Archive for September, 2010

Quick Tips: How to Photograph Wildlife

by on Sep.26, 2010, under Articles

How to photograph wildlife: essential tips to help you create stunning images of wild animals!

Photographing wildlife is a notoriously tricky task. Wild animals tend to be wary of humans, fast-moving and are adept at hiding themselves.

Perfecting your skills as a wildlife photographer takes time and patience, but with a good dose of both the rewards soon justify the hard work. Here are ten tips to get you started:

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Pentax: Making a comeback

by on Sep.20, 2010, under Articles

I couldn’t be happier to learn that Pentax is launching not one, but two excellent new cameras at Photokina today: the K-5 and the formidable medium-format 645D.

Why? Because – as long ago as it was now – when I reviewed it for the first time for Digital Photographer, I absolutely loved the K20D. I even toyed with the idea of buying one at the time, that’s how much it impressed me. The build quality was superb, it handled like a dream and the image quality it was capable of producing was nothing short of excellent. The vivid colours that characterised its shots were what really made an impact.

Since then – a couple of lower-end models aside – Pentax has gone AWOL in the DSLR market, concentrating on quirky compacts for the most part, before teasing us with a new medium camera that may-or-may-not have only been offered to Japanese consumers. After today’s announcements however, it certainly looks like they’re getting back on track, and I personally can’t wait to try out their latest offerings!

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Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review

by on Sep.20, 2010, under Articles

Hands up who saw this coming? In an exciting new development, Fujifilm is really kicking off Photokina 2010 in style with the shiny new Fujifilm FinePix X100.

What’s different about it? Well, it’s a digital rangefinder, something that Fuji’s not previously produced, and a complete side-step around the ‘hybrid’ camera market that has manufacturers in such a tizz at the moment.

Discerning digital photographers won’t be able to help but notice the fact that the X100 emulates the striking design of that German classic: the Leica rangefinder, with its fixed lens, analogue controls and beautiful retro styling. At its heart beats an APS-C sized 12MP CMOS sensor, coupled with a fast, fixed 23mm f2.0 lens.

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Winds of Dune (by Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson) Review

by on Sep.08, 2010, under Articles

My latest book review, written for the excellent SciFi Now magazine, is now online!

If you’re a fan of the great Dune novels by Frank Herbert and want to experience more of the universe that he created, then check out my review of the latest works published by his protégé: Winds of Dune.


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