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EP01 - Coffee With Chris Davies Web Design

Posted on 16th June 2014 - 0 Comments

In a new series of interviews using the fabulous Canon Legria Mini X, I caught up with my web designer Chris Davies, a real legend in the world of photographic website design, to talk about his services, my new web site, web design in general and the future of photography sites on the Internet.

Photographing Dawn at the Taj Mahal

Posted on 13th June 2014 - 0 Comments

Although perhaps it seems obvious at first, this beautiful building is not all that easy to photograph. The restrictions that are presented are the ones that you would expect in high profile architectural icons. The biggest problem is timing and of course it's crowds of people, as well as the usual tripod ban. The world has gone a bit tripod crazy these days but it's totally understandable as even low price consumer digital SLR cameras are capable of shooting extremely high ISOs with professional quality results. In this case, I used a Canon 6D, propped up on the...

A Very Fast Memory Stick - Sandisk Cruzer Extreme 32gb

Posted on 13th June 2014 - 0 Comments

Is yours lost in a drawer somewhere or gathering dust, completely full of 3 year old Word documents? They are not the best of things to rely on in a data heavy world and you certainly realise the speed difference when you plug in a FireWire / USB3 hard drive. If like me you have been plagued with cheap sluggish memory sticks and convinced they are a poor idea, then here's the answer that I found on a reasonable budget. After reading an article at UK Hardware, I spent £24 on a SanDisk Extreme 32 GB memory stick and I have to say I'm extremely impressed with the...

Calibrating White Balance to Process Infrared Images in Lightroom

Posted on 7th May 2014 - 0 Comments

If you are interested in learning more about infrared then why not book one of my popular a Digital Infrared 1-2-1 Workshops? I have two infrared cameras, so why not 'try before you buy'.... I thought I would write a quick blog post about infrared images and how to calibrate the white balance in the Adobe Lightroom, an issue that has plagued me for years. Until recently its been impossible to get rid of casts in Lightroom, as there seemed no way of balancing Infrared imagery. I had to abandon LR altogether for IR imagery as I could not create a neutral look, so...

Light and Land Peak District Workshop Report 2014

Posted on 7th May 2014 - 0 Comments

I had an absolute blast last weekend on my first Light and Land Peak District workshop co-lead with Doug Chinnery. We had eight participants, a ton of camera kit and I even had my very own Audi A3, not what I was expecting for a moorland workshop. Here's a few photographs I managed to grab inbetween tutoring and climbing peaks. Sadly the weather wasn't really very conducive, but we did get some fairly bold skies with big clouds in the evenings. It was really good to be back up there again, for the first time for three years.

Light and Land Mall Galleries Report

Posted on 28th March 2014 - 0 Comments

The Mall Galleries – it all sounds very posh from the offset, but once inside its easy to understand exactly why Light and Land chose to hold the ‘Year of Print’ exhibition in such a prestigeuos venue - the level of work is that good. Although rather late on the billing, I have just given a full talk and finished an afternoon of critiques in this fabulous exhibition space and it was worth the effort to say the least. On quick glance, it was a beautiful spread, a riot of colours and tones, but on further inspection the images were truly a step up.

Bose QC20i vs QC15 Headphone Comparison

Posted on 25th March 2014 - 0 Comments

It’s best to point out at this stage that I own the QC15’s not the new QC20i’s that were leant to me for a brief half hour listening session before heading home from Iceland. I have three sets of headphones – Seinheisser HD650’s for audiophile listening, Senheisser HD25II’s for DJing and a set of Grado 325i’s for further adventures in sound. Good headphones should be engaging, lively, with a detailed stereo field, but above all comfortable, which is why the Grado’s are going. I still think the standard Apple iPhone 5 headphones are hard to beat...

QNAP TS-469L Server for Photography Backup

Posted on 25th March 2014 - 0 Comments

Goodbye Windows 2012, hello QNAP 469L. It's been a rather strange last couple of weeks, in fact rather strange month if anything. I dont think I've been a photographer at all, more like a network engineer and overall paranoid nervous wreck. Over the last year I have been using a Windows 2012 server filled with 12 TB of hard drives to run my photographic back up system at home. Although perhaps done on a theoretical shoestring, I have had nothing but problems since the word go. The biggest issue is that Windows 2012 requires management of permissions between...