Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lightroom Preset Shoppe


We really only like to recommend products that we've tested and that we firmly believe will make the photographers life a lot easier especially when it comes to the editing images. There are just so many products that have flooded the market that it must be quite confusing for the uninitiated.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

MacPhun Luminar 2018 - Pre-order

As mentioned in a previous post, we've never really used MacPhun products in the past as we use both Mac & PC and their products were only for the Mac. But recently they have released both Luminar and Aurora (HDR software) for PC which really peaked our interest. In fact, the company has shifted their direction to the point that they have just announced that they have rebranded from MacPhun to Skylum to remove the emphasis that they only make products for Mac users. To pre-order your copy click here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Review - Miggo Agua 65 Stormproof Torso Camera Bag



As Travel Photographers we don't always have the opportunity to shoot in ideal weather conditions. So having a camera bag that is weatherproof, durable and practical is important to us. Sometimes we only want a small bag for local travel and work and other times we need a larger heavy duty bag for all our gear.  The new range of bags from Miggo has something to suit pretty much anyone. The distributors were kind enough to send us the new Miggo Agua Stormproof Torso Pack 65 Pro bag to review. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

First Impressions - Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D lens

Anhui Changgeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd (Venus Optics) was established in 2013 and have their headquarters in China.  Quite frankly, up until early this year (2017), we had never even heard of this company nor the name Laowa and not sure how it eluded us :-). Over the last 4 years, they have produced the following lenses -

Monday, 16 October 2017

HDR - An essential tool in Travel Photography

Have you ever wanted to capture that perfect scene when travelling only to find your skies are washed out or your foreground is in dark shadows?. Many people we meet simply want to take natural looking images that closely represents what they see on their travels. In high contrast scenes, your eyes will reveal shadows and at the same time see blue skies. Unfortunately, your camera sensor simply cannot capture the full spectrum of light and shadow in one exposure (although camera technology is getting very good with high-end cameras). Your shadows will be dark and your skies white which is not the way the eye sees the scenes. This is where HDR photography becomes an indispensable tool for the travelling photographer.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Adding a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom

Now there's probably been a lot of blog posts on how to set up a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom so there may be nothing new here. Due to a lot of problems we've recently been having with businesses stealing photos and using on their websites (not that this would stop them) we thought we would show you the information that we immediately apply to all our images in Adobe Lightroom.

You really only need the minimum amount of information to cover yourself and once it is set up it only takes moments to add the copyright information to all your images. Once you have imported a new batch of photos into Lightroom, this should be the first thing you do. If you do not care who uses your images or where they use your images then this post is probably of no use to you.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

NiSi Filters - Filter Kits

NiSi Filters has just launched their long awaited Filter Kits. They have the 'Starter Kit', 'Advanced Kit' and 'Professional Kit'. The release of the kits will make it much easier for photographers of all levels to purchase the right kit for their needs and budget.

If you are unfamiliar with the NiSi brand of filters you can check out their range of products here.

The 100mm Aluminium Filter Holder Foundation Kit from NiSi is the most advanced 100mm filter holder with superb build quality. The NiSi Filter Holder allows you to use 3 100mm filters in addition to a Circular Polarizing filter in any combination. It is made from aviation-grade aluminium. This foundation kit comes complete with an ultra slim 82mm CPL filter and 4 adapter ring for most popular wide angle lenses (67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm). The matte black frosted finish on the surface to minimize reflection. With the unique rotation wheel design, the CPL filter can be rotated via a cog on the back of the filter which mean no longer have to set the CPL filter before insert the other filter.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Peak Design - Shell

We love the Peak Design products. As Travel Photographers we are always looking for products that work well in all conditions. In the past, we have used weather-sealed DSLR cameras which at times have been drenched and have still performed well so we really haven't had the need for a rain cover for our cameras. However, we are now mirrorless shooters and unfortunately they do not handle the rain as well as our previous cameras, as a matter of fact, the Sony A7r camera body is not weather sealed at all. We've always carried a cheap rain cover that allows you to access the camera via side sleeves however we have found these to be extremely awkward at times and difficult to read the LCD screen when covered in droplets of water. So we were delighted when we saw the Peak Design Shell product.

Friday, 26 February 2016

New Release - Topaz DeNoise 6 software

We have been using this software for ages and it really is great for reducing Noise in problem areas of an image without affecting the whole image. This version includes lots of presets for different cameras shot at high ISO settings. So when you're in low light and can't use a tripod and afraid to raise the ISO to get a faster shutter speed, look no further. Now you can take these shots with a high ISO without sacrificing detail. Whether you’re shooting in low light, using fast speeds, or encountering noisy conditions, Topaz DeNoise gives you the peace of mind to know that you’ll end up with a crisp, clear, and noise-free result.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

ON1 ReSize 2017

With ON1 Resize, you can enlarge any photo up to 1000% without loss of sharpness or detail. It's the gold standard for photo enlargements using the Genuine Fractals® technology. Whether enlarging photos from your mobile device or your camera, ON1 Resize gives you everything needed for the highest quality photo enlargements. To find out more click on the image below.