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Make the most of summer cashbacks

Alongside Black Friday and Christmas/New Year, early summer is shaping up to be a great time to buy a camera, as manufacturers offer cashback promotions to entice punters about to go on vacation. In the last few days, several major makers have announced some tempting deals, so here’s a quick rundown. Even if you already have a camera body, the promotions cover lenses and accessories too, so it’s well worth checking out. These promotions are for the UK but there’s…

6 Travel Photography Tips -Traveling Light

Six ways to travel lighter and still take great shots Packing and carrying heavy bags is the not-so-fun part of travel photography, up there with having to get visas and wade through thousands of images when you get back. There is the hassle (and sometimes extra cost) of having to check extra luggage in, while hauling the bags around can be exhausting in a hot country. Your travelling companions are likely to start complaining when precious suitcase space gets eaten…

Your Checklist For Better Landscape Shots

5 Tips For Better Landscape Images There is a lot to think about when taking good landscape shots, so here is a quick reminder of what you need to do beforehand to ensure you make the most of fleeting light and other great photographic opportunities… 1) Get your gear ready the night before It’s really important to be ‘good to go’ on the day of the shoot. So make sure your camera is fully charged, with a freshly formatted memory…

New Fujifilm X-T10 – Competitively Priced

Powerful New Fujifilm X-T10 – First Look If you are looking for a compact system camera (CSC), possibly as a main camera to take on your summer travels, or as a smaller back-up for your SLR, Fujifilm’s new X-T10 could be ideal. The company’s X series of CSC was very well received, and the new X-T10 builds on the virtues of its predecessor, the X-T1, but at a lower price. The X-T10 has a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor…

Work Rest & Play – Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Exhibition!

Photographers Gallery: Work Rest and Play If you can get to London during May and June and early July, I strongly recommend you get along to Work Rest and Play, a major exhibition of British photography from the 1960s to the present day. It’s at the Photographers Gallery, an oasis of calm and tranquillity, situated only five minutes from the mayhem of Oxford Circus. Work, Rest and Play is a survey of over 50 years of British photography, with the…

Food Photographer of the Year 2015

Food Photographer of the Year 2015 Last week I went to the final of Food Photographer of the Year in London, a glittering event just off Trafalgar Square. There were some great images in the final cut, and the well deserved winner was an image of a smoking street chef taken in Kuala Lumpur by Australian photographer David Griffen. “The composition is fantastic,” said judging chair and food writer, Jay Rayner. “And the sense of him also as a bit…

New 50mm Canon Lens – Perfect For Travel!

New Canon Portrait Lens At Great Price With the holiday season approaching, Canon has just announced a fast, keenly priced portrait lens that is perfect for travel photography. The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a successor to the popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II, and an ideal second lens after the kit lens that came with your camera. If you are a Canon user, this kind of 50mm lens is perfect for travel photography for several reasons. First, the constant maximum…

Best Smartphone Camera Accessories 2015

5 Best Smartphone Camera Accessories Even with the powerful features built into top of the range smartphone cameras such as the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, there are times you want more – more stability, more lens options, more video power. As well as lots of apps to extend your smartphone camera, there are also lots of accessories. They are of varying degrees of usefulness, however, so here are some of my favourites for the iPhone. While some will work…

What To Photograph In Paris

What Are The Best Landmarks to Shoot in Paris Photographs by Eric Rougier “I love Paris in the springtime,” wrote Cole Porter in 1953, and one senses he’d love it even more had he been a photographer. The City of Light is high on the list of every travel photographer’s must-see destinations, and although it’s been shot to death, you can still find interesting vistas and fresh angles if you are prepared to put in the footwork. Indeed, it can…

Camera Insurance Explained

Do I Need Camera Insurance? If you don’t have any kind of insurance for your precious camera and lenses, it’s time to start thinking about getting some – and if you don’t have any insurance and you are working as a commercial photographer, you could find yourself in big trouble. There is an old saying that insurance and pensions are only interesting when you need them, and it’s very true… General insurance Since a decent collection of camera bodies and…

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