Awards Party

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It’s awards season and we’re going to be giving away bumper prizes to the best photographs and paintings that you’ve made on our 2015 or 2016 holidays!

This is going to be a fun afternoon where we’ll be announcing the winners and offering honourable mentions to some of our most colourful clients. We’ll also be showing off your wonderful works of art and fabulous photos throughout.

As always, category winners will receive either a framed print of their winning photograph or a bottle of bubbly for the painters. The overall winner of the night will also win 50% off their next Frui holiday!

Photography categories

  • Details that tell a story
  • Loveable locals
  • Mega landscapes
  • Personal favorite
  • Painting categories

  • Distinctive drawings
  • Creative colour
  • Beautiful brushwork
  • Personal favorite
  • When & Where

    Saturday 8 October from 3 – 6pm

    The Water Poet (pub)
    9-11 Folgate Street
    Spitalfields
    London E1 6BX
    The Water Poet (pub)
    9-11 Folgate Street
    Spitalfields
    London E1 6BX

    Terms & Conditions

  • All photos to be submitted to hello@frui.co.uk by 1st October
  • Drawings and paintings should be brought on the night
  • All entries must have been made on a 2015 or 2016 Frui holiday or weekender
  • Each person can only submit one entry per category
  • Please submit photos with a title, your name, holiday location and date
  • All photos must be between 2 – 10 MGB
  • Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #9

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    Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

    1. Seasonal photography

    Spring is a great time for photography, because of all the flowers and natural foliage. My top tip for photographing flowers is to shoot them in the shade or on a cloudy day. In direct sunlight the bright colours can be too much for your camera’s sensor to handle, and you end up losing the detail.

    2. Respect your phone

    Think of your phone camera as a serious photographic tool. Of course it can’t do everything a ‘real’ camera can do, but it’s always with you and that counts for a lot. The image quality from most new phones is enough for online use, and because of they are so connected it’s probably more likely that photos from your phone will end up being seen by others. So utilize your photo skills and put as much care into your phone pictures as you do when you’re using a proper camera.

    3. Black and white

    If you want to produce black and white photos, it’s best to take them in colour and convert them to black and white using software that allows you to control what shade of grey different colours will become. If your camera is set to save images as colour JPEGs, you won’t get to see them in black and white until they’re on a computer. However if you set your camera to record ‘raw’ files instead and also set it to ‘monochrome’ or ‘black and white’, the pictures will be black- and-white on the screen but still have all the colour information saved should you need it later on.

    Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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    See more of Simon’s amazing photographic work by visiting simontupperphotography.co.uk.

    Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #8

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    Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

    1. Aperture Stars

    As well as controlling depth of field and the amount of light coming into your camera, the aperture can change how points of light (like the sun or streetlights) look in your picture. With a small aperture (big f- number!), point light sources will have a star effect around them caused by diffraction from the aperture blades. With the aperture wide open (smallest f-number), light sources are usually surrounded by an even haze. Out-of-focus lights in the background become attractive little circles. This is called ‘bokeh’ and photographers get very excited about it. Not many are entirely sure how it’s pronounced though.

    2. Be selective

    Be ruthless when selecting photos to show, wherever you’re showing them. It’s always better to have a smaller series of really strong photos than to dilute a set with a few that don’t quite cut it. Great photographers might start with 100 possible strong candidates when making a series of 5- 10.

    3. Go the extra step

    Be confident in your vision for your photo and don’t be afraid to do what you need to do to get the shot as you want it- move a bit closer, ask your subject to change their pose (or clothes!), lie on the floor, climb on a bin. Whatever you need to do. Having the idea for the shot was the hard bit. If it’s a good one, it’s worth putting in that little bit of extra effort to do it justice.

    Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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    See more of Simon’s amazing photographic work by visiting simontupperphotography.co.uk.

    Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #7

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    Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

    1. Running on empty

    Don’t wait until your card is full or your battery is empty to change them, otherwise you might run out at the key moment. I’m talking from experience here! Make sure you’ve always got enough shots in hand for when something awesome occurs in front of you.

    2. Background check

    Photography compresses the 3D world into two dimensions. When you take a photograph, you bring the background and foreground to the same level. Because of this, the ‘background’ is way more significant in a photograph than it is when you look at that scene it in real life. Try not to neglect it when you compose your pictures.

    3. Challenge yourself

    Set yourself photography challenges. Sometimes it’s easier to focus when you have a specific goal and the creative possibilities are narrowed down a bit. In fact, instead of setting them yourself, why not take part in Frui’s ‘tutor’s challenges‘? Or come along to a photography social, where you can complete our live challenges with the help of a drink or two!

    Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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    See more of Simon’s amazing photographic work by visiting simontupperphotography.co.uk

    At Home with Vanley Burke

    Our friends at the Art Fund need your help to move the entire contents of photographer Vanley Burke’s flat, including his archive, to the Ikon Gallery for a brilliant new exhibition!

    Vanley Burke is a renowned photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain; he was born in Jamaica in 1951 and has lived in Birmingham since 1965. Alongside his numerous exhibitions, Burke is also an avid collector – his archive is vast and varied, including posters, books, clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items that provide a fascinating and invaluable insight into the UK’s African Caribbean communities.

    Get donating Frusters!

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    New Year’s Awards Night

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    14 destinations, over 100 holidays, almost 1000 guests and we’ve lost count of the number of bottles of wine!

    Over the past three years we’ve seen you guys take some cracking shots on our holidays, so we’re hosting an awards evening to honour your talents and say thank you for your loyal custom. On the night you’ll have the chance to reunite with Frui faces from your holidays while enjoying a few glasses of vino and, who knows, perhaps even a boogie!

    So, if you’ve joined us on holiday since 2012 then it’s time to pick your best photos and email them to us for a chance to win! We’ll be showing off your photographs throughout the evening and announcing the winners on the night!

    Where and when

    Jewel Bar, Covent Garden, 23rd January 2015 from 7pm (winners announced at 8pm)

    Categories

    People in their environment

    Details that tell a story

    Bags of personality

    Country in a nutshell

    Mega landscapes

    Prizes (Yay!)

    The winner of each category will win a print of their photograph, a £100 Frui holiday voucher and a steamy smooch from James. One of the lucky category winners will also win a £400 Frui Holiday voucher!

    The rules (Boo!)

    You can enter JUST ONE image per category by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Images must be emailed one at a time with the category in the subject line. Images must be no larger than 5MGB and no smaller than 2MGB. Any images smaller or larger will be discounted. All photos must have been taken on a 2012, 2013 or 2014 Frui holiday. Deadline for entries is 15th January 2015.

    Judges

    All entries will be judged by Frui co-founder and best-selling author of Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs, Henry Carroll. Frui’s head of photography and travel photographer, Filip Gierlinski. Frui tutor and travel photographer, Simon Tupper.

    RSVP essential

    Even if you haven’t been away with us over the past three years we’d love you to join us on the night! Please reserve your spot by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing you and your pics on the night!

    New Year’s Awards Ceremony
    14 destinations, over 100 holiday, almost 1000 guests and we’ve lost count of the number of bottles of wine!
    Over the past three years we’ve seen you guys take some cracking shots on our holidays, so we’re hosting an awards evening to honour your talents and say thank you for your loyal custom. On the night you’ll have the chance to reunite with Frui faces from your holidays while enjoying a few glasses of vino and, who knows, perhaps even a boogie!
    So, if you’ve joined us on holiday since 2012 then it’s time to pick your best photos and email them to us for a chance to win! We’ll be showing off your photographs throughout the evening and announcing the winners on the night!
    Where and when
    Jewel Bar, Covent Garden, 23rd January 2015 from 7pm (awards announced at 9pm)
    Categories
    People in their environment
    Details that tell a story
    Bags of personality
    Country in a nutshell
    Mega landscapes
    Prizes
    The winner of each category will win a print of their photograph, a £100 Frui holiday voucher and a steamy smooch from James. One of the lucky category winners will also win a £400 Frui Holiday voucher!
    The rules
    You can enter JUST ONE image per category by emailing hello@frui.co.uk. Images must be emailed one at a time with the category in the subject line. Images must be no larger than 5MGB and no smaller than 2MGB. Any images smaller or larger will be discounted. All photos must have been taken on a 2012, 2013 or 2014 Frui holiday. Deadline for entries is 15th January 2015.
    Judges
    All entries will be judged by Frui co-founder and best-selling author of Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs, Henry Carroll. Frui’s head of photography and travel photographer, Filip Gierlinski. Frui tutor and travel photographer, Simon Tupper.

    Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #6

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    Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

    1. Create a series

    Often we think about photographs as one off images. That’s fine, but photographs are at their most powerful when you create a series on a theme. A series allows you to create a narrative, tell a story and explore your subject deeper. The trick is to know what your series is about and that’s where you have to tap in to what interested you the most, whether that’s a person, a place or an event.

    2. Be ruthless

    Sometimes you can work really hard to photograph something. It might mean spending a day walking to a viewpoint, waiting for the weather to clear or battling with your confidence on the street. The more effort you put in the better your pictures will be. But sometimes things still don’t work out. Always be objective about your pictures. Don’t hold on to ones which don’t work simply because they were hard to get. Viewers judge a image on its own merits rather than how hard it was to capture, so be ruthless with your editing!

    3. Choose your lens carefully

    I see it all the time on Frui holidays and courses. Frusters see something interesting but then capture it with the wrong lens, whether it’s too wide or too tight. Your choice of lens has more impact on your composition than anything else. You have to make sure that you’re using the right lens for the right subjects. Wide angle lenses make environmental details all important, while telephoto lenses concentrate attention on the subject. Think about what you’re trying to capture and then choose your lens.

    Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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    See more of Simon’s amazing photographic work by visiting simontupperphotography.co.uk

    Tutor Interview – James Dean Diamond

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    James Dean Diamond; a superstar name to match his superstar status as one of Frui’s professional photographers and tutors! Based in the South-East, James teaches for Frui in Brighton and London. We asked him some questions to see what floats his photography boat…

    How did you get into photography?

    My father was an avid photographer, and used his Canon A1 to shoot landscapes, skyscapes, travel photos and portraits of the family. I was hooked from the age of 11 and bought my first ever camera; a Pentax Auto 1-10 SLR which was the smallest SLR camera available to buy at the time. Since then, a camera has become as essential in everyday life as eating and breathing.

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    How do you improve your photography?

    Practice, practice, practice! I experiment with camera settings when I’m on location and in the studio to find what works and what doesn’t. My inspiration is to be original and communicate what my work is about, conceptually and aesthetically.

    What do you love about photography?

    Every time I go out with my camera is a new photographic adventure, which I love! Something I come across in the street could be my newest best photo.

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    Where’s your favourite place to photograph?

    Although I’ve travelled a lot for my photography, I would say that the great City of London is my favourite place to photograph, which is handy because it’s right on my doorstep. I like photographing London because it is quite nondescript compared to Paris or New York. Variety is the key to locations, and I feel that London offers so many stories and subjects.

    You’ve just completed your Masters Degree, tell us about it?

    It was intense but I learnt a lot about my art practice and gave me an in-depth look into why I make art as opposed to just how and what. My dissertation focussed on the function of abstraction and blurring in Gerhard Richter’s work which I found profoundly influential on my own work.

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    Thanks James!

    #Frustagram competition – November’s winner & December’s theme announced

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    We love Instagram. It makes our photos shiny and beautiful! Check out our Instagram here.

    Each month we’ll be doing a themed competition on Instagram. All you have to do is upload your photo with the hashtag below. (That bit is really important as without the hashtag we won’t know you’ve entered the comp!)

    November Winner Announcement

    We received lots of fantastic entries in this months Instagram competition. Thanks for entering!

    The winner of November’s Gunpowder, Treason & Plot themed competition is… @katiebv

    Congratulations, we loved your photograph! Please email Kirsty@frui.co.uk to claim your prize. See @katiebv’s photograph below:

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    November’s Competition:

    Prize: £50 Frui voucher

    This month’s theme: Christmas delights

    This month’s hashtag: #FruiDecemberComp

    Important bits:

    One submission per person. Competition closes on the last day of the month. Any entries submitted after this time will not be counted. The winner will be announced on the next Frui Newsletter.

    Get Instagramming, shutterbugs!

    Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #5

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    Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

    1. Use the best camera for your subject matter

    Most people tend to own just one camera, which is understandable, as they do cost a packet. But there are loads of different types of cameras out there, from your phone, to DSLRs, to rangefinders, to medium format, to large format. None of them ‘do it all’. For instance, if you like street photography, perhaps experiment with a rangefinder, which is smaller, more inconspicuous and faster than a DSLR. Likewise, if you’re in the studio a larger format helps to slow things down and create a more serious tone during the shoot.

    2. Find your own version of beauty

    The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge are probably the most photographed tourist hotspots in London, so how about looking for inspiration elsewhere? You can find beauty in the strangest places, from alleyways, to the inside of pubs, even down your own street! Go on, show us something unexpected. When shooting this kind of subject matter, always pay attention to the changing light, because light can transform the mundane into the magical.

    3. Shoot, shoot and shoot again

    I see it all the time on Frui courses. Budding snappers are always in a hurry! When you see a subject, slow down and take your time to really study it so you can decide on the best angle. And when you do, take a shot, review it, and then take another. And another. This process will lead you to the shot you initially wanted to take.

    Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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    See more of Simon’s amazing photographic work by visiting simontupperphotography.co.uk

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