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Newsletter – June 2022

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Hi friends! Here is the latest edition of my monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts and videos you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of. I hope you enjoy it!

TTArtisan 50mm 0.95 Review
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Weronika (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from May
  • New Updates
  • YouTube Videos from May
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon, Zoom Calls & More
  • June 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from May

I’ll keep it brief as I cover it in the various sections below. I flew to Portugal and Spain for photography, photographed a UK wedding, a German Leica photographer flew to the UK to meet me for a model workshop in London, I release a new Lightroom preset (as requested), I finally published new blog articles and I posted a few videos on the YouTube channel too. Let’s jump straight in!

First Wedding Shoot Complete For 2022

First wedding photography shoot of the year complete and I have the next wedding fast approaching. It was an amazing day! The couple, their outfits and the beautiful wedding venue all really helped me capture some lovely photos. I shot with digital Leica cameras, Hasselblad film cameras and video too! (See the Patreon what’s in my bag video. I had a lot of kit!) I’ll try to share some highlights from the day on the wedding blog and wedding instagram page.

Leica M240 Wedding
Flickr wedding photo of the month (Most liked)
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New Lightroom Preset!

Sorry not the Leica M9 ones as I still need to stop everything and dig out my old M9 files but Panasonic Lumix G series presets. After posting a few videos showing I was using these small and affordable Lumix G cameras and getting nice results just by applying a preset I had a few requests to my make presets available. You can now get my MrLeica Lumix G preset bundle (3+1 free) here.

Nikkor 180mm Portrait
Example photo: Lumix Gx80 + MrLeica Lumix G B&W preset

Latest Photography Gear

See my latest photography kit list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/

Group Photowalk Workshop Interest

Following the announcement of my new group workshops in the April newsletter, I’ve received interest for the UK, Poland, America (NYC), Spain, and more. Join the new workshop mailing list to receive direct emails with workshops dates for the specific regions you are interested in.

May 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Battle of the 50mm APO! Leica-SL APO vs Voigtlander APO

Comparing the Leica Summicron-SL 50mm f2 APO vs 50mm APO-Lanthar!

Best camera bags for the more active photographer

Looking at a few options for how best to carry you camera and lenses safely.

Fact or fiction: Leica sensors are better? Let’s find out!

Side by side comparison: Leica M sensor vs Camera X sensor. Are Leica worth it?

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New 7Artisans 28mm f5.6 vs TTArtisan 28mm f5.6 (Winner is?)

Comparing the new cheap Chinese 28mm for Leica M vs an existing one.

2022: As Instagram starts to fade I remind viewers about Flickr!

Flickr offers many benefits over Instagram. Here are 10 reasons I love it in 2022!

The new Lomography Atoll 17mm f2.8 lens for Leica M mount

If you need a fast wide full frame lens de-clicked for video you might like this!

Best film cameras in 2022? What I use for wedding photography

After 10 ish years of film cameras which ones are the best for a fast paced day?

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New Blog Posts in May

I’m back on the horse and enjoying the ride! Four new blog posts shared in May and it feels good to be writing again. I’m not the best at it but I still enjoy sharing information with sample photos (and related articles). Staying on the horse theme, I am definitely a one trick pony. Writing starts and videos stop. I struggle to go all in on more than one thing at a time. (The same is true when developing and scanning film. YouTube videos stop until i’ve finished).

These written posts supplement my YouTube review videos including full res images. There are 300+ existing blog post articles so feel free to browse the back catalogue!

Model Workshop Dates and Updates

Workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. There are limited places so I offer on a first come basis. For notification and dates of future workshops and photowalks in your area join my workshop mailing list.

  • July 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space + Gdansk/Bydgoszcz (Poland)
  • August 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space + Overseas workshops (TBC)

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

Model Photography Workshop London
London Model 1-2-1 Workshop – May 2022
New Workshops for 2022!

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 workshops)*

> 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 coming 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!

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Travel Updates

I’ve booked more flights for Poland (Gdansk and Bydgoszcz) and still want to get back to Budapest when I get a chance. If you are interested in Poland model workshops / photowalk workshops get in touch via the mailing list.

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> May Travel (Faro, Portugal) – I wanted to test some cameras so I Googled cheapest flight from my local airport and the result was Faro as my destination. Travelling with only a small backpack and staying in a hostel with private room the whole trip was really cheap and I got some early season warm weather and sunshine to work in. I had no models booked but accidently met one I’d worked with two years ago and that lead to working with a local model agency for half a day!

45mm f1.8 Portrait
Sample from Portugal trip – New model Mariana

> May Travel (Alicante/ Valencia region, Spain) – Back in Spain but this time travelling with a German model, Angelica, who flew in from Tenerife to meet me. Travelling with a model means I have a pretty muse to work with 24/7 so it can be great to make the most of new locations and especially outdoor locations in warm weather.

I’ve done this in the past on my Tenerife trips where I flew with models from the UK and then we just shot non-stop for most of the trip. See my Tenerife photoshoots 2018 post where I travelled with a beautiful UK based Polish girl with our joint goal of just making as many amazing photos as possible. She went on to blow up on Instagram after me trying to persuade her to start an account. Very focused individual and it shows you can be successful if you work at something (Looking amazing probably helped too!). If you want to see more of the same see the Tenerife photoshoots 2017 with multiple models.

For the middle part of our Spain trip Angelica and I visited David at escapar.cc cycling retreat villa again (the place where I’ll be teaching future group photography workshops), not for cycling this time but to enjoy the local area and their B&B service. Their villa makes an amazing location for photoshoots! I will try to do a full post with sample photos once i’ve developed the film.

Tenerife Model Photography Workshops
Sample from Spain trip – Angelica

– Join Patreon to watch fun behind the scenes videos overseas!

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June 2022 – Coming Up

To tick some things off my overdue list I am not travelling in June. I will release my Leica M9 presets (at last) and new A5 size 40 models on B&W film softback photobooks in the same style as the one released in 2020. I aim to print a run of the overdue 2021 book AND the new 2022 book as the books relate to model photos from the previous year.

In the past I have sold these models on film books through Patreon where you will see a preview once ready but if you are interested I can include the details in next months newsletter.

I aim to get more blog posts released this month and refresh the site a little. If you have any feedback on this blog (likes and dislikes I’d love to hear your thoughts to try to improve the service!)

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

It’s not a surprise as I released it before finishing the newsletter but I finally posted my Contax T2 video in June. I also plan to share my review of the vintage Canon 28mm f2.8 LTM too later this month. A great little lens!

Contax T2 Travel Camera
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see workshop prices and testimonials + join the mailing list for dates.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> 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.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop
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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!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop

> More Content? Join Patreon!

Instant access to 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos, two 1-hour Zooms calls a month and join our friendly private Facebook group!

  • £3+ Tier members – Dial in for live Q&A. Often a slightly larger group
  • £5+ Tier members – Learn from each other and even take the stage and present to the group. A smaller number so more opportunities to ask questions/ chat
  • OFFER* You can now sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

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YouTube Monthly Giveaways

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Newsletter – May 2022

Free Monthly Newsletter!

Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Jupiter-8 B&W Portrait
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Pheobe (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from April
  • New Updates
  • YouTube Videos from April
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon, Zoom Calls & More
  • May 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from April

April came and went in a blink! Sorry still no new Leica M9 presets and no new blog posts but I did get to Poland and Spain to make new content.

April Was Costly!

I flew out to the Alicante region of Spain to plan future photography workshops in collaboration with escapar.cc cycling retreat. It was great to meet David in person but I had no idea it would cost me money once I got home!

Normally I’m reasonably safe against photography GAS as I have most of what I think I need and often don’t lust after the latest camera models. We wanted small cameras to cycle with so David asked if I’d like to try a Micro Four Thirds camera. I thought the little Olympus E-P5 ‘toy’ looking camera might be fun to try so I used it a long side my compact Leica CL camera. I was shocked by the resulting photos!  (See “Pana-Leica” video below).

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New Photography Kit

After my trip to Spain I bought that new awesome tripod I discovered and a few other cool bits. See my latest kit list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/

Group Photowalk Workshop Interest

Following the announcement of my new group workshops in the April newsletter, I’ve received interest for the UK, Poland, America (NYC), Spain, and more. Join the new workshop mailing list to receive direct emails with workshops dates for the regions you are interested in.

Wedding Season

As the weather starts to improve in the UK I received another new booking for this year so I now have one wedding a month all summer I think. My first wedding for 2022 is in May so i’ll be sure to share a sample and some feedback! It’s going to be a fun one as the couple have requested digital photos, film photos and video! (I’ll do a Patreon what’s in my bag video!) Check out my separate wedding blog and a wedding instagram for more images/ info!

April 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

The imperfect Jupiter-12 35mm f5.6 LTM lens

Some copies are good, some are “lemons”. Both will make for creative photos!

Looking for a bomb proof Leica camera? Look no further!

Leica cameras that can be banged, dropped, knocked but just keep working

Treat your LTM camera to the new Voigtlander 40mm Heliar lens

Voigtlander answer our wishes with a new screw mount lens! (also in M mount)

How good is the Leica SL2-S? Time to upgrade?

Comparing the latest Leica SL2-S vs my original Leica SL

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Love the Leica Q and 28mm view but want something smaller?

No not an iPhone but pairing the light and compact Leica CL + 18mm Elmarit

Pana-Leica lens vs real Leica lens. The winner is??

Testing the Leica Summilux 15mm f1.7 vs Leica Elmarit 18mm f2.8

Compact digital cameras for travel

Leica CL vs 6 cheaper alternatives! Sony, Fuji, Lumix, Ricoh..

New Blog Posts in April

None for April but I have already posted one in May!). Written posts supplement my YouTube review videos including full res images. There are 300+ existing blog post articles so feel free to browse the back catalogue!

Model Workshop Dates and Updates

Workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. There are limited places so I offer on a first come basis. For notification and dates of future workshops and photowalks in your area join my workshop mailing list.

  • June 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space + Overseas workshops (TBC)
  • July 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space + Overseas workshops (TBC)

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

Voigtlander 50mm APO Portrait
London Model 1-2-1 Workshop – April 2022
New Workshops for Spring 2022!

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 workshops)*

> Hungary workshops – Budapest. (Same price as London workshops)*

Spain – Valencia-Alicante region. Multi-day, More info coming 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!

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Travel Updates

Flights are booked for Spain again in May (this time with a model) and i’m looking to book some European trips for June and July. (Probably Poland and perhaps Budapest, TBC). I will send emails with dates via the mailing list.

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> April Travel (Gdansk, Poland) – Back to Poland to shoot with a few regulars. Lots of cancellations this time sadly so less models than planned but I was testing lenses and recording YouTube videos instead.

> April Travel (Alicante region, Spain) – My first time in this part of Spain and first visit to the country for many years. This was a trip to visit David at escapar.cc and their beautiful cycling retreat/ villa close to the old town of Ontinyent. See some of the above linked YouTube videos to see some clips of the region and a full blog post to follow once I’ve developed the film. We will be running week long small group photography workshops from the villa with the option of cycling or non-cycling so to cater for everyone. Please get in touch for more details*

Leica Elmar 5cm f3.5
Sample from Gdansk trip – Natalie

– Join Patreon to watch fun behind the scenes videos overseas!

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May 2022 – Coming Up

I have a backlog of part recorded YouTube videos with completed lens testing. Now I need to find time to put them together for you guys! Content still to come from Poland, Budapest, Spain, Portugal and more (and then I need to develop all my film, colour and B&W).

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

I promised the Contax T2 film camera for April but I failed. It’s on the list so I will try to share in it May! The new video I can announce for the May newsletter is the new 7Artisans 28mm f5.6 lens. Testing already complete so coming soon! Subscribe to the YouTube channel and turn on your notifications so not to miss it (and have a chance of winning my monthly giveaway!)

Leica CL + 18mm TL
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see workshop prices and testimonials + join the mailing list for dates.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> 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.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

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!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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> More Content? Join Patreon!

Instant access to 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos, two 1-hour Zooms calls a month and join our friendly private Facebook group!

  • £3+ Tier members – Dial in for live Q&A. Often a slightly larger group
  • £5+ Tier members – Learn from each other and even take the stage and present to the group. A smaller number so more opportunities to ask questions/ chat
  • OFFER* You can now sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

Not sure what camera or lens to buy or need help? Book a 1:1 Zoom call and I can answer your questions and give pros and cons of similar products.

YouTube Monthly Giveaways

Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a chance to win! Monthly giveaways – £30/$40+ of Patreon & Zoom call access and higher value items such as lenses.

> Free YouTube Search Tool

Sign up to get a free copy of my YouTube video search tool. Search through my 200+ videos by brand, lens mount, focal length, film format and other filters.

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Newsletter – April 2022

Free Monthly Newsletter!

Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

TTArtisan 50mm f0.95
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Amy (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from March
  • New Updates
  • YouTube Videos from March
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon, Zoom Calls & More
  • April 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from March

Days are getting longer, brighter and warmer so I’m already happy! Sorry that the newsletter is late coming out, I was away doing photos in Poland and didn’t get chance to prep it before leaving.

I enjoyed cheap flights to both Budapest and Warsaw in March. I’m now shooting more film than I have time to develop and building up quite a catalogue of behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) for both Patreon and short clips for YouTube. Good times and lots of new content to come!

New blog posts coming soon

With travelling twice in a month it means I am still behind with the writing new blog posts. Starting from April 2022 that will change so new articles coming soon!  Sign up  to the blog for free so not to miss these future posts!

My 1:1 Zoom calls are often like buses. None for a few days then suddenly 3 in one evening! I help people with everything from Leica, buying lenses, lighting, film developing and even photo reviews. Get in touch!  https://mrleica.com/zoom/

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Photography gear I use and recommend

People often ask me about my lights and the various cameras, lenses, photography equipment I use. See a full list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/

NEW! Photography E-Book and Courses

I did a poll a few months ago on YouTube asking you guys what you’d prefer from me in terms of printed books, online courses, e-books and the like (for those than can’t attend face to face workshops). e-books were the number one choice so I will set to work on writing my first book to be released this year. The topic will be everything I can tell you about model photography after 10+ years of non-stop practicing! I may then do supplementary online courses to provide live demonstrations for the topics covered in the book. Sign up  to the blog to keep track of my progress and to take advantage of the pre-release discounted price closer to the date.

NEW! Group Photowalk Workshops

Some of you may know that I’ve been teaching photography workshops since 2014 and all of those have been on a 1-2-1 basis except the first few.   

During my last 2 overseas city breaks I’ve really enjoyed walking around looking for photos (as I wasn’t booked up with models morning until night).  I thought perhaps this is something I can share/ teach to small groups.  What I see and what I look for when taking these photographs.  I don’t offer group workshops for model photography as I try to protect the model and think 3 of us is a nice number to get good results (Me, model + 1 student).  

For walking around photos though I think 3 photographers + me can be the perfect size.  Everyone will have the opportunity to ask me all they want to know on the day and offering group session means I can drop the price so that I’m more accessible to more people.

From April onwards, I will start with offering these new photowalk workshops in cities I will be in (such as Gdansk, Warsaw, Budapest) + London (and I can do Birmingham too if requested). Going forward I can teach wherever there is a demand so ask your photographer friends and I can travel to meet you.


Photowalk Workshops include:
  • 3 spaces available per day
  • £250 per person
  • Full day, meet in the morning, walk around a lot, light lunch, more photos, and debrief/ optional photo review at the end
  • You’re welcome to shoot film and digital, any brand (not limited to Leica)
  • You have the option to test 1 of my digital cameras (If I can carry!)
  • You have the chance to try one of my lenses (limited to what I can carry!)
  • I can explain about using a rangefinder camera,  zone focusing, film cameras
  • Topics include composition, looking for light, lens choice, framing..
  • Colour vs. black and white and using filters (for film users especially)
  • Using different camera settings to get different results from the same location

*It will be a photowalk rather than pure street photography with more focus on light, composition, and exposure than photographing the homeless guy on the bench. Being in cities there will be people to photograph so we can include street photos.

*The format is not set in stone so I’m happy to work with you to create something that adds the most value to the group.

There has already been interest for a London photowalk. Please join the new mailing list (NEW!) for future photowalk dates/ communications. Places will be offered on a first come basis (all countries).

NEW! Meetup Mailing List

I often find myself in a city with a free day (usually after models cancel!) or if I book a last minute trip. So that I can contact those of you specifically interested in meeting me for Photowalks or Workshops (and potentially at short notice) please join the new mailing list. *This is specifically for these communications and you won’t be spammed with anything else. I will send you emails with dates relating to your mentioned city/ cities of interest and a generic monthly email with all planned event dates.

March 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Ready to upgrade to Medium Format? 11 ways to shoot 6×45

35mm film negatives from Leica are nice but sometimes you want more detail

Best 35mm Portrait Lens? For me it’s the Voigtlander 35mm 1.2

Model portraits with the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 III (latest version)

7Artisans 35mm 1.4 Smashes Voigtlander 35mm 1.4?

The results from this video were a surprise! 7Artisans offer an affordable 35mm

Is this the Leica Noctilux Killer? TTArtisan 50mm f0.95

Brilliant lens for portraits, especially on mirrorless cameras, I’m a big fan!

Need a 50mm with more character? Classic 50mm f1.5 Lenses

Zeiss vs Leica – Vintage lens shootout and compared to the best modern M glass

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New Blog Posts in March

None for March, sorry. Written posts supplement the YouTube review videos including full res images to pixel peep on. There are 300+ existing blog post articles so feel free to browse the back catalogue!

Model Workshop Dates and Updates

Workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. There are limited places so I offer on a first come basis. For up to date notification of all future workshops and photowalks please join the new mailing list. I might be in your city with a day free so I will send emails to all those on the mailing list.

  • April 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining
  • May 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining + Paris – 1 Space (TBC)
  • June 2022 – London 1:1 – 2 Spaces + Overseas workshops (TBC)

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

Leica Workshop UK
Leica workshop in the UK – February 2022
New Workshops for Spring 2022!

Discounted UK workshops (Birmingham) – I’m now happy to offer full day UK workshops for only £399.99 (£50 off) and half day workshops for £249.99 (£30 off) in the city of Birmingham. This is closer to home for me so I pass on the cost saving to you.

Poland workshops – NEW!! Now available on request in Gdansk, Bydgoszcz, Warsaw. (Same price as my London workshops)*

> Hungary workshops – NEW!! Budapest. (Same price as London workshops)*

Spain workshops – NEW!! Organised 7 day trips to the Valencia-Alicante region of Spain. More information coming soon!

US workshops – I have at least 3+ photographers in the New York area of the US that are interested in workshops so I will look at trying to plan a visit perhaps late summer/ September time.

Other countries – If you want me to fly to your city to run a Leica workshop/ model photography workshop please get in touch.

Leica Workshop Poland
Poland workshop – February 2022
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Travel Updates

Flights already booked for Gdansk and Alicante (Spain) for April and Paris (France) and Bydgoszcz (Poland) are looking probable for May. I’m happy to teach in any of these cities so feel free to get in touch!

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> March Travel (Budapest, Hungary) – Great catching up with model friends and I love the city for photos. Some film photos to come in future YouTube videos.

> March Travel (Warsaw, Poland) – My first time in the city and I’m a huge fan! I will be going back with more cameras! Again, sample photos to follow in future YouTube videos.

– Join Patreon to watch fun behind the scenes videos overseas!

TTArtisan 28mm f5.6 Portrait
Sample from Budapest trip – Mimi
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April 2022 – Coming Up

I still want to share my thoughts on the Leica SL, CL and M cameras plus include the Lumix S5. I need to do more geeky comparison testing before I can share the results. After sharing multiple modern lens reviews recently I plan to review some of the forgotten gem lenses from yesteryear that often have more interesting rendering than modern optics. I plan to be shooting a lot more film over the spring/ summer so I can include example photos on film and digital.

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

One video coming in April is a review of the amazing Contax T2 film camera. I’m waiting for my colour film to be developed at the lab and then I can get onto it. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and turn on your notifications so not to miss it (and have a chance of winning my monthly giveaway!)

Zeiss by Zeiss (SWC/M)
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see workshop prices and testimonials + join the mailing list for dates.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> 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.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

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!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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> More Content? Join Patreon!

Instant access to 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos. For 2022 you can now enjoy 2 extended group calls a month (1 hour each!). Join our small friendly private Facebook group to share your work and interact.

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for live Q&A. Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. A smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak.

OFFER* You can now sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

Not sure what camera or lens to buy or need help? Book a 1:1 Zoom call and I can answer your questions and give pros and cons of similar products.

YouTube Monthly Giveaways

Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a chance to win! Monthly giveaways – £30/$40+ of Patreon & Zoom call access and higher value items such as lenses.

> Free YouTube Search Tool

Sign up to the blog newsletter to get a free copy of my YouTube video search tool. No more struggling to find a videos. Search through my 200+ videos by lens manufacturer, lens mount, focal length, film format and other filters.

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Newsletter – March 2022

Free Monthly Newsletter!

Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Testing the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1
Flickr Model Photo of the Month (Natalia) (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from February
  • YouTube Videos from February
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • March 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from February

Another month passes by in a blur!  Highlights of the month included travelling back to Gdansk for more model photoshoots and teaching my first photography workshop in Poland (See more below). 

Also with me starting to travel again this is great both for my photography and YouTube but also for making more behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) for Patreon.

I also had the opportunity to test the new Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 Nokton lens against the existing Nokton 50mm f1.2 lens and run a UK Leica workshop closer to home (see below).

The nicest surprise in February was to receive a big parcel from one of my Patreons, Richard, in the US, containing two beautiful Contax cameras and a pile of film (see them in my Contax video).  Thanks again Richard! 

YouTube videos slowly improving?

After now posting 230 YouTube videos I might be getting better. This is very much open to debate, but I perhaps made my best YouTube video to date. Maybe not in terms of most information shared but perhaps the most “mainstream” in terms of more on location behind the scenes footage and multiple camera angles (tracking camera footage). If you missed it see the Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 Part 2 video below.

Model Photos Me!  (As seen on YouTube!)
Me working hard in Poland with the Voigtlander 50mm f1.0
New blog posts delayed

I have fallen behind again with sharing new blog post reviews so apologies for that.  I have made some big changes that will take effect from 1st April 2022. This will give me more time to focus on YouTube and the blog so I hope to get back on track in the coming months. (There are 5+ half written articles that I started but are not yet complete). Sign up  to the blog for free so not to miss these future posts!

The 1:1 Zoom calls continued through February with 3 calls to 3 countries back to back one evening. Topics I help with in additional to Leica include vintage cameras and lenses, modern Voigtlander lenses, camera A vs B, portrait lighting, film developing and photo reviews – https://mrleica.com/zoom/

Photography equipment I use and recommend

If you saw my Voigtlander 50mm f1 part 2 video I show some of the lights I was using in Poland. See my full equipment list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/.

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February 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Leica L Mount Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens

If you want to look “professional” (smile) using a big fast lens then definitely consider the Sigma Art 50mm! It’s oversized but optically very good.

Best light meter for photography?

Considering 8 ways to meter your exposure for photography!

£50 Leica!? .. not quite but the vintage Zorki is similar

Want to experience the Leica rangefinder photography on a budget? Try this!

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1 model photography + vs 50mm 1.2

See me real world testing the new fast glass as part of my model portrait work

CONTAX cameras compared including the T2, RS & IIIA

An introduction to 35mm Contax film cameras and their Carl Zeiss lenses

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New Blog Posts in February

No new published articles in February but multiple reviews part completed and in the pipeline. These written posts often supplement the YouTube videos where I share more photos (and some at full resolution) for the equipment I am testing. (To receive these reviews straight to you inbox you can sign up to the free newsletter).

Workshop Dates and Updates

> Workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. There are limited places so I offer on a first come basis:

  • March 2022 – Warsaw Poland 1:1 workshop – 1 Space available
  • April 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining / Gdansk Poland – 1 Space remaining
  • May 2022 – London 1:1 – 1 Space remaining

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

Leica Workshop UK
Leica workshop in the UK – February 2022
NEW WORKSHOPS FOR MARCH 2022!!

> Discounted UK workshops (Birmingham) – I’m now happy to offer full day UK workshops for only £399.99 (£50 off) and half day workshops for £249.99 (£30 off) in the city of Birmingham. This is closer to home for me so I pass on the cost saving to you.

> Germany workshops – I had hoped to run workshops in Germany but travel from the UK is a lot less easy than planned. Instead, for the near term those photographers now plan to meet me in Poland instead where they get the opportunity to work with some of my favourite models.

> Poland workshops – NEW!! Now available on request in Gdansk, Bydgoszcz and Warsaw workshops. (Same price as my London workshops)*

> Spain workshops – NEW!! Organised 7 day trips to the Valencia-Alicante region of Spain. More information to come next month.

> US workshops – I have at least 3+ photographers in the New York area of the US that are interested in workshops so I will look at trying to plan a visit perhaps late summer/ September time.

> Other countries – If you want me to fly to your city to run a Leica workshop/ model photography workshop please get in touch.

Leica Workshop Poland
Poland workshop – February 2022

Travel Updates

Things are starting to get even busier from March 2022 with flights booked to Budapest (Hungary), Gdansk and Warsaw (Poland) and close to Alicante (Spain). I am also looking at Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Paris (France). I’m happy to teach in any of these cities so feel free to get in touch!

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> February Travel (Gdansk, Poland) – 9 models in just over 3 days. I booked myself up, back to back, morning til night. Great to see some familiar faces from the past and meet some new people too. Minimal cancellations and a big thanks to the 9 girls that showed up and gave it there 110%. Join Patreon to watch some of the fun behind the scenes videos with the girls.

Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.2
Sample from Poland trip + 2nd most liked photo of the month – Katia
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Patreon + Two 1 hour group Zoom calls/ month

For 2022 you can now enjoy 2 extended group calls a month (1 hour each!)

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for a live Q&A with me (or whatever else we decide to do). Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. Usually a smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak. Join our private Facebook group and get involved!

March 2022 – Coming Up

Reviews still to follow for the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 and two 35mm lenses including the 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 Leica M mount lens I promised. I also want to review more of my vintage lenses and film cameras so I’ve booked a few cheap trips to give me an excuse to test those. There are still some great flight price deals if you shop around. I also have the Contax T2 and Contax RS cameras to test AND I still have the Leica SL-CL-M & Lumix S5 comparisons to do.

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

I definitely want to share my thoughts on the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 asap as a cheaper alternative to the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0. Subscribe to the YouTube channel (if not already done so) and turn on your notifications so not to miss the mentioned videos (and have a chance of winning my monthly giveaway!)

Kiev 4a Photography
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)

First Time Reader? Additional Info Below

> UK Workshops

I teach basic to advanced level photography to anyone with a camera. For full details see the workshop prices and testimonials.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> Overseas Workshops

Happy to travel worldwide to run photography workshops. See above for some of the planned countries and contact me if you’d like me to come to your city.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

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!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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> More Content? Join Patreon!

Instant access to 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos. Two 1-hour group Zoom calls a month, a friendly private Facebook group and lots of tips and tricks. 

*Sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

Not sure what camera or lens to buy or need help? Book a 1:1 Zoom call and I can answer your questions and give pros and cons of similar products.

YouTube Monthly Giveaways

Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a chance to win! Monthly giveaways – £30/$40+ of Patreon & Zoom call access and higher value items such as lenses.

> Free YouTube Search Tool

Sign up to the blog newsletter to get a free copy of my YouTube video search tool. No more struggling to find a videos. Search through my 200+ videos by lens manufacturer, lens mount, focal length, film format and other filters.

LEICA. LENSES. CAMERAS. WORKSHOP. WEDDING. PRESETS. FILM

Newsletter – February 2022

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Hi friends! Here is the new monthly MrLeica.com newsletter – A summary of posts you may have missed, upcoming events, useful information and anything else I can think of!

Leica SL + Sigma Art 50mm f1.4
Flickr Model Photo of the Month – Jan22 (Genevieve) (Most Liked)

Features

  • Recap from January
  • YouTube Videos from January
  • New Blog Posts
  • UK Workshops
  • Overseas Workshops
  • Patreon – Zoom Calls & More
  • February 2022 – Coming up!

Recap from December

In December I had started to try to make “perfect videos” for YouTube. (Don’t laugh I know my videos are very no frills!). The problem was, the information was the same but the editing time increased from 1 day to 2 days (minimum) for each 8-10 minute video. Staying inside for a full 2 days didn’t seem like the best use of my time and the quantity of videos I posted reduced due to time constraints. Rather than try to post all “big topic” videos (like a review of a new popular lens for Leica) I will now also share information videos on smaller niche topics too. I don’t expect lots of views on these but I try to answer some of the questions I receive.

Also with me starting to travel again this is great both for my photography and YouTube but also for making behind the scenes videos (“BTS”) for Patreon.

My 1:1 Zoom calls continue to be popular and i’m getting to meet so many interesting individuals around the world. If you have the words “Leica” and “Problem” in the same sentence I can probably help! That said, the topic we cover are broad, vintage cameras and lenses, modern Voigtlander lenses, camera A vs B, portrait lighting, film developing, photo reviews.. You can read some of the feedback / testimonials at https://mrleica.com/zoom/

What camera equipment does Matt use?

I continue to add to my equipment list at https://mrleica.com/kitlist/. If you see me using something in one of my videos there is a high chance you can now find it here. The list lets you search prices of all current production items I use and recommend and links to eBay for used prices too.

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January 2022 YouTube Videos Catch-up:

Below is a catch up of all the YouTube videos I published last month:

Nikon Lens for Leica! Nikkor H.C 50mm f2 LTM

Did you know Nikon made lenses that fit Leica cameras!?

My top 3 lenses tested in 2021

Following my best lenses of 2020 video here is my best of 2021!

Sigma lenses for Leica L mount – 24mm f2 DG DN

Trying one of the new compact L mount lenses from Sigma

How you calibrate your Leica M camera at home

So happy to now be self sufficient! Calibrating my Leica M3, how to

My oldest Leica camera! A 1931 Leica I (Model C)

What’s better than a Barnack camera? ..yes a black paint Leica iii camera!

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Flash photography with you Leica M3 – How to!

Following my previous Leica flash photography video here I cover the M3 (+M2)

My camera setting for portrait photography – Leica SL

Following my Leica CL settings video people were asking for my SL settings

Exciting first look at the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0!

I was lucky to receive one of the first batch of Voigtlander 50mm f1.0 lenses

New Blog Posts in Janauary

The MrLeica.com blog was really neglected since I started YouTube towards the end of 2019 but i’m trying to find time to post there again. I managed to write two new posts in January. These written posts often sumpliment my YouTube videos where I share more photos (and some at full resolution) for the equipment I am testing. (To receive these reviews straight to you inbox you can sign up to the free newsletter).

Workshop Dates + Travel Updates

> UK workshop dates – If you a looking to kick start your photography for 2022 you are welcome to join me for one of my 1:1 workshops. I offer them on a first come basis:

  • February 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining + Poland Workshop
  • March 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining
  • April 2022 – London 1:1 workshop – 1 Space remaining + Germany Workshop*

See workshop prices and testimonials on the blog

> Overseas workshop dates – I know I mention this every month but things are slowly starting to take shape. I now have at least 3+ photographers in the New York area of the US that are interested in workshops so I will look at trying to plan a visit perhaps late summer/ September time. I also have multiple people interested in me running workshops in Germany so I am currently thinking April but it will depend on the local Covid restrictions etc. I need to look at where photographers are based but I think Berlin or Hamburg first perhaps and Frankfurt as another option.

Unedited Fomapan 100 Scan

> January Travel – Covid restrictions have eased in the UK but I was caught out when I visited Poland in January as their rules were different. I had to do a Covid test at the airport when I arrived but then I was “free to go”. I visited a lesser known city called Bydgoszcz which I used to travel for work prior to my photography. Flights are cheap and easy from my nearest airport and it’s a nice place to visit.

> Poland – It was a short 3 day trip so I found a small and affordable central apartment to use and my base and my studio for the trip. If you get creative it’s amazing what you can do with a small space! See my apartment tour and various BTS videos on Patreon where I explain how I setup the room to use as a studio. After 9 models cancelled in December in Gdansk I was happy to have zero cancels and 8 shoots in January. You will see both YouTube videos and new blog posts to follow with sample photos.

> February & March Travel – I will go back to Poland to see model friends and to run a 1:1 workshop that was requested in Gdansk. I booked a short trip to Budapest in March to see models i’ve not seen since pre-Covid. All that to come!

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH III
Sample from Poland trip – Patreon BTS video coming soon! – Alina
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Patreon + Two 1 hour group Zoom calls/ month

For 2022 you can now enjoy 2 extended group calls a month.

£3+ Tier members – Dial in for a live Q&A with me (or whatever else we decide to do). Often a slightly larger group.

£5+ Tier members – Dial in for our interactive group chat on all things photography. Learn from each other and even request to take the stage and present to the group. Usually a smaller group so you get more opportunities to speak. Join our private Facebook group and get involved!

February 2022 – Coming Up

Like buses, I received a lot of nice lenses all at once for testing. As shared in some of my recent videos, I have the new Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.0 for Leica, the TTArtisan 50mm f0.95 and two 35mm lenses AND a bonus lens that I am very excited to share when it arrives! Plus various other items. To test all these lovely lenses I need lovely models hence I will go back to Poland in February. Flight prices can be found really cheap right now so I can travel to Poland for the same cost as trains to London! (Fact). (Sadly train prices are up 4x for me vs the offers I used to enjoy).

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

Last month I told you that the 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 Leica M mount lens is coming and comparing it to the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4. This is delayed slightly but that will still come. As that is old new I can tell you that ..hmm should I tell you or keep it as a surprise.. okayy!.. Voigtlander are kindly sending me their Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.2 lens (again) so I can do side by side testing vs. the new 50mm f1.0. This is a fantastic opportunity as I can show those with the f1.2 lens how the f1.0 compares and whether or not you might want to upgrade in the future. Subscribe to the YouTube channel (if not already done so) so not to miss that.

Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Halation
Flickr Non-Model Photo of the Month – (Most Liked)(Got Explored)

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. For full details see the workshop prices and testimonials.

Model Photography Workshop - London
London Leica Workshop 2021

> 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. Hopefully travel restriction will reduce by say April and then we can start looking at planning some events. Please contact me if you are interested.

Hasselblad 60mm Portrait
New York Workshop

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!

Model Photography Workshop
Zurich Photography Workshop
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> More Content? Join Patreon!

Instant access to 200+ exclusive posts including 100+ videos. Two 1-hour group Zoom calls a month, a friendly private Facebook group and lots of tips and tricks. 

*Sign up to Patreon for 12 months and get 10% off!

Zoom Consultations

Not sure what camera or lens to buy or need help? Book a 1:1 Zoom call and I can answer your questions and give pros and cons of similar products.

YouTube Monthly Giveaways

Subscribe to the YouTube channel for a chance to win! Monthly giveaways – £30/$40+ of Patreon & Zoom call access and higher value items such as lenses.

> Free YouTube Search Tool

Sign up to the blog newsletter to get a free copy of my YouTube video search tool. No more struggling to find a videos. Search through my 200+ videos by lens manufacturer, lens mount, focal length, film format and other filters.

LEICA. LENSES. CAMERAS. WORKSHOP. WEDDING. PRESETS. FILM
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