My Quest for the Right Camera Strap

I have long been an advocate of getting rid of those bright and flashy OEM camera straps.  It's in the company's best interest to supply them because you are advertising for them for free as with any label, and the branding does provide a self esteem boost to those who need someone else's label for self-validation.   Or to prove how much money they spent on a camera.

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REVIEW : Broncolor PARA 133

REVIEW : Broncolor PARA 133

Broncolor is a well respected name in professional studios around the world.  The Swiss manufactured products have earned their reputation for quality and consistency.  They tend to be priced accordingly but this doesn't mean that Broncolor gear is for high end pros only.  Photographers seeking top line equipment that is reliable, highly usable and robust should always take Broncolor into consideration.  I want to thank Canadian distributor Amplis Foto for making the unit available for this review.

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REVIEW : Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight

REVIEW : Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight

Possibly one of the most popular speedlights ever is gone, Nikon's venerable SB-910.  Strobists all over the world came to depend on this very popular hotshoe flash.  Why is it gone?  Nikon has stepped up their game to add radio control to their lineup, extending the Creative Lighting System to become the Advanced Wireless System (AWS).  The first in the family is the SB-5000.

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STOP shooting for FREE or below market - you're screwing the industry

STOP shooting for FREE or below market - you're screwing the industry

What the hell were these people thinking?  At at time when things are not getting easier for professional creatives, we are increasingly inundated by people without skill or capability lowering the market price for services by charging very little for what they allege is professional grade work.    A surprising number of these idiots work for free thinking that this is actually a smart decision.

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When PRO no longer means PRO - The Apple MacBook Not Really Pro Debacle

When PRO no longer means PRO - The Apple MacBook Not Really Pro Debacle

I have been a Macintosh owner and user since 1984.  I like, with varying levels of enthusiasm, Macintosh OS in its various denominations.  I like the former simplicity and effectiveness of the Macintosh platform.  I am an Apple customer on iOS as well.  While I have disagreed with Apple decisions in the past, I am particularly disturbed by Apple's recent attempt to call at best prosumer products, professional products and by their continued abandonment of the professional creatives marketplace.  

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Photo Video News Update September 18, 2016

Photo Video News Update September 18, 2016

As I finish compiling this, Photokina is opening.  I will try to keep the Photokina announcements together, but some came early and so you will see them here.  Photokina is a hugely exciting time for photographers with new offerings from a multitude of providers.  Expect the next release of the news update to be filled with new gear

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REVIEW : DXO ONE

REVIEW : DXO ONE

When DXO announced the DXO ONE, I wrote a scathing article asking if the superb software company had lost their mind.  Who would pay upwards of $600 for a camera that plugged into the Lightning port on an iPhone?  It's over a year later and the DXO ONE is now becoming readily available in the Canadian market.  Let's see how it fares.

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