Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Digital update: Ilkley Moor

I recently spent a day in Ilkley, West Yorkshire not far from the City of Leeds, U.K. photographing landscapes. It was my first major shoot with the Canon 10D, I enjoy using the 10D its a very capable camera with a solid feel to it. With its 6.3mp sensor it’s more then capable of producing impressive 13x18inch prints. Check out the mega pixel myth, just google it. It was nice not having to worry about running out of film, a big plus for digital. I took approx 80 images, all raw files, using adobe Lightroom to process them. After six hours and several coffees working on them, my neck began aching, I could not help thinking spending six hours in the Darkroom is a lot more enjoyable! Which got me thinking about the work involved in Wedding jobs, while the advantages of digital would be a temptation, I would be inclined to still use film for Weddings, simply because of the extra post processing work involved using digital. With film I can use a professional Lab to produce my prints for me; all I need to do is the editing.

As I said in my last update I like both film and digital and will continue using both mediums. I have addressed my reservations regarding B/W prints from digital files after discovering the excellent Nik Silver Efex Pro, a powerful tool for creating B/W prints, used as a plug in with Photoshop or Lightroom. (Though I still prefer the look of film for B/W work) I plan to upgrade my DSLR, either a 40D or 1D mk2, carnt decide which to go for. I think the 1D mk2 is a nice compromise between full frame and the x1.6 crop sensor, at x1.3 crop my 20-35mm zoom would still be quite wide on the 1D mk2. When it comes to photography the most decisive, important piece of kit is the person behind the camera. I often think photographers get to bogged down in the technical side, of course you need to be competent in that area but at the end of the day you can only use what you have at hand, and aslong as you know its limitations and how to get the best from it, you can concentrate on being creative. The image above is a B/W conversion of one of my Ilkley images, visit my website to see more images from Ilkley.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Classic Olympus Trip 35

A Great little discreet camera, all manual no batteries required. The Trip 35 has a very sharp fixed 40mm Lens, capable of producing pin sharp images, aslong as you have it set right. Although theres not much to set, the main thing to get right is the focusing it has a distance scale, the setting below infinity has a great depth of field and is good for general walk around stuff. You can even use the film speed dial to manipulate exposure. The 3 above images were all taken with the Trip 35. Check out the Trip Man at www.tripman.co.uk for refurbished models and much more.