Photo talk

Choosing a Camera

In this video, I discuss choosing a camera, not based on marketing, or what looks good, but as a tool. What do you want to do with this tool? Do you want to throw endless money upgrading constantly because you can, or worse, just because you are made to feel that you should?

 

If you are looking for a workhorse to crate high quality images time after time, look at the D300s, it may only be 12mp, but that is more than enough for that purpose. If you are looking for a high quality travel camera, maybe mirrorless may be worth a look. Finally, do not overlook the fantastic bargains that may be had used, they are sold off by those who always have to have the latest gear, often with very low shutter counts, but they are still very good.

Remember the heirarchy of importance…..

Light – Creativity – Lens – Camera

The camera comes LAST!

The Inverse Square Law

In this video, I look at the laws of light, which often cause photographers come confusion. If you want a bright background, it will be more effective to move the light source, further back.

Understanding the Inverse Square Law is a very important step towards learning to control light.

Yongnuo YN560 Flash System

A quick tour of a very economical, yet very good wireless flash system.

Nikon 85mm 1 8D

The Nikon 85mm1.8D is a wonderful portrait lens for both FX & DX. It is great value and very good quality, the way it renders faces is why this focal length is referred to as ‘The Butter Lens’

Sigma 17 – 50 f/2.8 OS

There are not many standard zoom options for DX, there is the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 which is beautiful, but big, heavy and expensive (plus on stabilisation), or the Tamron which is not in the same league, but the Sigma is superb, great IQ, and Optical Stabilisation.

DSLR Sensor Size

Full frame, I want full frame, I’m upgrading to full frame…so much obsession with full frame, as though it is the be all and end all of imaging, but the difference is NEGLIGIBLE! They do have differences, and each one has different advantages and disadvantages, which must be considered for the right reasons.

 

35mm Photography and the Nikon F3

The iconic Nikon F3, the first ‘Designer’ Camera by Nikon. This was and remains a brilliant film photography tool. I have one and absolutely love it. If you have any interest in film photography, these are great value now and they can use any Nikon F mount lenses, excluding the latest G versions.

DIY Snoot for Speedlight

A short video, on how to make a cheap and VERY effective snoot for your speedlight for controlled lighting.