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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Learn how to use the Canon 7D Mark II with Park Cameras!

At the end of last year Canon launched the 7D Mark II, the eagerly awaited replacement to the highly thought of Canon EOS 7D.

It is fair to say the Mark 2 version is considerably more sophisticated than its predecessor; with its stand-out feature being a focus system that is class leading in terms of performance and veracity outclassing even the flagship Canon EOS-1D X.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

London Fashion Week - My First Time on the Catwalk

It ended with me thinking Ill buy my wife that jacket I'd seen a catwalk model wearing earlier that day which happen to be offered at 90% off on the day I was shooting the Last Sunday of London Fashion week. £1099.00 said the price tag. In my naivety I thought "yes bargain!" only to discover from the attendant that £1099 was the price with 90% deducted already(embarrassingly). £10,999 for a jacket! I almost choked!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Hands On with the Sony RX100 Mark IV

Last week, I got given the chance to review the Sony RX100 Mark IV, 2015’s successor to the RX100 Mark III.

It features the World’s First Stacked 1.0" BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip, which in layman's terms allows for Super Slow Motion Capture (astonishingly up to 1000 frames per second!), 4K Video Shooting, high speed shooting and much more in a pretty diminutive package.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Autumn is here... How to take photos on overcast days.

After a promising start, summer in the UK was something of a disappointment with cloudy skies and plenty of rain.

So, with the conditions particularly September-esque, our man Steve has some advice so you make the most of these conditions and get the best possible results from your photography.

When the sun is not out then colours tend to be far more muted and cooler than when the sun is shining. If you want to give your pictures a colour boost and a warmer feel then there are several ways you can easily do this.

Tip 1: Take Control of the White Balance Setting

Move the white balance setting off Auto and around to the 'cloudy' setting - this will warm up the image slightly but noticeably. I would suggest you take a test shot on Auto white balance and then one on Cloudy and you should see quite a difference. If the result still need more warmth then move to the 'Shade' setting which adds more warmth.

Cloudy white balance adds warmth

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Revealed - Park goes hands on with Olympus' new model

Olympus have announced a Mark II model of the extremely popular OM-D E-M10 model - say hello to the OM-D E-M10 Mark II!

The fifth OM-D model, the new camera moves to a superb 5-axis in-body stabilisation system offering 4 stops of compensation and adds the superb electronic viewfinder from the range topping E-M1.

What's more, you'll be able to pre-order the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II from Park Cameras now, in preparation for release in September, where we'll have some of the first stock to arrive in the UK!

Here at Park, we've managed to get access to this great new camera, and our first impressions can be viewed here in our hands-on review.

In addition to this, Park Cameras London store will have the E-M10 Mark II in-store on Saturday 29th August, along with the Olympus experts where you'll be able to get hands on with the new camera and ask any questions you might have.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How to photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower tonight

The Perseid Meteor shower is at it's height tonight 12/13th August and co-incides with a new moon for the first time since 2007 so will be contrasted against a particularly dark sky.

Meteors are cased by tiny fragments of debris from space left over from the Comet Swift-Tuttle (called meteoroids) entering the earths atmosphere and vaporising causing the air around them to heat up and cause the streak of light known as a meteor.

The best conditions for capturing the meteor shower are clear skies with low light pollution - which is why tonight is ideal. You need to find an area well away from brightly light areas such as towns and low activity in the atmosphere from winds and moisture.

Monday, 10 August 2015

My experience with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Recently, when I was asked to photograph a wedding, I instantly knew what would be my lens of choice: the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM. This is because of the very versatile focal length that allows me to photograph most of the scenarios that I would be shooting in a wedding apart from moving to a 70-200mm when I needed that extra bit of reach. Additionally, the fast f/2.8 aperture allows me to isolate subjects with a shallow depth of field, creating more aesthetic images as well as the formation of bokeh with small balls of light in the out of focus areas of the image. The bokeh that this lens achieves is much better than comparable lenses because of its rounded aperture blades.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Manfrotto Digital Director

The Manfrotto Digital Director is a product (designed and built in partnership with Apple) for the Apple iPad Air and Air 2 which lets you control your camera and so much more using your iPad. Manage your whole photo and video workflow via this hardware/software tethered application.

Available in two models - one for iPad Air and one for iPad Air 2 the Manfrotto Digital director includes an embedded CPU (ARM Cortex A8 600mhz) which helps you manage your workflow from Nikon and Canon DSLRs tethered to your iPad.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Voigtlander f/0.95 Micro 4/3 lenses

Users of Micro 4/3 cameras are very well catered for with some
superb lenses available from Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and 
Tamron - to name just a few.

Voigtlander have a rich pedigree in manufacturing quality optics and coupling this to superb mechanical qualities.

Voigtlander now offer a range of lenses for Micro 4/3 all with a superfast f/0.95 aperture.