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Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas Gift Guide - under £50

I’m sure you don’t need us to tell you that the festive season is almost upon us. But have you got all the gifts you need for the photographers in your life?

Here’s some ideas to provide a little bit of inspiration.

Monday, 26 November 2012

CamRanger first impressions

We’ve just got our hands on a brilliant new product that we’re convinced will add amazing new flexibility to your photography and help you fully unlock your creativity. The CamRanger is a pocket sized device that connects to selected Canon and Nikon Digital SLR’s using the included USB cable and creates an ad-hoc WiFi network that your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch can then connect to.
Using the free CamRanger iOS app you can then take control of the camera from your Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, there’s no need for a computer or existing internet connection.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Catwalk Photography

It’s been a number of years since I earned a proper living from photography but I always enjoyed the biannual event of London Fashion week; long days, early mornings to late nights with a copious amount of waiting thrown into the mix until you have 5 minutes of frantic shooting during the show. A catwalk shoot is a mash of technical ability, catlike reflexes and an eye for composition.

As a main sponsor I've known the guys from Canon for a while, and see them regularly at the shows (like SWPP) that we attend. This Autumn we invited some of you to join us and Canon at a special fashion show put on by Canon in conjunction with Vodafone. The brief was quite simply to give people the opportunity to shoot the show. I’d like to thank all of you that could make it and hope you enjoyed the day.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM first looks

The Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS USM is a great new addition to the Canon EF lens range. It is a compact standard zoom lens that displays all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Canon’s premium L series range.

Hands on with the Olympus XZ-2

Olympus XZ-2 First Looks

The XZ-2 is the latest addition to the Olympus range and sits at the top of their compact line up. Building on the success of the hugely popular XZ-1, the new model brings a wealth of updates that deliver superb results.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Configuring your 'My Menu' facility


The increasing sophistication and controls found on modern DSLR’s often results in a multitude of different menus available to the end user. More often than not, only 30% of this functionality is actually used. The amount of control and the subsequent number of options displayed when entering the menu console often results in confusion. I remember that when I first changed from Canon to Nikon I was quite bemused to find such a complicated arrangement of menu and sub-menu options.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Elinchrom Ranger RX Quadra Pro Set and location photography


A friend of mine called me the other month to shoot some promotional photos for his bike company. He wanted some a little edgy and contemporary that promoted that they were a British brand and were based in London.

So on a bright sunny Sunday I met him and our model in Westminster, armed with a Nikon D700, 35mm & 85mm’s along with an Elinchrom Quadra RX. I wanted portability and speed as London is notoriously bad for photographers shooting in tourist locations, so I wanted to grab the shots and move on quickly before we drew too much attention to ourselves.

Hands on with the Lensbaby Spark


Lensbaby’s have been around since about 2008, but have often been over looked. I think this is due to being seen as niche product. Recently, I personally feel people have tended to take photography too seriously. The tide may be turning though; with the HUGE popularity of Instagram and retro look photography in general.

Wildlife photography trip to Shetland

Recently I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity, through my godfather, to spend a week working with award winning wildlife photographer Richard Shucksmith who lives and works on the Shetland Isles.

Richard photographs a variety of the diverse wildlife but primarily focuses on otters and seabirds which I was able to photograph in my time there; we spent most of our time on a little island called Noss which is completely uninhabited apart from 2 wardens and thousands of sea birds including gannets, puffins and guillemots.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 hands on review


Back in 2009 Panasonic released their first Micro four thirds system camera, the well received, Lumix GF1. This 12.1 megapixel camera, fitted with one of Panasonic’s superb 20mm f/1.7 lens gave the GF1 a period rangefinder type appeal. The GF1 was very popular and the hope was that the replacement GF2 would be everything and more that the GF1 was.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Canon EOS 6D & EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II: Hands on review

I have recently had the pleasure of handling a pre-production version of the new Canon EOS 6D & Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II. As both items were pre-production and the camera was running an incomplete firmware version, I was unable to submit any images and thus an unable to make a true evaluation.

That aside having first picked the camera up it felt very much smaller than the 5D MK III, never the less it felt reassuringly substantial and well put together with a comfortable rubberized hand grip.