Tim TrottTim TrottIt's not a bug. It's a feature.


I have a passion for photography and I enjoy showing it to others. I have been taking pictures since childhood using compact old SLR 35mm film cameras. In 1996 I bought my first digital camera and photography became important part of my life. In 2006 I bought my first digital SLR, a Canon 350d, and I have been using the Canon range ever since, currently a Canon 550d.

All of my writings in this category are photography related, either my own projects, tutorials or guides. You can also view my photos in my photography gallery or view my portfolio.


Fuji Finepix F70 EXR Review
This is a a quick review of my latest compact digital camera which will replace my ageing Olympus mju700. The Fuji Finepix F70 has more mega pixels, more zoom and more features.
My First Experience in Portrait Photography
26/02/2010Photo Days
I've been behind a camera for many years now photographing landscapes, wildlife and vehicles, but I have never really taken any pictures specifically of people before. It's something that I have been wanting to do for a while and I have just completed my first photo session with a model!
Don't think you are, know you are.Morpheus
Another Snow Day!
13/01/2010Photo Days
Another day working from home due to heavy snow fall overnight and throughout the day. We had about 2 inches of snow last night - on top of the 3 inches we had last week. That brings the total to 5 inches (see picture!).
Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful!
09/01/2010Photo Days
With Britain in the grip of the coldest winter since 1963, temperatures plummeting well below zero and five inches of snow I've been unable to get to work, or anywhere else for that matter.
Canon Selphy ES30
My Christmas present - a compact photo printer from Canon which uses dye sublimation to create lab quality photo prints.
Exploring Bristol Centre, Clifton and Docks
18/12/2009Bristol Photo Days
On a cold winters morning I set off with my camera and brother in law to photograph the centre of Bristol and local surrounding area. I wanted to try and recreate some of the historic photos from 100 years ago to compare how Bristol has changed.
Royal International Air Tattoo 2009
18/07/2009Days Out Photo Days
Photographs from the 2009 Royal International Air Tattoo held annually at RAF Fairford.
Introduction to Macro Photography
Macro photography is close-up photography. The classical definition is "photography in which the image on film or electronic sensor is at least as large as the subject". This definition means that on 35mm film the camera has to have the ability to focus on an area at least as small as 24.36 mm, as this is the size of the image on the film. This is a magnification of 1:1.
A Comparison of Close-up Filters and Macro Lenses
I have had quite a few emails from people who have either the standard lens kits or a limited set of lenses, and are looking to do some macro photography. What kind of results can be obtained using these lenses, and what is the difference compared with a dedicated macro lens. Also, what is the difference be between a macro lens close to the subject vs. a telephoto lens further away?
DIY Shutter Release
When taking long exposures, such as during astrophotography, it is necessary to release the shutter without actually touching the camera. By touching the camera you are introducing vibrations which blur the image. There are three options available, use the on board timer, a 10 second countdown, or use a cable release. My Canon has a cable socket, so I looked around for one on the internet and low and behold there were lots, ranging in price from £15 to £60 (for what I assume to be a switch on a plug!).