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Help please!! 2nd shooter advice!
I have second shot loads of times for a local wedding photographer who has since become a close friend. On starting I used an 18-50 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 both sigma, also kept a 50 1.8 in the bag. Those are good lenses to have with you (not so much the 50mm I find). I have over time added more kit including a 17-40 useful for taking shots of the location, along with off camera flashes and triggers 3 bodies etc etc ( all comes with time and paid weddings I took on myself.)

However as long as you have something in the ranges of 18-50 and the 70-200 particularly 2.8's you should be fine, it gets challenging when the light levels are low but a combination of aperture and a camera with low noise really helps.

Whatever you do don't be put off by comments made by Lemmy and the like as I did, these types of comments put me off for a while, however it turns out by getting in and second shooting I not only learned the limitations of my kit but also how the day runs and what does and can go wrong, I also learned that the dinosaurs don't know it all like they keep telling everyone, no one possibly can know it all. Since which I have had happy customers and keep getting asked to shoot weddings which sadly I'm turning down at the moment due to work and family commitments, this WILL change.

Enjoy it and good luck, oh and backup up everything to more than one drive as you never know when you may need the files again.


15 28/06/2014 - 9:32 AM
By MCordner
Hackingtosh. Mac and PC

Quote: Hackintosh I had been running for 3 years, for photo editing trust me cs is quicker under windows. Im now back running on windows 8 and wont be going back to osx, the advantages of pure power on a pc do not translate to osx simple as, the os does not support the most up to date hardware pcs can have. Have a play, get over the fun part and then it will hit you smack in the face your wasting power on osx. Either way you will have a better system than apple can sell you.

Just buy the original osx install disc or download and your legal in uk.

Cheers Gareth

Thanks for letting me know that, this is why I won't be buying their hardware as as you say I'd have a decent Windows system should it not work out as desired or expected. Good to hear some real world experiences

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7 22/06/2014 - 5:01 PM
By MrGoatsmilk
Hackingtosh. Mac and PC
Anyone had a go at building a Hackingtosh?

Me and a mate have been looking into it as we are both looking to upgrade our machines, looking at correct parts all the way through to the install procedure. All looks very straightforward, looking at a single i7 4770K and a 7 series GTX graphics card on an intel board, own choice of screens, a similar spec to a Mac Pro but a lot less 's and the ability to Dual boot with Windows and Mac OS. Best of both worlds in one is the idea.

I have been very much Windows and Linux (Ubuntu Dual booted) for years, however I do like the Mac OS as I've dipped my toe in the water at work with a Mac Pro, I like Windows and Mac for different reasons, I also don't want to pay out the cash for a 27" iMac laptop on a stick and don't fancy prizing it open to replace a HDD although I did come close recently but I managed to see past the shiny shiny case, it's just the OS I like.

I'm just wondering how anyone here finds their Hackingtosh on a day to day basis and in particular with photo and video editing.


7 22/06/2014 - 5:01 PM
By MrGoatsmilk
HP Firmware for Inkjet 1200
Cheers for the link, anything is worth a try as it would be a shame bin to the printer just because of a firmware issue.

I searched loads of pages in various forums etc and came up with nowt, so your link is much appreciated. Smile

I'm away from the PC at the mo but will update the thread when I try it

2 01/06/2014 - 8:58 PM
By MrGoatsmilk
HP Firmware for Inkjet 1200
I have an old inkjet 1200 that has been sitting gathering dust, however I still have plenty of ink and a set of brand new print heads. The old heads are blocked so I decided to replace them. Just for day to day printing instead of using all the ink in my canon printer.

Problem is the printer firmware needs updating to use the print heads as per the instructions on HP Website, however the page they send me to does not list any links for the firmware for this printer .

Any idea where the firmware may be listed other than the HP site as I've searched there high and low to no avail.

The error is all lights are on after new heads installed. HP site says upgrade firmware to fix.

Seems they stopped listing the updated firmware

2 01/06/2014 - 8:58 PM
By MrGoatsmilk
Which Lens would you buy ?
Out of the 2 I would go 70-200 F2.8

I use Canon and had a Sigma 50-500 F4-6.3 which I sold to buy a Sigma EX 70-200mm F2.8 the 2.8 is far better than the F4-6.3 yes the reach was good but it had to be quite bright in order to use it, the F2.8 is better not only at grabbing more light but the optics are better and the results and far superior.

If you ever need more reach you could always get a 2x if really needed. My 2.8 came with a 2x and in all honesty I never feel the need for it.


8 24/05/2014 - 12:59 PM
By temporalwarp
Nice to be reunited with my camera
Just wanted to share this with you all.

I got a bit bored with photography for around a year or so, not to the point of wanting to sell up. Although it did cross my mind, but I just couldn't get motivated to pick up the camera most of the time, I still took it places but it stayed in the bag or in the boot or the shots deleted.

However I took it on our annual holiday to Saundersfoot just over a week ago and the "want" just came flooding back, I got up early several times and took the camera out not only taking shots and thinking about what I wanted to capture but enjoying being the only person there on the beach just taking it all in, just breathing, looking and most of all smiling.

I'm now going through old shots on my hard drive and editing a few instead of leaving them there hidden away from view, watching Youtube tutorials on Lightroom and Photoshop are adding fuel to my fire.....my passion is back and what a wonderful feeling it is.

No matter what happens just go with the flow the passion always returns if you want it to, you just have to wait it out.....


2 03/05/2014 - 8:45 PM
By KevSB
Getting a shot printed and framed. Where?
I'm looking at getting a shot printed and framed and as I have never sent any shots off to get them done I thought I'd ask here first to see who people here use.

Cheers for any pointers.


4 03/06/2014 - 7:15 PM
By fishypic
More historic superimposed photo's to enjoy
I keep meaning to have a go at some if these locally, it's quite easy to find old photos of local landmarks online since a lot of people are uploading them. Think my mom has a box full of photos I could digitise

2 17/02/2014 - 10:46 AM
By LouiseTopp
New thing for xmas that might improve your photos
I got a bottle of single malt, after a few of those my photos start look better

11 30/12/2013 - 7:50 PM
By CaptivePhotons
Pentax k 5ii astrophotography
Canon are more popular due low noise and ability to mod the camera easier. With Canon have a look at the software Backyard EOS there is a free 30 day trial

Dslr wise it's Canon for astrophotography

Webcams are good for planetary and moon, I have been using a webcam via my 8" SCT recently with some ok results via Sharpcap and registax. I just need some more clear skies

For dedicated Astrophotography via telescope then look at dedicated CCD cameras and a good mount such as a Skywatcher NEQ6

Some good info here.


Also have a look at some astro photographers on Twitter. @Astrotanja is very good and you can find others by searching the astrophography tag

Tring Astro

First Lights optics

Are online astronomy shops and worth looking at for info.


10 05/01/2014 - 6:24 PM
By ballbag
Father Christmas and His Sleigh (ISS) to pass over UK later
Starts at 17:59 in the West more info at...

Heavens Above

Merry Christmas Everyone!

9 24/12/2013 - 6:33 PM
By mikehit
Drip Drip Drip......
We had the mortar come loose, roof was wet inside when getting Xmas tree out. 140 and a few mugs of tea in the end done by a roofer who was recommended and all sorted. Hope yours is as easy as ours was

57 26/12/2013 - 9:03 PM
By cattyal
Prestigio tablet in Maplins, does anyone recommend it please?
Just had a quick look at the specs and just on the processor alone it looks overpriced as it's dual core, most tablets including the Hudl tablet are quad core. If it was sub 100 I'd say buy it but not at close to 200.

Quite a few devices get hot when used for power hungry processes including our iPad and phones it's pretty standard

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20 05/12/2013 - 10:59 PM
By KenTaylor
Prestigio tablet in Maplins, does anyone recommend it please?
Not heard of that one, but have you looked at the Hudl tablet at Tesco it's a very capable tablet and worth popping into a store for a look

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20 05/12/2013 - 10:59 PM
By KenTaylor
What filters are in your bag?
Cokin holder but used with Kood filters ND's and a grad. Cheap as chips and been great

12 23/11/2013 - 7:52 PM
By Chrism8
I'm Mad Mad Mad
Complain to your workplace as you are being harassed at work.

55 26/07/2013 - 11:16 PM
By 779HOB
Online retailer warning
Visa Debit cards offer the same protection as credit cards too

5 11/07/2013 - 10:38 PM
By nikonphotographer
How to get a portrait shot of always-in-motion baby

7 14/06/2013 - 4:56 PM
By Paul Morgan
Used iPhone - any trusted suppliers?

One to be aware of is exploding batteries, a mate at work gave his daughter his old 3GS he had on contract all original parts inc battery. It exploded whilst sat on the side not charging and not in use either. Broke the phone apart, thankfully it wasn't in her hand at the time or up to her face.

Google show quite a few cases.

Just thought I'd let you know as I wouldn't want your son to get injured.

Apple are aware of the issue from what he was told when he called them.


9 13/06/2013 - 3:16 PM
By hobbo
RIP Andytvcams
Sad news I remember Andy from the first time I joined the site prob 8 or so years ago

94 28/03/2015 - 5:46 PM
By davidbailie
I hate Sky TV,
I have a Quad LNB linked to the Humax HD PVR and the other feeds for other rooms (I got it new for 7 locally), trouble is the german satellite is in a differnet direction to the Sky one so it's one of those if I get round to fitting another dish just for F1, plus it would need to be out of view as possible.

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21 11/06/2013 - 4:57 AM
By Paul Morgan
I hate Sky TV,
I was very tempted to get a second dish and watch free to air in German whilst using the radio for audio, also a few peer to peer sites online to watch via.

But instead I've just lost touch with F1 and do something else instead as I refuse to pay for Sky TV as I would only use it for F1 coverage and it's way overpriced for just that.

21 11/06/2013 - 4:57 AM
By Paul Morgan
Mac Attack
To be fair it was just a heads up for Mac users who didn't know, but then it went rapidly downhill.

Tune in next week for "How to start a wedding photography business with a camera phone, whilst undercutting everyone else for pocket money"

17 31/05/2013 - 10:19 PM
By Rev2
Mac Attack

Quote: MrGoatsmilk "Erm ok thanks for that, not sure why you needed to tell us that but hey ho"

I didn't realise humour removal was a requirement for membership of these forums?

I din't realise it was humour, I just thought you were pissed Grin

17 31/05/2013 - 10:19 PM
By Rev2
Mac Attack

Quote: Hack attack means Mac taking flack over virus software lack, Apple expected to strike back Tongue

Erm ok thanks for that, not sure why you needed to tell us that but hey ho

17 31/05/2013 - 10:19 PM
By Rev2
Mac Attack
Major spyware being developed


17 31/05/2013 - 10:19 PM
By Rev2
Boosting a Wireless Router

Quote: Why not just use the Wireless signal strength meter on your laptop's taskbar ?

its the most accurate indicator because it is actually using the wireless card you'll be receiving the Wi-Fi with

Because tools like the previous mentioned will provide far more detail such as signal strength in dBm, which channels are the busiest or quietest, the meter also gives a more accurate reading than 5 or so bars which is normal for the one on the taskbar.

Saying that the one on the taskbar will be helpful, just depends on how much you want to know and to what quality really.

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36 30/05/2013 - 12:05 AM
By weseeyou
Boosting a Wireless Router
Another good tool is WiFi Analyzer I use it on my phone to find hotspots when out and about, I can use this to walk towards the strongest point and log in from there, also gives me names etc of the WI Fi in a given area.

For Android on the Play store (Free)


Developers site

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36 30/05/2013 - 12:05 AM
By weseeyou
Stacking teleconvertors - have you tried it? 2x2
You could do better by getting a used Newtonian reflector and a T adapter, your Moon shots would be loads better with that. My first scope was an Orion Europa 150 and I used to use that with a T mount and adapter. No need for motors for Moon shots.

But beware you'll want to upgrade before you know it, it's much like photography for kit Grin

"If I buy that I could do this, however if I spend more i could also do this......" That's how it goes for me Blush

Skywatcher do some good ones, have a look on Stargazers Lounge in the classifieds

Plus you could do some observing of other celestial objects


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6 15/05/2013 - 12:49 AM
By ianrobinson
Emailing multiple large photos

Its also clientless - works in the browser. Nothing to download to the PC.

You can do the same with Dropbox via your browser inc options to upload and download

16 10/05/2013 - 9:02 PM
By LesleyJ
Emailing multiple large photos
I always use Dropbox

16 10/05/2013 - 9:02 PM
By LesleyJ
You be the Judge
I'd use him to test various drugs on for Cancer Aids etc etc may get some use out of him that way.

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23 10/05/2013 - 7:11 PM
By StrayCat
There went the afternoon!
I thought you were going to say you have a friend who is a proffesional potter who gets you to photograph her jugs Tongue

10 09/05/2013 - 7:36 PM
By brian1208
This WILL impress you the feeling the voice....................

22 25/03/2013 - 6:12 PM
By christinecilia
D800 paired with a Sigma "Bigma" 50-500
I owned a Bigma, it was ok on a 40D but I wouldn't bother putting it on your D800.

Bit like putting budget tyres on a Ferrari

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16 03/04/2013 - 1:56 PM
By scottishphototours
Tripod guidance please
I use an old manfrotto thing it's silver weighs a bit needs some attention, but it's solid as a rock and built to last. About 5'7" extended maybe more. Will check the model when I get chance providing it's still legible that is.

Basically what I'm saying is a good old sturdy tripod does the job and a cheap light one for hols (I have a Vanguard type 7, crap but good) no real need to go mad.


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17 12/05/2013 - 3:47 PM
By Paul Morgan
Other brands !
Pentax? Is that a flat that's a bit posh?

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38 01/04/2013 - 2:22 AM
By RuiCarneiro
SD card query
We use a mini SD card in an SD card adapter in a TZ8. Been fine mostly, only issue I've ever had is camera on a couple of occasions not seeing the card which is probably down to the connection between the card and adapter as taking it out and putting it back in usually does the trick.

5 01/03/2013 - 7:22 AM
By oldblokeh
Windows office help 2007
I've just installed Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013. For 8.95 in their home use program. Works with 7 and 8. Worth a look if you can get that.

Just google Microsoft HUP

7 26/02/2013 - 9:04 PM
By tomcat
Who wants a new ePz camera strap?
Save some crushed un's I'd use it as one of these...

208 02/03/2013 - 11:12 AM
By Cephus
tap or bottle
Any water as long as it has hops and barley in it

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26 20/02/2013 - 10:46 PM
By jondf
Stolen video
Put ads on your videos and get paid for views

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18 23/03/2013 - 2:16 PM
By adrian_w
Christmas competition
Good luck it seems the posty nicked mine last summer, along with a few other things

1 16/02/2013 - 8:59 PM
By MrGoatsmilk
Photographer's ID Card - ???
Personally I'd go with just chatting with them and maybe showing them some shots you've taken, could even be worth having some shots in Dropbox or on your handset if you have a smart phone or similar device. A bit like a portable portfolio of interest.


10 26/02/2013 - 5:33 PM
By ColinEJ
Wireless Flash Triggers
I got these from Focus at the NEC last year, been brilliant and have never missed a beat.


19 11/02/2013 - 8:33 PM
By Paul Morgan
Govement u-turn
There is a person I know who went to the same school as I did, he's never worked, claimed everything possible. He lives in a 3 bedroom end of terrace family home all by himself next door to someone else I know.

Surely if he has to be given anything then it should be a one bedroom property as the 3 bedrooms would be better for a family.

I hope he either has his benefits cut or moves out

171 09/02/2013 - 6:12 PM
By LVanDhal
Sigma Lens
Do it

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13 01/02/2013 - 10:59 AM
By Ray12
HMV about to go under
Sad times for the poor sods who depend on the wage each month

60 25/01/2013 - 8:16 PM
By stevew10000
HMV about to go under
Either way just a heads up for people with vouchers

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60 25/01/2013 - 8:16 PM
By stevew10000