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Merry Christmas

Happy 2015

Merry Christmas & A Happy 2015 from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

I’d like to wish all my family, friends and colleagues, along with my photography, video and workshop clients a very Merry Christmas and the very best for 2015. Looking forward to seeing you all, making new friends and welcoming new clients to the fold. May we be happy, healthy and creative. I wish for a safe year for us all; 2014 brought too much tragedy; my thoughts go out to those no longer with us and their close ones. Let’s hope good prevails.

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My Friend Neil

A Tribute To Neil Patience

It’s with immense sadness that I share the unjust news that my friend Neil Patience passed away yesterday evening (August 20th, 2014). I’ve only known Neil for just over four years; it began as a professional relationship when he reached out to discuss DSLR video. It was a collaboration of photographer turned film maker and a video editor at the top of his game; he was always looking to innovate and move forward with technological changes; a change which brought many photographers to also shooting video.

Neil Patience wearing his "Mankini" T-shirt (designed by me as a joke). Kew Grill, Kew. October 22, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Neil Patience wearing his “Mankini” T-shirt (designed by me as a joke). Kew Grill, Kew. October 22, 2013. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Very quickly though, in fact from Neil’s second email to me, I realised what a man of quality he was; funny, professional, honest and generous, and that I was going to really like him. Sure enough, I’m proud to say we became friends and I was introduced to his amazing family; Tara and little Millie, his sister Sara, along with his great circle of friends.

RNOH behind the scenes shots for filming of the fund raising film. Operating Theatre 4 with Prof Tim Briggs. Neil Patience prepares the professor for the interview. September 21, 2011. Photo: Nicola Taylor

RNOH behind the scenes shots for filming of the fund raising film. Operating Theatre 4 with Prof Tim Briggs. Neil Patience prepares the professor for the interview. September 21, 2011. Photo: Nicola Taylor

Our biggest collaboration, and a project of which I am so very proud was making a fund raising film for the RNOH (Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital). The hospital and an amazing surgeon, Professor Tim Briggs, had saved his life around ten years ago and Neil was keen to give back, donating his time for producing, co-directong and editing the film as his thank you. We were both very proud to screen the film at it’s premiere at St James’s Palace at an event hosted by the hospital’s patron, HRH Prince Andrew. I urge you to watch the film and go and make a small donation to the hospital charity. It will make Neil happy to know you helped.

Watching Neil video editing was like watching a concert pianist in full swing. His hands and fingers moving with speed and grace over the timeline, constructing narrative, making cuts, laying down audio and making it all flow and move like the work of the best composers. I learnt so much by spending a few days in the editing suite with Neil. A true master of his craft; an editor and colourist, and an amazingly generous and patient teacher.

Behind the scenes photographs of the filming of the appeal film. Producer and editor Neil Patience and ex-patient Phil Packer. RNOH, Stanmore. Photo: Nicola Taylor

Behind the scenes photographs of the filming of the appeal film. Producer and editor Neil Patience and ex-patient Phil Packer. RNOH, Stanmore. Photo: Nicola Taylor

Neil showed me what spirit was; the last ten years hadn’t been easy and even more so the last year and a half, had been particularly cruel to him. He never let this bother him, instead rising above it all and just moving forwards, great sense of humour intact. Neil was also completely selfless; laying in bed, a couple of days before losing consciousness, he turned to me and asked what I was going to do now; I knew he meant now that he will no longer be around. He was so concerned, out of compassion and love for what we did, that our collaboration, TAP TV would not cope. It will miss your immense talent my friend and will never be the same, but don’t worry about that🙂

Editing the fund raising video for RNOH at New Day Pictures' editing suite in Surrey. Assistant Nicola Taylor and video editor Neil Patience at work.  November 08, 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the fund raising video for RNOH at New Day Pictures’ editing suite in Surrey. Assistant Nicola Taylor and video editor Neil Patience at work. November 08, 2011. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Having shed my tears over Neil leaving this world far too early, for he had projects and plans in mind, living life to the full, fighting and showing courage and determination, my tears and deep condolences go to his daughter Millie, wife Tara and sister Sara, followed by his circle of friends with whom he shared so many adventures.

I will miss you chief.

Addendum:

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal have written this wonderful tribute for Neil.

Keeping Your Printer Up & Running

Tips For The Large Format Printer User

Allow me to paint you a picture; I had allocated a day in my diary to make some prints on my superb Canon iPF6300 (although this post will be of relevance to any large format printer user). I had a few print orders and also needed to make six A1 sized prints to enter into the Taylor Wessing Portrait Award.

A montage on the Canon iPF6300 large format printer. Replacing inks and nozzle check calibration print after installing new print heads. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A montage on the Canon iPF6300 large format printer. Replacing inks and nozzle check calibration print after installing new print heads. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

On the day set aside for making the prints, I switched on the printer and started collating the images on my Mac, ready to print. Well, after having not made a print for a few months, the machine sprang into action, going through it’s warming up procedures, agitating inks, moving print heads and so on. Alas I was at the end of this robotic dance, I was greeted with the error code informing the print heads need to be replaced. Now this is a costly process, but even more annoying is the fact that I don’t keep spares. I have lots of paper and ink at all times, just not spare print heads and often as also needed, the maintenance cartridge. Panic and annoyance set in as there was a deadline looming and I had other projects on the go.

Off to Google to search for the cheapest place I can source print heads and as crucially, a place that can deliver them the next day. My search concluded with a company I hadn’t used before; they were great on price, had stock and crucially promised next day delivery. The company was the iPF Store.

I decided to make a call to double check the stock and delivery situation and was put through to an extremely helpful and knowledgeable chap called Andy. The two print heads and maintenance cartridge I needed were indeed in stock and would definitely be delivered the next day. A sigh of relief! I carried on chatting about the print head issue as it felt to me that they had seized up prematurely. Andy informed me that indeed it is a problem for the low volume print maker. These printers are designed to work at the print houses and studios were they are in use daily. In my case, the inactivity had been the issue and caused the print heads to have a shorter life span. Being outside of the Canon one year warranty on them, they had to be changed.

My chat with Andy resulted in a list of other tips, so what better than to share them?!

Andy From The iPF Store, Top Five Tips

1)    Always leave the printer turned on – It monitors the heads, does a very low level clean when needed to keep the nozzles wet to stop them drying out. Dry and blocked nozzles require additional power cleanses (uses more ink). In more extreme cases when the block cannot be cleaned, the heads fail completely so new ones are required.

2)    Achieve the highest possible graduations by working in 16bit RGB and print using the Adobe Photoshop Plugin.

3)    Have a colour calibrated workflow, calibrating your screen and make custom print profiles for papers that don’t have them for your printer. Keeps your printer in constant colour control.

4)    Use the Canon Media Config Tool to add your own custom medias to the standard Canon library, and ensure the best print quality.

5)    Allow a minimum of one hour for the ink to dry down before applying any finishing such as varnish or laminate.

I agree fully with the points raised, although I didn’t know of the first point, which is what landed me in this predicament!

An A1 size print of chef Gordon Ramsay, printed on the Canon iPF6300 on Canon photo satin paper. The image was shot using this Leica M (Type 240) and 50mm Noctilux ASPH. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

An A1 size print of chef Gordon Ramsay, printed on the Canon iPF6300 on Canon photo satin paper. The image was shot using this Leica M (Type 240) and 50mm Noctilux ASPH. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Well, my print heads and maintenance cartridge arrived before lunchtime the next day and I managed to make all my prints (which have found new homes in London, Paris and New York) and also made the six prints for the competition. Thanks Andy🙂

The links:

iPF Store: http://www.ipfstore.co.uk

Their parent company; Pro Print Solutions: http://www.proprintsolutions.co.uk

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye On A Leica M Type 240

The Joy Of Mirrorless Cameras

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

One of the joys of mirrorless cameras is the ability to mount practically every lens made by every manufacturer, using the appropriate adapter. The Leica M rangefinder, being the mother of all mirrorless cameras (going back to 1954), made the perfect camera to try out my old, vintage Nikkor 8mm f8 fisheye lens. Especially as the camera has a full frame sensor so can display the circular fisheye perfectly. With the Leica M (Type 240)’s Live View, the camera was ideal.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

My favourite lens adapters are made by Novoflex (available in the UK from Speed Graphic). With a lot of research and help from the wise folks at the Leica Users Forum, we deduced that the Nikkor would fit (it has a very deep rear element. When used on an SLR, the mirror has to be locked up before the lens is mounted).

***DISCLAIMER – you need to realise that mounting any non standard lens to your camera has it’s own risks. Do your research carefully as you will have to take full responsibility if anything goes wrong! I am not liable for any mistakes, accidents or damage and do not encourage you to try this!***

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

These are early days and I’m going to explore using this circular fisheye, but I wanted to share the journey so far. The only proper picture I’ve made so far is the washing machine drum, but there will be more to come, so keep an eye on my Flickr page!

More Nikkor 8mm Fisheye on Leica pictures HERE.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Apple Drops Aperture

Aperture Will Cease To Be Developed

Sadly, Apple announced on June 27th, 2014 that it was no longer going to develop Aperture. It is indeed a sad announcement and one that was upsetting in many ways. Aperture has been my platform of choice for over seven years, for all my image processing, organising and archiving. Even my video and audio work go through Aperture. The news even resulted in a  sleepless night; I must have woken up five times and every time I awoke, I was thinking about how my workflow is going to cope with the loss of my favourite software.

A screenshot of Aperture v3. Photos © Edmond Terakopian /2014

A screenshot of Aperture v3.5.1. Photos © Edmond Terakopian /2014

The announcement from Apple:

“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” Apple said. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

The Future For Aperture Users

The good news is that there’s no need to panic and take immediate action. When Yosemite, the next version of Apple’s OS X is released this coming autumn, I’ve been told that Aperture will be updated to work with it. Also, as the raw updates are OS based, all new raw updates will work within Aperture. What this means is that after launch, Aperture will carry on functioning fully for a 12-18 month period. So no need to panic and take drastic action. The new Photos App is set to release early 2015.

Apple's new Photos App for OS X Yosemite. Photo: Apple

Apple’s new Photos App for OS X Yosemite. Photo: Apple

Apple and Adobe are working together to come up with a way to help Aperture users who wish to move over to Lightroom, the logical choice, to migrate their libraries of images over. However, the biggest problem and one which seems insolvable (at least for now) is that Aperture adjustments won’t translate into Lightroom adjustments. Hopefully all metadata, library structure, versions of files and naturally all the raws will come across ok.

Another upgrade path for those Aperture users who aren’t professional or advanced enthusiasts, is Apple’s own forthcoming Photos App. Certainly the first version of the App seems to be very much consumer. However as Apple updated and upgraded FCP X, maybe Apple will do the same with Photos and it will on later releases have Aperture’s functionality? This is pure speculation and hope on my part.

Personally, my course of action is going to be waiting to see what and how the migration tool(s) will work. I have an Aperture archive of well over half a million images, spanning decades of work, so any decision I make cannot be done lightly and without research. Apart from migrating my libraries of work, I also have to update all of my onsite and offsite backups to work with whatever my new system will be. It’s highly likely to be Lightroom, but it does all depend on how things pan out. It’s worth keeping hold of your Aperture libraries for now, just to see how the Photos App develops; who knows, perhaps future versions will be of professional spec?

I’ll also be writing to Apple to explain why I think dropping Aperture is a bad idea and hope they may reconsider; I would urge others to do so too. You can feedback via this LINK.

Lastly, please share this article to help Aperture users from realising there’s no need to panic and there is time to plan a perfect strategy for each user’s needs.

Further Reading

Aperture Expert

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40th International Features Conference

IFC 2014; Leipzig

Official opening of the IFC (International Features Conference) by Peter Leonard Braun, also called Leo (German feature-maker), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Official opening of the IFC (International Features Conference) by Peter Leonard Braun, also called Leo (German feature-maker), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I was honoured to have been invited to speak at the 40th International Features Conference (IFC) in May, which took place in the delightful town of Leipzig in Germany. I need to point out though that the IFC is about radio; it’s a conference which gets together the best in radio features journalists. My talk? Well, my talk was naturally going to be about photography.

Official opening of the IFC (International Features Conference). Lorelei Harris (RTE) listens to the opening speech from the stage. Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Official opening of the IFC (International Features Conference). Lorelei Harris (RTE) listens to the opening speech from the stage. Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Initially, it seems to most that the concept of having photography spoken about to folks whose medium is radio, simply is a tad bizarre; one is a visual discipline whilst the other is purely about audio. However, photography, audio (and other forms of story telling) are only the end tool. The initial steps in finding a story; dissecting it, checking it out journalistically, planning out how to convey it, are in fact all the same. It’s only the end tool, the tool of delivery which differs.

At the opening of the IFC (International Features Conference) by Peter Leonard Braun, also called Leo (German feature-maker) and Edmond Terakopian, Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Li Hong

At the opening of the IFC (International Features Conference) by Peter Leonard Braun, also called Leo (German feature-maker) and Edmond Terakopian, Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 11, 2014. Photo: Li Hong

The main hall at the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. The delegates listen to features programmes which will then be discussed in smaller groups. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The main hall at the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. The delegates listen to features programmes which will then be discussed in smaller groups. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I was fortunate to be able to attend the conference in full and was rewarded by hearing some absolutely astonishing work, from across the world. After listening to a couple of productions, we would break into our smaller groups and discuss these at length. I must admit to being extremely shy in opening my novice mouth and giving an opinion in this world of radio at first, but soon the shyness went and I found myself deep in conversation and discussion with the best people on the planet in this genre of features work. Absolutely fascinating.

IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. Tina Kunath and the delegates discuss the features programmes listened too earlier in the main hall. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. Tina Kunath and the delegates discuss the features programmes listened too earlier in the main hall. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. Thomas Martin Gasser (ORF) and the delegates discuss the features programmes listened too earlier in the main hall. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. Thomas Martin Gasser (ORF) and the delegates discuss the features programmes listened too earlier in the main hall. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Edmond Terakopian

What really astonished me as the week went on was just how vivid a picture radio can paint; how gripping, deep, gentle, forceful, subtle and layered a good piece of radio work can be. Absolutely brilliant. I also had the absolute joy of meeting some fascinating people and making a few friends along the way. You all know who you are and I’d like to thank you for making the conference even more special than it already was.

IFC Leipzig 2014 Group Shot. IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Bernd Cramer/MDR

IFC Leipzig 2014 Group Shot. IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Photo: Bernd Cramer/MDR

To those, like me, who haven’t really listened to radio features work, I absolutely recommend listening to this short and extremely powerful piece by Kathy Tu from the USA.

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Li Hong

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Li Hong

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk on Photography & Film to the IFC (International Features Conference), Media Campus (Medienstifftung der Sparkasse Leipzig), Poetenweg, Leipzig, Germany. May 14, 2014. Photo: Thomas Martin Gasser / @ThomasMGasser

Drinks after the IFC, Leipzig, Germany. Radio documentary makers Andre Cunha (Portugal), Charlotte Rouault (France) and Ljubo Pauzin (Croatia) in conversation about the day's presentations. May 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Drinks after the IFC, Leipzig, Germany. Radio documentary makers Andre Cunha (Portugal), Charlotte Rouault (France) and Ljubo Pauzin (Croatia) in conversation about the day’s presentations. May 14, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

DataColor Webinar Recording

Reportage & Street Photography

For those who couldn’t join in live on my webinar earlier this week, courtesy of DataColor, here’s a recording of the webinar. It lacks the Q&A which went on for around 30 minutes after, so feel free to post questions here instead.