Getting the best URL for your Facebook page.


Whilst looking through some wildlife photographers Facebook pages I noticed that some URLs had the format whilst mine and others were of a longer format similar to As I’m a fan of keeping things clean and simple, it was time for some research!

A quick google and a few minutes later, as the image above shows, and I was done! As long as your page has less than 200 likes, just log into your account and go to follow the instructions and as long as the name you want is available, you’re done!

Portfolio items in WordPress makes exciting gallery news!


Have spent some time over the last few weeks on the website, tidying things up, rearranging pages to add families in the birds section (e.g. adding ‘rails’ and putting coots & moorhens in there), also for future ease of use (e.g. finches, pipits, wagtails, swans etc.), and to investigate other ideas with what I could do to improve the site.

Eureka! Found it totally by accident and can’t even remember how! Each image that goes into the gallery becomes a ‘portfolio item’ in WordPress, this means that each portfolio item has it’s own dedicated webpage! Now I can directly link to one image alone if I want to highlight a particular image! This is particularly great for using on social media sites such as Facebook & Twitter etc.

The byproduct of this is that I can add a description to each image without affecting the clean look of the site and it is also possible to leave comments on individual images like this, so good or bad, please do let me know what you think! This feature is already in place on some gallery pages and I will manually add it to all the others whenever I get some spare time.

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Gitzo GT5562GTS Review now live!


The review for my new Gitzo GT5562GTS tripod is now live in the reviews section!

Thanks again to my cousin Dave for the use of his studio for the product shots and also to my wife Fiona who took the comparisons shots and those with me in it showing the main differences!

So, to find out why I have replaced one of my favourite pieces of kit with a new £1,000+ tripod, head on over to the review which can be found here!

New arrival – Gitzo GT5562GTS!


Monday 5th March saw us attend the Focus on Imaging exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, not to see the D4 – D800 – 1DX – 5D Mk3 like almost everyone else but to get ideas, see Andy Rouse and Luke Massey with their nature photography and to pester Brian Worley on the Canon stand (our club president!).

The main port of call for me was the Gitzo stand where their catalogue promised a 4 section extra long version of the 5 series tripod in the revamped systematic range. This interested me as the only complaint I had with my existing GT5541LS tripod has the lack of height when wanting to shoot high things, thinking about the Peregrine Falcons on the council tower in Aylesbury as an example.

To cut a long story short, there was a misprint in the catalogue, there was not going to be a GT5542XLS that I would have liked but I ended up ordering the Giant GT5562GTS instead even though I went to the show expecting not to spend any money. All will be revealed in the upcoming review, hopefully next week!

Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Head Review


After my first ever review of my new bag, the Tamrac Evolution 9 went on for 3 pages I said to myself ‘the next one will be shorter!’ Sure enough this one is only one page long!

The Wimberley WH-200 gimbal head might be one of the least glamorous pieces of kit in my arsenal, but oh my is it one of the best! It is also one of my most important pieces of kit as it helps me use my heavy, long and expensive lens with ease!

The review is now live and can be found in the reviews section here!

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