#MySundayPhoto - Sooo Cold

This week it's been a little on the cold side but that does mean the morning skies have been beautiful. 

This was taken one morning this week and I liked the frozen grass with the lovely colours in the sky. 

Thank you to everyone that joins in and I look forward to seeing the photos during the next few days. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto - Woody Glow

I was half expecting a snowy #MySundayPhoto but the snow here lasted a few hours and that was it. Instead, we have a woodland view with the morning sun glowing. 

Thank you to everyone that joins in and I look forward to seeing the photos during the next few days. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

Favourite Photo of December #MySundayPhoto

2017 had begun and I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

It's time to pick my favourite photo for December. Every month I pick someone to win a canvas from PhotoBox from everyone that links up to #MySundayPhoto. As always thank you so much to everyone that joins in on a Sunday and makes it a special link up every week. 

Right my favourite photo this month comes from John of DadBlogUK who linked up with this beauty.

How amazing is this photo? I love light trails and with the tree lights there it gives an amazing effect. 

Pop over and link up to My Sunday Photo which opens every Sunday at midnight and is open all day. All different photos are welcome and people of all different abilities. Link up a blog post or a photo from Instagram. 

Thank you all for taking part.

Photalife

#MySundayPhoto Castle on the Hill

This might not be the best photo in the World but there is a simple silence to it. The object in the middle is Lewes Castle in the sunset. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

Winter Photography Projects

With the dark days it's easy to lack inspiration. Here are some ideas to keep you occupied in the Winter months.  

Photograph a Sunrise

The beauty of Winter is that sunrise is a little later in the day meaning that you don't have to get up quite so early. You'll need warm clothes, a tripod and the umph to go out and do it. The rewards will be well worth the effort...just make sure you check the weather before you go out so it's not a wasted trip. 

Buy a Polarising Filter

This is something I will be doing this Winter. I want to give these a try and for the price of around £50 I think a polariser will have a dramatic difference to your landscape and seascape images.

Add Keywords and Tags (Back Up Too)

This is one of those jobs I hate doing but it's a must. Adding tags and keywords makes things so much easier and searchable. I also look back over photos I've uploaded and see if they need a few more tags added to them.

This is also a great time to back up photos too. I make it a regular thing to back up my photos to an external hardrive. If you don't have one get one, at £80 they are a great investment.  

Practise a style of Photography

No one is perfect at every style of photography so now is a great time to work on the areas that aren't your strongest. For me portraits are my weakness so I have been trying out to get better at them. 

Get In Your Photos

I can't remember the last time I was in a photo. Most of the photos are taken by myself but this year I want to try and change that. The photos with my girls I'd like to actually be in a few so when we look back in years to come I'm actually there too. Most cameras have a timer mode so it's not that difficult to do. 

Photograph Frost

What better time to take photos of frost than in the Winter. Try to get close to the frost to really get some detail. If you have a tripod and a macro lens then this is the perfect subject. 

As well as frost this is the perfect time to try to capture some remarkable cobweb photos. Catching them with a few droplets of water on will really give it the wow factor. 

Give Still Life a go

When it's too cold to go outside or as it's the UK...too wet why not give still life photography a go. 

I love to get a few bunches of flowers in the house and just spend the morning taking photos of them. The photos look bright and colourful plus the flowers will brighten up the house. I've also spent a little while taking food photos which is ideal as you also get to eat the food. 

Get Some Gear from eBay and Use it

I am terrible on eBay and often find myself buying all sorts of things. eBay is great for buying second-hand stuff at good prices. You don't need to spend lots of money just give yourself a budget of £50 and get yourself some new gear. 

Order a poster, book or greetings cards. 

I love showing off my work and over the past few years I have made sure to display my photos around the house. Use the Winter to print some of your favourite photos from last year. Get a canvas made or make them into a photo book to show family or potential customers. 

Try HDR Photography

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I am a big fan of HDR photography and if you've never tried it now is the perfect time. HDR photos can be created from a single photo but ideally 3 photos is the way to go. The above photo is a HDR using 3 photos. Using software such as Aurora HDR will help you create a beautiful photo that is pleasing to look at. 

So those are my projects for you that might help you during these Winter months. 

iPhone 7 Plus Camera 'Real Life' Review - Landscape + Portrait Mode

For me no cameraphone is going to replace my dSLR, that just isn't going to happen. With that said there are a few times when the only camera I have with me is my phone so ideally it's the best of the best. 

A few months ago I did a Real Life Review using the Huawei P9 which also has a dual lens and I was impressed with it. Will this iPhone 7 Plus be better than that? 

You can of course download camera apps if you like such as ProCam and many of these allow you to shoot in Raw. For this I didn't do that, I wanted to use this pretty much as 9/10 people will use it. Most people will be picking the iPhone 7 up and just shooting so I wanted to do exactly that. 

All the images was just taken using the camera app and everything was in auto. To begin with I charged the phone up and then basically just turned it on and went out shooting. 

The first stop in the video was a walk in the woods. I wanted to try a few landscape photos to see what was possible with this phone. I didn't use a tripod like I would usually so everything was handheld and auto mode. 

The thing I like about this phone is that the screen is huge so you can really see what you're taking a picture of. The camera uses 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with the Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture and the Telephoto: ƒ/2.8 aperture. 

So was I able to get good photos? Well I think I did especially the landscape photos. I also think that anyone should be able to capture the photos they are after on this and generally won't be disappointed. 

The large majority of people will never shoot in RAW and most won't work on their photos afterwards. I've included a selection of photos...some which have been edited and others that haven't. The below photo is unedited. 

I was also able to try out the 'Portrait' mode on the phone and that is what I was most impressed with. This mode tells you on screen what you need to do such as more closer to the subject and once in prime position it says 'Depth Effect' and you can then simply take the photo. 

The phone saves two photos for you, the original and the one with 'Depth Effect' and the difference is quite amazing. 

In 2017 I'm making it my aim to print more photos and having printed a few of these out at 18x12 the quality is really impressive and you could easily print these photos out and hang them on the walls and be proud to show them off. 

This next photo was edited on Lightroom just to show what can be achieved using the iPhone 7 Plus. 

The editing of photos for me was pretty simple, on a couple I simply used Lightroom mobile or AirDrop to move them over to my laptop and edited them on Adobe Lightroom. I know most people won't do that but for people who want more than snapshots it works really well. 

This iPhone 7 Plus was loaned to me from Three UK and to find out more head over to their website

#MySundayPhoto - Winter Glow

I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas and is looking forward to the New Year. This week's #MySundayPhoto is from an early morning adventure where the fields were foggy and the sun just starting to add glow to the sky. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

December and Christmas Tech Haul

December and Christmas Tech Haul

December is a busy busy month and it was only natural that with Christmas I'd be getting some technology and photography items. Some of these items I was gifted by family members and some of these items came from the brands themselves. 

As always I only recommend items I use and would buy myself. 

All the items are from Amazon and the links are all affiliate links to help maintain this site and helping it to grow. 

Nikon D610 + 24-85mm  

£1459 - Buy Here 

This is my new camera set up. This is a Nikon Full Frame camera which will allow me to really improve my photography and hopefully take it to the next level. 

I have been using the 24 - 85mm lens at the moment. 


RYCOTE Micro Windjammer

£9.95 - Buy Here

The beauty of these is that they will pretty much work on anything with a microphone. You can stick these to dSLRs, Point & Shoots or Smartphones. They help cut out wind noise so they are perfect for vlogging when out and about. 


Lowepro Deluxe Media Case 30

£14.57 - Buy Here

In the past my memory cards have just got thrown in my pocket or bag and often end up damaged. This pouch is great for me as I can keep them protected and it can attach to my bag and I then know I always have spare ones with me. 


Dymo Omega Embossing Label Maker

£9.44 - Buy Here

I've been after a way of labelling my things, items such as hard-drives and cases. This label maker is lightweight and I think it looks pretty cool with the embossed labels. 


Rode Smartlav+ + Rode SC3 iPhone Accessory 

Smartlav - £45.72 - Buy Here

SC3 - £10.20 - Buy Here

I'm always looking for ways to improve the sound quality of my videos and the Smartlav+ will allow me to do this. It can be connected to my camera or phone and not look to unsightly. The next phase will include me running my sound through a separate device. 


EACHINE E10C Mini Drone

£32.99 - Buy Here

I've been after a drone for a while buy the large ones just aren't practical for me at the moment so I now have a mini drone. This will help me to get used to flying one and also I should be able to capture some small video clips to use in videos. 


Black Rapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap

£81.99 - Buy Here

Since moving to Full Frame I've noticed just how much heavier the camera is. Before I was happy to hold it all day long but this would give a serious work out. I have been a fan of Black Rapid for a long time and was so happy when they sent me this for my new camera. 


Triggertrap MD3-DC2 Cable Kit for Nikon + TT-TRAP Smartphone Adapter

Cable Kit - £28.95 - Buy Here

Smartphone Adaptor - £14.99 - Buy Here

My reasoning for getting this was mainly to make long exposures easier to control. It allows me to control my camera from my phone and will mean less camera shake. This will open up a whole range of new photo opportunities. 


iPhone 7 Plus with ThreeUK

From £39 per month - Buy Here

I wish I could say this was mine to keep but it's not. I have been given this for a short period so that I can make a 'Real Life' review showing just how good the camera actually is. So far I'm really impressed with it.  

#MySundayPhoto - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for joining in over the Christmas weekend. 

This week's #MySundayPhoto will stay open until Monday lunchtime. 

Please tag the following accounts Instagram posts (@Photalife) Facebook Posts (Photalife) and Tweet me (@Photalife).

The awesome people at PhotoBox have joined in and are offering a 60 x 40cm Classic Canvas as a prize each month until the end of year. I will pick a winner at the end of the month.

The winning photo might not be from the person who took the most amazing photo but perhaps it will be a photo that tells a beautiful story, or a photo that brightened up the day.

Again thank you every much and please feel free to add the badge to the post.

Photalife

Also if you'd like me to edit one of your photos for a video series then have a read of this blog, I need the photo sooner rather than later.