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
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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.
A lot of New Year's resolutions are less resolution and more wishful thinking. At least many of mine have been in the past. But I make the effort each year, sometimes later deciding that I no longer want to go that route, sometimes dropping the resolution entirely and sometimes fulfilling it. Makes me human, I suppose. Excuses and defences aside for the past, here's what I am looking to do from a creative perspective in 2018. Perhaps one or more may inspire you.Read More
Over the last couple of weeks, I've run into a series of questions from folks pertaining to white balance and colour temperature. There is some confusion apparently around equating the two and I think that this is worth a conversation.Read More
Nikon has announced 'The Storyteller's Scholarship", a fund that will provide $10,000 USD each to ten selected entrants to go towards academic tuition in the visual storyteller and content creator space.Read More
I really don't think that there was as much hype and expectation around a DSLR in 2017 than what surrounded the release and shipment of Nikon's D850. Check out my deep dive review and find out if the expectations were fulfilled. (HINT oh yeah!)Read More
I warn folks up front that this is not a how-to, or solution oriented post on making tethering work in Lightroom. That has been covered in many classes by Scott Kelby and others, including myself. Mostly it involves prayer, a blood sacrifice of some creature at least chicken sized, speaking in tongues and gnashing of teeth. Then it works until it doesn't.Read More
Let's be honest. None of us creatives want to work for nothing. We get annoyed when a prospect spends a lot of time learning from us, and then gives the business to some dork who will do the job a little cheaper and with a lot less skill. Now consider who and where you get your photo and video gear from.Read More
How wide is wide enough? Do you want fisheye wide or rectilinear wide? Have you figured out the whole "composing for ultra wide thing"? Read this essay to see if the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 might be the perfect ultra wide for you.Read More