© Michael Evans Photographer 2016

A Photographer In Rome; a guide to a few days in the Eternal City…

Over the years I have been asked specifically about what camera equipment I take with me when traveling, which is of course quite different from my usual assortment of kit when photographing a commercial or industrial project. Having recently returned from a European adventure, I thought I would take the opportunity to combine a post about my preferred travel kit with my experiences and recommendations for a few days in the Eternal city of Rome.

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Castel St’Angelo at dusk © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Now I have to add a disclaimer right at the beginning of this article, and that is purely and simply that I absolutely love Rome… I have visited on numerous occasions over the years, and each time I leave I am always looking forward to my next return trip. Yes, it is dusty, often hot, very overcrowded with tourists during the summer months, and of course you have to work around ‘Rome time’ as far as the bureaucracy and sometimes service for tourists is concerned. However, for the photographer, particularly one who is fascinated with history, art and architecture, it is a paradise of images waiting to be captured. Naturally enough, all the opinions, recommendations and experiences are mine alone, although it should be noted that both the accommodation that we researched before our trip, and the restaurants that were subsequently recommended to us, are rather well regarded on the Tripadvisor rankings; as the expression goes, ‘your mileage may very..!’

Before leaving Australia on any overseas trip I always thoroughly check and clean my camera equipment. This may sound obvious, and although I do use my gear on a day to day basis, time spent overseas is simply too precious to waste looking for a replacement item or for a repair shop. I usually have my camera sensor cleaned just around the corner at Camera Clinic here in Collingwood, always ensuring after picking up the kit that all the settings are returned to my preferences (for example I never shoot JPEG’s, but the technicians will set the camera to JPEG to test the sensor).

Packing for a trip such as this was always going to be a compromise, particularly as it meant I would be traveling around Europe for close to two months, so it was essential that I only carried the essentials! For me that generally means I will sort out my camera gear first, and then work out how much is left for clothes.

Camera equipment © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
I usually lay out all the gear I am planning on taking on the bed, just to get some perspective on what I might need, or where I can save space and weight. All the lens hoods and chargers and cables (including iPad / iPhone) were already packed © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

I traveled first to London to catch up with family and friends, before heading over to Rome where I would meet up with Melinda. Consequently I took just the two camera bodies with me on the first leg, those being the Canon 5D Mk III, and the Canon 100D, since Melinda would be bringing the 5D Mk II with her, giving us 3 bodies in total. I normally use the 5D with the battery grip while working commercially, but this I removed to both save weight and in an attempt to be a little more inconspicuous.

Camera Equipment

  • Canon 5D Mk III
  • Canon 5D Mk II
  • Canon 100D
  • Canon 17mm TS-E f4 L (probably my favourite lens)
  • Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L
  • Canon 16-35mm f4 L
  • Canon 50mm f1.2 L
  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS L
  • Canon EF-S 24mm
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm
  • Canon 580 EX II Flash
  • Really Right Stuff Tripod and Ballhead (TVC-34L & BH-55)
  • Cable release, spare memory cards, spare batteries
  • Mac Book Air / iPad / WD Passport hard drive
  • LEE filter system

While traveling I do prefer to be able to view and download my files onto a computer, and as such use a Mac Book Air which is both light and powerful; I have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge CC 2015 installed, which I use as my main digital asset management and retouching software (certainly I prefer Bridge over Lightroom, which I also have installed).

Even a cursory glance at the list above will show that I favour wide angle lenses, however I do always try to have the 70-200 with me despite the size and weight penalty. It is a stunning lens for portraits and for capturing detail shots, yielding a lovely soft, almost creamy bokeh (out of focus highlights) which add a new dimension to a gallery of travel shots.

To carry the equipment I purchased two Think Tank bags, namely the Photo Airport Essentials backpack (small), and the Photo Speed Racer V.2. Now I have to admit that I had to spend some time convincing my wife to be seen with me while I was using the Speed Racer belt pack. If memory serves the terms ‘tourist,’ ‘dork’ and ‘geek’ were mentioned; however I can confirm that once on the ground it proved to be a superb choice. Transporting the bulk of my gear, including my Mac book and tablet using the Airport Essentials as carry on luggage, I would switch to the belt pack when on location and select my preferred lens combination for the day of photography ahead. The Speed Racer allowed me to carry my standard complement of 5D Mk III body, 17mm TS-E, 24-70mm and 70-200mm on my hips, somewhat taking the burden of weight off my shoulders, although the pack does have a decent shoulder strap included which I did occasionally use in conjunction with the belt straps.

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The Think Tank Speed Racer proved to be a very versatile and useful solution; here I am utilising the shoulder strap as well as the belt straps to help with the weight. I found it very easy to slide the pack around my waist when I needed to change lenses, and it is secure enough that it would be very difficult indeed to access it when on my back without my knowledge © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack
Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack – The small pocket on the side of the pack contains a useful wire and lock system, allowing the bag to be secured to a chair or table for example. (Image courtesy of Think Tank)
Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack
Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack – very easy to configure to a personal payload; lightweight but with decent protection. (Image courtesy of Think Tank)

I found the Airport Essentials to be a decent overall solution to carrying my equipment, including the chargers, Mac Book Air and iPad, though I should just mention that it does not take a body with battery pack (unless packed flat with no lens attached), and that the shoulder straps are a little lacking in padding if planning on carrying a full load over long distances.

Both 5D’s were loaded with 128Gb memory cards (I use both a 128Gb CF and 128Gb SD simultaneously in the Mk III), meaning that I could shoot all day without concern for space. Capturing only RAW files, inevitably I would run out of space and so I downloaded each day’s files using my Mac Book Air, backed up onto a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive.

When working with the sheer volume of images that both Melinda and I were creating, the most efficient method I have found when backing up my files is to simply create a folder for each city or location, and then to have the download software create a file for each particular day.

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This is the very simple folder structure that I will use when downloading my images each day throughout my travels. Where normally I will convert the RAW files to DNG’s, I rarely do so while traveling, simply to save time and battery life. © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

The worst possible option is to try and download a filled 128Gb card into one location, as I have found the computer or card invariably crashes, doesn’t always copy everything across and makes searching through the images incredibly slow and tiresome.

Other essential items of equipment are perhaps fairly obvious, but worth noting. We carried 6 batteries in total for the 5D’s, with two spare chargers, spare memory cards and lens cloths. I also carry a LEE filter kit, which comprises the standard circular polariser, the big stopper 10 x ND filter, and the .6 Graduated ND. All of these filters fit snugly in the outside pockets of the Speed Racer, keeping them close at hand at all times. If a filter is not conveniently available, laziness tends to mean that I won’t use it!

Finally, one piece of kit that I regard as absolutely essential for any of my trips is a good pair of comfortable walking shoes; perhaps this is a very obvious point, but when I am going to be spending the entire day walking, I do no want to be contending with blisters or in shoes that offer no support.


I arrived in Rome on a short flight from Bristol, and due to the recent fire damage at Leonardo Da Vinci – Fiumicino airport I was redirected to the smaller secondary airport of Ciampino. This meant that instead of taking the train into the Roma Termini station as planned (it is both easy and relatively inexpensive), I instead caught a bus outside the airport to the same station. The bus was again very inexpensive (about 8 Euros return), and I simply queued up outside, purchasing my ticket in the line. It does help to have a few Euros before arriving, although I could have paid by credit card inside the terminal.

On arriving at Rome Termini station I purchased a Roma 72H, 3 day or 72 hour Metrebus ticket, which for 18 Euros provides access to trains, trams and buses. It was then a simple matter of traversing the city on one of the two metro lines to Lepanto station, which was close to our B & B accommodation for the next few days, the Attillo Regolo. Located on Via Attillo Regolo, this little place is perfectly located for exploring Rome; it is by no means 5 star luxury, but it is well priced, clean, in a superb location, and has very helpful friendly staff. On checking in I was given a map with the staff’s recommendations for local restaurants, and while sometimes this can perhaps be attributable to an ulterior motive (the absolutely dreadful restaurant in Venice recommended by our concierge at the Best Western Hotel Ala for example), on this occasion the advice was perfect; the restaurants we tried were full of locals enjoying excellent food.

The style of Pizza served in Rome may vary from that served up north in Milan, or down in Sicily, but it is no less delicious as I discovered at the Pizzeria L’Archetto di Lumax at 105 Via Germanico, just 10 minutes stroll from our hotel. All the pizza’s are simply good, and my advice here would be to stick with a pitcher of the house red as a perfect and incredibly cheap accompaniment. I have to admit that I enjoyed this place so much that I took Melinda here the next night as she arrived in Rome a day after me, and was looking for some something tasty to help with the jet lag.

Pizza menu © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
A very extensive pizza and pasta menu at Pizzeria L’Archetto di Lumax © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Pizza © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Superbly thin and crispy pizza… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Pitcher of red wine © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The house red was surprisingly very good, and excellent value in a pitcher (about 5 Euros for a half litre i believe..) © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Bruschetta © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Bruschetta…for when you need some more bread before your pizza…© Michael Evans Photographer 2016

After dinner I wandered down to Pont St’Angelo with the intention of shooting a few dusk shots of the bridge and surrounding views. Although I had a tripod in my luggage, I decided not to bring it with me on this occasion as I know from experience that any attempt to use one in St Peter’s square usually results in unwanted official attention since they are banned. This simply means that it is necessary to use nearby posts, columns or railings as support for the camera; I am not averse to raising the ISO on camera to achieve a shutter speed that can be handheld, indeed sometimes it is unavoidable, however I do prefer to have as clean and noise free a file as possible, particularly with my dusk or night shots. Also, I rather enjoy the light streaks that result from longer exposures, giving as they do that sense of life and motion to an image.

Columns at St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Figures against the columns at St Peter’s, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

After meeting Melinda at Rome Termini station and before heading to the Vatican Museum, we naturally needed a decent lunch and so headed to the other local cafe that had been recommended to us called Il Sorpasso at 31 Via Properzio. Once again we had some seriously good food; simple yet delicious salads and breads washed down with an espresso.

Salad in Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fennel and orange salad, perfect for the searingly hot Rome weather © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Salad in Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Pear, Walnut and Blue cheese – salad heaven! © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

What to see in Rome in 3 days…

…is of course purely subjective, and our choices were limited as much by time as by the crowds and the stifling heat. We had planned on visiting the Capitoline Museum for example, but simply ran out of time as everything we did visit required a more sedate pace under the sun, as well as a degree of patience navigating through fellow tourists.

The first afternoon together in Rome, Melinda and I had pre-booked tickets to the Vatican Museum for 2.00pm using http://www.tickitaly.com; in my opinion this is essential unless you enjoy queues. Upon entering the Museum (you do not need to join the huge queue to do this), the counter for collecting these tickets is clearly marked ahead and slightly to the left. From this point the exploration begins and with so many treasures on display the memory card continues to fill. I found that I used the 17mm quite extensively, particularly as the ceilings and wall artwork are both expansive and breathtakingly beautiful. Be sure to capture the Bramante staircase on the way out of the museum…

The Vatican Museum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Vatican Museum detail… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Vatican Museum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fun with the 17mm TS-E © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Vatican Museum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The stunning corridors; an absolute deluge for the senses… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Vatican Museum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
One of the many statues at the Museum © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Vatican Museum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Another corridor… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

If I had to offer one piece of advice regarding a visit to St Peter’s it would simply be ‘get there early’. Actually this is good advice for visiting any of the main attractions in Rome; even at 7.30 am there was a short queue, but it did move very quickly and of course meant that once inside there were far fewer other tourists than would have been the case within a few hours. As with all the religious tourist attractions, modest attire is required at all times; for Melinda the easiest solution was to carry a very thin scarf in her bag and wrap that around her bare arms when entering. ‘Short’ shorts and miniskirts are of course prohibited inside.

During the summer months on clear days, the light striking the fascia in the morning is quite sublime, and once inside the finger like shafts filtering through the windows serve to highlight a new sculpture or artwork with each passing moment.

The Papal balcony at St Peter's, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Looking up to the Papal balcony at St Peter’s, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The 17mm comes into it’s element… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The incredible detail inside the basilica is quite awe inspiring, as is the case with this wide angle ceiling view… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fun with the 70-200 and a high ISO of 1600 © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fairly obviously there are no tripods permitted in St Peter’s, however by using available railings combined with higher ISO’s it is still possible to capture some good images © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Another ceiling detail © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
This view really caught my eye for the geometric symmetry. Once again, the 17mm and a sore neck looking straight up… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
St Peter's Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
© Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Once again I would recommend reading about the history of St Peter’s prior to visiting, as it is a fascinating building containing a treasure trove of amazing artwork and sculpture. Certainly the short time I spent inside passed all too quickly, and as is usually the case I could always find one more image, one more angle, that had to be captured before I could leave. As with all the images and locations featured in this post, I have Gigabytes more yet to work my way through.

After St Peter’s we headed towards Piazza Navona, stopping at a small cafe called Food On Foot for a takeaway coffee and panini which we enjoyed while gazing at the Fontana Del Moro in the southern end of the square. Once again the best advice here is to arrive early, more to be able to enjoy the square and it’s fountains before all of the ubiquitous souvenir stalls have installed their unsightly carts than to beat the crowds. The recent trend we noticed at every major site visited was the ‘levitating fakir’ street performance artist, who would appear to be floating above the pavement while of course seated on a small hidden platform, his hand clutching a pole that ran to the ground. Fun the first time perhaps, and I do appreciate that life can be tough for those trying to make a living, but as with the constant offer of ‘selfie stick??’ (which has reached plague like proportions), it does wear thin after a while.

Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fontana del Moro, Piazza Navona. Seated opposite this statue, we ate a delicious breakfast in the shade while breathing in ‘la dolce vita’… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Man reading in Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
A local reading in Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
View of the piazza looking towards Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi on Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Piazza Navona © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
This 17mm shot appealed to me not only for the buildings, but also for the 4 spectators seated bottom right… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Leaving Piazza Navona it is but a short walk to probably my favourite building in Rome, the Pantheon, and to me at least it is absolutely essential viewing for the visitor. There is plenty of freely available information regarding it’s construction and history which is certainly worth investigating, but really I can just recommend entering the wonderful space somewhat dominated by the ceiling and perfect oculus, relax and breathe in the history. Once again, a wide angle lens is going to justify it’s purchase in this incredible space…

The Pantheon, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Looking up… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Pantheon, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The altar inside the Pantheon © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

The streets and piazza’s surrounding the Pantheon are all worth investigating, with countless scenes to photograph. We headed to the Trevi Fountain, sadly to find that it was completely covered in scaffolding and undergoing renovation, doubtless meaning a return visit to Rome at some unspecified date. Walking towards the Spanish Steps we arrived to find our photographic efforts were again thwarted by the renovators, and so we continued on Via Del Babuino to Piazza Del Popolo, the perfect place to stop and indulge in some people watching, before heading back towards our accommodation. At the time of our visit the Piazza was hosting a music event on a large stage, consequently our photographic options were somewhat limited, but I was at least able to capture the two beautiful churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto (left) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (right) at the entrance to the piazza.

Piazza del Popolo, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Piazza del Popolo © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

The first stop on our last full day in Rome was the very symbol of Rome itself, the Colosseum; once again we pre-booked tickets for the visit at 9.00am via Tickitaly, and proceeded to join the huge queue to retrieve them. At this point true ‘Roman efficiency’ took over, as the crowds all jostled together in the barely controlled chaos. The lack of signage, combined with the question everyone in my queue had to be asking ‘why did we pre-book this only to have to stand in a huge queue?’ added a comical touch to the proceedings. When we finally made our way through the scrum and reached the entrance turnstile, I was somewhat astounded to be told that we were too early by 2 minutes to enter. Considering the virtual riot and packed crowd behind us, and that there was simply nowhere to stand and wait, I politely questioned the attendant’s sanity. Thankfully common sense prevailed and we were admitted! Once inside, possibly the best advice I would offer would be to look for the light, and try and avoid photographing directly into the sun since a silhouette will most likely be the end result. Combining a wide angle lens with the sun at your back will yield the best possible results, although for the middle image below I knew that I would only really be able to do justice to the space by capturing it as a multi image panorama.

The Colosseum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The very symbol of the Eternal City…. © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Colosseum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
By creating a panoramic treatment, I was able to capture a highly detailed print with an angle of view that simply would not have been possible with a single lens… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Colosseum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Inside the amazing Colosseum… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

Adjacent to the Colosseum is the Forum, which again should be on every visitors list. More time spent queuing to be sure, but certainly worth it. There is so much to see here, the buildings and ruins so rich in history,  that I would recommend at least taking a guide book, or familiarizing yourself with the layout and buildings before arriving.

The Forum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Forum, while beautiful and very interesting, is actually quite difficult to photograph, since it is quite a sprawling site… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The Forum, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
As I struggled to gain a good overall view of the Forum, we headed up the hill (I believe it was the Capitoline Rise..?) where I was able to capture this panorama… Naturally encompassing a 180 degree view will result in a degree of distortion, but I rather liked the end result © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

A morning at the Colosseum followed by a visit to the Forum certainly builds an appetite, and so we decided to seek some refreshment in what has been described as Rome’s favourite neighbourhood, Trastevere, which is situated on the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City. The charming narrow cobbled streets are flanked by character laden houses, with many good restaurants and pubs attracting tourists and locals alike. This is the area that has long attracted artists and the famous; both Ennio Morricone, the film score composer, and Sergio Leone, film director particularly famous for the spaghetti western genre, attended the same school in the neighbourhood.

Having read some decent reviews, we sought out a little trattoria called ‘Ta Deo’ in Trastevere for lunch, which certainly proved to be a good choice for two weary and hungry tourists. One thing to note is that throughout Italy you will always have a cover charge added to the bill, ostensibly as a service charge, however it is also meant to cover the bread that is brought with every meal. Just be aware that if you are obviously a tourist and do not speak any Italian, then in some restaurants you will not be offered any bread, although the charge will of course still be there. While we in this instance did not need any more bread, it was very obvious who among the patrons was a local, and who was a tourist like us. Perhaps just a small gripe (the food was excellent), but somehow it just seemed somewhat petty and unnecessary…

Ta Deo restaurant, Trastevere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
A lovely fascia in a quiet courtyard, Ta Deo is justifiably popular with tourists and locals alike… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Seafood pasta at Ta Deo, Trastavere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Seafood pasta at Ta Deo, Trastavere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trastevere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Piazza in Trastavere © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trastevere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trastevere… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trastevere, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Sadly the car can be found everywhere in Rome; necessary of course for the locals, but somewhat of a hindrance to the architectural photographer… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

After lunch we headed back to the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, or as it is known by the locals ‘the Typewriter’. While this reasonably modern building is certainly interesting, I really was more keen to visit and photograph the adjacent Trajan’s Column. The 35 metre column was completed in AD 113, and is justifiably famous for it’s sculpted relief artistically depicting the story of the Emperor Trajan’s campaign and subsequent victory over the Dacians.

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The ‘Typewriter’ as it is colloquially known… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trajan's Column, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trajan’s column detail… © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
Trajan's Column, Rome © Michael Evans Photographer 2016
The tilt shift lens once again allows me to encompass the whole of Trajan’s column without having to correct perspective as would have been necessary with the 16-35 f4 © Michael Evans Photographer 2016

And so ended our all too brief two and a half day ( three days for me ) visit to Rome; the next day saw us picking up our rental car to begin touring, however I still eagerly anticipate my next visit to this most amazing of capitol cities. Time to start planning…

All of the images in this post are naturally copyrighted, and I would please ask that be respected. All apart from three of the photographs above are not visible on my website, although a great deal more Italy and travel images can be seen at www.michaelevansphotographer.com



7 thoughts on “A Photographer In Rome; a guide to a few days in the Eternal City…

  1. Amazing pictures. I especially enjoyed the black and white in St. Peter’s and the shot of the Colosseum. Man, all that gear! I am looking forward to getting beyond my basic Canon Rebel. Great post!

  2. Great post Michael. Reminds me that you certainly set me up with some very good technical standards. Not that I still obey allll of them, but certainly most of them :)!

  3. These are all just so good. I notice your wide angles are nicely corrected for distortion. I also notice that I take too tight of shots sometimes to allow for the distortion correction which I’m trying not to do anymore. I love the black and white in St. Peter’s! Your compos are really great. I’m Guilty of turning up the ISO but then I can’t really carry a tripod or hardly anything. I’m lucky I can carry the camera! I haven’t been to Rome. Only the northern part of Italy and I wasn’t into photography then. Maybe some day and with a mirror less Sony full frame! lol. Thanks for sharing such a great post!

    1. Hi Laura, Thank you so much for your kind comments, and my apologies for the delay in getting back to you, I have been offline for the last two days . I think that it’s always wise to leave a little extra wiggle room when composing your images, particularly with the high resolution cameras that we are all using these days, the trick is remembering to do so (something I am equally guilty of…).

      Also I can recommend the Topaz DeNoise software for those times when you have to bump up the ISO, I find it does a pretty good job of controlling the grain.

      I have also looked at the mirrorless systems, but at this stage I simply cannot justify additional gear!!

      Thank you for taking the time to look!!

      1. No worries Michael. I sometimes an offline too for a period of time. I adore Topaz Denoise. Definitely the best noise reduction software it there. Happy shooting and thanks for your response. 🙂

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