Ask me who went on holiday with camera, associated lenses and tripod, then realised that the tripod quick release plate was back at home on his other camera…….what a wally…..never a truer word was spoken!

However technology and modern living to the rescue….ta da!

A quick search on iPad to find that the quick release plate was available on Amazon…bingo. Also available for next day delivery to Amazon locker at holiday site…awesome.

Thanks Amazon…a real lifesaver.

P.S. I had been meaning to get a second quick release plate……honest!

… beyond the unknown!

Well the photo booth didn’t quite go to plan as I brought everything I needed except my lighting stands!!! What a wally!

However being a inventive chap I cobbled together a lighting stand from my tripod and a lighting boom. It did mean I was restricted to one studio flash, but one was a hell of a lot better than none.

My wifes mum & dad were over the moon with the pictures, however I know that they could be better. Please judge for yourself:

Fred & Judith’s Golden Wedding Anniversary & Judith’s 70th Birthday Party

It was a good experience, everyone was smashing and very enthusiastic. Having the lighting stands and a second light would have helped or someone to assist with a reflector. It was a learning process and I got a lot out of it.

Calumet Spring Open Day

On Saturday I went to the Calumet store in Drummond Street London for their Spring Open Day with my brother. A very welcoming event which had a nice buzz of people milling about the store. Various stands were set out with trade reps explaining their products. Discounts varied from 10% to 30% across the board.

After much deliberation I ended up getting the Photospeed Panoramic test pack. This contains 4 sheets of all 6 of the Photospeed Panoramic printer papers that can be used on A4 printers. I have been really been interested in trying these panoramic papers out and the 20% discount offered was perfect. The pack also includes a pack of A4 papers to print and send off for free ICC Printer profiling. I will be taking advantage of this service before I use the panoramic papers.

My brother was impressed by the Manfrotto geared tripod heads and ended up getting the Manfrotto MHXPRO-3WG 3 Way Geared Head. Another 20% saving on this tripod head meant he walked away with a big grin on his face that was hard to shift for the rest of the day. It will be nice to see how he gets on with it once it is fitted to his tripod.

There were also talks, free hot-dogs and a prize draw to enter. This is the first time I had been to one of Calumets in store events, and I will definitely be looking out for others to attend in the future. Highly recommended.