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How the Photo Finish System Works

phot finish picture

Digital photo finish cameras do more than help the judges decide who won a race.

Judges at tracks around the world use special photo finish systems as they decide the winner of a race. The photo finish camera and software also helps judges to accurately tell how fast the competitors went and the winning margins. Despite all the electronic wizardry the system still relies on basic photography techniques. (more…)

Five Tips for Photographs Without Clutter

mf clutter

Give digital photos  greater impact by reducing distracting objects with five professional photography techniques.

Clutter is unwanted objects, often unnoticed when taking the photograph, that distracts viewers from the subject. Classic examples are trees and poles growing out of people’s heads. Another example of clutter is a scene that is  too busy, creating confusion for the viewer as what is the main subject.  (more…)

GIMP Clone Tool Basics

GIMP Clone tool

The clone tool in the GIMP image manipulation program is ideal for retouching spots or removing small objects from digital photos.

The GIMP’s clone tool is often used for removing distracting objects from larger background areas such as sky and water. In the example photo the request was to remove the picture on the wall behind the subject. (more…)


Photo Techniques

How the Photo Finish System Works

phot finish picture

April 21 2014

by Philip Northeast

Digital photo finish cameras do more than help the judges decide who won a race.

Judges at tracks around the world use special photo finish systems as they decide the winner of a race. The photo finish camera and software also helps judges to accurately tell how fast the competitors went and the winning margins. Despite all the electronic wizardry the system still relies on basic photography techniques. Read more ….


Five Tips for Photographs Without Clutter

mf clutter

April 10 2014

by Philip Northeast

Give digital photos  greater impact by reducing distracting objects with five professional photography techniques.

Clutter is unwanted objects, often unnoticed when taking the photograph, that distracts viewers from the subject. Classic examples are trees and poles growing out of people’s heads. Another example of clutter is a scene that is  too busy, creating confusion for the viewer as what is the main subject.  Read more ….


How to take HDR photos

HDR photo of a bridge

July 5 2013

by Philip Northeast

Taking photos for High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing is the same as taking normal photos, except there are a number of identical photos with varied exposure.

HDR photography is a technique that solves an age old photographic problem where the range of light from bright to dark is too great for the image recording system.  The main difference is that HDR photography uses computer software to combine the images, instead of altering the scene with artificial light. Read more ….


Pentax K5 Aperture in Manual Bracketing

Pentax K 5 E-Dial programming - selecting the options

June 26 2013

by Philip Northeast

Configuring the Pentax K5 to keep the same aperture when taking a series of bracketed photos in manual mode is important for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.

If the Aperture changes then the depth of field also changes, and this is not suitable for occasions when the bracketed shots are combined, such as HDR photography. The default setting on the K5 is for the Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB) function to change the aperture as well as the shutter speed for some of the photo series shot using AEB  in Manual mode. Read more ….


Photo Editing

GIMP Clone Tool Basics

GIMP Clone tool

October 2 2013

by Philip Northeast

The clone tool in the GIMP image manipulation program is ideal for retouching spots or removing small objects from digital photos.

The GIMP’s clone tool is often used for removing distracting objects from larger background areas such as sky and water. In the example photo the request was to remove the picture on the wall behind the subject. Read more ….


GIMP Windows and Toolboxes

Gimp windows and toolbox

July 31 2013

by Philip Northeast

The GIMP’s power and flexibility can be confusing for new users of this image manipulation program, and this starts straight after installing the program.

The GIMP’s original configuration is opening with a number of separate windows for different functions. There is the main window for the images, a toolbox window, and finally another window for a range of dialog boxes containing detailed information about the image or the tool settings. Read more ….


Introduction to High Dynamic Range Photography

hdr sample photo

April 11 2013

by Philip Northeast

High Dynamic Range imaging, or HDR, is a process for creating photos with a greater range of brightness from light to shadows than a digital camera can record in a single photo.

Photographers take the limits of dynamic range in their stride. There are a number of metering options allowing photographers to select the area of the photograph to be properly exposed, and what is to be over or underexposed. Read more ….


How to Use GIMP Curves Tool for Selective Exposure Adjustment

After curves

March 7 2013

by Philip Northeast

Photographers use the curves tool in the Gimp photo editor for adjusting exposure and contrast in parts of a photo with similar brightness, or tonal levels.

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News

Hasselblad and Sony Join Forces

Hasselblad H5D-40

September 19 2012

by Philip Northeast

The recently announced partnership between a famous maker of high end professional cameras and an Asian electronics innovator could revitalise both companies fortunes in the digital camera market.

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PDML Photography Annual 2012

PDML Photo annual 2012

August 12 2012

by Philip Northeast

The members of the Pentax-Discuss Mail List(PDML) present their fourth annual collection of photography.

The PDML  is a loose collection of photographers around the world united by a love of photography and an association with Pentax cameras and lenses.

Read more ….


Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera System Preview

Canon EOS M camera

July 30 2012

by Philip Northeast

Canon join the compact mirrorless camera brigade with the new EOSM.

As a latecomer to the area Canon had to do something a little bit special to stand out in the crowd of excellent compact cameras.

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Emerging Artists New Photography 2011 Exhibition at MoMA

Teh Coffee Shop, The Library    pic: Moryra Daey/MoMA

September 1 2011

by Philip Northeast

New York’s  Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) up coming New Photography exhibition features six emerging photographers. The exhibition features contemporary work from artists where photography as an essential part of their artistic expression.

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Equipment Reviews

Canon EOS 650D Digital Camera Review

EOS 650D

March 31 2013

by Philip Northeast

The Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) is a versatile digital SLR for photo enthusiasts getting serious about photography and video.

The Canon 650D is one of the latest examples of the convergence of still and video capture in digital photography. This brings the low light performance of digital SLR cameras and the creative possibilities afforded by the wide selection of quality lenses to enthusiast video makers.

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Pentax K5 II Features New Autofocus System

Pentax K5 II

January 2 2013

by Philip Northeast

Pentax’s improved flagship compact DSLR, the new K5 II, sets the standard for performance for ASP-C sensor digital cameras, challenging full frame DSLRs with price tags more than twice its price.

Pentax say they have updated the K5 II’s autofocus system for better performance in low light, and improved the continuous focus system while tracking of moving subjects.  DxOMark sensor tests show the new K5 II’s ASP-C sensor has the same outstanding low light noise and dynamic range ability of the original K5. Read more….


Pentax K30 is a Small DSLR with Big Image Quality

Wet Pentax K30

October 18 2012

by Philip Northeast

The new Pentax K30 is a rugged compact DSLR and, according to DXO mark tests, is capable of taking high quality images under a range of conditions.

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Sony 55-300mm Telephoto Zoom lens Announced

Sony SAL55300 zoom lens

August 15 2012

by Philip Northeast

Sony’s new 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom is a compact yet versatile lens for everyday use photographing wildlife or sports action, at a very reasonable price.

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