Wildeye Wildlife Sound Recording Course

Wildeye Sound Course

Thanks to a fellow sound recordist getting some work he couldn’t say no to I managed to get myself on to the Wildeye wildlife sound recording course in late November. I’d put the course on my list of things I’d like to do when I have some spare money (like that’ll ever happen with a 10 week old baby!?) but jumped at the chance when the place was discounted.

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GlobalMediaPro Li95S Battery And SC1 Charger Review (Sort Of)

V-Lock batteries. There’s a babillion of them out there. Some cost a fortune, some don’t. This one cost me £160 for the battery and charger and about £27 in import duty to the UK and I got it straight from the people at GlobalMediaPro.

GlobalMediaPro Li95S Battery

GlobalMediaPro SC1 Charger

But is it any good? To be honest I don’t know as I haven’t used it in anger for an extended period yet. But here’s the details, some photos, an unboxing video and an endurance test for ya. As always, there’s more photos in the Flickr Set for this post. Continue reading


Every once in a while some piece of technology makes me go ‘wow’. I’m pretty tech-savvy so it takes more than a power socket with USB sockets to make me sit up and listen. I’m sure there was something earlier that really impressed me, but the thing I regularly go back when explaining how amazing and accessible new technology can be is the series of hacks Johnny Lee has done using the Wii.

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Home Scanned Film Negatives Using Lightroom

As you can see from my last post (and the shelves in my living room!) I quite like analog cameras. Sadly getting the photos developed, scanned and printed has quite a cost attached to it and while I intend to do some developing at home, I haven’t quite got round to sorting out the equipment for it yet. Scanning is a different matter and due to the cost of proper scanners I’m forced to use a bit of a home-brew technique to get around that cost. Doing it the way I’m about to describe also makes printing easier as it effectively turns them into digital photos which can be printed at home or at Snappy Snaps. All photos used here as well as some more examples of test scans I’ve done can be found in the set on my Flickr.

You will need: a film negative you wish to ‘scan’ (any size will do be it 35mm or 120 or whatever), a digital camera, a bright computer or laptop screen and Lightroom to do the processing.

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Cleaning your Ricoh Auto 66 viewing window

Every so often you’ll find a camera thats too pretty and too cheap to leave in the shop.

I found one of these cameras.

Ricoh Auto 66 - front with hood up

It was a Ricoh Auto 66 TLR and as it was a TLR I fancied doing a bit of ‘through the viewfinder’ (TtV) photography. As you can see from the photo below it was pretty mucky, probably never having been cleaned since it left the factory in the early 1960’s. A little googling tells me not much about cleaning it so I thought I’d write a little how-to guide myself! All the photos from this post and a few others detailing job can be found in a dedicated set on my Flickr account here. A full set of 360degree photos of the camera can be found on my Flickr here. Continue reading

Tw1tterband – a video editors point of view

You might not know this, but I’m quite the little Twitter-addict. Ever since I got my first iPhone I’ve been on there typing out my life’s ups and downs, likes and dislikes, wins and fails. I’m not sure why I like it but I do. The chance to say whatever is in my head that second, even if its a little wrong or random appeals to the repressed exhibitionist in me I guess. I get a sense of community with my followers and the people I follow, even if we’ve never met. I find that an amazing part of the site but the hardest to explain to non-Twitterers. Its that community spirit that led me to record guitar parts and eventually edit a video for Tw1tterband. Continue reading