Photojournalism: #endweek5blues in Cambridge

Photojournalism: #endweek5blues in Cambridge

I was asked yesterday by Varsity’s Editor and News Editor to accompany them on King’s Parade to take some ‘staged’ photos to use for this week’s cover of Varsity. The story is about introducing a reading week into Cambridge’s 8-week terms, on the basis that it would better support students with disabilites or mental health conditions, as well as giving all students time to explore their subject further without the pressure of work. It was a particular windy day but then the sun came out! I used manual focus on the camera to get a shallow depth of field and thought about the backgrounds very carefully, producing a mixture of landscape and portrait shots. Here are some of the results:

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My new camera – Canon 70d

Following on from the advice of the techicians at ITV Granada and sticking to my budget, I invested in a Canon 70D with 18-135mm IS STM lens just before heading back to university. It shoots at full 1080p, 20.2 MP and includes WiFi for transferring photos and video content from the camera to the mobile. The lens so far is absolutely sensational – the AF focus is incredibly quick indeed and makes no noise at all when zooming and focusing. Picture quality is excellent, both on stills and the sharpest of HD video, and handles low light very well.

I’m slowly getting to grips with the many features, this being my first DSLR, and I hope to be able to share some of my results, both stills and video, on the blog very soon.
Canon 70D with 18-135mm lens. Credit: The Digital Picture