Photo Tips

Here are some of the links to the items shown at the gadget evening on Tuesday 8th November 2016

Wimberley plamp: Bendy contraption for holding flowers and things, with a clamp to attach to a table. www.amazon.com then Search for Wimberley plamp. No website in UK (USA) but many other UK suppliers.

Haemostatic Forceps: Ideal for holding flowers or other small objects steady. www.ebay.co.uk then Search for Haemostatic Forceps, but there are many suppliers/dealers.

Snoot & Honeycomb Grid: attached to flash heads to direct light in a small beam. www.theflashcentre.com 

RAVPower  FileHub Plus,Wireless Travel Router, SD Card Reader, USB Portable Hard Drive Companion.

Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod

My L-plate is aka universal L-bracket by Sunwayfoto.

Landscape Astrophotography websites

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

PhotoPills is your personal assistant in all photographic matters. It provides tasty remedies to help you answer most of the questions when planning and shooting your creative ideas.

Planit! This is a special call to landscape photographers, travel photographers, nature photographers and those who are interested in night photography, city photography, time-lapse, star-trails, milky way or astro-photography: look no more, this is the ultimate app for you. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

DeepSkyStacker is a freeware software for astrophotography’s that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris Check sunset times and moon rise times etc.

Naked eye light pollution map

The commission for dark skies. The British Astronomical Association (BAA) is the UK’s largest body representing the interests of all those – astronomers and non-astronomers – who appreciate the beauty of the night sky and value it as a natural resource. The starry sky is, unofficially but indubitably, a site of special scientific interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty: if it can be seen.

Out of sight: DPReview article, Astronomers create 46-gigapixel image of the Milky Way.

Lonely Speck. Website showing you how to photograph the Milky Way

Catching The Light. Astrophotography by Jerry Lodriguss.

Macro Photography

Here are some links to macro-photography sites which you may find useful.

Extreme MacroA free learning site by macro photographer Johan J. Ingles–Le Nobel geared towards budget-conscious intermediate level macro photographers who want to know how to do extreme macro photography and the equipment that we use.

Photomacrography  –  An online community dedicated to the practices of photomacrography, close-up photography and photomicrography.

Krebsmicro  –  About the taking of photographs through a microscope.

Enrico Savazzi’s web site   – Macro and close-up photography of shells and fossils for the illustrations in my own scientific publications. A huge resource of technical information.

Macro Lens Tests  – Data on some 60 lenses that can be used for macro and high-magnification imaging.

Focus stacking in macro photographyDPReview article on focus stacking.

Cambridge in Colour A learning community for photographers, article about focus stacking.

Fstoppers.com 25 Insanely Detailed Macro Images Of Insects – what it says on the tin.

Monitor Calibration

There is an excellent article on monitor calibration on the Cambridge in Colour website, and the Club has a calibration device to enable you to calibrate your monitor, which you may borrow.

General Photography Websites

Cambridge in Colour is a website which provides comprehensive advice on technical and technique information in an authoritative but readable style.

The Luminous Landscape A must for photographers.  LuLa, as it is known,  has become one of the world’s largest web sites devoted to the art and craft of photography, with some 1 million readers monthly from more than 130 countries worldwide.  In addition to the more than 5,000 articles currently on the site, covering the entire history of digital imaging, they publish at least three new articles each and every week. That’s about 125 new in-depth articles about photography each year – more than any other web site or print magazine.  The site is about to change to a subscription model but will be well worth the $12 per year.  Check it out now to decide if it is for you.