Category: Reviews

Do Tests Matter?

Doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and the like all go through a sort of basic training at university, and end up with a degree that shows they’ve got the skillset to enter their field as a rookie. Once in their field they can specialise by sitting more exams – I’ve not sat any of those since […]

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New Lifestyle Work – Jul 2018

I’ve owned a Pentax 645z for a while and couldn’t rate it highly enough, but with one small problem. The flash sync speed sucks. It’s got these beautifully sharp files with gorgeous tones but you just can’t sync with flash past 1/125th and that rules most things that aren’t stood still, or portraits with a […]

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Genre bender: Pentax 645z

An affordable medium format camera, that behaves like a big DLSR. Affordable is a matter of perspective of course. You can buy three Canon 5d3 bodies for the cost of the Pentax. But until the Pentax came along, there was no half way house, functionally or financially, between the 35mm formats and the majesty of […]

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Whistleblower Shiban Ahmed

Photographed at his home in South Manchester, NHS whistle blower Dr Shiban Ahmed. Dr Ahmed has accused the NHS of cruel and unsafe practices regarding the circumcision of boys by unsafe GPs. This story was for an article in the Sunday Times. Lit with 3 Profoto B1s. Although they’re a lot heavier than my previous […]

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New acquisition…

An absolutely enormous softbox made by Wafer, mated with my common or garden Bowens 500W. That’s me there, sat next to it. Proving the photographic rule of thumb that (massive light source) + (proximity to it)= wondrous soft light, there’s a headshot of known photographic guinea pig Tom, who was at the time only a […]

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Calumet’s flash triggers.. first impressions

(Firstly, if you’re not interested in off-camera flash, do yourself a favour and don’t read this.) When you begin to learn about how wonderful off camera Speedlite flash is, but how unreliable infra-red triggers are (line of sight, baffled by sunlight), the only other credible option has been Pocket Wizards. They’re radio triggered and are […]

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My kit’s rubbish

Hired a lens for a job where swinging a 70-200 beige thermos flask thing might be a too ostentatious, so I hired a a smaller prime lens – the Canon 135mm f2. Having never used it before I took it to the park and snapped a few portraits of my housemate Tom. Of course I […]

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