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#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival


#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival

Continuing our experiment to encourage more photographers in Wales to liberate their images off hard drives and share them in print, Ffoton & The Northern Eye Festival are partnering to introduce a new ZINE SWAP event for the Festival speakers weekend (12-13 October 2019.)

It's really simple…

If you have a personal photography project (completed, in-progress or experimental) just bring it along in the form of a A4 zine. All we ask is you bring along two copies of the same zine to swap with other willing photographers. By the end of the weekend, we hope ‘swappers’ will be taking home photography they admire by two others in a unique, limited edition zine format.

Daunted by the prospect of putting a zine together and the potential cost of producing it? Fear not, there is a special Zine sections on the Ffoton website for Resources and a new Print Guide written in collaboration with online digital print experts Mixam.

By using the Mixam 'test print' option (HERE) to upload your zine pages or artwork, you can receive two free copies of a fully printed and stable-bound zine of up to 16 pages for just £1.80 to cover postage.

Bargain!- there has never been an easier way to test out ideas and proof your projects in print!

And on the off chance you might have more than one photography projects tucked away on your computer that merit Zine liberation, you can use the Mixam test print service once every 30 days - meaning you can get busy between now and the weekend of 12-13 October and potentially bring along six different zines (2 copies of each) to the Northern EYE. More Swaps!

We can't wait to see some new photography in A4 zine format! This larger size offers a few more creative options to incorporate text, narrative, graphics etc alongside larger images - and A3-size spreads!

Visit our Zine pages via the links below for some tips and ideas on producing your own zines…

A couple of very simple T&C’s:

  • Only open to holders of Northern Eye speakers weekend/day tickets

  • For the purposes of this #zineswap please stick to the 16 side A4 format (you are free to choose any other paper weight/finishing options you desire)

  • Both printed copies must be made available for ‘swapsies’


Mobile Cameras - a little experiment


Mobile Cameras - a little experiment

We'll keep this brief - we'd like to pull together a variety of sample images from modern smartphones for a little experiment on print quality.

Ideally, we'd like you to send us one or two photographs that impressed you on your current mobile phone (or a previous handset you enjoyed using). The images should be well exposed, colour (although we'd also welcome some mono) and ideally RAW/DNG from the phone, or high quality JPegs.
Here's a useful article on shooting RAW on mobile and suggested Apps that support it.

The subject matter of the photographs can be anything you like but we'd like to explore quality of textures, detail and/or graduation of colour and shades if more abstract.

For test purposes, the mobile phone should be a model circa Apple iPhone 4 onwards - up to and including current handsets e.g. iPhone X, Samsung S9 etc. 

Since the focus of this little experiment is quality when printed (we aim to do this at a couple of sizes), by submitting your images you will be granting Ffoton permission to print them for the purposes of this test and a subsequent talk we will be arranging. That means we'll do a couple of test prints from selected submissions, showing them here on our website and at the event talk. Photographers whose images are selected will be notified and credited.

That's it! 

If you'd like to submit an image or two (be picky), just upload them to with a note of the following:

  • your name
  • phone model (and any App) used
  • if you have used the Jpeg or native RAW file (if available)

 and email them to

And if you'd like to leave a comment or question below - feel free and we'll share the clean/sensible ones! :)