More often than not when shooting in the mixed light of partially-shaded areas, such as under canopy or near water where available light can be a spotty mixture of shadow and highlight, it can be difficult to locate a neutral tone on which to meter an accurate exposure. Seasoned shooters will typically carry a gray card in their bag to combat this common issue. For those new to metering, our cameras see and relate a white tone as a neutral gray. In a nutshell: when we (spot) meter on something bright, the camera will attempt to bring that … [Read more...] about Camera Bag Metering
As photographers, we are always scoping out good camera straps and when you are around other photographers. It's a topic that usually comes up especially if someone has a decent strap they are sporting. A good camera strap can make having your camera on your body a much more comfortable experience. Camera straps have come a long way over the years. We have choices within styles, fabrics, comfort and even types of straps for the type of photography we are doing. Not only does this help protect our cameras but it can actually be beneficial for … [Read more...] about Product Review: MAKO HAUS Camera Straps
It's time for the Question of the Week. We'd like to know which brand cameras you regularly shoot with. Feel free to choose more than one answer or write in your camera if it's not listed. This is for brand of camera, not model. [polldaddy poll=7801647] _________________________ … [Read more...] about Which Brand Cameras Do You Regularly Use?
Recently, Scott Bourne reviewed TriggerTrap (an app and cable combination that gives you a lot of custom control over your camera). I've since become huge fan and have made it a huge part of my time-lapse and HDR workflow. A new update just dropped last night that adds support for using a motion sensor. You can now trigger your DSLR or DILC camera using the internal camera on your iOS device (Android version should be out real soon). This allows you to set up a shot, specify the number of faces that need to be detected, as well as ad any … [Read more...] about Shoot Photos with a Motion Sensor
I have purchased more than two dozen GoPro Hero cameras in my life. Ive owned every model and enjoyed them. But there comes a time when you have to find out if someone found a better way to build the mousetrap and I think JVC cameras are evidence that someone did just that. Standout Features Here are 10 things I like better about the Adixxion line than the Hero The cheaper of the two JVC action cameras (JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion HD Action Video Camera) has a street price of about $150. The top-of-the-line GoPro is $399. High prices never scare me but … [Read more...] about Why I prefer The JVC GC-XA1/XA2 Adixxion Action Camera to the GoPro Hero
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, "What camera should I buy?" It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. Its still the most popular question I am asked. What camera should I buy? Lately there's a new twist to the question..."Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?" No matter how hard I try to tell people that theres no perfect answer, they keep asking. So … [Read more...] about What Camera Should I Buy? – Updated November 2013
FeaturesThe clamps are a safe way to attach any camera with an Arca-Swiss style plate.The rail has a built-in bubble level to get a straight shot.The clamps can be repositioned side to side.The center cameras can be mounted either direction.The GoPro buckles work with standard GoPro mounts so you can connect the cameras.I used the bendable knuckles included with each GoPro to create a camera that can be angled to shoot in any direction for greater flexibility.The whole unit weighs about 5 pounds without cameras attached.The open spaces in the … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Camera Support Rail
In this tutorial I walk you through my entire process to develop this image. You'll learn how to: Make adjustments in Camera Raw (or Lightroom) Paint in selective adjustments to remove shadows Remove distracting elements with the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools Improve accuracy with the Quick Selection tool [vimeo https://vimeo.com/77258864 w=A] This is a complete workflow I used to create this image (which made the Upcoming list at 500px). Disclaimer: This is just one way to use Photoshop. ______ … [Read more...] about Removing Shadows and Distractions in a Photo
Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. This is a simple fact that even Apple's competition hasn't tried to dispute. With the announcement of the new iPhone 5S and a beefier camera, it's probable that there is less chance of that fact changing any time soon. I was honored to be invited by my old friend Leo Laporte to be a guest on his popular This Week in Tech (TWIT) show yesterday to discuss and critique the iPhone 5S announcement. We did the show live and like the rest of you, got bit by bit, the details of … [Read more...] about Apple Announces The iPhone 5S – It May Become The Most Popular Smartphone Camera Ever
I've always been a fan of using Lightroom's Camera Calibration tab to make your RAW files look more like your camera's JPEGs. Well, I've found, lately, that the same tab holds the secret to making my colors punchier and more vitreous--more lively. Let me show you what I mean. Shadows Right at the top there's a slider called Shadows, and it slides from green to magenta (pink) with zero in the middle. As a portrait photographer, this is my secret weapon. Like you, I love to make portraits at grassy parks, or under shady trees so I can avoid the … [Read more...] about Use Lightroom’s Camera Calibration for Punchy Professional Looking Color
I am getting ready to retire and I've slowly been getting rid of stuff I know I won't need going forward. I'll be keeping some minimal gear because I am always going to take pictures. But I won't be doing any more assignments (unless they are for good friends or involve cars that I happen to lust over!) So I've been conducting some experiments. I took some actual gear (along with some hypothetical gear) and contacted all the usual suspects to try to rate which offered the best service. My experiment wasn't very scientific. But from a purely … [Read more...] about Some Tips On Selling Used Camera Gear
There is no perfect camera bag. There I said it. It's a license. Use it. Tell your spouse there's a reason you need so many camera bags. Camera bags do different things for different people. I have had as many as 30 but now am proud of the fact that I have it down to fewer than 10. Just as I wouldn't think of owning just one camera lens, I wouldn't think of owning just one camera bag. You need different bags for different tasks. Before I give you my updated picks for best camera bags, let's discuss some basics. What do you want your camera … [Read more...] about My Answer to the Question – What Camera Bag Should I Buy? UPDATED Aug, 2013
It seems like there are thousands of small cameras for sale. Sometimes I get tired of all the new model announcements, but the Ricoh GR 16.2 MP Digital Camera intrigued me because it - like a long line of current compact cameras, is a point-and-shoot with DSLR quality. The Ricoh uses a 16.2 MP, APS-C CMOS sensor. Most point and shoots use smaller sensors. The combination of this larger sensor with a high-quality, fixed focal length lens (in this case an 18.3mm F/2.8 GR lens with an equivalent focal length (EFL) of 28mm, provides high quality, … [Read more...] about Ricoh GR Pocket-Size Digital Camera
UPDATED July 2013 - there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I've also added a few more of the older lenses I've had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I've also added a section briefly explaining the difference between prime and zoom lenses and updated that section even further. Finally I've put the Micro Four Thirds lenses in their own category. ______________________________ I get lots of "what camera should I buy" questions here at … [Read more...] about What Camera Lens Should You Buy? UPDATED VERSION – July 2013
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, "What camera should I buy?" It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. Its still the most popular question I am asked. What camera should I buy? Lately there's a new twist to the question..."Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?" No matter how hard I try to tell people that theres no perfect answer, they keep asking. So … [Read more...] about What Camera Should I Buy? UPDATED VERSION – July 2013
I see the folks in the camera forums take sides all day long. "Canon is better than Nikon," one guy says. The other says, "Nope Nikon is better than Canon." Then it gets even more granular. "The D600 is better than the D7100," one guy says. The other says, "Nope other way around." Some people go so far as to use screen names like "NikonShooter" or "CanonShooter." As I watch this back and forth I came to realize that much of my career I have been camera agnostic. In the old days I used Hasselblad, Olympus, Mamiya, Pentax and more. In the … [Read more...] about Does Your Camera Define You?
The White Balance setting on your camera is one of the most important choices to make. This control can be used to neutralize any color cast in an image and to set the overall color (or tone) for the scene. White is most often used as a reference point because it is the perfect blend of all the color channels. While many are perfectly content to shoot in an Auto White Balance setting... this can lead to extra work in post. Changes in lighting conditions (such as clouds passing overhead) can create variations in skin tones or subjects that … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right White Balance Preset
Follow Rich on If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.06* Canon EOS-1D C Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D / Kiss X7 Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D / Kiss X7i Hasselblad Lunar Nikon COOLPIX A Nikon D7100 Nikon 1 J3 Nikon 1 S1 Sony Alpha … [Read more...] about On a Mac? Time to Update Your Raw Support
We all suffer from it. We always want the next best thing. Camera companies tempt us with amazing new specs, and made up words like EXPEED and DIGIC which sound cool, even if we have no idea what they mean. Megapixels are being added to cameras by the truck-load and the upgrade cycle gets shorter and shorter. Why is this happening? Simple. The camera companies don't make money if you don't buy cameras. So they want to upgrade you. But is it always a good idea? Like everything else in photography, the answer is - it depends. Typically I think … [Read more...] about Why That Camera Upgrade Might Be A Bad Idea
I've really been enjoying my new Fujifilm X100S. It's probably my favorite camera right now. I keep using the word "fun" to describe it and that is something I really enjoy about it. It does have its limitations, i.e., the fixed focal length lens, but when I need to be at 35mm (or 28mm - see below) I always grab the Fuji and leave my other cameras in the studio. Also, I finally got some accessories for it and have some thoughts I'd like to share. I've tried both the Gariz Genuine Leather XS-CHX100MABK2 Camera Metal Half Case for Fuji Fujifilm … [Read more...] about Fuji X100s Update – And Accessories Review
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/66529752 w=640&h=360] Learn how to remove unwanted camera shake from a photo (aka Deblur) in Photoshop CC. _______ … [Read more...] about Need to Remove Camera Blur or Shake? There’s an App for That.
You might be wondering why I'm about to spend so many words on a review for a camera strap. Some of you are perfectly content to use the small strap the manufacturer tosses in the box or pick up a slightly better one at your local camera store. Well, let me bring up an old adage... "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link." I get nervous hanging a few thousand dollars over my neck or shoulder. Especially since I'm the type of shooter who has to often juggle other things (additional gear, multiple bodies, small children). Toss in the … [Read more...] about Vulture Equipment Works A4 Camera/Equipment Strap — Mini Review
UPDATE: The latest version of ACR is doing a much better job of converting the Fuji RAW files than when I first tested the camera so you can pretty much ignore the stuff below relating to RAW files - other than this camera still produces what I consider to be the best in-camera JPEGs I've seen. Carry on. --- There's no doubt that Fuji has been shaking up the photography world lately. They've come up with some cameras that some describe as retro. I'd call them oddly wonderful. They all have a learning curve and they all have one other thing in … [Read more...] about Fuji X100s Camera Review
So that all of you who are ardent fans of various phones won't feel slighted, I'll start this review by saying I own the following phones (In no particular order) 1. iPhone 5 2. Android Samsung S3 3. Windows HTX 8x Most of you who have followed me a while will be shocked to see anything other than an iPhone on this list, let alone a Microsoft product. But things change. And so do my needs and opinions. While I've been wrongly accused of being a Mac fanboy, the fact is, when I find something that works, I buy it, without regard for brand … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows 8X by HTC Phone/Camera Mini Review
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, "What camera should I buy?" It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. Its still the most popular question I am asked. What camera should I buy? Lately there's a new twist to the question..."Is this brand camera better than that brand camera?" No matter how hard I try to tell people that theres no perfect answer, they keep asking. So … [Read more...] about What Camera Should I Buy? – May 2013 Update
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoVW62mwSQQ&feature=player_embedded] In case you tend to ignore these things, the iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world. The new commercial from Apple shows many ways that taking photos has become an everyday experience for most people. Sure that's like saying that a Quarter Pounder with cheese is the best burger on the planet... it's not (I'm more a Five Guys or In&Out fan). But domination of a category does mean you set the standard that most use to compare. How dominant? … [Read more...] about Why the iPhone is the Most Popular Camera in the World (And What Camera Manufacturers Should Learn From it)
If you're a Mac user, two new camera updates have shipped. OS X Mountain Lion provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, you can access them through Aperture or iPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.05* Fujifilm X20 Fujifilm X100S Fujifilm X-E1 Fujifilm X-Pro1 Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04* Leica D-Lux 6 Leica V-Lux 4 Leica X2 Nikon D5200 Pentax K-5 II Pentax … [Read more...] about New Mac Support for Fuji, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony Cameras
Most of you who read Photofocus regularly know I recently switched to micro four thirds cameras. I am more convinced than ever that these cameras perform as well as ANY camera in 95% of the situations where it counts. While I used to be an advocate for full frame cameras, I changed my mind when I saw the advantages of going small. So to counter all the posts that are out there advocating why you need a full frame camera, here's why I think you do not. 1. The Low Light Argument One of the arguments for full-frame cameras is that they offer … [Read more...] about Seven Myths About The Need for Full Frame Camera Bodies
As far as camera bags go, you just can't go wrong with anything from Think Tank. For years they've been making some of the best bags out there and their new bag, the Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 30 is no exception. It's a shoulder bag that doesn't look like a camera bag, but it's very sturdy, offers tons of protection and is perfect for people who are shooting with smaller MFT cameras, compacts and other mirror less bodies. You can also use it for carrying a small DSLR and two small lenses. This is a day bag, not a trip bag. You would use … [Read more...] about Think Tank’s SubUrban Disguise 30
There is no perfect camera bag. There I said it. It's a license. Use it. Tell your spouse there's a reason you need so many camera bags. Camera bags do different things for different people. I have had as many as 30 but now am proud of the fact that I have it down to fewer than 10. Just as I wouldn't think of owning just one camera lens, I wouldn't think of owning just one camera bag. You need different bags for different tasks. Before I give you my updated picks for best camera bags, let's discuss some basics. What do you want your camera … [Read more...] about What Camera Bag Should You Buy?