All posts by John Willis

Teacher, Dad, Geek and Gamer. Love technology, photography and cars.

Photo Tip #2

In this edition of photo tips we talk long shutter speeds.Lots of people might have heard the term “painting with light” and this refers to using a longer (or slower) shutter speed to catch the movement of objects or light in a photo. First of all some basics for this to work you will need ...

Photo Tip #1

Welcome to the first in a new series of posts about taking better photos. Each post will provide you with a tip to try and improve your photographs and hopefully allow you to take some amazing photos. Firstly a disclaimer. None of these tips are new. But if you are new to photography it is ...

SAAL Digital Photo book Review

I recently applied for an opportunity to review the SAAL Digital Lay Flat photo book through a sponsored ad on Instagram. They ask for you to submit your Instagram handle so they can review the quality of your work and suitability for reviewing the products. The company asked me for a review of the book ...

World Photography Day 2017

The 19th August 2017 was “World Photography Day” to celebrate this I attended two IGERS Birmingham Instameets. The first was at Sutton Park in the morning, the second was at Fort Dunlop in the evening. For those who aren’t aware, Instameets are when virtual communities on Instagram join together in real life for a photo ...

Snoppa M1: Crowdfunding at it’s worst?

So back in 2016 I backed a campaign for a crowdfunded mobile phone gimbal called the Snoppa M1. The idea was I could use my mobile phone to capture footage, but it would be stabilised and look much better than handheld footage. The company behind the gimbal – Snoppa were an established company, already making ...

Talking drone regulation

As a regular drone flyer I took great interest in reading the news that broke a couple of days ago about the UK governments plans the introduce new rules and regulations regarding drone usage. Here is a link to the BBC article. Basically it means anyone using a drone (or quadcopter more commonly) over 250g ...

Snowdon Walk

On 24th July, myself and 7 other staff from Kings Norton Girls’ School walked up Snowdon to celebrate the beginning of the summer holidays. The walk went up the Ranger path to the summit and then we split into two groups for the decent, one group went back down the Ranger path and then myself and two ...

Milton Keynes: MK50 ride

On the 8th July 2017 myself and my best friend took part in the MK50 ride for the British Heart Foundation. Find out more here. It was an organised ride for both on-road and off-road bike rides. There were also two options for distance (50km or 50miles) – We chose the 50 mile option. The ...

Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 Review

So I recently wrote an article about how to use vintage lenses on a mirrorless camera system. You can find that here.  Since then I’ve also been shooting with an old Minolta MD 50MM F1.7 lens. I have to say this is equally as good as my other manual vintage lenses. I’ve taken a range of ...

Using “Plickers” for questioning

This is my first post to do with teaching on my re-launched blog. I thought I would start with a tool I’ve been using for the last 12 months on a fairly regular basis. Plickers are a great tool for teachers who normally use mini whiteboards, traffic lights, etc. I used to enjoy using whiteboards – ...