Which File Format?

Do you know what type of file format you should be saving in for the web? What type of file do you need to create a transparent background? 

Hopefully, this guide will help you so you save the images right the first time. 

JPG – Joint Photo Expert Group
The most common file type, A faster file format that is used for images, pictures. It is a smaller file size with a lower file quality. Not designed for logos or graphic and cannot be made transparent.

GIF – Graphic Interchange Format
Pronounced with a soft G. Developed by Compuserve in the 1980s. Supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colours chosen from the 24-bit RGB colour space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colours for each frame. Can be transparent. Often used on social media. For the web only.

PNG – Portable Network Graphic
Lossless data compression. PNG was designed for transferring images on the Internet, not for professional-quality print graphics. Can be transparent and is the most widely used lossless image compression format on the Internet.

BMP - Bitmap Image File
Developed by Microsoft, BMP files are like PNG and GIF files. Made specifically to render simple yet crisp logos, type, icons. Used for print or simple graphics.

PSD – Photoshop Document
The native file format for photoshop files. Very flexible file format can support transparency, channels, masks and vector type and objects, paths and layers. For print/photos only. PSD file type not supported for the web.

SVG - Scalable Vector Graphic
SVG is an XML-based vector image format for 2D graphics with support for interactivity and animation. SVG is ideal for type, logos, graphics and vector shapes. Can be compressed without any loss of quality.

TIFF – Tag Image File Format
An Older file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. TIFF can support transparency.

EPS - Encapsulated Postscript
Older file type that allows saving of vector artwork such as an Adobe Illustrator/CorelDraw or an Adobe Photoshop files that contain vector shapes or type. Not massively used and I'm not sure I've ever saved a file in this format. Used only for print.

Hopefully this will help deciding the best file format to save as...

The Perfect Spot

New Podcast!!!

It's been so blooming long but here is episode 15...I will honestly try to make a new show every week. 

Daily Photo - The Perfect Spot

This was the view yesterday after leaving the eye hospital. 

The good news is no operation yesterday...the bad news is I'm back next Tuesday and then again in a couple of weeks. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 11 Apr 2017, 11:45:00

Camera: APPLE iPhone SE

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/2500

Aperture: f/2.2

ISO: 25

Focal Length: 4.15mm

Newly Announced Nikon D7500 Preview

Newly Announced Nikon D7500 Preview | Photalife

Today Nikon has released the replacement to the Nikon D7200, the D7500. 

The way I see it is that this is a slimmed down version of the D500. It has a lot of the same features but with a few additions. 

The UK Price will be £1,299 for the body only and with a 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 £1,599

- 8fps
- 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor
- 4K UDH Video
- 51-point AF system
- Tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touch screen LCD
- ISO 100-51,200

Official Nikon D7500 Press Release

The New Nikon D7500: Superior Performance That Drives The Desire To Create

Exceptional Speed, Precision and Low-Light Ability Has Never Been as Attainable; The New D7500 Uses the Same Powerful Imaging Sensor and Includes Many Features from Nikon’s DX-Format D500 Flagship

MELVILLE, NY – Enthusiasts are a distinct type of photographer, who go to great lengths in the relentless pursuit of the perfect capture. It is for this user that Nikon Inc. announced the D7500 today, an advanced-level DX-format DSLR that provides a robust yet lightweight camera with powerful performance and premium features. Using the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500 incorporates an exceptional combination of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture, yet remains within reach for a diverse array of image makers and creators.

“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value.”

Balance Image Quality and Low-Light Performance
The new D7500 features Nikon’s latest 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and EXPEED 5 processing engine, the same high-performance heart of the Nikon D500. Designed to excel in a wide array of shooting conditions, the D7500 eliminates the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity, with the class-leading dynamic range flexibility that is a hallmark of Nikon DSLRs. The compact DX-format form factor also gives photographers extended focal length reach that is an advantage for sports and wildlife photography, especially when coupled with the vast selection of available NIKKOR lenses.

Whether shooting a landscape at dawn or sports under indoor lights, the D7500 affords the latitude of low-light capability to consistently nail the shot, time and time again. Even in the most challenging light, users can capture images with minimal noise, thanks to a native ISO range that spans from 100-51,200, and an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent. Those same stellar image quality and low noise virtues also apply to those shooting video, whether it’s a 4K UHD production or a mesmerising Astro time-lapse of the night sky.    

Focus with Precision, Capture with Confidence
The Nikon D7500 DSLR gives photographers many new premium features and advanced Nikon technologies to help create incredible images and video:

  • The D7500 is fast enough to keep pace with the quickest athletes or animals; capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.
  • Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, which is a preferred focus mode for those shooting fast action.
  • The slim, tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touch screen LCD can be used to easily control, compose and playback, even while mounted on a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.
  • Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation.
  • Lightweight DX form factor allows for an agile, comfortable body with deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. The monocoque body is durable and approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500.
  • Shoot all day and well into the night with up to approximately 950 shots per charge (CIPA standard).
  • Like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.
  • Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimise workflow.
  • The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimised to function with line-of-sight using SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.
  • New Auto Picture Control function analyses the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.
  • Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth1 and Wi-Fi2

 Multimedia Capabilities for Creators
The Nikon D7500 adds in a diverse array of advanced features for multimedia content creators, including 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture and the ability to produce awe-inspiring 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files, for greater flexibility and easier playback on a wide range of devices. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilisation when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.

  For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to the card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and step-less depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode. 

Price and Availability

The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95 SRP*. For more information on the Nikon D7500 as well as the latest Nikon products, please visitwww.nikonusa.com.

Nikon 100th Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017.

Pear Blossom

Daily Photo - Pear Blossom

Who knows where this day will lead...the morning sees me visiting the Sussex Eye Hospital which may mean I'll have to have an operation while there. 

Hopefully, by the time this goes live I'll be at home...possibly with a patch! 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 9 Apr 2017, 11:27:38

Camera: NIKON D610

Lens: SIGMA Lens Model: 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8

Exposure Time: 1/3200

Aperture: f/2.8

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 105mm

Spoiler alert!!! No operation this week...back there next week. 

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Fun Day Vlog

Ok so I'll admit we kind of thought that there would be more to do and to keep us entertained so the vlog for the day is slightly short. 

Daily Photo - Easter Egg Hunt

This was the location of where we had a fun Easter egg hunt yesterday. 

Not a bad place to enjoy on a Sunday morning

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 9 Apr 2017, 10:22:08

Camera: APPLE iPhone SE

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/640

Aperture: f/2.2

ISO: 25

Focal Length: 4.15mm

#MySundayPhoto - Favourite Building

For the past 4 years or so I have walked past this building twice a day and I never get bored of seeing it. 

The historic Harveys Brewery which is situated on the River Ouse in Lewes. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 7 Apr 2017, 08:01:44

Camera: APPLE iPhone SE

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/800

Aperture: f/2.2

ISO: 25

Focal Length: 4.15mm

Have a great Sunday and I look forward to seeing everyone's photos. Commenting will be a bit slower this week...oh and have a great Easter. 

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Sussex Fields

vlogging for one week...6th April 2017

With the potential of eye surgery within the next week I thought I'd vlog it. 

Getting back in the swing of daily vlogging, today we collect our Google Home...we'll no doubt set it up tomorrow. 

Daily Photo - Sussex Fields 

A more muted view over the Sussex fields but still equally beautiful. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 31 Mar 2017, 13:31:07

Camera: NIKON D610

Lens: NIKON Lens Model: 24.0-85.0 mm f/2.8-4

Exposure Time: 1/3200

Aperture: f/3.8

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 56mm

By the Pier

Daily Photo - By the Pier

With the weather getting better and better the best place to visit is Brighton. With the pier, the seafront and all of its quirky shops it's brilliant in the warm weather. 

📷 Photo Information Taken : 17 Mar 2017, 11:16:41 Camera: NIKON D610 Lens: SIGMA Lens Model: 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 Exposure Time: 1/500 Aperture: f/10 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 140mm

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 17 Mar 2017, 11:16:41

Camera: NIKON D610

Lens: SIGMA Lens Model: 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8

Exposure Time: 1/500

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 140mm

A Carpet of Flowers

Daily Photo - A Carpet of Flowers

It wasn't that long ago that the these woods had no colour, but now there is carpets of flowers. Give it a few weeks and bluebells will have taken over. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 1 Apr 2017, 15:45:43

Camera: NIKON D610

Lens: NIKON Lens Model: 24.0-85.0 mm f/2.8-4

Exposure Time: 1/250

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 24mm

The BenQ PD2700Q 27" Monitor 'Real Life' Review

Being a photographer/vlogger/creator in 2017 isn't anything like it used to be. There's this whole other side of things that people often don't see, the editing of photos in Lightroom, the putting together videos in Final Cut Pro and other graphics in Photoshop. 

I normally run this all on my MacBook with a 13" screen, while this works well when travelling it can be a pain when in the office. Editing is often done late at night when the eyes get tired and you find yourself straining and that's not good...especially with my eyes. 

The team at BenQ got in touch and asked if I wanted to try out one of their new screens...namely the BenQ PD2700Q. Before we dive in too deep here's my preview/unboxing video. 

Firstly the stats on the PD2700Q are impressive; 2K QHD monitor with 10-bits of colour depth, Rec.709 and standard RGB colour space (sRGB), you’ll have more than 1 billion of colours to work with astonishing precision.

- 27 inch 2560x1440 QHD Resolution
- 100% Rec. 709 and sRGB with IPS Technology
- DualView Function and Darkroom Mode
- CAD/CAM, Animation Modes Enable the Detailed and Precise Design
- Display Pilot Software for Customized Monitor Settings

The colours on this screen are stunning and I edited a few HDR photos to really push it and they looked amazing. It really brought them to life and the finest of details were really enhanced. The monitor helped my eyes and I found I could work on this monitor for several hours and my eyes didn't feel fatigued or strained.  

I like to work on several things at once and when using a laptop this means having one thing on the screen at once while switching from tab to tab. When you'll looking for information this can prove to be a real waste of time. 

With a 27" monitor this really changes things, of course, you can have one giant thing showing but the way I worked it and got full use was when I had 4 things displayed at once. 

I'd have Lightroom running, while editing a video, with Spotify playing and writing on the blog or running Twitter. This was amazing and saved time where I could see things easily. You could make it work for you so email/web/pages/photoshop split into quarters and they would still look large on the screen. 

If you're looking for improve your editing skills then this is the way to go. You don't need to change your laptop or PC just connect this up via HDMI and away you go. This can also be wall mounted if you wish. 

For more information on the BenQ PD2700Q 27" Monitor have a look at their website and see just how it could improve your workflow.  At just under £370 this is an amazing price for something so impressive. 

I was loaned this for the purpose of this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The Colours of Spring

BenQ Monitor Review

Honestly, this is on its way...I'm hoping to get it completed by the weekend. For now here is a photo of it in action. 

Daily Photo - The Colours of Spring

Spring is my favourite season of the year. When we say goodbye to Winter and welcome in the colour of Spring.

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 26 Mar 2017, 12:49:03

Camera: NIKON D610

Lens: SIGMA Lens Model: 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8

Exposure Time: 1/250

Aperture: f/2.8

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 200mm

Getting Children Interested in Photography

If you look back over your family photos what do they show? What can you see? IF they’re anything like ours then they will show the children, on rare occasions they show one parent and the girls while I’m taking the photos. 

I honestly can’t remember the last time I appeared in a photo and I certainly can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a photo together. 

Both my girls are at the age when I want to get them interested in taking photos and personally I think getting children interested at a young age is so important. We all know that children absorb information so quickly when they’re at school so this is a perfect time. 

I’m hoping my tips will help you get your children taking photos. I’m not talking about teaching them about ISO, shutter speeds but small tips to help them take photos they can be proud of. 

Pick The Right Camera

From experience picking the right camera is key, there’s really no point in getting them an expensive all singing all dancing camera but equally a disposable camera isn’t right for them. A simple basic camera with a zoom and importantly a screen is perfect. Even a phone with a camera is fine. Children need to see what they have taken a photo of and this needs to be instant not a few days later. 

Holding the Camera

Before you get them to snap away show them how to hold the camera. If using a phone then a grip where they hold it in each corner is normally good. Show them what happens if fingers are in front of the lens. No one enjoys looking through photos where little fingers are in the way. Show them before so they won’t get disappointed when you look at them later. 

Setting up the photo

When getting children interested in taking photos don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the centre then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of. 

Experiment

The beautiful of digital photos and camera phones is that you can take endless amounts of photos and it doesn’t matter. If they get a disposable camera then it’s limited to 24 or 36. My tip would be to give them a camera on a day out and just let them snap away. You can then look back over them and explain what they did wrong and they will learn as they go. 

Get up Close

On most cameras, they will be some form of zoom but also explain to them that if something looks too far away then move up to the subject so more of the point of interest is in the photo. This is sometimes easier said than done. 

Focus on Interesting Things

Why are they taking that photo? Once they’ve got the basics of actually taking a photo get them to take photos of interest. What caught their eye? If it was an animal or person get them to focus on that and fill the photo with the thing they found interesting. 

Following these tips will give your child a good start in their photography journey and over time different things can be introduced such as Rule of Thirds or advancing to a larger camera with more advanced settings. 

Now step away from the camera and get your child to snap photos of you for a change instead of the other way round.