PHOTOGRAPHY

Panasonic TZ70

Well, I’ve been threatening to sell the wonderful but heavy Nikon P900 for some time now and finally I did it. Instead, I’ve bought the pocket sized TZ70 from Panasonic. I must say, I had reservations but this class of camera (with some exceptions) has moved in in recent years mainly, I’m guessing, due to the advances in mobile phone features. I would not now touch a camera without WiFi but even more importantly, easy to use WiFi and the TZ70 has not disappointed, nor has the powerful zoom. While being small enough to fit into my pocket, the camera has a very decent 30x optical zoom with anti-shake and…
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Not Forgetting the Phone Camera

No doubt when my sparkly new Panasonic camera turns up I’ll get all excited about it, so this is a good time to remind myself just how good my phone camera really is… The original of this un-retouched panorama is absolutely huge. Took this shot this evening during our walk over the hills around Galera. And here’s another completely un-retouched photo from the same session (don’t worry, I’m not turning purist).
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Changes

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been increasingly inclined to take photos with a mobile phone, despite their severe zoom limitations. In December, just days after my last post in here, I suffered a stroke and spend 2 months in hospital. While I’m finally on my feet and in fact relaxing in the Spanish sun, I’m even less inclined to lug around a large camera, despite the benefits. Accordingly, last week I sold the huge 83x zoom Nikon P900 which had been sitting around for months. Hopefully the new owner, a gentleman from nearby Pozo Alcon, will get years of good service from it. Meanwhile ~I could not entirely…
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Doogee Mix 2 SmartPhone

Smartphones are not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about photography. I do a lot of my work with a Nikon P900 camera (the one with the gob-smacking zoom that does great moon close-ups). However, I’m sure I’m not alone in that I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with large cameras, I love the quality – I hate lugging them around when on holiday in a hot country.  Now it just so happens that I’ve taken the latter to a new level in that my wife and I have, for the last couple of years spent the entire summer (6 months) in Spain and trust me…
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Odrvm 4K Action Camera

Slightly out of the normal, I’ll grant you but I thought this was worth doing a short piece on because of an alternative use for this camera. So what we have here is the Odrvm 4K Action Camera, which comes as a complete kit, in my case from Amazon. Here’s the story. I’ve been looking for one of these for ages for Spain, I have a decent camera, an SLR which would be wonderful were it not for the weight. Despite a lifetime dabbling in photography, I’ve never gotten used to carrying around a large camera in the hot summers of Spain which is where I plan to be this…
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Using Snapseed on your Phone

Often you’ll hear that you need to use proper tools for decent photography. Well, I’m here to tell you that today in an age of mobile phone Apps, that is not entirely a true statement. If you’re an enthusiastic amateur who always carries their phone with them – you might want to read on. For some time now my wife and I have been spending our summers in Spain where it is HOT and pretty much the last thing I want to do on a very hot day – is carry around a camera. My phone however goes with me everywhere and hence tends to get a lot of use.…
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The Rise of Prisma

Some time ago I wrote about a little App called Prisma – something which takes your photos, sends them off to a big computer and turns them into works of art – or rubbish depending on your viewpoint – I go with the former description though clearly at the end of the day it is possible to mess up with any of these tools if you are really bad at it.  Well, Prisma had a couple of issues – limited resolution and the strange need to crop your photos to square – on top of that they put a small ad on the photo – still great to use but…
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Some Pictures

Well, this is a photography site! A small selection of pictures I’ve taken recently – some in their original form, some processed. I’ll explain what I’ve done and why… The photograph above was taken in Galera (Spain) this summer in one of the many evening events – some religious, some just an excuse to party. This was taken with a mobile phone and despite my best efforts you see here an issue that affects all cameras to one extent or another – dynamic range. The phone camera is just not able to capture the massive range of brilliance from the bright incandescent lighting through to the shadows in the streets…
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The Death of Picasa

Of all the software I’ve used over the years to process photos, Picasa has always been my favourite. It has a reasonable number of tools and it is FAST. To put that into perspective, for many years I held several roles within the Federation of Small Businesses or FSB in the UK and one of the more delightful roles included responsibility for the organisation’s national conference website. These would be held around the country and for years I took a DIY approach to the conference website photography.  Every year, we paid for two photographers to take countless pictures of political and business figures speaking at the Conference and then staff…
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Turning Photos into Art

I do know people who don’t like to mess with photos – and that’s fine – I do as you may have seen in other posts. So much so that recently I’ve been looking for mobile phone software that might help turn pretty ordinary-looking photos into something a bit special. I got more than I bargained for. A little App called PRISMA is but one of a growing number of programs that attempt to “interpret” photos to produce artworks – and they are getting very good at it. If you have a top notch photo there is little point in resorting to gimmicks – but let’s face it, not all…
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