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Starts thursday 25th may on sky arts. Just clocked the advert on sky looks like it could be quite a good program for anyone who is interested.
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Re: Master of photography

I found the first series disappointing: lots of overblown flannel and 'erudition' from the judges, but virtually no genuine discussion of why particular images were actually better than others at meeting the brief.
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Re: Master of photography

Agreed, seemed to have lost its way most of the time. Hope this series is better.

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Re: Master of photography

Yes I'll certainly watch it and keep an open mind. The best bits of the first series were watching the contestants at work on each project, and the input from the external experts (who included the likes of Alex Webb and Bruce Gilden).

They just needed to shoot the judges.
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Re: Master of photography

I'll watch the second series as the first one was enjoyable but I do agree with the above comments though that it didn't seem to educate (The BBC's "The Big Painting Challenge" was better in this regard). The judges should be replaced as they were worse than useless and in fact a hinderance; their comments were all self serving, impossible to achieve, and more than a bit up their own backsides. I would like to see the judges achieve what they demand and then I'll take notice. I would still reserve the right to wonder what recreational drug they were taking though when they spout such nonsense.
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Re: Master of photography

The above comments have made me want to watch it even more now 😃
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Re: Master of photography

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Yes I'll certainly watch it and keep an open mind. The best bits of the first series were watching the contestants at work on each project, and the input from the external experts (who included the likes of Alex Webb and Bruce Gilden).

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I'll watch the second series as the first one was enjoyable but I do agree with the above comments though that it didn't seem to educate (The BBC's "The Big Painting Challenge" was better in this regard). The judges should be replaced as they were worse than useless and in fact a hinderance; their comments were all self serving, impossible to achieve, and more than a bit up their own backsides. I would like to see the judges achieve what they demand and then I'll take notice. I would still reserve the right to wonder what recreational drug they were taking though when they spout such nonsense.
I rather agree with both of you
The Italian judge was just baffling I do not think he new what he wanted to see himself when he finished talking.
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Re: Master of photography

Well having seen the first episode I thought things had improved quite a lot.

There was much more emphasis on the contestants' efforts to find good images, they'd ditched two of the previous judges (although keeping the grumpy Italian guy with the blue specs) and there was some specific and detailed discussion and proper criticism of the images. Much less airy-fairy pseudo-art speak, and I thought the overall standard of the contestants was higher. Nice locations, too.
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Re: Master of photography

I never watch Sky - both on a count of principle and because I don't have a subscription!
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I never watch Sky - both on a count of principle and because I don't have a subscription!
Neither do I.
But is there any way a non regular subscriber could watch the episodes.
I have fiddled around but got nowhere useful.
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But is there any way a non regular subscriber could watch the episodes.
I have fiddled around but got nowhere useful.
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Back in the days when the high street had the likes of Radio Rentals with display televisions in the shop window, it wasn't uncommon for (mainly) men to stand outside watching the football results whilst their women folk were busily clothes shopping. Ah, those were the days!
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Back in the days when the high street had the likes of Radio Rentals with display televisions in the shop window, it wasn't uncommon for (mainly) men to stand outside watching the football results whilst their women folk were busily clothes shopping. Ah, those were the days!
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Blimey.
That's an old fashioned sexist comment
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Just historical recollection. Not just football, but the Grand National and the boat race. When it was the turn of Royal weddings, it was about turn, men shopping women gawping...
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Well having seen the first episode I thought things had improved quite a lot.

There was much more emphasis on the contestants' efforts to find good images, they'd ditched two of the previous judges (although keeping the grumpy Italian guy with the blue specs) and there was some specific and detailed discussion and proper criticism of the images. Much less airy-fairy pseudo-art speak, and I thought the overall standard of the contestants was higher. Nice locations, too.
Yes, as compared with series 1, it wasn't quite so awful. At least they got rid of the annoying (and pointless) 'hostess', who contributed nothing, and I actually liked some of the images taken this time, which I can't say of last series at all!

Still think we should know what makes the judges qualified to be in that slot though ... having never heard of any of them, they should put their money where their mouths are, and exhibit some of their own work as examples of what the contestants are striving for.
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Re: Master of photography

Finally watched the first episode. I have never been to Sicily looks a fab place for photos as demonstrated in some of the shots. Would have been nice for the program to give a full run down of the kit at their disposal at the start rather than having to stare during shoots, unless I missed something.
I too liked some of the shots and the ideas behind them, I found some of the ideas very inspirational.

What did everyone think of the winning photos?

One thing I did find a little frustrating was the lack of emotion and suspense by the judges they were a tad drab.

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Watched episode 2 that would have been a really enjoyable challenge. I was surprised that several photographers didnt grasp the rush hour street photography. Maybe it was down to nerves and time pressure although you would have thought the majority of contestants would be used to pressure. One of the ladies had a really good shot she was advised to use as her final image, encapsulating a moving crowd on the platform yet she chose the pedal cycle. It amazes me how different people have different perceptions of shots and when they explain the method and thought behind the shot such as the chap capturing the tube stairs with railings being used to symbolise a cell. I would never have seen that within the image.
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