It seems to be firmware update time, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III getting another update to resolve several “phenomena” found in earlier versions of the EOS 5D Mark III firmware. Personally I have not experienced any of these myself so far with my EOS 5D Mark III. Canon says that firmware Version 1.2.3 …

Configuring your gear to work to fit your individual style of working is essential, the Speedlite 600EX-RT includes custom functions C.Fn and personal function P.Fn. With so many photographers and ways of doing things camera makers provide a range of settings to customize how each piece of kit works for you. Configuring Speedlite 600EX-RT I’ve …

Last weekend I took some portraits in Oxford of the lovely model Jo. We used a few hours of a Saturday afternoon to walk around Oxford shooting pictures as we went. Here is a selection of the pictures that Jo elected to choose for her portfolio from the shoot. Click on any thumbnail for a …

Shutter speed – controls movement Shutter speed is the tool that photographers use to control how movement is captured. Traditional wisdom is that for fast action you need a fast shutter speed, but like most rules in photography; once you understand it you can break it too. Shutter speed actually has two effects on pictures; …

Reflectors are often used by photographers to bounce the light in their pictures. Typically shiny surfaces such as silver or gold colours increase the contrast by the addition of specular highlights. A diffuser by comparison reduces the contrast and reduces the specularity. However… It is possible to use the reflector to lower the contrast, by …