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7 Tips When Starting Macro Photography

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Hello and Welcome to Snap Creative Photos, where Creativity Has No Limits.

My name is Gary Cooper and I am a Creative Lighting Photographer who specialises in Head Shots & Portrait Photography. I have been writing and recording posts all about photography to help people with a passion for photography and people who are looking to have photographs taken in the future, be more prepared and informed.

Today I want to share with you my 7 Top Tips When Starting Macro Photography. I will cover two main areas which are photography gear and settings. I will also share what I use when out and about but as always I will never recommend a product or service unless I truly believe it is value for money.

So lets get started with my 7 Top Tips for Macro Photography

Tip Number 1 – Lens Of Choice is Important

So you may think that this is pretty straight forward, go to the camera store or website and type in Macro Lens right? Well when searching for this on Jessops website today, it came back with 65 options. Lets look just for Nikon and I now have 17 to choose from.

Its all about the Magnification Ratio. 1:1 is classed as the true macro lens where other lens which say macro may only be 1:3. So what does it all mean? Short version is that 1:1 means that you are in the world of the subject you are photographing and 1:3 would mean you are further back, more like a birds eye view of the subject. If you go the other way of 4:1 that means you would enlarge the subject by 4 times the actual size of the subject.

As always it will be down to what you want to achieve from macro photography and if you are on a budget which means you have to have a lens that does more than macro photography. My lens of choice is the Nikon 105mm 1:1 – I wanted to jump straight into macro photography but also use the lens for portraits.

So my Top Tip is to check that the Macro Lens has a 1:1 magnification ratio.

Nikon 105 Lens

Tip Number 2 – A Tripod is a Must

Yes that’s right, grab your tripod as you will regret it otherwise. You will need a tripod that can adjust its legs separately and allow you to get low to the ground. I use the Manfrotto Go190 as the legs fold out flat and the middle pole can hold your camera out vertically and horizontally.

The key thing to look for in a tripod for macro photography is that it is nice and sturdy but also allows you to be flexible with positioning due to the nature of trying to capture subjects that are hidden away. You need a tripod as you will be wanting to remove as much camera shake as possible to give yourself a nice sharp image.

So my Top Tip is to make sure the tripod you use has lots of parts that can adjust the angle of the camera from the legs to the tripod head.

manfrotto go 190

Tip Number 3 – Lighting is Everything

Being a Head Shot & Portrait photographer, lighting is so important and getting the light perfect when taking macro images is just as important. The options you have in the camera is to increase light coming onto the sensor, is to up the ISO but this can bring grain and not the sharpest of results when you really want a crisp image.

You could drop the shutter speed down to 1/10th of a second, that is where the tripod will be a must, however any bugs or even wind in the air will mean although the camera is not moving the subject will and then that creates blur. Lastly you can open up the aperture to F2.8 which is fine if you only want a small area in focus.

The answer is to bring some light and it does not need to be a large light. Lets remember, the subjects normally are very small and will not need big studio lighting. I use a Manfrotto mini 8 LED light set up. I also pair it up with my Joby tripod to hold it in place as the tripod is flexible and adjusts to the landscape around it or it can be light enough for me to hold it in place.

So my Top Tip is to use a light source to make your subject stand out and give you more control to set the camera how you want to capture a fantastic image.

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Tip Number 4 – Shutter Release Support

The aim of macro photography is to show people a whole new world that is right under our nose. You will want to show off this amazing world in focus and its important that you give yourself every chance you can to get that image. You don’t want to get home and load up the photos onto a bigger screen only to find that the images are not as sharp as you would like.

Ok so lets look at the two main options you have. First up is the camera self timer. Set this up so when you hit the shutter button, you will then have a image captured. The second option is to use a wireless or wired trigger release setup.

Although it means carrying extra gear, I do prefer to take a trigger release, I use the Nikon wired trigger release. It just helps to have an extra option in case low light means you can not get your shutter speed above 1/100th of a second.

So my Top Tip is to know how to use your cameras built in self timer or better still have a trigger release system that you are happy to use.

Nikon Trigger Release

Tip Number 5 – Choose the Right Aperture

I have spoken about shutter speed and lighting but now lets look at how Aperture can play a role in taking your next macro photograph. The key question that you need to have in your mind is ‘How much of the image do I want in focus?’

We know that although F2.8 will let in loads of light to the sensor, it also means that the image will have a very narrow depth of field which will mean only a small wall of focus. At the other end of the scale, F22 will let in limited light but help you keep everything in focus.

So when you have a three dimensional subject, like a ladybird, using F2.8 means part of the ladybird will not be in focus. Now you might want that to add to the image you wanted to create. If you want more of the ladybird to be in focus, then F8 to F11 can give you that but still have a blur to the background.

You could get really creative, if you have a subject which does not move, and use an editing technique called focus stacking. I will put together a post on this in the coming weeks.

My Top Tip is to not forget that Aperture controls the depth of field which means a low F number will equal small focus area where as a high F number will equal large focus area.

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Tip Number 6 – Which Focus Mode to Use

Do you go for auto focus or manual focus? Which ever you choose you should use single point focus to help you move the little square over the exact point you want to have in focus.

Auto focus is great to let the camera lock onto the subject and makes this one less area to worry about. Manual focus is great for having all the control when the camera just is not getting it on point for you.

I like to use manual mode and live view on my Nikon D750. Live view on the flip out screen can be another great way to get a view that might need you to be higher then the camera eye view. But the main point is that when you use the live view screen, you move the red square to the area you want to focus on and then zoom in on the screen, which will then show you if that area is in focus. Manually change the focus of that area to give yourself a nice crisp image.

So my Top Tip is to use Manual focus with the added support of Live View mode to zoom in on the subject and ensure its super sharp.

Tip Number 7 – Check your background

That’s it, that is tip number seven, check your background. As with any photograph, ensure you pay attention to the whole image. The subject and the background need to work together to finish off the end image.

My Top Tip is to take a moment just before you press the shutter button to check in on  your background as you will regret it when you get home.

 

Well that is the 7 Tips When Starting Macro Photography that I believe will get you off on a great start with your Macro Photography. As always, ensure you know how to use your camera and what the settings can do to make your life easier.

I hope you have found this post useful and if you have any Macro Photography questions, then please do email me at NoLimits@SnapCreativePhotos.com or drop a question in the comments below. If there is any subject you would like me to cover then please do let me know and I will happily cover that for you.

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing your results.

Autumn Mushrooms Macro Photography Challenge

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Macro Mushroom
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Hello and Welcome to Snap Creative Photos, where Creativity Has No Limits.

Today I wanted to share with you this Macro Photography Challenge I took part in at the start of November. It was simple, or so I first thought. Take a Macro photograph of a Mushroom. So to find out how I got on and what was some of the issues I faced, keep reading, listening or watching and I will share all.

I have my Nikon D750 with a 105mm Lens. Now because light is everything when photographing any subject, I have also brought along with me a Manfrotto Mini LED light and my Joby tripod.

If you want to join me on future Macro Photography Challenges then it is important that you have a quick read of this blog post I have put together on the – 7 Tips When Starting Macro Photography. It will make sure you are ready to capture that image the way you want to.

So lets get started

The challenge had a simple brief. Take a photograph of a mushroom in the woods. When I saw that, I knew the only photograph that would bring the wow factor, would be to take this photograph using a Macro Lens.

Enter the Nikon 105mm Lens

Nikon 105 Lens

A fantastic lens which I got purely to take close up photography with but over the last month I have found it to be an awesome portrait lens for me and now that I mainly use a creative lighting set up for my clients it never lets me down.  I have also got a fantastic LED light from Manfrotto which has worked well in the past for me.

Manfrotto LED Light

Manfrotto LED Light

This has been a great mini light to use and has given me light in times of need. Today was going to be that time in need as I knew that the mushrooms I was on the hunt for would be hidden in the foliage of the woods and on the trees where light was not getting through to support my finished image.

The first hour

Whenever I go out on a photo walk, I get them spider senses tuned in to help me know if what I am looking at or the path I am taking, is going to be to that photo I want. I am not one for taking photos of everything and anything, I am consistently assessing the view to see if there is a photograph I want to take, that I believe will add value.

What I was not expecting, was to be walking around for an hour and still no sign of a mushroom, like at all, this was not a case of being fussy. I was having a look high and low. This was looking like a wasted trip and I was shocked and amazed that there was not one mushroom that I had found to take a photograph of.

Then it appeared

I found this fallen trunk which had leafs and twigs inside of it. And that is when I saw it, this yellowy mushroom with a hole in the side of it. I felt it was a good size, I was happy with the colour of it, as it looked like it was dying. The hole in the top was something I was going to have to work with.

Well actually, to be honest, I started to walk away as I thought to myself that this could not be all that these woods had to offer me.

I went back

looking around and lining up my angles to see what was going to be the best way to take the shot. I knew in my mind that I didn’t just want a close up of the mushroom, I wanted to capture the whole area that I had found this mushroom living in. After a few people had walked by, you get use to people thinking you are weird when you go to the woods with no dog. I started to set up my light to highlight the mushroom and give me a chance at capturing the image while I hand held the camera.

Yep, that’s correct, the Joby tripod was never for my camera
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BTS Light Setup

I have found it to be great at holding this little light in place. It has three brightness settings and this was turned up to the max due to how far I had placed the light from the subject. What is great, is that although it looks like it is doing nothing in the photos above, when I took the photograph, you can see the impact such a little light had.

Here is the image I took
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When I saw where the mushroom was, I knew I wanted to use the path of the truck to set up the image. I like how you can see the detail in parts of the tree truck. What I don’t like to move too much around in these types of photos as its nature and everything is fighting to stay alive. This was shot with the 105mm lens F3.5, 1/60th of a second and ISO 100.

I carried on walking

still I could not believe that after two hours of walking around the woods I had only found one mushroom. As I am walking back to the car a mushroom catches my eye. I’m looking at the time and then the mushroom. Could I see something coming together here?

This is what I had found
Macro Mushroom
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It was a little mushroom growing out of the side of a fallen tree. I loved how the moss on the tree gave me the idea to go in close. However I really like this view of looking along the tree truck to the mushroom. Again this was shot on the 105mm F3.5, 1/60th of a second and ISO 100.

Lets take a closer look
Macro Photo Mushroom
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Looks lovely even if I do say so myself. I shot this with the exact same settings as above, and there was no extra light or tripod needed as I was lucky to have the sun coming through the trees to light up the area I was photographing. Sometimes we do get lucky!

I do think that out of all the photographs, I like the one above the most. You have that detail of the green moss, there is a half decent background and the not so good part brings the autumn feel through the image. The mushroom looks great and is clean. I do like the first image and for the extra work that went into it, I feel like the thing that let it down was the fact that the mushroom does not look as nice even though the leafs really show the time of year as autumn and brings a more ‘I’m in the middle of the woods’ look.

Let me know what you think and please do ask any questions you may have. I do have another post called – 7 Tips When Starting Macro Photography. There will be more Macro Photography Challenges so do come back and see what else I have been up to over the coming weeks. If there is any topics you would like me to share my knowledge on then please let me know via email NoLimits@SnapCreatvePhotos.com or leave a comment down below.

Have a great day and remember – Creativity Has No Limits.

Autumn Landscape with a 105mm Lens

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Landscape Photograph Autumn
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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos, where Creativity Has No Limits.

My name is Gary Cooper and I am a Head Shot & Portrait Photographer based in the UK. Although I love photographing people, I do love setting myself a challenge which involves other areas of photography. Today I want to tell you about my Autumn walk I went on in search of a lovely landscape in the woods with my 105mm Lens.

Right lets get started

So on 2nd November I went out for a walk with my 24-70mm and 105mm lens. I love the 105mm Lens and I have not used it for a while but made it my mission to take it out all through November to any shoot I did. I had my Nikon D750 with me and a Manfrotto mini LED light with Joby tripod.

Now I started to take photos with the 24-70mm lens

and this was the kind of images I was getting.

24-70mm lens shot

Now this was shot at 70mm, F5.6, 1/50th of a second and ISO 100. The image was bright but lacked that warm autumn feel I was looking for so I put it through Lightroom and changed the colour temperature and added some more orange which altogether gave this as the final image.

I felt it looked OK, but it was still missing something. I was shooting at the longest point of the lens to compress the image which can help bring the viewer into an image. After taking some time to look at the angles and where the light was coming in, I decided to change lens and see what the 105mm could do.

Off to a new location

Test on 105mm

Now this already just looks 100 times better than the last photograph. Shot on the 105mm at F3.2, 1/100th of a second and ISO 100. This image came out perfect in the sense of what I saw and how I saw the light catch the tree and leafs. Again all I really did in Lightroom was adjust the temperature and reduce the greens, increased the orange.

Looks like a magical forest

I do like the lack of focus in the image. For me I feel like it is not right for the layout of the trees in this photo but by having the sharpest part of the image in the place where I want the viewers eyes to focus, really helps add to the effect. You can see that the tree on the right has been made the main focus point due to the light that is hitting it being so strong compared to the rest of the image.

Now this one is an image to retake in the future

Tractor Photograph

I am looking at doing a creative photograph of a tractor of some kind in a field so this is the warm up to the point of just having a photo of a tractor! Shot this with the 105mm, F3.2, 1/800th of a second ISO 100. It was shot in portrait mode as I was going to do something with the sky but then I went landscape to make use of the leading line of the grass to the left and the foreground bush on the right.

The image I love

Landscape Photograph Autumn
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Now I don’t think the screen shots do this photograph, or any of them, any justice. But I do love this photo for the leading lines of the trees, the leafs on the floor and overlap of the branches of the trees at the end.

I shot this with the 105mm lens at F3.2, 1/100th of a second and ISO 100. It was one stop under exposed with the image but the aim was to keep the detail when editing in Lightroom. So I boosted the colours in this photograph and the clarity too which gave it the nice autumn feel I was looking for.

Whats your view on the focus?

So shooting at F3.2, has left the photograph with only one real in focus area, the horizontal tree branch at the end. What do you think about this? For me it looks great at a first look and something to view on screen. Would I want to have it printed?? I don’t know really, I like detail in the images I print. But I totally understand why this photograph works so well at leading the viewer into the image. If you was look into the distance then everything close to you would blur out so you focus on the tress at the end. That’s what happens when you look at this image.

What could I do differently?

I could of focus stacked the image or shot it with F5.6 or even F11 but can a photograph have too much focus? Let me know what you think and who knows, before the end of autumn I might go back and try one of the other ways Ive come up with to shoot this image again.

Thank you for reading or listening to this blog. I would love to hear your feedback and if you have any questions then do let me know. My names Gary Cooper and this has been my story of when I took an Autumn Landscape with a 105mm Lens.

4 Basic Areas To Think About Before A Head Shot Session

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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos.

My name is Gary Cooper and today I wanted to look at 4 Basic Areas To Think About Before A Head Shot Session.

A Good Photographer Should cover this with clients

but if they don’t, this is also a helpful run down for anyone looking at getting a head shot. I will show you two images today which sums up and covers the 4 areas I will be talking about.

Sitting or Standing

Right so this one will be down to personal preference from the client and the photographers point of view. However what I want to do is run through why it is important to stand when ever you are having a head shot taken.

When we sit down, we start by being alert – straight back, strong posture and we are ready for the next 5 minutes. But after that first 5 minutes, and it can be over quicker then that some times, the posture goes, you relax and get comfortable but in all the wrong ways for the photo we are about to take.

When standing, you are on your feet which means the photographer should start with the position of your feet and work up the body to shape you perfectly for the image you wanted. Again, if you are left too long in one position, you relax and lose what image we was trying to create for you.

How to get around this,

Its easy and you can even do this if you was to sit down for a photo shoot but I believe that it works better when standing. You should be moving into position as the picture is being taken. Now this might not work for the finished photograph if you only had one shot but as Ive always said the best photos are captured when the client does not think you are taking a photo.

So do a few test runs and then when you go for the photograph capture a few after the movement as well as when the client was moving for you. Depending on what type of finished photograph you are looking to create, will depend on how much moving and the type of moving you get the client to do.

Natural or Controlled Lighting

Another subject which will get everyone talking but remember these are 4 Basic Areas To Think About Before A Head Shot Session. For me controlled light will always win as I get the best of both worlds. I can use natural lighting as a hair light or sunset background while still having all the flexibility to light up my client in the way I want to.

Natural lighting as I said above is great for the colours it can bring to the photograph and when you want to use shadows creatively from how the sun has worked at that time of the shoot. The issue with natural lighting is there is only one sun, one light source. So a reflector is needed at times to bring light back onto your client if its an autumn or winter time of year. In spring and summer you may need to use something to diffuse the light to ensure that the sun is not too harsh on the client. All this adds up to having someone else with you or a stand which now has a big sail on it to capture the wind.

Controlled lighting brings a new challenge of knowing how to adjust my settings to work with the natural and controlled light. It means that at any time of the year I can shoot with a constant look if that’s what the client wanted or capture an awesome sunset when there is no sunset because the clouds came over.

How to decide

A correctly lit image is the key to great results. You have to go with what the client wants as that just makes sense seeing as they are paying you. Natural light can limit what time of the year or day you can produce your work that clients love. If you gain basic knowledge of Lightroom editing you can recreate any type of look with adjustments to levels and curves. When you show up for a photo shoot you as the photographer need to be ready for anything and the weather you can not control but more importantly you can not control the requests of a client who had a great idea on the way to the shoot but you don’t have an extra light source or reflector to bring an idea to life.

More time posing or shooting?

I love when I see photographers offer a choice of 500 images from a 3 hour shoot or clients making a choice between a photographer who offers them 50 images or 500 images from the same amount of time in the studio. First question, why would you want to look through 500 images when only 20 of them are stand out images? Second question, In reality how many looks are you going for?

As part of my job as the photographer, I should be helping my clients by selecting images that fit the brief plus adding a selection of images, which I think look great, so the client can choose what final images they want. Now I do this in two ways, one I show the client as we shoot what images we are creating and gain thoughts and feedback as we go which can be spoken but normally is in the body language. secondly I go through the images and for every look wanted I will show them 5-10 versions of that.

When you control the light and posing, you control the image you create so it should not be about burst firing, lets take loads as there will be a good one in here somewhere. Its about being on the same page as the client with the same end goal to create the results.

How I like to work

For me I love to have the pre-shoot session to fully understand the needs of my client. When I show up for the shoot, I show up early and I take time to talk to my client to relax them and get to know them. I will then spend time on posing. Explaining to them why this will make the photograph look better or achieve the desired results they have asked me to create for them. If you want to have more photos then you ever need from a shoot, and who has time to sit and review 500 images?, you would be better off having a time lapse of the photo session. Small rant over.

Hair, Make Up & Clothing

Now this will totally depend on the clients work. If they are a make up artist then they are likely to want to show that off. When shooting for a corporate client then a small amount of make up will do. Also think about if the client promotes natural health and well-being then they might not want any make up.

Make up has to be done correctly. If it is old make up then it will not blend well and the camera will spot that. I always like to encourage minimal make up but to the level that the client is happy with. The finished results are going to be around for at least a year, so you want to look your best and not regret a rushed job.

You know your body better then anyone so when it comes to your hair, style it, wash it and prep in away to get the best out of it for the photo shoot. Drink plenty of water in the 7 days before your session and get at least two early nights before the shoot. Do not go out drinking the night before, your skin will not thank you for it. I do offer a make up artist if required who does a fantastic job for my clients.

Clothing is a simple one as well. V necks all the way. For guys, wearing a suit jacket unbuttoned can bring in a V neck otherwise open collar or plain tie works well. If you have uniform that needs to be worn then your photographer will work their magic.

Bonus Basic To Think About

Editing of photos

I like to edited all the photos I am going to show a client with a basic edit of skin tones, cropping and any other adjustments I think will help the photograph pop. It is important to agree in advance if you have anything that you really don’t like being in your photos. For example this could be a spot that has come up in the last few days.

If you look at your photos and then see that you want something changed, then that’s not normally an issue. The reason I say to give advance notice is because your photographer might not have the editing skills to deliver the results you want.

I think it is important to match your photograph as much as you can. Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way and the last thing you want is to meet someone who does not recognise you because your photograph shows you with a rich tan or blue eyes instead of brown. As Ive said before though, if the client wishes for these changes then I will ensure I carry them out.

Do remember

As a photograph is edited, some edits will degrade the finished result. So if you need to have your face on the side of a bus, you don’t want a photograph that has been over edited as it will come out grainy when enlarged. There is good editing and then there is very poor editing. Just remember to explain to your photographer what you want ot do with the images afterwards so they can ensure it meets your requirements.

So lets have a look at a natural light with the client sitting down photo with no make up and no V neck top.

Natrual Light Photograph Nikon D5100

Lets look at a controlled light with the client sitting down photo with no make up, no V neck top and a basic editing of the image.

Before & After Editing Photograph

Now lets look at a controlled light set up with small amount of make up, V neck top, client standing up and more time spent on posing for the photo.

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Now that is how we do it.

My name is Gary Cooper and this has been your 4 Basic Areas To Think About Before A Head Shot Session – Plus a bonus eliminate because its Friday.

As always please leave your thoughts below or email me direct at nolimits@snapcreativephotos.com Have a great weekend,

Gary Cooper
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My Sister Revisited! The Finished Results

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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos.

My name is Gary Cooper and today I finally reveal the finished results of my Photo Revisited Challenge. I will show you the original image that I was looking to revisit and then the new image using the same light set up. On top of that I will also be showing you two images of how I used my lighting set up to add impact to a final image of my sister.

Lets get started, so here is the image I wanted to look at retaking using my Nikon D5100 and the 18-105mm lens with just natural window lighting.

If you can remember I was shooting at F29! 1/20th of a second ISO of 6400 and at 62mm and it was October at the time around 15:00. I still can not think why I would of been shooting at F29. I think this would mainly be down to not understanding how my camera settings worked together to create a great image.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for…

Natural light, not over processed as you can see from the before and after there is only a slight brighten of the whites that I don’t even think the screen shot above can make out the difference but I promise you it is there. So settings, I have Kate sit on the chair by the window and I took the photo in November at 14:22. Used my Nikon D5100 with the same lens 18-105mm but this time changed my settings. F4.5 1/50th of a second and ISO 200.

22mm on the lens and I think its safe to say there was more of a controlled posing set up going this time rather then what I was doing last time. If you remember from my first post about doing this challenge I said how I just asked Kate to keep rotating her head and move from side to side which is why she was laughing in the original photograph.

So what can we take away from the new image and is there really any major difference in the result? ISO is an easy one to pick on but to be honest you can get away with shooting at 6400 on cameras. Where the ISO will trip you up is if the client wanted to use the original image for printed marketing or large front page splash images for their website. The larger you go the more grain will come to the surface at 6400 ISO so watch out for that.

The biggest thing that stands out to me,

is that in the original image I had to over process it so much to work around the highlights issue and the wash out effect. The before image had already had some work done on it before and from that work, it still was not looking great. Its important that when someone looks at a photo you have taken, that it actually looks like them. In the original image Kate gained a tan, which I am sure she was grateful for but if that’s an image you use on Linked In, then you want people to recognise you when you meet.

By mixing my settings on the revisited image, made for a cleaner image and there was less time spent editing it. Shooting at ISO 200 (which was an over sight by me as I would normally be on 100) and with the soft retouch of the photograph, this image could be put on the side of a bus and still look great. Its always about adding value to your clients. If they have told you they need an image for a certain reason, then make sure you give them an image that fits that brief. Also don’t get caught out for supplying an image which the client told you they needed for Linked In but then they decide to put it on their next event banner for conference only to find that it looks crap because guess what, they will not come back to you again.

Now for the moment I have been waiting for. Let me show you how I would improve this image by using my trusted light set up.

So first of all I went with a beauty dish in the same set up with Kate looking out of the window.

Just look at that!

So with a beauty dish and grid set up, the light is very harsh, so I soften that out in the editing. I used my Nikon D750 with the 24-70mm lens for this because I had it all set up and waiting but I do wish I shot this with the D5100 as it would of still been a great shot. My settings were F2.8 1/320th of a second and ISO 100. Went for 58mm on the lens and my flash power was 1/4 power. I had a reflector to the right of camera which brought in a small amount of rim lighting.

In the editing, I brought some colour back to Kate’s face and smoothed out the harsh light, which I think would work great normally if you was looking at a strong make up/edgy look. Now for me being able to control and master light is what makes a difference from an ok shot to and amazing shot.

Let me know if you have any questions of want more information. This was a great shoot for me as I been looking to get Kate back in front of the camera for ages and I know there is another blog post which she will be helping me out with next week. I am looking forward to getting some creative make up shots with Kate as well in the coming months and that will be a great time to show you all how the beauty dish can really work for them images.

Thank you for reading or listening to this post. I hope you have found it useful in some way and please share your feedback in the comments or direct via email to nolimits@snapcreativephotos.com.

Until next time have a great time creating amazing photographs.

10 Reasons Why You Need A New Head Shot For 2018

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How can you use a head shot photograph?

Once you have a professional photo available, you can use it in a number of ways. You can use it on your website and across various social media platforms as your profile picture. You may also need to occasionally supply a professional photograph for press releases, company brochures, interviews, and other forms of media. LinkedIn’s own research shows that profiles with photos are reviewed seven times more often than those without pictures.

So here are 10 reasons I believe, after talking to my customers and businesses at networking events, of why you should update your head shot photograph for 2018.

Number 1.

A great head shot will effectively represent your unique personality and professionalism, which will hopefully be leading to new business relationships and new opportunities. It used to be that only senior executives or people in creative fields such as actors, models and performers, needed an up-to-date head shot, but not anymore.

Today, people of all occupations and levels consider a professional head shot as the first step towards Personal Branding and it doesn’t need to be a suited corporate executive photo either. I have helped create casual and relaxed head shots for clients who need a professional image that expresses their individuality.

Number 2.

How do you want to be seen by the world? Did you know that more and more people will now “Google” you before considering getting into a business or personal relationship with you? Only the other day when I went to a networking event, for the first time, I was approached by a number of people who knew my name and what my profession is. When I asked them if we had met before, they simply said ‘oh no, I did my research before coming tonight.’

Your head shot is often the first impression you make, and as we all know – First impressions are vital. As a business owner, you don’t want to use a picture of yourself from a night out or family day trip. Most people want to be seen as friendly, confident, approachable and trustworthy. Does the photo you are currently using convey that?

Number 3.

You might be thinking that there is no reason in the world that you need a professional head shot, but you never know what is around the corner. If the media show up to report on a local event or you are asked to be interviewed for a local magazine tomorrow, then having a professional head shot image which is less than 24 months old and will print to any size the editor wishes to use, will be a life saver.

Also as we move forward with technology, more and more employers are requesting photos with job applications or asking employees to create a professional online profile, so make sure you are ready when that request comes in.

Number 4.

Lets look at social media profiles for example. If you are active on social media, it’s important to have a head shot that reflects well on you and your business. Here are some of the places you could be using a head shot, Your website, Your Facebook business page, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Your Blog, Leaving comments on blogs, Guest on a blog bio pic, YouTube, Google Business Page and Whats App just to name a few. To stay at the forefront of peoples mind, you should be including a professional head shot on your social media accounts, so that you allow people to put a face to a name, whether it’s before or after they meet you.

It’s recommended that you use the same image across all social media platforms to create a consistent look and start building Brand Recognition. In addition, people are less likely to click on a profile if it is missing a photo, and less likely to believe a blog or a comment posted by an anonymous picture.

Number 5.

If you are someone who hates having your photo taken or who thinks they look stupid in photos then rest assure, you’re in the hands of a professional. I can relax you and believe me no one likes having their photo taken but once I talk my clients through the process and do amazing things with lighting, guiding your posing, head position, and expressions to bring out your best, which sometimes feels unnatural at first but looks amazing in the end result and we can always use some small computer editing to make the photo really come to life if you really feel its needed. The bottom line is that you will love the finished results.

Number 6.

People study faces. When potential clients come to your website or social media space on the internet, they will look at your face and see if they like you or do they feel that they can trust you with their business. A great head shot of you provides them a chance to make the connection. In this fast-paced, digital world we live in, people are too busy to read your entire about you page or cover letter for a CV. A good head shot is one of your only opportunities to make a good first impression. I am constantly training and up-skilling myself to be able to bring out your personality in the picture. So I know the right angles, the correct head tilts and all the secret tips for making you look amazing.

Number 7.

Keeping you up to date because as we get older we change. We change our hair color, our hair styles, grow a beard or shave it off, so lets show off the latest version of you! As we get older we also change our level of confidence. Yes, we may not look as young as we once did, but we are more confident in who we are and having new pictures of us will show off our confidence. An up-to-date professional head shot gives people an idea of what you look like now.

Every wrinkle tells a story of the times you laughed, cried and your proudest moments, you should never want to have your photo over edited so that when people meet you in person, it looks like your have aged 10 years from your head shot. However it is a service we offer if you feel more comfortable with that. Remember you should update your head shot every year or a minimum of every 2 years.

Number 8.

Your head shot will jog the memory of business contacts that you may have met at a business conference or networking event. If you have ever typed in your name on Facebook or LinkedIn, you will know that there is more then one Sam Jones. By having a clear, easy to view head shot, which looks like you, will help your new connections find you quicker. If you are looking to connect with someone you was networking with in the last week, then by having that head shot as a reference and them recognising you, makes it more likely they will accept your “Friend” or “Connect” request.

Number 9.

It helps you look the part. If you want to be treated like a professional, you must look like a professional. Sometimes it’s easier to look confident and professional in an environmental portrait that relates to your business. An environmental portrait can show you in your element, perhaps at your desk or by awards you have earned and been recognised for. Think of a place where you feel proud of what you have achieved because photographing you there will translate that pride and joy to came out naturally in the photograph. I can help with environmental, office, studio or event set ups for head shots that truly capture the image you want to portray to the world. The best thing is to have a mix of head shots, head and shoulder, 3/4 shots so you can use these for events, profiles and company newsletters.

Number 10.

Consider getting consistent head shots for the whole team so that your company branding is consistent from person to person and across all marketing and branding. This includes editorial shots, annual reports, web site imagery and corporate events. Building a strong relationship with your photographer can help you send out the right message about you and your business in a dynamic and positive way. People notice the little things and staying up to date with quality results shown on your profiles, website and marketing sends out a positive message to your current and potential clients that business is great and we are evolving all the time.

My final thoughts that you should also take away.

The head shot consultation with your photographer is the time to discuss the image you want to portray, and how you want to achieve it. I will help you with tips about the right clothing, expressions, body language and thinking of all the ways you want to use the end result so that when you upload your new head shot to LinkedIn, it actually fits correctly and looks amazing.

While it might be tempting to ask a friend with the new iPhone X to take your head shot, this is one area where you usually get what you pay for. Don’t damage your professional image with an amateur head shot which only looks good on a mobile device and can not be used for anything else. Save yourself money and aggravation in the long run by doing it right the first time. Using me as your professional photographer is a bargain compared to the value you get, not to mention the real harm a bad or even not very good photograph can do to your online image. When you consider that your professional head shot can be used for social media profiles, your web site, printed marketing materials, newspaper articles and magazine interviews to name a few, it really is money well spent.

Gary Cooper

Head Shots & Portraits Photographer

Square Freedom Photography

5 Photography Gift Ideas For Under £20

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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos. My name is Gary Cooper and today I am looking at 5 Gift Ideas for under £20! I have even thrown in an extra gift idea because it’s Monday. If you are reading the blog then welcome back and you will find pictures and links to the items listed. If you are listening on the podcast then I will try to get photos to come up on your screens if possible. As always I will only recommend items which I have used or would use and no matter how much money a brand wants to pay me to talk about an item – If I don’t believe in it then I will be 100% honest about that. So let’s get straight into 5 Photography Gift Ideas for under £20.

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Let’s start off with a bit of an educational and create book. It’s called Photocrafty which is by Sue Venables, the front cover reads – 75 creative camera projects for you and your digital SLR. So I really like this book because it’s not just about different creative ways of taking photos it has also got things around what you can do with the photos so you can really make your photography come to life once you have it printed. You have photo challenges like the one of the photo projects where you take 50 shots of the same image but each shot is a different view or light set up. You’ve also got things like shooting from the hip and the book covers the standard things you’d expect in terms of remember your rule of thirds, remember your lines, how colours complementing each other and how blue makes it a very cold photo and orange makes it a very warm photo. There are projects like framing where you create your frame and then go around shooting photographs of people or views through the frame so I figured out of all the different photo books you could get in terms of creative photo books this one is one that really makes you spend time on it to then make something really interesting so creating dinosaurs to put your photos together on and going outside using chalk to draw out balloons and then have someone lay on the floor and hold the chalk drawing string so it looks as if they’ve been blown away by the balloons or drawing clouds and making the kids dress up as Superman. So I like this book and it’s £11.94 the moment and that’s from Amazon on the back of the book it shows that it normally retails for £14.95 but really like that book.

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Next up on the list I’m going to go for the Neewer 5 in 1 portable reflector 24 to 36 inch. Basically everyone needs a reflector and I am finding that I think I need two reflectors for some of my photography set ups. I’m realising that actually a reflector can come in handy for many things apart from reflecting light, you can also diffused light and also it can form part of a background so you can have your black background and a white background which just saves on speedlights as I had a situation on one of my photo shoots where one of my lights just died on me and nothing I could do would make that work. At the time I was trying to create a white background and how I normally do that is by putting the light behind a subject to make the background go white, what I found at that point is that if I just had a reflector I could put up then at least it would resolve a bit of an issue. The reflector folds up nice and tight, Neewer is a great brand for being able to produce stuff which is very very cheap but it still does the job I’ve got a couple of Neewer items and even a few flashes. Now these are not super fast or the best on the market however for the price you pay they do a dam good job and with some TLC they will last and get you through a photo shoot. They just get the job done and at the time when starting out looking at new gear to buy, this is something which can get you into buying some photography gear and help you to decide if you want to invest more in that idea, I found it really good for if I wasn’t sure that I wanted a softbox of a certain size I could pick it up for a fraction of the cost from Neewer and play around with it and if it wasn’t what I wanted to invest in now then not a problem and if I did want a more expensive one because yeah it would be much better made and you felt like it was going to survive and be durable for you. If you really take care of your Neewer items then they will last. So that’s the Neewer 5 in 1 portable reflector which is under £20.

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Next on my list let’s go for the Big Bigger Picture Inspiration Cards. You get what is like a pack of cards basically same kind of size they come with different Projects and in this one you get 450 possible photography challenges from 10 knowledge cards and 40 task cards so I presume it’s a case of mixing and matching some of the cards to then make it so all goes together but like I said you can get ones which are focused on certain areas like Street Photography but this one is more of a range of different items. What I love about it I picked out a couple here so you have one about freezing time and it will show you the picture of what they mean by that. They give you a little run down and then what the task is and give you some little tips to work with as well that task you have Textures and Patterns, Sounds which looks good as it’s about taking photos of some images that when you look at them it sounds noisy so for example I’ve got an angle grinder in the picture they’ve shown which has sparks coming off of it so your brain is imagining that would have been noisy. There is also a card that looks at reflections and then what I really like and what I’ve always wanted and I’ve never gone and invested in, that they give you a card where you can actually cut-out a composing mask so then you can look through it for your DLSR or for your compact camera depend on what one you’re using and then by using that card keep in your wallet, you pull it out and you can hold it up at a subject and instantly you’re getting a view of what would that look like in the camera and I love that so I’m looking forward to using that and trying out some of the bigger picture ideas. The bigger picture cards are my cheapest item I’ve got on the list today at £6.99.

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Moving on we’ve got another book of how to Photograph Absolutely Everything. So basically this is from a guy called TomAng and Tom does a lot of different books so at least one of them would be a great investment so do check out what one you think is going to appeal to you. I have Tom’s The Complete Photographer and it is really really good which is another book he’s done which I highly recommend that but I think the how to photograph absolutely everything would probably have been the book I would have chosen if I saw both of them side-by-side. The great thing about his books are that they always come with an assignment to get your teeth into and it is in the form of a brief which can be great for learning how to action briefs when moving your photography forward into working with clients. You also get to analysis images which look really fantastic blown up nice and big and they go through four different points on that image for you to bear in mind when you’re looking at it and then you get the assignment and it will break it down with what to look for and things to think about. So what I love about this book is that you get the basic knowledge section, you’ve got People, Landscapes, animals, architecture, events, artistic expression and other areas that you can look at and that’s why with his books they are pretty much the same so you want to get the one that applies to what you want to learn.

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Another Neewer item for you and this it the Photo Studio 176 LED Ultra Bright On camera video light for £18.99 and this is what I mean with Neewer, so the quality of its build isn’t going to be fantastic you will have to look after this item but however a 176 LEDs and they are dimmable so it’s not just a bright light in your face, you are able to dim down the lights and this works with all the cameras as it sits basically on your camera as if it was like a flash so that then also means you can mount it onto a light stand. It’s adjustable so you can tilt it up and down and remember light is the most important thing with photography but also this can double up as if you was doing a video shoot,  it can also double up as just another way you could get a macro shot as it’s continuous lighting which is getting cheaper and I am looking at how I use continuous lighting in my photo shots going forward.

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Lets through a bonus item in there as its Monday. Rechargeable Batteries with Charger Set. It’s by EBL and the power is 2800mah, so I’m not the expert on this one but mah, using my basic knowledge of it, is the amount of power that the battery can store to then keep on powering an item. So the higher that mah number the more it will be able to power in terms of durability for example you wouldn’t put a standard AA battery that probably only has 600-1000mah if I’m right on that power into your digital camera but you would want to put a 2800mah in there because it will last longer, it will be able to cope with the demand of that technical item. So for under £20 it is a rechargeable pack because you don’t want to be going through batteries, one of the things with batteries which are alkaline batteries they’re fantastic because if I have an item that has AA battery compatibility for me that’s brilliant because I will always keep a pack of batteries with me. For example my Neewer flash which I still use as a backup so I take three flashes with me normally on a photoshoot and the backup one being the Neewer one, where it runs on AA batteries so if everything failed on me like my rechargeable flash, although the Neewer refresh is clunky and there has been times when you hear it go off and it’s like wow, actually that’s the one that gets me out of jail if there’s a problem. So that’s my bonus item in this Photography Gifts you can buy for a photographer or treat yourself for under £20

Have a great week everyone and if there is anything you would like to see more of on the Podcast or Blog then get in touch and share your thoughts. Like, Share and Subscribe to keep up to date with this evolving blog. You have been listening to Snap Creative Photos and remember Creativity Has No Limits.

Photography Revisited Challenge – My Sister

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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos where Creativity Has No Limits.

My name is Gary Cooper and this weeks Photography Challenge is a Photo Revisited Challenge. So in this post I will share with you the photo in question and go over some of the settings used and what I remember of the set up from back then. If you are reading this over at the blog then I will ensure there are photos throughout for you. If you are listening to this via the Snap Creative Photos Podcast then I will ensure I enhance the podcast to have some photos on there for you as well. Youtube you as always get the best of both worlds with sound and visual benefits. So let’s get into this.

We are looking today at this photo of my sister,

lets make that a little bigger for you. Now actually let me show you the before and after side by side as I have already done some edits to this photo based on my learning of Lightroom edits. Right there you go so lets have a look at when I took this image, if I go over here let’s have a look at some details behind this image.

The image was taken on the 18th of October 2011 at 3:45 shall we say in the afternoon. The shutter speed was 1/ 20th of a second and wow I was shooting at F29! I don’t think I’ve shot at F29 like, forever. Lets have a look at the ISO, Ok so looking at the ISO, even though the ISO is showing at being 6400 – can we just zoom in on this, I can see where it’s a bit grainy and potentially it is not properly in focus just looking over the eyes on the photo but to be fair its really really good in terms of like how bad I would of thought a 6400 ISO would be coming out as I would imagine 6400 ISO being quite distorted.

Camera was Nikon D5100

So what I remember of this photo

is that it was taken on my Nikon D5100 a camera I still use today for certain photos. I do really believe that it’s not about what camera you’ve got, it’s about how you use it and knowing what to do with it. I was quite happy with that photo and that would have been sent off and printed or whatever needs to be done with it, I think that one was the image that was sent off and printed as well if I remember rightly and yes that’s where my photography limits my experience were at the time.

I’m still shocked and a little impressed that’s 2011 so yeah I didn’t realise my D5100 was that old. The set up for this photo was by a big window in the dining room to use all the natural light that I could as at the time I didn’t have any flash’s. I remember it was a case of getting my sister to keep moving her head around to take her mind off the fact that I was taking photos but also for me to try and find the right light and pose for the final image. Thats right, it was on burst mode and I had my finger firmly on the shutter button.

So from what I’ve have learned since 2011

from an editing point of view I’ve managed to do some edits on this photo so I’ve brought down the clarity to smooth out the skin with, brought down the exposure because actually the exposure was still quite bright on the original, I have bought in some more colour to the face changing the saturation so that it just looks a lot more pleasing on the eye, however now the challenge I am setting myself is to retake this photo with the same setup of the natural light and using the same camera, my trusted Nikon D5100.

The only things I will be changing is the settings as I will not be shooting at F29! I will also be looking at using my light setup in another photo to show that natural lighting is all well and good but why I believe that having your own light setup and knowing how to adjust camera settings to get the best out of the gear you are using, will show why lighting is the be all and end all and you have just got to have the right light to be able to take great photos.

Settings used for the photo

What I hope to be able to show you

is how my level of knowledge in photography from that point has grown and obviously you can tell that by the settings – bloody F29! I don’t know why I would be shooting at F29 and just 1/20th of a second, that’s why it’s not going to be in focus and blurry eyes, I was probably moving as well as her moving so this could be really interesting. So yeah we’re going to retake the photo using what knowledge I now have using the natural light from the same window and then I’m going to do a light setup, probably use for this one the Beauty Dish as I’ve got the luxury of being able to do that in the comfort of my own home.

Please come back later in the week to see the end result. I will have that up by Friday for you and I encourage you to look at a photo you have taken in the past and see how you could recreate it with improvements from the knowledge you have gained over the years.

Have a great week and remember Creative Has No Limits here at Snap Creative Photos.

Google Street View & English Heritage Team Up

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Hello and welcome to Snap Creative Photos, is my name is Gary Cooper and today we are looking at some News In Focus. Something that stood out for me in the news today was historical sites brought to life on Google for the first time. I don’t know if anyone else saw this in the news but after I found this on Sky News actually I found it on the BBC this morning and then when I was searching online, Sky News had the article that came up first with relation to it but basically Google have teamed up with English Heritage where they are bringing the Google Maps technology to the English Heritage sites.

So they’ve gone around with the street view technology the 360 degree views of all of the English Heritage sites from what I can see and I have to be honest, I found it really interesting to see the results of that partnership come together. I actually know of a photographer who does the inside of buildings in a street view setup, just like this, and he’s now qualified and able to do that all officially for Google, so if you are working in like an office building, he would come in and create a 360 degree virtual tour that people could view without even having to leave their house. Now that is how the BBC position this on the news this morning, they were saying that you can go and look at all these different English Heritage sites without even leaving you armchair. I do want to say I think, especially as a photographer, it’s a real shame if you don’t get out there and explore the world around you because even just going down to your local high street and removing the mindset of I am down the High Street because I’m going to the bank or I’m going to the shop or I’m going to do my weekly food shop, I actually want you look at what is around you and find out whats down this road and just go for a wonder & explore because honestly there is amazing things in everyone’s local area and there’s not a single High Street and I will gladly accept this challenge, there is not a single high street where you couldn’t go and get fantastic photos or see something that’s quite amazing and I don’t really believe that any High Street even my local one that I go to is amazing when I go Off The Beaten Track.

So yeah I was looking on the website, I have put a link at the bottom of this post of in the description if you are listening via the Podcast, and I have to say that it is brilliant. When click onto the link there is a whole page which shows Google’s arts and culture and what they’ve done with the English Heritage. I decided I’m going to go on a little tour of the York Cold War Bunker as I thought it would be good to see what’s it like inside of a nuclear bunker and you know what, it was really fascinating! As I clicked on the link, you get this kind of little story book when you go through on their website, so you read a little and look at the pictures and then click to the right of the page to move forward. For each place they put together like a storybook and it kind of takes you on what would have been the kind of scenario you would find taking place at the location. For me it was like stepping back in time to see what they might have gone through and what you’d expect to see on the walls and who would be responsible for that information in the York Cold War Bunker.

I went on and there was a little video at the end, they had about probably 6 pages of information with nice pictures around information on what would have happened in that moment and then there was the video that went with it, which kind of helped bring it all to life. So it’s really really good and then I wanted to go for a walk around on my own. To actually go and do the walk around all I done was type York Cold War Bunker in to Google Maps and then it comes up and we get your little man and you drag it over the York Cold War Bunker and the Cold War Bunker lights up blue, like the road when you use street view for Google and then you just go for a wonder around and I’m kinda looking at the main control room and zooming in and out to see all the detail and now I find myself explaining what I just saw in the video to how that would like to where I was standing.

If you like the York bunker Cold War Bunker or any of the places you might use this great partnership to view, I highly recommend that you go check it out and take your own photos so you can make your own memories. All in all it’s really fascinating with the facts and just being able to zoom in on some of the detail, it really puts you right there and definitely before you go onto Google Maps to look at some of these places I would strongly recommend you go check out the Google arts and Culture page which is focused on English Heritage the main Google arts and Culture page has loads of places where they’ve been before when in the US and other countries but the link I put in the blog post at SnapCreativePhotos.com will take you straight to the English Heritage site.

So there you have it. Google arts and culture has done a great job and I really encourage you to have a look at clicking on some of the stories and see what they’ve done with this partnership. So thank you very much nice quick update today if you have got any questions for me then please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. Definitely go and check out what the English Heritage and Google have been up to and have a great day.

Google & English Heritage Site

Olympus 2.4 Megapixel Camera Smart Glasses

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Hello and welcome to News In Focus here on Snap Creative Photos my name is Gary Cooper and today I am talking about Olympus’s new smart glasses with a 2.4 megapixel camera. Now hold on a minute why are we talking about smart glasses I hear you say?? I can’t really hear you say I just imagine that’s exactly how it would go down. So basically there was a really big hype around the 2.4 megapixel camera that Olympus had on the smart glasses so it was coming up in the places where I would see things on social media on Twitter so I thought I better have a look see what this is all about and share with you guys what it’s all about so today you’re going to hear or read my thoughts on this new release and should you go and buy one. So let’s get straight into the blog if you are reading this then thank you if you are listening to the podcast then thank you as well, please leave your comments below, like, subscribe & share with friends and family. We are just getting started but I would really love your support so thank you very much.

So on Monday Olympus showed off its new Smart Glasses which is called the Olympus EyeTrek insight EI-10 Smart Glasses and because that is such a mouthful and we’re just going to call them Smart Glasses from now on in, I might even had Olympus at the front just to clarify. So when I first saw these images going up online for these new Smart Glasses I really thought that it was April 1st, April Fools Day! What is going on with the Olympus PR because the photo which was going all over the Internet is the one we’ve used on our blog today so please if you are listen on the podcast go check out our blog so you can see what that image was, but let me describe that to you now. It was basically the Olympus Smart Glasses which looked like they were going to be the eye protection glasses that you would see builders wearing or scientists use in a lab. So these massive eye protection plastic glasses they looked plastic, there was no making me thinking it was some fancy metal work, they looked plastic and you had that as their main image that was going around.

So on finding out more information about this, because they picked up so much around the 2.4 megapixel camera, I’ve found out that actually I think they should have been focusing on the fact that you can remove the Olympus Smart Glasses unit. Thats right the actual unit is removable to go on any glasses you like and the reason they chose the press photo to be the eye protection plastic glasses is because they are mainly aiming this at the business industry, like for engineering, doctors that kind of thing is what they’re looking at. So lets look at some of the features, it has a 2.4 megapixel camera, which is why it’s ended up here on the blog, they can be attached to any glasses, shoot video or photos with standard colour display setup for this kind of item pretty much matches Google Glass. It’s got a 16-bit microphone as well so can record video, photos as well as voice which is really good if you’re having to document something you’re doing.

They go on to say it’s compact and lightweight for extended use, so the weight of the item is 66g with the battery and I don’t know what that feels like I don’t know if that is something you would walk around with all day on one side of your head so I don’t know what that looks like. They mention around its battery life as well which is 30 to 60 minutes usage time and I just think that that kind of just contradicts itself right there when you’re saying compact and lightweight for extended use – so brilliant it’s nice and compact it’s lightweight (it doesn’t look compact to be honest from the image of the bulky unit) and when a battery is only going to last you 60 minutes, I just feel what can you achieve in 60 minutes when you’re trying to aim this at your business community. So it’s one of them kind of scenarios where you will send someone out to a job and they do one job and then that’s it for the day because, how I envision these glasses being used, is with AR technology that’s how I can really see this going off in the manufacturing kind of world. It’s got your standard Wireless LAN & Bluetooth they mention about this unique optical technology with a semi-transparent effect that allows you to see images and data without impeding your eyesight.

So pricing and launch details. Launching in the US this month no date for the UK yet, it will set you back around the $1,500 mark which is again the same price that Google Glass would do for you. Press release was really positive and upbeat but I felt like it was missing something and doesn’t seem to really have any benefit when you’ve got what you’re trying to target is a very high demanding industry where they don’t want to be charging stuff every hour and you can already see Google trying to come up with short term solution’s by having external battery packs that can be plugged in if you are doing more demanding usage of the Google Glass.

So will I be buying one any time soon – No. I can see where this tech will work in the future, I know I have spoken about AR already but even in getting it to support VR would take these to another level. VR is way out in the future and AR is finally getting some traction after years of being out there, so that maybe how Smart Glasses go, building each year by working with businesses and listening to their feedback.

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