Rod Lawton
Lab technician, factory hand, microbiologist, novelist, barman, magazine editor, writer.
  • Photo & Video
    Quick Tip: Constructing Your Own Freestanding ReflectorReflectorpreview
    Table-top photography is a great way to learn about lighting. You don't need expensive lighting gear since natural lighting from a window or the artificial illumination from a lamp or flashlight works just fine. Working with a single light source lets you experiment with the angle and the quality of the light, but it does leave you with a problem. One side of your subject will be in shadow. You don't need extra lights to fix this. All you need is a reflector on the opposite side to the light source to bounce light back into the shadows.Read More…
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    The Nikon D7000 is Competing Outside its ClassD7000preview
    Is the D7000, billed as Nikon's top amateur/enthusiast D-SLR, now the best DX-format Nikon D-SLR of all? Strictly speaking, that ought to be the D300s, but the D7000 beats that model in at least two key areas.Read More…
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    The Olympus XZ-1: A High-End Compact taking on Mirrorless HybridsZx1preview
    The new Olympus XZ-1 shows that big-sensor hybrids still haven't killed off conventional high-end compacts. But is it really a serious alternative? DSLRs are often too big, many compacts don't offer the right control or quality. Hybrid 'mirrorless' cameras seem to offer the best of both worlds - a big sensor in a small body - but with a lens, they're still very big. Does this new high-end compact from Olympus fill a hole in the market?Read More…
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    Sony NEX-3: A Beautiful Design, But How Does It Stack Up?Preview
    Today we're looking at Sony's foray into the hybrid camera market. Sony's NEX models pack a big sensor into a tiny body, and even the cheaper NEX-3 gives its rivals a run for their money! Join us after the break to see how it stacks up against the competition, complete with plenty of example shots!Read More…
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    Sigma DP2s Review: Back to Basics, But Has It Gone Too Far?Preview
    The Sigma DP2s is the latest version of Sigma's ground-breaking DP-series compact cameras, which first reached the market in Spring 2008 with the launch of the DP1. Today we'll be asking whether Sigma's big-sensor compact can hold its own against the latest hybrid cameras, and whether it's "back to basics" approach gives you enough power in today's age of feature-packed cameras.Read More…
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    Olympus E-PL1: An Affordable Micro Four Thirds CameraPreview
    Touted as the most affordable addition to the Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera range, today we're going to be taking a look at the Olympus E-PL1. It's an attractive piece of kit with a feature set to match, but let's see how it stacks up in our in-depth review!Read More…
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    Panasonic Lumix G10: A Compact Digital SLR AlternativePreview
    The Lumix G10 is Panasonic's new, affordable micro four thirds hybrid, but has there been too much cost-cutting to make this a viable alternative to an SLR? In our in-depth review, we'll delve into the look and feel, picture quality, lens choice, and how the Panasonic Lumix G10 stacks up against the ever-growing micro four thirds competition!Read More…
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    Canon EOS 550D Review: Do The Specs Deliver?Preview
    We're taking another in-depth look at a new camera today, the Canon EOS 550D (the EOS Rebel T2i). This is Canon's latest consumer Digital SLR offering, and the specifications certainly pack a punch. Can it live up to all the hype? Read on to find out.Read More…
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    Samsung NX10: A Digital SLR in a Compact Hybrid BodyPreview
    Samsung's managed to cram a Digital SLR sensor into a compact hybrid body, but how does the NX10 perform? We'll be taking an in-depth look at this new concept from Samsung.Read More…
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    Ricoh GXR: An Inspired Piece of Design or Just Plain CrazyGxr01preview
    We're kicking off a new series of hardware reviews on Phototuts+, starting today with an in-depth look at the Ricoh GXR, a fascinating compact camera with a unique concept - rather than just changing lenses, you change the entire camera unit!Read More…