Newsletter – December 2021

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Kodak Vision3 50D Portrait
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Nov21 (Mary, Poland 2019?) (Most Liked)

Features

  • November – Recap
  • November – YouTube Videos
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops / Travel
  • Patreon – Group Zoom Calls & More
  • December – What’s coming up!

November – Recap

Another month past in a blur. I was thankful to be invited to Tenerife for a second time but I didn’t fully appreciate the light and warm temperatures until I got back to a cold dark UK. I’m still working on my master plan to not be in the UK for next winter! Life is so much better when there is some light and sunshine (and it’s not raining). I shouldn’t complain as I know some of you have it worse than the UK! (But I am British so we need to cover the topic of weather haha).

One advantage of the cold dark wet conditions is I don’t feel like I am missing out on life when sitting inside for days making YouTube videos. With that, I was happy to publish 8 videos in November so roughly my 2 videos per week target. Sadly, as I’m trying to make better videos the editing time is now over double what it used to be. The last 3 posts all did much better than most of my previous videos so I may have finally found a video formula that people are more likely to watch. Onwards and upwards for future months! With that a quick plug, please subscribe to my YouTube so not to miss future videos! (If not already). Thanks!

I was teaching again in November, this time not in London but closer to home. A guy with his Leica M6 so looking a prints over a coffee which was very enjoyable. If you’d like to book a workshop and London is too far for you just get in touch and we can find a solution.

I’m also doing a lot more 1:1 Zoom calls with people booking me for consultations, often regarding camera equipment. I’ve now setup a new tab on the blog so it is easier to find the pricing structure and to get in touch.

Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2 Testing
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – Tenerife (Most Liked)

November 2021 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the full length YouTube videos if you missed them:

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Leica Vario-Elmar-R 35-70mm f4 Zoom Lens

Is it time to replace your primes!?

Photography Auction – Rare Cameras and Lenses (BTS)

Behind the scenes at Flints auction house ahead of their Leica (+ Misc) sale!

How To Improve Your Photography

Discussing why some photographers can make great photos much easier than you and why your photos might not be good as you’d like them to be.

Shoot And Develop Film For The Price of a Coffee

Breaking down how I buy and develop black and white film for on £3.51 a roll.

How Many Cameras Do You Need!?

Discussing one camera, one lens and how many cameras we really need!

How Many Lenses Do You Need!?

Discussing one camera, one lens and how many lenses we really need!

Better Alternatives Than 1 Camera, 1 Lens

Discussing one camera, one lens and alternative solutions that work better for me.

Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f2

Brilliant lens and really compact too!

If you live in the UK you can get 5% off the list price of all Voigtlander lenses using the discount code “MRLEICA” at https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO

How good is the 50mm APO and do you need one!?

If you live in the UK you can get 5% off the list price of all Voigtlander lenses using the discount code “MRLEICA” at https://www.robertwhite.co.uk/

Can ‘t find the YouTube video you are looking for?

That means you are not using my free and helpful YouTube search tool/ database. Just sign up to the blog (link at the end of this post) and I will email you the free tool to play with.

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – some spaces still available so please get in touch for more information

  • December 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • January 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 2 Space remaining

See workshop prices and testimonials

> Overseas workshop dates – Please let me know what countries and cities you are in if you’d like to meet up. Netherlands and Germany are top of the list for early 2022 all being well.

NEW TRAVEL DATES: OVERSEAS WORKSHOPS*

  • November 2021 – Tenerife (again) – Client booking
  • December 2021 – Gdansk, Poland (Hopefully!) – Model photography
  • January 2022 – TBC

Tenerife (Part 2!) I was invited back to Tenerife for more of the same as we did in October. Mostly model photography for a client (and her friends).

Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO View
Sample photo – Tenerife November 2021

Patreon Latest & Zoom Calls

Great speaking to some of you on Zoom last month. The current format is one £5+ level call where we’ve starting having guest speakers and one £3+ level live Q&A call. Both are great fun to participate in and we have a really knowledgeable group. (We often share extra posts on our private Patreon Facebook group too).

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December – Coming Up

December is already looking very exciting! I have multiple products from 3 different brands to test for YouTube so all that to come. I made a new connection with new-to-me brand so i’m looking forward to sharing all that with you. Fingers crossed the Poland trip will go ahead despite everything Covid throws at me. It’s been a year since i’ve seen my Polish model friends so safe to say I will be packing a lot of film and nice kit to take with me!

Feel free to join us on the Patreon monthly group Zoom calls to get the last info and often a sneak peek as to watch kit i’m currently using/ testing!

YouTube video – spotlight (1 of the videos coming soon!)

Less of a surprise as I published it yesterday but here it is – TTArtisan 28mm!

Previous Newsletters (and all the video links!)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

Now lockdowns have eased in the UK it has been full steam ahead for teaching 1-to-1 photography workshops again. I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. That said, students are often either Leica photographers and trying to get more from their cameras, film photographers trying to master their latest film camera/ film or anyone wanting to try model photography. We sometimes do street photography too so I tailor it to your needs.

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas Workshops

I’m very aware many of you are overseas and quite a few in both Germany and the US that I speak to. If I can get enough people from one country looking for 1:1 workshops I can look to fly to your country and do a mini road trip to see as many of you as I can. If you are interested in me flying to you please get in touch so I have an idea of numbers. (I’ve had a request to teach in Istanbul and the Netherlands so those might be happening!)

The other option is do as some others do and fly into London and I’ll meet you there. The advantage of meeting you in your city is (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 London you get the excuse for a holiday!

> Patreon Features

Zoom Call Helpline Service!

I’m starting to do more 1:1 Zoom calls as people pro-actively ask for my assistance. I help fellow photographers around the world with camera and lens purchases (especially) but also help with other topics such as film developing, lighting, film camera issues. Get in touch via Patreon if you need my assistance.

– Monthly Zoom Call Group Face-to-Face Meet ~40mins

On the Patreon platform £5+ tier members now meet for a monthly call to chat all things photography and to learn from each other. Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening UK time. Join us! We also have our own private Facebook group that you can be part of.

– NEW! Monthly Zoom Call Q&A~40mins

On the Patreon platform £3+ tier members can now dial in for a live Q&A session with me. It might be chaos but we can see how it goes in October! Dates are announced on Patreon, normally a Wednesday evening, UK time.

Patreon Extras

For access to 150+ additional post, 18+ images, photobooks and more sign up to Patreon.

> Can You Help Me

Have you Subscribed to my YouTube yet and turned on your notifications!? I know you must get really sick of hearing every YouTuber mention it constantly but sadly it’s a necessary evil as it turns the cogs of the YouTube algorithm. It makes the difference between a video getting shown to more people or not. YouTube tells us publishers the data and after August it said “video view as normal but subscribers down 25% verses previous months”.

While I have my pathetic begging bowl out, if you can click the “LIKE” button on any videos you enjoyed watching that helps more than you could ever imagine! (Now I understand quite how important likes and subs are to the success of a YouTube channel I always leave likes on videos I enjoy watching from others).

Why does this matter to you? The idea is, if I can grow the channel I can attract bigger brands and more opportunities resulting in more new camera and lens reviews, comparison testing so you then know what gear you may want to buy.

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Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

2 thoughts on “Newsletter – December 2021”

  1. Loved the video about the Voigtlander APO 50. A more clinical look is fine with me as I do mostly street. And so far – always with film. Although, that too may change. Anyway, your email updates and your videos are a big hit here..

    1. Thanks Avery! Very kind and thanks for the feedback. Yes the APO + film sounds like a great combination!

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