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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.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lunar Eclipse tonight - how to capture it

There is a Lunar eclipse tonight (8th October 2014) which should be visible in some parts of the world, but sadly not the UK. However, if the weather is clear, the full should appear bright and full. .

At 18.42 Greenwich mean time, the Earth will start to pass between the moon and the sun, until it reaches the point - at 19.49 approximately - when the total eclipse will begin.

As the Earth's shadow falls across the surface of the moon, it will turn a deep red.

So, what is the best way to capture the event?

Pentax K-S1: a review

The 27th August saw the launch of Pentax’s latest DSLR offering the K-S1.  If you find everyday DSLR’s confusing and intimidating due to their multiple buttons and dials then I recommend taking a look at this new model, with its innovative design.

First of all let’s look at the key figures of the K-S1.  The main headlines are a new 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor together with the Prime MII image processor, allowing the K-S1 to reach an ISO sensitivity of up to 51200, shooting speeds of up to 5.4 frames per second and a top end shutter speed of 1/6000.  The camera also captures Full HD movie clips at 1920 x 1080 Pixels (30/25/24 frame rate).  If you combine factors along with the K-S1’s in-body shake reduction feature, a 100% field of view glass pentaprism viewfinder and an AA filter simulator, the K-S1 stacks up well against its competition.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Park Cameras London Photo Walk - Camden Town 4/10/14

It was my pleasure to lead the Park Cameras Photo Walk to Camden Town on Saturday 4th October.

Meeting at Camden Town Station we set off up Camden High Street just as the rain started to fall.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Events to photograph in London October 2014

October has some interesting events to keep your camera occupied. We have listed a few of these below - all are well worth a visit.