Revisiting Neutral Density Filters

Revisiting Neutral Density Filters

It’s been about six years since I wrote on this topic and while the concepts have not changed, some of the vendors and methodologies have evolved. A recent question via email has prompted this new article.

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What Lens Should I Buy?

What Lens Should I Buy?

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.

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Lighting for Simple Portraits

Lighting for Simple Portraits

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.

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Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

Street Photography with Fujifilm Rangefinder Style Cameras

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.

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Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

Sigma Cinema Lenses - A Better Way for Better Footage

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.

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Canon Announces the EOS R

Canon Announces the EOS R

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.

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