I’ve had this light meter for a while, but never really used it. I bought some Elinchrom D-Lites at the end of last year, so now I am trying to make more use of it. It’s handy bit of kit. It’s the cheapest of the range, and does what you expect. I would be interested to know what the benefit of a more expensive unit is.
I do sometimes feel my camera’s LCD screen is showing the pictures as slightly overexposed though, but the histogram looks fine, so I just go with that. Looking back, I think my pictures have generally been underexposed, so this has probably been me being too reliant on the LCD think everything as okay. Anything to help you get things right in the camera has got to be a good thing.
I was out walking over the Staffordshire Moorlands, and as I arrived at a trig point (the highest part of that area of land), I found Mick, a very nice man with a passion for amateur radio. He was telling me he could communicate with people in Australia and New Zealand from up there. Currently he was tuned into Japan. What a nice life.. out in the hills on a sunny day communicating with people in far flung places (without using a computer!).
I think the videos on http://www.phlearn.com are great. I’ve learnt a lot about Photoshop – far more than I ever learned on my BTEC! This is based on the album cover video. All components were created by me.
While I was in London over Christmas, I went and had a look at two photography exhibitions.
The first was the Landscape Photographer of the Year. This seems to have moved from the National Theatre to Waterloo Station, and I’m not sure it’s for the better. I guess there maybe more footfall, and supposedly the pictures are displayed on a huge screen above the concourse (although I didn’t see any), but I don’t think the general presentation of the pictures was very good. It all seemed a bit cramped. As you would expect though, there are some fantastic shots – not many where you think, “really??”. So it’s well worth going to see and especially as it’s free (Although all the photos are online anyway).
The second exhibition was the Taylor-Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. This is the second time I’ve been, and I really like this exhibition, but there are always some photos that you aren’t sure how the got in! Again though there are some excellent pictures although the winning one actually looked more like a painting. I wasn’t sure if it had been processed or that’s how it came out due to the light. There is a charge for the exhibition, but I bought the book and you get the ticket priced knocked off… which is nice.