Frequently Asked Questions (14off)

1. What Backpacks Do I Use?

  • November 17, 2013

I have always used "Lowepro" and although I have had a couple near disasters, they have jumped in immediately and rectified the situation without delay. Before I tell you what l use, l will just briefly explain about the about statement. On two of my large backpacks, part of the webbing stitching  separated from the bags main body. The bags where a "Lowepro Pro Trekker AW and the Lowepro Photo...

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2. What software do i use?

  • November 17, 2013

Sorry I have recently had it pointed out that I omitted to include this in my previous question about my computers. My software is split into two categories, "administration" and "photographic". My admin software consists of nothing special, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint where as my Mac for admin software is Safari for my internet connection, Mail for my emails, Address Book, iCalendar,...

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3. Jpeg or Raw?

  • June 20, 2013

In my opinion both "Jpeg" and "Raw" images have their own principle purpose of use and I would like to take this opportunity to explain my thoughts about both formats. "Jpeg Images"  This format is commonly found in use by all or if not, most certainly the majority of compact camera users, and many if not of the hybrid camera users. The advantages are that all Jpeg images, even those classed as Hi resolution...

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4. What is my favourite location?

  • June 20, 2013

Believe it or not, to me this is quite a difficult question to answer, therefore I have been a coward and chosen more than one. These have not been placed in any specific running order. 1)  The Cairngorms, Scotland. I really do love the Cairngorms for many reasons. To me the main reason for this is the tranquillity it has to offer along with the vast variety of subject and species at the same...

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5. What is my favourite equipment?

  • June 20, 2013

Without question, my favourite gear is my large  rucksack and/or binoculars, simply because either mean I am out and about in the natural world breathing in fresh air, however the bug bear of this is the weight of it. The rucksack is dammed heavy!! Hence one reason why I have recently invested in a trolley specifically designed for outdoor photographers, fishermen etc. The trolley will collapse down...

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6. What is Macro photography?

  • June 20, 2013

The term "Macro" photography has come to mean many things through time, such as very close-up images, life size representations of subjects, or photography of magnified subjects. In reality, macro means something very specific and relates to only a small percentage of ideas associated with it. True macro gear is always found to quite expensive if not very expensive. As the saying goes, you only...

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7. What type of light do I work in?

  • June 20, 2013

What I am about to say may initially sound rather silly, to say the very least. I always look for good light to suit the images I want to capture. For example depending what I am planning to go and attempt to capture, I first do my homework about the subjects, their habits and lifestyles. This will tell me a great deal including what will be the best time to be set up ready to work and initially...

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8. What about the weather?

  • June 20, 2013

Some people strangely think that when winter or the bad arrives (between October and Easter) and after dusk that their cameras should be put away in the bottom draw. Never!! First of all the times I have mentioned here are some of the times you will be able to capture some of the finest pictures especially if you consider and watch the weather forecast prior to going out. I always use two weather...

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9. What planning and preparation do I do?

  • June 20, 2013

This is of paramount importance to me before departing on any venture, not matter it is my first visit or a return, it is more than possible that something may have changed. Prior to actually going on any trip I will do my homework which will include learning as much as possible about the location, the terrain, my safety, study articles, books and maps, and last but by no means least work out what...

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10. What computers do I use?

  • June 16, 2013

This has become a question which is more and more commonly being asked. In fact in some many cases it is part two of "What Gear Do I Use"? For many many years I used a PC for everything, and then approximately three years ago the time arrived when my PC's had to be replaced. When asking a friend for advice he invited me over to view his new "Mac" and all the software packages he had on it. A date...

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