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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Firmware updates for Nikon D4 & Canon EOS-1D X


Nikon has issued a minor firmware update for its D4 professional DSLR. Versions A 1.04 and B 1.02 improve performance of the camera's Subject Tracking AF feature in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) mode when using the viewfinder.

For information on how to check your camera’s current firmware version and to download the new version, visit Nikon's website here.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A guide to time-lapse photography

Creating a time-lapse sequence is one of the most rewarding photography projects. Whilst you need a little bit of knowledge to get the best results, the recipe for a great time-lapse only needs a couple of ingredients; foresight and patience.

The biggest ingredient is simply the ability to identify an activity or subject that will lend itself to a time-lapse, and to get set up in advance. Patience is required, not only for the shoot itself, but to persevere in the face of adversity – you’ll probably need a couple of attempts to refine your technique and get the best results. But don’t worry, it’s relatively quick and easy, not to mention inexpensive, and the rewards make it all worthwhile.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Take great shots in the snow


With snow now falling across the country it’s a perfect time for taking pictures. This guide will help you to get some great results with just a little bit of effort.

There’s nothing like a fresh snowfall to make a landscape truly dramatic. Snow is an inspiring photographic subject, but it’s also a tricky subject, and many photographers find that the glowing bright snow scene in front of their lens mysteriously turns into a depressing grey photo after they take the shot.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

CES Round Up Part Two – Bridge, Enthusiast, Rugged & CSC

Panasonic LZ-30
In this second of our two-part look at the recent announcements made at the Consumer Electronics Show that took place last week in Las Vegas, we look at the Bridge, Enthusiast, Rugged and Compact System Camera models. We looked at the Compact and Superzoom models in part one, click here if you missed it.

Bridge
Bridge cameras are an increasingly popular choice for photographers. They typically combine a superzoom lens with a compact, DSLR-style body, featuring a comfortable handgrip, a wide range of advanced shooting modes and a pop-up flash unit.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Guide to Wireless (off camera) Flash

The ability to use flashgun externally from the camera has been possible since the advent of Single Lens Reflex cameras by way of a synchronization or PC cable. However as camera models have progressed in terms of their complexity and in particular the way they meter for flash the reliance until fairly recently has still been on the use of cable connections.

CES Round Up Part One - Compact and Superzoom

Panasonic FS50
It’s been a very busy week in the photographic world, thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. This annual trade show is held in Las Vegas and is often used by the major photography brands to unveil their latest models. In the first of a two-part blog, we’ll take a look at some of the significant models that have been announced, looking at the digital compact and superzoom models. We’ll cover the bridge, enthusiast, rugged and compact system camera models in part two.

Friday, 11 January 2013

The Wedding Photographers Equipment List


If you have ever yearned to become a wedding photographer it is crucial to invest in gaining the necessary skills, experience and importantly photographic equipment.

Training and experience is important and most wedding photographers initially start by photographing a friend or relatives wedding. Additional training can also be undertaken to supplement your knowledge, here at Park Cameras we offer the perfect introduction to wedding photography with a day’s workshop with awards winning wedding photographer Peter Prior.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Calibration Made Easy

If you've ever printed images yourself, then there have probably been occasions when the colours of your print don’t match those on your computer screen. You probably blamed the printer, but it’s more likely that the screen itself is the culprit. As photographers we invest lots of time, effort and money to capture brilliant shots, but without investing in a colour calibration device, we may be destined for a lifetime of disappointment.