Tuesday, September 23, 2008


An Image for practice editing on my Digital Beginner's Course

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Photography Courses

My latest photography courses start this week, with digital beginners on Wednesday evening and Introduction to Digital SLRs on Saturday morning.

To get into the swing of things students on Saturday - who are probably not looking at the blog yet will have a fun quiz to complete.

It might be inconvenient if anyone turns up with a full-frame camera.

Last September I had a student with a Canon 500mm f4 (£3K+)

Left is the quiz for Wednesday's digital beginner's course.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Nikon D90

The first digital SLR with movie mode hits the shelves on Friday September 19th. Nikon's D90 uses the same 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor as the D300 and offers very low noise up to ISO 3200.
At Calumet it will be £695 body only.
It might be an ideal second camera for pressmen who need to take the occasional video clip.
Best movie resolution is HD720p (1280 x 720 pixels), sadly autofocus will not operate but it will be possible to use the full range of Nikon Lenses.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Competition Winners

Two recent students from my Borders College courses have had competition success recently. Angus Gillies a 14-year-old who took the Beginners Introduction to Digital Photography in the spring was a runner-up in the Rob Kerr Photography prize at Peebles High School.
Jeff Douce who took the "Introduction to Digital SLRs" last September won the Postcard for Peebles competition using his Nikon D80 + 18-135mm, which incidentally he bought from me at Calumet last November. I'll post a copy of the postcard as soon as I receive it.
Congratulations to both of them

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Holiday Snaps by a Pro

On Friday last week I completed my first assignment photographing half-a-day of a client's holiday in Edinburgh. The concept is simple, rather than taking your own snaps while enjoying the sights of a new city, hire a pro and get top quality photographs. In this case it will be an album of 5 x 7 inch prints and a DVD.
My client emailed me to say howe enjoyable the shoot had been, hope he and his wife are happy with the prints...........

Sunday, September 07, 2008

North-west Highlands

We have just spent nine days touring in the North-
west of Scotland. This was one of the few sunsets we saw, at Achmelvich Beach near Lochinver.
Another guest took the same photo on his Olympus point and shoot digital but got quite a washed out result. 
I explained that my first shot was on program mode and then I used the exposure info gained to fine tune this picture on manual.
1/400th f8, Iso 200 and 200mm lens.