Making It Easier To Get Our Content

I wanted to thank the folks who have taken the time to write me suggesting that it would be cool if there was a way for readers and podcast listeners to get updated when new content was made available.

So as of right now, I've updated the site in a couple of ways to make that work more efficiently.  I've had RSS links in the sidebar, but I didn't know that sometimes they came up like ugly XML files.  Now they come up nice and clean using the Feedburner service from Google and this makes them really easy to add to your favourite RSS reader, which can of course be your browser.  I'm personally a big fan of Reeder 3 for the Mac, but there are lots of options.  What's important is that there are two RSS feeds for The Photo Video Guy.  One for the articles / blogs section and one for the podcast, so you can subscribe to either or both if you choose to do so.

RSS isn't the only way to ensure you get new content.  At the top of the blog and podcast pages there is now a form where you can sign up to receive an email whenever a new article or podcast goes live.  There are two separate lists, so you choose only what you want to receive an email about.  Your email address is NEVER shared with anyone, and you can unsubscribe at any time.  I am  following the requirements for email subscriptions so when you subscribe, you will receive an email requesting confirmation of your request before your email goes into the secure storage area.  

I hope that these enhancements will improve your enjoyment of The Photo Video Guy.

Using the Lee Big Stopper

Using the Lee Big Stopper

At some point or another, most photographers have wanted the look of a long exposure, such as moving clouds, blurred motion, creamy water, but are limited by the reality of exposure.  If we take a typical sunny day, we know that our exposure at f/16 and ISO 100 will be about 1/125 of a second.  No smooth blur there.  The solution is a Neutral Density filter.  And, if you want a big drop in light transmission, the go to answer is a Lee Big Stopper.

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ON1 Takes an Enormous Step - Their Own RAW Processor

ON1 Takes an Enormous Step - Their Own RAW Processor

This is really pretty incredible news.  Most digital processing tools use someone else's RAW processor.  Most of the time, it's from Adobe because many tools are designed to work as plugins for Photoshop or Lightroom.  Announced today April 26 is that this summer, the folks at ON1 will be releasing their own unique offering called ON1 PHOTO RAW.

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REVIEW : Sigma ART 24mm f/1.4

REVIEW : Sigma ART 24mm f/1.4

When it comes to wide angle lenses, the field of view of a 24mm on a full frame sensor is both super popular and easy to shoot.  Once you go much wider, one has to pay a lot more attention to angles and perspective exaggerations.  On a crop sensor, a 24mm delivers pretty darn close to my opinion of the best "one lens prime" out there, the 35mm.  In this review, we'll take a close look at Sigma's ART Series 24mm f/1.4

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New from Think Tank Photo - THE Bag for Your Lighting Rig + MORE

New from Think Tank Photo - THE Bag for Your Lighting Rig + MORE

Thanks for stopping by.  You've probably figured out by now that I am a huge fan of the products from Think Tank Photo.  US based readers who order via the link on this site (click the link on the sidebar) can get bonuses when they go through me.  For readers elsewhere, there's a large number of Think Tank Photo resellers and some keep a really good selection on hand.

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My Day With Peter Hurley

My Day With Peter Hurley

On March 24th, 2016 I got to spend the day with Peter Hurley.  Thousands of people have done so in classes and workshops, and I count myself as fortunate for having done so, but yesterday was different and special.  Peter was in Toronto to deliver his Illuminating the Face workshop presented by Henry's Learning Labs, and I had the honour and pleasure to both introduce Peter to the attendees and to help with the setup and assist him over the course of the day.  It was really quite amazing.

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REVIEW : Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED

REVIEW : Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED

There are many ways to make photographic lenses as we all know, some more efficient than others, some better suited to particular use cases.  One of the greater challenges in creating longer focal length telephoto lenses has always been balancing focal length with physical size and weight.  Canon embarked on a limited series of lenses several years ago using a technology that they call Diffractive Optics.  You can recognize a Canon DO lens by the distinct green line.  Recently, the folks at Nikon have done something similar and released their own design using a new element mode called Phase Fresnel or PF.  At the outset, it looks and sounds like DO.  Since I am a huge fan of DO, I wanted to check out Nikon's Phase Fresnel system and they graciously loaned me one to try.

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REVIEW : Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4

REVIEW : Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4

When the Sigma ART 35/1.4 first appeared on dealer shelves, I put one on a camera very briefly and drew a few conclusions.  In the store, focus was very quick, as quick as the Canon 35/1.4 I use regularly I thought.  It was also very large comparatively speaking and felt very well built and a but heavy, that being a relative term for a guy who spends a fair bit of time waving fast telephoto primes around.  I had no card in my pocket so didn't make any test shots and then time moved on.  Recently there has been a resurgence for full frame shooters with interest in a fast 35mm, sometimes for street work and for others as their walk around lens.  So I arranged with my local Sigma dealer to obtain one for a short review.

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Profoto Announces Firmware Update for B1

Profoto Announces Firmware Update for B1

If you are a user of the Profoto B1 strobe, there is a firmware update (D1) now available at www.profoto.com for the B1 that corrects a minor bug where the B1 might restart after being turned off using a Profoto Air Remote.  Applying the update takes less than a minute.  Download the update, plug the B1 into the computer via USB and run the update.

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Announcement Review : The Pentax K-1

Announcement Review : The Pentax K-1

For those of us with some "tenure" in photography, the Pentax name will always evoke memories.  Whether the ubiquitous M42 screw mount, or the tack driving Super Takumar lenses, to the monstrous and wonderful Pentax 67, that brand is bound to the history of photography.  The advent of digital, along with financial challenges looked to be putting the boots to the once famous name, but a strategic acquisition by Ricoh has pumped new blood, and financial stability into the once damaged brand.  Now, after years of rumours, Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-1, the first full frame Pentax branded digital SLR.

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Canon's Next Run at the Hybrid DSLR - The 80D

Canon's Next Run at the Hybrid DSLR - The 80D

I am predominantly a Canon shooter.  I own over a dozen Canon lenses.  I'm not switching anytime soon, but I've also been pretty hard on Canon because the things that matter most to me, well, let's say we don't appear to be really well aligned these days.  One place we definitely align is the criticality of delivering a hybrid platform that hobbyists and enthusiasts can afford and benefit from.  This is XXD space, until this announcement led by the superb Canon 70D.  The 80D is an evolutionary step ahead, so let's see what's coming.

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My Sigma Service Experience

My Sigma Service Experience

When we make purchases, we all tend to spend a lot of time concerned about the price of acquisition and the buying experience.  When I get a car, I interview the Service Department because I will see those folks for years and more often that the sales professional.  Our camera equipment follows the same pattern.  Quality of service is critically important.

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