As part of our #stayathome project ideas for photography, I have put together a complete guide to nature macro photography that you can do from your garden, or locally if you have a green space nearby. We look at:

  • The best lenses for macro
  • Camera settings including aperture and ISO
  • Manual or autofocus? 
  • Whether you need a tripod for nature macro
  • Best lighting conditions to shoot in
  • Nature subjects and creative ideas
nature macro shot of lavender at f/2.2 for shallow DOF and smooth background
Nature macro shot of lavender at f/2.2 for shallow DOF and smooth background


Welcome to another in our #StayAtHome series to help keep your photography passion burning whilst stuck at home. This article explores what video equipment you'll need for Vlogging and streaming from home and why you might take this time to create video content. If you're thinking of starting a new podcast or a Youtube Channel we have advice on gear and equipment from our store.

The versatile Joby GorillaPod 3K PRO perfect for Vlogging
The versatile Joby GorillaPod 3K PRO perfect for Vlogging


Firstly let me say that I’m not a bird photographer by any means, I am a landscape photographer trying something new. In the spirit of learning a new skill while we #stayathome I’ve been out every morning trying bird photography in our garden and gathering tips for readers. If you are up for a new challenge, to learning a new skill and benefitting from the wellbeing that photography and being outdoors can provide, read on. All of these images have been taken in the last few days while at home in our garden or shooting out of our windows.

*UPDATED WEEKLY - Now with meta data *

Pigeons marching on a wall taken from my window


As part of our #StayAtHome series of articles we look at Capture One Pro 20, the best photo editing software - in my opinion. We also take a peek at the Wacom Cintiq range and how these tablets (or interactive displays) work with Capture One for photo editing. And finally we direct you to other excellent accessories for post processing images from your newly organised home photography studio. I’ve included several video’s to watch about Capture One and Wacom Cintiq editing displays.

Photo editing at home with Capture One and Wacom Cintiq on sofa


Hopefully everyone is safe and well at this unprecedented time. For those at home during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, our photo and video guru Gareth has come up with five photo projects to improve your skills at home while social distancing. These have the added benefits of helping to keep you sane, helping with cleaning up your home and prolonging the lifespan of your food and drinks supplies! Read on for five easy and fun photography projects you can do right now...
Pet photography in the home during Coronavirus social distancing
Pet photographs need patience at home, but make great keepsakes


We've been thinking about - our customers, our colleagues and our local communities. Whilst we are striving to run the operations of the business largely as normal, your health and safety are our top priorities and at the heart of every decision we make. We believe it’s critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Here are some of the steps we are taking to protect everyone in this ever-evolving situation:


Here at Park Cameras, we're extremely proud to announce that we have been recognised for providing excellent service to our customers by winning two ‘Gold’ Good Service Awards! 

In February 2020, we have been awarded Gold Good Service Awards from the Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer magazines – one of only a few UK retailers to achieve this feat.

The Amateur Photographer Good Service Award being presented to Roscoe Atkins, Reg Atkins
and Frank Keenan of Park Cameras, with hosts AP Editor Nigel Atherton and comedian Mark Dolan.  

Fujifilm are a force to be reckoned with in the mirrorless camera market. Not only is it hard to ignore their oh so desirable retro design language, but their compact interchangeable lens cameras consistently over-deliver. With a number of accolades including producing one of the highest resolution medium format cameras on the market (the mighty GFX 100), the introduction of a new flagship model always causes a stir in the photographic community. And so it does once again with the brand new Fujifilm X-T4.

Holding the flagship Fujifilm XT-4 at last!


With Shrove Tuesday on the horizon, we thought what better time than now to look at the art of taking some mouth-watering photos of your pancake creations.

To help you get an insight into what make a great Pancake photo, we’ve been speaking to award-winning food and still life photographer Frankie Turner who has shared her top tips with us.

Pancake day is fast approaching, so don’t get caught out in the last minute panic when your Instagram feed is full of everyone’s #pancakeday creations. After all if you’re reading this on the day it’s published, you’re already a step ahead.

Here’s my how to, on getting the best out of your pancake day posts.


A quick summary of this article:
  • Which photographers have used manual focus (MF) lenses in the past
  • Which genres are suitable
  • Why and when manual focus may yield better results technically
  • When to choose autofocus instead
  • Which MF lenses are available
Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens sample image
Iconic image captured with the Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens


Nikon Z mount mirrorless lens lineup

Nikon recently released a roadmap for their Z lenses, covering the Z6, Z7 and Z50 optics from here on in. With the introduction of the company's full frame mirrorless camera range back in 2018, the Nikon Z mount system was also deployed, with all of the benefits of more compact, optical refinements and with wider apertures. Read our recent blog post where we discuss two new Z lenses in more detail.


 On February 13th. Canon announced the development of the new EOS R5 mirrorless camera

This is an exciting announcement heralding the forthcoming professional full frame mirrorless body set to offer serious enthusiasts and pro photographers (including filmmakers) a series of ‘ground-breaking’ new features.

Canon EOS R5 showing sensor

Hot off the press, the Canon EOS 850D (Canon Rebel T8i in North America) brings lots of new features, in an all-encompassing package. Following on from the accomplished Canon EOS 800D this new and improved APS-C camera has plenty to offer for those who want a cost-effective, imaging solution or for taking their first steps down the DSLR route.

Canon EOS 850D product shot


The Olympus E-M1 Mark III carries on the success of the E-M1 Mark II, with a far richer feature set than ever before. This new version brings professional features to the lineup, especially if you want a more portable compact version of the E-M1X.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MK III

It is not everyday that a camera manufacturer launches new products on all fronts, from new mirrorless lenses to a heavyweight flagship DSLR. That is precisely what Nikon have done in one fell swoop in February 2020. Love is definitely in the air for many Nikon users, from Z-mount mirrorless fans dreaming of new lenses to working DSLR professionals who have eagerly awaited the D6 body, which was announced back in September 2019. We have some juicy sample images along with a rundown of just how special these new lenses are.

Nikon Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 seascape sample image
Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 mounted on Z6 body


The wait is over… the Fujifilm X100V has finally been announced and we’ve got all the information with a full spec. list and a new camera to play with. Following in the footsteps of the Fujifilm’s X100 Series, the Fujifilm X100V provides the latest and greatest in a portable and fun premium compact digital camera.

Fujifilm X100V hero in black