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Friday, 24 April 2015

What makes an L-Series lens so special? (Part 2)

Every adoring enthusiast and professional knows the trick. You take almost any Canon DSLR, you place one of their numerous L-Series lenses on the front and when you have finally taken a picture (presumably at a decent exposure), you notice something special has taken place in the process of capturing light, something quite sublime. You look on your LCD screen and the colours seem to pop more then usual. It’s as if the texture of a surface in a shot can be felt as well as seen. A surfeit of detail, that the eye may not have even registered, spills out of the image you have just recorded, but also created.  

It’s a fairly old trick now, a trick that will run and run. But on reflection, it must be noted, that it’s no trick at all. Merely science. The question is how have Canon created such stunning specimens of optical technology? What distinguished elements sit bellow the slick black, or grand white outer shell, which are adorned by that notorious red stripe? What is it that makes a Canon Luxury Series Lens so special?

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Nikon developing new firmware update to improve video recording capabilities on D750, D810 and D4s.

Today we have learnt that Nikon is currently in the process of developing a new firmware update for the D750, D810 and D4s due to released at some point in the Summer 2015. The new firmware upgrade will provide support for timecode and recording command functions with HDMI output to external recorders.

With the new firmware update, communication can be established between the cameras and external recording devices. Video recorders will be able to recognise the cameras’ own operations, enabling the start/stop recording commands to become synchronised and automated. Meanwhile, new support for timecode imprinting will improve editing capabilities, as sound and video can be aligned, to create a smoother editing process.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Park Cameras staff member has image commended in the World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony

A Maasai man looks through
his Inkajijik (house) into the setting
sun. This was in a village on the
outskirts of the Mara (Kenya). 
One of our staff members, Luke Dray, has been commended in the World Photography Awards sponsored by Sony.  This is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world. The commended image will be featured in an exhibition at Somerset House, London, between the 24th of April and the 10th of May 2015.

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.