I recently added a Nikon D850 to my arsenal, and more recently, had the opportunity to test it out with the addition of a Vello BG-N19 battery grip. The battery grip was provided to me by B&H for the purposes of this review. What is a battery grip? There are generally two different types of battery grips, one built-in (e.g. Nikon D5) and the other an add-on accessory. A battery grip allows for near seamless transition from landscape to portrait orientation, with a redundant set of camera controls and more battery power. The battery grip … [Read more...] about The Vello BG-N19 Battery Grip for Nikon D850
How many times have you pushed the shutter release on your camera, to take that perfect photograph, only to find your battery is dead and you don’t have another. Let’s face it, as photographers we are only as good as the battery power on hand. Battery power can be challenging at times, when traveling. Lots of batteries mean lots of extra weight. Battery chargers take up precious space in your suitcase. Many hotel rooms don't provide enough working electrical outlets to charge all of your devices at the same time. If you are in the wilderness … [Read more...] about The Traveling Photographer: Powering Up!
This is article #6 in the DSLR Video Weekly series. If you'd like the whole thing in one shot, check out the book Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Once you get the hang of video, be sure to monetize it by becoming a contributor to Adobe Stock. How many DSLR camera batteries do you own? If the answer is less than three, you should probably plan on picking up more. You see, when you’re shooting video, your camera will need much more power than you usually use when just shooting stills. The reason is that the LCD … [Read more...] about DSLR Video Weekly: More Power for the Camera
A few weeks ago, I rented a Sony A7s Mark II camera from LensRentals.com for a trip to a few Southern California beaches. After using the camera for about 2 weeks, one of my absolute favorite features of the Sony a7 series cameras is the inclusion of a micro-USB port. Packing so much performance into a small body can really be a draw on the batteries, and Sony's little batteries are some of the worst on the market. Luckily, you can power the camera externally using the micro-USB port on the side of a camera. Now you may be thinking, how am I … [Read more...] about External Power for Sony A7 Series Cameras
What kind of story are you telling as a photographer? Please watch the above video and share your thoughts below in the comments. This experiment was recently posted and I wanted to create some dialogue and discuss how we can grow and learn. The pictures we create have the opportunity to share with the world amazing stories. This video had several photographers shoot one subject. Each photographer was given 10 minutes and a story about who their subject was. Their goal was to create a portrait of the man they were taking a picture of. What … [Read more...] about The Power You Have As A Photographer
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. I was on set with Under Armour, shooting video for interviews and event coverage of the … [Read more...] about What Causes a Memory Card to Corrupt?
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
Everyone Is Capable Of Making Photographs That Matter IfThey can listen to their heart and avoid the trolls. In this world (which from my vantage point seems to be full of more hate, despair, snark and ugly people than ever.) Photography remains a shining light. Photography, when done from the heart, can make people laugh, cry, remember, act, react, change, plan, adapt and feel. There are those among us who live bitter, unhappy lives. They can't do these things. They can't move people. They can't even get attention unless they are shouting. … [Read more...] about Everyone Is Capable Of Making Photographs That Matter If…
The ability to capture a moment - That's the magic of photography. It allows us to capture and preserve moments in time - before they leave us forever. The photograph above is one of my favorites. Not because it's technically perfect. It isn't. It's an old film shot scanned before the scanners were very good. But I love the place and the peace and the mood. Today I found out that the shot above of Paradise Falls on Mt. Rainier is no longer possible to shoot. Since Mt. Rainier suffers from severe geological activity, there are often major … [Read more...] about Capture A Moment – Before It Goes Away Forever
While I've spent a great deal of time over the last two years studying and shooting video on the hybrid DSLRs, I have to admit there's one big advantage still photography has over video - at least for me personally. That is the ability to isolate the most powerful moments. When you watch a video, you see many moments (anywhere from 24-30 typically) per second. It's hard to isolate in your brain one precise moment and study it. When you view a photograph - it's as if time stood still for that moment. You get to really, really look deeply into … [Read more...] about Isolate The Most Powerful Moment