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SuperMoon Shot with New 70-300 Lens

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Jul 16 2014
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My Canon 70-300 lens got a battering over the past few years (I had it over 6 years) so I invested in a brand new 70-300. The latest version of this zoom lens has IS and 2 auto-focus modes. The zoom is incredible and I have taken some great shots of aircraft at 36,000ft, on which you can see the features of the wings and in one case clearly read the word Emirates on the underside of the A380. This week we had Supermoon and I decided to try this out. Unfortunately I missed 100% supermoon so this was the […]

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10 things to Remember before or during your Photography shoot

Jan 16 2013
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This is my 6th year using a DSLR and my 12th year of using a digital camera and over this time I have learned a few photography lessons … some, the hard way!! This post has 10 things to remember before you start taking photos, either on a photo shoot or before you set out. Is your camera lens clean? May sound simple but the amount of times I have taken a shot only to later spot a water mark or spec of dust on the final image, you might be lucky to clone it out with Photoshop but better […]

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Sunset in Waterford : 23/Project52

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Jun 20 2012
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Having got some ND filters, I had being playing around with evening light and captured this shot looking towards the new N25 toll bridge in Waterford as the sunset. I had used an ND4 and a ND grad filter. The lighting was probably a bit too harsh to do a long exposure. I used a tripod, timed shutter, manual focus and IS was turned off (as IS can cause blurry photos when on a tripod). The resultant shot of sunset at the new bridge is shown below. My next attempts at this will be later in the evening, I may […]

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How to change Depth of Field and make blurred backgrounds

Mar 06 2011

Sometimes when taking a photograph you don’t want your background to be focus as you might want the foreground. Normally you will want your subject to be in focus and the background to be either slightly out of focus or very out of focus.  In order to do this you need to take control of  your camera settings. The Aperture controls the depth of field. What is a Cameras Aperture? The Aperture is basically the eye of the camera which has the main job in a camera lens of collecting light. The aperture of a lens, which is controlled by […]

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How using IS on a Tripod can cause blurry images

Feb 13 2011

Did you know that by having your Image Stabilization (IS) or Vibration Reduction(VR) can cause Blurry images? Some people told me this is a myth, I even found some websites saying this wasn’t the case. So I tried it out myself. I setup a shot with a 30 second exposure, on a tripod, F/18 shot with a cable release to avoid any shutter-depression induced shake. Shot 1 : Image Stabilisation Turned ON Shot 2 : Image Stabilisation Turned OFF As you can see with the Image Stabilization (or Vibration Reduction) turned off you have a much better shot, sharper. The […]

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