At the car-wash…

Today I made a momentous decision.  – to take the car to the car-wash!  It appears that it is a deep red colour.  Waiting for the attention of the washers, I noticed this lovely sky, and couldn’t resist a shot.  Here it is, captured with the Hueless App on the iPhone:

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#Coleraine in the Rain!

A day-off trip in the train to the town of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry – a town I haven’t visited for a few years.  The town was always bustling with shoppers, and busy retail outlets but the economic slump seems to have taken its toll, for lots of shops are vacant. Still the big department stores are still trading and still serving great lunches. Here’s my rainy-day shot of the town centre. Taken using the Hueless App, looking towards the Diamond from St Patrick’s Church. img_3169-1

Photographer? Let the Buyer Beware!

The principle of ‘Caveat Emptor’ is well established in most business transactions. Let the buyer beware!  It’s so easy to be defrauded by someone who pretends he is something he isn’t – or who delivers second rate goods or services. This is certainly the case in ‘professional’ photography where a charlatan can set up a ‘photography business’ with no experience, no training or qualifications, no insurance and still get clients by offering prices that wouldn’t stand up financially. 

The end result of this is that the person who thinks they are getting a good deal are just being ripped off, used as someone’s Guinea pig or exploited. It would be tempting to conclude that they deserve it, for demanding work at an unrealistic price, if it wasn’t for the collateral damage that is caused to the whole industry in ruined reputations and overall suspicion. A client who has been deceived by a ‘photographer’ can demonstrate their resentment by smearing all photographers with the vitriol usually reserved for estate agents and second hand car salesmen. 

Here’s a case in point. I noticed a post on a photography discussion page, on which a woman was asking advice about a camera. She was starting a photography business so a relative had given a camera. She didn’t know whether the camera was any good for professional photos and was seeking advice from others. 

The camera in question was an old, Nishika 3D, ‘point and shoot’ fixed focus, 35mm film camera. Totally unsuitable, even when new, for producing professional images, yet she didn’t seem to know what it was, how to use it or how to make images. 

 

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Just imagine what a total disaster it will be for her unsuspecting clients, who book her on some price comparison website. 

As with any other transaction, when booking a photographer – Caveat Emptor

Let the buyer beware!  

The #Nikon Df

It’s here!

My new Nikon Df has arrived!   The ‘f’ (apparently) is for ‘fusion’ and this camera is a perfect fusion between the old Nikon FM cameras and the Nikon Professional Digital range. It has the same sensor as the top of the range D4 but, designed for ‘pure photography’ it has no video capability. Which suits me just fine. 

The big advantage for me is the manually operated knobs. No more fiddling with digital controls!    


Wiki
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  • The Nikon Df is a full-frame F-mount DSLR FX format camera announced by Nikon on November 5, 2013. It uses dedicated mechanical controls similar to those used on mechanical 35mm film SLR camera and has an appearance similar to the Nikon FE and Nikon FM film cameras.[1] Nikon’s website states “Using its large, metallic mechanical dials, photographers will rediscover a more direct connection with their camera.”
  • It has the same sensor overall score 89 of DxOMark with Nikon D4, the Nikon Df ranked first in a low-light test with 3279 ISO (Nikon D4 with 2965 ISO), but in practice the difference is small
  • In a departure from the rest of Nikon’s DSLR lineup, the Df does not record video, only still images; while most reviews were generally positive, this and other built-in limitations of the camera were seen as negatives. Also notable by their absence were built-in flash and a variety of automatic modes, though the backward lens compatibility extends to lenses from 1959 

Studio Renovations Continue…

Today was another step forward in our preparations for a busy 2016. 

Today Janette and I have extended the studio area length by two feet and extended the chroma key backdrop right across the room – now 12 ft wide – to allow us to accommodate larger groups – perhaps up to 8 or ten adults for group portraits – so our 2016 Groupon offerings will include Family Portraits as well as babies.   

We look forward to welcoming you and your family in 2016!

Commercial and Family Photographer