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Laurence Cremetti
Commercial photographer, Midlands UK.
Commercial photographer, Midlands UK.


Here we are a couple of years later. I still don't understand G+, but I'll try again. I think I'm too old.....

Google plus. Hmmm.  If you might want to know about me, this isnt the place. Sorry........ I just don't like G+ at all!

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New services, old prices!

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A slide show designed only to make available files/prints known. Music by me again. This time "SIYL" from a year or two ago.

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1/ someone who takes good photos
2/ Someone who delivers quality under pressure
3/ Someone who cares about the clients/hosts
4/Someone who makes the event look great, busy and fun
5/ Someone who is reliable
6/ Someone who knows how to deal with a difficult situation in lighting
7/ Someone who knows how to communicate
8/ Someone who doesn't believe he's a star
9/ Someone who knows his camera gear inside out
10/ Someone who edits, uploads/delivers on time
11/ Someone who isn't out to make a mint
12/ Someone you can trust with non disclosure data.

Choosing a camera. Making a start.
1000s of cameras! 1000s of claims! £1, 000?
It's harder than ever to make a choice of camera these days. Do you want a compact camera, a "Bridge" camera, a "Four-Thirds" camera, an "APS-C", a "full-frame" or a "Plenoptic?"
Maybe you want film??
Ok, for this series of articles, I won't discuss film. Good as it is, it isn't likely to be your first choice, but what is?
Let's see. What do you want a camera for? Taking casual shots on holiday, the kids, the new car?
Perhaps you want to make great pictures of your family, but lack technical skill?
Perhaps you have tons of skill, both technical and artistic, but don't want to heave a monster camera around with you all day?
Ok. Let's get to the point. Most cameras above about £100 can produce good images. ALL cameras, at any price, can produce rubbish.
A small and inexpensive camera will take care of technical considerations for you, (within reason). If you just want to snap pictures, then this is where you go. No need to worry about aperture, shutter, ISO etc. No huge bulk, no expensive accessories, (usually), and no hassle. I can't recommend a specific camera for you, but I can recommend brands: personally, I like Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and .... err, that's about it. I'm NOT knocking the others, I'm just telling you what I suggest you might find reliable and effective. These cameras are pocketable, easy, light-weight. Is this what you're looking for?
A so called "Bridge" camera is somewhere between a compact and a DSLR. It may look like a DSLR, and have lots of controls on it. To use it fully and correctly, you'll need to understand the basics of photography, read the manual properly, and practice. It will often be better than a compact in that it has fully user-controllable exposure, a long zoom lens, a viewfinder, (sometimes), and available bolt on accessories. There will be other, brand specific features too. The problem with the "Bridge" is that it's a little bulky, expensive, complex, has too small a sensor for really high quality output, and does not offer interchangeable lenses, but it is undeniably versatile.
Digital Single Lens Reflex, what does it mean? Well, digital... You probably know that bit, Single = one lens; Reflex = without getting too technical, this is the way that light enters the lens and bounces around until it reaches your eye at the viewfinder. You see what the lens sees. This reflex system is great, enabling precision composition, metering and many other advantages. It has major problems though: It's complex, intricate, expensive, heavy, and it wears out fast!
Why do professionals use this system? The DSLR sensor, which captures and records the image, is usually much bigger than the compact or the Bridge camera sensor. Bigger means better, (usually.... this is a simple explanation). It means more light capturing efficiency, greater detail and higher fidelity. The DSLR also offers the ability to change lenses to suit the requirements of the subject, or change artistic implications. It offers massive connectivity bonuses in file transfer, remote operation, sync to lights and flash, and usually superior low-light capabilities among many other advantages.
The DSLR comes, essentially, in two forms; "APSC" and "Full-frame." APSC is a slightly smaller sensor than full-frame. It may not perform quite as well in low light, may not resolve quite the same detail as FF, and may not be so "high-fidelity".; BUT.... and this is important, APSC is not noticeably different in quality to FF, unless you view images at huge sizes on your computer, or print massive, (and I mean massive), posters. APSC does have advantages too. It's a very high quality output, smaller, lighter, cheaper, and faster. Faster? Yes, APSC cameras usually take more images per second that FF. Handy for action pictures.
What DSLR's are good? It's matter of opinion. Personally, I use Canon.
Will a DSLR take good photos? NO! You take the photos.... The camera does what it's told!
An amazing new type of camera! Often this type offers APSC standard image quality in a small package. It's small because, (simplified), it does not have the light path of a DSLR. It has no reflex viewfinder, no flip-up mirror, less mechanical parts in general. It's a great idea! The lenses can be changed, just as a DSLR lens can be changed. The low-light ability is good or even excellent, accessories are readily available, and prices are quite reasonable. I actually have a current favourite; it's the Sony NEX-5N.
Sounds perfect; what's the catch?
There isn't one really, but do be aware of certain things. In bright light, a viewfinder is far preferable to a screen for composition. It's easy to use a viewfinder, but a screen can be very hard to see correctly.
The camera isn't that small once you are using a large lens! Large lenses are large lenses. As yet, there's no way round that!
It may lack studio connectivity, though this is irrelevant in most cases, it may use lots of menu-driven inputs, rather than "real" buttons and dials and it may lack a full array of easily available good lenses.
I won't say much about this. I've already spoken of it in my blog, and really can't say much at all. The "light-field" Plenoptic camera, (most currently recognised in the "Lytro” brand), is a weird device which allows you to focus an image after taking it. Why? Search me! This is a product in its infancy, an unknown quantity, an oddity. Who knows though, in five years this technology may be seen in all cameras, I really don't know. I believe that the sensor is small, and the output minimal, but I've never used one, so can't give you any real-world information..... Yet.
This is a simple explanation of current camera technology, common to most camera brands. It is not in-depth, nor does it claim any insider knowledge. I just hope it's helpful!
Please contact me for deeper discussions!
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