Category Archives: Photography

Darkness strikes at Sunset over Dartmoor National Park – Shot with a Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Last night, I went out to capture the sunset over Dartmoor National Park. Above Merrivale Stone Rows spanning 268 metres.

A few minutes later the sky turned blue and then this ominous cloud formation appeared over the Merrivale Stone Rows.

About 10 mins later, the skies darkened and I captured the moody view of Great Staple Tor.

The clouds did clear to allow me to capture the sun just as it set behind Great Staple Tor.

Before the sun set, I photographed the Merrivale Stone circle. There are some incredible landmarks around Merrivale on Dartmoor National Park.

Above, Merrivale Quarry and Great Staple Tor.

And finally, a shot of Great and Little Mis Tor. All the photos were taken using the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro.

Sunset and Shadows around Dartmoor National Park – Shot with the Huawei P40 Pro

Last night I went out to photograph the sunset over Dartmoor. It was a risk due to the clouds as to whether I would get the shots I wanted. Above Merrivale Stones, a long line of ancient stones covering a total distance of 264 metres!

Foxgloves are seen growing wild everywhere on Dartmoor. Above view of Great and Little Mis Tors in the background.

Just before the sun set, ominous clouds appeared creating some fantastic shadows over the landscape. Views of Great Staple Tor at sunset shown below.

All the photos were shot on the new Huawei P40 Pro.

Sony ZV-1 Real User Review – Sony’s new vlogging camera

Welcome to my review of the new Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera which comes with a 1 inch Sony sensor. It retails for £699.

Key Features

– The ZV-1 is designed for vlogging, featuring a vari-angle LCD screen, recording lamp for selfie-shooting, secure grip and easy operation.
– A premium camera, with Soft Skin Effect, natural skin tones and optimised brightness for faces.
– Record high sound quality – a directional 3-capsule mic and wind shield is supplied with this camera.
– Featuring Product Showcase Setting for perfect product review videos and Bokeh Switch for easy background blur control.
– Sony’s innovative Real-time Eye AF technology locks on and tracks people’s eyes, even when shooting 4K movies.

Video Review

Conclusion

Whilst not 100% perfect, it is likely the best video solution available. Highly recommended.

Useful Links

Sony ZV-1 on Amazon UK
Sony GP-VPT2BT grip on Amazon UK

OnePlus 8 Pro review – detailed 19 mins review incl camera, audio & more

Welcome to my OnePlus 8 Pro review. In this review I cover off my thoughts on the phone, how it compares to my iPhone 11 Pro and Pixel 4 XL, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

As the video is 19 mins long, I have created a time index as noted below.

0:00 – Introduction
3:17 – Hardware thoughts
9:18 – Camera with sample footage
13:10 – Camera vs Samsung S20 Ultra
13:47 – Front camera & macro
14:37 – Finger print sensor & face unlock
14:50- Audio part 2 loudspeaker
15:11 – TPU case & screen protectors
15:41 – Camera night mode vs iPhone 11 Pro & Pixel 4 XL
17:12 – Camera vs iPhone 11 Pro vs Pixel 4 XL summary
18:35 – Final thoughts & details on next phone

Video Review

Conclusion

The OnePlus 8 Pro is an incredible phone and highly recommended.

Useful links to more info & latest pricing of gear mentioned in the review

OnePlus 8 Pro on Amazon
Babyliss Hair Cutting Kit for Men on Amazon
Fiio BTR5 on Amazon
Fiio FH7 on Amazon
iFi hip dac on Amazon
iBass dc-02 on Amazon

How to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 incl sample photos & video using Moment lenses

Happy New Year everyone.

In this article I am going to explain how to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 Pro along with what accessories you will need to accomplish this task.

First, why bother. Well the difference before and after is night and day. Video footage is smooth with the correct motion effect that isn’t jagged, instead it’s smooth.

First things first, I headed over to the Moment store and bought myself their Moment Photo case for my iPhone 11 Pro. If you have some spare time, and you are into video & photography the Moment store is one helluva a great place to browse with tons of great useful gear for your phone, not just iPhones either.

Moment have 3 styles of cases for the new iPhone 11 range, and I have all 3 which I’ll be covering off the pros and cons of each shortly, however, my strong advice is just to buy their strongest and toughest case only, the Photo case. Once you have this case, you can now attach their lens, filters and more. It’s a small price to pay for the extra benefits.

In terms of filming the video, there are 2 apps I would recommend on iOS. Filmic Pro or the Moment app. If you have Moment lenses then their app is ideal. You will be advised to grab a gimbal for even smoother video footage. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is what I use. I’ll leave links to everything at the end of this article. In terms of filters I got a set of ND & CPL filters from Gobe on Amazon.

So now you have all the accessories and apps for your iPhone, what next. Well you need to setup the manual video controls. Here’s the rule of thumb. If shooting at 30fps , your shutter speed needs to be double at 1/60. Same rule applies for other FPS. So another example, shooting at 60fps needs a shutter speed of 1/120. The great thing about shooting at 60fps is that you can slow this down in post production for even smoother footage. For editing video on the iPhone, the best app is Luma Fusion.

Sounds simple, and it is , except now that you have a slow shutter speed, too much light will be entering the lens, so you need to attach a ND filter over the lens to counteract the extra light. In the video below, I used a ND8. I then used my DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal.

Above is a photo using the Moment Anamorphic lens. It creates a cinematic look and in video is stunning. Especially when it counters light sources as you get those blue lines across the screen.

The above shot was taken using the new fisheye lens from Moment.

Now back to the video created. It’s just over 2 mins long so enjoy.

Useful Links

Moment Store

Moment Lens, Cases & more on Amazon

Gobe Filter set on Amazon

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal on Amazon

Close up Photography – shot on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The other day I shared some close up photos from the Huawei P30 Pro and today it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

As you can see the S10 is very capable at snapping close up / macro images.

In fact I would say it’s one of the phones strengths.

The level of detail is impressive. For moving creatures you might need to use Pro mode in the camera and manually adjust the focus range and shutter speed. ISO should be as low as possible. 50 or 100.

Judging the results from the S10 vs the P30 Pro, I would say that the S10 achieved a better result plus the shots were easier to pull off.

Even flowers came out well with the S10.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a competent camera that since launch has had several updates that have improved the camera software, and it shows.

So what so you think? Have a look at my previous post on the Huawei P30 Pro close up photography, and let me know your winner.

Close up photography – shot on the Huawei P30 Pro

Earlier today I took my Huawei P30 Pro and went out to snap a range of subjects, from macro, flowers and landscapes.

There were no extra lenses used, just my phone, the Huawei P30 Pro, which has many camera modes, including super macro mode.

Here the bees were captured as they were coming in to land, to feed on the pollen. The Pro mode is really handy for this type of shot.

Sometimes, insects make great photos when shooting in macro mode.

Of course, not everyone likes insects, so here are some flowers. These were shot in the auto mode.

Having such a versatile phone with all its rear lenses helps nail whatever type of shot you require.

Above, 5 x optical zoom is a blessing sometimes. Get closer to the animals without disturbing them!

LG V50 Thinq Camera Review including 120 Stunning Photos & Comparison Galaxy S10 vs Huawei P30 Pro

Welcome to my camera review of the LG V50 Thinq. This is a detailed review covering a multitude of sub topics covering the camera. There is also a comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro.

Index to Review

– O mins 0 seconds – Front Video Camera
– 0 mins 33 seconds – Camera App Deep Dive plus tips and tricks
– 4 mins 45 seconds – Special Camera Modes sample footage
– 8 mins 14 seconds – Manual Photo and Manual Video
– 10 mins 40 seconds – Video Samples incl Manual Video, HDR10 Video, Manual Slow Motion Video
– 14 mins 10 seconds – LG V50 Thinq vs Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Huawei P30 Pro Camera Comparision
– 22 mins 30 seconds – 120+ Photos from the LG V50 Thinq
– 28 mins 26 seconds – Final Thoughts

Other posts on the LG V50 Thinq include –

Photographing Bees with the LG V50 Thinq

LG Folding Dual Screen Review for the LG V50 Thinq

LG V50 Thinq First Impressions

Useful Links

LG V50 Thinq on Amazon

Huawei P30 Pro Review including 150+ Stunning Photos

Welcome to my Huawei P30 Pro Review. I have already posted a dedicated camera review, so please check this out.

Key Features

– 40mp Wide Angle Lens f/1.6 with OIS
– 20mp Ultra Wide Angle Lens f/2.2
– 8MP Telephoto f/3.4 OIS
– ToF Sensor – Time of Flight
– Underscreen front speaker for the earpiece
– Underscreen fingerprint sensor
– Infra Red Blaster
– USB Type C
– Desktop mode
– 4,200mAh battery
– Video AI Effects
– Incredible colour hardware options
– 40w Super Charging
– 15w Qi Fast Charging
– Reverse Wireless Charging

The Huawei P30 Pro features quite a significant camera upgrade over the P20 Pro with its new RYYB sensor in the main camera. The use of red yellow yellow blue photocells on the sensor surface rather than the traditional red green green blue Bayer array provides offer 40 percent higher light sensitivity over the P20 Pro, as yellow lets in more light than green.

With a 5 x fixed optical zoom lens, installed periscope style, the P30 Pro can manage 10 x lossless and up to 50 x digital zoom. If macro is your thing, the super macro mode can get as close as 2.5cm away from the subject. This is done using the ultra wide lens.

Other key features is being able to use an ISO up to 409,600. And no that isn’t a typo. So what I have done, is create a video below to give you an idea of what the P30 Pro can deliver with out of the box firmware. Future firmwares will improve the phone and add more functionality.

But then there is the rest of the phone with a kitchen sink approach. So sit back and enjoy my review, covering the positives and negatives.

Video Review

Conclusion

The sum of all the parts make this an amazing offering and experience. Highly recommended.

Useful Links

Huawei P30 Pro info & pricing plus cases

Photographing Wild Cats & Bears with the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro is a phone with such a versatile camera, and one that has a 5 x optical zoom, 10 x lossless zoom and up to 50 x digital zoom. With that in mind, I decided to put it through it paces at Dartmoor Zoo.

The film “We Bought a Zoo” featuring Matt Damon is a true story based on Dartmoor Zoo.

So sit back and enjoy all the photos and videos of the wild cats and bears at Dartmoor Zoo.