I’m Back!!

Well I’m finally back blogging again. I’ve tried to keep the website up-to-date with some new equipment reviews but I’ve totally neglected the blogging side of things over the last year. The good news is that the website has started to grow in popularity with around 600 visitors to the site each day so I’ll try my hardest to keep the numbers increasing and not to scare you all away!

2020 summed up!

2020 was a difficult year for many of us with COVID dominating the headlines and it’s far from over yet. Lockdown has put many photography businesses on hold for the time-being. I packed my lighting equipment away last April and haven’t used it since and unfortunately had to give up my studio in August which was a shame.

Luckily I’ve always had the luxury that photography is just a hobby for me rather than a main source of income. Playing around with the equipment and trying out new lighting set-ups is a way to relax which is a good job because I rarely made much money doing it. Maybe some day in the future I’ll have a little studio where I can teach photography since that’s the side of photography I really enjoy but that’s a few years away yet.

My main income for the last 20 years has been running an adventure travel company based in Peru offering mountain treks, in particular the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I was lucky that I was able to manage this travel business even after having moved back to the UK with my family in 2010. However, it all came to an abrupt end in March 2020 when we had to close the business due to the pandemic. It probably won’t be until 2023 that we’ll be back up and running again so hopefully when we do we’ll be able to include some photography tours and offer some photography and lighting tuition as well. Until then I’m just living off my savings and writing some online travel guides which I also love doing.

Since I’ve now got more time on my hands I’ll be able to keep this website up to date. Hopefully I’ll start to add some video tutorials which I’ve always managed to put off doing as I much prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of one.

The intention of this website has always been to help people learn the basics about using speedlites and portable flash. It’s a great time to learn flash photography since quality budget lighting equipment has never been so accessible. I’ve never planned to make money from this site, all the equipment reviewed has been bought by myself at market prices. I’ve had nothing sent to me for free or done any deals with any companies. It’s an expensive way to do things but it leaves me 100% independent to write what I want and that’s the most important thing to me.

Anyway please enjoy the website, I hope the site answers some of the questions you have about speedlites and portable flash. I’ll try to include more information about using the speedlites in practical situations and try to make it a bit more interactive in the future.

Thanks again for visiting SpeedliteReview

Mike

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