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You can view a complete archive of all the articles written in the blog, filed by title, by clicking here. As we begin to finally see the light (literally) from a cold and long winter, our thoughts start turning to summer holidays - what better way to bring us out of the winter funk after all?
However, there are a lot of resources on the web as well as great courses available to take.
You'll want to think about what kind of camera gear you'll want to take - small and compact, or robust SLR's? I have simply heard of too many stories where people have lost all of their holiday photos through some calamity.
You can take the view that you are invincible and it won't happen to you, or you can prepare yourself so that you're covered in any of the aforementioned circumstances. Now, as will all things, there are degrees of redundancy you can take and you just need to gauge the risk vs benefit of how far you want to go with your backups.
If you've got gear that is in any way expensive (and would hurt to replace yourself), I would recommend getting some insurance. If you do get insurance though, just make sure that you are covered while abroad as some insurers will charge extra for it.
Just use common sense on this one and remember that your safety is more important than getting that sweet shot! Finally, don't forget to enjoy and be a part of your holiday - not just through the back of a camera lens! Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don't miss any Find A Photographer updates! You've mentioned about backups for files, I honestly cried out loud when our camera was stolen during our honeymoon.
Great set of tips, especially 'Backup, backup, backup', I have learnt this the hard way! Sony’s Cyber-shot HX60V has a 30x optical G lens and a 20.4-million-pixel sensor, making it a powerful pocket-sized travel companion.
Competition in the pocket-sized travel-zoom camera category is becoming increasingly stiff as manufacturers battle it out for supremacy. As well as a host of connectivity options, the camera features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that makes it more sensitive to light than traditionally designed digital sensors, a premium Sony G Lens and the firm’s latest Bionz X image processor. Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode enables five-axis image stabilisation in video mode only. The Sony PlayMemories camera app links to the HX60V via Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), which allows for image transfer and remote camera control using a smart device.
Other great features on the HX60V that have been carried over from its predecessor include 10-frames-per-second shooting for 10 shots, sensitivity from ISO 80-12,800 and a multiple-interface hotshoe that is compatible with a number of Sony accessories, including the XYST1M stereo mic and external flash units. I am very pleased to see that Sony has also kept the exposure-compensation dial featured in the HX50, which gives ±2EV in 0.3EV steps, allowing for greater control over metering and exposure. A tough polycarbonate plastic body gives the HX60V a solid feel, and the ergonomically designed rubberised grip makes it a comfortable camera to hold in both portrait and landscape orientation. On the rear, the thumb rest and button layout are identical to those featured on the HX50, although some of the markings are slightly altered and a symbol denoting NFC wireless connection capability has been added to the newer model. The multi-function selection wheel can be pressed in four directions to adjust settings and navigate the menu. Featuring a multi-interface hotshoe and a dedicated exposure-compensation dial makes the HX60V a slightly more advanced offering compared to those models from competitors in the travel-zoom line-up. I noticed that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V has a slight tendency to underexpose images in high-contrast scenes, but this can be easily corrected via the exposure-compensation dial. Spot and centreweighted metering are also available for tailored metering needs, but thanks to reasonably good multi-metering performance and the wise decision of Sony to include an exposure-compensation dial, there is little else one could want from a compact travel zoom camera in this regard. Image: The colours are saturated enough to remain attractive, but the camera has underexposed this image. For a camera with such a small sensor, I was impressed with the dynamic range performance of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V. While using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V, I was so satisfied with the auto white balance performance that I had no need to adjust this setting.


To change the look of your images altogether, you can also apply one of 13 creative picture effects, including pop colour, HDR painting and partial colour via the function button. In very dim conditions, the AF-assist beam supports the camera’s contrast-detection system to lock on. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V is capable of area-specific noise reduction, which helps to retain edge detail and avoid smudging.
While there is still some loss of resolution due to noise reduction, the HX60V improves on the performance of its predecessor right up to ISO 3200. These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the 24-720mm (equivalent) lens at 50mm. The 3in, 921,600-dot LCD screen on the HX60V remains unchanged from that on the HX50, and provides a clear view of what is being photographed. Recording full HD videos on the HX60V via the dedicated record button is easy and swift to operate.
However, while its predecessor, the HX50, may have really stood out last year, this year’s competition is much improved and the HX60V finds itself in a much tougher field.
Panasonic stands out from the crowd as the only compact travel zoom to include a built-in EVF. The HX60V is a versatile pocket travel camera that can produce great and occasionally stunning images in daylight and low light. AP speaks to Mr Kazuto Yamaki in an exclusive interview held at the company's headquarters in Aizu, Japan. Award winning photographer Stan Raucher talks to us about his recent project, travelling the world's metro systems to capture candid moments of everyday life that reflect the human condition.
In AP 13 August we speak to top pros about how they set up their autofocus for various genres of photography. The photo was taken 5 hours and 22 minutes past full moon on June 24th, 2002 at 11:08 pm EDT.
Be sure to subscribe to the blog to make sure you're always notified of the latest information from Find A Photographer. As you excitedly start planning your holiday and your joyous escape to warmer climes, don't forget about some of the photography essentials to make sure you get the most out of your holidays. I wrote a post a while back about getting gear, so that might be a good place to start if you don't yet own camera gear, or are thinking about upgrading. For instance, if you will be on the move a lot, or security is an issue, small and compact cameras might be the way to go.
As a minimum, I would suggest having at least one place you can back up all your photos while you are on holiday.
Personally, I use Photoguard, but do your research on this and get something that is appropriate for your level of photography and the gear you have.
If you're in an area of questionable personal security, don't draw added attention to yourself by swinging an expensive camera around.
I myself am sometimes guilty of getting caught up and need to remind myself (or my wife reminds me!) to put the camera down and just enjoy the surroundings! And what I hated about that was the fact that my husband and do have cellphones with cameras that get good shots. Oddly, GPS was left out of the UK version of the HX50, but this time round we get the option of the GPS-enabled HX60V entering the market alongside competition from Canon, Nikon and Panasonic, with all four offering a 30x optical zoom in a compact body. For around the same price as a Panasonic TZ60, Sony is offering the HX60 for ?330 and the HX60V with GPS for an extra ?10. Thanks to the significant boost in processing power, the HX60V is three times faster than the HX50 it replaces.
This feature ensures that full HD videos recorded on the HX60V are near enough shake-free, providing sharp and clear footage regardless of the zoom setting.
All the buttons are quite responsive, except for the selection button in the centre of the selection wheel, which is too small and too recessed to be pressed accurately. In practical terms, these additional features add flexibility and functionality, enabling me to respond to various shooting scenarios whether that be by adding a more powerful external flash or having greater control over the camera’s metering decisions. Otherwise, while using multi-pattern metering, the camera delivers well-balanced images, particularly in sunlight. Images captured in brightly lit scenes are vibrant, with a good level of detail retained in shadow areas.


Comparing auto performance with that of scene-specific white balance options, the camera appears to make consistently accurate judgements unaided. Thanks to the improved Bionz X processor, the HX60V is even faster, achieving focus in good speed and only slowing slightly at the longer end of its zoom range. It can also combat noise with multi-frame NR by taking a sample of six images shot continuously and stacking them to create brighter images when shooting in low light.
Luminance noise becomes apparent from ISO 200, while the camera handles colour noise well throughout the range.
We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. It can be tough to assess colour and tone on bright days, so I preferred to use the EVF rather than using the LCD in direct sunlight. Although there’s no full manual control during recording, Optical SteadyShot and Intelligent Active mode with five-axis image stabilisation keep images reasonably shake-free. It is very well made and benefits a lot from the inclusion of the improved Bionz X processor.
The HX60V’s main competition comes from the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS, Nikon Coolpix S9700 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60, which all boast a 30x zoom.
If Sony’s updates had gone a little further and included an EVF, the HX60V would be a much more attractive option. However, you can't see the flag left on the moon by the astronauts because it's much too small. Early observers of the moon, thought that maybe they held water and hence they were named seas, oceans, lakes and bays. After all, how else are you going to sustain yourself through the following winter months if not with happy summer memories?! However, if you've got more challenging environments, or want some more horsepower and flexibility, a DSLR is probably the way to go. In this test, I aim to find out whether Sony’s new Bionz X processor in the HX60V is enough of an improvement to help it build on the increased fixed-lens market share that the company achieved last year. However, speed alone isn’t the only place where the new model trumps the old, as it also performs better in low light.
I was pleased to see that highlights are not lost in high-contrast images, although on very close inspection the details retained are slightly smudged and not quite as sharp as they first appear on screen. The focusing speed of the HX60V is what I would expect from a camera of this type and will be adequate for most of the shooting scenarios I would expect it to face. Images shot up to ISO 800 are still printable, which is an improvement on the sensitivity at which I would have printed images from the HX50.
The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting. The combined price of the HX60 and the XGA is comparable to some very capable enthusiast and advanced level interchangeable-lens cameras. Craters are formed by meteoric impacts and the rays are formed by the debris blasted out of the crater by the impact. Personally, I'm going to be using my shiny new Apple iPad 2 along with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Another niggle that was referred to in our review of the HX50 was that the movie-record button was positioned too close to the textured thumb rest, which is also on the rear of the camera, and this also remains unchanged. This is the last night you'll be able to see the Sea of Crisis and the Foaming Sea until the next lunation.
So every night, I'll COPY (not move) all my photos to my iPad, so I'll have at least 2 copies of the photos until I get home and transfer them to my computer (and back them up there too of course).
The atmosphere scatters away some of the blue light leaving more of the red and yellow light causing the moon to take on more of an orangish hue.
This photograph was shot with a Nikon Coolpix 885 digital camera held up to the eyepiece an 8" reflecting telescope. If you look closely at the southern limb, below Tycho, you can see some mountains poking up over the horizon.




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