MrLeica Newsletter – November 2022
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Hi friend! Here is the latest edition of the monthly MrLeica newsletter – A summary of Leica posts and videos you may have missed, upcoming events and useful info.
- Recap from October
- New Updates
- YouTube Videos from October
- New Blog Posts
- UK Workshops
- Overseas Workshops
- Patreon, Zoom Calls & More
- November 2022 – Coming up!
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Recap from October
October was my busiest month to date since starting the blog in 2013, for teaching workshops. I ran 9 workshop days (mostly in London) teaching 10 photographers and including a few of my awesome Patreons. Students visited from New York (x2), San Francisco, Mexico, Phoenix Arizona (x2), Germany and parts of the UK. I saw some common themes across my students so I made a video for YouTube (linked below). (If you can’t get to the UK I fly to you on request and I also teach students remotely via Zoom each month). My many trips to London also lead me to meeting famous YouTuber (George from Negative Feedback!) and testing lots of nice cameras and lenses. See below!
Celebrate owning a Leica! Join the Leica Club
Buying a Leica camera is a significant investment for most people so I felt it is something we should celebrate. A bit like buying a Ferrari but on a cheaper smaller scale! You are now part of a club of fellow like minded photographers and I think that’s cool. If I ever see someone holding a Leica camera in the street I always approach them to say hello. I felt I should facilitate a new Leica club to welcome everyone who loves Leica to help grow the community. (I think traditionally some Leica clubs were only for the elite whereas this is for everyday folk like me who just happen to spend their money on Leica rather normal things like a TV, sofa, house, partying etc).
If there is enough interest I can try to organise events and Leica related “stuff” in the future.
For now, when you join the club (no cost*) you get a detailed starter pack for the Leica camera you use. This all came after teaching a Leica workshop. I realised when people buy their first Leica camera they are often thrown in a the deep end with very little support. The Leica Club starter packs aim to answer all your initial questions and get you up to speed as fast as possible. If you already use a Leica you can still enjoy the information shared so I encourage you to check it out!
See full info here or just enter your details below:
Wedding blog updates
My wedding photography bookings are now complete for 2022 (unless I get a last minute request). It’s time to try to document some of the weddings from the last 2 years and share some example photos! In no particular order here are 2 weddings from 2022 using digital Leica camera and film.
- Hayley & Andy’s Wedding (B&W Leica digital + Medium format colour film)
- Patryk & Nicole’s Wedding (Leica digital + Medium format colour film)
Dubai 2022 workshop planning
In addition to teaching the London workshops in October I was approached with regards to teaching a group workshop in Dubai for 2022. Things are progressing nicely so fingers crossed I can report back on this in a future newsletter. I’ll be sure to make some videos for YouTube and Patreon if it happens!
Making Money eBook
Following the release of my free model photography guide eBook, I’m still working on the Make money with your camera/ photography eBook. Everything I’ve learnt in the last 10 years and what is working for me. Hopefully out in November! I then need to write the super detailed full model photography guide. I’m loving the topic suggestions from those that downloaded the free eBook, Noted thanks!
If you have feedback after a Leica service, repair or CLA I’d love to add it to the Leica Repair Directory page to help others. Equally, if you love watching YouTube, let us know you favourite Leica YouTuber channel?
New Girls on film book for 2023
When I’m taking model photos throughout the year I am always looking to create content for my future girls on film books. One of the Patreon tier perks is a free photobook each year. I’ll be releasing a new A5 zine style book for 2023 and possible a few premium A4 hardback books for 6×6 portraits.
Need Leica Presets?
My recommended photography gear list – https://mrleica.com/kitlist/
Group Photowalk Workshops – Meeting Ken in London
I sent a last minute email in October to those on the photowalk workshop mailing list (people who listed London as a city of interest in this case) as I had some unplanned free time and I was in the city. Ken was quick to reply and was already in London with his cameras. He didn’t have time for a full photowalk but offered to buy me a coffee so we met and talked cameras for an hour. It’s always really nice to meet you Blog Insiders so if this sounds of interest make sure you are on the photowalk workshop mailing list.
October 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:
Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:
Still one of my favourite portrait lenses for 2022 – Nikkor S.C 50mm f1.4
Everyone should try a TLR camera at least once! Kowa Kalloflex
Testing the Leica M10 Monochrom and meeting George!
First impressions – Leica Summilux-M 90mm f1.5 lens (Bokeh monster!)
Very overdue! Review of the popular Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f0.95
Night street photography tips using a 50mm f1 lens – Leica Noctilux 50mm f1
Leica should learn from this lens design – Voigtlander Snapshot Skopar 25mm f4
The 1966 Noctilux Classic Re-Issue – Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.2
New Blog Posts in October
3 new blog posts shared last month. I enjoy blogging much more than YouTube but both are very time intensive!
- Is Leica Worth It/ Worth the Money?
- Leica Club – Join the Club!
- Leica M3 Portraits with Vintage Nikkor
Written posts supplement my YouTube review videos including full res images. 300+ existing blog post articles so feel free to browse the back catalogue!
Workshops and Photowalks
- October 2022 Travel – No travel as I had 11 UK workshops requested (9 complete, 2 postponed)
- November 2022 Travel – Budapest & Dubai (Get in touch if interested)
- December 2022 Travel – TBC (Possible Poland or winter sun in Portugal or Spain)
November 2022 – Coming Up
November will include some travel so that will be good to create some new images/ reviews to share. I’ll send some emails for photowalks. Hopefully the next eBook will be out this month and if I teach in Dubai I’ll make some videos to share with you. (I also hope to re-test a Leica M9 at some point so I can make the overdue presets!)
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts to try to improve the service!
YouTube video – spotlight
One of the videos out very soon is the new 7Artisans 35mm f2 Mark II lens for Leica M. A very good value M mount lens.
Monthly Updates: Videos+Blogs
Previous Newsletters (+ Video Links!)
First Time Reader? Additional Info Below
> UK Workshops
- Discounted UK workshops (Birmingham) – full day UK workshops for only £399.99 (£50 off) or half day for £249.99 (£30 off)
- Poland – Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Warsaw. (Same price as London )
- Hungary workshops – Budapest. (Same price as London workshops)
- Spain – Valencia-Alicante region. Multi-day, More info coming soon!
- Tenerife – Small group/solo + model, multi-day. More info soon!
- US – New York. I will trying to plan a visit perhaps later in 2022.
- Your countries – Want me to fly to your city? Get in touch!
> Overseas Workshops
Happy to travel worldwide to run photography workshops. See above for some of the planned countries and join the mailing list to submit your interest.
Some advantages of meeting you in your city include (1) you don’t need to travel (2) I will give you model contacts in your city that you can keep in touch with after I leave. This has worked well for photographers in the past. The flipside of that is, if you rather come to the UK for a London workshop you have the excuse for a holiday!
Want to learn how to take portraits?
Join my Patreon where I teach model photography and we have 2x 1 hour general photography Zoom calls each month
Want to meet the models? Join a workshop
Do the same as Jorge from Mexico and book one of my 1:1 workshops