Posts tagged Jay McLaughlin
Childhood Nostalgia

Maybe it’s a mid life crisis, I’m on a bit of a nostalgia trip right now. It’s fun looking back at some of the things you did or enjoyed during your childhood. As a kid you do what you like, rather than what others think is cool. It’s something that’s missing in this modern social media world. So I’ve been looking back at who I used to be, and getting back in touch with my inner child.

What’s amazed me is how many aspects of my life growing up are still relevant to the things I’m interested now. This post is quite long, so I recommend getting a cup of your favourite childhood beverage, sitting back and coming on a journey with me through some of the things that have defined me as a person, and what I plan to embrace more of in the future!

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Apple Watch Review

I’m a self confessed Apple junkie. I’ve well and truly bought into their eco-system. Back in late 2016 I added to my collection, the newly released Apple Watch Series 2. I realise I’m late to the party with this review since not only has it been replaced by the Series 3, but that’s been replaced by the Series 4! Having said all that, I have now had 2 years experience with the concept of ‘wearable tech’, so as much as this will be review of the Apple Watch, I’m also going to talk about how I feel about smart watches in general.

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Minolta Vectis S-1 Review (1996)

Believe it or not, but this space age looking camera is actually over 20 years old. Not only that, but this was my first SLR camera, so is kind of an important landmark in my photographic journey!

For my 16th birthday, I was offered a choice by my parents, who both worked in aviation (hence my love of of air travel). They said in could either have flying lessons (in a plane, not as a superhero unfortunately), or I could have a ‘proper camera’. The Minolta Vectis S-1 was the result of that decision. 

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Olympus PEN x NYC

Back in May I found myself ticking off the number one place in the world I’d never been... New York City! People were usually shocked when I told them I’d never visited NYC. It was always somewhere I’d longed to see, but the opportunity just never came around until recently.

Fortunately Olympus decided to use New York as the backdrop for promotional images for the new blue version of their E-PL9 camera, along with a whole host of other content they were looking to capture. To say I jumped at the chance would be an understatement!

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Interview for Made Online Podcast

If anyone knows me, they know I like to talk! Seriously, I need someone to shut me up, not encourage me sometimes! Anyway, I was super chuffed to be asked by Hayley Hall (AKA London Beauty Queen) to feature on her 'Made Online' podcast!

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CameraWorld Live Line-up Announced

The list of speakers doing talks at CameraWorld Live on October 28th has just been announced, and yours truly is on it! I'll be doing a talk in one of the seminar rooms at 12:45pm, but if you can't make that, I'll also be on the Olympus stand giving beauty photography demonstrations with a model and lighting, using the Olympus E-M1 MarkII.

The event is free to attend, however, you do have to pre-book tickets for the various seminars due to limited capacity. For more information, head over to the CameraWorld Live website.

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