Saturday, 3 April 2010

Film Scanner

I now have a film scanner which will allow me to work from negatives supplied by clients where I am otherwise unable to take the photographs myself and the client does not have access to a digital camera.  35mm or medium format film only.  All negatives will be returned once scanned.

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Monday, 8 March 2010

Photographer of the Month

I've been selected as 'Photographer of the Month' for the Photo Nomads blog.  You can see the full article here
http://www.photo-nomads.co.uk/wordpress/?p=8897

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Cheap Macro Option

If any of you have your own DSLR cameras and would like to try you hand a macro photography but can't afford the cost of a good macro lens, here is a cheap alternative.

Buy a reversing ring for which ever lens you have with the best low light performance (lowest f/stop number). A reversing ring will only cost a few of quid, mine cost £3.19 from e-bay including postage, and will allow you to mount your lens on your camera backward. Sounds strange? Well I have to say it looks a bit strange but the results are amazing.
Why the lens with the lowest f/stop number? Well, you can use any lens but light is important in macro photography so the more light available the better results.
I bought a 52mm reversing ring for my Nikon D300 which allows me to mount my 50mm f/1.4D lens backwards. The images below show the before and after. The first shot is the closest I can focus with the lens mounted correctly while the second has the lens reversed.
Now for such a cheap option there has to be a drawback, right? Right, there is, you have to focus manually and set the exposure manually without any light metering assistance from the camera. Focussing often means adjusting the distance between the camera and the subject too, rather than using the focussing ring but that may vary from lens to lens. Still, for £3 it's a great little device.

You can achieve even better results if you purchase a coupling ring which allows you to reverse mount a lens on the front of another normally mounted  lens.  Getting a coupling ring the right size to fit two lenses though can be difficult unless you have two lenses with the same diameter

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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

DIY fix for a problem LCD on a Nikon Coolpix P5100

My Nikon coolpix P5100 developed an intermittent fault about 6 months after I bought it. I bough it second hand so I could not take it back for a replacement and as it was originally a grey import I could not send it to Nikon for repair either. The fault consisted of the LCD flickering and sometimes turning off unexpectedly. The camera still functioned in all other respects but I couldn't see anything on the screen. Pressing parts of the back of the camera sometimes restored it but not always. Eventually the fault became permanent so I found a repair guy on the internet and sent it off to him. He was very good and told me it was just a loose connection which he fixed and sent the camera back to me after billing me a nominal charge. The work was guaranteed for 6 months. OK, so that was fine.

Last week the LCD started acting up again. It was now over 6 months ago that the repair was carried out. I was faced with either sending it back and paying another repair fee and postage or trying to do something about it myself. I figured, if this was likely to be an ongoing problem with this camera I ought to learn how to fix it myself. I searched on the internet for a solution but found nothing so it was down to trial and error. As this was only a pocket camera and not one I rely on for my portraiture I decided I had little to lose.

You can see a detailed step-by-step guide as to how I fixed the LCD on my P5100 here.

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Friday, 29 January 2010

New Galleries

All the galleries are now fully functional on my sister site at www.sally-jane.co.uk. this site is about general photography rather than Pet Portraits. You will find galleries for various subjects from still life to portraiture. If you are interested in commissioning me for any photographic work you will find contact details on the web site.

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