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Why Models C and M ?

So now let me explain what models C and M are. Continuing the Home Studio situation for the long-term future of GCM Photographic, I have been inspired by the Platypod camera support system.  As Colin and I have had to … Continue reading

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Berenstargh Batteries and Chargers

Camera batteries – we all have our thoughts and understanding of these little things. For most people, gone are the days when you could operate a camera without batteries. Only those of us who still continue to use 35mm film … Continue reading

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The way we test products

I know! The title of this article does not sound that inspiring. This is more an explanation of our reasons for the way we test products. First off. We are photographers, we work in the real world. When we test … Continue reading

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Rayzr MC120 and Astora SF200 LED Panel Lights

Our initial thoughts on receiving the Astora panel lights (Rayzr units) are that they are well constructed. They appear to be weighty, solid bits of kit that would be welcomed by serious amateurs and professionals alike who would require them … Continue reading

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Yes I’ve done it! Have you done it too?

So an interesting title. What have I done? “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]” [From Robert Burns Poem – To a Mouse, 1786. https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/the-best-laid-schemes-of-mice-and-men.html] My plans were for a nice trip to … Continue reading

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OLYMPUS FL-LM3 FLASH

HOWEVER I OWN A PANASONIC GX 8 ! Tech Spec: Guide No. – 29.86′ (9.1 m) ISO100 Exposure Control – TTL Vari-Power – 1/1,  1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64 Bounce Head – 0° to +90° Swivel Head – left and … Continue reading

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Extension Tubes

What are extension tubes? Extension tubes extend the lens away from the camera body, so increasing the possible closer focus of any given lens. Primarily, these are best used with a standard/short telephoto lens. How many do I need? Often … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale

As you may have gathered by now. Mark and I enjoy the challenge of making and adapting items with the aim to save a few pounds here and there, proving that good results can be created without spending a small … Continue reading

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Why a staircase studio?

A question asked by my friend – the Rev Chris Wicks Why a staircase studio? There are several reasons for that: My reason for doing anything is because I can. Personally I don’t like to limit myself, but I have … Continue reading

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Building my stair studio

Building my stair studio. Take one staircase Add the baseboard Add the back to the baseboard Add the sides Now add the lights and backdrop Product shot Lovely even lighting

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