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Nikon EM SLR – For a photography beginner or not?

I just received a very nice Nikon EM SLR camera with a Nikon Series E 50mm 1.8. Many hit up eBay looking for a simple film camera to start learning photography with. So is this the camera a student/beginner should get? Is the Nikon EM for a photography beginner or not?

Take a look at the video and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Here’s the video, set it to HD: 

NIKON EM FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY BEGINNER OR NOT?


What do you think then? I do really like this camera, absolutely. Make sure you get a camera that has new foams and seals if possible. These old nikon film slr bodies are fantastic especially when you consider that around thirty years later they are still working a treat, but just be careful, you may need to change one or two minor pieces. It is way more satisfying to use a camera like this. And you learn a lot… check out the next video in my next post!

Here are a few quick images of my recent acquistion!

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Make the most of your Smartphone Photographs!

So there’s a good chance you have a smartphone, cell phone, mobile phone… depending which end of the planet you live on. And on top of that you’ve posted photos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… But are you getting the best out of your phone images? Does it matter?

Well this is a quick step by step guide to what I do with almost every single image I post, from my iPhone 5 (and all my previous phones).

So what I did and what you can do to make the most of your smartphone photographs:

1- I installed Snapseed. You can try photoshop or some other editing app but the principle is the same.

2 – Take a photograph, selfie, whatever (duh)

3 – Open it in Snapseed (or any editing app)

4 – Adjust the following to taste, in order to get the best out of the captured image. The file will allow for a degree of improvement so don’t be afraid to experiment. You’ll find this in Tune Image:

Brightness

Ambience

Contrast

Shadows

Warmth (this is effective the white balance) We can talk about white balance in another post if you like!

5 – Adjust the sharpness (in snapseed this is called Details). I find around 40 is safe. Don’t go too high, well try it and see what happens, but don’t save. You can always revert.

 

Unfortunately snapseed only allows for reverting all the way back, not to the previous state.

Afterwards, save or send it to whatever app you need to, such as instagram.

My instagram is damianbrown, feel welcome to add me!

 

 

Make the most of your Smartphone Photographs!

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My YouTube Blog | Gear Reviews, Previews, How To Videos.

I want to take a moment to introduce you to My YouTube Blog. Generally speaking it features Gear Reviews, Previews, How To Videos as well as Travel videos. I’m still learning, I’m a pro photographer but not videographer but you’ll find some cool stuff there, camera lens reviews for example or some sights and sounds from my many travels around the planet.

So if you’re a YouTube user, please subscribe so I can see you and follow you back:

https://www.youtube.com/dlo247

Let’s give you an example…

The first video I want to share with y’all features a well known actor called Tyrone Huggins, if you don’t know the name you may well recognize the face!

So what you just watched was 30 seconds made up of 213 headshots in black and white of Tyrone. The music was by myself too.

How were the images shot? Well I used a Nikon D600, one Nikon speedlight in a softbox and one behind Tyrone on the floor pointing at the back wall. In this shoot the camera was on a tripod but I took it off when I felt more comfortable shooting that way. Either way is fine. A tripod saves you a lot of messing about if you can afford to be limited in your range of movement, even temporarily.

His actual set included colour of course but I just loved this collection being all in monochrome.

 

 

My YouTube Blog | Gear Reviews, Previews, How To Videos.

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Shanghai with a Canon G10 | China Travel Photography

A sprawling city working very hard to push into 2010 as an important part of modern China, Shanghai certainly is a worthy stop on a trip to China and an exciting way for me to finish off 2009 both work related and as a tourist. I was working for a private client but had plenty of time to myself. It was my first time to China and was a good introduction to China.

 

With Shanghai being as modern as any other city, it’s left me wanting to go out there again to see Beijing, Xian, the other Provinces, the Wall etc… what I would’ve classed as “real China”, the China I learned about growing up. The China that captivated my generation through the movies it produced, that motivated my dad when he was young to learn Chinese, martial arts and become a Kung Fu master (a title he doesn’t personally use though. His students call him Sifu Leung)… anyway, that’s the china I still have to see more of but for now.. Shanghai was a good experience. Plus while they have WuShu Master on regular tv… what do we get here in the UK? Total Wipeout.

 

Yes it was busy, cold (but not as cold as home!), and I fell and fractured my hand but it was a place full of sights, interesting people, very cheap and very wholesome food and tea, tea, tea… love it. 12 hours on a plane and 8 hour time differences I could do without though!

 

Here are a few cool shots, taken with a point and shoot (canon g10):

 

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Ok so I go to grab a coffee and what do I find?

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I had planned to do a 2009 wrap up post while I was out there but hadn’t figured on blogspot being a banned website over there so I haven’t been able to access my own blog, facebook, twitter etc while I was there! So I’ll do that very soon! It’s been a year of extremes… And I think it’d be good to put it into words, and images where possible… So, see you next year!

 

Evidently a repost from my old blog, don’t panic… i’m not in china.

Now you can get the Canon G16 (yes… it’s been updated that many times since!)


 

Shanghai with a Canon G10 | China Travel Photography

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Jamaica with the Canon G10 | Jamaica Travel Photography

(Repost alert!) Most recently I was away in Jamaica. Spent a day or so in Spanish Town and then 10 days in Ochi (Ocho Rios) … I loved Jamaica, the people, the food, the weather of course! Going from 30+ everyday to 3/4 degrees here is not fun! Where did I leave that bottle of rum again?!

So as it’s been awhile here are a bunch of point n shoot snaps I took while I was away… the rest are on my facebook page if you’re connected with me on there. If not… click and add me!

Remember, bookings are going well for next year and 2011 but please give me a shout if you need anything doing. I look forward to hearing what you thought about this years work as well!

Jamaica with the Canon G10 | Jamaica Travel Photography:

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Out with the disaster relief team… hauling a big piece of machinery up to the top floor.. no cranes involved… MORE MANPOWER!

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This cat even passed by the place we went out for my send off on the last night… Spy cat?

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As you can see Jamaica is full of amazing sights, people and food. I love how the majority live off the land, share produce, and create some great food. Go there, if you know people there or you know people who know people, hook up with them from day one and see the real Jamaica, not the safe all inclusive hotel boundaries Jamaica. Otherwise, do some tours… stay safe but enjoy yourself.

 

Oh if you’re reading this and think I should practice my point n shoot technique, and would like to send me off travelling from time to time, then get in touch 😀

Now you can get the Canon G16 (yes… it’s been updated that many times since!)


 

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