The perfect, imperfect portrait lens. As a follow up to my previous post on the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5, I have been using this lens on the X-Pro1 extensively over the past week and it will be replacing my Zeiss 2/50 Planar ZM for general portrait use. As I mentioned previously there are very few […]

With Heliopan Variable ND filter I still remember the first time that I used a 50mm lens on a crop sensor body many years ago, it was the venerable Canon 50mm 1.4 on a 300D body. I suddenly realised the importance and necessity of using longer focal lengths for pictures of people. Faces looked natural, […]

Daniel, X-Pro1 with Zeiss 2/50 Planar ZM

I have been testing a new set of studio strobes, the Elinchrom D-Lite RX One kit. This quick set was taken for my good friend Daniel, a guitarist and singer with whom I established an instant friendship with when we met years ago. Dan has always impressed me with his tenacity and persistence in pursuit […]

I recently undertook a project which brought me closer to the high fashion and fine art side of photography, shooting a dress design for my new friend Catherine and model Holly. Although I consider it unfamiliar territory, I approached the shoot and style in the same way that I do any other portrait, with the […]

I love reading camera reviews, in particular I love reading reviews that capture the experience and emotion that the reviewer feels when using the camera, something that began when I started reading Steve Huff’s reviews several years ago. I actually disagree with those who say “The camera doesn’t matter, a good photographer can take great […]

I have always admired artists who work with materials like paint and clay, fashioning it into artistic creations reminiscent of reality or otherwise. With cameras we capture light with immediacy, exactly as it falls at a specific moment in time. Painting on the other hand relies on a process of recall and recreation which takes […]

I have been a little quiet on the blog recently, mostly due to having a lot of photography projects over the past few weeks in addition to getting quite sick at the same time. I have also invested in some new equipment which is being put through some rigorous testing, but more on this later. […]