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Tips and Advice
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 16:38

Our own Cloud

I have a paranoia about losing data - both through carelessness and through system failure.  So I've been looking for a solution to our data storage needs that will keep our precious pictures and videos (and in fact our precious everything else) safe and accessible.

Shutter speed when shooting video is an interesting question that typically nobody thinks about much, but it’s surprisingly critical to how your final video appears.  It’s something I’ve stumbled a bit over, but having now checked out the theory and done a few tests, here are my thoughts.

Friday, 06 December 2013 13:05

Why I bought a Nikon One for video

I’d had a growing itch to play with video.  I’ve shot stills for almost 50 years, but as you look around, the future is video.  At that time, my DSLR workhorse was a Nikon D700, and a very fine camera it is.  But it won’t shoot video.  So how could I add a quality video capability?

The answer was a Nikon One Series V1 (and if I was making the choice again today, it would be a V2).  How did I come to that choice?

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 21:53

Warm gloves lead to great winter photography

Winter is a truly great time for photography. Low, raking light. Sparkling, frosty mornings. Sunshine peering through mist. And of course the possibility of snow transforms even the most mundane into winter wonderlands.

The problem of course is that with all this opportunity comes the cold. And if you’re struggling to deal with the cold, you’ll never make your best pictures. Here’s something I came across recently that’s working well for me.

It’s been years since I made a physical print, so the whole subject of colour profiling has gradually left my consciousness.  From time to time I’d upload some pictures to some website or another and think the colours didn’t look quite right, but it was never a big enough issue to take the time to get to the bottom of it and sort it out.

Until I recently, when I bought a new laptop.  Suddenly I had a colour issue, big time.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 20:24

Learning to shoot video isn’t easy!

I’ve been shooting video for just over a year now.  To say it’s been a steep learning curve is the understatement of the century.  I thought as a reasonably capable stills photographer, I could just flip the mode switch around one more click to video and that was it.  Not so.  Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far…

Saturday, 28 September 2013 10:44

First Attempt At Time Lapse Photography

A feature of this time of the year where we live in Cyprus is the coming and going of the early morning mist. It is spectacular and one of nature’s truly beautiful phenomena. I love watching the mist disappear as the sun rises, and of course it’s a perfect subject to try out time lapse photography.

Saturday, 17 August 2013 10:45

GoPro LCD Touch BacPac

I’ve had enough of shooting blind with the out-of-the-box GoPro Hero 3 – so I bought the LCD Touch BacPac. It’s both great and a disaster all at the same time. And like all GoPro accessories, eye-wateringly expensive.

Monday, 05 August 2013 07:03

Taking our new GoPro driving

I love exploring the back lanes of Cyprus – especially the rough tracks in our Nissan Navara 4x4. And sometimes of course, from a driving perspective, that exploring gets ‘interesting’. It’s quite amazing what the Nissan will do – and of course there are times I’d like to share some of our experiences. Enter the GoPro…

Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:26

Taking our new GoPro snorkelling

One of the big reasons the GoPro was bought is to go diving and snorkelling, so today it had its first brush with the sea at Aphrodite’s Baths near Latchi on the Akamas Coast in Cyprus.  The little fella did well, and scored extra points by not needing help carrying its kit down to the beach.  Result…


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