It's been a great week here on Photofocus. Here's a review of some of our posts. A camera/printer combo fun package from Canon is reviewed by Mike Hagen, Vanelli has two articles in the WW-U — cloud storage vs. backup and using "Quick Edit" in Luminar. Scott Wyden Kivowitz gets a bit zen writing about what to do during really long time exposures then, Levi Sim urges us to shoot more portraits to learn their stories. … [Read more...] about The Weekly Wrap-Up: June 9-15, 2019
Photography should be fun. That's one of the reasons why I wanted to test out this new Canon IVY Cliq+ camera that is also a printer. Both my daughter and I put it through its paces to see if it meets the "fun" criteria. The answer? Yes! I asked my daughter to take the camera to the beach with a few of her friends. My instructions were to shoot as many pics as she wanted and to also try out printing from her cell phone. Her and her friends absolutely loved it. For my experience of testing the camera, I took the Cliq+ on a hike with my wife. … [Read more...] about Having fun with the Canon IVY Cliq+ camera and printer
Tether Tools is always working on creating new products aimed at making our photography more efficient. I met up with my Tether Tool friends at the 2019 WPPI show in Las Vegas and asked them show off two of their newest products. Check out our quick video interview below, then read on to learn a bit more about the ONsite Power System and the Case Air Wireless Tethering System. ONsite Power System This ingenious tool allows you to power your devices such as laptops, cameras, LED lights, tablets and phones in locations where there's no A/C … [Read more...] about First Look: Tether Tools Onsite Power and Case Air Wireless Tethering System
Dust. It's annoying to clean off the shelves you have, but it's even more annoying to clean your own sensor. There are kits and tools to make it easier, although there isn't anything easier than handing your camera over to someone who works for your camera manufacturer — better yet, it is free if you're attending WPPI. I'd check with your manufacturer to see if they've got a presence at WPPI first and then see if they've got their cleaning booth up. I know for a fact that FujiFilm has their Check and Clean station that will gladly accept your … [Read more...] about Get your camera body’s sensor cleaned and checked for free at WPPI
B&H is offering some major savings on Canon camera kits, flashes and lenses. Check out some notable deals below: Cameras and kits See all camera and kit deals here. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only) - $500 off, $5499 Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4L II Lens - $700 off, $3699 Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4L II Lens - $700 off, $2199 Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens - $400 off, $1399 Flashes See all flash deals here. Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT - $100 … [Read more...] about Canon deals at B&H
Black Friday specials from B&H. Click this link to go shopping! B&H is offering major Canon savings on both the 5D Mark IV and the 6D Mark II. 5D Mark IV: Instant savings up to $1140 6D Mark II: Instant savings up to $750, plus mail-in rebates available Hurry — these offers end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. … [Read more...] about Today only: Major Canon savings
Cyber Monday Specials from B&H. Click here for the deals! B&H has the lowest price ever on some great Sony and Canon gear! These deals go into effect Saturday at Midnight (EST). Check out the details below. Sony To see all the Sony deals, visit the B&H website. Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera - $1000 off; $3498 Sony Alpha a7R III - $400 off; $2798 Sony Alpha a7R II - $400 off; $1598 Canon To see all the Canon deals, visit the B&H website. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit - $500 off; $2799 Canon EOS 5D … [Read more...] about Massive Sony and Canon deals live at B&H
Canon just released its EOS R cameras, lenses and accessories for pre-order. You can learn more about Canon's entry into the full-frame mirrorless camera world here. Below are links to order through B&H: Camera Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm Lens RF Mount Lenses Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens RF Mount Adapters Mount Adapter EF-RF … [Read more...] about Canon EOS R pre-orders are live!
Dave Metz was a true innovator in the photographic industry. He joined Canon in 1977 and through three decades there started several programs that are ongoing today. Dave's career included his starting Canon Professional Services (CPS), the Canon technical representative program, the Explorers of Light as well as Canon's support for special events including the Olympics and NFL Super Bowls. He rose through the ranks to become the director and general manager for professional services at Canon. He left Canon in 2006 to start Dave Metz … [Read more...] about David Metz, photographic industry icon, dies at 71
Canon unveiled the Canon EOS R camera system today and it's truly amazing. I had the chance to try out a pre-release version of the camera and really explore its uses. The camera is Canon’s response to Sony’s A7 series and a much stronger release than Nikon’s recent Z series. The camera is appealing to many different types of users. Those looking to switch to a full-frame workflow will love the quality and performance. Those who already have invested in Canon lenses can bring them over very easily. And video shooters will see a lot to … [Read more...] about A detailed (hands-on) look at the Canon EOS R
Fresh off the heels of Nikon announcing its full-frame Z series camera lineup, Canon has announced its first full-frame mirrorless camera system — the EOS R. What are your thoughts on the new Canon EOS R? Sound off in the comments below! The new mirrorless system features a 54mm RF mount, allowing for a shorter back focus distance. This lets the lens sit closer to the sensor, allowing for fast, sharp and more compact lenses. The RF mount features a high-speed 12-pin communication system and is designed for full compatibility with existing … [Read more...] about Canon announces full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera
Full-frame 35mm cameras. Medium-format cameras. Micro four-thirds cameras. These are formats. There are only two types of digital cameras themselves — Single Lens Reflex and Mirrorless. The evolution of cameras has evolved over the past 100 years, and we're about to enter a new generation, with Nikon and Canon both getting ready to reveal full-frame mirrorless camera systems. While the mirrorless system has been around for 14 years, it has only recently started taking off. The first mirrorless camera was made by a company which is more … [Read more...] about The age of the mirrorless camera starts now
If you're just getting into photography, there are several things to consider when buying a camera. Why do you want a camera in the first place, and what's drawing you toward photography? While the question of "which camera should I buy?" may be a simple one, the answer is anything but. What to Ask Yourself Once you've decided you want to get into photography, it's good to know what you like to photograph, and how you like to do so. For instance, do you enjoy capturing scenes on the street? Are you the person at the restaurant table that … [Read more...] about Answering the Question, Which Camera Should I Buy?
Last December, while in the middle of a shoot and half way thru the models, I tripped on my tether cord and shattered my Nikon body and the lens attached to it. Needless to say, it wasn’t my happiest moment in 2017 but it was my most valued. What Is Tethering? Tethered shooting is connecting a computer to your camera when you are shooting so the pictures you take are downloaded to your computer in addition to the camera's memory card. The camera and computer are connected by a cable, hence "tethering". Benefits of Tethering In this … [Read more...] about What Is Tethered Shooting & Why Do I Love It So Much?
(Editor's Note: Our friends at MPB.com have some really great deals on select used camera bodies and lenses. MPB is a great place to sell your used gear that's lying around taking up space.) Save on cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment by buying used. Sell cameras and lenses you are no longer using at MPB.com. … [Read more...] about Great Savings on Used Gear Week of 02/12/2018
(Editor's note: This is a guest post from our friends at MPB.com a great place for photographers and videographers to buy quality used gear as well as to see thier old equipment.) Canon's 5D series Canon's 5D series of cameras has been revolutionary its inception. The original 5D was the one of the first full-frame digital cameras--one of the first to have a sensor the same size as 35mm film--and it was a relatively affordable price. Each iteration on from the Mark I, with the exception of maybe the Mark IV, there has been some aspect of the … [Read more...] about Canon 5D: 12 Years & 5 Cameras
Guest post by Larry Tiefenbrunn, Inventor and CEO of Platypod. See more at the Platypod Blog. December 6, 2017 is a day I will never forget. I had just flown down to Tampa on my way to appear on Scott Kelby’s “The Grid” together with portrait photographer and Photofocus editor, Levi Sim. Before I even landed, Levi messaged me that he and his buddy Jason Hahn, professional wildlife and nature photographer, would pick me up from the airport and take me out to an alligator park. As it turns out, our schedule did not allow us to go that far … [Read more...] about Capturing Wildlife Photos At Tampa Bay Beach
Photofocus partner MPB.com is a great place to sell and buy used photographic equipment. Check out their clearance specials this week! Deals Here are links to the gear shown above: Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4.0 G ED VR Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS USM Canon Cinema EOS C500 4K EF … [Read more...] about MPB Clearance Specials ~ Week of December 11, 2017
Actually, it's really Black Wednesday! Today through Monday, November 27, 2017, save big on the following used items from MPB.com. Click any photo to go to its deal page. A full list of the deals is at the end of this post. Quantities are limited so click early and save! Limited Quantities--Click early to get the gear $400 off Blackmagic URSA V1 $50 off Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lenses $75 off Canon EOS 70D bodies $75 off Fujifilm X-T1 bodies$500 off GoPro Omni Kit $200 off Nikon AF-S 12-24mm f/4G … [Read more...] about Black Friday Specials from MPB
Photofocus partner MPB.com is a great place to sell and buy used photographic equipment. Check out their clearance specials this week! Deals Here are links to the gear shown above: Canon 5DSr body Nikon D4s body Fuji XT-1 Graphite Edition body DJI Phantom 4 … [Read more...] about MPB.COM Used Gear Specials ~ Week of November 13, 2017
Let's be clear on one important fact. I. Don't. Shoot. Weddings. Period. Back when film was photography's medium, I did my share of weddings. For the most part, it was fun. I took great satisfaction in recording a happy time for the couples and their families. Early on I noticed that the women of the bridal party were outwardly happy while, at the same time, wondering how they and been convinced or was it coerced into wearing hideous (their description not mine) eggplant or fuschia colored dresses that would never leave their closets until … [Read more...] about Bridesmaids and The Bride
Many agree that one of the most vexing things about photography is getting your exposure and white balance correct in camera. Sure, you can fix it in the post-processing phase if you shoot in RAW (and I generally recommend that you shoot in RAW. It makes all the difference in the world). Still, if you could make your life easier, cut down on your workload, and make sure your photos look consistently great, then wouldn’t you go that route? Seems like a no-brainer to me. That’s why I’m going to review the Impact Quikbalance 12" Gray Panel. … [Read more...] about Review: The Impact Quikbalance 12″ Gray Panel for Correct White Balance in Camera
Breaking away from the standard white balance settings in your camera can be intimidating, but so worth it. Once you learn how to set your own custom white balance, you will wonder why you never tried it before. It’s an effective way to streamline your workflow and ensure consistency with a given batch of photos. Today's tutorial will focus on doing just that. Setting Your Custom White Balance In order to get our white balance correct, we'll be using a handy compact tool called The Impact Quikbalance 12" Grey Panel. It's all of 12 inches, … [Read more...] about Breaking Away From Auto White Balance: Setting Custom White Balance in Mixed Lighting
I was out making pictures with three other photographers, yesterday--just a random assortment of friends--and all of us were using mirrorless cameras and that's the first time I've been out with a group and no one had a DSLR. We took a short hike to a waterfall and as we walked everyone remarked once that they loved how much lighter their mirrorless systems are, which is always a big selling point. But I think getting into mirrorless because it's lighter would be a mistake. It's Not About Weight We're photographers, not adventure racers … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: The Wrong ( Or Right) Reason to Buy Mirrorless
When it comes to Mirrorless cameras, you've got two basic styles to choose from. The traditional SLR-shaped camera with a viewfinder in the center of the body, and the rangefinder style, with the viewfinder mounted at the top left corner of the body. Interestingly, you can't divide the styles up by brand because most of the manufacturers make bodies in both styles. I'm interested in this because with mirrorless cameras there's the opportunity to start over completely in regards to design. Film cameras required a lens mounted to the camera in … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Does Form Follow Function?
Why are there colored lines of bright and dark in your indoor and nighttime pictures? How do you get rid of them? Don't worry, it's not a problem with your camera. It's a problem with electricity and LED lights and fluorescent lights. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to mitigate the problem. What's the Situation? The power that comes from the wall is called AC power, which stands for alternating current. Alternating means the power is literally cycling on and off continuously. In countries using about 110V in the wall, it … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Dealing with Flickering Lights
One complaint about mirrorless cameras is that their battery life is poor compared to DSLR's. Considering all that the battery does in mirrorless cameras, I'm actually amazed at how great the battery life is. The viewfinder, LCD, shutter, autofocus, and image stabilization are all driven by the one battery, plus the wifi and GPS functions you can activate. Nevertheless, here are some ways to maximize the battery life and keep shooting and these will help DSLR users, too. 1. Use the Viewfinder The large LCD on the back of your camera uses much … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Battery Life
Most mirrorless cameras include wifi and the ability to work with a smartphone app, and most mirrorless photographers I talk to aren’t maximizing that connectivity and the included functions. The cameras themselves create the wifi, so you don’t need to connect to wifi wherever you are. I highly recommend you get used to using your app and let it help you work better. Here are some of the things I do regularly with my Lumix cameras and the Panasonic Image App. Transfer Photos Whether I’m sending pictures I just took of my kids to my wife or … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: There’s An App For That
Once I realized that mirrorless cameras were more than capable of replacing my DSLR, I dove in head first and sold my Nikons. Ever since then, I've been saying that the only thing I miss from my Nikons is the excellent Creative Lighting System. Nikon's CLS allowed me to make pictures with excellent light in all kinds of situations without using additional radio triggers or sync cords. From broad daylight to pitch black night, from manual mode to TTL, Nikon's speedlights never failed me. when I switched to Lumix, I continued using my Nikon … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: Amazing Speedlight Solution for All Cameras
https://soundcloud.com/photofocus/the-problem-solving-show-photofocus-podcast-january-11th-2017 BEST OF SHOW! This is a replay from July 11, 2016. New episode next month. In this episode of The Problem Solving show, Scott Bourne and Pepper discuss the problems photographers face. They then offer solutions to help solve these problems. In today's episode, they discuss the importance of having the right tool for the job. Specific topics of discussion include the following: -The concept of being "polycamerous" -Working with various … [Read more...] about The Problem Solving Show | Photofocus Podcast January 11th, 2017