Photography Articles

Here’s a few general articles about photography.

Winter in the Conwy Valley

When you wake up in the morning and it’s stopped snowing, there’s wall to wall blue sky and its FREEZING, there’s really only one thing to do, that’s go out and grab some photos in the neighbourhood before all the snow starts to melt. On this occasion there was perhaps a two hour window of opportunity in the Conwy Valley to photograph the snow while it was still on the branches of the trees, and before it was all gone – maybe for another year, who knows?

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Switching from Lightroom to Capture One

I recently wrote this article about switching from Lightroom to Capture One for a photography forum, but thought i would post it here too, just in case anyone is interested! For those who don’t know, Capture One is RAW processing software, similar in some ways Lightroom, (quite different in others), made and sold by Phase One for use with their medium format digital camera backs.

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Save disk space with JPEGmini pro vs Blogstomp

For any photographer who processes and stores large numbers of image files, the sizes of the digital files can be a big deal.

If you can save a few megabytes on the size of each file this can make a big difference to the upload time for a wedding with say 400 images, and the amount of disk space required to store the images online and on the computer hard disk. It is therefore well worth running the finished JPEG files through image compression software to get the file sizes as small as is possible, whilst making sure there is no reduction in the quality of the images.

There are several ways of going about this, but the method I have been using for some time is to use the “industry standard” software JPEGmini Pro to reduce high quality (100%) jpeg images  generated by Adobe Lightroom (or, more recently Capture One).  The results are quite dramatic, achieving a file size reduction of over 60% in many cases. Well worth it!

Now there is a newcomer on the block in the form of Blogstomp 3.5.  Blogstomp is a neat software “app” used by photographers for combining multiple images into montages for putting on blogs, as the name suggests.

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Barmouth Estuary

It’s January and we have no weddings this week, so we headed across to Wales for a few days. I decided to pack one of our little Fuji XT-1’s and just one lens – the 56mm f1.2 – mainly so I could have a play with using the camera in low winter light on the Barmouth Estuary and experiment with the very shallow depth of field this lens creates when used wide open.  It turns out the 56mm f1.2 is not too shabby when used for photographing landscapes either.

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A visit to our printer

This week Di and I took time out to drive up to Glasgow to visit Loxley Colour. Loxley do most of our printing and make some of our albums too. Recently, they opened a brand new facility in Cumbernauld, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit and get a tour of the works.

I have to say we were very impressed. With state of the art equipment and a great team of staff, they are able to handle large volumes of prints on a quick turnaround, often the next day.

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