Editorial - September-October 2006 - part 1 of 1

by Mike McNamee Published 01/09/2006

We start with the sad news of the death of Barrie Thomas, in Australia, on 4 July 2006. A full tribute is written on page 37 of this issue. He will be greatly missed for his teaching skills, but perhaps most fondly missed for his legendary caution at WPPI, dispensing gambling chips in the casinos of Las Vegas. While I was not present at the time, the stories have been related so often that I feel I was there!

On a lighter note, the membership obviously does not believe in fairies as nobody was able to see them in our count-the-fairies competition, last issue. In the interests of saving your eyes, the fairies were on pages 3, 8, 20, 22, 35, 46 and 126 - oops, there's another one they are still at large!

Sport is a major theme this issue, but for the social photographers we hope you find some inspiration and moneymaking ideas from the features on calligraphy and Painter.

According to some predictions, digital SLRs will soon be enjoying twice the penetration into households that analogue SLRs did (does this mean that they are already above?). This is supported by a report in BJP originating from Canon, that the number of lenses purchased per camera has risen from 0.5 to 1.2 since 2005. How this will affect the money-earning side of our business remains to be seen, at this rate there are going to be more (DSLRtoting) people on the camera side of the scene than the bride and groom's side. A general resurgence of interest in photography and imaging can only be a good thing we hope.

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