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Recent portraits and headshots

Here's a recent selection of portraits and headshots for individuals, charities and businesses in Cardiff, Wales. These were taken on location using mobile studio lighting. For more information see here.

More portrait photography. 

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Berlin, Germany. 

Welsh Baftas in Cardiff, Wales

Jacob Rees-Mogg in Cardiff, south Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 29: Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset is met by protestors ahead of a talk called Faith in the Future at the Cornerstone Church  on September 29, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. The talk, titled “Faith in the Future”, explores issues surrounding the importance of faith in the public and private life of our society. Jacob Rees-Mogg has recently caused controversy over his opposition to abortion after rape or incest. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

More press photography.

Week with Nikon D850

I've been using the new Nikon D850 for the last week after trading in the D810 which I've been using for the last 3 years. It's been a great camera for event and portrait photography although having taken 230,000 pictures it was starting to show its age!

As a former Nikon D810 user here are a few observations on the D850. It's far from a review, just a few things I've noticed from the last seven days.

  • Huge improvement in autofocus. High resolution cameras are much less forgiving when it comes to focusing and so it's good to see the D5 AF system in the D850.
  • Snapbridge - general pretty good although it can be a little buggy with images refusing to send. 
  • Silent photography at 45mp and focus peaking which makes this feature genuinely useful.
  • Seems slightly quieter than the D810.
  • Illuminated buttons at long last. Bizarre that this wasn't a feature on the D800/D810.
  • Massive resolution. The DX crop is 5000px across. Roughly the same size as a full frame image from the D5.
  • Raw files are roughly 50-60mb each (275mb uncompressed)
  • No built in FTP which is a shame. Despite having wifi it's not possible to send pictures via FTP without purchasing the WT-7 which is £1000. Snapbridge allows fullsize images to be transferred but it's not particularly streamlined.
  • When using DX crop mode you now get a greyed-out, shaded area around the crop area rather than the thin line on the D810. The result is it's easier to frame subjects.
  • There's no built in flash which I won't miss. The flash was permanently taped down on my D810.
  • Nikon are still not committing to one storage format. The D850 takes SDHC/SDXC and XQD cards. I'd much rather of seen two XQD slots.
  • High ISO noise? I've not really noticed a difference which I assume is an improvement seeing as the D850 is a much higher resolution camera.

Charlotte Church at Pride Cymru 2017

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 27: Charlotte Church performs on stage at a Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon performance at Pride Cymru's Big Weekend on August 27, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. Pride Cymru aims to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender within Wales.