Earlier this month I paid a visit to the Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. For those that don’t know, this is an annual photo show where companies can exhibit their shiny shiny gadgets and gizmos and try and persuade photographers to part with their cash. There are also a series of guest speakers, demonstrations and workshops to attend too.
Photography comes in many flavours. Each flavour requires a different set of skills and some flavours even require different camera equipment to do it well. For example, wildlife photography may require a lot of patience, an in depth understanding of the subject and specialist equipment like big lenses, hides and thermos flasks. Formal portraiture may require studio lights, backgrounds and assistants. Street photography on the other hand actually requires very little equipment, you can even use your phone camera if you want.
It is often said that the best camera is the one you have with you, which is very true, and with mobile phone cameras giving you great control over your photos and the whole host of image editing apps you can get for your phone, why would you need anything else?
Ok, so clearly a mobile phone isn’t going to give you everything a DSLR or good point and shoot will give you, but for candid photography, close up photography and some street photography, maybe even landscape photography, a mobile phone can do a pretty good job. Continue reading “iPhone 5 is all you need, probably” »
When I started this site I wrote a post about what ISO is and I stated that you should “always try and use the lowest sensitivity you can get away with”. At the time of writing, the sophistication of camera sensors meant that you would start to see noise at fairly low ISO settings so anything above 400 ISO and the chances were that you would clearly see noise in your images.
I am interested to see what brands of cameras you, my audience, use as it may help me with future articles and equipment reviews too, plus I’m just nosey.
Adobe Lightroom 4 is my software of choice when I edit my images, although Lightroom 5 is looking pretty cool. I run it on a Mac and have two nice big monitors that have been colour calibrated to make sure I can get the best out of my photography. I have a fairly basic work flow, but I believe it’s a solid one that doesn’t mean I’m spending ages on the computer so I thought it might be useful to share.
As you get into photography as a hobby, you soon realise that you have picked what can be a very expensive hobby. Unless you win the lottery, there is always going to be some camera equipment that you wish you could own and you dream of being able to own the latest and greatest camera body or the biggest and fastest lenses thinking it will make your images better.
It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into and there is always the risk that you start blaming your camera equipment if you think that your images aren’t very good, or not as good as the professionals. The truth of the matter is that even the most basic of camera is capable of taking a good picture, you just have to learn it’s strengths and weaknesses.
As a photographer, it’s important to keep pushing yourself to take photos frequently, especially as someone who is learning photography, there is no better way to learn. One way of doing this is to set yourself a project. I’ve mentioned a few ideas for projects in other articles, but this time I thought I’d share with you an ongoing project that I am doing.
As someone who has a day job that isn’t related to photography and often requires long hours in the office, I find it tricky to carry a camera around and try and take photos regularly, but being a bit of a gadget geek, I have an iPhone (other phones are available…. but really don’t count hehe) which has a fairly decent camera built in. I have my phone with me all the time so choosing to use my phone for my photography project seemed like a good thing to do. It’s convenient, I can edit the shots if I want to and I can upload the images to my flickr account easily. So that solved the camera and the convenience. Now for the project.
A few years ago I was a member of a great camera club and enjoyed what I got out of it. Recently I’ve joined another camera club after moving to a new area and I went along to one of their competition nights.
The camera club judge has a tough job. He or she has to look through a lot of photos and try and choose the best one. Now “best” is very subjective thing so already they know they aren’t going to please everyone. If they are brave, they will be honest about what they think, but run the risk of never being asked back to the club. The other option is to be nice about each image and this is where you can start to play bingo with the things camera club judges say. Lets see how many you have heard. Some of these are a bit light hearted, but others are constructive once you get the translation. So, in no particular order:
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable time. Apologies for the scary picture, I hope it hasn’t put you off your food.
As new year is meant to be a time for new beginnings, resolutions and making positive decisions, it’s time to look at what you want to accomplish photographically in 2013 and now while the weather is awful, it’s a good time to do some planning.