Blog en-us (C) ( Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:37:00 GMT Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:37:00 GMT Blog 83 120 Review of the Uniqball 45 XC Tripod Head with X Clamp. A great tripod head for all occasions.






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Godox Ad 360 and AD 180 Flash units one year on. How have they performed?





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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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The Panasonic G80 and the Image Application 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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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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The Panasonic Leica 15mm F1.7 Lens. How good is it? 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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April showers on the iPhone 7 Plus 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.



More pix to come...

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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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