Category: review

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Taking photos with a telephoto lens usually means compromises. They are often too heavy to just hand hold and you have to use a monopod or tripod. They can come with a very expensive price tag which makes them out of the range of most people. Tamron have come up with a compromise.
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Reviewing new gear

Getting this blog going has become a priority and there is going to be a lot more content here. One of the changes you many have already noticed is that there are more posts. The more popular this blog can become then the more I am able to share with you. Part of all that is reviewing new gear.
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On my last visit to Alowyn Gardens I took the Lensbaby Velvet 85 with me. I have had it on loan for a few weeks now, and the gardens are a great place to take photos with any lens that could be good for macro photography. The Velvet 85 is no different. 
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Earlier this week a parcel arrived and in it was a new lens that Lensbaby have loaned to me, the Velvet 85. It is part of the Velvet series. I’ve been using the Velvet 56 for over a year now, so when they asked me if I would like to try it and review it, I jumped at the chance. I love the Velvet 56 and have loved using it for macro photography, so I was curious to see what the 85 would be like.
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Just recently I’ve been playing with different editing software to see what it is like. With all the talk of what Adobe are doing with their subscription use of programs a lot of people are unsure of jumping aboard, while still others are worried about what happens if they keep putting the price up and up so that we can no longer afford it. The problem with the subscription idea is that once you stop paying you no longer have any access to it at all. It is like paying rent on a house, I guess.
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Tales by Light

Recently on Netflix I saw a program that I think all photographers should see. The show is called Tales by Light, and is an Australian production, though the photographers are from all around the world. The show follows their adventures as they travel the world to get the photos they want. This is their motto.

Behind every powerful image is a powerful story

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Last week I was going through some documentaries on Stan and Netflix and I came across Chasing Ice in the former. It is just over an hour long but it was worth watching. I love it when you find something that you can’t stop thinking about and you want to share it with everyone. This is what Chasing Ice did for me.
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Anyone who uses a camera is going to know how horrible sensor dust is. There is nothing worse than going out to get an image, just to discover when you get it on the computer that it is full of spots from your sensor.
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One of the benefits of being a contributer/writer for Digital Photography School is that I get to try out a lot of new gear. It can be good, see what is happening out there, but in some ways it can be terrible, especially when I really like something and have to give it back. Still I usually get over it and then something else arrives that I fall in love with.
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