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Duncan_E

I am the author of over a dozen photography books and have recently produced my own eBooks, which are now available on Kindle, Apple iBook and general eBook formats. These include -

Practical Digital Landscape Photography (NEW! Listed on Amazon, Kobo and Nook bookstores)
Practical Digital Portraits
Get Started in Digital Glamour Photography
Digital Photography Essentials

All available for Kindle, iBook and other eBook formats. Find them on Amazon, the Apple iBooks store and at Smashwords (www.smashwords.com).

There is a new 2nd Edition of Get Started in Digital Glamour Photography, specifically designed for the iPad, featuring hi-res photos, interactive elements and audio, only available from the Apple iBook store.
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  • Footprints by Jellyfire

    Great choice of shutter speed to blur the reeds in the wind, really adds to the overall feel of the image. Lots of interest and detail all the way through and a very dramatic sky as well. Excellent.
    • 11 Oct 2014 9:24AM
  • Sentinel by MikeGartonPhoto

    Very dramatic, like this a lot.
    • 3 Oct 2014 10:49PM
  • Quiet Reflextion by ChrisBanks

    Majestic composition.
    • 3 Oct 2014 10:48PM
  • Confusion by Madoldie

    Probably not everyone's cup of tea but I like this. Lots of symbolism and different meanings you can read into. Very inventive!
    • 26 Sep 2014 10:30PM
  • Nigella Damascena by gowebgo

    Wow, this is really pushing it with the focus right on the leading edges of the tendrils. Makes for a dramatic and colourful image. Great stuff.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:08PM
  • Fresh Waters by chris-p

    Like this. Interesting composition with lots of places to take the eye and of course, really nice exposure and colours.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:04PM
  • Donaghadee Light House by GarethRobinson

    The exposure and mono toning for this are great. Not sure about the square crop with the lighthouse so near the middle, but it's a striking image regardless.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:01PM
  • Photography magazines

    Thank you Mr. Hensen.:)
    by hobbo | Last Post | Unread
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  • Far better on EPZ

    I would of been chuffed to bits to capture any of these images, all seem so natural and real unlike set up shots that are all to frequent........I'm all for natural and r...
    by tomcat | Last Post | Unread
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  • Famous Portrait Photographers

    Gertrude Kasebier Diane Arbus Elsa Dorfman Yousuf Karsh Francesco Scavullo Herb Ritts
    by Nigeyboy | Last Post | Unread
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  • iPad and photography

    Cheers Ian, no time now. Also, 15 words from Andy Rouse would probably cost more than I'm getting paid! duncan Consider this topic now closed.
    by Duncan_E | Last Post | Unread
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  • Sony A700 review is here!

    "The posted A700 pictures look terrible compared to the 40D" The (Canon) 5D threw up some strange results as well. Oh well, Duncan can only report upon what he f...
    by MattGrayson | Last Post | Unread
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  • How hard can it be

    3 custom modes... heavenly! just think - when I'm out in Leeds doing more HDR's and all those pissed up sexy birds strike a pose for me (it happens once in a blue moon...
    by ian walker | Last Post | Unread
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  • Vista compatible for raw images

    I'm completely aware of what the issues are, and I am a big fan of Microsoft when they get things right. Sadly they didn't with Vista - give it a couple of SPs and it ...
    by bumbleb3 | Last Post | Unread
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  • Posted on: Adobe Photoshop CS4

    On a related note, Corel have reduced the price of Paint Shop Pro PHOTO X2 standard edition to 49, while selling PSPP Ultimate X2 (comes with lots of free extras) at the old price point of 79. As PSPP has lots of photo correcting features built in that even the mighty Photoshop doesn't cater for (lens correction, digital camera noise removal, purple fringe fix, chromatic abberation removal, skin smoothing!), then its a far better choice for the amateur photographer. And considerably cheaper. Pros of course, will prefer the integrated workflow of Photoshop/Lightroom etc and can simply write the cost off as tax deductible.
    • 3 Oct 2008 11:26AM
  • Posted on: Falmouth lecturer wins competition

    Abysmal.
    • 8 Jan 2008 4:49PM
  • Posted on: Photoshop CS3 Effects Template

    Cheers Mike. The point of this is that you create your own templates based on the filesizes that your digital camera produces. All you need to do to apply all the effects you've put together is load the file, select a layer and click on Replace Contents.
    • 30 Nov 2007 4:28PM
  • Posted on: Panasonic DMC L10


    Quote:Duncan, you mentioned how slow the focusing works with the live preview. Just to get a better idea, how slow is it compared to the standard compact with live preview? Slower ? A lot slower ? Or about the same (which is quite slow if you compare it to the normal focusing on a dslr, but it would be okay for me as I'm used to working with a compact) ?


    Overall, it's slower because it's switching Live view off while it does the focussing, then switching it back on again once it has focussed. The bit in the middle where it does the focussing itself is faster of course, but the added clunking on either side of it makes the overall process slower.
    • 16 Nov 2007 1:09PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS 40D Review

    Yes, access to Live View is instantaneous, once it's been enabled in the menu, which is what I said. The point I was making was that it wasn't enabled by default and it isn't labelled on the body.
    • 2 Oct 2007 4:40PM
  • Posted on: Pentax K100D Super Review

    Hi Willie, so it is, I'll amend accordingly. The main new features are the Dust Reduction and the new sdm lens compatiblity. It also supports SDHC without the need for firmware upgrades. However, there's no mention of weather and dust seals in the literature, certainly the input ports don't have rubber seals on them.
    • 29 Sep 2007 3:16PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS 40D Review


    Quote:These two quotes seem to contradict each other!


    No, but they are all to do with the same thing. Where there's a sudden transition from light shades to dark shades, the colour processing has problems because it has to interpolate the colour information. On objects where the shading isn't so dramatic looking closely at the images shows the colour is contained within the objects it's supposed to be in. However... read on!



    Quote:And have you considered that the lens you have used, the Canon EF-S 17-85 does produce CA and could be the cause of "the red fringing on the left of the bricks and the blue-green fringing on the right "!


    Yep, could well be, I've had a couple of conversations over this and have amended the review. CA does tend to be purple, but could also be the culprit here.
    • 25 Sep 2007 4:07PM
  • Posted on: Canon EOS 40D Review

    I wouldn't get too hung up about this as CMOS tends to be slightly softer than CCD. The good news is that there is virtually no noise in the images so sharpening them up should be easy and not degrade the image quality. THe colours are vibrant and punchy and there's plenty of detail without any noticeable colour bleeding.*

    * in areas of complex colour mixtures rather than straight transition areas from light to dark which tends to cause problems with a lot of digital cameras.
    • 25 Sep 2007 2:51PM
  • Posted on: Canon 40D officially announced

    ePHOTOzine shop price is 779 with a free CF card. Meanwhile the full review has now been posted here.
    • 25 Sep 2007 11:26AM
  • Posted on: ATP Pro Max CF and SDHC cards

    I was talking in terms of comparing SD and SDHC. THere's a size limit with SD cards, which is why SDHC was developed.
    • 24 Sep 2007 9:17AM
  • Posted on: Sony a700 DSLR

    Yes indeed, LCD screens usually are quoted in terms of pixels carrying any colour. Sony were quite specific that it was 922k dots NOT pixels and that there were a red, green and blue dots that carried only that colour each.

    Your Sony TV will have each picture element capable of showing any shade of colour per pixel, so it is a 1368 x 760 resolution. The bit about digital cameras using 1 red, 2 green and 1 blue isn't relevant here as this is the colour matrix that overalys the CCD and is used to record colour.

    cheers,

    duncan
    • 22 Sep 2007 8:10PM
  • Posted on: Sony a700 DSLR

    PhotoTV then - I've seen the standard VGA output which looks rubbish. Then there's the HDMI output which looks far better. THen there's the HDMI connected to a Sony Bravia which looks a bit better than that. Short answer, the HDMI output will work on any TV with a HDMI input - not just Sony. The feature of embedding the PhotoTV image can't be turned off - although Paul Genge said it was an actualy image, I really think it's more likely to be mathematical description of the PhotoTV image, contained within the file IF, there are no memory or speed issues because of it. When we get the review model, we'll compare file sizes with the output from other 12Mp cameras to see if they are significantly larger.

    Okay, Sony claim that there are 921k dots on the LCD. That's dots, not pixels. There are red, green and blue dots per pixel - hence divide 921k by 3 to get 307k pixels. Sony have pointed out that what other manufacturers have claimed are LCD pixel counts are actually individual dots, not pixels, so other quoted resolutions might be erroneous.
    • 20 Sep 2007 3:35PM
  • Posted on: Sony a700 DSLR

    Absolutely Trev. One or two DSLRs does not make a product line, they need more, across different price points if they want to be a major player, which is what they have stated they want to be. The fact that Sony manufacture CCDs/CMOS chips and licence them, means that they are in a much stronger position to start from.
    • 8 Sep 2007 10:48AM
  • Posted on: The A700 is here

    First hands on look at this camera is now here.
    • 7 Sep 2007 7:03PM
  • Posted on: The A700 is here

    UK price TBA but Sony man on the ground said slightly more than a Canon 40D (899), and a lot less than a Nikon D300 (1299), so expect it to be 950-999, almost certainly under a grand.
    • 7 Sep 2007 3:55PM
  • Posted on: Saint Paint Studio

    gotta agree with that. GIMP is like a grim troll under a bridge but he won't charge you for crossing over.
    • 30 Aug 2007 4:27PM
  • Posted on: Canon 40D officially announced

    Okay, price for the 40D body only is 899.
    • 20 Aug 2007 2:15PM
  • Posted on: Canon 40D officially announced

    Canon UK have confirmed that it will be available in September but the price is TBC as yet.
    • 20 Aug 2007 10:31AM
  • Posted on: The EPZ Beginner's Guide to photography

    Hi Dianna,

    Previously we've had people ask for them to be quicker, with shorter spaces! However, as this is for beginners, the rest of the podcasts in the series will be slower-paced to make them easier to grasp.

    cheers,
    duncan
    • 20 Aug 2007 10:21AM
  • Posted on: Canon 40D set for September

    Read the full story on EPZ here.
    • 20 Aug 2007 9:30AM
  • Posted on: Olympus SP-550UZ

    It isn't mediocre that's for sure. It's either very good in areas or pretty poor. If what you want in a camera falls into the good areas then it's worth buying.
    • 7 Aug 2007 9:29AM
  • Posted on: Grainy, artistic nude

    Sigh, yes I brought up film just to make the point that in the world of digital, everything is clean and in colour. Although there are now some specific emulation modes in-camera, it isn't like film days when you would pick a stock to suit the subject. Everything comes out of digital looking much the same.

    I'm hardly arrogant about film and digital - I own a Nikon F80 and a Mamiya RB67, as well as my D200. It's sales statistics - digital cameras outsold film 15-1 last year. If I was to be more specific, it would be to say 35mm is virtually dead. At the moment, there is still plenty of call for medium and large format. Given the amazing quality of large format, it's nice to hear that some dealers are still doing the business on it.

    The point about Jessops is that they are in a mess not because they abandoned film but because they couldn't offer a good enough service for digital. People have largely abandoned 35mm film.
    • 7 Aug 2007 9:24AM
  • Posted on: Grainy, artistic nude

    Because Mick, film is dead, and using film isn't any more right than using digital anyway. With digital you have the option of making it look like whatever you want, and in this case, it a grainy distressed look. To say just shoot it with film is a false argument - film wouldn't look like this image either, you would have to develop and distress the image specifically.
    • 6 Aug 2007 2:15PM
  • Posted on: Back to the 40s

    Hi Mick, it's not just about making it look like film... In any case, the film in question here was large format plate film which you won't be stuffing in your SLR. The point was that it was shot with large tungsten lights, big field cameras, large format film - all technology from 60-70 years ago. If you have access to that, then great, go ahead and shoot it. OTherwise, this is how to get the same kind of results using digital cameras, which is what most people are using these days.

    cheers,

    duncan
    • 6 Aug 2007 2:11PM
  • Posted on: Diary of the Tour de France

    Chris is back over there for stage 14 onwards now, so keep checking the diary out.
    • 23 Jul 2007 11:47AM
  • Posted on: Olympus E-410 DSLR Review

    Fair point, but we've covered it in these postings now. It was there because anyone new to the system might be expect it to be 1.5x.
    • 16 Jul 2007 3:43PM
  • Posted on: Diary of the Tour de France

    Technical problems this morning. It's up to day 5 now and will be updated fully tomorrow.
    • 16 Jul 2007 3:15PM
  • Posted on: Olympus E-410 DSLR Review


    Quote:so the focal length multiplication being problematic is a bit more theoretical only problem is it not?


    Yes and no. No, because, as you say, Olympus have got that ultra-wide lens so the availability is there. Yes, because the wider the lens, the more distortion it has. A 14mm (x2 to get 28mm)lens will have more distortion than say a 18mm (x1.5x or 1.6x to get around 28mm) lens. But then we get into the quality of the lens ranges and then that leads into cost discussions, so it's not just theoretical.
    • 16 Jul 2007 1:14PM
  • Posted on: Olympus E-410 DSLR Review

    Thanks for that, I missed the OK button doubling as a secondary menu button. When something is labelled as MENU you tend to think that that is the menu, not the OK button, that is there is a confirmation. I'll amend the review accordingly.

    As far as the focal length multiplier goes, I didn't say it was difficult from a maths point of view, so your ranting is pointless. It referred to focal length multiplication at wide angles, which is problematic at 1.5x or 1.6x on most DSLRs, so here, with it being 2x, it's slightly more problematic.
    • 16 Jul 2007 9:43AM
  • Posted on: Grainy, artistic nude

    Because this type of subject looks better in grainy black and white than it does in the clean colour that digital cameras produce. Traditionally, you would have shot this picture with a grainy black and white film, but in the digital world, you have to do it in Photoshop.
    • 13 Jul 2007 9:48AM

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