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Compact Camera System Recommendations
Steered away from the Nikon & Canon option, managed to get the price down on the refurbished Fuji and it's on it's way. Thanks to those who helped.

11 13/01/2014 - 7:52 PM
By Paul Morgan
Compact Camera System Recommendations
Ooooooooooooh, that's even cheaper than the refurbed one from Fuji.

11 13/01/2014 - 7:52 PM
By Paul Morgan
Compact Camera System Recommendations
Thanks, knew it wouldn't be an easy decision - I've been going round in circles for a while.

Would be happy with second hand or refurbished - just seen a Fuji X-A1 within my budget, liked it when I played with one in the shop.

I've not really been looking at camera developments since I closed the studio in 2010 so have missed a massive chunk of reviews....

11 13/01/2014 - 7:52 PM
By Paul Morgan
Compact Camera System Recommendations
It's been a while since I was last here, but need some advice and thought this was the best place to come.
I have a Nikon D300 gathering dust and want to replace it with a compact camera system. Only got a budget of 350 and was looking for recommendations. There's some good deals on Nikon 1 and EOS-M at the moment - or is there something out there better for the money?

11 13/01/2014 - 7:52 PM
By Paul Morgan
Recommended degrees in photography?
I went back to college to do an HND. It gave me access to lots of kit that I wouldn't have got to play with had I not gone. It allowed me to concentrate purely on photography for two years and develop skills and a style that would have taken a lot longer to do had I not been at college. If you have the opportunity and the funds then I can highly reccommend time out to dedicate to your photography whether or not you're looking for a career in the subject.

13 17/02/2011 - 9:49 PM
By filmforever
Christmas Films
Muppets Christmas Carol. Still makes me laugh.

23 19/12/2010 - 12:44 AM
By f8
Portrait Zoom Lens on a budget
Depends on the style of portrait you want to take. A lot of mine were head and shoulder or half length. Used a Sigma 50-150 and a Sigma 105 for most of my studio shots.

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11 18/12/2010 - 2:00 AM
By Paul Morgan
Selling / Pricing C6 Cards
I use A6 card blanks which I print contact details on and then mount a photo on the front - these retail at 1.75. There's some DL size cards as well which retail at 2.50.


17 11/02/2011 - 1:08 PM
By mouse12mat
Compacts For Outdoor Education Centre
They've got the older versions of the pentax at the moment, so it might be a good idea to stick with the model.

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3 15/03/2010 - 4:29 PM
By FatHandedChap
Compacts For Outdoor Education Centre
I've recently started working at an outdoor education centre and they are looking to replace some cameras. These are taken out on sessions like canoeing, caving, gorge walking. The photos are used in some marketing and CDs are offered to the groups.

Does anyone have any reccomendations for tough, weather compacts that will hopefully last for 18months/two years with a budget of 200 or less.



3 15/03/2010 - 4:29 PM
By FatHandedChap
Best ever British TV drama show (not soap)
How about some of Stephen Poliakoff's - Shooting The Past, Perfect Strangers, Friends & Crocodiles. Excellent viewing.

BBC3 does some good dramas - Blackpool, Being Human. Any one else see Synchronicity?

128 25/02/2013 - 5:48 PM
By CarolG
Merchant Services - Card Readers
BIPP also have discounted rates. I had no set up fees, reasonable rates, and no charges when I cancelled my contract last month. You have to factor in membership fees of course....

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8 04/02/2010 - 4:57 PM
By scottishphototours
UK Snow watch....
Several short heavy snow showers in Lowestoft today - nothing to show for it on the ground though.

835 25/02/2010 - 9:49 AM
By hilly1
Why is it so important....

Quote: Exactly, you cannot change a transparency (slide) !

That's what bracketing and clip tests are for. Wink

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76 11/02/2010 - 9:58 PM
Why is it so important....
Those who shun digital manipulation obviously haven't spent days (and lots of money) in a dark room trying to get the perfect print out of a neg. Digital is just a different means to a similar end, just cheaper, quicker, less smelly and open to everyone.

I prefer to get as much right in camera as possible, but purely because I'd rather be out with a camera than stuck in front of a screen.

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76 11/02/2010 - 9:58 PM
Hello there from Peter in Lowestoft
Not starting up again - returning to a previous incarnation! There's a thread about it here so we don't hijack Peters thread.

In Introduce Yourself | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
9 13/01/2010 - 9:42 PM
By stibnite
Hello there from Peter in Lowestoft
No-ones taking over Graham, unfortunately there wasn't time to find someone over the festive period. Selling up completely - details in the classifieds.

9 13/01/2010 - 9:42 PM
By stibnite
Hello there from Peter in Lowestoft
Hi Peter

I live in Carlton Colville and have a studio in Henstead - however I'm selling up moving to Herefordshire in a couple of weeks!

Welcome to the forums.


9 13/01/2010 - 9:42 PM
By stibnite
What's your most useless bit of kit?
My Aldi A4 graphics tab - when combined with an OHP pen it made a great jotter!

79 12/01/2010 - 10:23 PM
By AlanPerkins
New Photography Project
Contuing to expand my footpath series - looking at their relationships with the countryside they pass through.

Mixing digital with traditional processes and actually getting round to doing more cyanotypes, gum arabics, and pinhole stuff.

Closing the doors to my studio and gallery at the end of the month so returning to enjoying my photography rather than having to make a living out of it. Smile

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22 11/01/2010 - 9:05 PM
By Lynx08
New Year, Fresh Start!
I lived in Ross On Wye for a few years, so thats one of the reasons we've been looking to move back to the area. My wife is from Bristol originally so we'll be closer to her family.

When your hobbies are hill walking, canoeing and mountain biking Suffolk can be a bit limiting so looking forward to the outdoor life again, and getting my weekends back.

11 13/01/2010 - 12:27 PM
By Sus
New Year, Fresh Start!
Just got a bit jaded and stuck in a rut having to turn out images to pay bills rather than taking them for fun. I worked in outdoor education before I started up my business, so just returning to my other passion.

I'll still carry on with the landscape and fine art stuff - just no more portraits.........for now.

11 13/01/2010 - 12:27 PM
By Sus
New Year, Fresh Start!
I might miss the sea, but I have hills and mountains to replace it.

11 13/01/2010 - 12:27 PM
By Sus
How big is your "fine"
You've just broke my calculator! Wink

102 23/01/2010 - 7:26 PM
By scott_jessuk
New Year, Fresh Start!
I'm reclaiming photography as my hobby, relocating to the other side of the country, and starting a new job in a completely different field next month.

It's rather alot to take in as I'm moving from Suffolk to Herefordshire in a couple of weeks, with the rest of the family coming to join me in a few months. I'm closing down my studio and gallery which I've been running for 3 years and selling off most of the kit. Starting my new job with an outdoor education centre, helping develop new programmes and doing the sales and marketing.

I still don't know whether to be excited or terrified!

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11 13/01/2010 - 12:27 PM
By Sus
Gizmo for still life/table top photography
We used to use retort stands and clamps at college - see if you can befriend a school technician and see if they're throwing any out.

12 24/11/2009 - 3:49 PM
By FatHandedChap
Quick Question Re. Shopping on EPZ
No, but I'm local and prefer to visit the showroom.

34 06/11/2009 - 12:44 AM
By andytvcams
Website Redone
Great images, well displayed.

I did find one small glich - if you use the keyboards cursor keys to scroll through the images in a simpleviewer gallery it skips an image and moves along two at a time.

Other than that - thanks for letting us have a peek!


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4 23/10/2009 - 10:26 AM
By FatHandedChap
Studio & insurance
I used Photoguards online quote which came out quite well until I phoned and needed to add other things which pushed the price up and beyond that of Aaduki. It was things like IT, portfolio, display materials etc.

I settled for Aaduki. (touch wood never made a claim.)


31 04/02/2010 - 9:36 AM
By JohnLynch
How to trigger flash heads.
There are several ways - Infra red trigger, radio trigger, or a flash gun on reduced power pointed at the ceiling.

You don't say about the set up, but for a shadow free backdrop you need several feet of separation between your subject and the backdrop; for a white background you will ideally be lighting it separately from the subject.

A bit more info about your set-up and maybe an example would help us to help you more.


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9 17/10/2009 - 6:29 PM
By dazzaman
SWPP/SINWP for non professionals
You can join the MPA as an affiliate if you're looking to go full time. Both the MPA and BIPP have mentoring schemes where established professionals in your field will assess your images and give you guidance on how to improve etc, a worthwhile scheme and completely free to members.

The main thing that puts me off the SWPP is when they send the blurb every couple of months there is also SISLP, SINWP, SITTP, SIMPP, SICIP, SISEP, SIFGP - a different Society for each branch of photography. Strikes me as a money making exercise rather than an organisation geared towards improving standards in photography.


26 05/11/2010 - 7:16 PM
By darrenlean
Types of glass for frames
I have non-reflective glass as an optional extra and examples of normal and NR framed prints around the studio - there are very few people who choose standard glass after seeing the difference.


3 07/10/2009 - 8:50 AM
By FatHandedChap
Firework Displays in Cambs/Norfolk
The EDP is a great read compared to the Lowestoft Journal.

5 24/09/2009 - 9:33 PM
By wrinkles
portable backdrop
How about one of these.

Works great until you want to fold the thing up again. Smile

7 02/10/2009 - 12:48 PM
By k8P
Which lens for newborn, baby, children photography
In the studio my most used lenses are a Sigma 50-150 and a 105 for head shots, but it depends on the size of your studio and style of shots you'll be taking.

My studio area is large enough to let the children run about so the zoom is invaluable for this. The 105 allows me to get close head shots with out having the camera right in their face and so is less intimidating.

23 09/09/2009 - 8:45 PM
By knackeredoldman
How did you get started?
I did the BFP correspondence course and sold a few images and articles. Went back t o college and did an HND in commercial photography. Wife became pregnant (somehow) and we had an instant circle of friends all with babies needing portraits and it grew from there.

Not quite what I'd originally set out to do, but you've got to take the opportunities as they come to you.

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8 27/06/2009 - 9:11 AM
By samfurlong
Mounting a print of card - it can't be this difficult!!
Loxley will do it for you.


2 03/06/2009 - 8:54 PM
By francisr
Sports and children

Quote: Not strictly speaking true. There are services that will 'obtain CRB' checks on an individuals behalf. Whether they are allowed to do this or not is beside the point.

There's been a clamp down on this sort of thing happening recently - it's now much harder to find a company that will do it. There is something decidedly fishy about that link to the risk management place as according to the CRB website there are only standard and enhanced disclosures.

55 01/06/2009 - 7:31 PM
By Jestertheclown
Which len Sigma 50-150 or nikon 18-200?
I've got a 50-150, it's a great lens. Managed to find a second hand one for 300.

If I'm travelling light then I just take a 10-20 and the 50-150, can't say I miss the 20-50 range - just means a bit of walking!

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12 23/05/2009 - 4:57 PM
By riprap007
Sales pitch woes
I had one guy who phoned about google listings - I said I'm not interested and hung up. He phoned me back and had a go at me for rudely hanging up on him!

I got rid of a chap selling windows at the door the other day.
"I can see that you've already got UPVC windows - do mind telling me who fitted them?"
"I fitted them myself"
"Not much point talking to you then, thank you for your time"
I think I'll be using that one again. Smile

23 03/05/2009 - 2:43 AM
By yellowmunky
Classic Film/TV Opening Credit Sequences
The first Austin Powers - the music, the colours & styling, & the dancing just make me smile every time.

22 15/04/2009 - 12:41 PM
By macroman
What is your weakest photographic genre

Quote: Get them a bit older and it's easier, but the first few months... why bother?

Get them before they start moving - it's much easier. Once they're mobile you have to make sure everything in the studio is nailed down!

Weak genres for me are ones I don't do - sports & wildlife are the main ones that spring to mind.

66 09/04/2009 - 3:52 PM
By andytvcams
Portraits On Memory Card
I've been asked by a client if it's possible to have all the pictures from a recent portrait session on an SD card so they can see them on a digital frame.

Obviously they would be fairly low res and there's alway the risk of them being copied (they've already spent lots on framed images).

Just wondering about the pros & cons and peoples thoughts.


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5 09/04/2009 - 3:52 PM
By martin_hurton
Greetings Cards at Craft Fairs
I use two sizes - A6 with a 3.75"x2.5" image (I get 4 printed on a 7.5"x5"),
and DL with a 6"x3" print (two printed on 6x6)


69 19/05/2009 - 6:26 AM
By dasantillo
Greetings Cards at Craft Fairs
I make my cards by sticking photographs on to blanks - I'm sitting here making a batch at the moment!

I print the blanks with a border and title on the front and contact details on the back. Never had any problems selling them from my studio and in several shops in the area.

It's a great way of testing designs as well as you only need make a few at a time. If they don't sell then you aren't left with a load of stock.

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69 19/05/2009 - 6:26 AM
By dasantillo
My baby step into the scary, yet intriguing and exciting world of photography.
Your experience with the camera salesman reminds me when we went to get a moped for my wife. The salesman said that she didn't want a C90 because it was complicated as it had gears........

Welcome to the site, have fun, learn lots.


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6 26/03/2009 - 10:35 AM
By KarenFB
4 Questions
1. Nikon
2. Sigma 50-150 (but only because it's my newest one!)
3. Capture 1v4
4. Raw

32 25/03/2009 - 6:03 PM
By KathyW
G20 Summit
Why don't they have a video conference? It would save loads of money and solve all the security issues in one go.

Just a thought.......

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1 25/03/2009 - 10:37 AM
By bulldozer
Canon 500D
Details here as well. Smile

9 04/08/2009 - 1:12 PM
By lumenessence

Quote: Most of us are ugly-arsed photographers...

Speak for yourself James. It's only my face which is ugly, my arse is pretty damn cute, and where I do most of my talking from.... Wink

14 24/03/2009 - 8:15 AM
By Patricia Fenn