If you've watched anything from Scott Kelby in the last year or so, you've see mention or ads for the platypod pro family of products. I am not being rude by not capitalizing the name, it's how the company does things. I resisted for a long time, but some recent events caused me to rethink. Am I glad that I did? Read on...Read More
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If you follow my reviews, you will recall that I called the Nikon D5500 the best consumer level DSLR in the market when it was released. With today's announcement of the D5600 shipping in February 2017, have I changed my mind? Read on to find out.Read More
Every New Year, folks make resolutions. A lot of them never get started, some get accomplished, and by the 3rd of January, life has often gotten in the way. To save you time, gentle reader, I have provided a lengthy list of resolutions for creatives to make your list building quicker. Heck, you might even do some of them!
Most serious photographers use an editing suite that provides a variety of tools to help manage images. However, there is an increasing number of folks who don't really want to get into editing suites, but want so basic tools that can be applied to a stack of images. That's where PhotoBulk comes in.Read More
Fair warning. This is a rant. A rant against stupidity being perpetrated against photographers everywhere. Sadly, because so many creatives actually believe this load of fertilizer to be true, they become frustrated, discouraged and otherwise disconnected because of the volume of images that get made that aren't any good.Read More
The good people at Nikon have sent me a D500 to review. While it has been in market since the spring, they are very popular and demo units have been scarce. I received it in a kit form that included the 16-80/2.8-4 zoom lens. I also received an SB-5000 speedlight and wireless radio kit as I think that the interaction with a speedlight will be important to serious amateurs and pros.Read More
If we believe everything that we read, there are never enough remote release options for cameras, and everyone wants to use their smartphone as the controller. Whether these assumptions are accurate, Alpine Labs has starting delivering a solution to these problems.Read More
There are times when I wistfully think about the long past days where the only thing I thought about when I was going out to shoot was what I might discover. I wish I were more inspired to go out and shoot more regularly so when I get a day where I am, I typically blow through the studio with some level of gusto, jump in the truck and start driving in the hope of discover.Read More
I've been watching the photographic industry for a long time, and I confess to being opinionated about it. I've been agreed with and hated simultaneously for positions that I have taken, and rightly or wrongly, I've been proven correct more than not. My topic for this article is Camera Evolution.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More