A question that I get, and see very frequently on forums that I moderate is the one about the super telephoto zoom. The flavour of the month in these critters is the 150mm - 600mm variant, with most of the discussion around the different Sigma and Tamron lenses.Read More
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If you are a photographer of any kind of tenure or success, at some point you will be asked this question. Most of us really want to be helpful, but many times we end up doing the wrong thing in our desire to help. I try not to make this mistake any longer, but certainly did in the past. Some of that comes from having worked in a camera store where the A priority was rarely what the customer actually needed and partly because I failed to understand that what I liked had a strong probability of being completely inappropriate to the buyer’s needs. If you are the person seeking the recommendation, you are most likely to approach knowledgeable friends or family or if you have the good fortune to know and trust a professional in a camera store, you may go there.Read More
Now wait just a darn minute there! Every ad and review I see says that this new camera is going to make better pictures than the one that I have! Are you, Mr. Photo Video Guy, trying to tell me that the makers are lying to me?
I have to give full credit for this post to my friend Fernando Santos who asked it on the KelbyOne community. He asks such questions from time to time, perhaps to get people engaged, perhaps because he is simply interested. Either way, it’s a question that comes up in its own way on multiple occasions.Read More
A reader asked me to go over this topic. So here we go.
There are lots of misconceptions about memory cards, and frankly, a lot of no longer useful information marked all over them. Let’s see if we can make some sense of this.Read More
This article started its life as being specific for lighting video and was initially written for Henry’s in Canada for their blog site. Because the secrets are not video specific, I’ve extended and enhanced the article to cover both stills and videos.Read More
Hello everyone. As mirrorless bodies continue to gain market share, there remain a number of misunderstandings and misconceptions about them. This time I want to answer the question of how mirrorless bodies can (could) be smaller than a DSLR.Read More
In truth, I don’t know that this question is unique following the Christmas holidays, but the volume of posts on forums and the number of click-bait web sites certainly goes up. Rather than get engaged with all the crapola, let’s examine this question objectively.Read More
Whether or not you want to do them, at some point you’ll be the person with the “good” camera and be called upon to shoot some portraits for family and friends. This doesn’t mean it has to be hard or expensive. To do a decent job you need a hotshoe mount flash, often called a speed light and a white ceiling and for more advanced lighting, you need a flash, a radio control kit, a light stand, an umbrella bracket and an umbrella. It really could not get much simpler.Read More
Hey folks. Let me be clear about something straight up. Street photography is not about technology or a particular brand, it’s a process, an ethos and also a means of interaction with the rest of the world. It has a wide range of approaches, some of which I really despise so I wanted to take the non-voyeuristic approach and also see if the size and shape of the camera I was using had an impact on my ability to make images.Read More
In this and coming articles I focus on the needs of the ladies and gentlemen who want and will pay for better quality, but who are likely independents or have minimal funding. This does not mean that bigger studios will not use Sigma lenses, the smart ones will. It also means that smaller shops can now be shooting with true cinema glass at lower cost than has ever been readily available.Read More
Building on their position as a leader in digital imaging for both photography and video, the long-rumoured Canon full frame mirrorless camera has been announced. The Canon EOS R is the first in a series of brand-new full frame mirrorless bodies to come from Canon. It is joined on release by four brand new lenses using Canon’s new RF mount.Read More
Is it possible that I have finally found the “one” bag to solve the majority of my photographic transport issues? While no one bag solves every problem, it would be very cool to find one that solves most. And I think that I have…Read More