About David Ashton

David started as a youngling playing with a Werra mat camera, then progressed into the digital age loving everything from events, action, weddings and virtual tours.

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daveashton has written 112 articles so far, you can find them below.

How to Paint with Light on the Cheap

Light painting or painting with light is as old as photography itself. Taking a long exposure while moving a light source around in the frame, creating very artistic and dramatic results should be a trick in every photographer’s arsenal. From Picasso to modern Instagram images – all utilize this technique to great effect and the

Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light for Portraits

Recognizing good light is one of the foundation skills for any photographer. Setting up ideal lighting situations in the studio is one thing, but being able to capture quality, natural light brings its own set of skills. Carrying over lighting set-ups in the studio is going to help a lot with translating things like key

The Best GoPro Accessories You Should Own

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‘Accessorize’ is the name of the game when you own any type of GoPro. There are a few ‘bits’ that come with the camera, but you will soon be wanting for the plethora of add-ons, even inventing ways to use a certain piece of kit (or an excuse to buy something). There’s a huge array

Panasonic HC-VX1: 4K Video and More…

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For those wanting a dedicated 4K video machine with a huge zoom range, optical image stabilization, and good lowlight performance, the Panasonic HC-VX1 seems to tick all the boxes. However, it does come with some caveats which we will check out below and see if everything in this all-in-one dedicated box fits well into this

The 6 Best Drones for Beginners

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The drone market is a great example of how quick advancements in technology can bring down prices and increase functionality. In the early days of drones, it felt like you needed years of RC piloting experience, but not anymore. Even at the cheaper end of the market, drones are easier than ever to fly and

More Time Outside: Getting More from Landscapes

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I always say that landscape photographers and fishermen have a lot in common. Apart from carrying a healthy supply of sandwiches and a flask of tea, the game is the same in the respects of potentially waiting all day for those ideal moments or even the perfect time of year to get the ideal catch.

Should You Swap Your Nikon D750 for a Z6?

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The upgrade process for us DSLR users in the past was quite straightforward. We usually stuck to our known brand and we had the options of one of two models to do a sideways or step upgrade. Now we have mirrorless cameras thrown into the mix with tempting features such as lighter weight, cutting-edge functionality,

LG V40 ThinQ: Now with 5 Cameras

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Remember the good old days when our smartphones had just one rear camera? Nowadays you’re a dinosaur if you don’t have at least two or more cameras with multiple functions. The LG V40 ThinQ has pushed this a bit further with five in total, wrapped around a lot of functionality and a cool design. But

Is the Latest Thing Still Leica?

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Leica is one of those camera companies where their reputation invariably precedes them. No wonder when they have been around since 1914 (the name Leica comes from the founder’s Ernst Leitz last name and the first two letters of the word camera). Arguably, some of the most groundbreaking cameras and lenses Leica produced were in

Best Waterproof Cameras for 2019

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In many ways the terms ‘waterproof’ and ‘camera’ are completely opposite in application. The majority of the time a camera and its owner will react to water like the Wicked witch of the West, but it doesn’t have to be this way with the right equipment (unless your into that green make-up thing.) Today’s waterproof

How to Make an Instant Camera Drone

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There are plenty of drones on the market these days that can take stills and video to a high-quality. However, if your needs are more specific or you want to shoot with an instant camera, then you may have to resort to a self build. This approach clearly has its plus and negative points, but

Sony a7R II Pushing the Boundaries

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The Sony a7R II continues the a7 range, being the fifth model of these full frame cameras and the second highest resolution in the ‘R’ model range. The Sony a7R II isn’t just a continuation model, but has new features which sets it apart from the similar looking 24MP a7 II. These include a BSI

Skydio r1 Drone: Fully Autonomous Consumer Drone

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Firstly, the keywords with the Skydio r1 Drone are ‘Consumer’ and ‘Fully Autonomous.’ Being aimed at the consumer market usually means a budget version, but in this case the term refers more to more general use than anything else as the unit still has plenty of software and hardware trickery. ‘Fully Autonomous’ means that the

The Best Travel Lens for Canon & Nikon

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The type of camera kit you travel with can be completely different from equipment used for regular day-to-day photography work. Depending on the job, a variety of equipment from different cameras bodies, lenses and lighting gear lets you choose the appropriate items for shooting a certain subject in a certain scenario. However, when it comes

An Up-Close Look at the New Canon 400mm F2.8L IS III

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Canon has released new and improved versions of their 400mm f/2.8L and 600mm f/4L super-telephoto lenses, with the emphasis on 25 percent less weight or 2.2lbs in real money. The new 400mm now weighs in at 6.25 pounds total. The weight saving is definitely significant, especially since Sony has released their own FE 400mm f/2.8 lightweight version at 6.4 pounds. Canon

Camera Battery Life Hacks

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Battery life, and how much performance we can get out of our devices, is front of mind for everybody these days. Especially important for us photographers is the battery life on our cameras. We’re not quite there yet with battery technology which will allow us to take images all day long, with everything switched on