best Photo Prints

Do your research!

“I cannot stress this point enough. When you are starting out with selling your own wildlife photography, it is essential to try and ascertain what the public would like to buy and what animals are the most popular. It is only then that you can begin the extensive research on a location. Funding a trip to an area and not returning with any sellable images equal a loss of money, so choosing the right destination is vital. You also need to carefully research the animal’s behaviour. Wildlife photography is an extremely competitive business, so the key to having marketable photographs sometimes lies in capturing slightly different images to other photographers. Knowing what to expect from your subject will put you at an advantage, as it will get you better shots and you will end up with more considered, nuanced photographs that tell a story.

I have been lucky enough to set up a fox hide in Buckinghamshire, where I have been able to intimately study the lives of rural red foxes in the wild. I spend many evenings in the hide photographing the foxes, taking shots illustrating different types of behaviour. The images I get from these excursions include foxes hunting and fox cubs playing.”

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Tom Way Kingfisher - Best Photo Prints

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The all important equipment.

“Once I have decided on my target species, where best in the world you can find them, and have an insight into their characteristics and behaviour, I look at what equipment I will need to take the best possible shots. For me, wildlife photography is about trying to capture the animal’s character within a still image. I currently use a Canon 1DX body and L Series lenses. In most situations, the natural behaviour of animals occurs when there is no human interference and for this reason my favourite lens is the Canon 500mm F4 L Series, as this allows me to be a reasonable distance away from the subject. One of the most important things in my photography is sharp images, so for 99% of shots I use a tripod to make sure that the camera is completely still when I press the shutter. There is nothing worse than having the opportunity to take a fantastic shot and realizing it is not sharp.

Once I have returned from my trip, I select perhaps one of two images that I think would be likely to sell. I then decide which medium they would look best in. Most images I exhibit lend themselves well to greeting cards or A4 prints, but there are a few images that look great when they are blown up in a larger format for impact.”

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When you have spent as much time as Tom has capturing these amazing timeless images it’s so important to have a final product hanging on the wall that you are truly proud of. We thoroughly enjoy producing Toms work and always look forward to seeing what his latest subject will be from a recent trip.

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Photo lab

“Being able to reproduce your work according to your vision is essential and it is for this reason I use Best Photo Prints for post production and printing. They are able to advise me on which images would suit which medium best, to either bring out the colour, or to enhance the detail. The format that has worked best for me at Best Photo Prints is their fantastic Photo Canvas Prints. For me, these sell very well. I have recently branched out by displaying a number of different sizes thanks to the advice from their friendly staff who have a great insight into what will work best for the individual image. I have a lot my large pieces framed in the ash frame for a more traditional look, however my favourite and the most impressive medium is the Aluminium Photo Prints. If I have an image with fine detail and vibrant colours I will use the Aluminium Photo Prints to accentuate these qualities. At my exhibitions, I use the Highline as an impact piece.

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Tom Way Vole - Best Photo Prints

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I have used Best Photo Prints now for two years and have never been disappointed. Their most impressive attribute is their fastidious quality control and attention to detail. Every image I have given to the team has been thought about very carefully, and colour managed to give a true reflection on the finished product, before it is printed to the highest quality. Their quick turnaround time enables me to sell work at exhibitions and still be able to restock my canvas or acrylics ready for my next show the following weekend whilst maintaining the highest standards of printing. It is truly the finest customer service to ensure my work is displayed at its very best.”

Tom Way Kingfisher - Best Photo Prints

Tom has had tremendous success in a short amount of time and has a few tips for other enthusiasts for capturing wildlife through the lens!

“If I could give only a couple of pieces of advice to those who would are interested in wildlife photography: firstly, be a perfectionist, and take pride in your work. There are so many photographers taking pictures of wildlife now that your images need to stand out, so do not settle for an image that you think is ‘ok’. Secondly, be patient. Obtaining the best images of a certain subject takes time. Spending just two hours on your local riverbank trying to photograph a kingfisher will not result in your best photo. But spending two hours a day for a few weeks will produce much better results.”

Tom Way Orangutan Baby - Best Photo Prints

Tom Way will be exhibiting work at the following shows. Please come and visit if you would like to see the quality of his work up close.

April 2014:

5th-6th: Lancing College

25th-27th: Reading Art Fair

May 2014:

8th-11th: Hatfield House

14th-18th: Windsor Royal Horse Show

25th: Berkshire County Fair

28th-31st: Royal Bath and West Show

July 2014:

29th-31st: New Forest Show

If you would like to get in touch with Tom please visit his Facebook Page or you can email him  directly at  t.way@hotmail.co.uk.

All images Copyright © Tom Way Photography. Iver, Buckinghamshire.

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Top 10 Picture Categories Uploaded to Best Photo Prints

Image Category Infographic - Best Photo Prints

Image Category Infographic - Best Photo PrintsThis infographic shows the top 10 picture categories  uploaded to Best Photo Prints since our launch.

1) Holidays

We all love a holiday and this seems to be when our fingers are at they’re busiest on the shutter buttons. Not a massive surprise to see this at the top as we’d all like to be remembered drinking champagne beside the sea with a glorious sunset!

2) Weddings

It’s the biggest day of your life for a bride & groom and it appears to be just as tiring on your SD cards! Everyone wants to look their best at a wedding hence so many photographs being taken.

3) Birthdays

They may come every year but you are only that age once! You all seem keen to document the celebrations of a birthday no matter what the generation!

4) Family Portraits

Everyone should have a family portrait to look back on and we get a variety of types here at Best Photo Prints. Whether it be in the studio with a professional photographer, in the garden on a summers day or a good old fashioned fancy dress shot we have had them all.

5) Pets

The range of pets you all have amazes us! We spend a lot of time looking after them so it’s only right we capture their characters forever.

6) Landscapes

When we originally performed this exercise a lot of us at Best Photo Prints thought this may rank higher? A lot of you have taken some beautiful landscapes showing a range of seasons perfectly.

7) Sport

Credit is due to the people who brave their cameras in appalling conditions to capture loved ones playing sport on a muddy morning! We’re sure the pictures only tell the half of it.

8) Garden

Britain is full of many keen gardeners and this is beautifully illustrated in the variety of images sent to us to turn into wall art for your homes indoors.

9) Food & Drink

Some of the cocktail drinks in this section were so vibrant in colour and instantly made us crave one!

10) Art Reproduction

The last category displayed the huge talents you all have for painting/drawing/sculpture etc. If you can obtain a scan or photograph to upload then we can reproduce your works of art for you!

We hope you enjoyed our picture categories infographic. Keep them coming!

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Nikon VS Canon

Canon vs Nikon

Since we have got back from the Christmas break the subject of what cameras to use has been hotly debated amongst staff.

So we thought it would be fun to go and have a dig in our image archive, to see what are the most popular cameras people use.

Our aim was to look only at professional or semi professional gear, so all mobile phones were automatically disqualified. Canon and Nikon were the most popular brands, no surprises there.

Still being a 50/50 split amongst the team we thought we would put the subject to a public vote.

The Canon EOS 600D and the Nikon D5100 were the most widely used in our survey so we thought that they would  do just fine as a flagship for each brand.

Canon Vs Nikon? Let us know what you shoot with.

Vote now!

 

Features

Nikon D5100

Canon EOS 600D

Nikon-D5100 16-megapixels Canon EOS T3i/600D 18-megapixels

Sensor Type

DX Format (APS-C) CMOS Sensor

APS-C CMOS Sensor

Sensor Size

23.6×15.6mm

22.3×14.9mm

Sensor Resolution

16.2 megapixels

18.0 megapixels

LCD

3.0-inch (921k dots) TFT LCD

3.0-inch (1040k dots) 3:2 TFT LCD

Tilt LCD

Yes

Yes

Live View

Yes

Yes

Viewfinder Type

Pentamirror type

Pentamirror type

Viewfinder Magnification

0.78x (with 50mm at infinity)

0.85x (with 50mm at infinity)

HD Movie

1920 × 1080 @29.97, 25, 23.976fps

1920 × 1080 @29.97, 25, 23.976fps, 1280 x 720 @59.94, 50fps

Movie Mode AF

Yes

No

Max. Continuous Burst Speed

4fps

3.7fps

AF System

11-point AF System

9-point AF System

Built-in Image Stabilisation

No

No

Image Sensitivity

ISO 100 to 6400 (Extendable to 25600)

ISO 100 to 6400 (Extendable to 12800)

Shutter Speed Range

1/4000 to 30s & Bulb

1/4000 to 30s & Bulb

Built-in Flash

Yes

Yes

Weight (Body only, incl. battery & memory card)

Approx. 560g

Approx. 570g

Dimensions (H x W x D)

Approx. 128 x 97 x 79mm

Approx. 133 x 99.5 x 79.7mm

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Top tips on how to hang a picture.

How to hang a picture - Best Photo Prints

How hard can it be to hang a picture you ask? Well, it can be a bit tricky if you don’t know about the possible pitfalls that might await you; the threats of drilling into a pipe or an electrical line, pictures falling off the wall in the night or perhaps you inadvertently turn your living room wall into something that resembles a Norwegian Jarlsberg. But, armed with a few basic tips, you will be an expert in no time!

There are many things to take into consideration when hanging a new picture but the two most important questions you need to ask yourself are; where will my picture go?  And how should I hang it on the wall?

A quick safety tip to start with; it is always a good idea to get yourself a voltage detector to help you find your live wires. An inexpensive option is a neon circuit tester that lights up when detecting voltage.

Where do I hang a picture?

In my experience, hanging a new painting or framed print is always more fun when done in a team. You will need those extra hands, and a second opinion never goes amiss. Composition and layout are everything, so before you even begin to think of drilling a hole in the wall, bring out the picture, lay it against the wall and stand back. Take a minute to absorb its presence in its new environment. This is especially helpful if you are hanging more than one picture. Space them all out and take your time. This is an excellent way to visualize what your picture will look like on the wall.

Now make some adjustments, let your helper lift the picture into position and do some experimenting. As a rule, avoid hanging your picture above or below eye level, and don’t hang a tiny picture on a massive wall or a large picture on a small wall. If hanging a picture above a table, bed or sofa, remember the eye level rule and don’t hang it too high. [twocol_one]If you are hanging a selection of smaller pictures, arrange them on the floor first to get that perfect composition. Measure, measure, and measure again. Once you have found that perfect spot, you can mark down the height and corners of your picture against the wall with a pencil. Alternatively cut out a template of your frame using kraft paper (if you don’t have any to hand, use some old wrapping paper). You can use this template to stick on the wall, get your measurements and find the perfect composition. This method will work especially well if you are working alone or if you hanging a lot of smaller frames.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]kraft-paper[/twocol_one_last]

How do I hang a picture on the wall?

First, find out what kind of wall you will be hanging your picture on it should be one of two options either a solid brick and plaster wall or a dry lined plaster boarded wall these often sound hollow if t you tap them with your hand.

Solid walls

It’s time to drill. When using a masonry drill you will need the correct drill bit to match the colour/size of the wall plug. In this instance you will need a powerful drill with a hammer action. Firstly position your picture and mark with a pencil where you wish to drill the first hole. Once this is done use a small masonry drill bit to drill a pilot hole. Finish off with the larger drill that matches the thickness of the wall plug. Once you have drilled your hole blow or hoover out the dust out and push in a wall plug then insert your screw. Picture hooks are also a option in some instances, have slim strong nails you can hammer into to the plaster, however, be careful as they will not hold much weight.  Be sure to use bigger screws for large or heavy pictures. Remember never drill above or below sockets and switches.

Plaster board/ Hollow walls

If you have to hang your picture on a plasterboard wall picture hooks are ideal and work for most things. However for heavier pictures, you can use wall plugs specifically for dry lined walls that are either use hollow wall anchors or spiral fixings. These options need to be carefully considered because removing a spiral fixing or hollow wall anchor from a plasterboard wall leaves a visible hole.

We hope you have enjoyed our little blog on the best way to hang pictures. If you have any further questions, please get in touch at. Good luck!

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5 of the best photographs ordered from Best Photo Prints in 2013

Top 5 2013 Winner

Happy new year to everyone! We had a fantastic array of images over the Christmas period at BPP and we look forward to working with many more in 2014! We have compiled our favourite five pictures from 2013 that were sent to us to turn into fabulous wall decor! Here they are:

1) These two! Just look at them.

Top 5 2013 Winner

2) Crocodoodledoo

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3) The wedding singer – need to get his number!

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4) We love this wedding photo, trendy meets rustic.

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5) Lucky man!

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Congratulations to those people whose images were featured. We’re sure everyone must have plenty of images on their cameras from 2013. Whether it’s the snow drenched Britain back in February? The photograph that encapsulates the big wedding day in August? Or a group shot of the family together on Christmas day? Get uploading on BPP today and transfer these wonderful moments from the SD card onto the walls in your living space!

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Struggling for Christmas present ideas? Be inspired!

Is anyone struggling to think of a meaningful present for a loved one this Christmas? Take inspiration from this order that we produced today! Mr & Mrs Graham wanted to get something special for Nana and Granddad this year. The grandparents live in Carlisle which is far away from their home in Southampton and as a result they only get to see Grandson Charlie and the dogs a couple of times a year. So the Graham’s decided to order a beautiful picture of them all from the weekend, captured forever in one of our traditional Gallery Framed Prints! Now the grandparents can see them every single day in the comfort of their own home in a truly stylish fashion!

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Today, we framed Chloe’s favorite cuddly toy in one of our lovely shabby- chic vintage ornate frames.

Vintage Ornate

Today, we framed Chloe’s favorite cuddly toy in one of our lovely shabby – chic vintage ornate frames.

Sadly, little one year old Chloe lost her favorite cuddly toy, Bagpuss, on holiday. Luckily for Chloe, Mum took Bagpuss along for a photo shoot earlier this year – so, whilst Chloe may think that her favourite toy is lost forever, Bagpuss is in fact wrapped up for Christmas ready to take pride of place in Chloe’s nursery!

Great thinking mum!

Vintage Ornate

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Hi Everybody

It’s now time to launch our unbeatable online personalised print and frame website.

After 10 years of working with some of the most luxurious brands in the world that include Ferrari and Sunseeker and producing for iconic photographers that include Terry O’Neil & David Bailey, we now launch Best Photo Prints.

After witnessing many friends and family receive sub standard personalised products we thought it’s about time that everybody gets to maximise our service and receive stunning personalised wall décor that sits unrivalled in the marketplace.

Just for the record may we say a huge thank you to the team for their outstanding efforts.

Please enjoy the service. We know you will not be disappointed. Our commitment to you is to deliver the wow factor on time every time. If you have any questions simply get in touch.