2018-11-05

What better place in the world to try your hand at some street photography than New York? With towering, vertical lines just waiting to act as a backdrop, The Big Apple truly lived up to its reputation as the city that never sleeps. A perfect blend for capturing those candid moments.

We had very particular requirements for finding the perfect street photography camera, and the Leica Q ticked all of the boxes. Is the Leica Q the best street photography camera?

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South Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights, f/16, 6s

2018-11-01

Halloween is over, the shops have started stocking Christmas gifts, and it's dark at 5pm. That can only mean one thing - it's bonfire night soon!


Unless you’re one of the premature mid-week firework types, I imagine you’ll be heading out this weekend to a bonfire and firework display, so we’ve put together a few tips and tricks for you so you can take your camera along and hopefully capture some excellent firework photos.

The Sony 24mm f/1.4 is the eighth G Master lens in the series, fresh on the market and retailing at £1,449 (check the latest price here). The G Master series are respected for their sharp, high-resolution images and fast autofocus performance, so how does the 24mm handle?

Eastbourne Harbour - Sony 24mm review - Gareth Evans
The Sony 24mm excels at low light cityscapes


2018-10-30

For the past 10 weeks, the country has been gripped by baking drama of epic proportions courtesy of The Great British Bake Off.

It's the final week this week, where we'll find out who will be crowned the winner of the 2018 GBBO, or whether they've bitten off more than they can Choux.


Taken on an iPhone 6s - Copyright Francesca Turner

All this talk of Dampfnudels, Savarins, pastries, puddings and tarts has got us kneading to show off our greatest baking creations to the world, whether you're making a Schichttorte, or a good one.

2018-10-29

If you're looking for a new Nikon lens, look no further than this free buying guide, put together by our good friends N-Photo in association with Park Cameras.

From wide angle lenses, through to telephoto and prime lenses, if it's Nikon fit then you can find out more about it in this free Nikon lens buying guide.

Nikon lens buying guide - free PDF download



2018-10-25

Part one of our guide to live music and concert photography looked at how to get a press pass and what you can expect when taking live music photos.

In this part, we look at whether DSLR or mirrorless cameras are best for live music photography and what lenses to consider. We also look at recommended settings for low light photography - you'll nail the '3 songs, no flash' rule before you even know it!

Sunflower Bean at Concorde 2 by Ashley Laurence - Time for Heroes Photography
Sunflower Bean at Concorde 2 - Canon EOS 70D, EF-S 17-55mm lens. Settings: f/2.8, 1/125, ISO 1000


2018-10-24

Our two-part guide gives you the inside guide on live music and concert photography. Mastering low light photography can be hard, but the results are rewarding.

Part one of our guide answers the question 'how do I start taking live music photos?' If you want to go from being in the crowd to the photographer's pit, taking amazing band photos, our guide shows you how to get ahead in concert photography. Part two covers which kit to use and recommended settings.

Liam Gallagher at Brighton Centre - shot for Brighton Source by Ashley Laurence - Time for Heroes Photography
Liam Gallagher at Brighton Centre

2018-10-22

The leaves are falling, and the weather is turning crisp as winter looms large. Yet there's no better time to find inspiration for taking amazing autumn photos – this time of year offers a lot.

And with a bit of careful planning, you can get the most out of it. Here are 5 simple tips to showcase the warm glows and nostalgic feeling of Autumn in your photos.

5 tips to capture amazing autumn photos from Park Cameras Blog


2018-10-18

Wildlife photography can excite, amaze and educate like no other genre of photography. The 2018 winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced. The exhibition opens 19th October 2018 at the Natural History Museum in London.

Here are a selection of the winning images. We had a hard enough time selecting which images to put in this blog, so we can’t imagine what a tough job it must have been for the judging panel!

'The Golden Couple' by Marsel van Oosten - Winner 2018 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year
'The Golden Couple' by Marsel van Oosten - Winner 2018 - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

2018-10-17

Our Wildlife Day 2018 event, held at our Burgess Hill store, was a great day showcasing all of the latest kit you need for taking the best wildlife photos. We spoke to Carol from Panasonic to see what kit she would recommend for wildlife photographers.

Bald Eagle, taken on a Panasonic Lumix G9 with 100-400mm Leica lens
Bald Eagle, taken on a Panasonic Lumix G9 with 100-400mm Leica lens 

2018-10-12

Sony have confirmed firmware updates for their popular a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras.

Find out how the firmware upgrades will improve the performance of your camera, and where you can download the updates from.




2018-10-11

What happens when a devout Nikon D850 fan is let loose with the new full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z7? Our London School of Photography tutor Steve Marley got his hands on the Z7 and new 24-70mm f/4 wide angle zoom lens.

So how does the Nikon Z7 compare to using the Nikon D850? Steve wrote about his first time shooting with the Nikon Z7:

Picture of a vintage racing car, taken by Steve Marley using the Nikon Z7


2018-10-09

Sigma have announced their new 60-600mm lens - a super-telephoto lens the equivalent to 10x optical zoom. On the outside it may look familiar - the Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens is a firm favourite with sports photographers - and this lens is not far off in terms of appearance and size.

We got our hands on the lens for a couple of hours – here’s our first impressions from our limited time with the lens.


Sigma 60-600mm used on a canon 5d mk IV



2018-10-08

The Canon EOS R has been one of the most eagerly anticipated camera releases for some time, with Canon fans calling out for a full-frame mirrorless camera that is compatible with EF mount lenses.

We got our hands on the EOS R, the 24-105mm f/4 wide-angle zoom lens and the rather dreamy 50mm f/1.2 prime lens. We wanted this review to focus on how it would handle in real-life situations, so we put it through its paces. How would it handle a location shoot, some landscape shots and a dash of street photography, all in one afternoon?

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'Look into my eyes' - easily achievable with the Dual Pixel AF on the Canon EOS R!

2018-10-04


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.

This blog offers a quick guide to the important pieces of kit that a wedding photographer will have in his or her bag. We also consider the benefit of shooting full frame, to help you achieve that perfect wedding photo.



2018-10-02


We look at the story behind the picture of some of professional wedding photographer David Peake's favourite wedding photos.

From candid, behind-the-scenes shots of the bride getting ready, through to macro photos of wedding rings, the opportunities (& demands!) facing wedding photographers are huge. But what are the secrets to taking memorable wedding photographs? David tells us more...

'Leaving' by Sussex based wedding photographer David Peake
'Right place, right time' is no accident in the world of wedding photography. All images courtesy of David Peake