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If you’re a Canon body owner, you might think that getting some good spare batteries for cheap would be a great idea! That would mean hours upon hours of shooting, right? Well, those hours could be substantially cut down and could cause some other frustration. The horrible keyword is “cheap.” Ya dig? I love saving […]

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Lumix GH4, Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, f1.8, 1/5000s, ISO 200, JPG straight from camera. I’m working on a post that will explain why I’m in the market to replace my D800. In the meantime, I’ve been utilizing LensRental.com’s excellent service to try out some of the hot cameras on the market right now. This week […]

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Image from Panasonic.com New cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and the Fuji X-T1 are capable of utilizing the latest SD cards with U-3 specifications. Personally, I’m not really that interested in the specifics, but these new cards are really really fast. Fast means that the picture gets from the camera to the card quickly, and […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life.  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  When that’s done, find out about our latest contest (with big prizes). Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries.  The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced.  I’m not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of […]

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When I first got into photography, everything was a personal project. A walk in the woods became a wonderland of images popping into my mind, a vacation became opportunity to do something exotic, a fun night out with friends a way to seek my inner photojournalist. Somewhere along the way, that fun turned away from […]

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Pentax 645D, 25mm f/4 AL (IF) SDM AW Lens, f/11, five frame HDR, ISO 200. Lately, I’ve been exploring medium format photography.  I recently rented a Pentax 645D digital medium format kit from LensRentals.com. This let me really test out the format and the camera. What I Got The kit I tried included the camera body and […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @45mm, f/11, 1/800s, ISO 400. I’ve been shooting time-lapse sequences ever since the second day I owned a Nikon D700 and realized that it had a built intervalometer. That means I have thousands of pictures I’ve never done anything with at all. In the last year and half, however, […]

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One of the coolest features about the iPhone 5s is its ability to shoot video at 120 frames per second.  Normally, you’ll ned about 24 frames per second to make a smooth picture, so this is almost 5 times higher.  Those extra frames can translate into slow motion footage. In this tutorial from lynda.com, see […]

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I’m a big fan of the CamRanger system… particularly when it comes to shooting unique and challenging camera angles.  By being able to remotely monitor and adjust my camera, I can put it in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot while still getting the best angle.  I can then use the CamRanger app and hardware to control the […]

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to get better looking video shots.  Each week, I release a show called DSLR Video Tips on lynda.com.  The episode is free for one week (you don’t even have to be a member, that’s how nice they are). The show is co-hosted by friend and long-time collaborator Robbie […]

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I’ve been shooting a lot with small cameras lately. I’ve been on a quest to experiment with mounting multiple cameras in many places.  This has mainly taken place with GoPro cameras for shooting both stills and videos. My go-to piece of grip gear has been my collection of GorillaPods.  From mounting on the ground to wrapping […]

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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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If you’d like to get your camera off the tripod and add smooth-motion capture to your video work, take a look at this modified setup of the Flycam Nano DSLR system adapted for use with the GoPro Hero.  If you’re not currently shooting with a GoPro system, no worries, the information in this post can […]

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If you’re into Time-Lapse Video and Panoramic Photography, I’ll be co-leading a workshop in Las Vegas in 10 days.  Join me for both a classroom tutorial and a hands-on afternoon field trip to Red Rock Canyon Conservatory where you will capture shots of the park and sunset. Some shots from an earlier year’s workshop: Attendees […]

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I’ve been exploring cinemagraphs for sometime now… the technique of creating living photos with subtle movements.  I’ve got my own workflows mastered using Photoshop and After Effects, but I’m always curious when a new tool comes on the market. At WPPI, I saw a new product called Cinemagraph Pro from Flixel.  This makes the process […]

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The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off. — Walter Murch Occasionally, clients will balk at the time/cost of the edit. To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such […]

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Your camera offers a lot of settings to make shooting easier.  While I’m personally a fan of Aperture priority mode (where you set the depth of field and let the camera do the most of the rest) I also find Shutter Priority (or Time Value) Mode quite useful. In this shooting mode, you tell the camera […]

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There are many women with children that have chosen the incredibly challenging task of juggling a photography business and motherhood.  But this talented photographer has a successful photography business and….wait for it…..ten children.  My hat goes off to this beautifully gifted artist, Lisa Holloway. Lisa Holloway is an award winning, world renowned Las Vegas portrait […]

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Note: This is a workflow in progress.  I’m going to show the first results.   I’ve lately become fascinated with making time-lapses from hotel windows.  I’ve been trying to figure out ways to create interesting things from the views I get traveling the world.  The latest attempt focusses on things I can make that show […]

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