Welcome to the Blog

Photo of Mark Heath

Hello and welcome to my blog. Photography has been a lifelong hobby and passion, and I’ve never lost the desire to capture images of the world around me. I purchased my first Digital SLR camera – the Canon 350D – in September 2006, and quickly upgraded to the full-frame Canon 5D in November 2006. Since … Read full article

Photographing Flowers: Snowdrops and Daffodils

One of the ways that I’ve been able to maintain motivation with my photography has been the creation of themed galleries. They have ensured that I never feel short of future photography subjects or ideas. One of my most important galleries for inspiration has been my Flower, Plants and Trees Gallery, which you can access … Read full article

Guide on How You Can Halve Your Heating Costs

In the last few weeks, I have expanded my guides for households looking to significantly reduce their heating bills. Here’s my latest guide for those with oil heating: Top Tips to Halve Your Oil Heating Bills, and Increase the Value of Your Home   While the heating cost savings achievable with each individual tip are … Read full article

Photographing Beautiful Vienna at Christmas

Heart tree in Vienna

At this time of year, I wanted to share some seasonal images from my latest visit to beautiful Vienna for the Christmas Markets. You can view my public images here: Photo Gallery of Vienna and Christmas Markets  |  Mark Heath Photography You can also view some other Christmas images here: Gallery of Christmas Images  | … Read full article

Smart Thermostat and Smart Radiator Valve Installation Across Cambridgeshire to Cut Bills by 31-40%

Smart thermostat on the wall

Among the practical options to reduce heating bills for households, installing a combination of smart thermostat and smart radiator valves represent a cost-effective upgrade to a gas or oil-fired central heating system that can pay back within a few months. I am really pleased to be working with Rob Hutchins to provide an affordable smart … Read full article

Launch of Heating Guides to Save Money


In March 2021, I announced an online partnership with Paul Braybrooke Limited. After a successful first year, we are expanding our geographical online reach beyond Cambridgeshire to include parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. While there is the option to expand even further, our preference is to remain local to deliver an extremely … Read full article

Review of NETGEAR’s Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System


Wi-Fi 6 is the latest Wi-Fi technology, which delivers significant performance improvements (such as higher speeds) over the previous Wi-Fi 5 technology. When combined with improved coverage through the use of multiple Wi-Fi points, Wi-Fi speeds and reliability can be dramatically improved for many broadband users. Previously, I have reviewed Ubiquiti’s UniFi Wi-Fi 6 Long … Read full article

Best Sony Mirrorless Lenses For 2022


During 2021, Sony released some amazing lenses for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. Apart from a missing 85mm F1.2 lens (which hopefully will appear in 2022), Sony now offers a comprehensive range of lenses with superb performance. I’m often asked for lens recommendations so, in this post, I identify my favourite nine Sony lenses and provide … Read full article

Photographing Magic of the Musicals from Spotlight Productions

The end of 2021 was tinged with some sadness as Bethany Heath and I undertook our last photography assignment for youth theatre Spotlight Productions. We took photos of their Christmas ‘Magic of the Musicals’ production. We have supported Spotlight in different ways since 2014, when we photographed the dress rehearsal of Les Misérables (photo shown … Read full article

Christmas at Wimpole Hall and Anglesey Abbey

This year, I visited Wimpole Hall for its ‘Christmas at Wimpole 2021’ winter trail. I’ve not been to this annual event before but it is a major fundraiser for the National Trust. I was actually very impressed with what I saw and heard. With the National Trust requesting photos from visitors, I decided to take … Read full article

Peterborough Cathedral at Christmas

Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful location for enthusiast photographers since it is such a lovely building and photography is permitted. I attended a Christmas carol concert there in December 2021. The concert featured Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Festival Brass. It also featured mezzo soprano Karen England, who was … Read full article

Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM Sample Images

Earlier blog posts providing sample photos with various Sony lenses have proved popular, so here I continue with another great lens – the Sony 12-24mm F2.8 GM model. In an earlier blog post, I provided sample images from the superb Sony 14mm F1.8 GM lens, which has just won DPReview’s 2021 award for “best prime … Read full article

Photographing St John’s College Cambridge

Two years ago, when I set myself the photography challenge of capturing as many Cambridge colleges as I could, I hadn’t bargained for coronavirus and the length of time that many colleges would remain closed to visitors. Recently, I had the opportunity to take some photographs of St John’s College. Very few people would disagree … Read full article

Remembrance Sunday – for our tomorrow they gave their today

With an estimated 100,000 war memorials in the UK, memorials took place up and down the country on Remembrance Sunday to remember the fallen. In my local village, over 90 villagers gathered round the war memorial to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom. You can view the photos here: Remembrance … Read full article

Sony 100-400mm GM Sample Images


The Sony 100-400mm GM lens has quickly become one of my very favourite lenses, and in this post I provide some sample images taken in the last few weeks with this superlative lens. Paired with the Sony A1 camera, its amazing autofocus performance means that you can capture fast action easily, and sharpness is superb. … Read full article

Commencing a New Photography Project – Norfolk – in Memory of Raine Thompson


Living in rural Cambridgeshire, I have enjoyed visiting places across the county and taking photographs. However, despite living relatively close to Norfolk, I’m rather embarrassed to admit that I’ve rarely visited Norfolk, apart from day trips to Hunstanton and Norwich. Well better late than never! My friends Nick and Raine (shown above) adored the North … Read full article

Photographing Cambridge as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

Cambridge museum

As with most people, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with holidays and trips, and photography opportunities have been dramatically diminished. While we are still far from ‘normal’ (with the wearing of masks indoors, for example), it’s been nice to visit more places and take more photographs. Recently, I visited Cambridge, enabling me to add … Read full article

New FTTP Full-Fibre Broadband Installation Guide

FTTP installation

The introduction of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) – often known as ‘Full-Fibre Broadband’ –  in my local area will kickstart the production of lots of new content on my Increase Broadband Speed website. My new article (below) details what’s involved in an FTTP installation, with lots of photographs. An FTTP installation is usually relatively straightforward and quick, and … Read full article

Photographing Beautiful Oxford

I live near the beautiful city of Cambridge, which is one of my favourite places to photograph (when it is not too busy). I have now photographed many different parts of the city, although I have many more images to take on my ‘wish list’. In contrast, Oxford has received much less photographic attention from … Read full article

Photographing the Wedding of Vicky and Matt

Although photography is strictly a hobby for me (as being professional would take out all the fun of photography for me), I’ve ended up photographing a number of weddings over the years for family and friends. I have often complemented the professional photographer by taking candid shots. Recently, my next-door neighbour Mick asked me to … Read full article

Photographing Woburn Safari Park with the Sony 100-400mm Lens

Seizing the opportunity to try out the Sony A1 camera with the Sony 100-400 GM lens, I visited Woburn Safari Park. This is a perfect lens for zoos and wildlife, although it is relatively heavy when carried around all day. It is, however, significantly lighter than the longer 200-600mm lens. With the 100-400mm lens, autofocus … Read full article

Photographing Wimpole Hall with the Sony 50mm F1.2 Lens


I visited Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire, which is owned by the National Trust. I took my Sony A7R IV camera with Sony 50mm F1.2 GM lens. The lens proved a very useful walkabout lens with exceptional sharpness, but really excelled in the quality of portraits due to the buttery smooth bokeh at F1.2. This is … Read full article

Sony 14mm F1.8 Sample Images


Sony has been on a roll recently with the introduction of several groundbreaking lenses. Following quickly after the amazing Sony 50mm F1.2 GM lens, Sony has introduced its ultra-wide-angle 14mm F1.8 GM lens. Just as with the Sony 50mm F1.2 lens, it is astonishing how much performance Sony has packed in to such a small, … Read full article

4G Mobile Review and Guide

4G antenna

Over the past few weeks, I have been trialling 4G mobile services from both Vodafone and O2. I would like to thank 4G specialist 4G National Broadband for providing me with the 4G subscriptions, 4G router and a high-gain antenna. Mobile broadband has clearly come a long way, and I’ve found that 4G delivers performance … Read full article