#MySundayPhoto - Bluebells

I seem to have spent all week sharing photos of bluebells, this is the perfect time to capture them and they aren't around for long. 

Have a great Sunday, I look forward to seeing all the photos. I will comment over the next few days. 

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Sony A9, Handmade 90mm Lens & Instagram Users | Photalife Friday Round Up

Back once again with a roundup of some of the photo news, you might have missed from the past week. 

Sony A9, Handmade 90mm Lens & Instagram Users | Photalife Friday Round Up

Sony Announces the A9

A new flagship model from Sony, this is the A9 and it's meant to be the best of the best. It's a full-frame E mount camera that really packs a punch. A high-speed 20 FPS, with 693 Auto Focus Points, 5 Axis in camera stabilisation and 4K full frame readout video.

All of this comes at a price and for this it's a cool £4,500. To find out more visit the Sony website. 

Handmade 90mm f/2.8 Lens

Photographer Mats Wernersson has built his own 90mm f/2.8 lens from scratch. Pretty much every part was handmade apart from the mount and aperture blades. Have a watch of the video to see how he did it and the sample images. I was mighty impressed with the quality of photos, I couldn't see how much he spent making it but it was a lot cheaper than buying one. 

Instagram Hits 700m Users

Instagram is growing, and not at a slow rate. The photo-sharing site has just passed 700m users and by the end of 2017 will possibly have hit 1 billion. 

New features like stories, live, multiple posts it is growing faster than every. You can read more on the Instagram Blog. 

Happy Place + Lightroom Presets

May Presets

I've been saying for ages that I was going to do this, but finally, I am releasing the first collection of Lightroom presets. 

Here is the original photo

Original.jpg

And below is the same photo using the different presets. 

Boom Boom Boom - Download Here

Just Make it Pop - Download Here

Sky So Wonder - Download Here

Sunglasses at the Ready - Download Here

If you need any assistance importing these presets to Lightroom then this guide will hopefully help you. 

Daily Photo - Happy Place

Sheffield Park is fast becoming my happy place, no matter the season it always offers something.

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 10:23:42

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 160

Focal Length: 8.8mm

Carpet of Bluebells + New Landscape Video

New Landscape Video

Ok, so the weekend was the perfect chance to get out and capture some bluebells. I thought I'd make a short video of it, I hope you enjoy. 

Daily Photo - Carpet of Bluebells

Are you really a photographer or blogger if you don't go and take a photo of the bluebells? 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 22 Mar 2017, 14:02:30

Camera: NIKON D610

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

Exposure Time: 1/80

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 70mm

Bluebells + May Calendar

May Calendar 

A little while ago I started making monthly calendars for people to use and download, well I wanted to start doing it again. 

If you click on the image it'll open up a larger version and then right click and save as... you are then free to us it on whatever computer or screen you like. 

Daily Photo - Bluebells

Over the weekend I went for a little walk to see if I could find some bluebells. There was a few dotted around but it was probably a week or so too early for them to be fully open. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 22 Mar 2017, 14:10:20

Camera: NIKON D610

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

Exposure Time: 1/200

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 112mm

#MySundayPhoto - Prettiness

Last weekend we went on a visit to the beautiful National Trust property Sheffield Park. This was for an Easter Egg Hunt but also to take photos. 

Although there wasn't as much colour as I was expecting we still managed to find some. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 10:38:14

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 250

Focal Length: 8.8mm

Have a great Sunday, I look forward to seeing all the photos. I will comment over the next few days. 

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

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

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Peaceful

Photo News Round-Up

A little show that I thought I'd try out. This is a round-up of the photo news that I thought you might find interesting. 

Daily Photo - Peaceful

Hello weekend, I love this spot at Sheffield Park. 

It has a certain peaceful feel to it. I hope you have a happy Saturday

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 10:16:18

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/5.6

ISO: 400

Focal Length: 8.8mm

Bluebell Heaven

Daily Photo - Bluebell Heaven

It's becoming time to enjoy bluebells, a few have started popping up and creating beautiful carpets of colour. Will anyone be going out to capture them this weekend? 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 2 May 2016, 09:55:38

Camera: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10

Lens: PANASONIC LUMIX G 20/F1.7 II

Exposure Time: 1/60

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 250

Focal Length: 20mm

Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

This is a little round up of the photo news from this past week that I think you'll be interested in. 

Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

Drone Sales Exploded 117% in 2016

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Even with various restrictions coming into place sales of Drones in the US is still growing at a massive rate. NPD reported that sales were up 117% in the 12 months leading up to February 2017. 

The fastest selling drones were those priced $1,000+ which includes the DJI Phantom range. 

I don't have the figures for the UK but I wonder if they're growing at such a rate...tell me in the comments do you have a drone? 

Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organise Photos Into ‘Collections’

After the release on Instagram of their save feature they are now adding to it by allowing you to organise these into collections. In a kind of Pinterest style you will be able to have all your 'floral' or 'animal' saves in one place. 

According to Instagram, 46% of users have used the save feature since launch in December. Having never used this feature I can't see it changing anything I do. To read more about it have a read of the Instagram Blog. 

Final Design of Light L16 Camera

After 2 years in the pipeline, it would appear that the Light L16 is a step closer. This is the final design of the camera. 

If you're unaware of what this is, it's a 16-camera camera, which will capture 52MP images. 

From the close up you see that the camera uses 6 x 150mm f/2.4 telephoto lenses, 5 x 70mm f/2 midrange lenses, and 5 x 28mm f/2 wide-angle lenses. This camera raised over $30million in crowdfunding and the company are currently working on building cameras to fulfil their pre-orders.  

They hope to be able to take new orders in late 2017...but remember the pre-order price was $1,699 so it's now a cheap piece of kit. 

You can read more on the LightRumours site

By The Water

Daily Photo - By The Water

I want to see the World...but there's so much to offer in the UK. I've never been to the Lake District, Scotland, Yorkshire...so for now I'll try to explore what we have on these shores. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 09:23:35

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/8

ISO: 640

Focal Length: 8.8mm

Pink Prettiness

Canon G7x ii Review

It has arrived, the Canon G7x ii review that I've been working on. Please pop over and have a read, I'd love to know what you think. Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark ii 'Real Life' Review

Daily Photo - Pink Prettiness

Some days you just need to see lots of prettiness. After Tuesday I certainly need to seem some. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 09:37:32

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/10

ISO: 250

Focal Length: 9mm

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark ii 'Real Life' Review

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark ii is the go to camera for a lot of vloggers and bloggers...but does it live up to the hype?

Coming on the back of the very popular G7 X, this was always going to peak the interest of vloggers and bloggers. At the price, this isn't aimed at entry-level but someone who wants high-quality photos but still pocket-size. 

Packing a powerful punch this will please many people. With a 20.1 MP sensor, good ISO range and a touchscreen this will allow people to pop it into Auto mode and get photos they're happy with. If however, you want more control you can shoot in full manual mode and switch to RAW files and I think you'll be impressed...the changing of Shutter Speed and Aperture might just take some getting used to, its all done using the screen. 

Even though the camera is fairly compact, it is quite heavy and feels sturdy. I don't fancy dropping it but I'd like to think it could take some wear and tear. It feels good in the hands and the shutter button is well placed when taking photos. The downside is when vlogging yourself the record button is in a really awkward position. I thought switching to video mode would mean the shutter button becomes the record button but this doesn't appear to be the case. 

The camera is equipped with things you'd expect even from the most basic of cameras. WiFi, SD card slot, HDMI, and USB ports are found on the side. The press of the connection button brings up different wireless options such as print, sent to a computer and other PowerShot cameras. 

The thing that is really missing would be an external mic port but if they included that there is no hot shoe to attach the mic too. Having recorded some video the built in mic is excellent so it's not a loss. I would recommend attaching a wind muffler just to help on windy days or if moving at speed. 

The Canon G7 X Mark ii doesn't have a built-in viewfinder so relies solely on the 3" touchscreen, for some people this might be a deal breaker but I didn't find I missed it. The screen is bright and the fact it is tiltable means the sunlight isn't too much of a problem. 

The screen is really responsive and I didn't find I was having to multi-touch or pressing the wrong thing. Many people who purchase this camera will be used to using the screen rather than a viewfinder. We live in a smartphone World so this will be second nature and people will be moving up from a smartphone rather than down from a dSLR. 

Alongside the screen, you have a number of function buttons such as playback, menu and a dial button. These buttons are small but you don't find yourself pressing the wrong ones. On the top of the camera, you have the pop-up flash, on/off button, the shutter, and a twin dial. One is to set the mode and the other is the exposure compensation dial which ranges from -3 to +3. 

In the hand the camera feels good, a metal construction with a few rubber grips on the body give you confidence and the flip screen is held on with metal hinges. As mentioned the layout is clean and simple and Canon makes full use of the area and gets the largest screen possible. 

The menu on this camera is very easy to navigate around and things can be easily found. For example, the camera when I got it had a beep every press of the button and I soon found out where to turn this off. Like most systems, you can build your own menu quickset. 

This will give you an idea of the layout of the camera and menu system. 

The G7X ii makes use of a 31-point AF system and I found the focus strong and worked well, it's good but not brilliant. It appears to work well in lower light conditions and better in video mode. Just don't expect it to shift focus super fast. If the lighting is good then there are no complaints with the AF in photo mode.  

I personally used this camera in RAW mode and the file that came out the camera was large and impressive, and the few I took by capturing JPG looked good and was easily useable and 99% of people would be happy sharing them. Noise didn't appear to be an issue and the colours were clean and accurate. It dealt with shadows well and I was able to get a lot of detail out of the RAW files. 

While I never pushed this camera to its limits rather just what the average person would be using it for. I wouldn't push this to its limits on ISO and the camera seemed happy enough on auto ISO. This is a compact camera and for landscape, family and product images this would satisfy most users. 

I used this camera on a pretty grey day at a local National Trust property and the images I think are ok. They have been edited in Lightroom and this is how they would be shared or delivered to a customer. 

It's easy to see why this camera is popular with vloggers and bloggers, powerful, compact and brilliant results. If you want a camera to set you up for years without going for a system camera then you won't go far wrong with this. 

You have to decide if the lack of a viewfinder is a problem or whether you need 4k. The 4k isn't a problem for me and most people won't be watching the videos in 4k on YouTube. 

The real stumbler for me is the price tag, £549 is a bit steep for me. If this was £399 then I'd say snap it up. But you won't be needing any lenses and if used right you'll get better images than Joe Bloggs who has all the gear but no idea. 

Questions??

John Roberts - What's the battery like? And low light? 

Firstly the battery is pretty solid, it'll last for around 260 shots and you can pick up a spare one for around £14. 

Low light is ok, nothing too special. I noticed some noise at around 6,400 ISO and needed to get rid of that in post processing. 

Alina Davies - What memory card to use, mine won't record for longer than 4 mins without stopping and showing 'busy' - I presume I need a better memory card but not sure which one.

My response is simple, buy the best you possibly can. I always use Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB ones. The best time to buy is when Amazon have their Prime days. 

Adele Brearley-Jennings - ...what is the best setting to use (how many shots) to get a nice time lapse video of clouds?

The G7x ii really isn't designed for time-lapse and I'd avoid it. For time lapse it's difficult to find an easier simpler system than an iPhone. 

Ash Fairbairn Can you use a remote button with this camera ... I've got it and don't know if you can?

I've searched high and low and all it seems to do is be able to connect to the Canon app and remote release like that. You can't connect any other sort of remote to it.  

I hired this camera from Hireacamera.com and wasn't paid or endorsed by anyone to write this review. All thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. 

A Go Pro Photo

Go Pro Sample Footage

After completing the Canon G7x ii review the next one will be the Go Pro Hero 5, and here is the sample video. 

Daily Photo - A Go Pro Photo

This photo was taken using the Go Pro Hero 5, mainly just to show that is can take pretty ok photos. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 11 Apr 2017, 8:20:20

Camera: GoPro HERO5 Black

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/4000

Aperture: f/2.8

ISO: 100

Focal Length: 3mm

Favourite Type of Monday

Sample Video

Over the weekend I've been working on a review of the Canon G7x ii and thought I'd share this short video using this camera. 

Daily Photo - Favourite Type of Monday

What type of Monday is the best...that would be a Bank Holiday Monday. 

📷 Photo Information

Taken : 14 Apr 2017, 09:22:32

Camera: CANON PowerShot G7 X Mark ii

Lens: N/A

Exposure Time: 1/160

Aperture: f/5

ISO: 500

Focal Length: 8.8mm