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Thursday
Jul102014

SCL Photography Podcast 238 - Chasing Sunsets

A good month for videos... and sunsets!

 

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Monday
Jul072014

Canon 600d / T3i Macro Photography On The Cheap, M42 Lenses With Extension Tubes... 

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Macro photography is normally considered an expensive and complicated part of photography. Specialised lenses, difficult techniques and a required attention to detail that is only beaten by expert landscape photographers, the capturing of the small could be seen as a large challenge.

It doesn't need to be this way. Anyone with a Canon dSLR can buy a M42 lens on the cheap, grab some M42 extension tubes, and add an EF-M42 lens mount adapter and you'll be good to go. Be adventurous, shoot hand-held with flash, and try plenty of different angles. Sure, you'll get loads of out of focus blurry shots, but one in twenty will be good, and you will surprise yourself.

Thanks, Rob. 

Saturday
Jun282014

Cheap Lenses For Your Canon 600d / Rebel T3i: Go M42! 

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I don't know about you, but when in comes to lenses for my Canon EOS 600d / T3i dSLR, the cost of OEM glass is just too exorbitant. True, with my 18-55, 55-250, 50mm, 40mm & 100-300 I've got a fair collection - but only the 18-55 and 40mm are lenses I've bought new, all the rest were second hand.

M42 lenses on the over hand offer a budget alternative that'll give you a myriad of different choices to expand your collection. Produced from the '50's to the '70's, these screw mount lenses were popular because they were cheap and fitted several different camera manufacturers bodies. 

Head on over to eBay and pick up a M42 lens to EF mount adapter, they can be had for a few quid (don't bother with the AF confirm ones) and they you'll be all clear to play with M42 glass.

There is however a big caveat - DON'T PAY OVER THE ODDS! M42 lenses are great to get you started and offer some interesting options (200mm F3.3 sound good?) but always check Amazon and eBay for the prices of new and second hand genuine Canon EF or EF-S lenses. Never underestimate the benefits of auto-focus and image stabilization.

Look out for M42 lenses at car-boot sales, thrift stores, charity shops, garage sales and with relatives. Take your adapter along so you can make sure it is actually an m42 mount, and check the glass for fungus (a little doesn't matter) and that the aperture rings and blades move. Look out for an "a" switch or a pin on the back of the lens that allows the blades to move. Most of these lenses will come with an old Praktica or Pentax film SLR, so pay a cheap (but fair price), then rush home and start shooting.

When you're using your M42 lens, the simplest method is to shoot in aperture priority mode. Set the f/stop on the lens and your camera will adjust the shutter speed to get a good exposure. If your viewfinder is a bit dark, focus at the widest aperture, then click the ring round to the setting you want just before you take the shot.

M42 lenses. Go get 'em!

Cheers, Rob.

Thursday
Jun262014

Canon 600d / T3i Must Have Accessories: Lens Hoods For Your DSLR Video

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Lens hoods. Such an underused resource by most photographers, and yet so useful in two main ways. A lens hood helps cut down lens glare and flare and also protects the front of your lens from knocks and drops.

Don't bother with the official hoods - they're overpriced and offer no increase in performance. Grab the copies off eBay and save a few quid, screw them on and instantly look a little more professional. With a lens hood on, your photos will avoid that contrast sapping glare that comes from light bouncing around inside your lens, and the lens hood will take the brunt of any collisions between your glass and hard surfaces.

Cheers, Rob.

Saturday
Jun142014

SCL Photography Podcast 236 - Why Are My Photos Drab?

How ya doin? A catch up, then some ideas on how to spice up difficult lighting situations...

 

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Our JUNE Flickr Assignment "By The Sun and the Moon - Portraits in Natural Light"

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