I've had the good fortune recently to get some solid hands-on time with flashes from Godox. This time, I have been able to work with the new Godox AD600Pro strobes, and the Godox 2.4GHz Xpro radio remote. My setup for the test is Canon, but you can get a remote for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Sony or Fujifilm. The remote talks to your camera in its native protocol and then uses it's own language to control the strobes. I tell you straight upfront, I have never see a third party radio control system this reliable and this easy to use.Read More
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Backgrounds can be a real challenge for a photographer or videographer. If we are shooting in ambient light, what is there may not be optimal. A busy background detracts from the primary subject, or there may be elements that just don’t fit, and while you can use content aware fill in Photoshop to remove these things, we do not yet have that capability in video editing that is easy to do. In this article, I want to explore some options.Read More
Canon has been pretty busy with some new announcements since the New Year, and while Canon Canada doesn't do anything to keep me in the loop, many of my clients and subscribers to The Photo Video Guy are Canon users and want to know what's happening and what it means to them.Read More
I've recently been approached by a number of folks who like using portable hard drives for travel and for their photo libraries for their laptops who have been unable to prepare the drives with an Apple file system and partition. Here's the fix.Read More
All software has some minimum hardware requirements, but I was reminded the other day in a comment by respected photographer Brian Matiash, that since software no longer arrives in packaging, many users do not read the requirements. I would add that this may have led makers to spend less time making this information well known, if few are bothering to read it. And those together may contribute to a lot of the complaints with newer software.Read More
It’s a pretty common question from folks getting into editing, and from those who are growing their aptitude in editing to determine the best possible configuration for a computer to use for this practice. Let's address this topic.Read More
Using AUTO ISO can be a huge benefit when you have to work quickly, or when you find yourself in a situation where you just aren't sure where to start. This Quick Tip video explains the concept and the whyRead More
In the last few years in the motorcycle industry the big chatter has been about "adventure" bikes. Whether you buy in to the idea or not isn't the point of this post, but the scenarios did raise the question for me as a creative about choosing a bag to take your gear with you when you go out adventuring, be that hiking, bicycling or motorcycling.Read More
There is always confusion about the relationship between Guide Number and Watt Seconds (joules) when talking about flash. In this Quick Tips video, I try to provide some education on the differences and why you might use this information when making a flash purchase.Read More
The demand for video is significantly outstripping the demand for stills. Video is the fastest growing of the imaging creative arts. Whether you are making family videos, documentaries or are doing or thinking of doing a video blog aka VLOG, good lighting is criticalRead More
Most of the time, I try to keep the content to gear, workflows and tutorials, but from time to time, I see or hear something that sets me off. A very good friend recently posted a very innocent item on Google Plus asking what fine art photography is. Not her fault that the question pisses me off. To understand that, you have to understand the story of Richard Halley. If that reference is too obscure, try Vincent Van GoghRead More
There's a lot of information about HDR on the web, and even more HDR images. In this Quick Tip video, I take you through the basic capture techniques, and then import the images to Adobe Lightroom and use it's built in HDR function to make the HDR image for final editing in Lightroom.Read More
A question every reviewer should undertake before doing a review is to define who the product is being built for. I try, but sometimes forget to do this, but because of some really hostile reviews of the D7500, I am forcing myself to be the potential buyer of a D7500 first, and a professional photographer second, because the D7500 is not targeted at a pro.Read More
We all want to improve as photographers. And, the cameras that we have available to us today, provide services unimaginable twenty years ago to help us do so. But as with all things, there are multiple perspectives to a view, and I've learned through experience, that with advanced automation has come a loss in understanding of how to meter shots effectively. Time to think more clearly about metering.Read More
A few months ago, a regular reader suggested that I start doing Quick Tips videos. I happened to be doing some testing on the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Cameras, and shot four videos. I then promptly forgot about them and only edited one. This is it and it covers a very fast introduction to the topic of dynamic range. It's not super in depth, but it will get you up to speed pretty quickly. Enjoy and if you like the video, please leave a message in the comments.