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Getting Ahead

I have bought a new tripod head! This is for several reasons – it is both smaller and lighter making it easily portable when I am out with my camera kit. It is also simple to use. The two part … Continue reading

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A tale of two lenses – Updated

Welcome to another of our infrequent review / comparison posts. This time we are taking a look at two 35 – 105mm lenses in Nikon fit, a Tokina RMC 35 -105 mm f3.5 – 4.5 manual focus zoom lens and … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year Greetings

GCM would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas. We thank you also for following us on Facebook and keeping up with our adventures on our blog posts. As you see from this year, we … Continue reading

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Hyperfocal Distance

You may have looked at the title of this post and thought, what on earth is that? Allow me to explain;  hyperfocal distance is defined as the distance between the lens and the nearest point of acceptable sharp focus when … Continue reading

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The Sunny Sixteen Rule.

What is the ‘Sunny Sixteen Rule? Short answer is, the easiest way to calculate exposure without using a light meter. We touched on using the Sunny Sixteen Rule in our review on 135mm lenses, please allow me to elaborate. How … Continue reading

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The Photography Show NEC Birmingham 2021

The Photography Show was back at NEC Birmingham for 2021 after a 2 year break due to Covid 19. The set up was a little different to previous years, starting with a Covid status check before entering the building. Inside, … Continue reading

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Learning Series part 2 – Learning Styles

“Imitation, integration, innovation” I came across this phrase recently and it struck me as a good description of the way we often learn as photographers. Imitation In the photographic world there are iconic shots. Think of the shot through the … Continue reading

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Review of Pentax K1000

This 35mm film camera is the archetypal learning machine for photographers. My camera was bought for me by my wife (from a friend) for the princely sum of £25. All its functions are mechanical, with everything still working apart from … Continue reading

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Loyalty

What does it mean to me as an individual, as I am a creative person? What does the world think of loyalty? In the past people would pledge their loyalty to their queen and country and everyone knew what was … Continue reading

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A test of 135mm lenses

I was recently gifted a Pentax 135mm lens. That got me thinking! Back in analogue days once you had got used to using the standard lens that came with your 35mm camera the next lens choice was either a wide … Continue reading

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