QUICK REVIEW : Blackmagic Design Micro Studio 4K and Video Assist 4K

QUICK REVIEW : Blackmagic Design Micro Studio 4K and Video Assist 4K

I thought I would put together a short video on how by starting out with a Micro Studio Camera 4K, a Video Assist 4K, a simple micro four thirds lens, some basic LED panels, a microphone and a tripod that anyone could get a good foundation in place for a simple 4K capable studio for either recorded content and if needed web broadcast.

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Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Revisiting HDR - Returning to Photomatix Pro

Hey gang.  It's been a couple of years since the boom time of HDR.  You remember those days, lots of electric, oversaturated, haloed images that made your teeth hurt and your eyes burn?  Yeah I thought so.  Fortunately, those days are mostly past, and it might be time to revisit the entire HDR idea, this time with some history under our belts and a better understanding of what we want to achieve.

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Quick Review : Sony a9 - Ready for the Big Leagues?

Quick Review : Sony a9 - Ready for the Big Leagues?

Recently I was able to put hands on a Sony a9 with the 24-240/3.5-6.3 zoom lens for a couple of days for a quick review.  Let's face it, there have already been lots of reviews of the a9 so what am I going to add that's going to be different?   We know that the tech is good, we know that the sensor is good, so I want to look more at usability, which is going to be constrained to my use cases.  Also keep in mind that reviews combine facts "it has two card slots" with opinion "only one of the two card slots supports UHS-II cards and that's stupid."

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Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

Lighting for Headshots : A Repeatable Setup That Works Anywhere

What you will get in this tutorial is a simple, repeatable, three light setup that you can use anywhere with only a little set up time once you have your configuration recorded and that will deliver superb and consistent results.  If you have a conga line of shots to make, the set up doesn't change, and so you can focus on the human skills necessary to bring out the real person.

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Quick Look : Helicon Focus for professional grade focus stacking

Quick Look : Helicon Focus for professional grade focus stacking

I've recently done some tutorials on macro photography and a popular sub-topic to this kind of work is the subject of Focus Stacking.  Most of the attendees have the Adobe Photographer's Bundle, and so have Photoshop CC which does pretty darn good focus stacking, but some object to subscription software and others wanted something that was perhaps easier to use and that was more focused on stacking, as it were.

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REVIEW : Fujifilm X-H1

REVIEW :  Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm recently released the X-H1 and courtesy of the fine people at Fujifilm Canada, I have received a complete kit for evaluation and review.  I have the luxury of checking out lots of gear, but am always excited to receive a new Fujifilm product for review, because the offerings consistently show a commitment to creative usability.  All opinions expressed are my own, and any reader is free to do their own assessment and disagree completely.  

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Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

If you are a committed user of Lightroom Classic CC, is there any use for you of Lightroom CC, not as a replacement, but as another tool in the chest?  I wanted to find out, and was surprised by the outcome.  Read along to learn what I discovered.

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