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The Golden Hour

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The bitter cold bites at unprotected fingertips as you walk determinedly. The sun isn’t up yet. The rest of the world is asleep. Not you, though: you’re on a mission to capture that famed golden hour. That special time of day when the sun hasn’t reached the height of its power yet and is softer for it in your photographs, bathing your subject in the kind of light that creates a flurry of butterflies in your stomach.


Unique Stocking Fillers for The Photo-Lover

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Are you stuck for a Christmas present for the photographer that’s got everything?

When it comes to Christmas, it can often be hard to find a present that’s unique, a little different from the usual and, of course, much cooler than the typical aftershave and sock combo.


*Cats not included

Well, as specialists of used camera exchange services; we’re here with our stocking filler guide of what to get the photo-mad individual that’s got every piece of photography kit you can think of… apart from these 3 little gems! (All under £35!)

Build Your Own – Konstruktor DIY SLR Camera

If you’re looking for something a little different, and something that is sure to keep them occupied Christmas day – the Konstruktor DIY SLR Camera by Lomography is sure to be a hit! Sure, it seems everyone in the world is a photographer these days, but how many people can say they built their own camera?

The kit contains everything you need to create and personalise your own 35mm film SLR camera, along with easy-to-follow instructions that’ll have you DIY’d and ready to shoot in a few hours.

Cats, Everywhere! Even In Your Photos! – Cats Disposable Camera

Oops, cats again! But if you’re looking for a gift for your crazy-cat mate or a lover of all things feline – this single-use cam is the perfect disposable that’ll enhance your photos with a furry friend or two!

You know those pictures you try and pose for, pet in tow, and they turn out disastrous? No worries! Here’s the easy way to snap yourself in the presence of a cheeky feline friend – filling your reel with cat doodles on pre-printed film! How cool?

However, if cats aren’t your thing – you can also get plenty of other disposable cameras with fun and unique graphic themes. How about the ‘Remember This? Neither do I’ camera which stamps all your party-pics with lovely drunken quotes – helping you savour the memories you don’t remember in the morning! Amazing!

Save Your Photos In Style – Camera USB Drive

If you’re looking for those extra little bits to fill the last bit of stocking space up with, we absolutely love this Mini Camera USB Drive. It’s the cutest thing, and a pretty good tiny replica of real Nikon or Canon DSLR model. Providing 8GB space, this perfectly crafted little camera comes with a detachable USB lens, letting you upload and backup your precious photos in photographic style.

So, there you have it – we hope you enjoyed our cool Christmas gift round-up, and don’t forget – if you have an old camera and fancy exchanging it for cash, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0208 371 4179 or drop us an email at today!

Merry Christmas from Camera Exchange Store!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

We would like to wish a very Happy Christmas to all of our customers from everybody here at Camera Exchange Store, and wish you the greatest success in all aspects of life going into the New Year.

It has reached the festive time of year again, and as 2013 is drawing to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect back on the events and successes of the last year. Through providing dedicated and professional customer service, as well as catering for an increasing product range, we have been able to continue to grow our operations throughout the year, and in turn improve and develop our business in a way which has not only been beneficial to ourselves, but every single one of our valued customers.

This year has been an incredibly exciting one for us here at Camera Exchange Store, and we are very proud to have been able to offer an increasingly successful and efficient service for the trade in of many different models of cameras and lenses. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our clients for your custom over the past year, which really has been our best year to date, and we hope that our level of customer service as well as the quality of all of our products has met the highest of expectations.

Moving forward into the New Year we hope to be able to continue to improve on the quality and speed of the services we offer allowing for a completely streamlined and customer friendly process, as well as continue to build on the already excellent level of care and consideration we have given at all times to our clients over the past 12 months.  We hope that our services will be of use to an increasingly wide range of people, and that we can be a great help in allowing you to exchange any unwanted camera equipment for a very reasonable credit.

Whatever direction this year has taken you, we hope that it has been an enjoyable and rewarding one, and that the service we offer here at Camera Exchange Store caters ideally to your specific needs and expectations.

Again, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that going into the future the camera exchange service as well as the level of customer service we provide here at Camera Exchange Store will continue to provide you with the highest quality and most reliable service.

125 Years of National Geographic and their Stunning Global Photography

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

It was October 1888 when the National Geographic Society issued their first edition of National Geographic magazine. A century and a quarter later and people are still fascinated by the rich imagery it delivers. It has come a long way over that time span: starting out as a heavily text-based pamphlet that resembled a science journal, but is now renowned for its intense and spectacular images.  The main influence in its evolution has of course been technology and developments in publishing, photography and the ability to travel to more remote places. What hasn’t changed is its familiar yellow-bordered design and the fact it never ceases to inspire and amaze.

The magazine became popular in the 1920s when it started showing colour photographs, a rarity at that time. During the 1930s one of the magazine’s writers and photographers persuaded the society to let the photographers use small 35mm cameras which took Kodachrome film instead of the large glass plated cameras that had to have stands. In 1959 the magazine lost its text based cover format and oak leaf border in favour of large colour photographs that captured people’s attention.

The effort that it takes just to capture a moment perfectly; that you can shoot and eternalise a sperm whale rising from the ocean, or snow geese racing through the air- that is what makes photography a joy. And although the moment of beauty or awe or sadness passes quickly, photojournalists freeze them time for generations to enjoy. Over the last 125 years the Geographic has helped advance the careers of the greatest photographers of the century; Frans Lanting, George Rodger, James Nachtwey all boosted their careers through the magazine, not to mention Steve McCurry who won awards for his iconic “Afghan Girl” which featured on a cover in 1985.

To celebrate National Geographic’s landmark birthday Taschen are publishing a collector’s anthology showcasing the most iconic images from the last century. The anthology is divided into three Volumes, arranged by continent:  Volume 1 covers North and South America and Antarctica; Volume 2 Europe and Africa; Volume 3 Asia and Australasia. The collection displays the most iconic and striking images, handpicked from the years and tells the story of how photography developed. The years roll by with each turn of the page, evolving from black and white, to autochrome, Kodachrome and finally digital.

One thing that National Geographic does to affect you is it makes you want to go out and capture something wonderful too. It gives you a sense that anything is possible if you’re in the right place at the right time, and with the right gear. The Geographic have been running their annual photography competition now since 2006 which you can be a part of. Trade in your old digital camera to us this Christmas, and with the cash you earn treat yourself to a top of the range new device. For example if you sell a used Panasonic camera you could earn up to £150 depending on the model and condition. If you feel it’s time for an update and want to earn cash back for your used camera then Camera Exchange Store is the place to be.

Ho’oponopono technique…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

When was the last time you have managed to solve a problem by falling inside the issue, analyse it until you faint with boredom and by blaming the issue itself? It has been said that you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside. In that case I choose to take the responsibility of creating my outside world within and say to myself ” I am sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you and I love you.” (Ho’oponopono technique)

Letting your emotions control your finances?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Letting your emotions control your finances?

According to money education charity Credit Action, UK personal debt grows by £171million every day – £7.13million an hour, £119,000 a minute or almost £2,000 a second. What is causing us to continually get into debt?

One of the key issues for people in debt is their frame of mind. Subconscious mind responds to habitual thinking and whatever you give your subconscious, it registers it so be careful blaming others and complaining about your current situation.
You get more of what you focus on. If you focus on poverty and debt, you will tend to get more of that in your life. If you focus on wealth that you already have, you will tend to get more of that as well. If you cannot see the wealth you have already, just count the things you have that money cannot buy.

When someone talks about all the bills they have to pay, blame others and get aggressive there is usually “more to the story.” It is a very stressful situation but being in control and making a decision is a great first step. If you are going to be debt free, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. You have to believe in yourself. Past is past. There is no point in blaming yourself or the others for your current financial situation.

Why you got into debt needs to be also addressed. Why did you feel the urge to use the credit cards for things perhaps weren’t even necessary? What causes your compulsive shopping?

There might be number of emotional factors that contribute to our spending habits. Over spending might be due to boredom,low self esteem, childhood influences, equating spending with happiness, anxiety, stress, feeling better, guilt etc.

Facing the answers can be uncomfortable, but if you don’t face them, you may never get out of this vicious circle or control your spending and your debt.
Some people believe how much money they have determines their worth. A person’s worth has nothing to do with how much money he/she has. It might be easier said than done however you truly need to believe this in your heart. Your worth has nothing to do with your wealth or lack of it. Once you believe this, your ability to create more abundance in your life will be more possible.

Overspending has many different causes, but it is important to remember that they all have solutions. Perhaps when you use credit cards, you don’t feel like you are spending your own money. Most people are much less likely to buy when paying with cash as opposed to credit cards. Leaving your credit cards at home or destroying them is a great way to keep an eye on your spending. Use cash or a debit card instead. Another way to deal with your habit to overspend is let some one else take charge. Family members or your spouse might be able to help you by buying things for you. You decide a budget and hand over the money to them. Seasonal sales can also lead you to overspend. If you are going to make the most of seasonal sales, buy only when you really need something.

Right now, your subconscious mind with the limiting beliefs may be keeping you from living in abundance and financial success, but as you begin to build up a positive attitude about yourself and about money, you’ll attract positive things into your life. As you do so, you’ll feel less of a need to generate positive emotions by purchasing things, and you’ll find it easier to stop buying items you don’t really need.
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There are hundreds of blogs, books, web sites and debt consultancy firms to help you in getting rid of debt. Some of them offer good advice about the psychological aspects of money and spending that you’d do well to consider. Asking for help is a powerful secret to happiness and success once you make a decision. Don’t hold yourself back by asking for the information, assistance, time and support.

Changing your attitude, looking at things differently and asking for assistance could make your dreams come true. Choose one action and do it. Make a complete list of your debts and creditors. Some people panic at this point but still go ahead and do it. Your debt is not a permanent condition. It’s a situation. You didn’t always have it; you won’t have it forever. Make a decision of leaving debt behind and take an action. You cannot get out of debt by borrowing more money. You know what to do!

If you are not living your dream life, and do not have joy, peace, harmony and in your life, it is time to make changes. As it has been quoted by Einstein, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”

Towards a new future

Most of us have the potential to be successful in life. It all depends on determined we are to be successful. It is time to face our inner sense of deprivation and take action in the direction of changing it. Make sure your thoughts and beliefs are in alignment with your desired outcome. Complaining about your current situation, talking about it, blaming, getting angry will not help. It is essential that you focus only on the outcome you desire,and not the lack of whatever it is that you desire. The more you look for the good, sooner and more often you will find it.

There is a classic book I recommend you read: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. If you want to be rich, you need to think like one! What we think and what we say to ourselves becomes our reality. Our beliefs and thoughts do become our reality. This is probably why people who struggle financially. Their emotions and subconscious mind often do the talking and run their lives.

“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, then you’re right.” Henry Ford

Be aware, be free…

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Cover up your repressed emotions as much as you like however they will carry on popping up in different shapes and forms until you embrace them..So you better open up the covers, be aware of your repressed emotions, embrace them and be free…

Oneness Project

Friday, August 10th, 2012

“Peace at home, peace in the world. Mankind is a single body and each nation is a part of that body. We must never say ‘What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?’ If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as if we ourselves had that illness.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Atatürk knew the value of peace and when I read his words about peace in the country, peace in the world, I couldn’t help but think that he meant Oneness in all aspects of our lives. I feel that he was referring to the nonexistence of duality. Our ego might insist that we are separate from others however we need to look beneath our illusions to be able to grasp the unity consciousness. Ataturk knew how not to isolate himself from other parts of the world. When you share the pain of another who might be living in another country and reach out in anyway that you can, I am sure you will experience the oneness with that person.

Oneness is embracing all human kind, plants, animals and each and every creation without hesitation. We need to stop labelling each other and realise that each one of us is a citizen of the world. If peace is really what you want, then you will need to choose peace yourself first. Peace within, peace in your home, peace with you family and friends… When you judge others, all you are doing is getting lost in the duality illusion and in fact defining yourself.

Since we are all energy, it is important to keep our frequency levels high by choosing love, peace, compassion, hope, wisdom and unity. Remember that hatred, jealousy, judgment will lower your frequency. Be light, be connected, be aware, be the best version you want your children to be. We are here for a reason. We are planting seeds in our children, for our future. There are no mistakes in nature. If you plant an apple seed, you will never get a pear tree. Make sure you are aware of what you are planting. I choose to plant love, peace, being worry free, generosity, unity and most importantly hope. Our words are prayers. Childre model us. We need to be aware of our words and our behaviours. We create our world as we speak. That is what Abracadabra means in the language of Aramaic, create as you speak…

Inner peace can be achieved if you choose to see the Oneness in every person, every creature, every garden, every country, every home. Unfortunately reading these types of articles or even talking about them is not enough. One needs to read, digest, apply to his/her life then share the miracles of Oneness with others. Make an effort to look into eyes of people you come across during your daily routine, spend a day consciously noticing animals and their behaviours. You can learn a lot from nature. Animals are so full of wisdom and knowing. They are here to serve humankind and show unconditional love.

So open up to possibilities and look at nature from the eyes of Oneness. There is no here and there, you and I…We are all ONE.

The hand that gives, is the hand that receives…

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Make sure you protect the earth! But don’t be mistaken by thinking that the earth will not protect us while we are protecting it. He who provides protection, also gets protection for sure. He is the one who protects himself. The hand that gives, is the hand that receives. A brand new page is starting as of today. A page that where there is giving but not expecting of receiving.


Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


How are you feeling? Overtired? Overstressed? Overworked?
It’s easy to be positive when everything in life is going great. The hard part is staying positive when things go wrong.

Here are some tips to take you to a different consciousness;

1. Do what you love to do. Do what you love to do, to make a difference! Successful people win because they love what they do. All of them have a very strong desire to succeed. Having passion for the field or the business you are in makes all the difference.

2. Do your best. Do your best at every job. Success generates more success. Under any circumstance, simply do your best. Doing your best is taking an action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward.

3. Thing big- Thoughts become things. So why would you give any power to what you don’t want in your life? Think BIG thoughts and have BIG dreams. And when you doubt, say “Why not?”

4. Dare to be different, think different. Best to celebrate our differences.

5. Ask for feedback. We should get feedback about our efforts from several different sources. Do not be afraid! If you are doing your best, the feedback can only be constructive.

6. Learn from failures. If you aren’t failing, then you really aren’t trying anything new. Don’t fear failure, learn from it.

7. Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.

8. Don’t Make Assumptions: Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings.
Staying positive is not being fake to yourself, it’s about being optimistic and having hope and faith. How we act during great times is not the measure of our success but rather how we respond to the challenges at difficult times.

I would like finish with a quote from Steve Jobs who is an inspirational person to me. Steve Jobs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation who has been put up for adoption at an early age, dropped out of college after 6 months, slept on friends floors, returned coke bottles for 5 cent deposits to buy food, then went on to start Apple Computers and Pixar Animation Studios.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs, Apple Computer

Sending Positive Energy Your Way!