If I want to get a large group of photographers together, I just have to run a fill flash workshop. I do these things not for massive profit, but to help photographers cut through the crap and fog to be able to mix flash and ambient light easily.Read More
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You know I love Think Tank products. Well you may not know that MindShift is related to Think Tank. They do cool gear for more than just photography, but today, I want to tell you about my favourite MindShift product.Read More
I recently received a Nikon 1 V3 with grip and EVF kit along with a couple of lenses from Nikon Canada for review. While mirrorless adoption is growing, the Nikon 1 lineup has not garnered a ton of support in the marketplaceRead More
For those who have already climbed aboard the Lightroom CC / 6 ship, be sure to check your Creative Cloud Application Manager or Updates function as Adobe has released the first set of bug fixes for Lightroom CC / 6.Read More
Whenever new software comes out there's a rush followed by consternation about whether the upgrade is worth doing. As a Lightroom instructor of some vintage, I thought it might be worthwhile to get my thoughts down on the subject for readers of the site.Read More
Regular visitors will notice a change here at ThePhotoVideoGuy.ca I have moved away from Wordpress and Netfirms to Squarespace. Despite a lengthy presence using Wordpress, I had too many issues and my site was hacked one too many times. So, while the move was non-trivial and more expensive, I have made the transition. It's possible some content in older posts didn't make it. If you see a missing element, let me know and I will try to fix things. I am afraid that Wordpress just became too much of a target to keep using it and while the people at Netfirms were always pleasant, getting help was becoming a lot of work just to get folks to listen.
So thanks for coming by and I promise to continue to produce information of interest to you.
Regular readers know that I am big fan of the bags from the folks at Think Tank. My friends at Think Tank Photo, who are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, just announced a special offer. Whenever you order one of their Urban Disguise Shoulder bags between now and May 15th you will receive a Shoulder Harness V2.0 backpack harness by mail for free. This harness is pretty amazing for it easily converts your shoulder bag into a backpack. It’s great for freeing up your hands to sprint through airports for flights, for example. To partake of this special offer, simply order the Urban Disguise bag of your choice and download and submit the online form. Think Tank will ship your new harness right out. And, don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive a free gift from Think Tank with your order as well as free shipping.
Nikon has been busy. Not only have they been building a string of successful full frame cameras, they've been pushing hard in the crop sensor space with the new D7200. While there has yet to be a successor to the D300S, Nikon has not dropped the ball at all. How can I say this? Read on... Let's start with the core specs.Read More
OnOne, the well respected independent software provider of tools for photographers has released an updated version of their complete suite of such tools. The Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 brings a series of integrated photo editing and manipulation tools into a single package.Read More
Canon's EOS Cinema lineup has up to now had one 4K solution, the C500. Brilliant but pricey piece of kit, where other video camera manufacturers have been pushing harder sooner. Blackmagic Design has the URSA and Sony has the killer PSW-FS7 but both came in at a lower cost than the C500. Canon has announced two new cameras, and a new recording format to try to establish a leg up in 4K.Read More
Last year I started following this photographer from Glasgow by name of John G Moore. I like his work. In addition to his work with people, he does some fabulous landscape work and he tends to post these as black and white images. Since then, we've communicated back and forth and I am unabashedly giving my friend John's Lightroom Presets a push to my readers. There are 30 BW presets in the kit, it sells for nine pounds ninety nine via PayPal and the stuff is great. John recommends you do all your edits before applying the presets, and you can of course still tweak after that if so inclined. It's Lightroom after all.
If you like making black and white images, and want to accelerate your work with excellent presets head over to John's website and purchase the package. Here's an example of an image of Kettle Lake near Caledon Ontario using John's Anselmo-2 preset.
My recent post on microshake and micro blur has generated a lot of very positive feedback and I thank folks for their grace and courtesy. This article discusses steps to take when you've done all you can and believe that the issue is the combination of lens and camera. It get's a little deep, so be brave and read on... So you've decided that your hard earned lens is not as sharp as you think it should be. You might be right.Read More
It happened again this week. A former student sent me an email, "I should give up or get a different camera. Everything looked great on the LCD but when I got the pictures into Lightroom they weren't tack sharp. I don't know what I am doing wrong and it's making me depressed." We've all been there. Let's look at getting to a happier place.Read More
We hear a lot about using luminosity masks. I hear the term thrown around a lot, but when I dig in, folks often understand that they are great tools, but don't know where they come from, what one can do with them and how to make them. In fact, I have encountered nice people who are paying $$ for Photoshop actions that make luminosity masks. Ok. I'm going to teach you to make your own as well.Read More
Just a week following the announcement of the Profoto B2 compact, portable, battery powered strobes, Elinchrom has announced the ELB 400 for delivery later this spring. The ELB 400 replaces the Quadra Hybrid lineup. So what's new? Read on gentle reader...Read More
You bought a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. It's awesome. It helps you make great images. You're really starting to see like a photographer. Yet there's something that's as Pink Floyd would have said "not quite right". Odds are good, it's the lens, so come with me brave readers and learn where to go next.Read More
Last year, I made the shift in battery powered strobes to the Profoto B1 system including the TTLc remote control. Of course it does more than TTL, you have full manual control and access to the incredible assortment of Profoto light shaping tools. Reviewers around the world loved the system and pros such as Joe McNally, Dixie Dixon and Tamara Lackey have moved to the Profoto system from alternatives.Read More
I've been on this quest for the perfect small / pocket camera. There is nothing wrong with any of the cameras that I own. There's really nothing wrong with the iPhone 6+ either for that matter. So why this quest? I want more flexibility and quality than I can get out of the iPhone,Read More
The good folks at Nikon Canada have provided me a D750 for evaluation. The D750 is the long awaited successor to the proven and well loved D700. It's not the only Nikon full frame of course. There are the D610, the D810, the D810A, the D3X, the D4 and the D4S. And of course, one of my personal favourites, the DF.Read More