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A review of the Nikon D5500 DSLR

As most photographs know, the Nikon company is among the leading camera manufacturers in the world. Nikon camera models are classy and easy to use. Nikon’s D5500 is the first model within their DSLR range to come with touchscreen. You will really like this model because it is the most recent version that has been upgraded to match the clients needs without necessarily going through a massive overhaul. D5500 is designed for both the novices and experienced photographers ready for more sophisticated techniques.

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The key features include:

Wi-fi and GPS Connectivity

It has in built Wi-Fi connectivity, but the GPS feature has been removed. However, you can buy the GP-1A GPS module independently if you want to geotag your phographs. This can be very disappointing, though to some people the feature goes unused.
Interestingly, the Wi-Fi connectivity is very significant, allowing you to link with a smart gadget using the wireless phone utility application, which is availabe for both iOS and android systems. This feature will not only allow you to share photos online, but also help you to control the camera wirelessly.

24.2 MP Sensor

It also has A DX-format sensor with a resolution of 24.2 megapixels and dimensions of 15.6×23.5 mm just like its predecessor, D5300. The version is not equipped with the optical low-pass filter or anti-aliasing, which allow the sensor to resolve a soaring level of detail. With the filter misssing in your camera it implies that images from the Nikon D5500 will be significantly affected by moire patterning. But you can remove moire patterning in post production must if it happens.

EXPEED 4 Processor

The model also features similar 3.2 inch 1,037, 000 dot LCD touch screen and a EXPEED 4 processor. Earlier entries in the Nikon D series have seen inprovements or changes made to the processor. However, the D5500 disobey this trend. There are new changes that have been made to the camera’s algorithms to reduce noise in JPEG pictures and for more sophisticated calculations attained from 2016 pixel RGB colour sensor. It will enhance your likely autofocus and colour accuracy. With a EXPEED 4 processor the camera can offer you a shooting speed of 5fps like its predecessors: D5200 and D5300.

25,600 ISO Sensitivity

Nikon D5500 has H1 setting that is corresponding to ISO 25, 600, in addition to native ISO sensitivity straddling ISO 100-10,800. This aim at offering you the best in-camera processing by utilizing similar ISO sensitivity range.

Flat Picture Style

This is a very crucial feature in photography. Flat picture style allows you to capture a low-clarity and low- contrast picture with the lowest sharpening. This offers you a high dynamic array piece of video recording that is precise for sharpening, grading, and colour in production.

Video Functionality

The video functionality has not been changed from the D5300. It comes with full HD 1920×1080 pixels footage at the frame levels of 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, 60p and more. You can get the best video shooting experience by employing the vari-angle touchscreen feature.


On the top side of the camera there is a hotshoe an built-in microphone that can record stereo sound in video recording .

Value for Money

It is available for £627, which is inexpensive considering the features that it can offer you.


It’s a nice camera without a doubt but will pro photographers go for it? Who knows, it’s probably not robust enough, although I am sure pro’s who do event photography like the guys over at SmartPicsUK will love the wi-fi capability – I’m not buying myself one just yet.

4 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer For Your Wedding

Planning for your wedding?  At Wigan Photoshop and Photography Society we are often asked for advice on wedding photography – invariably we are also asked if any of our members would be willing to photography the wedding? Well this article is to answer those questions and explain why you should really hire a professional!

A wedding is typically one of the most important and special occasions for anyone, as it often happen once in a lifetime. It’s therefore not surprising that you want the very best for your wedding from the transportation, catering, venue to the reception. When it comes to photography, many people consider enlisting the services of an expert. Well, it may seem an unnecessary expense but the benefits far outweigh the cost. They include.

1. Have The Expertise

Unlike the ordinary person, a wedding photographer has the knowledge and skills needed to capture stunning images regardless of the location or time of the day. They have completed training and know what goes on in the world of photography. They, for instance, understand what settings work for individual photos and group photos, particular time of the day, locations, and even those that don’t. That way, they are able to take accurate shots that relive the day when you just look at them. Wedding photographers also stay up to date with advancements in technology and products by researching on the internet and attending seminars. So, by hiring their services, you can be able to benefit from the latest and most effective products.

2. Wealth Of Experience

Experience is a key factor when it comes to wedding photography. Someone who has been in the field for some time is best placed to give you the beautiful photos you want than one who’s fresh in the industry. Why? He or she will have taken shots in many different venues with different settings (some similar to your own) and so on. Further, they will have dealt with hundreds and hundreds of clients with different needs and specifications. Therefore, by hiring them, you can be sure that job will be in the right hands and you’ll get the results you want.

3. Appropriate Equipment

One of the key benefits of hiring a wedding photographer is that they will have an assortment of equipment, not just a DSLR camera. The professionals come equipped with some of the most sophisticated, expensive and quality equipment which enables them to capture the best moments without missing any detail. These may include professional camera bodies, multiple lenses, memory cards, batteries, brackets, adapters and light-stands. Most importantly, they know how to use them and can alter settings to bring out the best in every photo. While you can buy some of these, it may not be a wise move from an economic view as you’ll likely be using them less frequently.

4. Committed To You

A professional wedding photographer will be committed to your wedding day. In short, you can be sure that they will show up on that day. The reason is because they’re contractually obligated to do everything you’re hiring them to do, and not doing so out of will like a friend. Disappointments are the last thing you would want on your big day, and thankfully they can be avoided by enlisting the services of a professional.

The benefits of professional wedding photography are numerous; you can get quality, efficiency and useful advice among others. Even better, the journey to find a wedding photographer shouldn’t be as daunting as it seems if you keep a few things in mind.


First things first, we all love high resolution images, they are crystal clear in definition that we can grade as 100%. But what we don’t know is how much Photoshop has been used on them. We don’t really know the details until we can see the original and realise that it’s bears little to no resemblance to the edited one. This is what we call the “shopped” look – i.e. over photoshopped. This one big mistake in photography is somewhat rejected by most and especially this society.

One thing that you need to learn first is to appreciate what is there. It doesn’t matter whether the subject is good or bad, what really matters is the simplicity of the subject. As a pro photographer, you need to learn to accept the facts and embrace reality. Don’t rely on image enhancing software to make you a better photographer – rely on your skill with the camera.

Photography is about light first, then location and then the subject – get that right and you photoshop requirements will reduce and you will become a better photographer for it.

Here’s a video I came across on my Facebook feed which sums up my post very well.

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the new website for Wigan Photoshop and Photography Society.

Firstly a huge thanks to club member Calum Stebbing for providing the club with free hosting on his company’s web servers. This will save a lot of money in club funds and as a thank you to Calum we have decided to make him a lifetime member of the club with no membership fees to pay.

Secondly thank you to Terry Smith for taking the time to teach the Web sub-committee everything they needed to know about WordPress.  It was new to many of us having been used to our old Joomla based website, but everyone agrees this is much easier to use and create content on.

Lastly thank you to John Patton club secretary for creating the initial site layout which I am sure you will all agree looks wonderful.

Of course a Photography website isn’t really a site unless it has pictures, so here is a beautiful image to kick things off.

New England Landscape