Newsletter – November 2021

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Leica R Lens Portrait
Flickr photo of the month! Sybilla (Leica SL)

Features

  • October – Recap
  • October 2021 YouTube Videos
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • October – Coming up!

October – Recap

Another months passes in a blur! October was my first month getting out of the UK since Covid and I highly recommend it to everyone! (That feels safe to do so*). It was much needed but that also meant less time for making YouTube videos. It was a poor effort from me this month but I’ll try to get back to 2 videos a week soon. I have multiple blog posts not yet shared to so all that to come! Highlights of the month (1) shooting with models overseas again (2) hosting a German photographer for a London workshop day. Low point of the month, it’s got dark and cold way too fast! Missing the light and warmers temperatures already big time.

October 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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Hitting the street with the Leicaflex SL!

Different to most of my videos. This was me walking the streets of Brighton armed with the Leicaflex SL and a pile of film to shoot! It is the cheapest Leica film camera (that i’ve seen) yet still offers Leica photos/ build quality at a discount.

Russian cheap Hasselblad – Is it any good?

Is the famous Russian Hasselbladski medium format camera a good alternative to a Hasselblad for those on a budget?

Looking for a cheap 6×6 camera?

Following on from the Hasselblad vs Kiev 88 here are 2 more low price 6×6 cameras that you may enjoy even more than the ARAX!

Leica SL – Am I still enjoying it 2 months later?

That is the million dollar question! Have I switched back to my trusty Leica CL or full frame Leica M240?

What camera do you use for 28mm photography?

When it comes to packing for a trip I often have the dilemma of what gear to pack. In this video I cover my best options when it comes to shooting 28mm.

Voigtlander 50mm Heliar Lenses (x4!)

Did you see the release of the new Voigtlander Heliar Classic 50mm f1.5! This video includes 4 Heliar lenses and reviews two 50mm f3.5 lenses in more detail.

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/

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

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

Please always ask! For the end of October I was able to move a few things around and accept a last minute workshop request. A photographer flew in from Frankfurt, Germany to meet me for one of my 8 hour Saturday workshop in London. I booked 2 models for us and we were even treated to some sunshine. Lots of Leicas between us and a really enjoyable day! Sample photo below.

Leica 75mm f2 APO Portrait
October 2021, Leica Workshop London – Lilly modeling for us in the afternoon (Leica SL)
  • November 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 0 Space remaining
  • December 2021 – London 1:1 workshop – 1-2 Space remaining (tbc)
  • January 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1-2 Space remaining (tbc)

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> 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)
  • December 2021 – Gdansk, Poland
  • January 2022 – TBC

> Travel – Finally back on the road!

I took my first flight since Covid in October after a client booked me in Tenerife. A week in the sunshine fully paid in exchange for photos for their Instagram account. New videos to come for YouTube and extra BTS (behind the scenes) for Patreons.

Leica Vario-Elmar 35-70mm Sunstar

Patreon Latest & Zoom Calls

Great speaking to some of you on Zoom again last month. From October I will change the format so that the £3 tier seminar call is now being replaced with a live Q&A going forward.

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November – Coming Up

I have quite a few requested videos in progress, more on the Leica SL, Lumix S5 and a few new release (ish) lenses. I’m back in Tenerife so more opportunities to test gear, make BTS videos and general content for you guys. All that coming soon and more! Have a great month ahead and speak soon!

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

I can happily announce that the much requested Voigtlander 50mm f2 APO lens review with be out later in November. Testing in progress!

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.

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