Friday, 30 September 2011

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 - new improved version

The new PaintShop Pro X4 have a wealth of features to rival photoshop and only £59!

Discover the photo-editing software that gives passionate photographers more to love! This release extends the legendary photo-editing power of PaintShop Pro with 75 new and enhanced features based on the needs of real photographers like you. Create your best images yet with exciting new pro-level effects. Explore new tools that help you tap into the latest photography trends like HDR and tilt shift. Enjoy a streamlined workspace and dramatically faster tools that let you see results as you work. When you’re ready to show off your best photos, sharing online is just a click away.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Nikon 1 V1 - interchangeable lens camera

Nikon have just bought out a smaller rangefinder style compact camera to compete with the Panasonic G series, Olympus' Pen series, those of Sony's NEX, Samsung NX, Fuji and Pentax's Q.  The Panasonic GF1 is still my favourite camera.

It will be really interesting to see how this Nikon performs at 10mp it is the right resolution for the camera's sensor size and big enough to print (how big do you really want to print?).  The sensor size is smaller than the GF3 so i would love to know how this relates to image quality and noise with higher ISO's - my GF1 is a little grainy at 800 ISO but i quite like it.  This smaller sensor size, is nearly half the area of  Panasonic GF3, will affect the focal length a 2.7 multiplication factor on full frame and Nikon offer a 10-30mm lens.

Panasonic GF3
17.3 x 13.0 mm

Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1
13.2 x 8.8mm

Interchangeable lens cameras on Warehouse Express

Are Canon next and will it be an APS sized sensor and replace the G series cameras?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

SWPM - Jorgensen in Hemel Hempstead TODAY

I went along to the SWPM Exhibition showing Jorgensen albums at the Holiday In at Hemel Hempstead today where i met Chris Woods from South West Photo Mounts (SWPM).

There were some very nice CD Folios, some with magnetic strips about the size of small book and one with 10 pages to put your own photos in.  Both excellent quality and value.  Also being displayed was a very nice black album with many different types of matts and layouts, 30 sides all printed and assembled for only £250 - an amazing price considering what you get and what your clients will receive. 

SWPM are an excellent British company with really good customer service and a superb attitude so please do give them a call .

New Photo Day Out - Brighton

On Tuesday 18th October 2011 a day out to Brighton.

If you are interested please follow this link and sign up to join us for an Autumn Seaside Photography Day Out.  

The themes of the day will be Dada and Surrealism.

We are fully booked for this MelenCourses Day Out, please look out for our next Day Out you will need to join the site before you can sign up.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 out today!

Adobe Photoshop Elements is now 10 years old and is fantastic value for money and there are most of things you need from Photoshop to edits your photos in this software for only £80.

New Features

Photographers Photographs from the Wedding Course

Just some of the photographs taken on our Wedding Course at Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, by the photographers.

Monday, 19 September 2011

MelenCourses Wedding Course August 2011

Ashridge is such a fantastic venue for photography let alone wedding photography.  Using the beautifully ornate Lady Marion Alford Room (LMA) as a our base were able to use the many varied locations around this 19th Century building.  These are some of the photographs Alistair Peck took from the day.  Click below to view more and to more of Alistair's work and the next wedding course in 2012.

The models we used were Cat Wilyman and Mike Risbridger, and there was a archeological excavation on the lawn looking at 15th Century walls!

The next Wedding Course at Ashridge

Alistair Peck

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Black & White Printing Ilford

I can highly recommend printing your Black & White photos with Ilford, they have been superb every time.  Great tone and contrast and actually B&W prints not a muddly brown grey colour!

David Bailey Interview with Sarfraz Manzoor

This is an excellent interview with David Bailey, it gives you an insight into his character, upbringing and how he likes to photograph.

Lee Ramsden new website

Check out Lee's new website

Thursday, 1 September 2011

BJP iPad Photography Magazine

This first issue contains hundreds of pages of photographs, features, projects, intelligence, technical reviews, and more – and, with a focus on photographers who have moved from still images to shooting motion pictures, also includes loads of video content that’s ready to play even when you don’t have an internet connection.................Click here to read more