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When Fujifilm did a major firmware update to the X-Pro 2 as well as the X-T2, I wanted to see what changes came to what had been my favourite crop sensor mirrorless. Since my loan, Fujifilm have updated again, to V3.1It's this commitment to maintaining the value of existing products that I love Fujifilm for. They do more than any other manufacturer to support older products with fixes and updates.Read More
Last year, I heard about this piece of kit coming in 2017 that sounded really interesting. It's called the Loupedeck and comes from a company of the same name in Finland. I reached out to them and they were a real pleasure to speak with and they just sent me a unit to review. Since the Loupedeck is set to release in July 2017, I wanted you to get a chance to learn about it right away.Read More
There's a school of thought for street photography that basically says "hide and be sneaky". I understand the root of this attitude, the idea being that you will get more authentic images and perhaps more of an emotional charge from sneaking shots of people.
I hate this. The world has changed in the time since I started photography. Where in the past, you could walk around with a camera making images and no one cared, today people are much more concerned about being observed and their actions tracked. That worrying about a single person with a camera when you are tracked by innumerable surveillance cameras that you don't see is, to be blunt, a bit wacky, seems immaterial. People are rightly concerned about privacy and about how their image may be used. You may have heard of this thing called the Internet. Truth and it are not necessarily entwined.Read More
When speed lights aka hot shoe flash became easier to use, we started to see the advent of light shaping tools for speed lights. These took two forms, the first being relatively portable and directly mounting to the speed light, and those that were downsized from their strobe origins to allow speed lights to be used in ways similar to a strobe, albeit with less power.Read More
June 29, 2017 was the official announcement date for the long anticipated and not so secret Canon 6D Mark II. It was time for a refresh, so let's see what the folks at Canon have come up with.Read More
At a few recent photographic events, some of the attendees were struggling with back button focus. Some had misunderstandings of what this is, others had it configured only partway and the idea, while a decent practice, was more frustrating to them than helpful. In this article, you will learn best practices for back button focus.Read More
A few weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be able to borrow a new Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K video camera kit. The camera is very much in demand, so my hands-on time was limited. In the time I had it, I used it primarily in the field, shooting off my shoulder but also very briefly in my studio on sticks. Am I impressed? Well that's what the review is about.Read More
As creatives, many of us travel to do what we do, and the potential legislation that will prevent the carry on of expensive equipment has many of us concerned. We're also seeing more airlines behaving in customer hostile ways about what you can actually carry on. There's a new solution to these issues. Read on and see what I mean.Read More
Canon today announced the summer availability of the new C200 cinema camera in two variants, the C200 which is complete and the C200B which is a stripped down body only design suitable for remote rigging or remote operation. The cameras are due in summer 2017. To find out more, read on.Read More
The nice people at Nikon did a press release today announcing three new lenses. They are the AF-P DX 10-20/4.5-5.6G VR, the AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15/3.5-4.5E ED and the AF-S Nikkor 28/1.4E EDRead More
With the enormous success of the superb X-T2, many folks were curious what would happen with the X-T20. The X-T10 had been the younger sibling of the X-T1, and much was expected to flow down from the X-T2 to the X-T20. Let's take a deeper look and see what transpired.Read More
Exposing to the right is a process to maximize the data that is captured in your images. It is a workflow process best suited to shooting in RAW with the understanding that some post processing will be required. It also gives you more latitude than your default exposure will deliver in most all cases.Read More
Hey gang, just a very quick post to let you know about some bags from my friends at Think Tank Photo. I love all my Think Tank bags and recommend them over everything else that I have seen in the marketplace.Read More
No matter what level of photographer we are, the cost of gear is a reality that we face. Most vendors roll over the models with great frequency in the hopes of getting upgrade dollars, when in most recent cases, there has not been a lot of value add to make the upgrade viable. Profoto takes a different approach by increasing the value of the gear you already have. How? Read on.Read More