REVIEW : The Manfrotto 420B MIGHT be the only light stand you need

REVIEW : The Manfrotto 420B MIGHT be the only light stand you need

At some point, all serious and emerging photographers realize the need for a light stand.  So we head into our local camera store or go online in search of the one solution to myriad problems.  After all, we don't have tons of space to store kit, and we've all been down the road of buying something that looked perfect and actually, wasn't.

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REVIEW : The Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash System

REVIEW : The Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash System

When hot shoe flash just doesn't have enough oomph, photographers go to studio strobes.  The challenge with strobes has always been availability of power.  Most major strobe vendors have developed high output battery pack systems so AC is not always required, but these packs have been in most cases heavy and expensive.  Profoto released the self-contained B1 series a while back and they have been very successful.  Now available is the B2 system which uses an external generator pushing 250ws.  It's pricey so let's have a look.

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Studying EXIF IS NOT Helping You

Studying EXIF IS NOT Helping You

I've been a photography educator for a long time and a photographer for much longer.  On a saddeningly regular basis, I meet folks working hard to improve their photography trapped in what I call the Well of EXIF.  There are schools of thought that say studying other people's EXIF can help you make better images.  I violently disagree.

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QUICK LOOK : Hahnel CAPTUR Remote Triggers and Timer

QUICK LOOK : Hahnel CAPTUR Remote Triggers and Timer

For a number of years, my go to wireless remote system was a Hahnel Giga T Pro.  It worked very well, but I was often perturbed because the user interface was not very intuitive and I always had to go back to the manual when some time had passed without me using it.  The Giga T Pro has been replaced by the Captur system.  Let's see if it improves on things.

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Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Systems

Lenses for Sony Mirrorless Systems

Let's cut to the chase here.  Sony makes brilliant sensors.  They understand video at a level not found in many other places.  While the company struggles in other lines of business, Sony's photo business continues to do well.  Despite false starts like the failed smart phone clip on lens/camera, Sony gets Compact System Cameras (CSC)  Continued evolution of their lines has produced a series of winners.  Recently they released the A7 Mk II, a mirrorless with high megapixels and superb dynamic range.  So why isn't the world going to Sony?

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Which REBEL are you? The Canon Rebel T6i vs the Canon Rebel T6s

Which REBEL are you?  The Canon Rebel T6i vs the Canon Rebel T6s

When it comes to consumer level DSLRs, no branding is better known than the Canon Rebel line.  Potential buyers still walk into stores and say "I want a Rebel".  Good on Canon for getting the marketing right and remaining consistent in their messaging.  With the latest release cycle, the Rebel lineup forks, so it's worthwhile to take a look at what's happening.

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TUTORIAL : Merging Catalogs in Lightroom - From Laptop to Desktop

TUTORIAL : Merging Catalogs in Lightroom - From Laptop to Desktop

More and more, I encounter photographers who want to work while mobile, before they get a chance to get back to the "main" computer and import the images into Lightroom.  They want to upload to a laptop daily, do some edits, may be even post some work, but not have to duplicate everything when they get back home nor have multiple catalogs and try to remember where everything is and which version is current.

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The DXO ONE - has a great company lost their mind?

The DXO ONE - has a great company lost their mind?

DXO is well respected for their lens analysis tools and their excellent DXO Optics post-processing software.  So I was quite interested when I started getting seed emails saying the DXO was going to change the face of photography.  Was it some new amazing software?  A new way to process RAW images?  A new way to correct for lens issues?  Umm.  No.  It's a camera that you stick to your smartphone...

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REVIEW : Canon 11-24 f/4 L - It is MAGNIFICENT!

REVIEW : Canon 11-24 f/4 L - It is MAGNIFICENT!

When I think wide angle, I don't think 35mm or 28mm.  Heck I don't even think 20mm anymore, for me wide angle is something more.  I find that my 16-35/2.8 L spends a lot of time on the 1Dx.  My favourite wide angle for the last couple of years has been the 14/2.8 L from Canon.  It's ridiculously sharp, has near infinite depth of field and has very low distortion.  Who could want more?  Well as of right now, I do.

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REVIEW : Panasonic Lumix GH4

REVIEW : Panasonic Lumix GH4

One of the fastest growth areas for mirror less cameras has been in video.  In fact many videographers who started out on traditional (read Canon) DSLRs have switched to mirrorless cameras from Sony and Lumix.  They understand that even at 4K resolution, you don't leverage full frame sensors or even what a good crop sensor pushes out so they take advantage of smaller size and great glass for richer video.

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A Most Underrated Accessory - The Teleconverter

A Most Underrated Accessory - The Teleconverter

You've been in this situation.  You are out shooting and the longest lens you have with you, just doesn't have quite enough reach.  You can make the shot, but you will be cropping in a lot in post and you know that doing so is going to cost you image fidelity.  But, buying a super telephoto just isn't going to happen.  You don't have a business case, or even the funds for something really long, and you wouldn't use it all the time anyway.  Is there an option?  Yes, the option known as a teleconverter.  In this video, I explain how teleconverters work, where they make sense, when you cannot use one and both the upsides and downsides of these wonderful tools.

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Supporting Those Who Support the Critters - Jungle Cat World

Supporting Those Who Support the Critters - Jungle Cat World

I spent the day at Jungle Cat World near Bowmanville today.  It's a small private zoo at Taunton Road and Highway 115/35 in Clarington County Ontario.  There are those who are opposed to zoos, but seeing what these folks do, without government funding or "help" to preserve and help endangered species persevere makes me disagree.

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