My fellow Photofocus author Michèle Grenier has been writing about her experience of deciding to switch to mirrorless. During this time my trusty old Canon 6D decided it needed a break so the LCD screen stopped working. I thought I’d offer another take on the mirrorless vs. DSLR debate. Let me preface this by saying I am not a tech head/gear hound. I do not get all excited about the newest, latest and greatest cameras and/or gear. Not to say I don’t watch and pay attention to what’s out there, but I’ve never been one to go out and upgrade gear … [Read more...] about Sticking with old tech
I've been using DSLRs from the day I started doing photography. But frankly, with the growing quality of the Mirrorless market, I feel quite tempted to do the big jump ... Still, will spending my hard earned money really be worth it? Today I'm sharing my thoughts, hopes and concerns about completely switching my photography gear. Once upon a time ... Not so long ago, I remember living a happy and fulfilled life, taking pictures in the gyms with my two DSLRs, never second guessing my cameras or lenses. They were doing what I expected from … [Read more...] about Are you considering switching your DSLR to a mirrorless? I am
When the Olympus OM-D E-M1X was announced, the argument over electronic viewfinder (EVF) vs. optical viewfinders (OVF) came up in a lot of my conversations. Those of us who have been mirrorless users for a while have surely gotten used to our EVF, but it's one of the biggest concerns I hear from those photographers who have a DSLR system, which employs an OVF. And I hear those concerns. As a person who ditched the world of full-frame DSLRs nearly two years ago for a mirrorless, micro four-thirds sensor, I had the same worries. It took me a bit … [Read more...] about Electronic vs. optical: The viewfinder showdown
Last week, Tony and Chelsea Northrup posted a controversial video on YouTube that tried to define what a professional camera was. It centers around sales for all of the camera manufacturers. It makes some good points about how higher-end cameras can enhance a photograph. That being said, for the most part making a great photograph is not about the camera — it's about the photographer. While there are certainly cameras geared more towards professionals, including features that pros tend to take more advantage of, it doesn't mean that you … [Read more...] about What does a “professional” camera really mean?
Medium Format digital cameras have sensors that are significantly larger than full frame DSLR's. That also means the lenses are larger and the price tag is usually much larger, as well. Hasselblad has long been one of the top manufacturers of medium format cameras, and this series of videos compares medium format with full frame. The videos are produced by Hasselblad, so I'm sure you can guess which one ends up being better, but they give a fair insight into some of the advantages of medium format. Hasselblad, Fuji, PhaseOne and Pentax … [Read more...] about Medium format vs. full frame
I recently noticed my camera had a lot of dirt on it, so I took it to the nearest creek and threw it in for a good scrubbing. OK, maybe not, what actually happened was every photographer's nightmare. Setting up on the side of a creek to photograph a series of rapids, I tripped, with the result of my camera getting a solid dunking. Now, speaking from experience, this is what we call an "Oh [email protected]#t!!!..." moment. A 10 on the "Brown Pants" scale. In other words, an unpleasant experience. However, quick action and a proper drying out process can, … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Camera Gets Dropped in Water
DSLR Cameras are very intelligent. Sometimes they think they are smarter than the photographer. In most cases, they are—but there are times when their intelligence is compromised with incorrect settings. This causes the camera to produce undesirable results. Using autofocusing as an example, here’s how to reclaim some control. Autofocusing Problem The Nikon D810 is billed as the most “Close to medium format” portrait camera you can get. I will admit, when shooting with a lot of ambient light on set, it rivals the quality of medium format. … [Read more...] about Take Control of Your Intelligent DSLR
I had a chance to sit down with director and producer Ty Hunt as he reviews the inexpensive Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Support Rig. Ty is used to working on high-budget sets that supply expensive steady cams. The self-produced video project I'm working on doesn't have a budget for such a costly piece of gear so Ty used the Revo. After working with it, I asked Ty his professional opinion. Overall, he feels it's great for: Wedding Photographers that want to add quick video clips. DSLR users, especially those just starting out. Those that … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Use A Shoulder Support Rig For Video
Canon has announced the new 5D Mark IV, and it's got some terrific new features. Let's first take a look at the official launch video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z9089048wk What New Gear Was Announced Here's a list of all the new gear that was announced (it's already on sale too). Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body Only) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4L II Lens Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm f/4L Lens Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM … [Read more...] about New Canon 5D Mark IV: Canon Announces New Features
Hasselblad has made some of the finest cameras since the 1950's, and their newest camera looks like it fits with their reputation for quality and simplicity. The recently announced X1D stands out from all other medium format cameras because it is mirrorless and includes all the latest technology treats I've come to rely upon. Today I got my hands on it at Pro Photo Supply in Portland, OR, and I'm ready to share my initial impressions. You can check out all the specs here, so I'll tell you about the stuff you don't get reading the brochures. To … [Read more...] about First Impressions: Hasselblad’s Mirrorless X1D
Special thanks to Mrs. Pepper who encouraged me to click-and-tell, and share just a bit of humor. Soon after becoming a professional photographer, I was very lucky that Nikon agreed to my proposal of sponsorship. For many years I chose to remain committed to Nikon and have always been very happy doing so. It didn't hurt that, during those years, there were fewer fish in the sea compared to today. And even though Canon users attempted to seduce me into using Canon's also-attractive equipment, the attraction wasn't strong enough to divide … [Read more...] about Becoming Polycamerous
My first digital camera was a Nikon D90, and, as with the other 23 changeable lens cameras I've owned since, it was intended for autofocus. You're just supposed to put the focus point where you want to focus and let the lens and the camera do the work. This usually works well, unless it's too dark or your lens is manual focus only. I used to be scared of soft focus when using manual focus lenses, and I was jealous of the marvelous options in manual focus lenses, like terrific wide angles from Rokinon/Samyang that are both sharp and … [Read more...] about How to Use Manual Focus Lenses
On this episode of the Photofocus "Mirrorless Show" Scott and Marco will discuss these new products and mirrorless topics: Marco's first impressions looking at a preproduction Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Scott's first impressions on his new FUJINON XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR tele zoom lens The new Olympus PEN-F retro micro 4/3 camera A look at the first sample photos from the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm 1:4.0 IS PRO lens A discussion why someone would switch from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera Some advantages of mirrorless … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast February 28, 2016 — Mirrorless with Scott Bourne & Marco Larousse
When Nikon showed off the D5 at CES last month, Canon devotees muttered, "Just wait!" Now the wait is over and Canon has announced their forthcoming flagship DSLR, the EOS-1 D X Mark II. While the blazing 14 FPS frame rate and shiny new autofocus technology will deservedly garner much of the attention over the next few days, there are a few things about the new beefy camera that are truly surprising to me. For the record, I have been a Canon EOS user for over 20 years and I have a battered old EOS-1 to prove it. I sold my EOS 5D Mark III and 7D … [Read more...] about Canon’s New EOS-1 D X Mark II Brings Some Surprises
This week we catch up with a photographer and a Lightroom expert. First Pamela Berry talks with photographer and music video producer Chris Horseman. Then Robert Vanelli talks with Bryan O'Neil Highes from Adobe about his photography, Lightroom, and Lightroom Mobile. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Chris Hershman Chris Hershman is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and musician. At a young age he began photographing bands throughout the Midwest, with his work evolving into video … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast December 25, 2015 — Chris Hershman and Bryan O’Neil Hughes
Everybody is talking about the movement to smaller and lighter cameras such as the Sony A7 series, Panasonic GH4, and Fuji models. This new group of mirrorless cameras are known as a DSLM, or digital single-lens mirrorless camera. Let me explain A traditional film camera with an interchangeable lens was known as a single-lens reflex camera (one lens, with a mirror). The mirror provides the photographer with the image you see in the viewfinder. Traditional mirrors show the environment exactly as your eyes would see it. As technology progresses, … [Read more...] about What is a DSLM?
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from photographer and cinematographer, Anders Lnnfeldt. This was the second time I worked with the Finnish artist Jannike. I made her first music video in 2013 which we shot partly in Greece and partly in Helsinki. This time the plan was to find even more fantastic locations and make the video both bigger and better. Jannike's manager contacted me in the beginning of 2014 and told me about their plans about shooting a music video in Los Angeles and he asked me to come along. This was a deal I didn't want … [Read more...] about The Process of Shooting a Music Video with a Canon…and Just One Lens
A recent addition to my bag of tricks is a motorized turntable. This type of product is perfect for creating moving footage of products or detailed items. This works well for things like product demonstrations, award shows, and marketing videos. In my case the Turntable is from eMotimo and it attaches to the TB3 robotic head. Size: 7? x 7? x 2.5? Weight: 2 lbs. Supports: 75 lbs. Precision: Repeatable to less than 100th of a degree. Product Includes: 27:1 geared stepper motor with revolve motor mounts, four bracket X pieces, and 6.5? … [Read more...] about Shooting Turntable Product Shots
This article was cowritten with my friend James Ball Three-point lighting is the basic starting point for film and video. It can also be used well as a portrait lighting approach for photography. What's ideally happening is that the subject is light in a way that illuminates their face (with one side more dominant) and some separation from the background. This method utilizes three light sources focused on the subject from different angles. Mastering this technique is the foundation for more advanced lighting strategies. This approach is the … [Read more...] about The Essentials of Three-point Lighting
Whether you want to fix a problem or simply give your video more style,Adobe Photoshop can help. I've put together an in-depth article to walk you through all the essential steps of fixing your video shots using tools you may already be familiar with. Why Color Correct Video in Adobe Photoshop? When Adobe unveiled the robust video editing capabilities with Photoshop CS6, the response from many was a simple Why? In some regards this is a legitimate question as for most, Photoshop is closely linked with digital photography. Its the tool used … [Read more...] about Color Correcting and Enhancing Video in Photoshop
It isn't very often that I switch camera systems. Especially after I've spent more than $10,000 of my precious life-sustaining money on crap and gear combined with more time than a grad student would study just to learn how to use it all. My photography career changed ever since, um... I wanted it to change. Part of that change incorporated some interesting decisions that affected my gear choices. Weird right? --There's been a small update to the article regarding an error I was encountering while shooting in continuous high. See the end of … [Read more...] about I Made The Switch From 5D3 to X-T1- Here’s Why!
Looking to up your video game? Consider stepping up to a Hollywood class lens for your next "big" project. Digital Cinema lenses offer great booked, fast shooting speeds, and great tone and color. These lenses are beautiful, but come with hefty price tags. But why drop all that money if you don't need to. In the video industry its very common to rent lenses for a higher end job. This will give you the flexibility to build out the right kit for the project. I recently rented several different lenses from LensRentals.com and was quite … [Read more...] about Shooting with Digital Cinema Lenses
With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. If you're a Photoshop CC customer, it gets even better. These seven videos walk you through the entire process from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoiqCTW9eCROt39tuAxXeZtLQjb0CLJfS Learn how Photoshops strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates over to video, from fixing under or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, … [Read more...] about A Complete Lesson on Editing Video in Adobe Photoshop
When framing and lighting a video interview, you need to give close consideration to where your subject is looking in the frame. This is often called the eye line and it has a huge impact on overall composition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4tx9uISM5U This is an excerpt from a full-length class from out partners at lynda.com. The complete course is 2 hours and 28 minutes and shows how to assemble the right gear, frame your shoot, and control the lighting on the set of a video interview. Get techniques that will flatter your subjects and … [Read more...] about Setting the Eye Line for Composition in a Video Shot
Here's a 2 minute quick tip on how to apply a vignette in Adobe Photoshop CC. If you can't see the video, click here. Follow Pamela on Ello and her website … [Read more...] about Vignetting in Adobe Photoshop CC
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
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Roger Cicala from LensRentals.com I doubt any of you remember it, but 1995 was the coming out party for Digital SLRs. There had been digital cameras before then. There had even been digital SLR cameras of a sort modified cameras tethered to a hard drive before then. But in 1995 camera makers released digital SLR cameras for the masses. Well, sort of for the masses. I think the masses were a few hundred people. Prices were an affordable $10,000 or so (and remember that was in 1995 dollars). You got a … [Read more...] about Party Like It’s 1995! A Look at the First DSLR’s
Whether you call it rolling shutter, sensor shake, or just Jello... the problem remains the same. The possibility of bending and distorting your image when recording video on a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is a real issue... particularly if you pan too fast. This can lower the quality of the video you shoot and make a shot potentially unusable. This video I recorded for the DPBestflow project helps explain what it is, how to avoid it, and how big a deal it is. https://vimeo.com/37316008 __________________________ … [Read more...] about What is Rolling Shutter?
https://vimeo.com/79016171 Have you ever wondered exactly which settings to choose to get the best video out of your DSLR or mirror less camera? In this video, I walk you through step by step and show you on cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic. You'll learn how to get the videos in the right format for editing so tools like Photoshop can work with the files. This tutorial is part of a new series we're launching to help photographer's get up and running with video. We'll have a few posts a week to help you expand your skills. Let us … [Read more...] about Setting Up Your Camera to Shoot Video
Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. This week's show is a triple feature... we tackle three areas of the photo industry that are hot topics. First up, Scott Bourne interviews Rich Harrington about how to get started in DSLR video. Rich Harrington then takes the microphone and talks to Terry White from Adobe about changes at Adobe as well as Terry's photography. Our third segment, Melissa Niu interviews Matt Kloskowski of … [Read more...] about DSLR Video, Terry White, and Matt Kloskowski — Photofocus Podcast 10/5/13