Every YouTube Tutorial I have made – In Alphabetical Order!

Here’s a list of all my YouTube videos so far, I’ve put them into alphabetical order and into genres to make it as easy as possible to find what you’re looking for. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch and I’ll see if I can help out or make a tutorial you want in the near future.  It’s a pain to link them all to open in a new window, so if you want to keep the list in the back ground, be sure to right click and open in new window/tab on any of the links. I you find any broken links, also let me know and I’ll fix it asap. Email me at mike@boxheadmike.com Thanks! Astrophotography: 14mm vs 24mm Samyang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0fD-IK9cUk&t=11s 4 different cameras – Astrophotography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJT31U9ecr8 5 essential apps for the Milkyway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqOuXu3dVEs 50mm Astrophotography with a full frame camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCehnFt6ZV4 7 things you need to Photograph the Milkyway https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpU9I9d5GyA A7iii Astrophotography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPVEEiYZQCI Astrophotography for beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIJ0u4w4YU8 Fast Prime Lens for Astrophotography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voj-SLxEGF4 Focus at Night with a Modern Lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw3oQK2PwWk Light Painting your Foreground https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbCWZf2C13Q Location Scouting for Astrophotography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMSt0O9YLAI Long Exposure Noise – Remove it from your photos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5nNxGosY0Q Panoramas with […]

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5 Essential apps for Astrophotography
May 10, 2019 by Mike in Hints and tips 0 Comments

Now we’re firmly into the milkyway season, I thought it would be great to show you the apps I use every single time I plan and go out and shoot the stars. Astrophotography is one of those more specialised parts to photography where fast lenses, sturdy tripods and a lot of patience is needed…but if the conditions aren’t right or if you go to the wrong time of the month, you’ll drop the quality in your photographs. So check out the video above and let me show you which apps I use to make my astrophotography shoots so much easier. Let me know what you think by emailing me mike@boxheadmike.com or leave a comment on youtube in the comments section.  I produce 2 videos every week, you can expect a short quick tip video on Monday and a more in-depth tutorial on Thursday. I cover everything photography and little bits of videography. So if you want to see more head over to my youtube channel, subscribe and turn on notifications…also head to the bottom of my home page and sign up for my weekly newsletter.  Thanks Mike This is the kit I use:  Sony A7iii: https://amzn.to/2Xzq4UZ Manfrotto 050 tripod: https://amzn.to/2Xsg6Vd 25mm Batis: […]

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Time-lapse with the A7iii (firmware 3.0)
April 21, 2019 by Mike in Hints and tips 0 Comments

I had a chance to play with the interval function that has newly been released in the firmware 3.0 update. This is what I found out: Let me know what you think by emailing me mike@boxheadmike.com or leave a comment on youtube in the comments section. I produce 2 videos every week, you can expect a short quick tip video on Monday and a more in-depth tutorial on Thursday. I cover everything photography and little bits of videography. So if you want to see more head over to my youtube channel, subscribe and turn on notifications…also head to the bottom of my home page and sign up for my weekly newsletter. Thanks Mike This is the kit I use: Sony A7iii: https://amzn.to/2Xzq4UZ Manfrotto 050 tripod: https://amzn.to/2Xsg6Vd 25mm Batis: https://amzn.to/2UvhW5I 85mm Sony: https://amzn.to/2PorZZI I’ll add to this list as the months go on… DISCLAIMER: This blog contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and purchase an item, I’ll receive a small commission without any additional costs to you.

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ISO Invariance

This week I am going to show you what ISO invariance is and why you need to know about it to get better photos. Click on the image above to watch the video. Downloadable images If you’re looking for the downloadable images to see for yourself, Click here It is a dropbox file with three folders. 2 images from the canon test, 2 images from the A7iii test and then the two images below (full res Jpegs) ISO In layman terms, ISO is basically how sensitive the sensor is to light. It is a standard set worldwide by the international standards organisation, hence the name, and it refers to the voltage that runs across the sensor. Technically; the higher the ISO figure, the higher the voltage running across the sensor and therefore the higher the amplification of the signal. Invariance Invariance basically means that there is no change. So ISO invariance means no change no matter what the ISO is. What this means In terms of cameras and their sensors, the main thing that is affected by ISO is noise…..so in theory a camera with ISO invariance will produce the same image with a low ISO as a high ISO […]

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Super wide photos with a kit lens

Today I am going to show you how to shoot a super wide angle shot with a kit lens.   This is predominantly for still subjects, big landscapes and scenes without too much motion. If there’s enough light, you can shoot handheld, and if there’s not, get the camera on a tripod. You’ll need Lightroom for this. If you haven’t got it go get a trial version….link is in the description: I’m using the 24-70mm on the sony, If you shoot with a crop sensor, this is similar to the 18-55mm on an APS-C. Using Lightroom’s merge, panorama function, you can stick many images together and they don’t even have to be on the same plain…… to give you that super wide angle shot. I’ll assume you have basic knowledge of Lightroom, if not, do a search on youtube, there are lots of videos on the basics of Lightroom. So these are the steps; When you find a location that is too wide for your lens, take a photo in the normal mode that you use. Make sure it is exposed correctly….I’ll be doing a video on exposure in the new year…. Look at that image and make a note […]

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The sony RX10iii Review (one year after owning it)

Today I’m going to talk about one of the cameras I’ve been using for the past year. What I like about it, what I don’t and whether or not it’s a worthwhile investment. I bought the rx10iii about 1 year ago, ready for our trip to NZ. It was a bit of a wild card, as I was used to having a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm, but I figured I’d still have my a7rii for astro and long exposure and I’d only really be using it in decent light, so I decided it was worth trying out. I’ve had it for one year now, its predecessor has come out, but is it worth the money and would it suit you? This is by far the most convenient camera I have used in a while. It uses the same 1 inch sensor that the rx100 has but has a much bigger zoom. The zoom is intact an awesome attribute, and was one of the reasons I bought it. With the full frame range of 600mm, I’ve had the chance to grab some truly different compositions that I could never have dreamt of with my old setup……not without lugging around a huge […]

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How to Photograph Waterfalls

Today I am going to show you how to photograph waterfalls. Some people like them crisp and clean, others like them smooth and silky. I’ll show you a range from smooth to crisp. If you have the knowhow, you can make waterfalls look smooth and dreamy. All you need is either an ND filter, or the inclination to go out towards dusk to get the shot. You need a sturdy tripod, and a camera with a self timer. If you have an ND filter, you can go out in the middle of the day, if not, you can still take these kinds of photos, you just have to be patient and wait for the sun to set. Without an ND filter If you like the water to be crisp and clear, you can just shoot it with a high shutter speed. The higher the speed, the more the camera will freeze the shot. Here are a selection of photos where I change the aperture from it’s widest to its narrowest. You can see as I close down the aperture, the shutter speed gets longer and the water becomes slightly smoother. If you want to get the water really smooth and […]

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How your composition can trick your light meter

This week I’ll show you how your composition can trick your light meter The light meter in your camera is a sophisticated bit of kit. It has a few different settings and each one has it’s own uses but most people will keep it in the multi meter mode. In this setting, sometimes your composition can trick this into producing a bad image. Basically, the light meter will look at the whole image and try to give you a good exposure. When there is a lot of dark parts in the image, the light meter will brighten it up and when there is a lot of bright areas in the image, the light meter will drop the exposure down. This is all well and good, but when the subject is darker than the surrounding parts of the image, it will tend to be under exposed. On the other hand, if the subject is surrounded by a lot of dark parts, it will tend to be over exposed. There are a few ways to counteract this, depending on what setting you are in. Generally, if you are shooting in Auto mode, everything is automatic, so you won’t be able to compensate […]

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The direction of Light

This week I’ll show you how the direction of light can affect your photographs Photography is all about light and the direction of light. If the light is coming from a complimentary direction, you image will look detailed and three dimensional. If it is straight on, for example in the same way as you’re taking the image, it tends to look flat and 2 dimensional. Neither is right or wrong, however, different situations will work better in different lighting directions. If we look in the same direction as the light is shining, basically where the light is on my back, all there details blend in to each other and textures are lost, the image looks flat. If we look into the direction of light, the image can work, but you just have to watch out for lens flare and a bleaching out of your photograph. When I look in a direction where the light is from the side or at an angle to the direction of the camera, it looks much better. Details and textures start to be visible and the image becomes more three dimensional. We are in the UAE at the moment, so there is plenty of strong […]

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Exposure Bracketing

This week I’ll show you what bracketing is and how you can use it to better your images. Bracketing is basically taking three, five or even nine different exposures of the same scene. What this then enables you to do is blend them together in your computer so you have details in both the darkest and the brightest parts of the image. Sometimes cameras cannot handle the dynamic range that you want to photograph. (The dynamic range is a measurement of the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of the image). So by taking multiple images of the same scene, you can then use the more powerful brain in your computer to blend these together to get the image you were hoping for. It takes a little preparation and you need to know where the bracketing setting is in your camera, but once you can access this setting, you can very quickly grab three or five images of a scene when you thing the dynamic range is too high. To get best results, you should have your camera on a tripod, but if the shutter speed is high enough and your hand is steady enough, you can do it […]

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