Friday, 30 December 2016

366 Project Month Ten - When life intereferes

As well as a single photo per day in September, I also gave myself a restriction on the use of lenses. For the first ten days I used a standard 55mm prime, the second ten were taken with a telephoto 70-200mm zoom, and the final ten were taken with a wide-angle 16-35mm zoom. One lens that didn’t get a look in was my 85mm, so my initial plans for October were to put that through its paces. However, sometimes life gets in the way.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

366 Project Month Nine - Single Shot September

After two months of no set theme, I wanted to challenge myself more in September. With alliteration as my guide, I was trying to decide between Single Shot September, or Stranger September. In the end, I chose the former. The idea being each day I would take one photo, and one photo only. In my mind, I imagined an SD card at the end filled with exactly thirty photos.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

366 Project Month Eight - An unwelcome surprise!

After a month of no set theme in July, I decided to follow the same routine in August. I didn’t feel like forcing myself to follow any set pattern. Little did I know, August had an unwelcome surprise in store for me that nearly led to me failing the project.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

N & R: Capture Pro 10, GoPro gimbal and more

Things are still pretty quiet on the news/rumour front, but there are a few small noteworthy items about a new version of Phase One Capture One Pro; GoPro releasing their gimbal as a standalone product; Casio announcing a GoPro competitor designed for low light; Think Tank have a new outlet; Instagram have more comment control features; and Olympus have suspended latest firmware for the EM-1 due to bug reports.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

N&R: November is a quiet month

I didn't bother posting updates for the last two weeks, as there wasn't much new worth talking about. It's still the same for the last week, but though I'd better give a quick summary for the rest of November.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

366 Project Month Seven - Footloose and fancy free

The end of June was a milestone, I was halfway through my 366 project. But, rather than feeling a sense of pride or accomplishment, I was tired. I felt in a rut, and I wanted to quit.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

N&R: 4 relatively quiet weeks

Seems not much has happened in the last 4 weeks: GoPro is in trouble with it's Karma drone; some new lenses from Nikon; uninspired new body from Leica, plus a cute little lens; new macro flash from Olympus; and some issues with the Panasonic G85 and IBIS in video. Plus a new Kickstarter from Spider Holster a new budget lens from Yongnuo.
The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 gets an update.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

N&R: It's all about Sony again...

Almost immediately after last week's post, the Sony A6500 and RX100V were announced.

I had a wish list of 5 things I was hoping for in order to make the A6500 a buy on my list, did they deliver?

Thursday, 6 October 2016

N&R: Sony A6500 with 5-axis stabilisation rumoured to be coming soon

Well, the big rumour this week is that Sony is about to announce the A6500, which is supposedly an A6300 but with 5-axis IBIS, and the RX 100V.

Gitzo are releasing new legs in their high-end Systematic range.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

N&R: Nikon 1 not dead?

Recently, there was speculation that Nikon has stopped development of the Nikon 1 series of mirrorless cameras. Nikon has explicitly denied this, and there's a bunch of lens patents to back up this claim.

Meanwhile, Phottix has announced a Canon RT compatible version of its Indra 500 TTL studio flash head.

Other than that, a quiet week.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

N&R: Photokina with new cameras and lenses from Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tokina and Voigtlander.

This week is all about Photokina, so lets look at a recap of all the new cameras and lenses announced in the last few days;my word there's a lot of them.

Fuji enters the mirrorless medium format arena.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

N&R: Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samyang, Sony, Tokina, Venus Optics, Zeiss and Think Tank.

This week we look at the Canon EOS-M5 release, rumours about Panasonic and Olympus, new lenses for Samyang, Tokina, Venus Optics and Zeiss, and a new roller bag from Think Tank.

The first serious mirrorless from Canon?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

News and Rumours: Apple, Canon, Fuji, Hasselblad, Leica, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Zeiss, Metz and FlashQ

In this week summary:

  • The long awaited iPhone 7 Plus gets announced with dual cameras.
  • Stylised images of the new Canon EOS-M5 are leaked.
  • Fuji announces monochrome instax film.
  • Hasselblad will soon announce another medium format mirrorless lens.
  • Leica announce a new 6mm macro lens for their TL mirrorless camera.
  • The three new lenses from Olympus have leaked images.
  • More information on the Panasonic G80/G85 cameras.
  • Sigma announce a new series of Cine lenses.
  • Sony will also soon announce a new cine lens.
  • Tamron announces the previously leaked 15-600mm G2 lens.
  • Leaked images of three new Milvus lenses coming from Zeiss.
  • Metz is teasing a new, smaller flash.
  • The FlashQ Q20 small flash should is expected to be released in Q4 this year.

You read it here first: the LightPix Q20 is expected to arrive this year.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Venus Optics

In this week's summary:

  • DPReview looks more in depth at the Canon 5D Mark IV's new features;
  • Rumours of the next camera in the Fuji X100 line emerge;
  • As well as two  new cameras and lenses, maybe we can also expect a new flash from Olympus;
  • First specs of the Pansonic GH5 become available;
  • Sony releases another new lens without a prior peep on the rumours sites;
  • Tamron is rumoured to soon announce an update to their 150-600mm lens;
  • Tokina is reported to soon announce a new manual focus lens in Sony FE mount; and
  • Venus Optics releases a teaser indicating they too, will soon announce a new Sony E mount lens.

At last, Sony FE gets a 50mm lens!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

366 Project Month Six - Back to Sony

Back to Sony

On Wednesday June 1, I put away the little Panasonic GM5 I had been using exclusively in May, and brought out the Sony RX1RII. I was expecting a little period of adjustment to deal with the different controls, but what really blew me away was the moment I put the viewfinder of the RX1RII up to my eye.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus, Tamron, Benro, Spyder and Think Tank

In this week's summary:

  • It's here, the Canon 5D Mark IV. Does it live up to expectations?
  • Fuji announce the X-A3 and a new lens.
  • Panasonic and Olympus will be making announcements at Photokina.
  • Tamron announces their 90mm macro will be released for Sony A mount.
  • Some Benro tripods will no longer be available for sale in the USA.
  • Spyder has a new all in one calibration kit, but should you buy?
  • Think Tank releases a new highly requested back-back.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Samyang and Sony

In this week's summary:

  • Images and specifications of the camera many are waiting for, the Canon 5D Mark IV.
  • Fuji is rumoured to soon be announced an X-A3 and a new 23mm f2 lens.
  • Nikon announces the D3400, and is the 1 series still in development?
  • Samyang announces the already announced 14mm f2.8 autofocus lens.
  • Is the Sony A99 Replacement really coming?

Thursday, 11 August 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Nikon, Nissin, Panasonic, Samyang, Sony, Adobe, Eye-Fi and F-Stop

In this week's summary:

  • More about the Canon W-E1 wifi accessory and the 5D Mark IV
  • Nikon has a D3400 on the way
  • Delays in the Nissin i60a, but should you buy?
  • Panasonic is expected to announce two cameras this month
  • Samyang releases another new lens in their summer promotion
  • Sony is rumoured to be busy at work on an a99 replacement
  • Adobe releases a new iteration of Photoshop with some bug fixes
  • Eye-Fi releases some software to extend usage of older Eye-Fi cards, but is it enough?
  • F-Stop abandons the their KitSentry Kickstarter campaign, but doesn't respond to recent reports of company malpractice.

Can the Samyang new lens compete with Sigma and Nikon?

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The problem with the Nissin Air System - read before you buy!

If you’re considering to buy into the Nissin Air System, you should consider the following: if you've bought online or grey market, your product may be unusable with other purchases.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

News and Rumors: Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Samyang, Sony/Zeiss, F-Stop and Instagram

In this week's summary:

  • Canon is rumoured to soon release a cheap wifi adapter for the 7D Mark II.
  • Another patent for the rumoured Nikon 19mm tilt-shift lens.
  • The Olympus E-M1 Mark II might feature a brand new sensor.
  • Another week in the Samyang summer blockbusters - this time an actual new product.
  • Some rumoured lenses from Sony and Zeiss for the FE mount.
  • F-Stop bags - is the company in serious financial trouble?
  • Instagram starts to complete with Snapchat.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

News & Rumours: Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Samyang, Venus Optics, Adobe & Huawei

In this week's summary:
  • The Canon 1DX Mk II gets reviewed by DPReview;
  • Nikon announces a new, fast, prime;
  • Olympus some leaked specs for the E-M1 MkII and a new PRO lens;
  • Samyang re-announces an already announced lens;
  • Venus Optics launch a Kickstarter for their latest, ultrawide prime;
  • Adobe releases Lightroom for Apple TV; and
  • The Huawei P9 gets reviewed by DPReview.
The new portrait king?

Thursday, 21 July 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Nikon, Samyang, Sony, Affinity Photo, Aputure, Paul C.Buff and PetaPixel

In this weeks summary:
  • Canon's 5D Mark IV is registered with an Indonesian authority;
  • Nikon has a 70-200mm f/2.8 replacement in the pipelines;
  • Samyang has released the first of 5 new lenses;
  • Sony's new 50mm f/1.4 is compared the 55mm f/1.8;
  • Affinity Photo announces new features;
  • Aputure announced a new mini constant light;
  • Paul C. Buff have a new monolight series available; and
  • PetaPixel is copying my weekly rumour summary?
 PetaPixel are "pretty sure (this) will make it into many (many many) photographer gear bags".

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

366 Project Month Five - Micro 43s May

After my time consuming April Portrait Project finished, I wanted an easier month in May. After considering Macro May and Mobile May, I finally settled on Micro 43s May. Alliteration was an important thing to consider in May.

Camera with bright 30mm & 85mm f3.4 primes that weighs just 500g and fits in my coat!
Late last year I picked up a Panasonic GM5 with the Leica branded 15mm f/1.7. I was really impressed with the image quality for the size and weight, but the moment I bought a Sony RX1RII I largely neglected it.

So, the question I wanted to answer in May was: can a camera costing a quarter of the price, and half the weight, of a Sony RX1RII really compete? Clickbait warning. The answer might surprise you!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

News and Rumours: Sony, Adobe, FLM, Phottix and Westcott

In this week's summary:
  • Sony surprises everyone with a new prime lens release;
  • Adobe releases new versions of Lightroom for mobile;
  • FLM is launching a new high quality travel tripod on Indiegogo;
  • Phottix has a new collapsible beauty dish; and
  • So does Westcott.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

News and Rumours: Fuji, Eye-Fi, Huawei and Metabones

In this week's summary:

  • Fuji officially announces the already leaked X-T2.
  • Eye-Fi announces they're going to brick most of their product range.
  • Huawei tags a Canon DSLR photo with #HuaweiP9.
  • Metabones releases an updated firmware for their Canon to Sony adapter (yes again).

Thursday, 30 June 2016

News and Rumours: Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Cactus and Metabones

In this week's summary:

  • The Canon 1D X sensor gets reviewed by DXOMark and seems to be a Nikon D5 killer.
  • The Fuji XT2 is to be announced very soon, as well as a Hasselblad competitor.
  • Some info about the Olympus E-M1 II.
  • Sigma has announced the pricing and availability for the sd Quattro.
  • Sony announces more delays to cameras and lenses.
  • Cactus has announced the the Cactus V6 II.
  • Metabones have brought out a seemingly ill advised firmware update to the Canon to Sony Smart Adapter IV.

The DxOMark overall mark for 1DX and D5 is the same, but is that the full story?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Phottix Sony, Adobe, Affinity, Instagram and VSCO

Apologies that there was no update last week; I was away. One thing I did notice looking back on the last two weeks is how much more random posts the mirrorless rumour sites seem to make compared to the main Canon and Nikon rumour sites. But, for you gentle reader, that's no problem as you can come here to miss all that nonsense and just find out the summarised, core news.

The biggest news I can report, which I haven't seen on any other news or rumour site, is that Phottix is finally shipping the new Sony Odin II! For another surprise from Phottix to Sony users, read below!

Other news in this two week summary:
  • Canon - Canon rumors reveal the current Canon roadmap, and a reported Canon 5D Mark IV sighting.
  • Fuji - More info on the upcoming Fuji X-T1 Mark 2.
  • Nikon - The DL series of compact cameras is finally expected to ship at the end of this month (June 30).
  • Panasonic - A new, expensive, 12mm f1.4 Panasonic-Leica badged lens has been announced.
  • Pentax - A new APS-C DSLR and zoom lens are announced.
  • Phottix - The Sony Odin II is finally shipping, with Indra support for Sony Odin!
  • Sony - A new FE fast prime is rumoured to come this year.
  • Adobe - New versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw are available.
  • Affinity - A version of Affinity Photo for iPad is being developed.
  • Instagram - The dreaded, and unpopular, curated feeds are being rolled out to all users.
  • VSCO - A new app for Anfroid and iOS is coming soon.

43 Rumors have released this leaked image of the Olympus E-PL8.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Nikon, Olympus, Sony/Zeiss, Nissin and DxO Optics

In this week's summary:

  • Nikon - DPReview reviews the D5, and some early rumours of a new mirrorless system.
  • Olympus - New PRO lenses coming.
  • Sony - Reports next Zeiss Loxia will be telephoto, and delays from earthquake aftermath.
  • Nissin - the new Nissin i60A for Sony has been delayed until August.
  • DxO Optics - DxO OpticsPro 11 has been released with advanced noise reduction.
  • Huawei/Leica - DPReview has reviewed the Huawei P9 camera.

The one touch zoom on the Nikon D5 sounds very convenient for review.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

366 Project Month Four - April Portrait Project

April - it was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. A month later, I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about my April Portrait Project – the project to take 30 portraits of 30 different people over 30 days.

When I originally decided to make April all about portraits, the inspiration behind it was to actually make my photography life easier for a month. It would play to some of my strengths, and it would mean I no longer had to go out hunting for a new scene every day. In my head, I imagined mostly sitting back in my place, people popping by for a quick head-shot, and done. This didn’t happen.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma and Sony

In this week's summary:
  • Canon - Finally some news about the 5d Mark IV, and a new lens is coming
  • Fuji - More news on the X-T2, a teleconverter, a new Instax SP-2 printer and a new lens
  • Nikon - The D500 gets DPReviw's highest award
  • Olympus - A new action camera and more rumours on the new 30mm macro lens.
  • Sigma - The long anticipated 85mm f/1.4 ART is rumoured to be coming soon.
  • Sony - The Voigtlander 10mm FE lens is now in stock

The existing Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is reportedly out of production.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Samsung, Sigma for Pentax, Sony and Elinchrom

In this week's summary:
  • Samsung - a new firmware available for the NX1 and NX500 cameras.
  • Sigma -  offers fix to prevent some of their lenses from scratching the new Pentax K-1.
  • Sony - sensor production expected to resume by end of the month, and rumored pricing on the new GM 70-200 f/2.8.
  • Elinchrom - The new Skyport HS for Sony has been tested in the real world.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Pentax & Olympus

In this week's summary

  • Canon release a new EF-M Macro lens with an integrated ring light, plus a new 600EX flash
  • Pentax's new K-1 sensor is scoring amazing results over at DPReview
  • Olympus has a new macro lens coming, but the E-PL8 has been delayed.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Fuji, Olympus, Samyang

In this week's summary:

  • Canon: The Canon EOS-1D X II receives some positive results in the DPReview studio tests
  • Fuji: More leaked images of the Fuji X-T2
  • Olympus: Some vague rumours about the E-M1 successor
  • Samyang: Have announced two auto-focus lenses (for Sony FE-Mount)

It's been a pretty quiet week.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Leica, Micro43s, Nikon, Sony and ON1

In this week's summary:

  • Leica: Leaked images of the Leica M-D Typ 262
  • Micro43s: Rumours about the new Olympus EM-1 and the Panasonic Leica 12mm lens.
  • Nikon: Autofocus auto-tune on D500 and D5, delays in DL, and yet another shutter issue with the D750
  • Sony: New firmware, hacked firmware, and a potential AF bug
  • ON1: Have announced a new RAW converter they claim will offer unrivalled performance

Monday, 25 April 2016

366 Project Third Month - Travel

As February came to an end, I was getting more excited to be able to go back to the Sony RX1R II to take my photos. It was also going to be the first time during my 366 project that I would go on a holiday.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Fuji, Leica, Sony, Zeiss, Blackmagic, Lexar, Pelican and Phottix

In this week's summary:
  • Fuji: Images of the X-T2 leaked
  • Leica: New major firmware update to the SL
  • Sony: Earthquakes affect sensor production, and possible issues with the Sony 85mm G-Master
  • Blackmagic Design: Blackmagic have announced a new public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12.5
  • Lexar: Easy way to access MicroSD cards on your iPhone
  • Pelican: A new, lighter, range of cases
  • Phottix: A new mount for using Elinchrom and Bowen's light shaping tools with speedlights

The TIPA Awards: Everyone wins a prize
I recall correctly, last year many photography sites were making fun of the TIPA awards - by having each of an Entry Level, Advanced, Expert and Professional award for various cameras, they may as well start giving out awards for participation. Was there a mirrorless camera released last year that didn't get an award? If you're thinking the Leica SL, don't worry, they snuck that in as the Best Premium Camera.

For some reason though, most brand focused sites are instead reporting just on what their preferred brand won.

Monday, 18 April 2016

366 Project Second Month - Ultrawide

When I started my 366 project, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stick to the same camera and lens for the whole year, so I instead decided to take it month by month. In January, I often felt there were many cool shots I could have gotten if only I had a wider lens so in February I wanted to try shooting with an ultra-wide. I was expecting to be able to use the ‘gimmick’ of the wide to make taking a daily photo much easier. I was wrong.

Though it did come in handy sometimes.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Zeiss, Lee and Lensbaby

In this week's summary:

  • Canon: Rumours spread of a full frame mirrorless, plus the 5D Mark 4.
  • Panasonic: Interview talks about their current strategy.
  • Sony: A reliable rumour talks about the next generation of the Sony mirrorless cameras.
  • Zeiss: The Batis 18mm f/2.8 announcement is imminent.
  • Lee: A new harder neutral density grad filter is announced.
  • Lensbaby: Lensbaby have announced a cheaper alternative for those who love twirly bokeh.

See digicame-info for more images

Thursday, 7 April 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Panasonic, Think Tank and Lytro

In this week's summary:
  • Micro43s: Panasonic releases a camera with three different names around the world.
  • Think Tank: Announces their largest rolling case yet.
  • Lytro: Lytro quits the consumer market.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Micro43s, Nik and Sony

In this week's summary:
  • Micro43s: A body and lens expected from Panasonic next week.
  • Nik Software: Now free, but is it still supported?
  • Sony: New lenses and RX 10 mk3.

Meanwhile, you'd think major photography websites would know the difference between a selfie and a photo. C'mon guys, you know better!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Everything wrong with the Sony a7R II (that can be fixed via firmware)

When the Sony a7R II was announced it sounded nearly perfect. A cutting edge BSI sensor with great PDAF coverage, IBIS, large EVF all in a small, relatively lightweight body. Sony got all the hard bits, using the latest technologies, exactly right!

Unfortunately, when it came to the relatively easy bit of the user interface to access these incredible new features, they managed to completely bollocks it up.

Fortunately, many of these issues could be fixed in the firmware with no hardware changes required. This is my list of changes I think Sony should make to the a7R II to make it freaking awesome.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Micro43s, Canon, Sony, Adobe and Atomos

In this weeks summary:

  • Micro43s: New cameras and lenses coming
  • Canon: It seems their newest generation sensors have increased dynamic range
  • Sony: Yet another Sony camera, the a6300, suffers from overheating when shooting video?
  • Adobe: A new serach based on image content instead of metadata is coming.
  • Atomos: New versions of their Shogun and Ninja models with much brother screens.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Instagram Feeds, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Affinity, Elinchrom and Nissin

In this two week summary (sorry I missed last week):
  • Instagram: An end to chronological feeds.
  • Canon: A new (disappointing?) entry level DSLR.
  • Sigma: Their Sony FE adapter offers full AF support unlike any other existing adapter.
  • Affinity: Photoshop alternative coming to Windows.
  • Elinchrom: The real replacement for the Skyport triggers are announced.
  • Nissin: Pricing for the new i60 flash is announced.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Micro43s, MagMod, Nissin, Phottix and Tamrac

In this weeks summary (it's a quiet week):
  • Micro 43s: Panasonic GH5 rumours.
  • MagMod: A new kickstarter campaign for a Fresnel lens flash extender.
  • Nissin: More on the i60 flash.
  • Phottix: Teasing the Sony Odin II.
  • Tamrac: Suddenly have their existing Goblin lens pouches out in the news.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

News and Rumour Thursday: Micro 43s, Nikon, Nissin, Sigma and Tamron

In this weeks summary:
  • Micro 43s: A new lens from Panasonic.
  • Nikon: 3 new 1-inch sensor compacts (with PDAF).
  • Nissin: New additions to their Nissin Air System.
  • Samsung: “officially discontinued manufacturing of cameras”
  • Sigma: New lenses and new mirrorless cameras.
  • Tamron: New lenses and a USB dock.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Adobe, Canon, Micro 43s, Pentax, Sigma and auto-focus with Leica M

In this weeks summary:
  • Adobe: A fix to stop Adobe from deleting your files.
  • Canon: A prosumer APS-C DSLR and some compacts.
  • Micro 43s: A uninspiring camera from Panasonic and rumours of new Olympus lenses.
  • Pentax: After many years and gnashing of teeth, the full frame Pentax is here.
  • Sigma: Two new lenses are rumoured to be coming this month.
  • Leica M Glass: Can now be auto-focused with Sony cameras.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Sony and Instagram

In this weeks summary:
  • Instagram: Now having multiple accounts on a single device is available to all.
  • Sony: Initial reports on the new G Master lenses, a new Batis and the new MIS TTL cable is in stock.
  • Nikon: The Nikon D500 has been delayed until end of April.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Canon, Sony, Phottix and Sekonic/Elinchrom

In this weeks summary:
  • Canon: 1DX Mk II is here to compete against the Nikon D5.
  • Sony: As well as the long awaited A6300, three new FE lenses have been announced.
  • Phottix: Over a year late, but finally the Odin IIs are here (but no Sony version yet).
  • Sekonic: New versions of the popular LiteMaster Pro L-478DR have been announced with Phottix/Elinchrom compatibility

Monday, 1 February 2016

366 Project First Month - Initial Thoughts

A few years ago, I was considering the merits of a 365 project (a photo a day for a year). At the time I recalled a blog post, sadly no longer available, theorising that practising taking photos without purpose only results in practising poor techniques. The general consensus, and the one I subscribed to, seemed to be to focus on quality instead of quantity.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Canon, Micro 43s, and an Ice Light competitor

In this weeks summary:
  • Canon: 1DX Mk II rumoured to be announced next week.
  • Micro 43s: Pen-F has been announced.
  • Yongnuo: Yongnuo has announced their competitor to the Westcott Ice Light.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Fuji, Micro 43s, Sony and more

In this weeks summary:
  • Fuji: X-Pro2 is out, but Fuji have also announced a new lens and flash.
  • Micro 43s: More about the new Pen-F.
  • Sony: The Sony RXR1 Mk 2 production resumes, A6100 is nearly here, plus a new FE lens.
  • MaxCurves: A new ios application around editing images through curves.
  • PetaPixel: Now offering sponsored posts for advertisers.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

News and Rumour Thursday - Fuji, Micro43s, Nikon, Samsung and Sony

In this weeks summary:

  • Fuji: X-Pro2 is just hours away! Meanwhile, there is a new product that lets you use Nikon TTL flashes with Fuji cameras.
  • Micro 43s: New telephoto options, f/1.2 primes and a new Pen camera from Olympus with a built in viewfinder.
  • Nikon: newly announced D5, D500 and the SB-5000 wireless flash.
  • Samsung: More evidence they are exiting the photography arena.
  • Sony: Finally a proper ttl cable option!
Finally - a proper TTL cable for Sony Multi-interface shoe

Friday, 8 January 2016

Welcome to PSelect

PSelect has one main purpose: to curate the most interesting and educational posts from other photography sources.

All the photography blogs I have subscribed to seem to have too few gems among the stones. They'd include incredibly insightful or educational posts, but you'd struggle to find them between reviews of bags, photography business tips, the latest drone incident, and oh so many time-lapses. I'd struggle to keep up with my rss feed even after dismissing so many articles by title alone.

As photographers, we're always told to edit down the images we show. But it seems in the effort to drive clicks, and therefore advertising revenue, to their sites, this approach sadly isn't taken by many major photography sites with the articles they post.

This blog also has a secondary purpose, to give me a place to write down and formalise some of my ideas on photography.

So, the reality is that this blog is a very personal project: a place to curate my own ideas and articles I find useful on photography. Hopefully others find it useful. If so, that's a bonus!

Mission statement:
- No more than one post a day.
- No articles for the sake of posting regular updates.
- No clickbait - concise and clear article titles.
- No 'Behind the scenes' videos which don't contain educational information.
- No promises this won't change in future.