Matt prints

Photo4me is pleased to announce that we now offer Matt Prints.

This option is avaliable in the drop down in the details page under Standard Prints -- Choose option. Customers will now have the choice between a High Gloss finish or a Matt Finish.


The matt paper is a heavy weight photographic Matt 230gsm. 


The difference between the two:
High Gloss, you receive a reflection, better for 
low lighting area.

Matt finish, no reflection. If you tilted from side to side, there would no reflection of light.
 Black and white images tend to look better on matt paper.

Please help us spread the word!

Jon & Mike


Drone Photography.

To those whom it may concern,

 

Photo4me is installing a new regulation on the site regarding drone or UAV, UAS, Quadcopter, RC Helicopter etc, photography. 

Those who do not comply with the rules will have their aerial drone photographs taken down immediately. For the time being, it will be flagged under “accreditation” as you do not have the required paperwork/documentation to post and sell images for commercial gain. We will put in a button/reasoning more specific in the near future.

You will no longer be able to “pass off” drone photography as in flight photographer (in a plane).

If an image was taken by a drone it would hold the longitude and latitude data and also the height it was taken at as well as the type of camera that took the image, if it was taken from a DSLR camera it would hold the type of camera and the type of lens used so it would be simple to tell how it was taken, if it was a DSLR camera on a drone it would still have the longitude and latitude plus height and camera + Lens.

Planes have minimum height restrictions, plus lots of other restriction. 

Therefore, it is easy to see if it was a drone that took the image.

 

Aerial Photography using UAV, UAS, Quadcopter, RC Helicopter etc:

The CAA has a law within the UK with regards UAV usage for commercial gain. If you intend to fly your aircraft for video or photography for personal financial gain the CAA require the user to hold a Basic National UAS Certificate or recognized equivalent document and must undertake relevant check to fly their aircraft.


The Law for the CAA states this in there CAP 722 Document available to download from the CAA website.

 

You can download the CAA document from: https://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP%20722%20Sixth%20Edition%20March%202015.pdf

People are getting convicted for drone photography who do not have the appropriate paperwork. Here is the first case from 2013, posted on the CAA website.

http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2348

 

If you would like to learn more and get your paperwork, Eurousc.com is one of the leading companies on the market at the moment.

http://eurousc.com/


If you do have your Basic National UAS Certificate or recognized equivalent document, please email it to customercare@photo4me.com before posting pictures.


Many thanks,

Mike & Jon

Zoo Photography continuation - Another Perspective.

As a keen fan and supporter of Zoo Photography, I would just like to support and follow on from Steev’s couple of postings to the Blog regarding Animals in Enclosures and Enclosures and how to overcome them. Many thanks to Steev Stamford for the previous postings.

The Longer the better ;) (Keep your thoughts clean please LOL)


Having a fairly long lens (focal length) is rather important to capturing animals at the zoo and there is not a single time when I don’t have my Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens on the camera body “before” entering the doors of the zoo.
The Longer the lens, the better for most animal captures at the zoo, besides a macro setting (which my lens has also, so no need to change lenses, which is also a bonus whilst at the zoo) for capturing those extreme “eye close ups” or small lizard or amphibious captures, should you wish to.

Bringing it Forward

Behind the Glass - Below is one of my most favourite shots from Paignton Zoo in Devon and this one was a shot captured through Glass, as was also previously mentioned in Steev’s other postings. Although the Cheetah was a good 20-30 odd feet away from the glass, as the title above says, I was able to “Bring it Forward”, using all of the 300mm available to me on the lens and get myself (which looks) really close to the animal, of which I was extremely pleased to get and as you can see, the details in the fur and face are amazing.


Through the Fence  - This other image below was captured at Dartmoor Zoological Park, but this time captured through a steel fence, but as has already been stated in a previous posting by Steev, the same principal applies by getting up “close and dirty” with the fence.


Although at Photo4Me the rules state that No Enclosures will be accepted, that doesn’t mean to say that your animal shots won’t be accepted on site if those enclosures are not in the shots. This can definitely be overcome be getting in close and dirty and as you have seen from a few postings here, we may be missing out on some terrific animal shots that you would not normally see unless you have infact captured them in their own environments and for some folk, that is not always possible and the best place for some folk to capture these wonderful animals is infact in a zoo environment.

So, don’t be so disheartened with those rules, it just means that no enclosures are allowed, it doesn’t mean No animal shots are allowed, infact, quite the opposite I would say ;)

I just wanted to show you from another persons point of view what can be achieved with animal captures at the zoo from behind Glass and Through a Steel Fence, but also still come out with some top notch animal shots that can also be very saleable ;)

Copyright ©2015 Jay Lethbridge

You can see Jay's portfolio at the following link: http://www.photo4me.com/profile/jaylethbridge

Enclosures and how to overcome them


Following on from my recent post about photographing captive animals and making the resulting image acceptable to P4M here are a few examples of mine and how I did it.

 

Close to the wire

Taken with a Sigma 105 macro with the lens pressed right up to the wire mesh (appx 1 inch square) and with an aperture of f4. The combination of large aperture and being right up to the cage has put the wire so far out of focus it has to all intents and purposes vanished. To complete this image though I did need to edit the eye - which being so shiny and in sharp focus had reflections of the wire in it.


 

However the end result is that we now have an acceptable image that simply wouldn't have worked with other choices of distance, lens or aperture.


Get an angle

This cute baby elephant was around 20 metres away and a series of quite substantial horizontal wires supported at regular intervals by posts as thick as telegraph poles were between us. Shot with a 150 -500 at around the 300 range.



By carefully choosing my angle and using a long lens I was able to zoom in through the gaps in the fence and crop tight enough to loose the fence on the other side of their compound.

Because I didn't need to blur anything, rather physically avoid the wires and posts the choice of aperture was entirely dictated by my desire to shoot with a low ISO and a fast enough shutter speed to prevent camera shake blur.


Glass can be your friend

Quite a lot of zoos now have large glass panels - this is another example of the 'get in close' approach. The trick with glass is to get so close - and preferably have someone shade any light from behind and thus remove any glare.