HOME – An Environmental film that is a Must-See
December 21, 2019 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

Everyone should watch this feature-length film …. the factors that have caused global warming, the inbalance between rich and poor across the world, how fossil fuels are decimating life on earth and why much of the crops produced across the world are actually being used to feed animals rather than people. This message has to get across to global politicians and developing countries who are ignoring the scientific evidence. All good reasons too to reduce your consumerism by being a minimalist. And also reduce your consumption of meat. The photography, videography and aerial photography is truly astounding. Link to the film on youtube. Please share with all your family and friends. It’s important.

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My photo backup strategy
March 28, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, gear 0 Comments

There was some discussion on one of the photography forums about what photo backup equipment someone should use. To me, it’s not just about the equipment. It’s also the methodology of how …. and where … you backup. So anyway it got me thinking that I’d write a bit about how I manage my files. Many people swear by them I know and they really do have their place in a corporate environment, but I have never liked RAID or NAS units for the simple reason some (maybe all) use a brand-specific bespoke Operating System (OS) and software backup programs which to me means the way they store files would be incompatible if I moved it over to a different brand either to upgrade or to recover a crashed unit. Maybe some don’t use bespoke OS and software but I have never bothered to complicate things by finding out which ones don’t, and only use those ones, which to me would be a vulnerable point if for whatever reason they were no longer available or supported. So I keep it all nice and simple and use external portable 2TB and 4TB hard drives formatted to FAT or NTFS, that way […]

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Giving back
March 21, 2018 by GordonM in people, portrait 0 Comments

Reading this article on RangeFinderOnline about photographers giving back resonated with me a great deal as I’ve been wanting to do something along these lines for a long, long time but work and being busy always seemed to get in the way.  It’s probably unlikely that I’ll ever stop being busy doing the things I love, and often for the people I love, but now being at least semi-retired there are no excuses to make good or better use of my time. In my previous line of work in education and just generally in my life, it’s always been important to me to help, to guide, to give of my time to those who’d like to improve themselves or to help with their career aspirations.  So I was pleased to talk to some people at the NEC Photography Show yesterday about the possibilities and now looking forward to seeing what might come of some of the ideas I’ve been having. Are you or can you find the time to be giving back?

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Tempted to splash the cash on new camera gear ?
September 15, 2014 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

Well, plenty of excitement for Nikon, Canon and Fuji photographers this week with their new camera releases. All very tempting whether it’s the Nikon D750, the Canon 7D Mark II or the Fuji X-T1 in graphite silver. Consider though, will your photos actually be any better once you’ve satisfied your GAS tendencies? Probably not. So if you’ve the urge to splash some cash, then go somewhere on a trip either at home or abroad and take photos like you’ve never taken before. Or book a great model or perhaps go do some workshops. All are very much more likely to improve your photography. And your pocket will thank you for it. ? Note: GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome

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Hybrid …… what’s that?
January 11, 2014 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

HYBRID – COMBINE TWO OR MORE ELEMENTS TO PRODUCE A BETTER SOLUTION We’re entering a new era in photography and video. For high quality results there have been SLRs but now there are Mirrorless cameras that produce great quality and in a much smaller and portable package. And whilst it’s nothing new, there appears to be a surge of enthusiasm for taking natural ambient light photos for professional work as well as the studio flash setups. So you can perhaps see that the potential to get the ultimate quality, often requires a mix or blend of using the best-suited tools and resources for the job in hand. Here at our studio in Grantham in the UK, we mix the best tools for producing great photo and video results using the latest Nikon DSLRs, Fuji mirrorless camera and the professional’s choice of video camera in a compact form, the Panasonic Lumic GH3. AND not only that, our studio mixes the conventional studio flash and background setup with some rooms that have fantastic natural light. So we’ve got it all. A world that continually changes though needs continual updates on how to get the best from everything. We pride ourselves on doing […]

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