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Monday, 27 July 2015

How to take pictures of the Milky Way

After spending many a night photographing the moon, in all of its phases, I wanted a new project to focus on… One night I was up at Jack & Jill Windmill / Southdown’s National Park photographing the Jill Mill with the stars in the back ground, when on one of the photos I noticed more than just stars… this got me thinking, can I photograph the Milky Way???

I hope with the tips below, you get the same WOW feeling when you get your first image on the screen… 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Go wide with the Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8

I tried out the Fujifilm XF14mm f/2.8 when it was first released a few years ago. It felt nicely constructed, in keeping with other lenses available in the Fujifilm XF range, but the aperture ring felt loose, and this gave it a slightly strange feel. I didn't get that feeling of wanting to use it, unlike say the amazing XF35mm f/1.4 and the very under rated XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS. Now it seems that Fuji has addressed this issue in the later models and has tightened up the aperture ring so that it is now a superb handling lens. What I particularly like is the unusual focal length, 14mm on an APS-C sensor is 21mm on full frame.

The best cameras for use at festivals

If you’re lucky enough to be able to head off to the party lands of legendary festivals such as Glastonbury, Vfestival, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Reading & Leeds and a host of others this summer then you'll want to capture those memories on a camera better than just your phone camera, something that is a lot more reliable and a lot better in low light for both image quality and auto focusing.

We have put together a little list of a few cameras based on certain features to help you find the perfect camera for capturing those festival moments.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Panasonic LUMIX GX8 launched - hands on preview

Panasonic have raised the bar in the Micro 4/3 world by launching the new Panasonic LUMIX GX8.

The new 20.3MP Live MOS imaging sensor boasts a highest ISO rating of 25,600 and is coupled to a new Venus engine image processor.

The camera is constructed from magnesium alloy and is dust and splash proof - matching up with Panasonic f/2.8 lenses and the Olympus Pro series.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

LYTRO ILLUM 2.0 firmware upgrade - delivers most powerful updates yet

The Lytro ILLUM is more than just a camera; it’s a powerful light field image capture system and computing platform, with the ability to expand its capabilities with each firmware release. ILLUM 2.0 is a substantial update that delivers on that promise. It includes new features, interface improvements and menu customization. ILLUM 2.0 also introduces improved auto focus during image capture with speeds up to three times faster than before, and enables post-capture interactive aperture and perspective shift in Playback Mode. This is the most powerful firmware update Lytro have released, and is a significant step forward in the advancement of light field imaging and the ILLUM platform. Combined with the new Lytro Desktop 4.3 and our Lytro Power Tools, they have produced a complete eco-system surrounding the capturing of light field content and creation of interactive Living Pictures.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Imaging Festival 2015

Customers shared their passion for photography in style at the Park Cameras Imaging Festivals!

We recently held our annual Imaging Festivals at our flagship Burgess Hill store in West Sussex and at our store in Central London, just off Oxford Street. Headlining this years event were the free seminars and photo walks from inspirational guest speakers including David Noton, David Newton, Wayne Johns, Michael Wayne Plant, Mark Lawrence, Rob Pugh and Matt Hart. The show also featured a range of special offers with some of the best prices in the UK – some so good that customers were queuing up to get in over 2 ½ hours before the store was due to open at 9am!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Canon launch the Canon G3X with 1" sensor and 24-600mm equivalent zoom!

Canon have announced a new addition to the Powershot range - the G3 X.

The G3 X offers a 20.2MP 1" sensor (large for a compact) and a stunning 24-600mm f/2.8-f/5.6 equivalent zoom lens. This will allow you to cover almost any subject from landscape to wildlife and sports and capture high quality images thanks to the lens and sensor quality.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Astrophotography - a beginners guide.

Astrophotography is the term used for photographing astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky.

As well as the larger astronomical objects (The Sun and the Moon) there are the planets, stars and other objects invisible to the naked eye such as dim stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Photographing these very dim or invisible to the naked eye objects can be accomplished by using a long exposure, as digital cameras are capable of accumulating / adding light photons over long periods of time, or using a very high ISO setting and a short exposure time.

Sony launch upgrades to two models - the RX100 IV and the RX10 II

The Sony RX100 has long been considered as the best of the truly pocket able compact digital cameras from the original RX100 through to the RX100 III. Now Sony has announced a further refined model the RX100 IV as well as an update to the superb RX10 - the RX10 II.
Apart from the un-imaginative names (if it ain't broke don't fix it!) what is new about these new models?