Saturday, 15 September 2012

Notting Hill Carnival 2012

Pics taken at this years Notting Hill Carnival (will keep adding)...

Friday, 22 June 2012

Amir Khan

So I took some pics for Amir Khan while he trained in Las Vegas, really nice guy...

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Manny Pacquiao

I was lucky enough to watch Manny train for his recent fight against Tim Bradley in las vegas.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Boxing Madness!!

So I managed to watch Manny Pacquiao train, I saw him fight in Vegas and lose in an outrageous perverse decision to Bradley and I got to hang out with Amir Khan who asked me to take pictures of him training for his upcoming fight against Danny Garcia. Amazing couple of weeks!!!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Focal Length

 Lenses are measured in 'Focal Lengths'. You may have a 250mm lens or a 18mm lens, or you may have a zoom lens which can change its focal length and is may be listed like so: 50-250mm. (A lens that has a fixed focal length is called a 'prime lens')

 In simple terms the focal length determines the magnification,  a 250mm lens(telephoto) will magnify the subject much more than a 18mm(wide angle lens). But say you took a picture of a subject with each type of lens and each time you made the subject the same size with respect to the whole frame(this is achieved by changing the distance from the subject with the different focal lengths)
 With the higher focal length you get a much narrower field of view and a much flatter image, with the wide lens you will see much more background(wider field of view)but with a lot more perspective and distortion)
 So choosing which focal length to use should be about a lot more than simply deciding how close you want to get to the subject.

 here is a gif that illustrates this(taken from reddit/photgraphy):

A more detailed explanation of focal lengths will come soon.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Tilt/shift photography

You may have seen this remarkable effect in images and video recently, it's become a bit of a fad at the moment. Tilt/shift lenses are primarily used to correct the foreshortening distortion that occurs on some images. You have probably taken a picture of a tall building at some point and noticed its sides seem to converge as it recedes away you. The lense helps reduce this effect by being able to tilt and shift in relation to the image sensor.
However one nice side effect that can also be achieved with these lenses is to make very wide shots appear very close by dramtically blurring near and far parts of the image, as with narrow depth of field achieved with a macro lens. The effect is also often 'faked' with photoshop. This makes our wide scene seem miniaturised. Keep an eye out for it on documentaries and photos.

Elan Valley Miniature

Original picture made by Flickr user frosted_peppercorn

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