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  • post Using social media for photographers – top tips - 19 June
  • Social media, particularly Instagram, can really help build an audience for your images. Jon Devo shares his social secrets Social media, particularly Instagram, can really help build an audience for your images. Jon Devo shares his social secrets
  • post Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF sample image gallery - 18 June
  • We've got hands on with Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF - a new, fast aperture, short telephoto, autofocus lens for Canon DSLR photographers. View a gallery of shots, including links to full-size images belowCanon EOS 5DS R 1/6400 sec f/4 ISO 1600. Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EFView full size images taken with the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF
  • post Samyang unveils 85mm Canon mount portrait lens - 18 June
  • The 85mm f/1.4 EF is a new short telephoto autofocus lens for Canon DSLR photographers from budget optics manufacturer, Samyang.

    Weighing in at just 485g, and measuring 72mm long (without the lens hood and rear cap), the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 …Continue reading »
  • post Prime portraits: best lenses for portraits - 15 June
  • Andy Westlake recommends the best optics to consider for shooting excellent people pictures.Andy Westlake recommends the best optics to consider, for shooting excellent people pictures
  • post Why you need a wideangle prime lens for landscapes and travel - 14 June
  • Top travel and landscape photographer Ed Norton explains how switching from zooms to primes fundamentally changed his photography, and offers a few tips for aspiring travel prosBack when Ed Norton was a keen amateur travel photographer he would carry a Lonely Planet guidebook with him. He …Continue reading »
  • post Tenba launches new budget bag range - 14 June
  • The new Skyline range features five different sizes, with prices starting at 35.The new Skyline range features five different sizes, with prices starting at 35.
  • post CameraWorld announces free summer event at Brands Hatch - 13 June
  • Photographic retailer CameraWorld is back with two live shows where top photography equipment and trade-in deals will be available.CameraWorld has added a new ?Live? event for the summer. Taking place on the 2nd of August at the iconic …Continue reading »
  • post Art is where the heart is - 12 June
  • Top fine-art portrait photographer, Photoshop expert and Vanguard Professional, Bella Kotak, explains how she gets such uniquely atmospheric images.Top fine-art portrait photographer, Photoshop expert and Vanguard Professional, Bella Kotak, explains how she gets such uniquely atmospheric images.

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  • post Adobe reveals record-breaking quarterly revenue in Q2 2018 - 20 June
  • Adobe has announced a new quarterly revenue record of $2.20 billion for its 2018 second fiscal quarter. The company saw 22% growth to $1.55 billion in its Digital Media segment, which includes $1.30 billion for Creative and a record $243 million for Document Cloud. The company's Digital Experience segment experienced 18% growth to hit $586 million ...
  • post PolarPro's new buyback program gives you credit towards a new filter when you trade in an old one - 19 June
  • Earlier this year, PolarPro stepped up its filter game and brought its expertise to the world of DSLR and mirrorless cameras with its QuartzLine filters.As a follow-up to its latest filter lineup, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will let you get a certain amount of credit towards a new filter if you return an old one - even if it's not...
  • post Sigma now shipping Art series prime lenses for Sony E-mount - 19 June
  • Sigma has announced that its five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping. The 20mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM are designed for Sony's full-frame a7-series and a9 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.The E-Mount version of S...
  • post Adobe Creative Cloud updates bring preset and profile syncing to Lightroom CC - 19 June
  • A new batch paste option in Lightroom CC allows settings to be quickly synced across multiple images.Adobe has announced a raft of updates across its suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.For photographers, Lightroom CC receives the most substantial updates, which include easy synchronization of presets and p...
  • post Fujifilm GF 45mm F2.8 R WR sample gallery - 19 June
  • $(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryV2({"containerId":"embeddedSampleGallery_9135582144","galleryId":"9135582144","isEmbeddedWidget":true,"selectedImageIndex":0,"isMobile":false}) });The dust and moisture-sealed FUJINON GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is a 36mm equivalent fast prime for Fujifilm's GFX 50S. Optical construction comprises 11 elements in ei...

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xxA little late

January 07, 2018, 12:39:54 PM by Gez
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But best wishes to everybody (anybody?) for the new year

xxJust summat to say!

November 24, 2016, 08:54:55 PM by Pipeman
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It's my 75th Birthday today.

clipHappy Christmas

December 22, 2015, 08:06:07 PM by Pipeman
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Only a few days to go, so,

Happy Christmas to you all and your families. :cheer :hic

xxWhere is everyone? or is that where are...

December 12, 2015, 12:25:19 AM by MartinAS | Views: 2817 | Comments: 6

i Know... I too have been delinquent.

I did visit the UK recently. My wife and I and friends from Newfoundland were over for a canal trip (again). We hired a narrowboat from Wyvern Shipping on the Grand Union at Leighton Buzzard and spent 4 weeks traveling at the breakneck speed of 4mph. Fantastic. I, of course , was the photographer. Went to Market Harbourough, Leicester (checked in on Richard 111), Nottingham and along to Birmingham ( had our boat cut free and a rope stolen at Wolverhampton and then to Warick to visit castle etc (again). Here we had our Canadian flag cut off overnight. A short off route to Rugby for a day and then back to Leighton Buzzard. Great trip , overall.
This all came about in 24 hours when the friends visited us in May. We talked about old trips and before we knew it we had booked flights and the boat. Really is neat and Wyvern are a great group to rent from.
 Lots of photos and all I have to do is sort through them now. Winter project. The last few winters we have gone south to kayak with the alligators in Georgia in the US but this year, with the $US so high it is a question. Not to mention Donald Trump.... but we won't.

Anyway... best wishes to my old friends.

xxVisiting Australia - Victoria

August 13, 2015, 08:20:22 PM by Bawbee
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I will be travelling to Australia in mid-October for 4 weeks; primarily to represent my Dad, and the rest of the family, at my Aunt's (Dad's Sister) 100th Birthday celebrations.

I will be based in the Yarraville district of Melbourne and I am looking for photographic location ideas from those who know the area. I do have a few locations in mind but I would be pleased to hear from others with regards to any additional information from other members. I will be mainly looking for landscapes and wildlife opportunities.

Any help and assistance will be much appreciated.

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