Often times when I am shooting, I prefer the convenience of a shoulder strap. Other times I need the stability of a tripod. In the past, making this choice meant removing the strap to attach the tripod plate or at minimum detaching a strap to make room when connecting the tripod. Well not anymore. Meet the SteadSnap Developed and constructed to bomb-proof spec by Toronto-based production specialist Dmitri Tchernomourov and medical photographer Yuri Markarov to hold up to the daily rigors of shooting in one of Toronto's busiest hospitals, the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: STEADSNAP Camera-Strap-Tripod Adapter
About two weeks ago, Sony announced the next iteration of their popular a7 full frame mirrorless camera with the Sony a7II. While the camera is not due out for another week or so, I received a unit this morning and recorded a quick First Look video, comparing it to its predecessors, the Sony a7 and a7R. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYXXeH_BtRA Most notable about this camera is that it's the first to feature 5-axis in-body image stabilization. This means that any lens you attach to this camera will have the benefit of image stabilization … [Read more...] about A First Look Video at the new Sony a7II
A few months back Canon made what I considered to be a startling announcement. The $1799 Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera was coming and it would not only be a major upgrade to the 7D, but it would in fact be a mini 1DX. Those are my words, not Canons but that is the net effect of what they announced. Key Features Here are some of the new cameras features: A 20.2 MP crop sensor (APS-C format) with dual pixel AF and dual DIGIC 6 processors. ISO 100-16000 all the way to 51200 and a host of other goodies including built-in GPS, a … [Read more...] about Canon 7D MK II Mini Review
I originally created the Aviator in 2011 using Lightroom and Photoshop as my editing tools. When onOne announced the release of their New Perfect Photo Suite, I was inspired to recreate the Aviator using their new standalone program. I've been using onOne for years as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom, but this was the first time I created a project from scratch using their standalone program. I wanted to see if I could work start to finish in Perfect Photo Suite and get the results I wanted. I've included a free video at the end of the … [Read more...] about Will onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite replace Photoshop or Lightroom?
Although I love shooting with the D810, I was really excited when I received a D750 to review from my friends at Hunts Photo. For a while now, theres been a gap in Nikons professional full-frame lineup. Common shooters wanting full frame could easily step up to a D610, but it wasn't a truly professional body. Next was Nikons D810 which brings extra megapixels for portrait and landscape work, with the lack of speed at only 3.5 frame per second. Lastly, Nikons flagship D4s tops the lineup at almost $6000 bringing all the professional features … [Read more...] about Shooting with the Nikon D750
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
I like being productive: fixing things, cleaning rooms, building up cities, conquering countries, culling pictures. I like comfy things: beds, couches, car seats, fluffy stuff, shoes, pillows. So, what if... one could be productive AND comfortable!? With Lightroom Mobile, you can cull, edit, and amaze yourself with the productivity that you've had on the comfort of your own couch (and it doesn't have to be on a couch... it could be on an airplane, or the toilet, or the dinner table; you can choose anywhere you really want to be) all while not … [Read more...] about Going Mobile with Lightroom Mobile
A lot of self-employed creatives work from home. Photographers, web designers, graphic designers, video guys . . . me included. Its convenient, cost-effective, and is a great option if youre just starting out. But working from home is one of the hardest things to do. There are so many distractions . . . the internet, the television, the animals, the children . . . you get where Im headed. Its important to hold yourself accountable every day and make sure you get your tasks done. Enter iDoneThis. iDoneThis isn't new, but it's simple. Its a … [Read more...] about iDoneThis • A Key to Accountability Success
I just returned from a nighttime photography trip (Ron Risman's Timelapse Workshop). The goal was to shoot the night sky... over and over again. With a group of several photographers, the amount of light pollution can get pretty high. Flashlights, camera LEDs, cell phones and more. Every light source can get in the way of a great image. Here are three essentials that are now permanently in my big bag. Night Vision Flashlight After a while of shooting in the dark, your eyes actually start to get used to the light. This is important if you … [Read more...] about Need to Shoot at Night? Three Essential Pieces of Lighting Gear
Mylio, which is an acronym for My Life is Organized, made it's debut at the PhotoPlus Expo 2014 an event I was unable to attend. This put me at a disadvantage when trying to figure out all the details of the new program. Normally I would spend a lot of time with a representative at the show and pick their brain on every detail. Instead, I had to search the net for what fellow photographers and what Mylio's own website is saying about the product. I then read between the lines to see if Mylio will make it's way into my workflow. What exactly is … [Read more...] about Will Mylio make it in your Workflow?
LED technology is improving and becoming more affordable. And photographers are taking on the role of video shooter at record rates. The intersection of better, cheaper LEDs for constant lighting and the need for constant lighting as a light source for both video and still photography has led to the creation of new, exciting tools for visual storytellers. This leads us to the Flashpoint CL-1144R LED Circular Light. I have long been a fan of constant lighting (we used to call them hot lights because they USED to be hot to the touch) and LEDs … [Read more...] about Flashpoint CL-1144R LED Circular Light
At the Adobe Max keynote recently, Adobe announced several new mobile apps that connect you directly with your Adobe profile and makes it easy to access what you do between your devices. One of those is Photoshop Mix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1bfmtt6txM My Test Run I decided to go ahead and try a quick feature and play with the new Adobe Photoshop Mix. Heres what I did. 1. Get an image. I opened the app and imported a typical cell phone portrait of my daughter. The app can see your camera roll, camera, Creative Cloud, Lightroom Mobile … [Read more...] about A quick look at Adobe Photoshop Mix
When I was just a kid - and gasoline was only 52 cents a gallon, my first camera bag was a Domke bag. Every working photo journalist I know has owned or still uses a Domke bag. They have always been very sturdy for the money and very easy to work out of. I used my old Domke bag for 30 years. It was time for a new one so enter the Domke J-LEDGE-RM Ledger Rugged Wear (Military/Black). Its part of the Next Generation Journalist series of bags that Domke offers and as usual, its a keeper. The old F-6 (one of the models I used to use along with … [Read more...] about Domke’s Next Generation Camera Bag
One of the things I struggle with is organizing my cell phone images. On my iPhone, I can set up galleries or streams but I don't always use them. QuickPics is offering a solution to tag and organize your mobile photos, and so far I love where theyre heading. With hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on my mobile phone, I don't have time to go back and tag everything. Some are family, some friends, and some are just for reference for projects Im currently working on. QuickPics offers a great way to select your photos to tag. Simply press … [Read more...] about Organize your Mobile Photos with QuickPics
Our next Lightroom Hangout is next Wednesday, October 29th. RSVP for an hour of Lightroom learning FREE right here. We'll launch the discussion at 2:00 Eastern Time, 11:00am Pacific. 2:30 in Newfoundland. Brought to you by SongFreedom.com, where photographers and cinematographers can find the most powerful song for their story with the click of a button. Also from Adobe, who makes it even easier to switch to Lightroom and Photoshop with the new Creative Cloud Photography plan. We'll have some prizes to give away (including a full year's … [Read more...] about Lightroom Hangout: Finishing Big Files Panoramas and HDR’s
Disclaimer: As a member of Sony's Artisans of Imagery program, I recently had the opportunity to extensively use an internal copy of the newly announced (and not-yet-released) Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. This review chronicles my experiences while using this lens in the field. Additionally, all photos and opinions are based off of a pre-production version of this lens. Any aspect of this lens are subject to change when released by Sony. Switching to Sony When Sony first announced their disruptive line of full-frame mirrorless cameras with … [Read more...] about Exclusive Hands-on Review: The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens
Lighting options that don't require electric power cords are always welcome. In this tutorial I'll explore some benefits and workflows when using battery-powered lights on a video set. These constant lights can also be adapted for use on a photo shoot as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m--vYmHIQ9o This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and offers reviews and tips on the latest video gear, … [Read more...] about Using Battery Powered Lights
iBlazr is a small (about one inch square) LED Flash that works (to some degree) on any smart phone or tablet. It can even mount (via a cold shoe) on any still or video camera, providing the worlds smallest LED flash and/or hot light. The package comes with the iBlazr LED flash, a diffuser, a USB charger, a carrying bag and a cold shoe mount. In other words, the makers don't nickel and dime you for all the little odds and ends that just should (and do) come with the unit. iBlazr has a built-in rechargeable 130mAh battery that can be charged … [Read more...] about iBlazr LED Flash for Smartphones and Tablets – Mini Review
You know that I don't do the kind of review that includes target charts and intricate sharpness comparisons using sub-nanometer precision tools, and when the lens says, "Leica" on the front I shouldn't need to. That name on a modern lens equals quality and excellence, and the availability of Leica lenses is one of my favorite things about the Micro 4/3 camera system (yes, I know this is a Leica designed lens, and it's manufactured by Panasonic). This lens sells for $1600, and it's hard to find in stock right now, so you can bet that before I … [Read more...] about Making the Intimate Portrait: Leica 42.5mm f/1.2 Review
I just got back from a week in Cologne Germany at the MASSIVE Photokina photo expo. Now I'm a trade show veteran, but the sheer scale of this 7 day show is unbelievable. No wonder manufacturers wait to release their newest products until this big gathering of visual creatives, every two years. If you've been anywhere near the internet I'm sure you've heard about the new cameras, software (Capture One 8), lenses (Tamron 15-30mm), and lights (Broncolor Siros) that were announced. As a professional photographer, lighting is one of the skill sets … [Read more...] about The Photokina Files – New Siros Monolight from Broncolor
I gotta say, I loved using this lens. Sigma has really out done themselves. I know some people say they've owned Sigma lenses and the photos were poorthose lenses were the low end stuff; I could say the same about cheap Nikon and Canon lenses I've used. Sigma's newest professional lenses, however, are the amongst the best glass I've ever used. I'm talking here about the latest version, not the older one with the gold trim. I borrowed this one from LensRentals.com to photograph a golf tournament, and it was the best thing I could have done. I … [Read more...] about Simply Stunning: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8
iPhone Day! Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM morning to head over to the Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland, OR. It was "iPhone Day" after all and there was a 128GB silver iPhone 6 Plus with my name on it somewhere in that store. Fortunately, I successfully preordered mine last Friday and somehow managed to be the very first person in the Reservations line, whereas the line for the day-of purchasers literally wrapped around the entire city block. But based on the global news reporting on this launch, no one should be surprised. The Face Off … [Read more...] about Photo Face Off: iPhone 6 vs Android
A good, solid zoom lens is always nice to have in the bag. I'm fairly new to Fuji, but I'm pretty much in the mind-set of switching over to Fuji as soon as possible. The thing is, there are a few lenses I'm still waiting on to be released before I can fully commit to the new system. So while I am waiting, I decided I would give the Fuji 18-135mm a try to see how it works as an in-between lens while waiting on the two other lenses that will complete my setup. Here are my thoughts. Lens Specifications Here are the basic specifications for the … [Read more...] about Hands-On Lens Review: The Fuji XF 18-135mm
If you're like us... you're staying up at night and worried. It's time to make some hard decisions... ones that will have long lasting consequences. It's time to decide which iPhone to buy (we know... first world problems). The Dilemma On Friday morning (at approximately 12:01 am PST) Apple will start taking online orders for the phone. If you'd like to be the first to have the phone, you'll either order online or fight the crowds. You'd think by now they'd learn to have enough in stock (perhaps they manipulate the frenzy a bit). … [Read more...] about Which iPhone 6 Should a Photographer Buy?
I'm exhausted...in the best way. For three days straight, I had the absolute privilege of sitting in between my dear friend Chase Reynolds from LensRentals.com and the industry's most successful photographers at Photoshop World. Talk about an education and emotional overload! As I sit back and think about the last week, I had to thank my lucky stars that I had a front row seat to learn about gear from the industry's finest. But it was more than just gear. Chase and I experienced a first hand view on and off camera about the ups and downs … [Read more...] about In the Studio with LensRentals, Top Photographers & What You Won’t Hear On Camera
No one really expects to fall in love. It kind of just smacks you in the face when you least expect it. All of a sudden there's an extra air of excitement, a little more spring in your step. This may sound ridiculous (I am talking about a camera bag after all) BUT I challenge you to try this bag and NOT fall in love with it. I'm pretty certain it can't be done. Are you a hiker? Do you enjoy nature? Do you find yourself doing photo shoots out in the boonies where you groan at the thought of having to drag your gear through the terrain? If … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Mindshift Rotation 180 Pro
Over the years of photographing professionally, I've slowly lost my habit of taking photos for fun. It's terrible & something I actively remind myself to work on because it's so important to staying connected to my work and remaining inspired. I know I'm not alone because I hear other pros lamenting the same sort of thing. "I'm on vacation! The last thing I want to do is work!" or "It's just too much gear" or "It's too conspicuous" or "I don't want to haul all my gear". I hear you and have caught myself saying the same things, too. But I … [Read more...] about ThinkTank TurnStyle 10
I recently rented a Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 G Vario lens from LensRentals.com so that I could show you the difference between a 70-200mm lens on a full-frame Nikon and a 35-100mm lens on a Micro Four Thirds Lumix, as well as the value of such comparisons. First of all, let's define some things: Bokeh: The out of focuss-ness of the background in a photograph. Sometimes photographers use the word to describe the quality of the softness, and sometimes we use it to describe how deep the depth of field is. I'm sure this isn't the precisely correct … [Read more...] about Bokeh Showdown: Full-frame 70-200mm f/2.8 vs. MFT 35-100mm f/2.8
My buddy, Mykii Liu, did a review on the Retrospective 5 which was a fairly positive review. The bag seems stylish and trendy enough to fit the needs of the every day photographer. But what if we stepped it up a notch with the Retrospective 7? The 7 has an additional pocket in the back for a small Mac Book Air or an iPad which works perfectly for my needs. So when I received the bag, my first question was simply personal. Is Retrospective 7 a man's bag or can it fit into my highly superficial need to look/feel stylish? ThinkTank's … [Read more...] about Is the Retrospective 7 by Think Tank My New Favorite Accessory?
Editor's Note: The cheapest rate for Photoshop World ends August 5. Click here to save $150 off the full price. We'll be holding a get together for Photofocus readers. Photoshop World Conference will mark it's 30th event this September in Las Vegas. I've gone to every event except one. I found myself reminiscing on my first conference when I heard Photofocus was giving away 10 tickets to the event. I quickly listed several reasons why you should attend, then I decided to make it entertaining. I wrote a self-reflecting story on my Photoshop … [Read more...] about Photoshop World turns 30: Why should you attend this year?