Monday, 28 January 2013

The Island of South Gorgia

I guess many of us will not have even heard of the island let alone know anything about it, well this visitor's guide should clear a lot up for you, loads of details about the island and it's wild inhabitants, as well as sections about the history and much more.

A Visitor's Guide to South Georgia - Review

"Don’t be fooled into thinking this is one of wildguides purely nature journals, no this book has a whole lot more. Yes there are some excellent pieces on the islands wildlife, but there are also brilliant sections on history, geology, research and much more."

Book cover

Saturday, 19 January 2013

another in the photo school series reviewed

We are currently reviewing the whole series of Photo School books by Michael Freeman, two read so far and both have been excellent, and really informative. This is review number two:

Michael Freeman's Photo School Light & Lighting - Review

"In the majority of the book the detail that Michael Freeman goes into on each subject is incredible, the lessons will teach you almost everything you need to know about lighting (I say almost everything, I found one omission, see bad points later on). Covering subjects from the fundamentals to daylight, artificial light to different lighting styles."
Cover view

Monday, 14 January 2013

Wildguides reviews

Today we published two new reviews from the Wildguides series, these two are on sepcies from the Masai Mara (as opposed to the recent UK only guides). They are:

As a photographer I enjoy photographic ID guides for their aesthetic appeal. As a wildlife watcher I prefer my bird books to be drawings (I find where subtleties are involved a drawing can show them better), but other wildlife (mammals, butterflies, insects etc) I quite like photographic guides as they offer more realistic colours.  

From a photographers point of view the images used in the book are stunning (also the case from a birders point of view) and for some may be reason enough to visit the book (if not purchase it).

Both are photographic field guides, and make for interesting viewing.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Link checking

So today I began the labourious task of link checking, this takes a good while (especially as this will be the first check since we started). I will also be going back through and removing shops with no website (as and when I can) unfortunately it has come to my attention that at least one of these was out of business 3 years before the site started. So from now on, no website no link (just to make sure).

Oh and we have another review up, this time from the excellent series of books: Michael Freeman's Photo School this one on Exposure.

Michael Freeman's Photo School Exposure - Review

Book cover

Saturday, 5 January 2013

updates and new pages

This evening I have been updating some of our basics of photography pages as well as adding one new one.


Understanding ISO - I thought it was about time I added this page, it is an important (if under utilised) topic, that many do not fully understand.


Understanding Exposure - This page has needed an update for a while, and I've finally got around to it, now has more information as well as extra links.

Also updated the triangle of exposure pages ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed to all link to one another as well as the understanding aperture page, so you can read all you need to know about getting a good exposure.

Please let me know your thoughts on these pages and if you enjoyed them or found them useful please like, tweet, share, +1, link to or whatever you choose and help us get the word out about them.

Many thanks

Ashley Beolens

Friday, 4 January 2013

50 Photo Projects - review

Our latest review is now up (I'm flying through them at the moment I know, but I want to assure you I do read the books, I have plenty of time while working Night shifts, just don't tell the boss).

50 Photo Projects by Lee Frost - Review


It’s a bit hard to call them lessons as they never felt that way, the book felt more like Lee Frost explaining what he enjoys and encouraging you to go out and try something similar, a bit like a friend enthusing about something they had learnt. I think it is this style makes it easy to follow, and really does encourage you to go out and try for yourself.

50 Photo projects cover
Book cover

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Triflip 6:1 and 7:1 reviewed

Today we published two new reviews one each for the Lastolite Trigrip 6:1 and 7:1 two new reflectors from Lastolites collection (think of them as little brothers to the 8:1).

Lastolite Triflip 6:1 - Review
Lastolite Triflip 7:1 - Review