Index to page entries here within the blog, headers for each section will take you to the relevant page


Photo Talk Latest

Shooting with a light tent

Single Point Colour Mode on Panasonic Lumix Cameras

Creating a Blurred Background with Small Sensor Cameras

Enabling and Using EX and EX TELE modes on Panasonic Systems Cameras

Panasonic EX Zoom, i.Zoom and Digital Zoom on the FZ1000/2000/2500

4K Video Comparison Test of 6 Cameras

Challenging old rules- Linear versus Circular Polarising Filters

Why Digital cameras place images in the DCIM Folder 

Macro Zoom and AF Macro Modes on Panasonic cameras



Photo Talk Page:


Field of View, Magnification and Depth Of Filed of Raynox Closeup Lenses with the Panasonic Lumix FZ200/200/330

Using Photoshop Smart Object Stacking Mode for Noise Reduction of High ISO JPEGS

The Use Of Focal length To Isolate Subject From Background.

Panasonic EZ Zoom

Using Flash For Close Up Photography

Using a dedicated flashgun on a non dedicated flash camera.

Given an option to shoot wide angle or telephoto - which produces the best overall results?

Are More Expensive Filters Worth The Investment

Using The FZ200/300/330/1000 for blurred background motion shots - panning techniques

The Suitability Of Micro SDXC Memory Cards in Cameras

Transferring Panasonic Lumix camera files to Smartphones via USB

Tele converter lenses, are they worth it?

Aperture or Shutter Priority - Which is the best choice and a BONUS feature for Panasonic FZ330(300) and FZ1000 users.

Understanding Your "Pop Up" Flash Performance

Why Exposure Compensation Is Needed In Some Scene Types

Maximising Image Quality

Does Size matter?

Getting Sharper Images

LED Lights For Photography

Shooting in Snowy Conditions

Using Extension Tubes with Micro Four Thirds Cameras

Are the latest versions of popular cameras always the best?

i.Zoom or not? Reasons for using it with the FZ1000 camera.

Hints And Tips For Photographing the Moon with the FZ200 Camera.

FZ1000 and GH3 Head to Head testing, stills cropped from 1080p video files at 10 lux.

FZ1000 and FZ200 RAW File Comparisons.


Sample Still Images From FZ1000 4K video Files

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, My First Impressions

Depth Of Field and Full Frame Equivalent Focal Lengths and Apertures

Image sharpness killers - ND Filters affecting FZ200 sharpness at high zoom levels.

Method for testing your lens sweet spot!

Let's look at photography in a different way!

Why I Believe Full Frame Cameras Have Limited Uses For Wildlife Images!

Crop factor, Full Frame Equivalent Focal Length and Aperture



Photo Talk Archive 1


An Easy Way To Remember Those F Stop Numbers

Rivington Pike Fell Race 19th April 2014, lessons to be learned!

Advanced Tutorial Dust Spot and Object Removal with Canon DPP

Noise Reduction "plug in" for jpeg/RAW noise removal  


Converting a Compact Digital Camera to Shoot Infrared Part 2

Backlighting using translucent plastic sheet

Simple Flash Diffuser Works Great on Pop Up Flashes

Welding Mask Filters used for Long Time Exposure Photographs

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro four thirds camera

Using Automatic Extension Tubes for Close Up Photography with CSC's and DSLR's



Photo Talk Archive 2


Photostyles and image sharpening parameter

Image Ratios, Image size and Output Requirements

Neutral Density Filters

Converting a Compact Digital Camera to Shoot Infrared Only

Shooting in the 16:9 Aspect Ratio? If not, may be you should?

Editing Panasonic JPEGS in Canon DPP software


Travel Zoom Cameras

The Canon G7 mark 3 full review

The Canon SX740 HS with 4K video Mode Review

Image quality with travel zooms

Alternative Charging For Your Travel Zoom with USB Power

Using Raynox Close up lenses with Travel Zoom cameras 

Dust spots INSIDE the TZ70 (ZS50) lens causing white "orbs" when shooting into the light.

Quicker Manual Focus with the TZ70 (ZS50)


Canon SX700 HS travel zoom review

The Panasonic Lumix TZ70 (ZS50) First Impressions

THE NEW TZ70 (ZS50) From Panasonic, the new Flagship Travel Zoom for 2015

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) Travel Zoom Camera 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) ISO Noise Tests

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) Low Light and "Difficult" Lighting Tests

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 (ZS40) Dynamic Range Test

The New Panasonic Lumix TZ60 (ZS40) has arrived!




FZ200 Specific Page


New TTL Compatible Flash Gun for the FZ200- The Godox TT350o at only £69.

Image collection for focus stacking

Things to check when the flash won't fire

Adding a Rubber Eyepiece to the FZ200

100:1 Passive Attenuator for the Mic Input of the FZ200 to allow Powered Mics to be used


Exposure Value Compensation and Manual Exposure Mode Scales Explained

The Exposure Triangle




Is there such a thing as the China FZ200 Syndrome?

F11 Stills with the FZ200?

Implementing Back Button Focus on the FZ200

Back projection techniques for table top pictures.

Festive Lights and family group pictures - getting the correct image.


Guard Ring to Prevent Unwanted Operation of the WB button

Shooting 3D images with the FZ200

Dealing with Highlights, how to go about retaining as much highlight detail as possible

Determining the Shutter count on the Panasonic Lumix FZ200

Preventing Unwanted Button Presses on the FZ200

Camera Tripod Mounting Ring for Panorama Shots and Teleconversion Lenses - for FZ200


FZ300/330 Specific Pages


AFS, AFF and AFC Focus Modes Explained

A Look At In-Camera Compositing - Using Multiple Exposure Mode

Using the in camera RAW processing option of the FZ330/300 to optimise the JPEG processing engine

FZ330(300) Firmware update to version 2.0 Post Focus Added

FZ300/330) Review

Transitioning From The FZ200 to the FZ330(300)

Tripod Quick Release Plate



FZ1000 Specific Pages


Flash with the FZ1000 & (FZ300/330)

Close up photography with the FZ1000


Creating Time Lapse Videos with the FZ1000


FZ2000/2500 Specific Pages


First impressions


Tech Talk Latest


Th FV mode on Canon Mirrorless cameras.

Lighting for Coins and Medals

Cross polarised lighting for photography

Electret microphone plug in power unit

Monitoring audio on Panasonic camera without a headphone port

A Voltmeter Lithium Ion Battery Charger and Tester for All types of charger

Adding an Audio Guard Track for in camera recordings

Modifying the Panasonic DMW-DCC8 Dummy Battery Box to Display The Battery Status of Externally Connected Batteries.

Shutter speed, wireless propagation delays and flash pulse length - how these affect your image

Acoustically couples mic input for cameras with no external mic input

Why is Flash Duration So Important and Why it is Often Never Quoted?

My electronic clapperboard


Synch speeds of Panasonic bridge and CSC cameras

A new style battery box for the BLC12 replacement battery box

Battery Eliminator for Olympus OMD Cameras using the BLN-1 Lithium Ion Battery

Adding Battery Level Indication to Panasonic Dummy Battery Boxes DCC8 and DCC12


Modifying the Output From 9v Power banks and Convertor Cables to the Safe 8.4v Limit

Modifying the Qutaway 5v to 9v Conversion cable for 8.4 Volts

8.4v battery replacement for Panasonic cameras

USB Power bank 8.4v convertor for Panasonic Cameras

Schematic for the working version of the FZ200 AGC Defeat Unit

Studio Flash for Amateurs

Wireless Flash Trigger Systems

Audio Equipment for Videographers



Tech Talk


Median Value for high ISO noise reduction in image stacks

Lithium-ion batteries, cell protection features

Lithium Battery Charging and maximising charge/discharge cycles

Using Raynox Lenses

DIY Light Meter Project Update

Extreme Macro with Reverse Mounted Lenses on Canon EOS Cameras

Using OM lenses on Micro Four Thirds Cameras - Is There A Loss Of Quality?

Panasonic Bridge Camera and Aspect Ratio Equivalent Focal Length Change

Overcoming the Power Limitations of Bus Powered USB Hubs

Easy Slide Duplication with a Digital Camera

4k Photo and Video Shooting with Panasonic Cameras

The FZ1000 and the 4K Video Stills Acquisition

Cheap USB table top lighting project

Understanding The Speed Rating Of SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards


The Need For Speed

Maximising Depth of Field in Close ups

Alternative Large Format LCD Viewing Aid for the FZ200

Determining FZ200 Plane of Focus

Native and Expanded ISO Ranges

Flash Synchronisation

Calibrating A Panasonic Lumix Camera Auto White Balance Neutral Point

Building a USB to 8.4v power supply to power your camera for longer periods out doors

External Battery Supply for Panasonic Cameras

Depth of Field, something you may not appreciate


 Tech Talk2


Panasonic HD lenses

Displaying Panasonic Lumix Wi-Fi enabled Camera images on a Smart TV

Alkaline versus Zinc Carbon Battery Testing





Freewell Bright Day Filter Set For the DJI OSMO Action Camera

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 lens

The Panasonic Lumix FZ80/82 Review

The Godox TT650-O Flash Unit Review for Panasonic/Olympus Cameras

Godox X Series Wireless Transmitters and Receivers for Canon/Nikon/Sony/Fuji/Panasonic/Olympus

The Godox TT350-O Review (Panasonic/Olympus model)

Using the Olympus FL-ML3 micro flashes on the later Panasonic Cameras for Wireless Flash Control

Focus Bracketing App - GsimpleRemote

Mcoplus MCO-14EXT-C Xenon Ring Flash for Canon/Nikon

Mcoplus MP-MRF18 LED Ring Light Flash

Commlite EOS EF/EFS to Micro Four Thirds Lens Adaptor

Canon 70-300mm EF IS USM F4/5.6 Zoom Lens

Aperlite YH-500C E-TTL Flashgun Review

Neewer FC-16 Radio Flash Trigger

Aperlite YH-400 Flash Gun Review

The Toshiba FlashAir card




Reviews 2


Godox Virso S M2 Wireless microphone system

Hohem Go 2 Axis Ai automatic tracking holder

Andycine S2 Ai face tracking camera platform

Sony RX10 MK IV Initial Review 

The Zhufon Wireless mic

YC Onion Lasagna Teleprompter mounting option

Desview T3 Teleprompter mounting option

Desview T3 Teleprompter review

The Hollyland Mars 300 Pro HDMI Video transmission system

ANDYCINE C7 4K HDMI Monitor review

Cynova Audio Adaptor for the DJI Osmo Action Camera

Feiyu Tech Vlog Pocket Gimbal

The Viltrox EF EOS M2 Focal Reducer

VILTROX EF-M2 Canon EOS EF to Micro Four Thirds AdaptorThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

The Panasonic G80 Review

MCOPLUS LED light panels

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Review

Panasonic G7 Review


 Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M6 Mk2 Review

Canon EOS M5 Mk2 Review

Panasonic GX80(GX85) and GX8 Resolution

Canon EOS M5 Initial thoughts

Video Blogging Adaptor Plate for the EOS M5

Using Raynox Close Up lenses with the 14-42mm Kit lens Panasonic M4/3


Mobile Phone Photography


A Review of the Olloclip Core Lens Set

The new file formats for iphone7-8-X

Sample Images


Electronics for Photographers

Externally Powering Cameras using Power Banks and Lithium Batteries

Inline Voltage Meter for Lithium Ion Power Bank Monitoring

Powerbank keep alive circuit

Modifying the DCC6 Dummy Battery Box to Display Battery Status

Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Using The BBC Microbit Controller

The "Spectacular" Audio Project

Using USB-C PD power banks with Digital Cameras

Modifying the Qutaway 5v to 9v Conversion cable for 8.4 Volts

Schematic for the working version of the FZ200 AGC Defeat Unit 

Line level to mic level attenuator

Higher Current Power Bank Keep Alive Circuit

8.4V Lithium Ion Battery Pack for Cameras

Microcontroller Power Bank Keep Alive Device



Panasonic Lumix FZ80/82

Close-up and Macro with the Panasonic Lumix FZ80/82 

Modifying the DCC6 Dummy Battery Box to Display Battery Status

Tripod mounting plate modification