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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Leica announce new addition to the M lens range - the 28mm f/1.4 ASPH Summilux-M

Leica have announced a new addition to their M lens line up - the new Leica 28mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH in Black anodised finish.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Substantial firmware updates for the X-T1, delivering a new AF system for better capture of moving subjects among other improvements

Fuji have a great tradition of offering firmware upgrades for existing products to improve performance and functionality – for example the Fuji X100 AF upgrade transformed the performance of that camera.

Having produced a major firmware upgrade in December 2014, Fuji have just announced a firmware upgrade for the X-T1 model which promises to transform the AF performance of that model.

New zone and wide/Tracking modes have been added to the cameras capabilities using 77 AF points spread across the frame to vastly improve the cameras tracking abilities when capturing moving subjects.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Events in and around London to Photograph in May 2015

May should be the start of some good weather for photography and with two Bank Holidays in the month there are plenty of events you can attend and photograph.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Canon improves XF205 functionality with FREE firmware update

Canon UK have announced two new firmware updates for their popular professional camcorder – the XF205.

The first firmware update is free to download already and will improve the camera’s noise ratio in low light conditions. The second update will enable live streaming of content over IP networks and will be available late June 2015. These updates have been developed from Canon after getting feedback from various users of the XF205 including broadcasters and wedding videographers.

Friday, 24 April 2015

What makes an L-Series lens so special? (Part 2)

Every adoring enthusiast and professional knows the trick. You take almost any Canon DSLR, you place one of their numerous L-Series lenses on the front and when you have finally taken a picture (presumably at a decent exposure), you notice something special has taken place in the process of capturing light, something quite sublime. You look on your LCD screen and the colours seem to pop more then usual. It’s as if the texture of a surface in a shot can be felt as well as seen. A surfeit of detail, that the eye may not have even registered, spills out of the image you have just recorded, but also created.  

It’s a fairly old trick now, a trick that will run and run. But on reflection, it must be noted, that it’s no trick at all. Merely science. The question is how have Canon created such stunning specimens of optical technology? What distinguished elements sit bellow the slick black, or grand white outer shell, which are adorned by that notorious red stripe? What is it that makes a Canon Luxury Series Lens so special?

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Nikon developing new firmware update to improve video recording capabilities on D750, D810 and D4s.

Today we have learnt that Nikon is currently in the process of developing a new firmware update for the D750, D810 and D4s due to released at some point in the Summer 2015. The new firmware upgrade will provide support for timecode and recording command functions with HDMI output to external recorders.

With the new firmware update, communication can be established between the cameras and external recording devices. Video recorders will be able to recognise the cameras’ own operations, enabling the start/stop recording commands to become synchronised and automated. Meanwhile, new support for timecode imprinting will improve editing capabilities, as sound and video can be aligned, to create a smoother editing process.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Park Cameras staff member has image commended in the World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony

A Maasai man looks through
his Inkajijik (house) into the setting
sun. This was in a village on the
outskirts of the Mara (Kenya). 
One of our staff members, Luke Dray, has been commended in the World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony.  This is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. The commended image will be featured in an exhibition at Somerset House, London, between the 24th of April and the 10th of May 2015.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Macro Photography

With Spring upon us, it is the ideal time to take an interest in Macro Photography.

Entering into this world can lead to some fascinating and truly spectacular images, and with a few tips you can achieve these results.

So, there are a 3 main ways to perform Macro Photography;
  1. With a Macro Lens
  2. With Extension tubes 
  3. With Focus Stacking
There is also a secret 4th way of getting great results without the expense, which I’ll share further on, but first let’s start with 1. A Macro lens.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Spring Photography - how to make the most of the new season!

Spring is in many ways the best of the seasons for photography. With the Sun still low in the sky, lighting is much more interesting than the high, top-lit summer sun.

Spring of course, is also the time when nature bursts in to action with flowers and fresh leaves appearing as well as those spring favourites Lambs and Chicks!

So, what is the best way to capture Spring and how should you prepare for a photographic outing to capture it?