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BBC X-Ray Summer Special – Photography Tips

David McClelland joins the BBC X-Ray team for a photography summer special.

As regular visitors here may know, I’m a photography nut. Naturally, I was very excited to be asked to be part of the BBC One Wales X-Ray Summer Special on how to make the most of your camera. I was pleased too that a primetime TV show had dedicated its slot to talk about photos – after all, with smartphones in almost every pocket now, snapping photos is something that many of us do all the time.

On a blustery afternoon in late-spring, I arrived by train into the picturesque Welsh coastal town of Aberystwyth. Heading first for the seafront, and then to the Arts Centre, I spoke with presenter Lucy Owen about all manner of issues that might arise when taking pictures and sharing them online — even how to back them up:

The show also looks at how to take better pictures with your smartphone, how to get great footage while safely flying a drone, and how the National Library of Wales preserves its priceless collection of photos.

UK licence fee payers can watch the whole BBC One Wales X-Ray episode on BBC iPlayer.

Facebook Live from The Photography Show

Each Spring The Photography Show lands at the Birmingham NEC and I’m thrilled to front its coverage of live streams and video. For four days each year I get hands-on with amazing cameras and kit, and interview some of the world’s most influential photographers. For four days I am in camera heaven.

Over the last couple of years I’ve spoken with the likes of David Bailey, Sebastiao Salgado, Clive Arrowsmith and – personal hero – Chris Packham:

The Photography Show also shines a light on new talent, those pushing boundaries of stills and video, sharing what it takes to be successful on the social media stage. Following his presentation at the Super Stage this year I spoke with filmmaker and Instagrammer Louis Cole about an exciting upcoming project:

This year, for the first time, The Photography Show also broadcast to Facebook Live, taking to the floor to bring the show to a new audience. Here’s an interview where I speak to the creators of Palette, an innovative modular tool for editors.

Tickets for The Photography Show 2018 go on sale from The Photography Show website, dates are 17-20th March.

Have You Backed Up Your Smartphone Snaps?

Earlier this week I appeared on BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs show You and Yours to talk about how to keep your smartphone photos and videos safe and secure.

Following a post on the BBC CBeebies Facebook page, a disturbing number of parents reported pictures had been lost through theft, accident or a broken device.

I say ‘pictures’, but often these are precious, irreplaceable family memories.

Here’s a clip from the show:

Estimates suggest we shared one trillion pictures from our phones in 2014. When smartphone photography is so simple that it requires almost no thought, it’s easy to take the snaps we take for granted.

But that becomes a big problem if when phone begins to run out of storage space, or worse if it gets lost or stolen. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to back up your photos and keep them safe.

The simplest backup of all is to store them in ‘the cloud’, what I often describe as a giant USB stick somewhere on the Internet.

Both of the major phone families – iOS found on Apple’s iPhone and Android installed on Samsung, Sony and HTC handsets among others – provide methods to back up your settings and app data along with photos and videos.

Apps such as Dropbox (and now Carousel), Flickr and Microsoft OneDrive provide seamless background image copy; Google Photos offers unlimited free cloud storage for images up to 16 MP and videos up to FullHD 1080p, more than satisfactory for most smartphone users.

Carousel, from Dropbox (Image Credit: Dropbox)

Carousel, from Dropbox (Image Credit: Dropbox)

With any cloud storage security is paramount (as some celebs found to their embarrassment recently) so ensure you understand any terms, use secure passwords and two factor authentication where available.

If you want to find out more about securing smartphone photos and videos drop me a line or leave a comment below.

Photography Show TV 2015

I’m thrilled once again to be hosting Photography Show TV live from the NEC in Birmingham.

The Photography Show is the largest event of its kind in the UK, bringing camera and kit manufacturers together with photography professionals and enthusiasts.

I hosted the first live TV stream last year alongside Charlotte Holmes and, being quite the camera nut, was like a pig in muck all weekend long.

This year’s show will be the first chance for many to get hands-on with the latest cameras including the Canon 5DS, 5DSR and for video fans the C100 Mk II. Alongside those, I’m personally excited to see the Steadicam Solo in action (an extensible Steadicam rig and monopod all-in-one, of course), the Lytro Illum and Panasonic CM1 alongside all of the latest smartphone photography and videography innovations. See what I mean about pig in muck…?

This year I’m presenting the live stream with Andrew James, an industry professional and previous editor-in-chief of Practical Photography and Digital Photo. I’m also delighted to be working again with my good friends at Silverstream TV.

You can tune-in to the live stream of the show coverage (and highlights after the show finishes) by heading to the live stream page on the Photography Show website (taking a peek just here).

The Photography Show runs from Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th March 2015 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Tickets are available from the Photography Show website.

Canon EOS-1D X Hands On

Canon EOS-1D X

Canon EOS-1D X

Since working on a pilot photography show for TV last year I’ve been properly bitten by the DSLR bug – boy, is it infectious.

My camera is a low-end Canon EOS 550D, although occasionally I get let loose with a 7D or a full-frame professional Canon EOS 5D Mk II. Nevertheless, the 550D is a great camera that is entirely capable of taking terrific shots in the right hands (not necessarily mine) and what’s more, it sports Canon’s excellent HD movie-making capabilities.

Personally, I couldn’t be happier with my 550D and feel more restricted by my clumsy camera work and a limited collection of lenses than by the camera body itself.

However, a pro-photographer has a different set of requirements. When there’s a livelihood resting on the ability to get top quality shots first time, every time, the more control a camera body can give you the better. Reliability, flexibility and speed are essential when covering news and sporting events that tend not to take place in ideal conditions and will very unwillingly repeat themselves just because your camera’s auto-focus or exposure engine couldn’t keep up.

With that in mind I headed over to the Canon Pro Solutions 2011 event in London during October for a hands-on preview of Canon’s latest pro-camera, the EOS-1D X.

Take a look at what I had to say about it in my piece over at Computer Weekly.

F-Stop TV show helps you take better photos

Earlier in 2010 I co-presented a pilot for a new television show, F-Stop.

The aim of the show is to ‘help viewers go from zero to hero with their digital camera’. It was produced and directed by Roy Jones from Lightly Frozen and my delightful co-presenter was the multi-talented Samantha Baines.

Canon EOS 5D Mk II sporting a follow focus

The show is primarily studio-based featuring interviews, how-tos and competitions but, aptly, the on-location VTs are shot using a top-end DSLR camera, the awesome Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

As a camera nut myself I must confess that I thoroughly enjoyed watching the mechanics of DSLR videography – the follow focus, matte box, a plethora of lenses and filters – finding it altogether a more tactile (although potentially more fiddly) experience than filming with a traditional all-in-one HD Cam.

I think the beautiful results speak for themselves and I’ve very kindly now been allowed to include a short excerpt of me at work on the show.

In this item I take my own DSLR, the brand-new Canon EOS 550D, to Farningham in Kent where I demonstrate how taking your camera out of its automatic mode can give you so much more creative control over your shots.

Enjoy, and do check back for news of what happens next with the show.

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