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Christmas shoppers open-minded about second-hand: survey

Christmas shoppers open-minded about second-hand: survey

Used specialist MPB has sponsored a survey of over 2000 UK shoppers (not just photographers and camera buyers) which reveals that more than quarter plan to give at least one used gift this Christmas. With more than half (54%) becoming increasingly concerned about the environment, according to the survey, consumers are also considering the packaging of their gifts. Nearly half (45%) will make a concerted effort to buy products with recyclable packaging, while two in five (40%) are planning to use recyclable wrapping paper and cards this year.

However, the rising interest in environmentally friendly gifting does not overcome the hesitation to gift used for some people, with over a third reporting that they worry the recipient would be upset or offended. These concerns may be unfounded, as 45 per cent of consumers surveyed said they would be happy to receive a used gift if it were in good condition, and three in 10 (30%) consumers would actually prefer to receive second hand or used gifts where appropriate, suggesting the conversation around sustainability is starting to shift people’s attitudes on how and what they consume.

As you’d expect, 51% of respondents would buy more second-hand if the product’s quality was covered by a guarantee (which is offered by all reputable used-camera dealers).

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“The data shows the stark reality of the pressures gift givers face at Christmas time, yet many people hesitate to gift used, which is more sustainable and often offers better value,” said Matt Barker, founder and CEO of MPB. “That said, it’s heartening to see that so many people are open to receiving something special that comes with its own unique history and backstory… we expect to see an even bigger boom in used retail over the next 12 months as the trend for buying sustainably continues to grow. The world needs more circular businesses, who advocate the mentality that buying used is better than buying new – and begin to offer products that, quite literally, don’t cost the earth.”

Returning to photography, MPB has put together some used camera/lens recommendations for the early festive season. Check out its site for the latest deals, which change frequently.

Best for landscape photography – Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
“The Nikon D810 is still revered for its great colours, resolution in a robust pro package that will never let you down. The Nikon 14-24mm lens is a landscape photographers dream, giving you a usable wide angle zoom that performs as well as most prime lenses.”

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Best for street photography – Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm 23mm f/2
“Fujifilm’s homage to old rangefinders in its design of the X-Pro 1 means it was made for one thing in mind: street photography. With options to use the optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder you can tailor your experience of how to shoot it, while enjoying those gorgeous colours synonymous with Fujifilm cameras. Add a sharp, contrasty and lightweight 23mm lens, and this is a set up that won’t leave you wanting for much.”

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Best for travel photography – Fujifilm X100F
“For those who don’t wish to skimp on image quality when on their travels, but size and weight are considerations – look no further than the Fujifilm X100F. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t, finished off in a robust all metal package that is super stylish to boot.”

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Best for YouTube/video creators – Sony Alpha A6400 and Sony E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
“Sony is renowned for cramming impressive tech features in a small package and the A6400 is no different. Whilst a capable camera for all round photography, it really shines as a vlogger and creator’s tool to make the job of solo filming as easy and efficient as possible. With impressive tracking autofocus, great low light ability and dynamic range, this is a camera that won’t just get the job done, it will get it done with style.”

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Further reading
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Christmas Gifts For Photographers From Refractique

Christmas Gifts For Photographers From Refractique

Refractique’s Lensball and new Lensball FlexArm could be the perfect gifts for a creative photographer this festive season.

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If you are looking for an exciting Christmas gift for a loved one who’s also a photography fan, Refractique may have a couple of products that could make perfect presents.

Refractique are the makers of the Lensball, a beautiful crystal photography sphere anyone can use to take stunning wide-angle photos and, to accompany the Lensball, they have also recently released the new Lensball FlexArm – a custom-designed accessory which protects the Lensball and presents it in photos better than ever. 

“The Refractique Lensball FlexArm is something you don’t think you need until you use it then you wonder why you didn’t purchase one sooner,” ePHOTOzine.

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Refractique delivers their products locally in the UK, US and Australia so if you’re looking for a creative and innovative gift for someone this year, check out their websites below.

Your Local Refractique – Lensball Photography Retailers:

Plus, you can save 12% on your Lensball purchase by using the code: ephotozine at the checkout. 

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How To Make A Christmas Card In Photoshop

How To Make A Christmas Card In Photoshop

It’s the season for sending and receiving Christmas cards and as you’re a photographer, this gives you the perfect opportunity to use one of your own shots on the front of a card you’ve personally crafted in Photoshop.

Just follow the below steps and you’ll soon have a Christmas card that you can send to loved ones that they definitely won’t find on a shop shelf. 

If you’re going to be posting your homemade cards, here are the recommended posting dates for Christmas 2020:

  • Friday 18 December 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
  • Monday 21 December 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48
  • Tuesday 22 December Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • Wednesday 23 December Special Delivery Guaranteed

International Standard (airmail) and International tracking signature services range in date depending on where you’re sending your cards to. Visit the Royal Mail website for full details. 

 

Christmas images

Pick A Suitable Image 

There are loads of themes you could go for, including snowy landscapes, a family portrait and gifts under a tree but we’ve gone for a simple and clean Christmas decoration design we can easily add text to. 

You can capture your own photos of Christmas tree baubles quite easily at home using your camera’s close-up mode. Nature lovers may have taken a close-up shot of a robin in a garden covered in snow or how about a night street view when the Christmas decorations are illuminated? Those wanting a fun option could dig out the Christmas stocking and get a small pet to pop it’s head out of the top or go one better and dress them up in a Christmas jumper and antlers.

Basically, providing you have a suitable photo to-hand, any type of card theme can be replicated.

 

Create A New Document In Photoshop 

Go to File>New (Ctrl+N) and for a landscape card, in the dialogue box set the A4 paper size in the width and height boxes. From the drop-down choose cm and in the width box key in 29.7cm and in the height 21cm. If you’re creating a portrait card you’ll need to reverse these figures. Set the resolution to 240 pixel/inch (ppi). Make sure the background colour is white and rename your new file ‘Card’. Colour mode should be set to RGB and 8-bit. Click okay and you will have a blank canvas with these measurements.

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Create a new layer, we do this so this layer can be deleted when all the elements are in place. To make folding the card easier select the Rectangular Marquee tool (M, Shift + M to tab between the options) and in the menu option across the top of the page set ‘style’ to Fixed Size and key 148.5mm into the width box and 105mm into the height box. On the canvas, click in the top left corner and a rectangular selection one-quarter of the size of the canvas will appear in the top left.

 

Marquee tool

 

Add A Line To The Selection 

Go to Edit>Stroke and set 1px width, the colour to Black and Location to Centre and click OK. This will create a narrow border around the selection which will appear as a thin line on your canvas. Repeat the last two steps in the bottom right corner and you’ll have a rough, but very useful, guide.

 

Draw lines

 

Use The Magic Wand Tool 

Select the Magic Wand tool and click inside the bottom right quarter. This will make a selection inside the quarter.

 

Make a selection

 

Open The Image That Will Feature On Your Card

Open the image you want to use on your card and Select>All (Ctrl+A), Edit>Copy (Ctrl+C) and then with the new canvas selected again choose Edit>Paste Into (Shift+Ctrl+V). This will make your image appear inside the selection you made with the Magic Wand Tool. If some of your image is hidden you can use the move tool (V) to put it into place or if you need more accurate control go to Edit>Free Transform and drag the corner handles to resize the photo so it fits better inside the selection. If you hold down the Shift key as you resize, the image will stay in proportion. When the image is sized and positioned correctly double click in the centre to make the change permanent.

 

Open the card image

 

Add Your Message

You now need to select the Text tool so you can add a message to your card. This tool is a ‘T’ shape and can be found in the tools palette. To add text, click in the top left part of the card. You can edit the font style, size and colour from the options in the top toolbar. 

 

You can also add text to the front of the card following the same steps but this time you want to position the cursor where you want the text to appear above the image, not in the top left. You also don’t need to do the next step for the text that’s on the front of the card as it’ll appear the wrong way around.  

 

Add text

You can also add text to the front of the card

 

Rotate The Text

Remember the text inside the card needs to be upside down so when the paper is folded the text appears the right way up inside the card. To do this, go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 180 degrees. Then make sure the Move Tool is selected and position the text where you want it.

 

Rotate the text

 

Rotate the text

 

Flatten & Print Your Image 

Click on the layer that you created the guide in and delete it. You can hit the delete key on the keyboard or drag it to the waste bin. Finally, go to Layer>Layer Flatten then print your card out.

You may get a message saying that the image is too big for the paper do you wish to proceed. Click no and go to Print with Preview so you can change your printer settings. You need to select borderless printing (if the option is available) or Scale to fit Media and trim off the border when it’s printed.

 

 

Fold Your Card

When printed, fold over carefully using the left and top edges of the photo as the folding points. Use a ruler or clean finger to score across the crease and make a sharp fold. The card will then stand up on its own and, depending on the paper used, will be a really smart alternative to the typical cards in the shops.

 

 

Card front

 

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Christmas Prize Draw 2020 Day 1 – Win a Nikon Z 50 Kit!

Christmas Prize Draw 2020 Day 1 - Win a Nikon Z 50 Kit!

The ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw 2020 is here and we’re kicking off day 1 with a fantastic prize draw courtesy of Nikon, where you could win a fabulous Nikon Z 50 kit complete with 16-50mm VR lens!

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Nikon Z50

We’re kicking 2020’s Christmas Prize Draw off with a bang! Nikon is giving away a fantastic Nikon Z 50 kit complete with 16-50mm VR lens!

 

Win & Save With Nikon!

The Nikon Z 50 is a DX mirrorless camera featuring a 20.9-megapixel sensor, 11fps shooting with AF/AE and a 4K movie mode. There’s a tilting touch screen allowing you to easily amend settings no matter the situation.

The Z 50 features Hybrid-AF, making focusing fast, precise and silky smooth. The on-sensor AF points cover 90% of the frame, allowing your subject to snap into focus even if they’re off to the side of the shot or on the move.

Thanks to its large DX-format sensor, the Z 50 can capture more light across the frame and, with an ISO sensitivity range of 100-51200 as well as low-light AF, shooting in dusky conditions will be a breeze.

If it’s portraits you’re after, then the Nikon Z 50 shines here as well – Intelligent Eye-Detection AF is able to automatically pinpoint your subject’s eyes and keep the focus on them – even if they’re moving around the frame.

The Z 50 is compact and also features a silent photography mode, for those moments when pressing the shutter could cause an unwanted distraction. With the ability to shoot 4K/UHD movies at 30p, and slow-motion footage in FullHD, the world is your oyster.

The ultra-sharp electronic viewfinder is capable of displaying a natural image, as you’d get through an optical viewfinder. Or, you can view images as they’d look with settings applied. It offers a consistently smooth and steady view, even when you zoom in to confirm focus.

 

Find out more about the Nikon Z 50

 

Claim Instant Savings On A Wide Range Of Nikon Products

You can claim Instant Savings on a wide range of Nikon products this winter, including the Nikon Z 7, Z 5, Z 50 and even the D780. Alternatively, are you looking for a new lens? This instant savings promotion also includes a selection of DSLR and Mirrorless lenses. This offer is running until 10 January 2021, from the Nikon store and Nikon Authorised retailers. The time is now! Don’t miss out!

 

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Nikon Z50

Win a Nikon Z 50 & 16-50mm Kit Lens!

The light and agile Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera delivers brilliant photos and stunning movies. It’s fast, powerful, and easy to use. It’s also compact, has a large 20.9-megapixel DX-format sensor and can shoot 4K movies.

With this amazing prize, you’ll be able to take your shooting to the next level. 

The camera has a tilting touch screen, super-clear high-res EVF and on-sensor AF points covering 90% of the frame, ensuring your subject is always in focus. 

With excellent low-light capability and Intelligent Eye-Detection AF, The Nikon Z 50 is a versatile camera that will become your perfect companion in any situation. 

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Enter below to be in with a chance of winning a Nikon Z 50 kit with 16-50mm lens! 

P.S. a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our members for being part of our amazing community and to those clients who have supported us through these unprecedented circumstances. It’s been a tough year, so ‘thanks’ – we couldn’t have made it through 2020 without you! 

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and here’s hoping 2021 will be healthy and happy all round. 

The ePHOTOzine Team.

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Christmas Prize Draw Day 2 – Win a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens!

Christmas Prize Draw Day 2 - Win a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens!

Enter day two of our Christmas Prize Draw extravaganza for the chance to win a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens, complete with USB Lens Station!

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SAMYANG AF 14mm F2.8 Lens, complete with USB Lens Station

Enter today’s Christmas Prize Draw for the chance to win a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens and USB Lens Station!

 

“A Broader Perspective” – Win a superb Samyang Ultra-Wide Angle AF lens!

The Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 is a high-performance, ultra-wide-angle autofocus lens, available in a choice of Sony FE, Canon EF, Canon RF and Nikon F mounts.

This superb prize includes a Samyang USB Lens Station, which allows you to adjust and customise the lens performance and update the firmware as new versions are released.

Samyang has used its exceptional knowledge of optical technology to build a compact lens, packed with features for stunning image quality. Autofocus is fast, precise and quiet and the lens delivers outstanding resolution from the centre-right into the corners of the image.

The ultra-wide-angle view, provided by the 14mm focal length, allows you to capture a creative space beyond that which meets the eye and portray an expanded sense of dimension.

It is ideal for astrophotography, dramatic landscapes and architectural interiors.

 

Find Out More About Samyang Lenses

 

Christmas 2020 Prize Draw Calendar

 Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8

Win a superb Samyang Ultra-Wide Angle AF lens!

The Samyang AF 14mm F/2.8 is a high-performance, ultra-wide-angle autofocus lens, available in a choice of Sony FE, Canon EF, Canon RF and Nikon F mounts.

Visit the Samyang website

 

Enter below to be in with a chance of winning a Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens! 

P.S. a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our members for being part of our amazing community and to those clients who have supported us through these unprecedented circumstances. It’s been a tough year, so ‘thanks’ – we couldn’t have made it through 2020 without you! 

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and here’s hoping 2021 will be healthy and happy all round. 

The ePHOTOzine Team.

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Photo Series of Incredible Home Christmas Displays is a Perfect Encapsulation of Americana

Photo Series of Incredible Home Christmas Displays is a Perfect Encapsulation of Americana

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Photographer Danelle Manthey spent ten years traveling across the United States as part of her project (and now book), American Christmas. The series documents home Christmas displays and captures them from the perspective that their creations are examples of modern American folk art.

Manthey photographed, interviewed, and spent time with the creators of these widely diverse displays as part of her project. She found that the creators are entirely self-taught and often do not view themselves as artists. Still, they build incredibly elaborate, site-specific annual installations and Manthey argues that they should be recognized for “their transcendent, highly skilled craft.”

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It’s All About Jesus! | Daniel Baughman, Prosper, TX
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Bringing Mom Home | Teresa Stellingwerth, Sioux Falls, SD
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A Great Escape | Mike “Greeley Grizwald” Medhurst, Greenley, CO

“I first became fascinated with Christmas displays as a child in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where my family had a tradition of driving around town in search of houses covered in lights,” Manthey says. “Later, I realized I wasn’t as intrigued by the lights as I was by the people behind them. In my photography practice, I aim to capture my subjects in shrines of self-expression. Through this project, I reveal what makes these displays so special—the creators’ artistic vision, homespun passion, and ability to share happiness.”

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To Scale | Garrett Mauser, Babylon, NY
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Choo Choo! | Terry and Sharon Miller, Westminster, CO

Manthey argues that those who create these Christmas displays are modern folk artists, as the term applies to those with no formal training and did not study an art form academically. The Christmas decorators’ creations appear like utopian spaces, a common theme among folk artists according to Manthey. Many of the selected displays feature region-specific motifs as well as handmade decorations. This tendency, coupled with the traditional imagery and decorative nature of the displays, also lends credence to the belief that these installations are a form of contemporary American folk art.

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That was cool | Kielawa Family, Huntington Station, NY
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It’s More than the Lights | Karen Vaught, Broomfield, CO

“The truly amazing thing about these American grassroots artists, all of whom became bitten by the pine-scented Christmas bug, lies in the diversity of their motivations,” explains Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum when asked to discuss Manley’s series. “Some had simply miserable childhood Christmas memories, so much so that they devoted their adult selves to a rectification by building some ideal Christmas Nirvana. Others were blessed with splendidly precious holiday memories, embodying emotional peaks of familial joy. All over the world, the single most common theme of visionary artists who create an artistic environment is some Eden-esque Utopia, and Christmas, especially since World War 1, has been at the top of the American concept of earthly paradise.”

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75° | Bill Vanderslice, Port Charlotte, FL
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This is for you Mom | Ed Rombeiro, Novato, CA

Manthey’s decision to photograph the displays with their creators brings a new angle to these images that are not often seen, even by those who partake in an annual tradition of viewing their local displays. Americans will often see decorated houses, but not juxtaposed with those who spend hours crafting them. If there was ever a project that perfectly encapsulated winter Americana, this is it.

Manthey shot these images on medium format film to, according to her media team, “mirror the creative process of her subjects.”

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Every day is a Saturday | Gil Gerard, Kenner, LA

Danelle Manthey is a photographer based out of New York City and Upstate New York by way of South Dakota. She has participated in multiple art fairs and been exhibited by multiple galleries in New YOrk, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and others. You can view more of her work here and order her book American Christmas here.

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American Christmas is a new book by photographer Danelle Manthey that examines Christmas displays, and the people behind them, through the lens of American folk art. Through portraits and interviews, the book features the stories of over 40 families and individuals across 12 states. It includes text by Marlene Friis, a foreword from Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Art Museum, and an introduction by Mark Sloan, Curator and Chief Director of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.


Image credits: Photos by Danelle Manthey and used with permission.

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ePHOTOzine’s Iconic Christmas Prize Draw Unwrapped

ePHOTOzine's Iconic Christmas Prize Draw Unwrapped

Despite a challenging year for the photographic industry, ePHOTOzine’s annual free-to-enter prize draw is back with 15 days of prizes waiting to be won!

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ePHOTOzine Christmas prize draw

 

The most anticipated photographic festive event of the year returns, and with it comes the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of top prizes kindly donated by leading brands!

The ePHOTOzine Christmas prize draw is free to enter and open to ePHOTOzine members, so sign up now (if you haven’t already) and unwrap today’s top prize to be in with a chance of winning it!

With many businesses and organisations struggling to make it to the end of what has been the most challenging and strangest year ever, it was doubtful if this popular event would go ahead. However, we all need a little Christmas spirit and companies have dug deep and reached out to support ePHOTOzine’s dedicated team of passionate individuals who strive to bring the best mix of all things photographic to its audience.

This iconic Christmas prize draw giveaway works exactly like an advent calendar. Each day a new prize draw can be opened from a different sponsor including Nikon, Sigma, Wacom and Samsung, who, along with a promotional message or special offer, will have a prize up for grabs. 

ePHOTOzine is the only photography community website for the hobbyist, amateur, beginner and professional photographer. It features reviews on equipment, a forum just to chat, a critique area where you can ask for advice and it is packed with photography news, techniques, competitions, photo galleries and much more.

For more information on the Christmas Prize Draw, and how to enter, take a look at our ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Guide

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ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Giveaway – Starts Tomorrow!

ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Giveaway - Starts Tomorrow!

ePHOTOzine’s Christmas Prize Draw begins tomorrow so make sure you’re signed up to receive our newsletter if you want to be one of the first to see what prizes are up for grabs this year.

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December is almost here which means you can eat mince pies, sing along to the Pogues and, of course, enter ePHOTOzine’s Christmas Prize Draw!

Yes, our FREE Christmas Giveaway is back once again and we know we’re biased but we think it’s one of the best prize draws out there. 

As always, the Christmas giveaway is free to enter, open to all ePHOTOzine members* and if you sign-up to receive our free newsletter, you’ll also be one of the first to get a glimpse at the amazing prizes up for grabs this year.

 

How Does The Prize Draw Work?

Our festive prize giveaway works like an advent calendar – on different days, a new prize draw will open from a different sponsor who, along with a promotional message or special offer, will have a prize up for grabs. 

 

What Can I Win?

We don’t want to give too much away but NikonSamyang, Serif and Wacom are just some of the big brands giving away cameras, lenses, software and more! 

 

When Does It Open?

The Christmas Prize Draw will open to entries TOMORROW on 1 December 2020 and if you want to be among the first to see what prizes are up for grabs this year, you’ll need to make sure you’re signed-up to receive our newsletter. Already registered? Well, all you have to do is sit back, relax and keep an eye on your inbox.

Also, don’t be mean, tell all your family and friends too! We’d also appreciate a ‘share’ on your social media channels.  

No other photo site out there offers anything like this to their members; it’s our way to say ‘thank you’ to you and to wish you an early but fantastic Christmas.

Good Luck everyone and we hope you have a brilliant Christmas! 

 

*Sponsor restrictions mean that some prize draws are open to UK residents only. See each individual prize draw for more details.

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Photography At Christmas Markets | ePHOTOzine

Photography At Christmas Markets | ePHOTOzine

Christmas markets are starting to pop up across the country and they’re a great photographic opportunity.

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Photo by David Pritchard

 

Gear:

  • Wide angle lens – overall atmospheric shots of the market
  • Zoom lens – shots of people and produce
  • Camera that works well at higher ISOs – Christmas markets look particularly good in the evening so a camera which gets good results at the higher end of the ISO spectrum would be handy to have
  • Tripod – If you can squeeze one into the crowds it will make your life a lot easier

Technique:

Festive markets are bursting with Christmas colours so make sure you take advantage of this. Late afternoon or early evening are the best times to visit as the dark sky against the festive lights create a magical atmosphere. Christmas wares on colourful displays look great so take the time to stand back and use a small aperture to get a stall’s full collection of produce in. You may have to wait until almost closing time if you don’t want people in your shot but shoppers, particularly if they’re interacting with stall holders, can add to your picture. Just remember to be polite, ask if it’s OK to photograph them and their stall and don’t get in the way – it’s a business after all so if they ask you to move on politely do so.

If there’s room to get close to the gifts on offer look out for baubles and other decorations dangling from the stalls. They can make great macro shots, particularly if they’re glittering against a background you’ve thrown deliberately out of focus. Adding a little flash can help quicken the shutter speed which can be a big help when working in low light.

As your market will probably be outdoors, watch your exposure as it can alter drastically between the walkways and under the stalls which can cause your shots to be underexposed. Keep an eye on your white balance too as street lights can look rather orange. You’ll probably find it’s best to bracket most of your shots, taking a shot above and below the correct exposure. Try standing back and shooting enough shots to stitch together as a panorama to show people the whole scene.

There’s no doubt that the market will be bustling so there will be ample chance to capture some shots of people wrapped up in their winter gear, carrying plenty of shopping bags filled with Christmas gifts. Try using a slower shutter speed to blur their movement as they walk through your frame. If any lights are swaying or there are fairground rides these will also work well blurred into colourful lines of light.   

 

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ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Giveaway – Coming Soon!

ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw Giveaway - Coming Soon!

ePHOTOzine’s Christmas Prize Draw will return on 1 December so make sure you’re signed up to receive our newsletter if you want to be one of the first to see what prizes are up for grabs this year.

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December is almost here which means you can eat mince pies, sing along to the Pogues and, of course, enter ePHOTOzine’s Christmas Prize Draw!

Yes, our FREE Christmas Giveaway is back once again and we know we’re biased but we think it’s one of the best prize draws out there. 

As always, the Christmas giveaway is free to enter, open to all ePHOTOzine members* and if you sign-up to receive our free newsletter, you’ll also be one of the first to get a glimpse at the amazing prizes up for grabs this year.

 

How Does The Prize Draw Work?

Our festive prize giveaway works like an advent calendar – on different days, a new prize draw will open from a different sponsor who, along with a promotional message or special offer, will have a prize up for grabs. 

 

What Can I Win?

We don’t want to give too much away but NikonSamyang, Serif and Wacom are just some of the big brands giving away cameras, lenses, software and more! 

 

When Does It Open?

The Christmas Prize Draw will open to entries on 1 December 2020 and if you want to be among the first to see what prizes are up for grabs this year, you’ll need to make sure you’re signed-up to receive our newsletter. Already registered? Well, all you have to do is sit back, relax and keep an eye on your inbox.

Also, don’t be mean, tell all your family and friends too! We’d also appreciate a ‘share’ on your social media channels.  

No other photo site out there offers anything like this to their members; it’s our way to say ‘thank you’ to you and to wish you an early but fantastic Christmas.

Good Luck everyone and we hope you have a brilliant Christmas! 

You can join in the latest Christmas Prize Draw discussion over in our forum. 

 

*Sponsor restrictions mean that some prize draws are open to UK residents only. See each individual prize draw for more details.

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