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 148 articles so far, you can find them below.

14 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

Beginners Guide to Focal Lengths

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Focal length can be a strange concept when your first start out in photography. Those seemingly arbitrary numbers labeled on a lens, usually in millimeters. However, once you learn the principles behind focal length, the information can teach you on a number of levels from how wide-angle or zoomed in your image will look to

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED: Best in Wide Angle

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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E ED was first released in May 2017 and replaced the older 28mm f/1.4D lens. The older model was well-known for its capabilities. Impressive sharpness and contrast worked equally well on crop sensors or full-frame cameras. Luckily, the new version has been completely re-engineered with the latest electronic gadgetry and

Light L16 Camera Review: Multi-futuristic Lens

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You’d be forgiven for thinking the Light L16 Camera is some weird smartphone with crazy decals on one side. However, the reality is L16 has different lenses which can work together to produce either huge images or various focal lengths and apertures. The concept takes what is currently happening with the latest smartphones with multiple

MagSphere by MagMod: Lighter Than the Rest?

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Light modifiers. Anyone who has have even a passing acquaintance with a strobe or flashlight will know that light modifiers are fantastic ways for controlling and manipulating light source. One of the most common ways is to soften up light from a flash as with the common Sto-fen diffusers. One of those rectangular, plastic contraptions

Godox AD200 200Ws 2.4G TTL 200Ws 2.4G TTL Flash Review: Brighter Than the Rest?

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I’m guessing Godox has ruffled the feathers of quite a few speedlight makers over the last few years. The company has been producing very cost-effective lighting kits and accessories which have enabled the budget conscious photographer to buy into lighting setups which would have cost a pretty penny only a few years ago. Now they

A Beginner’s Guide to Camera Lens Filters

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I have to admit, I was a late starter to the lens filter game. Back in the film days lens filters were the norm, but with the advent of digital it initially felt like all the tricks photo filters could perform could be done in software. Oh, how wrong. It took some time to get

How to Paint with Light on the Cheap

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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

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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