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The University of Nottingham, School of Biology, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging

The following list is all of the Internal staff and external staff who teach and associated to the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging course.

The University of Nottingham Staff

Dr Kate Durrant MSc Course Director
Dr Thomas Hartman University Teaching Associate Science Specialist
Dr David Fox  MSc Museum Curator
Steve Galloway Taught Course Specialist
Tim Smith Senior Technician SEM

Visiting Teaching Staff

Luke Saddler Videographer [ HDSLR Filmmaker ] Final Cut Pro/ Adobe Premier
Helen Walsh Freelance Photographer, Designer, Illustrator
Alex Hyde Landscape Photographer, Adobe Product specialist
Katherine Dixon Web Design, Photographer, Videographer
Frankie Buckle Zeiss specialist, Photographer
Kelly Neaves
Jill Groom Photographer, Marine Biology
David Newton Canon Eos Trainer, Photographer, Writer

Supporting Industrial  Members

Geoff Espin Photographer, Orchid Specialist
Raymond Fitchett Sigma Photographic
Fran Maloni Jigsaw24 Apple Mac Computers
Jason Batterham Calumet Photographic

External Lecturing Staff

Professor Heather Angel Professional Wildlife Photographer
Gavin Thurston Professional Filmmaker
Stephen Moss BBC Natural History Unit Bristol
Dr Rob Lambert Tourism and Environment
Dr Paul Eggleton Natural History Museum
Phil Songhurst Consultant

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Negotiating Your Worth

Pricing photography is often one of the greatest hurdles for people looking to break into the profession, bringing beads of sweat to the forehead just thinking about it. It’s especially nerve-wracking when you’re faced with a client demanding to know why they have to pay that much for your services. And chances are if you’ve just adopted the prices you’ve seen some other photographers in your area charge, without taking the time to actually calculate and understand what you charge what you do, then you’re going to be in some hot water to explain your worth.

You need to not only know the worth of the services you are providing, but you need to know how to articulate what you’re worth and why you’re worth it. Photography is an amazing creative outlet and career, but don’t doubt for a second that it’s a business. You’ve got to wear a lot of hats in this industry. Make sure you’re equally versed in the business practices as in the visual principles. When you can negotiate and state your worth with confidence and how you arrived there, you give your client confidence as well. Here are a few things I find critical when I find myself in the position of negotiating my worth.

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Final Cut Pro X

Apple has unveiled Final Cut Pro X, the newest version of its popular video-editing software.

Final Cut Pro X is a rebuild of the 12-year-old software, according to Apple‘s Peter Steinauer and Randy Ubillos. It’s the first 64-bit version for the software, capable of utilizing all eight cores and more than 4 GB of RAM of the Mac for professional video editing. Apple revealed the new version of Final Cut Pro at an event at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas.

Final Cut Pro X comes with a slew of new features, including advanced people and shot detection, automatic audio cleanup and “range-based keywording,” which gives video editors the ability to apply keywords to specific portions of a video. The new Final Cut Pro also sports a feature that prevents audio and video tracks from being pushed out of sync by accident. Final Cut Pro X will also come with features that automatically matches color between two clips.

Final Cut Pro X will be available for download via the Mac App Store in June for $299, far less than the Final Cut Studio’s $999 price tag.

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Wales is set to be the first country to produce a DNA barcode for every one of its native flowering plants, scientists claim.
The Barcode Wales project will aim to catalogue all 1,143 species of native flowering plant based on each plant’s unique gene sequence.
This would mean that the tiniest fragment of leaf or pollen grain could be used to identify any plant in Wales.
It would also allow scientists to better understand the plants’ genetics.
The information will help biologists to track the status of pollinating insects, such as bees.
And the database itself could be used to test the authenticity of Welsh products, including honey, and help identify plant fragments in forensic examinations.

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Or is it

Photography by Johan Rosenmunthe

Look at a image and think is it?. Sometimes you have think can this be right or is staged, or photoshop, whatever it is, getting back to the image, I love the composition the light the tone and to me the gentleness of the image, sometimes you look at a image and say I wish that was mine.

Have a look at the at Johan Rosenmunthe web site see what you think

and to put your mine at rest, they are made with the help of photoshop.

The Statement by Johan Rosenmunthe

In these urban landscapes we find animals in unexpected places. The animals occupy the spaces as if it was their natural habitat. The images are, of course, manipulated and constructed from at least three separate images.

The idea of placing exotic animals in a city environment stems from my interest in the fight for new territories that us humans are increasingly involved in. But humans still have to live side by side with the other species on this earth, and somehow we have to find a way to live together. I have no final answer to this conflict, but I find the theme intellectually and visually stimulating.


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The word is out: Adobe has just announced the Adobe Creative Suite Version 5.5, which includes new features and updates for people designing and/or creating for mobile devices of all kinds and for people working with video (among others).

The update affects these Apps (which all move to version 5.5):

• InDesign CS 5.5
• Dreamweaver CS 5.5
• Flash Pro CS 5.5
• Premiere Pro CS 5.5
• After Effects CS 5.5

Photoshop users, rest easy—-there are no enhancements or new features in this update for Photoshop whatsoever, so Photoshop will remain at CS5, though there is a free patch so it will be able to connect to mobile apps that may be released in the future but just so ya know—-it is NOT a 5.5-level upgrade like the other CS5 products are getting.

Also, the new suites will now include Acrobat 10 instead of 9.

Something I Never Thought We’d See, But I Love It!
I think perhaps nearly as big news is that Adobe is announcing a monthly Subscription Plan for both individual apps (like Photoshop CS5) and the various Creative Suites, so if you couldn’t afford the upfront costs to buy a full blown version of Photoshop, or the Creative Suite, now you can rent it by the month. How cool is that!!!!

Better yet—subscribers automatically get their subscription upgraded when a new version of their product comes up (so if you start on Photoshop CS5, when Photoshop CS6 comes out, subscribers get the new version as soon as it’s available).



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This is an interesting blog from David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. He has a passion for visual information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. He is  interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!

Have a look at  Web site

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