Photography and Art

About RWI

Welcome to realworldimages.co.uk (RWI)

This website was originally devised as a gallery to show photos taken during my travels back in 2005. I later (a lot later) saw the potential to expand its use to a more general photography website around 2008. Now, 2012 sees the website refreshed to a more purpose build design. I'm no expert web developer but the site should be easier to navigate and easier for me to maintain than the previous incarnation.

The website is not intended to have a bias towards any brand of equipment as I essentially see them all as tools for achieve a task. The standard of most photographic equipment these days is very high and it is likely the final output is mostly influenced by how someone relates and understands a particular piece of equipment rather than pure technical capabilities. I personally shoot with Sony and Nikon DSLRs after many years shooting with Minolta SLRs but I recognise and always enjoy the opportunity to shoot with other brands of camera. The photos presented at realworldimages.co.uk are not only taken with DSLRs but with compacts and smartphones (i.e. whatever I have at hand or is most suitable to the take).

Photography is an enjoyable (but expensive) hobby for me at this time. I originally got interested after reading my dad's Time Life Photography collection of books (back in ancient times) and I still enjoy that style of photography (which was more journalistic and artist). I like the idea that a photograph should try to convey a message or a look rather than just trying to be technically perfect.

After years of shooting with film I started to take digital seriously when I the results I could achieve with the first Canon digital IXUS and then the Canon G1 back in 2000. Now more than 10 years later I'm being impressed with what can be achieved with the modern cameraphone (smartphone). Not only have the built-in cameras improved but supporting applications have developed for very artistic photos can be produced completely in the handset and ready to send out into the world. It would come as no surprised if some of this technology is implemented in the purpose built compacts and DSLR in future,


Mini News

22 November 2012: Sigma 18-250mm now available in Sony's A-Mount

Sigma Imaging UK Ltd has announced that the 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM lens is now available at a suggested retail price of £499.99. Sigma's APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens will shortly be available in Sony's A-Mount for a suggested retail price of £1499.99.


17 October 2012: Firmware update for Sony NEX 7 v1.01

Sony NEX firmware update provides the following;

  • Addition of capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
  • Addition of exposure settings of bracket shooting (three frames /1.0EV,2.0EV, 3.0EV)
  • Improvement of response for showing auto review image.
  • Improvement of image quality when using a wide angle lens
  • Improvement of indication when setting “Flexible Spot”.

Visit the link: http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/NEX-7/updates

Firmware updates are also available for the a77, a65, and a57.


15 October 2012: Purchase Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra wide angle lens and claim FREE 77mm UV DG filter

From Monday 15th October 2012, Sigma Imaging UK Ltd are introducing a short term special offer that enables anyone who purchases Sigma’s multi-award winning 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM ultra-wide angle lens to claim a FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter worth over £60!

A Sigma Ultra Violet filter is the perfect accessory to protect your lens from damage to the front element. Sigma’s DG filters benefit from a special multi-layer lens coating, developed to counteract the highly reflective characteristic of image sensors.

Terms and Conditions apply. Visit www.sigma-imaging-uk.com or ask your local photographic retailer for more details of this offer and how to claim your FREE Sigma 77mm UV DG filter.