Night Photography : Canon 5D With EF17-35mm F2.8L Lens

Night Photography : Canon 5D With EF17-35mm F2.8L Lens
July 3, 2020

Getting out and doing a spot of night photography can often be very rewarding and is something I do enjoy given half the chance to do it. This collection of photos were taken in Beverley in Hengate Gardens. There was a lot of ambient light about, a lamppost and the flood lights on the monument were quite useful. For this night photography project I used a Hahnel HRC 280 Remote…

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Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport

Going Back to a Shorter Lens For Shooting Sport
June 29, 2020

Given some back pain I chose to work with shorter lens while shooting the local sport a Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM. Mainly I have been using a Canon EF400mm F2.8L USM lens in recent times so I gave up a lot of reach. To try and get some distance back I used a 1.4x converter for one of the games. There were some advantages to using a shorter…

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Speedliters Handbook by Syl Arena : Book Review

Off Camera Flash : Speedlighters Handbook by Syl Arena
June 26, 2020

Speedliters Handbook is a book that I discovered by pure chance after browsing the Internet why studying off camera flash techniques. By Syl Arena the Speedliters Handbook is geared up for Canon shooters giving very good pointers on how to get the most out of your speedlites. Having purchased this book I like to think of the Speedliters Handbook as a manual that is far more user friendly then the booklet shipped…

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Sports Photography : Shooting Swimming With A Canon 1D

Sports Photography : Shooting Swimming With A Canon 1D
June 22, 2020

Arguably, the hardest type of sports photography I have done has to be swimming. As a sports photographer, I have been fortunate enough to shoot two swimming galas. Like all sports photography, the idea is to show the action and a where possible freeze the competing athlete in the shot at just the right moment. If you think about swimming as a sport, the issues faced when photographing it is…

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Peli Case 1510 : Worth Every Penny And Some

Peli Case 1510 : Worth Every Penny And Some
June 19, 2020

A Peli Case 1510 proved to be the perfect answer to the problem I have been facing of carting my kit around between jobs. After a little bit of research and some help from a fellow photographer I settled on a Peli Case 1510 to use as my main bag for my big lens and a couple of bodies. This solid case complete with wheels and strong handles has made…

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Making Money From Photography Five Useful Tips

Making Money From Photography Five Useful Tips
June 12, 2020

Making money from photography is question that comes up time and time again. I have spent countless hours discussing this very topic with seasoned pros over a pint in my local. With the digital age, there are more photographers and cameras in circulation, so there is a lot of competition when it comes to getting those paid jobs. One of the obvious ways of making money from photography is to…

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Sports Photography : Shooting Football With A Canon EF 400mm f2.8L USM

Sports Photography : Shooting Football With A Canon EF 400mm f2.8L USM
June 9, 2020

Canon EF 400mm F2.8L USM was the lens used for this sports photography shoot featuring Beverley Town Football Club and Sculcoates Amateurs. The Canon EF 400mm F2.8L USM was mounted to Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with exposure being set manually. For some time, I have been using the Canon EF 400mm f2.8L USM lens, mainly for cricket but more recently to shoot amateur and professional sport. Given the size…

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Yongnuo Compact Batter Pack SF-17 Product Review

Yongnuo Compact Batter Pack SF-17
June 5, 2020

For around a month I have been using the Yongnuo Compact Batter Pack SF-17 to provide faster recycling time with my speed lights. So far I have used the Yongnuo Compact Batter Pack SF-17 with a Canon 580 EX II and a Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite and it works perfectly well with both. The Yongnuo Compact Batter Pack SF-17 is made from plastic and comes in a black pouch with a…

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Speedlite Ezy Up Umbrella Softbox Review

Speedlite Ezy Up Umbrella Softbox Review
June 2, 2020

Today I took delivery of a Speedlite Ezy Up Umbrella Softbox, which I purchase on eBay – view product – for just under £60. It arrived in no time, less than two days, which was a real plus and the main reason I purchased the Speedlite Ezy Up Umbrella Softbox softbox was that they said it was fast to set up. In the past, I have tried other types that…

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Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite Review

Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite Review
May 30, 2020

Recently, I purchased a Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite for just short of £100 through eBay. Having read other reviews about the Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite, I was confident that the product would offer good value for money and work well with my Canon cameras. The Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite arrived in no time, shipped from Hong Kong and included a soft case and a stand as described. Wasting no time I mounted the…

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Canon EF 2x II Extender : Sports Photography, Shooting Cricket

Sports Photography : Shooting Cricket With A Canon EF 2x II Extender
May 26, 2020

This weekend I have a lot more success shooting cricket with a Canon EF 2x II Extender attached to Canon EF400mm F2.8L USM lens. For a while now I have been really struggling to get any sort of half-decent image with a Canon EF 2x II Extender, especially when trying to use manual exposure. Last weekend, I found a sort of fix where I used P Mode to calculate the…

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Canon EF400mm F2.8L USM: Shooting Power Boat Racing

Canon EF400mm F2.8L USM: Shooting Power Boat Racing
May 22, 2020

This was the first time I shot power boat racing and really got to use a Canon EF400mm F2.8L USM as with all news things, there were a few issues to iron out. The event was a P1 Power Boat race and with it being on water, the extra light being reflected caused a few issues with setting the exposure on the camera to begin with but after watching was…

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Canon EF 2x II Extender: More Practice Leads To Better Results

Canon EF 2x II Extender: More Practice Leads To Better Results
May 18, 2020

Last week I shared my experiences with using a Canon EF 2x II Extender with a Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM and the issues I faced. This weekend I used the Canon EF 2x II Extender with the 300mm lens though used a Canon EOS 1D Mark II body while shooting a cricket match in Driffield, East Yorkshire. The day before I had been at another game and met another guy…

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LENSBABY : Creative Shooting With The Lensbaby 2

LENSBABY : Creative Shooting With The Lensbaby 2
May 15, 2020

Creative photography is certainly a lot easier with a Lensbaby attached to the camera as I found out after taking delivery of a Lensbaby 2. Although it is a lens, I think the Lensbaby is more of an accessories, something that is small and easy to carry around that will give any photographer a different type of shot. I purchased my Lensbaby 2 from MPB Photographic this week. I have…

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Used Canon Equipment : Buying Used Over New

Used Canon Equipment : Buying Used Over New
May 11, 2020

When I purchased my first camera, I went for a new one though over time, I have started to purchased used canon equipment instead. I have found many different web sites that sell used Canon equipment. MPB Photographic, The London Camera Exchange and of course Ebay all sell used Canon equipment. There are lots of benefits to buying used photographic equipment. The cost is of course a lot cheaper, and you can…

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Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM With Canon EF 2x II Extender

Taken Using Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM & Canon x2 Teleconverter
May 4, 2020

Shooting sports I now use a Canon EF300mm F2.8L USM mounted to a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and sometimes use a Canon EF 2x II Extender. I have read many reports on the Internet about how they work but my experiences of using one are not very good to say the least. This weekend I attempted to shoot part of a cricket match using a Canon EF 2x II…

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