I’ve known Mark Sturdy for many years and have seen his and my family grow up in the same village in Cambridgeshire. I’ve regularly taken photos of Mark and his band, and these photos were taken at two of the earliest occasions, both back in 2012. I’ve seen Mark perform ‘Hey There Delilah’ on several occasions. Mark kindly let me test my basic recording skills to capture his signature piece. Equipment used: Neumann U87 (vocal) and Rode NT4 (acoustic guitar) […] . Click here to read the full article.
As one of my favourite cities, Cambridge is relatively small, with a population of about 129,000, including 25,000 students. With the clear influence of its world-renowned university, Cambridge possesses a host of cultural must-sees and beauty spots. I love visiting the city with my camera. With over five million visitors flocking to see Cambridge every year, you really do need to visit at off-peak times in order to capture scenes without people. In warmer weather, nothing is more relaxing that […] . Click here to read the full article.
I always try to capture images is as high as resolution as possible – not really to display on mobile phones and today’s display technology but for posterity. In many years, display technology will have advanced rapidly and those images that look fine today on a small screen will look distinctly blurry, noisy and lacking in detail on much larger displays in the future. I can tell this as I often display images from Facebook on my iMac Pro’s 5k […] . Click here to read the full article.
As with any AV enthusiast, I relish being able to watch (and listen to) TV in the best quality possible – to see exactly what the Director intended. In general, a huge amount of work in put in behind the scenes for TV programmes and movies, with incredible attention to detail. To help bring viewers improved picture and sound quality, the BBC has been trialling its new Ultra HD (4k) service through iPlayer, and it has looked spectacular. Many people […] . Click here to read the full article.
On this blog, I like to feature interesting places to visit in the Cambridgeshire area. My younger daughter absolutely adores museums so we recently visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. To be honest, I saw the trip as a bit of a photography challenge as interiors can be very dark. The Fitzwilliam houses a collection of over half a million works of art, paintings and historical artefacts. As you can see, some of the interiors are spectacular. For more information, visit […] . Click here to read the full article.
With the proliferation of mobile phones, it seems that many people are increasingly relying on their mobile phones to capture their lives. It is reassuring that many still opt to capture ‘big’ events such as weddings with high-quality camera equipment so they have something great to look back on. In decades, the display technologies available will be far superior to those available today. Although I’ve been asked many times to take photographs of weddings, I find the thought of photographing such […] . Click here to read the full article.
In video production, ‘green screen’ (or Chromakey as it is more accurately termed) provides amazing opportunities to be creative and overcome the challenges of finding (and lighting) appropriate real-life backdrops. Many films rely upon Chromakey to avoid the need to travel to specific locations or to create imaginary worlds. Chromakey can be very useful for corporate videos and I find I leave my Chromakey screen up permanently. With care, results look very different to the tell-tale signs of fuzzy edges […] . Click here to read the full article.
The Ouse Valley Way is a 150-mile footpath that follows the River Great Ouse and provides great opportunities for walks. The length of the Ouse Valley Way Walk gives lots of flexibility in terms of where you start and end your walk. We began a walk at Buckden in Cambridgeshire, which is home to St Mary’s Church (above) and Buckden Towers (below) – formerly known as Buckden Palace – which is a 12th-century fortified manor house. Buckden Palace has been […] . Click here to read the full article.
Ely Cathedral is an amazing building in Cambridgeshire, which needs to be visited to be truly appreciated. It attracts visitors from all over the world. It is a huge cathedral for a relatively small city of about 14,000 inhabitants. Before Ely Cathedral became a cathedral, it was a monastery. Work on the present Cathedral began in the eleventh century, and the monastic church became a cathedral in 1109. The Octagon with the lantern above are unique features of Ely Cathedral. […] . Click here to read the full article.
Superfast broadband arrived in Spaldwick in July 2014. With take-up well above national levels, our village received a great deal of national attention, including a visit by Ed Vaizey – the then Broadband Minister – and senior figures from BT and Government. I have seen Broadband Ministers come and go, and now over 80% of residents in the village in which I live subscribe to superfast broadband. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the Connecting Cambridgeshire team (above), who are a […] . Click here to read the full article.
When the weather is nice, I enjoy going for walks around Cambridgeshire with my camera. One of the most pleasant places to visit is St Ives, which is situated five miles east of Huntingdon. I am no landscape photographer, principally because I do not want to get up really early to photograph at ‘Golden Hour’, so my photos are generally captured at more normal times. It is very hard to resist the River Terrace Café. View my Cambridgeshire photo galleries […] . Click here to read the full article.
One of the most popular walks in Cambridgeshire is the one between Cambridge and the nearby village of Grantchester. The walk is about 3 miles (5.5 km) in each direction. You can park in Grantchester (as the parking is much easier) and do the circular walk to Cambridge and back. In Cambridge, you have the option of stopping for a meal or snack to break up your journey and there are many cafés and restaurants available. I always enjoy calling […] . Click here to read the full article.
Images are incredibly important on any website as they can potentially provide more information about a product or service than any words can. Images also play a critical role in projecting a brand. Subconsciously, we all make judgements about a company when we see images online, for example, in terms of how professional, big or successful a particular company is. If we didn’t see beautifully-lit products on Apple’s website, for example, would it really support Apple’s market-leading brand? Apple is […] . Click here to read the full article.