Dave Carter Photography: Blog https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog en-us davecarterphotography.com davecarter@davecarter.me.uk (Dave Carter Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT https://www.davecarterphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u750637328-o898698005-50.jpg Dave Carter Photography: Blog https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog 120 79 New Website using Zenfolio https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/7/new-website-using-zenfolio Dave Carter Photography

Well, after about a month with Photoshelter, I've decided to switch to Zenfolio. It's quite a bit cheaper for a start, even on the Premium account. Other features I like better are;

  • Unlimited Storage
  • Better presentation of Images / Galleries
  • No limit with Custom pages
  • Better Marketing / Selling features

and a few more I can't think of off the top of my head.

It does mean I've had to re-import all the photos and re-design / re-edit the site but it shouldn't be too long before I'm back to where I left off.

Anyway, hope you like the new site. Drop me a comment if you do.

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davecarter@davecarter.me.uk (Dave Carter Photography) design new website zenfolio https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/7/new-website-using-zenfolio Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:11:11 GMT
Nikon MB-D12 Vertical Grip https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/7/nikon-mb-d12-vertical-grip Dave Carter Photography Nikon MB-D12

Got this baby delivered today. The MB-D12 Vertical Grip for my Nikon D800.  At a premium £300 these are NOT cheap for an accessory but it's a near enough essential one if you're using your camera to make money.

It provides a few more benefits than just being able to hold the camera firmly in a portrait orientaion. It's an additional battery holder, extending the lifetime before having to replace them. It can hold a D4 battery or AA batteries too in the included adaptor. This is mighty useful if you're out in the field without an electricity supply to power your normal charger. Other controls on the grip are additional shutter release, main control dials and an AF multi-selector. It also boosts the standard 4 fps continuous shooting to 6. It's very solidly constructed, being mainly magnesium alloy, the same as the camera.

So, the negatives! Well, for a start, as you can see from above, it will make the footprint of your D800 quite a bit larger and heavier. This will be quite a burden on your shoulders if carrying it for any length of time without a good comfortable strap. It's debatable whether the additional battery capacity is a significant benefit. It's pretty easy just to carry a spare around and slip it in when the installed battery runs out of charge.

Is it worth the money when there are cheaper 3rd party alternatives? Only you can answer that one but, for me, yes - just about. It's not going to be beaten for quality and should easily last you the lifetime of the camera without any issues.  I find the multi-selector easier to use than the one on the camera and that's a big plus for me. It balances the camera out nicely with larger lenses too

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davecarter@davecarter.me.uk (Dave Carter Photography) mb-d12 nikon vertical grip https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/7/nikon-mb-d12-vertical-grip Wed, 03 Jul 2013 07:28:00 GMT
Nikon 85mm f1.4 G - The Ultimate Portrait/Wedding Lens https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/6/nikon-85mm-f1-4-g---the-ultimate-portrait/wedding-lens

There are lenses that you need some of the time and there are those you need almost all of the time. A fast, moderate telephoto is one such lens of the latter kind. An ideal focal length for portraits and weddings is around 70 - 90 mm. It allows the photographer to fill the scene with head and shoulders without being too close or far away from the subject. Add a fast minimum aperture and it will produce the wonderfully shallow depth of field that everyone loves that makes the person(s) in the frame stand out against a smooth blurry background.

It's a "must have" for any professional photographer and today I received the daddy of them all - a Nikon 85mm f1.4G Lens. This is a professional quality lens at a price to match but what a beauty! Coupled with my Nikon D800, this baby should really deliver. It's quite a large lens with a lot of glass but the image quality and performance is second to none but don't take my word for it. The link below is a review of the lens by Ryan Brenizer, one of the best wedding photographers in the world.

Nikon 85mm f1.4G Lens Review by Ryan Brenizer

 

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davecarter@davecarter.me.uk (Dave Carter Photography) 85mm lens nikon portraits weddings https://www.davecarterphotography.com/blog/2013/6/nikon-85mm-f1-4-g---the-ultimate-portrait/wedding-lens Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:34:00 GMT