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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Customising Your Sony Camera
November 2, 2017 by Mike in Camera setup, How to 0 Comments

Customising Your Sony Camera (A7 and RX10) This is aplicable to the sony a7ii, a7sii, a7rii and the rx10iii. (for the RX10iii scroll down past the A7 settings to the RX10iii section) I’m I suppose what you’d call a hybrid shooter. I shoot both video and photographs, so I’ve come up with the following setup for my camera to make it as easy as possible. The Sony menu system is one of those anomalies in the world where common sense seems to have been thrown out the window, however, it doesn’t have to be all that bad. Now this isn’t an in-depth guide on the menus, there are tonnes of those of youtube. This is just a quick setup of the essentials to get the things I use in a place where I can access them quickly and efficiently. There are basically three different customisable areas:   A7Sii Dials So the main settings you want access to are ISO, aperture and shutter speed. On the A7 cameras you have three dials, so it make sense to put these three settings on these dials. ISO on back dial, Shutter on back top dial and aperture on front finger dial.   On […]

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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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The Supermoon 2016 – Dubai
September 13, 2017 by Mike in Uncategorized 0 Comments

Photographing the moon is pretty straight forward; all you need is a long (very long) lens, a tripod and of course a camera. The moon also is pretty bright, so to get the best exposure, your shutter speed has to be a lot faster than you think. As well as this, if you don’t have a huge telephoto lens, it’s worth getting a point of interest in the shot, to give it an environment to sit in. After a bit of research, I found there would be a few different places to get some good shots of the moon as it rose from the horizon, from Mushrif Park to The Palm. As I only had the canon 70-200mm I figured it would be best to head out to the Palm and get the iconic Burj Al Arab with the moon. I use an app called moonseeker to work out where it is going to rise at. I normally find this to be ok, but this time it seemed to freak out and not give me an accurate location to shoot from. (Next time, I’m taking a compass). Tip: With a compass and the Moonseeker app, you will be able to […]

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Abu Dhabi – An Afternoon In The City
September 11, 2017 by Mike in Uncategorized 0 Comments

Over the past few months, I have been moving house, moving country and restarting my business. On top of this, I have been doing “in-house” work for companies and finishing off jobs that I started in the UK. It’s been busy and two months have flown by, but this weekend we got to travel to Abu Dhabi to the Emirates Palace and the Grand Mosque.   Even though the weather was rubbish, I was looking to get a few good pictures. We started with the Emirates Palace, which is a huge building with amazing grounds surrounding it. The building exudes luxury and quality and the lobby (if you can call it that) goes on and on, with plenty to explore even if you’re not staying there. As it was grey outside, we didn’t really venture that way. We stayed inside, had some coffee and took some photographs of the interior. There were some amazing designs to be seen all around and this is what I concentrated on photographing. The way I see it, photography is a learned skill. The more you do it, the better you get. So projects and trips like this enable you to flex that muscle…….or dust […]

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