There I was shooting a Lacrosse game in the bright Florida sun. Before the game started, I snapped a shot to make sure I had my settings dialed in. Looked good so I fired off a burst at 9 frames per second during the opening face off. I looked at the images and noticed the exposure was all over the place. Some images were dead on, others were either under or over exposed. Raise your hand if this has ever happen to you, laugh if it has happen more than once! I stopped for a second, took a deep breath then realized earlier in the week I had … [Read more...] about Zeroing Out Your Camera
While we were at the Las Vegas Photoshop World, Photofocus hosted a focus group breakfast. Our mission, ask our loyal subscribers what topics they want us to write about and give us honest feedback on how we are doing. Several people commented, "We want more controversial articles that make us think, don't be afraid to hold back." So, here is an article that I'm sure is going to offend a few people, well only those that are not holding their camera correctly! Last week I photographed a swim meet for Aran, talented 13 year old multi-sport … [Read more...] about For God’s Sake, Hold Your Camera Correctly!
By adding the word model to the title, I knew that would get your attention. I really meant to say, how to find someone willing to allow me to photograph them so I can work on a new style or learn about lighting. But that title was way too long and really, most photographers like the term model. It conjures up images of drop dead, beautiful runway women. So, how do we find subjects to work with? Experimenting Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you can use family, friends, co-workers or people you meet everyday. Approach them and be … [Read more...] about How to Find a Model
A few years back, I made the switch to micro four-thirds and mirrorless 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 may not. 1. The Need for Low Light Performance One of the arguments for full-frame cameras is that they offer better … [Read more...] about Seven Myths About The Need for Full Frame Camera Bodies (Updated)
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
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?
The first thing a new camera prompts you to do is to set the date and time, and this is one default that I heartily agree with. I recently borrowed a camera that had the date set incorrectly and it has really screwed up my system. Here are three reasons to take 22.5 seconds and make sure the date and time are correct. Lightroom Some people use dates as names for the folders on their hard drives. I think that's a mistake because Lightroom allows you to search pictures by date at any timethat info is part of the metadata saved inside every … [Read more...] about Wanna Save Your Sanity? Set Your Camera’s Date
I'm a woman, and I like purses and bags. I am also a photographer, and so with that I tend to collect lots of cool bags. Yay, bags! I have more than I will use, some come and go with my photography style or locations I travel to, and some have stuck around and have been used for a very long time. Yet I am always on the hunt for a bag that fits my needs in many different ways. The are so many different types of camera bags: backpacks, purses, messenger bags, sling bags, and more. For the purposes of this article, I am lumping all bags into one … [Read more...] about Camera Bags: A Rant of Frustration from a Woman’s Perspective
I love my GoPro cameras. One is a constant companion in my backpack. A few years ago, I had an idea to shoot a behind-the-scenes time lapse of my near constant travel (e.g. coming/going to the airport, planes taking off/landing). I put fifteen or so videos in the can but soon gave up on the project. The reason was simple. They sucked. Why? The camera was always attached to a moving, unstable object like my backpack or roll-aboard. As a result, the image jerked around too much and, at the time, the GoPro frame was too small to give me … [Read more...] about Hyperlapse delivers smooth POV time lapse
Build your own Raspberry Pi powered touchscreen digital camera with interchangeable lenses! SnapPiCam As you look at the photo above, I am sure some of you are thinking ... "I have no use for such an odd beast." Think again. A while back, I wrote about what I hope to see when GoPro releases the Hero4 camera later this year. Of the five items listed, the first three are all software solutions which should be relatively simple for GoPro to execute. Sadly, as consumers, all we can do is hope that GoPro listens to such requests or a … [Read more...] about The Emerging Open Source Camera
News of FujiFilm's excellent mirror-less camera, the X-T1, made it down the vine and really peaked my interest in researching the X-series cameras that they've released. I've had other photographer friends that have picked up the very popular X100s and the X-Pro1 and loved it. Im thinking of buying one from the X-Series and of course, had to do some research. What I found was the X-T1's little brother, the X-E2. At an average of almost $400 cheaper than the X-T1, I felt that it was also worth taking a look at. What better way to look at … [Read more...] about FujiFilm’s Mirror-less Madness: Hands on with FujiFilm’s X-T1 and X-E2 (Firmware 2.0)
One of our friends here at Photofocus, ThinkTank Photo, recently sent me a bag to review: the CityWalker 10 in blue. Because I had recently purchased the Fuji X-T1 camera, I am on the prowl for the "perfect" bag to carry around on a daily basis. I thought that the CityWalker 10 would be a worthy competitor, and I was right! After using the bag regularly for a few solid weeks, I decided to write up a review to share my findings. Pros I will definitely start off by saying that I have many good things to say about this bag. To make it easier to … [Read more...] about ThinkTank’s Photo CityWalker 10
Memory Card Healthcare Lets talk memory cards. We all have them, need them and use them. But what does it all mean? Lets discuss taking care of our cards and preventing potential problems that can and will happen to all of us. Here's ten practical tips. 1. Keep your camera up to date. From time to time your camera manufacturer will send out firmware updates to your camera. Sometimes this can affect the way your camera talks to your memory card. 2. Make sure you replace batteries before your camera dies. If your camera dies while writing a … [Read more...] about 10 Tips for Healthy Camera Memory Cards
In a recent conversation with Chase Reynolds over at LensRentals, we couldn't wait to talk about all the new "hot gear". They see quite a bit of inventory come and go from their warehouse so it's always interesting to hear about the different products that are being moved on a daily basis. The two products he chose? The Sigma 50mm 1.4 and the Panasonic GH4. Listen to the conversation here. (Starting around 17:15) Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM … [Read more...] about Hot Gear: Sigma 50mm 1.4 and Panasonic GH4
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. _________________________ … [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 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?