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Human nature is a funny thing. You can command people to do things and they will refuse outright. You can plead with them to do things and they will take great pleasure in ignoring you. But provide them with the means to make fools of themselves and they will claw through each other to do it.I found this out when I set up a self-photo rig at a party earlier in the year. It was a simple thing - a camera on a tripod with the on-board flash raised up. A green screen backdrop. A radio-link trigger for the subject to hold and away they went. Later I stripped in a backdrop to replace the green screen and it was a lot of fun. None of my friends issued writs, so they must have been pleased.Last Saturday saw the Mk II photo booth. Gone was the green screen - it tended to intrude too far into the outline of the subject and the computer program associated with it then left very ragged edges. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements did a far...

I learned two things over the weekend shooting - three if you count my continuing experiments in the studio.First thing - People are frightened of flash. No, not just the persons who have been struck by lightning - novice photographers who go out to see stage events and hope to capture the colour and action with their DSLRs. They shoot away, look at the screen, puzzle at the dark images, boost the ISO, and shoot again. When they get the images back home they are still puzzled at the dark shadows but now they have an accompanying pattern of coloured dots in them. At this point some might become discouraged...

Are you still hungry for landscape photography? Well remember that Greg Hocking will be conducting a course on Low Light Landscapes with the Shoot Workshops on the 6th of May - so you still have time to ring Shoot or go to their website and book yourself in. Greg is the business - he has won numerous awards and contracts for his landscape work and you could not do better than be instructed by him.That said - here's my second installment of landscape photography advice, chiefly orientated to equipment choice rather than technique.If I want bigger pictures or more detailed pictures than those available from my Fuji X-10 I need to grab a different outfit from the ready-use locker. I know that I will be wanting to see wide views, but there may be some small portions of the scene that reward me with mini-scapes or telling details - so I know I'll need a variety of focal lengths to cater for whatever presents itself.I grab my Nikon D300, an 18-200 Nikon lens, and an 8-16 Sigma lens. In the...

We've just received stock of Manfrotto's new Photo/Video head. The innovative photo-movie head is developed to simply be the best and most ideal solution for the new HD DSLRs with embedded video functions.With a single product it is possible to take advantage of an extraordinary photo head and a fully featured video head. The unique Photo-Movie selector makes switching from shooting photos to videos quick and immediate, experiencing the best of both worlds. In Photo mode the head provides the speed and maximum freedom in all directions, like a ball head combined with an incredibly precise, smooth and controlled movement never experienced before, thanks to the fluid cartridges and an adjustable counter balance control.In Video mode a fully featured video head allows for a precise and fluid movement for pan and tilt with all of the typical video settings, including friction control. The pan bar is reversible for right or left hand users and it can quickly be removed and fixed on a tripod leg, thanks to the...