5 Accessories Under $30 That’ll Up Your Photography Game

Monopod
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Great for mixing up the angles and getting to those hard to reach places.  

Colour Filters 

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A brilliant way to make landscape photography more interesting and a bit of fun to use. You can use in front of the lens of flash, a great technique to try when shooting double exposures.

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Camera 

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I got this second hand Sony camera off ebay for £19.80. The viewfinder is broken but unlike my Sony A7RII I can throw this camera around and experiment without having to worry about breaking it.

Remote Shutter 
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Nowadays these come in different forms. You can get manual/digital shutters and even apps. If you’re shooting self portraits this is a great way to have more control in when and how many images you shoot. And if you’re into moving image, remote shutters provide another option to create stop motion or time lapses without having to keep your finger on the shutter.

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Mirror 

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If you enjoy shooting portraits in or out the studio a mirror can be a useful tool and make the viewer look twice. If your in a creative rut a mirror can provide a great way to start approaching your images differently.

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Photography Basics and Street Photography: Shutter Speed

A great advantage of running a photography blog is the people you meet and seeing so much brilliant work that inspires you. Recently Pier got in touch via the comments section and we have now exchanged work and blog posts. This is a great way to stay motivated espcially when you are in a creative rut.  Todays blog post comes from Pier and it’s a great read, its all about making use of the shutter speed options. Follow him on his blog or over on Instagram @phppi_official

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I have decided to write a few articles on the most basic aspects of photography, which will become natural as you start mastering this art. However, I remember struggling with them when I first started – and I guess that most of us have a similar experience.

This series is called: ‘Photography Basics’ and will be divided into four main parts: shutter speed, aperture, ISO and composition. I will try to cover the fundamental concepts and see how they can be applied to street photography especially.

Today, I am going to talk about the shutter speed, which is a fundamental variable to master and can open up to many artistic opportunities.

First of all, the shutter is a curtain placed just in front of the sensor – or film. Depending on the time it stays opened, it will let more or less light come through and hit the sensor or film. Therefore…

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Shooting on the Diana F+

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Lomography. Sometimes the unpredictable nature of the cameras produce great results, other times the unreliable pieces of kit create images which just remind you how much money you wasted getting the film developed.

But today I am loving the Diana F+, a medium-format Lomography camera. A couple of weeks ago I picked it up for the first time in about a year and used it to capture the atmosphere of the Brighton F.C promotion parade along with scenes around the city.

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looking like a painting the red stands out well against the green on the Lomography film

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Vignetting is a common occurrence with the Diana F+

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Although blurred the Lomography iso 100 film picked up the soft pink colour really well

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No idea what happened here, its not even the first frame 

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On almost all Lomography cameras achieving multiple exposures is really simple

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This shot was taken in bright daylight, but the dark sky makes the red flairs stand out

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The camera froze the movement really effectively in this image..

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and not so in this one but I love the blur as it shows how busy and excited the city was.

The Diana F+ is not a technical camera; when you’re ready to shoot you just select the weather conditions and distance from the subject using levers on the lens. So you can see why using a camera like this is so unpredictable and how much room for error it leaves espcially as the viewfinder is above the lens which gives you a higher perspective. But with all this being said, I’m really happy with the results and had great fun using it. I would never use solely this camera when capturing an event like this; I took hundreds of photos on my Sony A7R II. But if you just want a good time and want to try out medium-format the Diana F+ is a great starting point.

Check out more of my images over on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos

35mm Vs 50mm Lens

Most of the messages I receive on this blog are questions asking about photography equipment. I really enjoy reading your messages and answering any photography/travel related questions you may have! you can message me using the contact page.

As a lot of the questions were asking what focal length you should get when buying a camera, I have put together a quick comparison guide.

I am going to compare two of the most common and versatile lenses;50mm and 35mm.

50mm is best for portraits if you want less of the background and greater focus on the subject. Whereas 35mm allows more of the background to enter the frame, which can give greater context but distract the viewers gaze.

For street photography I would recommend a 35mm lens or even wider at 28mm. The 35mm increases the chance of capturing a scene in all its glory. Too often I’ve found myself edging backwards away from a scene to fit it in the frame when using a 50mm lens. With a 35mm lens you can feel part of the action without wasting time and missing the crucial shot attempting to get everything in the frame.

When it comes to travel photography both lenses are a solid choice. The 35mm will encourage you to get among the action while the 50mm will get you that perfect portrait of the market trader.

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When it comes to buying a new lens get down to your local photography store and try out all the options, there is no wrong choice! Get whatever lens you feel most comfortable with and fits your style, or create a new style! Once you get to know your lens and its limitations you can adapt to any situation.

Pentax Snapshots//Testing Depth of Field

Since featuring my new Pentax K1000 on my post Automatic Vs Manual  I have received lots of messages asking about the cameras performance. So I decided to shoot a roll of Portra film, testing out the 50mm f/2.8 fixed lens depth of field capabilties.

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I am still adapting to the nature of a fully manual Pentax  but i’m having fun taking my time with it and testing its versatility. I’m enjoying the fixed lens and by having an aperture of f/2.8 it provides an effective depth of field.

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