Black and White Long Exposure

For this long exposure shot I used the rocks in the sea as a counterpoint.  For the lens I used the 24-105mm at the long end.  Again the key is to focus on manual before attaching the ND filter.  If you don’t have a camera release cable then set it for a 2 second delay; this helps to reduce any camera shake.  For post-processing I used Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.  You can use this plugin either directly from Lightroom/Apple Aperture or Photoshop. Topaz Lab’s have a great BW effect plugin too and its worth checking-out too.   The ability to select film...

Having fun with your zoom lens

Do you have a zoom lens with your camera?  They are handy for sports, portraits and wildlife.  I usually shoot sports with my Canon 300 mm f4 lens, sometimes with a 1.4x extender for a little extra reach.   This lens is great for capturing birds and distant sports action but lacks the versatility of a zoom lens.  Generally speaking a fixed focal length lens is usually faster at focussing then its zoom counterpart.   I was shooting for a few hours at my son’s cricket game, using this longer lens for most of the time.  It’s amazing how that player fills the...

Lensbaby Magic

Have you wondered how get some of those strange blurs and soft-focus on my photos?  Well, I will let you into a secret it isn’t through Photoshop magic; I use a lens system called “Lensbaby”.   Lensbaby is company that makes a series of creative lens – the Lensbaby system.   I call it a “system” as it a few lenses and attachments that you can mix together, depending on what kind of photography you are interested in.  The Lensbaby attaches to your camera like any other lens (they have mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta...

10 Tips for Your DSLR

Quite a few friends of mine have recently got their first DSLR camera.  This started me thinking about what tips I could give them to help jump-start their photography. I’m assuming with these tips that you have just bought a DSLR with just the “kit” lens and are wondering where to go next. I have an iPad version of this too available see it here.