Writing my first photography book…

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My first photography book is almost here…

Ever since I started theLightMatters I’ve wanted to write a book. Trouble is I’ve never been able too start. Every time I start a blank document in Word and start to type I find I end up distracting myself with styles, paragraph formats and making it look pretty. In fact, I do everything but write the damned book. Needless to say I never got very far before shelving it for a few months, hoping to pick it up again later.

Several years later, still no book.

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Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

A few weeks ago, in the studio with a client, I had a major disaster — I broke a lens. I’d just set the lights up and we were ready to go when the back of the camera flashed up

ERR 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty
Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

Not a good sign. I tried cleaning the contacts as suggested. No luck. Every time I zoomed the lens the error message popped up. Clearly the lens had failed and I needed to carry on with the shoot. My client was already very nervous and letting her know I’d suffered a catastrophic equipment failure was not an option. Instead, I

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Spyder2Express no longer working after upgrade to Mavericks…

A few weeks ago I upgraded my MacBook from Snow Leopard to Mavericks. Everything has been fine (apart from the battery life is now dreadful) until yesterday when it was time to recalibrate the display.

I’ve been using a Spyder2Express for a few years now without any problems – it does the job and the results are good for the work I undertake. Sadly it’s time has now passed. The Mac version of the calibration software no linger runs under Mavericks – I did some digging and it appears its a PowerPC app and needs an emulator to run on a intel platform. It all happened silently under Snow Leopard – the os launching the emulator when required allowing the app to run.

This emulator, affectionately known as Rosetta, is no longer part of Mavericks Continue reading Spyder2Express no longer working after upgrade to Mavericks… »

How to choose a tripod

A tripod is a simple piece if kit. Depending on what you want it can be very cheap or extremely expensive. Like everything you get what you pay for. It used to be simple: the more you spent, the stronger and sturdier your tripod would be. With the advent of high-tech materials there is now also a third dimension to consider: weight, or rather lightness if you go for a carbon fibre tripod. Continue reading How to choose a tripod »