Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Aurora HDR 2018 - Single Image Processing?

In a previous post, we have discussed how every Travel Photographer should use HDR in their photography  "HDR - An essential tool in Travel Photography". As mentioned, many people steer right away from the HDR technique however this doesn't necessarily mean that you can't take your single images and really give them a "pop" using HDR software such as Aurora HDR 2018

This post has primarily been written for those of you who do not use Lightroom (or don't want to use Lightroom). Aurora HDR 2018 works as a Standalone application so for those of you that want a quick and easy way to process your images you can simply drag and drop your images into Aurora HDR 2018

HDR software primarily combines multiple images and then tone maps the image. So what is Tone Mapping?

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Review - Vanguard Alta Rise 45 camera backpack

We have used Lowepro bags for years, in fact, Paul has used a Lowepro Mini Trekker for close to 20 years or so and it was a fantastic bag however it was time for a change. You'd think with all the variations on camera bags that there would be the perfect bag out there but alas it took us well over a year to finally settle on the bag that would cover all his needs (over 30 years in the industry has also made him very particular). 

Now there are a few factors that a bag must have for us to even consider. Keep in mind that we are professional Travel Photographers and your needs may differ from ours.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Holiday Offer on Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018

MacPhun has just launched a fantastic Holiday Offer on Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018. On top of this, we have been able to get a Coupon Code for this deal which can be applied when purchasing. This will save you even more. We use both and they are amazing and pretty easy to use. In fact, Aurora HDR 2018 has just been named as Best App of 2017 by Apple! The discount is available until 31st December.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lightroom Preset Shoppe


We really only like to recommend products that we've tested and that we firmly believe will make the photographers life a lot easier especially when it comes to the editing images. There are just so many products that have flooded the market that it must be quite confusing for the uninitiated.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

MacPhun Luminar 2018 - Pre-order

As mentioned in a previous post, we've never really used MacPhun products in the past as we use both Mac & PC and their products were only for the Mac. But recently they have released both Luminar and Aurora (HDR software) for PC which really peaked our interest. In fact, the company has shifted their direction to the point that they have just announced that they have rebranded from MacPhun to Skylum to remove the emphasis that they only make products for Mac users. To pre-order your copy click here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Review - Miggo Agua 65 Stormproof Torso Camera Bag



As Travel Photographers we don't always have the opportunity to shoot in ideal weather conditions. So having a camera bag that is weatherproof, durable and practical is important to us. Sometimes we only want a small bag for local travel and work and other times we need a larger heavy duty bag for all our gear.  The new range of bags from Miggo has something to suit pretty much anyone. The distributors were kind enough to send us the new Miggo Agua Stormproof Torso Pack 65 Pro bag to review. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

First Impressions - Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D lens

Anhui Changgeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd (Venus Optics) was established in 2013 and have their headquarters in China.  Quite frankly, up until early this year (2017), we had never even heard of this company nor the name Laowa and not sure how it eluded us :-). Over the last 4 years, they have produced the following lenses -

Monday, 16 October 2017

HDR - An essential tool in Travel Photography

Have you ever wanted to capture that perfect scene when travelling only to find your skies are washed out or your foreground is in dark shadows?. Many people we meet simply want to take natural looking images that closely represents what they see on their travels. In high contrast scenes, your eyes will reveal shadows and at the same time see blue skies. Unfortunately, your camera sensor simply cannot capture the full spectrum of light and shadow in one exposure (although camera technology is getting very good with high-end cameras). Your shadows will be dark and your skies white which is not the way the eye sees the scenes. This is where HDR photography becomes an indispensable tool for the travelling photographer.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Adding a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom

Now there's probably been a lot of blog posts on how to set up a Copyright Preset in Adobe Lightroom so there may be nothing new here. Due to a lot of problems we've recently been having with businesses stealing photos and using on their websites (not that this would stop them) we thought we would show you the information that we immediately apply to all our images in Adobe Lightroom.

You really only need the minimum amount of information to cover yourself and once it is set up it only takes moments to add the copyright information to all your images. Once you have imported a new batch of photos into Lightroom, this should be the first thing you do. If you do not care who uses your images or where they use your images then this post is probably of no use to you.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

NiSi Filters - Filter Kits

NiSi Filters has just launched their long awaited Filter Kits. They have the 'Starter Kit', 'Advanced Kit' and 'Professional Kit'. The release of the kits will make it much easier for photographers of all levels to purchase the right kit for their needs and budget.

If you are unfamiliar with the NiSi brand of filters you can check out their range of products here.

The 100mm Aluminium Filter Holder Foundation Kit from NiSi is the most advanced 100mm filter holder with superb build quality. The NiSi Filter Holder allows you to use 3 100mm filters in addition to a Circular Polarizing filter in any combination. It is made from aviation-grade aluminium. This foundation kit comes complete with an ultra slim 82mm CPL filter and 4 adapter ring for most popular wide angle lenses (67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm). The matte black frosted finish on the surface to minimize reflection. With the unique rotation wheel design, the CPL filter can be rotated via a cog on the back of the filter which mean no longer have to set the CPL filter before insert the other filter.