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Ultimate Mum 2010

With Mother’s Day fast approaching (14th March) we’ve got loads of great gift ideas and we’re giving you the chance to spoil your mum rotten with our 2010 Ultimate Mum Competition. Just tell us what makes your mum so amazing and we’ll pick one mum to win a luxury spa break, £100 worth of shopping vouchers, flowers, chocolates, bubbly and a photo book. If you’re lucky she might even take you with her! Competition closes 11th March.

Enter our competition today!

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Charity partnership

We’ve just teamed up with the charity Breast Cancer Campaign to bring you a new Personalised Photo Mug. This Pink Photo Mug is a great Mother's Day gift idea and £2.15 of every mug sold (25% of the selling price) goes to Breast Cancer Campaign, whose mission is to beat breast cancer through innovative research. A great gift for a really worthy cause and something your mum will enjoy using every day.

Pink Photo Mug

Celebrity Gala Night tickets

As sponsors of the Renaissance Exhibition we’re looking forward to the Celebrity gala night being held in London on 21st April from 6.30pm. Come and join us and you’ll not only be able to spot some celebrities but you’ll also see the winning entries we’ve printed. Tickets cost £60 and all proceeds go to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care to help young people suffering from breast cancer. Take a look at their website to apply for tickets and do your bit for charity.

Renaissance Photography Prize 2010

This month we're loving…

Here are a few of our favourite things!

We English

Simon Roberts, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire

© Simon Roberts, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Photographer Simon Roberts is famous for finding beauty in the mundane. Through his quintessentially English upbringing he has developed an obsession with photographing things he associates with being English. His exhibition at Bradford’s National Media Museum from 12th March until 5th September is entitled We English and focuses on typical English locations and pastimes. The museum has also specially commissioned Simon to take photos of the local area for inclusion in the exhibition.


Shaped by War

Don McCullin, Shell Shocked Soldier, Hue, 1968

© Don McCullin, Shell Shocked Soldier, Hue, 1968

For over 50 years Don McCullin has specialised in photographing images of war and is widely regarded as one of the greatest war photographers of all time. It’s therefore appropriate that he now has an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester entitled Shaped by War. It’s the largest ever UK exhibition of his work to celebrate his 75th birthday. The exhibition runs until 13th June and includes over 200 thought provoking photos.

Learn about light

Damien Lovegrove

© Damien Lovegrove

Damien Lovegrove’s latest DVD Speedlight Mastery takes a clear and comprehensive look at both the Nikon and Canon flash systems. In it Damien gives you the knowledge to confidently control flash lighting, especially when lighting portraits on location. His advice and inspiring images will really help to improve your pictures and help you cope with difficult light conditions.


Proud Paris

Ivan Massar, Different Worlds

© Ivan Massar, Different Worlds

The Proud Gallery Chelsea is currently showing Paris Je t’aime a wonderfully atmospheric look at Parisian life in 1949. The black & white photographs are all taken by photojournalist Ivan Massar and showcase the city and its people including some famous landmarks along the way. All in all it’s a real gem of an exhibition and is well worth a look.


Editor's choice

Events and exhibitions you won't want to miss

Love not war

Hotshot photographer Rankin is best known for his high profile pictures of the Queen and a whole host of celebrities. However, last year he went to the war torn Congo on a mission to photograph not the troubles that the people are facing but love. From Congo with Love takes a fresh look at a part of the world suffering a great deal and proves that love can still shine through. There are also photos taken by the people he met who had never even seen a camera before. This heart-warming exhibition is on display outside London’s National Theatre until 11th April. If you get the chance, go!

Photo by Andrew Davies

© Photo by Andrew Davies


This month's feature: Amazing architectural shots

Turn even the most boring buildings into bold and beautiful images

Architectural photography can be challenging to say the least. You can't just move a building, so getting a different perspective can prove tricky. Then there's the test of getting a big bulky subject to fit neatly in a single shot. What's a photographer to do?

Before you even think about getting your camera out, step back from your subject and soak up your surroundings. Then look at different ways of including the location in your framing to enhance the overall impact of the image.

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Amazing architectural shots


FOTB News archive

Issue 1: Featured photographer – Annabel Williams

Issue 2: Featured photographer – Clive Nichols

Issue 3: Featured photographer – Karen Parker

Issue 4: Featured photographer – Helena Smith

Issue 5: Featured photographer – Brett Harkness

Issue 6: Featured photographer – Jason de Caires Taylor

Issue 7: Featured photographer – Sarah Wright

Issue 8: Featured photographer – Neil Bygrave

Issue 9: Featured photographer – Adam Lawrence

Issue 10: Featured photographer – Barry Wakelin

Issue 11: Featured photographer – Brian Harte

Issue 12: Featured photographer – Michael Molloy

Issue 13: Featured photographer – Jason Hawkes

Issue 14: Featured photographer – Gavin Gough

Issue 15: Featured photographer – James Cant

Issue 16: Featured photographer – Rachel Whiting

Issue 17: Featured photographer – Julia Conway

Issue 18: Featured photographer – Nick Clark

Issue 19: Featured photographer – Eric Richmond

Issue 20: February 2009

Issue 21: March 2009

Issue 22: April 2009

Issue 23: June 2009

Issue 24: July 2009

Issue 25: August 2009

Issue 26: September 2009

Issue 27: January 2010

Issue 28: February 2010

Issue: 29

Exhibitions & events
Living with the Berlin Wall, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, until 21st March

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer, Natural History Museum, London, until 11th April 2010

Twiggy: A life in Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 21st March 2010

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2010, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, until 17th April

Format Photography Agency 1983-2003, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 11th July

Irving Penn Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 6th June

Jane Bown Exposures, National Portrait Gallery, London, until 5th April


Just published

Creative courses
Landscape & Travel Photography, Going Digital, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, 30th April

Digital SLR Beginner, Zoom in Photography School, London, 12th, 19th & 26th April

Discovering Digital Photography, Photofusion, London, 10th, 17th, 24th April & 1st May

Intermediate Portrait Photography, Blackthorn School of Photography, Wiltshire, 17th & 18th April

How to Take Stunning Landscape Photos, Jacobs Photo Video, Edinburgh, 22nd April

Photography tips

Light ideas

Experiment with different light sources such as candlelight, firelight and tungsten to give a different feel to your photos.

Celebrity stance

A great trick favoured by celebrities is angling one shoulder slightly towards the camera, this gives an instantly more elegant and slender look.

Low light

When photographing in low light, if you don’t want to use flash, try bumping up your ISO setting to 800 or 1600.


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