markdennis.com: Blog https://www.markdennis.com/blog en-us (C) markdennis.com mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:37:00 GMT Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:37:00 GMT https://www.markdennis.com/img/s/v-5/u1008980722-o249226625-50.jpg markdennis.com: Blog https://www.markdennis.com/blog 83 120 Review of the Uniqball 45 XC Tripod Head with X Clamp. https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/uniqball-45-xc-ballhead-with-x-cross-clamp A great tripod head for all occasions.

 

 

 

 

 

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) arca swiss tripod tripod head uniqball https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/uniqball-45-xc-ballhead-with-x-cross-clamp Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:50:03 GMT
Godox Ad 360 and AD 180 Flash units one year on. https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/the-godox-ad-360-and-ad180-flash-units-one-year-on-x How have they performed?

 

 

 

 

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) AD180 AD360 Flash Godox Head. Location Studio lighting. https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/the-godox-ad-360-and-ad180-flash-units-one-year-on-x Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:22:38 GMT
A bit about the pitfalls of buying too much gear! https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/a-bit-about-the-pitfalls-of-buying-too-much-gear Too much gear bought? It's easily done. I am guilty of this. Over the years I have wasted a great deal of money on equipment, be it unnecessary upgrades or purchasing expensive lenses that were not used often enough to justify the purchase. The video below will shed a bit of light on Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S) and how it can be avoided. 

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/a-bit-about-the-pitfalls-of-buying-too-much-gear Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:33:47 GMT
The Panasonic G80 and the Image Application https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/the-panasonic-g80-and-the-image-application-for-ios-and-android This video gives you an idea of what you can do with the Panasonic Image App and a G80 or GH4/5 body. It is a great bit of software.

 

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) Application G80 GH5 Image Panasonic Video https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/6/the-panasonic-g80-and-the-image-application-for-ios-and-android Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:53:23 GMT
The Flying Scotsman https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/5/the-flying-scotsman Great to see this beautiful train pass through our local town today. All shots taken withy the Nikon D500 and 70-200mm F2.8 lens. Very glad of the 10 fps :)

 

 

 

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) 70-200 D500 F2.8 Flying Nikon Scotsman lens https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/5/the-flying-scotsman Fri, 26 May 2017 13:06:27 GMT
The Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7 Lens. How good is it? https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/5/the-panasonic-leica-15mm-f1-7-lens-how-good-id-it-for-video An expensive lens for the Micro Four Thirds mount. But how good is it for producing content on Youtube and vlogging.

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) 15mm Leica Micro Four Thirds Panasonic Summilux https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/5/the-panasonic-leica-15mm-f1-7-lens-how-good-id-it-for-video Tue, 23 May 2017 14:58:35 GMT
April showers on the iPhone 7 Plus https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/4/april-showers-are-here A VERY short time lapse of the April Showers rolling in. Shot on the iPhone 7 Plus. I will do some more time lapse work now that I have the new phone. I am pretty pleased with the cameras on it so far...

Even the Beta 'Portrait' mode works pretty well.

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AFTER:

More pix to come...

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) 7 Plus iPhone https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/4/april-showers-are-here Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:04:05 GMT
Charlotte https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/4/charlotte I was lucky enough last week to photography the talented Charlotte. She required shots for her new Agent.

The brief was to provide a selection of photographs involving changes of outfits and different lighting and backgrounds. The shoot was to be over two afternoons. Most of the shots were taken in our studio using a octobox (with grid) key light and fill provided by another soft box and / or reflectors. All the lighting was done with the bare tube Good Wistro AD 360 lights. 

To create interest and to accentuate Charlottes eyes a shallow depth of field was required. This was achieved by using the lowest power settings on the AD360's and shooting with the Nikon 70-200 F2.8 and 200mm F2 lenses respectively. Both of these were shot wide open. 

Saturation was slightly increased in her eyes and a minimal amount of skin softening was applied. A wind machine provided some lift to the hair.

 

Charlotte is a very accomplished musician and plays the violin exceptionally well. The instrument was a necessary component for some of the shots. 

 

Unlike the usual weather here in the UK we had two very sunny afternoons. This presented a problem with the outside shots as Charlottes chosen outfit was white so 'burnt out' in the direct sunlight. A large diffuser was required to cast a soft light over her.

Along with all her other talents Charlotte is a great dancer. Capturing some of her movement was a bit of a challenge. This above photo was shot with just one octopod on a boom arm directly above and to the front of her. A larger aperture of F11 was used to make sure that all of Charlotte was in focus. The flash froze Charlotte in mid air. A vignette was applied in Photoshop to create the theatrical feel to the image.

 

Once again, many thanks for Charlotte for making my job very easy and enjoyable. I hope to work with you again.

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mark@markdennis.com (markdennis.com) agency card ballet model shoot photo shoot https://www.markdennis.com/blog/2017/4/charlotte Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:40:33 GMT