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How to print custom page sizes with the Epson XP-970

November 21st, 2023

I have a few photography printing videos on my YouTube channel and one of the questions I get asked most is; How do you set up the Epson XP-970 to print custom page sizes.

It’s actually quite simple, and I’ll explain the steps to do it below. A couple of things to note first though; A. You have to use the rear, manual paper feed and B. You have to print from a computer to the printer (not directly from the printer). I am using Lightroom on an Apple Mac computer, but it should be similar steps when using a Windows PC and/or your software of choice.

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5 Low Cost Full-Frame Z Lenses

September 24th, 2023

If you own a Nikon Z camera, you’ll know that there are some really great lenses available, particularly the Nikon S-Line lenses. But you’ll also know that they’re quite expensive as well. Here I’m looking at five low-cost, full-frame options, which hopefully won’t break the bank but will still offer some decent performance and quality.

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Is Threads a Good Platform for Photographers?

September 16th, 2023

In the ever-evolving world of social media, new platforms continually emerge, each catering to different preferences and needs. One such platform gaining traction is Threads, a creation by Meta—the tech giant behind Instagram. But is Threads any good for photographers? And how does it differ from Instagram? Here I’m looking a little deeper into the app, and how suited it is to photography enthusiasts.

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The Impact of AI on Photography: Embracing Creativity and Navigating Boundaries

July 8th, 2023

In the world of photography, there is currently a lot of buzz surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), and it’s not without reason. AI has the ability to accomplish remarkable feats, but it also poses a threat to what many consider the essence of photography. As AI increasingly permeates the field, it’s bound to stir up diverse opinions and divide photographers. However, one thing is certain: we cannot ignore its influence, as it is poised to play a significant role in the creation of images.
Take, for example, Adobe’s recent release of a beta version of Photoshop featuring an AI-powered feature called Generative Fill. While purists may not appreciate this development, as a graphic designer, I believe it has the potential to revolutionise my approach to working with photography.
Let’s consider the nature of photography itself. Even without AI, capturing an image with a camera is already a departure from reality. It freezes a single moment, compresses a three-dimensional scene into two dimensions, and relies on post-processing to determine colours, clarity, and sharpness. So why should an image be a strict representation of real life? Isn’t the enjoyment we derive from images more important? Should the means of creation matter? For most people, drawing the line will depend on personal preferences, but I believe in maintaining an open mind and pushing that line at least a little.

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Top Smartphone Cameras for Photography

May 8th, 2023

There are times when even the keenest photography enthusiasts are not carrying a DSLR or mirrorless camera. In these situations, having a good camera on your smartphone is essential to capture those fleeting moments that you can easily miss. Today’s smartphones come equipped with advanced camera features that rival many dedicated interchangeable lens cameras, making them a popular choice for photographers of all levels.
Here I’m taking a look at the top smartphone cameras for photography, specifically the Apple iPhone 14, Google Pixel 7, Samsung Galaxy S22, OnePlus 11, and Sony Xperia 1 III. I will give a brief overview of the camera features and performance of each of each one.

Apple iPhone 14

The Apple iPhone 14 boasts a triple-lens camera system that includes a 12MP ultra-wide, a 12MP wide, and a 12MP telephoto lens. The camera system is powered by Apple’s A18 Bionic chip and features advanced computational photography capabilities, including Night mode and Deep Fusion.
The iPhone 14’s camera also includes ProRAW support, allowing you to capture images in a RAW format for more advanced post-processing. The device also supports ProRes video recording, providing high-quality video capabilities for content creators.

Google Pixel 7

The Google Pixel 7 features a dual-camera system that includes a 12.2MP wide lens and a 16MP ultra-wide lens. The device is powered by Google’s Tensor chip, which includes advanced AI capabilities for image processing and enhancement.
The Pixel 7’s camera system includes features like Night Sight, which allows you to capture low-light photos with incredible detail, and Super Res Zoom, which provides high-quality zoom capabilities without sacrificing image quality.
For those looking for extra flexibility, the Pixel 7 Pro includes a third, 48MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S22

The Samsung Galaxy S22 features a quad-camera system that includes a 108MP wide lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 10MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 10MP telephoto lens. The device is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2200 chip, which includes advanced image processing capabilities.
The Galaxy S22’s camera system includes features like 8K video recording, 100x Space Zoom, and Night mode. The device also supports Pro mode, providing advanced manual controls for experienced photographers.

OnePlus 11

The OnePlus 11 features a triple-camera system that includes a 50MP wide lens, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, and a 8MP telephoto lens. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, which includes advanced AI image processing capabilities.
The OnePlus 11’s camera system includes features like Nightscape, which enhances low-light photos, and Hasselblad Pro mode, providing advanced manual controls for experienced photographers. The device also supports 8K video recording.

Sony Xperia 1 III

The Sony Xperia 1 III features a triple-camera system that includes a 12MP wide lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip, which includes advanced image processing capabilities.
The Xperia 1 III’s camera system includes features like Real-time Eye AF, which tracks and focuses on the subject’s eyes in real-time, and Dual PDAF, providing fast and accurate autofocus. The device also supports 4K HDR video recording.

The Apple iPhone 14, Google Pixel 7, Samsung Galaxy S22, OnePlus 11, and Sony Xperia 1 III are all excellent choices for photography enthusiasts looking for a smartphone with advanced camera features. I personally use a Google Pixel 7 Pro – here’s one of my videos using it to capture some urban low light photography.