In Praise of Nikon Picture Control

I confess, I rarely read my camera manuals unless there's something specific I need to know. For instance, I knew that you could change the default output picture style on a Nikon DSLR - everyone knows that, right? - and I knew that you could adjust those default styles. But then I had never taken…

Once more with meaning – black and white

I've written before about the power of black and white photography when it comes to conveying emotion. Back in April, on St George's Day in fact, a lunatic in a van ran down people just going about their everyday business on Yonge Street in Toronto. Why he chose that way to express his frustrations maybe…

Local nature photography

Not every photo expedition has to be carefully planned, with the objective thought out before hand and all the necessary kit packed into a bulging and heavy backpack. Getting out of a cosy bed before dawn once the clocks have gone forward is one of the most difficult parts of the photographer's calling. Sometimes, though,…

How to shoot infrared photos with a filter

There are a couple of ways to shoot infrared images and this is the simplest if not the most efficient. Every digital camera has a filter that is designed to prevent infrared light from hitting your sensor. Infrared light, given the right equipment, is just as visible as the light in our 'normal' spectrum, just…

5 Frames with the Olympus Trip 35

This piece was originally written for the website 35mmc. If you haven't visited Hamish's site yet, do it. This is a camera that I would guess everyone is familiar with. It’s not a complicated piece of machinery and millions were made in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Made famous in the UK by various tv…