Archive for March 2014

Time Lapse

iPhoneography is gaining popularity and as the quality of phone cameras improves it is being taken more seriously, the video functions on phones is also very good allowing you to capture full HD footage on the device you carry with you every day.

Time lapse is performed by taking photographs at set intervals and then combining them to form a movie. Smartphones are an ideal tool for capturing time lapses with no additional equipment. By using a free or low cost app you can either use the phone to capture a series of stills or to capture and produce a video clip.

The Triggertrap App, available free for both Android and iOS can use your internal camera or with the dongle you can trigger your SLR at the required set intervals

Other apps that can capture and produce timelapse movies are iMotion HD  and Miniatures (the free version is limited to lower res 10s clips) but this can also add the tilt-shift effect to your movies, which is quite effective combined with time lapse.

One limitation of making time lapse movies is that it is difficult to pan the camera during the capture of the images without jerking. I use a small device to rotate the phone whilst the images are being captured.

With the Muvi X-Lapse the camera is slowly rotated and setting the capture rate to 1s gives a fairly smooth pan, as can be seen in the following video, which was created with Miniatures and then edited in iMovie

Photography Competitions March 2014

National Photography Awards

Following on from last month’s spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis the theme for  National Photography Awards UK’s themed competition for March is “Northern Lights”.

*** NORTHERN LIGHTS COMPETITION – Call for Entries ***

This month’s themed competition is ‘Northern Lights’. Entries are now open – We want to see your images of the beautiful Aurora!

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will see their images featured on our website & FB page and winning images will automatically be entered into our Astronomy Photographer of the Year category!

Our guest judge for the Astronomy POTY category is Lord Martin Rees – World renowned cosmologist, astrophysicist and official astronomer to the Queen! Here is a quote from professor Rees: “The beauties of the night sky have been admired by all cultures throughout human history. I’m delighted to be a judge and look forward to seeing some beautiful images.”

The Northern Lights themed competition is FREE to enter and deadline for entries is midnight on 31st March.

Don’t forget you can also enter your general Astronomy images into our Monthly Awards. For more information and to enter, please visit our website. Good Luck!

 Win a Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 Telephoto Lens

What Digital Camera are offering the chance to win this lens worth £1000 to one lucky winner.

Just answer a simple question to be in with a chance of winning. Closes 1st April 2014

 Amateur Photographer are also running a competition to win the same lens, it even has the same question so double your chances. Closes 10th April 2014

Win a Fujifilm X-M1 and lens worth £600!

What Digital Camera are also giving you the chance to win a Fujifilm X-M1 and lens.

Answer the simple question to be in with a chance of winning. Closes 31st March 2014

Win £500 to spend at

To celebrate the power of vision and the wonder of our eyes, GetLenses are giving away £500 worth of vouchers to spend on photography equipment from Amazon UK.

All you have to do is send us a photograph you’ve taken of a sight or object that reminds you of an eye. This could be anything from clouds in the sky, the froth on your coffee cup, or even water draining through a plughole. If you think it looks like an eye, we want to see it. The more imaginative, the better. So get your creative cap on and get snapping!

Win A Mountain Series Loka Camera Bag have a Mountain Series Loka camera bag and Internal Camera Unit insert, worth £230, to give away, courtesy of f-stop.

One lucky winner will win a lightweight, weather-resistant, 37-litre camera bag ideal for outdoor use. The Loka has room for kit, food, water, and other daily essentials.

It is compatible with all f-stop Internal Camera Units (ICUs), up to a large pro series.

You’ll need to be quick – closes 14/3/14