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Set yourself free from the megapixel race.

The megapixel race, with its pursuit of sharpness, seems unending. Is this really important or is it just a callous marketing ploy used to make the last iteration of whizzy cameras redundant? Here’s an interesting fact… According to Thorsten von Overgaard, the Danish writer and photographer; – “When we were using film ( I assume here he is talking about 35mm film) those images equalled around 18-20 Megapixels.” And I ask – didn’t those images set our perception of “Sharp”? – Where does that leave us with modern digital cameras being 24, 37 and 100 Mega Pixels? – Thorsten argues those extra pixels are simply “overkill”  because as he puts it  “What are we going to do with that level of sharpness – or detail might be a better expression”? Making a print will not evidence those extra pixels. Thorsten argues the only benefit of such pixel size is when you want to use just a portion of the image. He closes his argument with the simple statement of… “If it looks sharp, it is.” I would …

Lincoln Steam Punk Festival 2018

Each year the ancient city of Lincoln in the East Midlands of England hosts the “Steam Punk Festival”. I’ve been visiting for some years now and the event has grown and grown. Thousands now attend, even from overseas. This year the numbers far exceeded anything I have seen before. There are some astonishing outfits created by the devotees in which they parade around the top end of the city, near to the castle and the cathedral. Those who are dressed in the most exceptional, outrageous even, outfits can hardly move for photographers who buzz around them, most with medium to long lenses. My choice is one camera and one lens, a short lens at that, so I have to get close. For example, this girl was deservedly mobbed. Quite astounding style and technical ability. This man was dressed as a Pirate, complete with a wooden leg. I asked if he had the leg strapped up. He said “I have no legs at all. Even the other is fake”. I saw a bus being filled with …

In search of the perfect camera strap.

Those who follow my photo comments will know I don’t talk much (not at all really) about gear. The mere mention of a camera brand or exposure details in a blog or Tweet just… well, you know. It may come as a surprise, therefore, when I tell you I’m going to spout about a piece of sundry equipment which has wowed me recently. Let me explain. Just like millions of other photographers, for years I’ve carried varying forms of cameras around my neck or over my shoulder and I’ve NEVER been satisfied with the manufacturer supplied straps, or any from the aftermarket for that matter. They were either too long, or short, difficult to re-size, they were too wide or too narrow. Argghhh. They drove me nuts. I have a preference for a short camera strap – about 800mm – which, when the camera is draped around my neck places the camera mid-chest. These are not easy to find. And, at the same time, I like to carry my camera across my body, hanging by …