Whenever I see a new piece of photo gear, one of the first things I ask myself is "what else can it do?" You'll find great reviews of Platypod Pro Max by my fellow Photofocus authors extolling it's virtues as a camera platform - and while it certainly excels at that - I'm more interested in what else it can do. Its large flat surface and 3/8-16 thread made me immediately think it could also be perfect as a lighting platform whenever I wanted to place a kicker light close to the ground. I've improvised many times in the past, using everything … [Read more...] about Get a Grip with Platypod Pro Max
In my previous post, Light Stand Basics Part 1, I gave you some safety tips and jargon to get you started working with light stands. A light stand is one of the only things you can buy that will actually make your photography better. Getting consistent results from your light requires keeping it the same distance from your subject from shot to shot, and even my best assistants can't keep the light in place for more than a few minutes without tiring. Use a light stand to make better pictures. There are many stands to choose from and they vary … [Read more...] about Light Stand Basics Part 2
After a camera and a tripod, a light stand is the one piece of equipment I use more than anything else. For a long time (too long) I used assistants (like my wife) to hold lights and reflectors for portraits and product photography. Once I started using light stands, I had much better results because the light wouldn't change from shot to shot. I was able to work with my subjects to acheive more subtlety because I could trust that there face was the only variable, as in the photograph above. I highly recommend you use light stands, so I'll show … [Read more...] about Light Stand Basics Part 1
Running out of battery power in a camera is a sure way to stop shooting. No juice... no pictures. Sure, you could just swap in another battery... but that approach isn't always convenient or possible. Shooting video? A dead battery means a lost shot. Shooting timelapse? A subtle change in framing from a bumped camera will quickly destroy the illusion. Shooting Panoramic or HDR? That series is lost and you'll need to start over. Lose the Moment? Do you really want to miss a shot in the middle of the action because your camera goes … [Read more...] about Get More Power for Your Camera
When shooting, there will be times when rigging a camera can become necessary. Perhaps its to get a great shot from a difficult angle or because the camera needs to be left in place. In these cases, you'll want to turn to some safety standards for rigging your gear. Cardellini Clamps This jaw-style clamp is essential due to its adaptability. It can be used to clamp onto round, square, or rectangular tubing as well as onto flat objects. Mafer Clamps This style of clamp is designed to take a lot of pressure. It works well for dealing with … [Read more...] about Grip Gear & Safety
NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here... or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT - OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Rich and Scott catch up on a bunch of topics to help photographers of all levels. Black and White workflow Postproduction solutions for black and white Essential grip gear Skip Cohen University Timelapse and Camera Moves 3-2-1 Backup Our … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast February 25
Make sure you don't miss a single Photofocus post - point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. When I started getting into video, especially video on a DSLR, I had no idea what I was buying into. Shooting video on any device brings about the challenge of stabilizing the camera. And it's NOT just as simple as throwing it on a tripod. Wish that it were. In order to really get into the whole Vince LaForet thing, you need a grip. From Wikipedia - grips are lighting and rigging technicians in the film and video … [Read more...] about Want To Shoot Video On Your DSLR? Get A Grip!