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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?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Demystifying binoculars!

So you have decided you want to invest or are interested in getting a pair of binoculars, at first glance buying a pair of binoculars can seem a confusing and daunting business.

Therefore I have put this guide together to give you a clear understanding of what the differences are, what the markings and classifications mean, and hopefully a better idea of what type of binocular you might need.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Photographing the Solar Eclipse - 20th March 2015

On March 20th 2015, the most spectacular Solar Eclipse visible in this country for 15 years will happen starting around 8.40am.

Those living the the far North of Scotland will have the best view of the partial eclipse (up to 98% eclipse) but it will be visible right throughout the whole of the UK - with London and the South East getting around an 85% eclipse.

The Solar Eclipse is caused by an alignment of The Earth, The Moon and The Sun.

In London for instance the moon will start to cover the sun around 8.40am, be nearest the centre of the Sun around 9.31am and have passed over the Sun by 10.41 - so around two hours of action to record!

Photographing the sun is no easy task, and can cause lasting damage so we have set out a few tips to get you started.

Monday, 2 March 2015

New Nikon D7200 announced!

Nikon have announced a new model - an addition to the range - the D7200.

Sitting just above the D7100, the D7200 improves on the D7100 in several areas - key areas if you are in to action shooting.
The D7100 has always been criticised for the size of its' continuous shooting buffer which allows only 6 Raw (NEF Format, 14-bit Lossless compressed) shots before stopping to write the data to your memory card. The new D7200 offers a 18 shot raw buffer and Jpeg buffer has increased from 50 (Jpeg Fine, Large image area) to at least 100 shots.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Stop motion with the Panasonic LUMIX GX7

The Panasonic LUMIX GX7 brings many new features to the micro 4/3 system as an upgrade to the GX1. One of those being the stop motion mode, enabling the user to easily create stop motion films in-camera, saving a lot of time editing. Eager to try this out for myself, here is my short film and experience using the camera to create it.

I have previously attempted stop motion using a Canon PowerShot G12 on a mini tripod and remote shutter release, and took lots of time uploading and putting together every single frame in video editing software.  The GX7 stop motion mode will show you how many frames you have taken and put it all together for you in less than 1 minute.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) - The best compact digital camera on the market?

The Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) is the latest in the Leica D-Lux premium compact digital camera range produced in partnership with Panasonic and sporting the famous Leica Red Dot.

A marriage of the expertise of Panasonic in electronics and Leica in optics is quite a combination and the specification of the D-Lux are outstanding.

With a  16MP multi-format 4/3rds size imaging sensor providing around 12MP images coupled to the superb stabilised Leica 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 (35mm equivalent) lens - technical results are excellent in any conditions. The AF system and lovely electronic viewfinder make shooting a real pleasure.

Chinese New Year - a quick guide to getting the best images!

The Chinese New Year is today 19th February - but in most of the UK celebrations in ernest commence at the weekend.

Chinese New Year is a great celebration for the Chinese community and a colourful noisy event.

With the Lion dances, firecrackers and wonderful smells of Chinese food it is a very atmospheric event.

To capture this with your camera follow some of our tips below and enjoy your day out!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Lens review

The Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8  Pro lens was launched at the same time as the O-MD E-M1.

In 35mm terms, it equates to a 24-80mm f/2.8 so an extremely useful range especially with a constant f/2.8 aperture.

Olympus have thrown everything at this lens design so it has very fast focussing, the very latest optical design and coatings and it is weatherproofed so an ideal match for the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 which are both weatherproofed too.