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Tuesday
Apr152014

Some Thoughts On Lens Selection For Your Canon EOS 600d / Rebel T3i dSLR Camera 

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All I'm saying is just have a think about it. Creating a look that stands out from the crowd is difficult in the best of circumstances, so why not give yourself a head start by changing the basics?

Thanks, Rob.

Tuesday
Apr152014

Kylie Minogue La La La Photo-Book Review Video

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It's all too easy to dismiss the Aussie Princess of pop as just another soap actor turned singer - but Kylie has been with us too long for that. Move pass the catchy tunes and we've got a cultural icon who has changed with, and influenced, the times.

Working with some of the worlds greatest photographers and with a style that is constantly changing, Ms Minogue and her team have gifted us with a collection of photographs to inform and inspire.

If you haven't already thumbed through this volume, don't worry, there may well be only one subject, but there are a myriad of different looks and approaches that evolve over it's pages.

You don't need to be a Kylie fan to appreciate this book - just a student, or connoisseur, of great photographs.

Thanks, Rob.

Monday
Apr142014

Celebrity: The Photographs Of Terry O' Neill (Book Review Video) 

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"Celebrity". Now there's a loaded word if I ever heard one. In this photo-book, world famous photographer Terry O'Neill shares with us some of his most iconic shots.

We've got many of the Hollywood A Listers - Tom Cruise, Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, and a slew of other personalities shown in often dramatic portraits, sometimes Sunday-supplement style, but always completely professionally.

What we've got here is a photographer at the top of his game. Mr. O'Neill has been there and done it, delivered what the art-editors wanted and done it in style. I'm pretty certain this is all film, and mostly done without too much retouching - you can see the pores on Jerry Halls face, and the stray eyebrows that escaped Tom Cruise's stylist.

If you like great portraits, and want examples of how a true pro photographer can create images that are dynamic without being over processed, then Terry's your man. Recommended.

Thanks, Rob.

Tuesday
Apr082014

The Canon dSLR Game Changer - Auto ISO On The EOS 600d / Rebel T3i 

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Now I've been shooting with my new 600d / T3i since Christmas, its hard to describe how much Auto ISO has changed the way I shoot. 

With my old 350d / Rebel XT, I mainly shot in aperture priority mode - keeping a close eye om my shutter speed. If the light wasn't bright enough for my chosen f-stop and the shutter speed suggested camera shake or subject blur, I'd dive in and crank my ISO up or open up my aperture if i was going over ISO 400.

This technique slowed me down - and I was constantly worried about missing shots because of major changes in light. Manual mode was also a no no unless I was shooting at home with my strobes.

With Auto ISO on my 600d, I still shoot mainly in aperture priority, but I don't worry so much about camera shake. I know that if the lighting conditions change, the camera will boost my ISO to keep the shutter speed high enough for hand-held shooting. If I've got a fast moving subject I'll switch to shutter priority, where again auto ISO will prevent under exposure if the light goes.

One of the aspects of Auto Iso on the new Canons that particularly excites me is Manual Mode. I normally only use manual when I'm taking photos with flash - but with auto ISO I can make the artistic and technical decisions about aperture (for depth of field) and shutter speed (to freeze or blur motion), and Auto Iso will make sure I get an acceptable exposure.

All this wouldn't be possible if the high ISO capability of my Canon 600d / T3i dSLR camera wasn't very good indeed. There have been a few occasions when the camera has crept up above 1600 and it looks a bit noisy, but mostly I've been very pleased with the results.

Auto-ISO - an amazingly useful feature that makes shooting so much easier. Just bear in mind that if you've got a fast moving subject you'll have to switch to shutter priority, and don't forget to explore the now easily accessible manual mode.

Cheers, Rob.

Tuesday
Apr082014

Pepsi Max Black Cube Tours The UK & Wows Visitors...

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Cheers, Rob.

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