The latest celebrity event news and behind the scenes goings on at Fame Fad for July 2015 with added waffle which seemed to be popular last month?
Photo of the Month June 2015
First off photo of the month for June 2015. It was a tricky one but on 3rd June I knew that I had my photo of the month. We’ve got names in June like Amber Heard, Channing Tatum, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson and many others but this shot of Fearne Cotton is the one for me. WHY?
1. Technically Good selective lighting, she’s illuminated nicely and the annoying railings in the background are not. Results she pops out of the frame. It looks like she’s standing still but she was moving at a rate of knots as shown by her hair. Bang on focus,nice smile and direct eye contact seal the deal.
2. She’s pregnant and still hitting the mark in red carpet fashion terms which is not easy to achieve as all the celebrity names mentioned previously would acknowledge and raise their hat to.
3. The red ball clutch handbag thing I’ve never seen before, it’s a one off and that alone warrants a photo of the month tag.
4. She’s a bit of a National Institution having been at Radio 1 for 10 years and has recently left. She’s a bit of a fashion icon as well. What better way to mark that fact
I think 4 pretty good reasons for her to be photo of the month. I could name others!
Timing is critical in this game. What Henri Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment is very relevant in this sphere of work. Incredibly so. More importantly once you’ve got that decisive moment you’ve got to get those pictures out there as fast as possible so time is critical here also, otherwise you are quite simply wasting your time.
This is something that I’ve been looking at for some time with internet cafe’s being the way to go for me. saves on carrying a laptop around worrying about batteries being charged, getting a good mobile or wi fi connection and on and on, not to mention the weight. Some paps photo rucksacks I’ve struggled to pick up let alone get onto my back. Downside of internet cafe’s is there is always a lag from when you take the picture to when the outside world actually sees it which in this day and age is not good.
Some paps I know have ditched their laptops and are using Ipad Air 2 (the wafer thin one). Again this is something I’ve looked at with a lot of interest but again it’s not without it’s cons. Yes they’re light but are not as powerful as a laptop or PC and only rudimentary image editing can be done. They are also quite fiddly to use and quite fragile. An option that is still being considered though.
Some mirrorless cameras enable you to take a picture with a top notch camera (such as Sony A7 full frame series), send it to your phone via an app and from there you can post it out to the world. 10 seconds is the delay plus the time to log into your social media website and type out the message. Food for thought as well although it’s well known mirrorless cameras can’t hold a light to a DSLR for speed photography such as sports and paparazzi high speed action work where it’s all over in 2-3 seconds tops.
So the battle goes on in my mind over what technology really convinces me to make the switch from dinosaur internet cafe’s to the latest instantaneous delivery of photos from the world of celebrity but when it happens it will transform this website!
Fame Fad News July 2015
1. Photoshelter News
Photoshelter News All the photo galleries for Fame Fad are not hosted on this website but are hosted at Photoshelter at frankjohn.photoshelter.com. Recently had an email from these people who are based in New York that the package I’m on has been upgraded which means the following.
a) 8 or 9 funkier designs are available to showcase my work instead of the bog standard vanilla flavour that is out there at present. May try the Ben and Jerry’s Mint and Triple ORGANIC Chocolate chip and Pistachio flavour variety. They also got a very nice Haagen Daz!
b) I now have the option of using famefad.com as the domain name for the gallery Instead of frankjohn.photoshelter.com. An example would be famefad.com/gallery. Still being looked at but this is quite a significant development at no extra cost to yours truly. Changes if any will happen during the dead period between late July and August this year.
2. You Tube
No updates have been done on this channel since Christmas and with a whopping 1 subscriber it’s pretty obvious this channel is getting the thumbs down in viewing and subscriber terms in it’s present format. So it’s back to the drawing board to come up with some different ideas for this channel. In it’s present form it’s just not worth investing any more time and effort in as videos do take a surprising amount of work to produce. I’m not one for flogging a dead horse and I have to say my first love is stills photography si it’s no loss for me personally! Rita Ora performing live seems to be the most popular video THAT may provide the future direction of this You Tube Channel. BUT as always watch for further news on that one
3. Camera Gear you may have noticed in June I’ve acquired some new lenses. A 70-200 style Tele zoom for longer range work such as hotels and large events and a wide angle to normal zoom for close up pap and red carpet situations. I’m not a huge fan of zooms but in this game they are pretty much essential. The result will be a dramatically different look to the photos and the ability to get shots that I otherwise would not be able to get which has got to be a good thing!
Celebrity Event News
July is what I call the start of the wind down season with late July and August being the dead times of the year in conjunction with the school holidays. Here’s what I know of that’s on in July.
1 July British Grand Prix Ball Royal Artillery Gardens in the City
Will not be at this event but a cracking guest list is expected to arrive.
One Crazy Thing – European Premiere
Wednesday 1st July
Genesis Cinema, London
Starring: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Renton Skinner
3 July Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
Good mixture of celebrities at this event both old and new. Will nott be there for the arrivals (other things on) but will try and make it for the departures
**Ant-Man – European Premiere**
Wednesday 8 July
Odeon Leicester Square, London
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Michael Douglas
If hotel known will be papping there for certain.
As always keep an eye on the @famefad twitter for the latest news.