Travelling with Camera Gear
January 11, 2018 by Mike in Hints and tips 0 Comments

These are 7 tips for travelling with camera gear It seems as thought the airlines are always trying to clamp down on something…..I used to be a professional kitesurfer and travelling with kit in the early 2000 was a pain and there would always be a threat of not getting kit on the plane. Nowadays, it has been scaled all the way down to hand luggage. The annoying thing is that you’re only allowed 7kgs on some airlines but you’re not allowed to purchase any more weight allowance for hand luggage….they’ll just chuck it in the hold…..which is less than practical for camera gear. Cameras are getting lighter but I usually have about 15kgs on my back….so once agin, like in my old kitesurfing days, its a case of running the gauntlet to get kit through the journey. I have many different bags, from peli cases through to day bags. Even though the pelican case is rack solid….this always draws a lot of attention…..and always gets weighed. So Ive found there are ways to tip the odds in your favour. These are 7 ways I get my kit through checkin and onto the plane. 01. Consider taking less and more […]

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An introduction to long exposure photos (without an ND)
January 3, 2018 by Mike in Hints and tips, How to, tutorial 0 Comments

Today I am going to show you an easy way to get into long exposure photography without an ND filter. Now this won’t get you those classic daytime long exposure shots but it will teach you all about long exposure photography and how the settings change as the amount of light drops going into the camera. Long exposure photography is similar to night time and astrophotography, so hopefully you’ll get lots of value from this lesson. All you need is a camera and a tripod, a few hours before and after sunset in a safe place and a bit of knowledge behind your menus in your camera. Also First of all, you need to set up the camera properly. This is more of a learning exercise than a photo capturing session but if you go somewhere interesting, you could easily get a great image. It will also show you how the light changes from day to night. With long exposure, the clue is in the name. It’s all about shutter speed and how long it is open, the longer the shutter is open for, the longer the light streaks are and the more smooth and dreamy water and moving clouds become. So […]

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3 Questions to ask yourself every time you take a photograph
December 14, 2017 by Mike in Hints and tips, How to 0 Comments

This week, I show you three questions to ask yourself after you’ve taken the shot If you ask yourself these three questions, and the answer is yes to all of them, then you have a good image. If you get into the habit of doing this….it’s a way of identifying problems in your photography and solving those problems. Is it clear? Is it exposed right? Do you like the composition? If yes to all three, you’ve got a good image. 01. Is it clear? Is it in focus and tack sharp? There are two ways to have a blurry image. 01. – if it isn’t focussed correctly, it’ll be blurry.   02.  – if the shutter speed isn’t high enough to cope with shooting handheld, then you’ll get motion blur. Motion blur tends to be sideways motion and focusing is a fuzzy issue.   If it is motion blur, get your shutter speed higher and then compensate with either raising your ISO or opening up your aperture…or shoot from a tripod, if the situation allows it. Now focussing is subjective but just think, is the subject in focus where I want it to be? Just make sure you have your focussing […]

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5 Ways To Make Your Photography Life Easier
November 9, 2017 by Mike in Hints and tips, How to 0 Comments

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that matter. Those small things sometimes seem so insignificant and could be washed over or missed, but when you take notice and really dig deep, it’s these things that make you stand out form the crowd. In photography, there are things that annoy me, like ridiculously small batteries in the sony cameras, and memory cards that don’t have a little built in voice warnings saying “I am full” or “back me up idiot” or “don’t hit that format button!” But, until these things are invented, there are a few things we can do, to make our lives easier. These are my 5 tips for you. Some I use now and then, and some I do everyday! Like the elastic band trick…..this has saved me so much time!!!   01. Use lens and camera covers to hold your memory cards Need somewhere to stash your memory cards? Put them in your camera sensor cover, and then put the back lens cap on this to give you a little pouch to safely store them in.   02. Use hats to protect your lenses If you have a few lenses, they might roll around in your bag…. […]

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Scouting a Photography location
November 3, 2017 by Mike in Hints and tips, How to 0 Comments

Scouting a location When I’m shooting in a new location, or I want to find new places to photograph near home, there’s nothing better than getting out and about. I search on google maps for things that stand out, I look to see what other photographers have captured in the area to get inspiration and then we go out hiking, up in the mountains, along beaches, etc, and find the things we’ve seen on line. Step 1 When searching on google, look for things you might find interesting….you have to use your imagination a little here, but any big standout features can work. Step 2 Find out what other photographers have captured in the area. This might seem like you’re copying others, but you need to learn your craft, and what better way than to learn off others. When you learn to play an instrument, you pick your best songs, find a “how to play” video on YouTube and then learn to play it. Once you get good enough and know the principles…..and want to take it to another level….you start to write your one songs. Photography is the same, learn from the best, and then make it your own! […]

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A Bag for the Zhiyun Crane
October 25, 2017 by Mike in Hints and tips, How to, Travel 0 Comments

This is a quick post to show you my camera bag and how I set it up to hold my Zhiyun Crane, fully assembled. If you don’t want to read about it, you can check out my youtube video about it below: Now the Zhiyun Crane is an awesome gimbal, but a pain to pack away. I used to take the handle off, but this meant from taking it out of the bag to being ready to film took a minute or two and to be honest was a bit of a hassle. Now with this bag and the way I’ve set it up, the zhiyun crane version 1 squeezes in fully assembled. It also holds a second camera and a whole load of other lenses and equipment I might need during the day. I can have a camera on the gimbal at all times now, if I want to film, I can whip this sucka out and if I need to photograph, I just undo the quick release and get it on the tripod. One of the other great things about this bag is that it has an opening hatch on the top; you can stand the bag up between […]

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