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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

DJI Phantom 4: hands on review from a first time flyer

When we were loaned a DJI Phantom 4 drone, the first thing we probably should have done is passed it on to a responsible member of staff with sufficient drone flying experience to ensure that this £1,229 piece of equipment was in the safest hands possible.

What we actually did was loan it to me for the weekend - to really put it through its paces as a kind of ‘Drone for Dummies’ experiment. I am not particularly coordinated, definitely clumsy and not particularly proficient at navigation. 

The perfect subject for proving how difficult or how easy this Phantom 4 is....

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Andy Rouse’s Top Photos Of The Last Year: Part Two - Aviation

Andy Rouse, aviation photographer? What’s that all about? Well it’s about following your passion and never allowing yourself to be pigeon holed. A year ago I decided that my calling to the world of aviation had returned and that I had to follow it. I’d blocked it for many years, mainly due to my failing to be a pilot on several attempts, and had always returned and dabbled in it. Wildlife though has dominated my professional life and I love it - I still get such a thrill from getting close to animals and watching them in their daily lives. Unfortunately, the negative and nasty side of the business has got far worse, with petty jealousy, sniping and some photographer’s willingness to do anything to get a shot. Couple that with the hard fact that to be in the public eye all the time means you have to dedicate your life to it (there will be pros reading this now that work 12 hour days for most days of the week without a social life or holiday) and perhaps you will see why I have started to take a back seat in this world. With a young daughter whom I love very much, I just don’t have the time to spend endless days and nights away in the UK photographing wildlife. So for the foreseeable future I have really cut down my UK wildlife photography to just a few species that I really love, and have limited my foreign trips to 4 per year (again only on subjects that I really love). This means I have more time for a great home life and more time for aviation, as with aviation I am home in the evenings.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Fuji X-T2 vs X-T1 vs X-Pro2 Review

With the Fujifilm X-T2 release date now upon us, many people want to know how it compares to its predecessor - the Fujifilm X-T1. The X-T1 was originally announced in January 2014, and since then has gained immense popularity and has been the catalyst for many photographers to migrate from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras. Another comparable model is the Fujifilm X-Pro2 which was announced earlier this year in January to widespread acclaim.

So, in this article we review the new Fuji X T2, see how it compares to the X-T1 and the X-Pro2, and look at what improvements have been introduced.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Travel Photography Gear: Cameras & Accessories For Holidays

It’s now that time of year when - with any luck - you are planning to take a break and go on your summer holidays. Whether that be going abroad or simply enjoying the best that the UK has to offer, you’ll no doubt want to photograph some of the many sights and scenes you encounter on your travels.

Travel photography has its own distinct style, requirements, and often limitations, so in this article we look at some of the best travel camera equipment currently available that will help you perfectly capture your holiday highlights.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Best A3 Printer Under £500 - Our Top 5 Recommendations

In recent years, the price of high quality printers has dropped significantly, so now for just a few hundred pounds, you can have a professional printing lab in the comfort of your own home, and produce incredible images at the touch of a button.

There are many makes and models to choose from and the quality of their results can vary quite drastically, so in this article we aim to save you from wading through all the options out there and recommend our top five tried and tested A3 printers, available to buy for under £500.

First up in our list is our most affordable option, the Canon PiXMA iP8750…

Monday, 9 May 2016

Camera Bag Reviews: Our Camera Bag Buying Guide

Camera bags are an item much loved by photographers, with many having a whole cupboard full of them!

So, how do you go about selecting the most suitable camera bag for your needs? When selecting a camera bag, you need to bear several points in mind.
Fstop F1.4 - Khaki Choc Fibre Image 1
The Billingham Fstop f1.4 is just one of hundreds of bags and cases available at Park Cameras

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Andy Rouse’s Top Photos Of The Last Year: Part One - Wildlife

Hello and welcome to the first of my monthly images on my new Park Ambassador page. I’m gonna kick off with a two-parter looking at my favourite wildlife and aviation images over the past year. In many ways it’s been the most challenging time of my career, as the arrival of my lovely baby daughter Sabrina has meant a huge rethink of how I work. No longer am I free to sit in ditches for hours on end, nor can I travel at will. Now everything has to be well planned, and my priority for the next year is gonna be my foreign wildlife trips.

Of course, the past year has also seen a big change of direction for me to follow my real passion in life - no not West Ham, but aviation. I don’t regret many things in my life but I do regret not combining my love of aviation with my photography. Now though, I spend as much time trying to get decent aviation shots as I do my wildlife, and my passions are definitely split. Actually, I think it’s made me a better wildlife photographer, as my reactions are quicker and I have to think more about how an image looks before taking it.

Of course, many 'commentators' don’t really understand my change and have come up with all kinds of reasons for it. The truth is that I need more in my photography than my wildlife, and aviation has really reignited my passion for photography full stop. I had fallen out of love with it, mainly due to the way the market is today and the kind of images favoured by competitions, as I have been and always will be too commercial to do really well. But now, even with such limited time, I look forward to photographing both genres equally and the future's looking bright!

So without further ado, let’s get stuck into the wildlife and look at 5 of my favourite images from the past year…

Taken with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, ISO 400, 1/400th at f5.6, WB Shade

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Sony a7 II + Canon 50mm f/0.95 - a dream combination

The first thing that attracted me to mirrorless cameras was the fact that they were so compatible with a huge range of lenses - provided they are combined with the right adapter.

We were hugely excited at Park Cameras when we got the opportunity to combine a variety of cameras from the phenomenally popular Sony a7 range with the almost mythical Canon Dream Lens - aka the Canon 50mm 0.95 'TV' lens.
Sony a7S II & Canon Dream Lens - brothers in low-light arms

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Protest Photography Tips: How to capture the action

I have always been interested in protest and civil disobedience.

What first caught my eye was an episode of Whale Wars on Discovery Channel some years ago where activists were going to Antarctica and using direction action techniques to intervene in illegal whaling.

Several series on, and last year I decided to go and photograph a protest against Japan’s hunting of whales and dolphins. Since then I have covered over 30 protests in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Be it nice peaceful ones to anarchists going on a ‘stroll’. So on that note I decided to write an article on protest photography tips!