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Monday, 27 October 2014

How to take great pictures of the moon

f/8  1/125sec  ISO100  250mm
Got some free time on a clear winter’s night, why don’t you shoot for the Moon…

I have always been fascinated with the moon and the affect it has on us, so this led me to combining my passion for photography with the moon by creating a yearlong project to photograph every phase of the moon.  The reason why it took me almost a year was more down to the British weather rather than my photography skills.

When I started it seemed like an easy task, but trying to capture the last phases to complete the project meant waiting months to get the right photo. One cloudy night and you have to wait another month to try again...

You don’t need to go to this degree of frustration, just find a clear night or early morning before the sunrises and get going.

So let’s get started.

Friday, 24 October 2014

How to take great fireworks pictures

With Firework night approaching we have put together a guide to taking great Firework pictures.

Fireworks are a difficult subject but a few accessories and a bit of forward planning will make the task much easier.

Aim to shoot your images early in a display as inevitably smoke and haze will build up as the show goes on.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Olympus 9mm f/8.0 – the lens the size of a body cap

What a fantastic little gem of a lens... O.K, it's no way as sharp at the edges as the Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye or the Panasonic 8mm Fisheye, but bang for buck it's brilliant.

It's a small plastic manual focus, glass aspherical lens about the same size of a bodycap. Don’t let the size and plastic body and very cheap price put you off, as the image quality is very good.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

On My Dream Holiday

Before I left on my dream holiday I was contemplating whether I should take my full frame camera equipment weighting in around 5 Kg or not!

Well, we have all been there before - do I break my back for a great shot or do I carry something lighter more portable and easier to carry around.

No I didn't take the full frame equipment!

I decided to take an Olympus OM-D E-M10 compact system camera, complete with the standard 14-42mm compact lens.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Smart Previews in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 - Top Tutor Tip

This facility was introduced with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom and allows for images to be edited offline in Lightroom. This is particularly useful for those using a laptop and an external hard drive to store their images

Lytro -The Future is here (again!)

Those who have been following Lytro’s work are probably aware of the company’s first product, The Light-Field Camera. Like me, you probably saw it on The Gadget Show in 2011 and found yourself wowed by the never seen before technology, allowing you to refocus your shots after taking them. Despite the hype and rave reviews, the Light-Field camera never took off as they had expected, maybe down to the build quality, maybe it’s strange square tube-like design but most likely the combination of its usability.

The Road to Full Frame (a customers perspective)

This blog post is from one of our long standing customers; Glen Alder. Glen describes the learning curve involved in changing to full frame for shooting macro. This blog entry is in two parts. 

My primary camera was initially a Nikon D300 with a sensor of 12.3M pixels, good in low light and recorded reasonable colours. It had a cropped sensor and this had some advantages such as multiplying the lens length by a factor of 1.5 times and recording a good depth of field. These features helped with the type of photography that I really enjoyed the macro world.