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Air Tattoo 2019 at RAF Fairford - editorial photography

Welsh Independence march - press photography

CARDIFF, WALES - MAY 11: Thousands take part in the first ever march for Welsh independence from City Hall to the Hayes on May 11, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. Organisers of the march, All Under One Banner, have said the debate around Wales' future has intensified' after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Replica cemetery at Cardiff Castle to mark centenary of Amistice

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 28: A general view of a replica war cemetery to mark the Armistice centenary at Cardiff Castle on October 28, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. The installation aims to give visitors an insight into some of the 23,000 CWGC sites around the world with the 330 headstones representing more than 30,000 Welsh men and women who gave their lives during the First World War. Each headstone at the replica Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery signifies 100 Welsh war casualties and features an inscription and badge to show the various regiments and divisions of soldiers who did not return home.

Discovery of Witches UK premiere

Fire service train at Bristol Airport - editorial photography

The fire service train in tackling aircraft fires at Bristol Airport in Bristol, England, UK.

Snow in Cardiff, South Wales - press photography

Snow in South Wales as the Beast from the East hits the UK again. The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for snow.

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Berlin, Germany. 

Welsh Baftas in Cardiff, Wales

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.

Pride Cymru 2017 - press photography

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 25, 26, 27: Pride Cymru's Big Weekend in Cardiff, Wales. A march will take place at midday on Saturday with music in the evening. Pride Cymru aims to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender within Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood)

Live images - for event and conference photography

Lately I've been working on a system to speed up the delivery of images to clients - particuarly for conference and event photography.

Traditionally images are edited at the end of an assignment and then a Dropbox or WeTransfer link provided where the images can be downloaded.

Wifi-enabled cameras allowing images to be shared instantly.

To speed this up I am now able to provide images almost instantly by sending them directly from the camera to a Dropbox link where they are available to download within seconds.

This is particularly useful for conferences and events where images often have the greatest impact straight after they are taken. 

It's a system that's been successfully used on numerous events from conventions to university graduations and red carpet events. 

Being able to access the images through Dropbox will allow you to share the images straight away - reaching a global audience on social media within seconds.

For more information please get in touch at matthew.horwood@me.com or on 07725002000

General Election 2017

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: Counting on election night at the Sport Wales National Centre on June 9, 2017 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. After a snap election was called, the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday following a closely fought election. The results from across the country are being counted and an overall result is expected in the early hours. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)