Integral UltimaPRO X2 SD card
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
2M ago
  I thought I’d do a few reviews on the little things that photographers use, the unsung heroes of the camera bag that we use day to day without really noticing. And I’m going to start with the smallest, my memory cards. I should point out that I am not what you would call particularly ‘techie’, more so perhaps than your average person but this won’t be an overly technical review. I probably couldn’t even explain what all of the numbers and letters mean that are printed on the card. The card in question being an Integral Memory UltimaPRO X2 SD card which is my SD card of choice. Actually ..read more
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Flower Power: 8 Best Practices for Flower Macro Photography
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
2M ago
    Macro photography is a fascinating genre that unveils the hidden intricacies of everyday subjects. This method of photography is particularly striking when applied to flowers, revealing a universe brimming with colours, textures, and patterns that often go unnoticed.  Through macro lenses, photographers capture hyper-detailed images that expose the complexity and exquisite detail of the natural world—from the delicate veins of a petal to the intricate arrangements of pollen. Such images allow viewers to appreciate flowers in a new light.  If you're keen to explore the ..read more
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Aurora in the UK
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
2M ago
  15s / f4.0 / ISO800 (Canon RF 14-35mm)   Friday evening saw the biggest solar storms and thus the strongest displays of the northern lights in some 20 years and for once I found myself in a position to photograph it… but only just. I have (or rather had) never photographed or even seen the aurora borealis in the UK before. I am fortunate to have photographed it many times in Iceland during the winter when green and pink dancing lights have filled the clear, dark Icelandic skies and so, without wanting to sound like an aurora snob, I have never thought it was worth driving two hour ..read more
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Unlocking the Potential of a Mirrorless Camera: A Comprehensive Guide
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
3M ago
  A mirrorless camera captures images without using a reflex mirror, unlike traditional SLRs. Instead, light directly reaches the image sensor, providing a live preview on the electronic viewfinder or rear screen. This guide explores the remarkable advantages of mirrorless cameras, including their compact size, faster shooting speeds, and superior video capabilities compared to SLRs. Advantage 1 - Compact and Lightweight Design One of the primary advantages of mirrorless cameras, such as the Canon EOS R50 is their compact and lightweight design. Unlike traditional SLR cameras, mirrorles ..read more
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Incredible Iceland
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by Justin Minns
7M ago
  Just a few weeks ago in November/December, I made my second visit to Iceland of 2023. As always I thoroughly enjoyed spending a few days in this amazing country with an almost as amazing group of photographers. But rather than boring you by recounting the whole story of the trip, I thought I’d give you a few statistics and more importantly (as I’m sure the majority of those of you reading are really here for the photos) some images (40 while we’re on the subject of numbers). This trip to Iceland was my 6th visit in 6 years. I was there to run 2 workshops and 10 photographers joined me ..read more
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The best of 2023
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
7M ago
  My look back at 2023 is a selection of images that are either personal favourites or images that help tell the story of the year. And what a year it has been, 2023 has flown by! Looking back through my images from the year to put together this selection, has made me realise just how much I’ve crammed in and just how fortunate I am to be doing what I do… it’s only possible thanks to all of you, so thanks for all of your support in 2023 and I hope to see you again in 2024!     January Vestrahorn in the snow, Iceland   The highlight of my January was without a doubt my ..read more
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Mist opportunities
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by Justin Minns
11M ago
  A busy schedule of workshops and commissions means I don’t get as much time as I would like for my own photography. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and enjoy every project I’m involved in but often when I do have free time I find myself being a bit tired/lazy and opting for a lie in rather than a sunrise shoot. Last week a period of high pressure brought hot, calm weather and cool nights to East Anglia… the perfect conditions for misty mornings and as I had a bit of space in the diary, I was determined not to miss that. When I am working on a particular project, whether it be a works ..read more
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The Peak District in bloom
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
11M ago
  I love the Peak District! With a short(ish) drive of just over 3 hours from Suffolk, I can be in a dramatic and totally different landscape to my beloved, local spots at home. I particularly look forward to visiting the Peak in late summer when the heather is in bloom. At this time of year, huge swathes of the hills and moors are carpeted in glorious shades of pink and purple, splashed by the lush greens of bracken and the gold of grasses. There are several places closer to home where I can and do photograph heather, notably the lowland heaths at Dunwich & Westleton on the Suffolk ..read more
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Arty Fen!
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by Justin Minns
1y ago
The windpump at Sedge Fen   The start of August brought a new experience for me. Three days running a photography workshop for a group of young people at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire. ‘Arty Fen’ was organised by the National Trust and funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund community engagement project. The aim of this event was to encourage young people to engage with the great outdoors that is on their doorstep through creative pursuits. As well as my photography group there was also a drama & dance group and a videography group (obviously led by other tutors, I ..read more
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F-Stop Tilopa backpack review update
Justin Minns Photography Blog
by Justin Minns
1y ago
    I have been using f-Stop bags for several years now and am a big fan of their modular system (more on that in a moment). I have four f-Stop backpacks but the 50litre Tilopa, which sits in the middle of the range of Mountain Series backpacks has long been my favourite. Back in 2020 I wrote a review of the Tilopa (read it here) but since then it has been updated and as I have been using the new and improved DuraDiamond Tilopa for a few months now, I thought it was time to update my review. The f-Stop systemI don’t want to repeat my original review but for those unfamiliar with f-S ..read more
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