How much better are cameras and printers getting?
Future modular camera
Are the reasons to upgrade your camera kit getting less and less?
I’m very lucky to have a job that I enjoy, as a professional photographer, and via the articles I write here, having the opportunity to try out new equipment and software.
Creating a sense of scale for photographing small objects
Very small, but how small
I’m often asked to provide commercial macrophotography services for capturing images of quite small items, and whilst the images may convey all the detail required, they may not give an idea of size to the casual viewer.
Look at these [...]
A quick look at the Canon MP-E65 lens
The Canon MP-E65 macro lens
First up, this is no ordinary macro lens.
By that, I mean a lens that offers close up focusing for small objects.
Most macro lenses are normal lenses that have been designed to allow you to get fairly close up to [...]
Extreme macro – microchips
The long edge of this chip is 2.1mm long
Every so often we get asked if we can photograph an unusual object.
It’s something I enjoy doing, since it gives me a chance to experiment and perfect new skills.
It also has the advantage of being paying work ;-)
How the image circle (180 FOV) fits different sensors at different focal lengths
I’ve just finished writing up a review of Canon’s new EF8-15mm F4 L lens
It’s a fisheye lens that on a full frame camera goes from a ~180 degree field of view from corner to corner at 15mm to a 180 [...]
Has the use of hyperfocal distances for camera focusing been oversold? Are there simpler and easier ways to get the results you want? A new article discusses some of Keith Cooper’s thoughts and techniques [...]
Looking at third party prime lenses for DSLRs. When are they a good idea and when would you be better off improving the rest of your workflow from RAW file to print? Just be careful to buy such kit for good reasons rather than the vague but effusive praise from their fan clubs [...]
A while ago, I mentioned that Datacolor had announced a test device, aimed at making lens autofocus adjustment more accurate.
I’ve been testing the SpyderLensCal and find that it is indeed of use, particularly for longer lenses
Review Link: SpyderLensCal Review
I’ve written elsewhere about alternative (free) techniques for such adjustment, so was keen to [...]
A while ago I reviewed DxO Optics Pro V6.2 – it’s the latest version of this software, that I’ve used for several years for converting some of my RAW files for large prints.
One minor annoyance was that it didn’t -fully- support My EF 14mm 2.8L II lens on my Canon 1Ds3 – well this [...]
Some photos in the fog
Yesterday morning I was invited to visit to the new ‘digital media centre’ that’s just opened in Leicester. Phoenix Square has a mix of cinema, work places, production facilities and a range of apartments.
I was not officially wearing my ‘photographer hat’ this visit – since I was representing a [...]