Monday, February 12, 2018
During my first trip to Iceland, I was frustrated because I didn't own any Neutral Density Filters. A Neutral Density filter is a fancy name for "dark grey glass", whose sole purpose is to let in less light. If you let in less light, you can then use longer exposures, which can allow you to take dream-like wispier waterfalls or clouds. The densest of neutral density filters can also be used to empty a building via a 4-hour exposure. In situations like these, anything that stays still during those 4 hours will be rendered in the image, but anything that moves will be "averaged away" and become invisible. Architectural photographers use this technique a lot.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Also in This Edition
- A New Photoshop Trick
- In the Pipeline
- The Value of Immediacy
A New Photoshop Trick
I'm intentionally not the most knowledgeable at Photoshop. (I prefer to control my light instead.) And so when I learn something really obscure I like to share it.
It started out with this modest portrait of downtown Los Angeles which I posted on Facebook:
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Time passed. When it came time to write a book on the RX-100 IV, the RX-10 II was available also, and I decided to write the book about both cameras since the two were basically the same: Same sensor, same CPU and compute engine, extremely similar menu structure… it would only be 20% more work. I took both cameras with me on a family vacation to Hawaii, which stressed me out a little.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Also in this issue:
- The best Sony cameras So Far (video)
- I'll speak to your camera club - for FREE!
- New Facebook Group for Portrait Photographers of all levels
- RX-10 IV ebook coming
- And more...
Friday, September 29, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
- My personal workflow
- Why I don’t use Lightroom Mobile
- Acid Test for Autofocus
- Better High ISO .jpgs
My personal workflow
I get a lot of emails asking what my personal workflow is when it comes to processing hundreds of images from an event. So here it is.
Standard Disclaimer: Just because I do it this way doesn't mean it's the best way or that it's the right way for you. Just as there's no "best" way to configure your camera, there's no "best" way to process a ton of images.
Despite Adobe doing everything in their power to annoy me off their platform (slow software, can't do anything else while it starts, constantly changing UI behavior, subscription model, still not knowing how to handle rendering the workspace in Windows 10's high-resolution screen), I still use Lightroom for processing large batches of images, and Photoshop for tweaking images and doing special things that Lightroom can't do.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
We just returned from a month of travel, first giving 2 seminars in the UK (England and Scotland), and then vacationing in Southern Ireland (EU, not UK). The light was poor to average; it rained a lot, and I did the best I could with the six total minutes of good light I had. :-)
Lots of pictures to share and lessons regarding those pictures. I'll be as brief as I can.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
This month features guest blogger Brian Ramage, whose dance photography was so impressive I wrote an article about him in an earlier issue of f2 Cameracraft (which you can read here for free - the article begins on page 25). Brian wanted to know which of four different 85mm lenses for the Sony FE mount would give him the best real-world results for his portraiture work, and so he got his hands on them, examined the results, and was just a little annoyed at what he found. His full article appears below after a few announcements.
Monday, April 17, 2017
- What's wrong with the Industry
- 3 new ebooks out!
- Seminar Schedule
- Product lighting
Today I'm taking pictures of a 1-year-old. And just to add to the unpredictability, I'm going to light him 5 different ways.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
So here I was, on my way back from Las Vegas, and I came across a run-down old building that has a certain "character". I pulled over and took a few pictures with my A99 II and Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8, then started to head back to the car. Then I hesitated.
"These conditions are pretty good. Strong light, so I can shoot at a low ISO with a small f/stop. I wonder how the RX-100 V compares in these ideal conditions?". I went back to the car and tried to duplicate the shots I just took using a small-sensor point-and-shoot. Then I drove home.
The subject matter and the lighting were so good that I suspected enlargements from the two cameras would be indistinguishable. (Click on any image to see a larger version.)
Saturday, February 4, 2017
(Okay, that's a misleading headline, since you also need a camera and a macro lens as well. But it works and the results are great!)
Here's what you need:
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
In this Issue
- Another Benefit to High-megapixel cameras
- In the Pipeline
- Determining your Shutter Count
- And more...
Iceland seems to be the hot place for photographers to go this year. All of the internet photography celebrities have gone there recently, including Scott Kelby. Dpreview.com went there to shoot some test images for the Olympus E-M1 II. And now Carol and I are here as well.
I write about the trip more in the next edition of Cameracraft magazine, but I'll give you the short version here: