I am a photographer, in particular since 1993 a full time photographer. I have specialized in landscapes and city skylines.
It has been an interesting journey that has taken me all around our great country. I have visited many historic sites and most of our magnificent cities. One thing that has struck me has been the kindness and helpful spirit of the many people I’ve met along the way.
It has been an opportunity to learn a great deal about many remarkable locations and people. I was able to travel a remote portion of the Oregon Trail in Idaho. I visited the source of the Missouri River in Montana, and reached down to taste the cold, crystal clear water, as Meriwether Lewis had done 200 years earlier. A few months later I found his final resting place along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee.
There have been many moving moments during this long journey. However, the wonderful and kind people of America have been the greatest source of inspiration throughout my travels.
UncategorizedComments Off on Top 10 USA Photography Destinations for Summer 2019
It’s now officially summer. The weather is warm and the opportunity is hot for travel and photographing some of the best places this country has to offer. There are countless destinations to visit and photograph, but some destinations stand out over others, as premiere hubs for adventure.
Here are the top ten USA photography destinations for summer 2019, all of which offer some of the best locations for photography.
UncategorizedComments Off on Why the Hasselblad CFV II 50C is the Perfect Weapon to Fight Fujifilm JUN 27, 2019 , by Usman Dawood
Fujifilm is the largest medium format camera manufacturer in the world. Its resources are vast and the experience it has as a company is extensive. Hasselblad, on the other hand, is a tiny Swedish company that solely produces niche high-value cameras. This may seem like a David and Goliath type story, but considering the sheer differences in size between the two companies, this is more of a David and Godzilla type story.
Since Hasselblad is the only competitor to Fujifilm when it comes to mirrorless medium format cameras, many photographers were waiting for its response. Unfortunately, being the much smaller company, it’s difficult to compete in specifications alone, so the latest camera from Hasselblad has been met with more of a lukewarm reception
The first thing is the build quality, which is simply stunning — it’s a true return to form for Hasselblad when it comes to the build and design. The solid metal construction and leatherette finish are very reminiscent of the classic Hasselblad cameras. Simply put, this camera is astoundingly beautiful, and Hasselblad has used its design as a means to differentiate themselves in the market.
UncategorizedComments Off on 10 Tips for Shooting Epic Drone Photos, by Albert Dros
Aerial photography is a different game than photographing from the ground. It’s much more difficult and slower to make a composition and you have to think of all kinds of rules and limitations to get your shot. However, drones opened up many new angles and possibilities when it comes to photography.
I love new technology and I love drones. I mainly use the small drones (Mavic 1 Pro, Mavic 2 Pro) because they’re easy to bring with me in my backpack. I have been photographing with drones for a while now and I want to share some tips on how to take a good photo with your drone.
UncategorizedComments Off on Making a Living in Photography in the Age of Social Media, by Christopher Malcolm
After finding myself in yet another strange new world last week, I began to reflect on the future of photography and steps necessary to protect the profession we love.
The other night I went to a promotional event for a well known fitness brand. Not the biggest name in the market, but large enough to afford some rather posh retail space in higher rent districts of major cities for their stores to thrive. A growing company with an upscale product. Perusing the shelf, I noticed a pair of sweatpants coming in at a healthy $130.
How I was invited is somewhat unbeknownst to me. I am a commercial fitness and activewear photographer. I’ve been banging on this particular company’s metaphorical door for a couple years now. Sending promos pieces and cold calls in their direction. I like the brand and would love an assignment. But this particular invite wasn’t to fulfill a brief. I was strictly there as a guest.
They were offering a free fitness class and mini-reception at one of their stores in an upstairs fitness studio that I didn’t even know existed. Being both a fitness fanatic and a cheap bastard, the offer of free sweat generation was too much to pass by. I also figured it might be a good time to do a bit of networking, unintentionally intentionally dropping my own name and photographic specialty into every conversation just in case it might somehow make its way into the right set of ears.
I didn’t really know what to expect and the invite was a bit vague. But it was a Thursday night, and my internet (and thus Netflix) was on the blink, so my remaining options were digging into my DVD collection or going out for a bit of adventure. I chose the latter.
Ahead of NAB 2019, Atomos announced the Atomos Shogun 7 which we reported about here. This workhorse can record in ProRes RAW up to 5.7K resolution, it features live switching capabilities, and the 1500 nits HDR display can show you up to 15+ stops of dynamic range. We had the chance to talk with Atomos’ CEO Jeromy Young about their new flagship recorder and the main differences with the Atomos Inferno.
GearComments Off on Full LEITZ PRIME Set and Two LEITZ ZOOM Lenses Announced
After last year’s exclusive sneak peak, Leitz/Leica recently finally unveiled their new LEITZ PRIME lenses and LEITZ ZOOMs. While the PRIMEs come in a full set of 11 lenses, the ZOOMs come as two lenses covering focal lengths from 25mm to 125mm. And all 13 lenses are color-matched!
Just a brief history course before we get started about these new primes and zooms: Regarding the company names Leitz and Leica, there might be some confusion, but to clarify things, here it is in a nutshell: it’s basically the same company. It was founded as Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH and –much later, in the 1980s– transformed into Leica (Leitz Camera).
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Why the World’s Best Photographers Are Sticking With DSLRs
Following the announcement of the winners of the World Press Photo competition last week, Spanish photography website Photolari.com
compiled the metadata to examine what the leading photojournalists are
using to capture their images. The results are quite interesting and
demonstrate that the mighty DSLR is going nowhere. Here’s why.
In terms of brands, there are no great surprises when it comes to the most popular choices: Canon leads the way, with Nikon close behind. More surprising is the fact that only one finalist was shooting on Sony — the same as the number working with Leica, and significantly behind Fujifilm. Sony may have produced one of 2018’s most popular full-frame cameras in the shape of the a7 III, but photojournalists seem to prefer to stick with what they know.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Atlas Lens Co. New Orion 25mm T/2.0 Anamorphic Lens and LF Extender
Wide-angle anamorphic lenses, and especially 2X ones, are not easy to manufacture and usually comes at a high price. During NAB 2019 we had a chance to talk with Dan Kanes from Atlas Lens Co. about two new exciting products: an Orion 25mm T/2.0 anamorphic lens and an LF Extender.
Atlas Lens Co. Orion 25mm T/2.0
If you are not familiar with Atlas Lens Co., the young American
company is specialized in anamorphic lenses. In 2017, they released a 2X
anamorphic lens set called Orion. There are six lenses in total; they
are all T/2.0 aperture and range from 32mm up to 100mm. However, a
wide-angle anamorphic prime was missing, and it looks like the set will
soon expand to seven lenses with a new 25mm T/2.0 anamorphic prime.
This new Orion 25mm T/2.0 anamorphic lens is a unique lens. Indeed,
the lens features very low distortion, which is familiar with wide-angle
anamorphic lenses. The front of the lens is 134mm wide, and the lens
mount is interchangeable from PL-Mount to EF-Mount. While it is still a
prototype – Atlas Lens Co. built it two weeks before the show – the
build quality looks fantastic, like every other Orion lens.
There are not a lot of info around this new lens, we don’t know when it will be available, but expect the price to be around $8000 to $10.000.
Hot off the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the backup storage device dubbed the Gnarbox 2.0 is ready and shipping soon. For photographers and shooters in the field, the Gnarbox promises to be a safe and reliable alternative to putting a pile of media in your pocket to offload later at night at the hotel.
The Gnarbox 2.0 will come in three flavors based primarily around their internal storage capacity. 256, 512, 1TB versions will all be available – and each one features an SD card slot for offloading cards, as well as a USB C port and a removable battery. Obviously, for users not shooting with SD cards, you’ll need to attach the applicable reader to the device to offload footage. We checked out the device at NAB 2019 and there is a lot to like here. For users shooting raw images or HD footage then 1TB is plenty for a full day of shooting. Once you get into high resolution footage from RED and other 4K+ resolution raw-capable cameras, then this may not be the right device for you.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Foton 25-300mm T2.8 Cine Zoom – Not Ready for Primetime
A new lens company called Foton, owned by China-based parent company DZO, has a new spherical T2.8 25-300mm S35 12x zoom on display at NAB. We tried the very, very large lens on the show floor and had some thoughts…
Lens manufacturing is tricky and this lens is admittedly not yet in
production, but we noticed a few flaws during the show. For one, the
lens was displayed on a large format RED Monstro, so the S35 lens would
crop at anything over 5K as displayed in the booth. The build quality
is also a little suspect. We tried to set the lens to T2.8 and the lens
ring stopped just short of the point marked at T2.8 on the lens body.
I also had trouble finding focus in the booth for just a quick test because the min focus distance is 6.5 ft (or 2 meters) and the booth wasn’t quite large enough for focusing on too many different objects. The lens also appeared a little soft in my opinion. While the price point is more affordable to other zooms of this scale there are a few things that need to be worked out before this zoom is ready for primetime in my opinion.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on The Cameras That Shot the Winning Photos of World Press Photo 2019
World Press Photo just announced the winning photos
for the 2019 edition of it’s world’s most prestigious photojournalism
contest. Camera metadata shared alongside the top photos is again
providing us with an inside look at what gear the world’s top
photojournalists are using at the moment.
While Nikon surprisingly took the crown from Canon in 2018 with 52%
representation among winning photos compared to Canon’s 30%, Nikon’s
time at the top didn’t last long. This year, Canon struck back and was
behind 46.4% of the winning photos compared to Nikon’s 36.8%.
While Sony has made huge strides in the camera market over the past year — it became #1 in full-frame cameras in the US last year — its use by the photojournalists in World Press Photo hasn’t changed. Only a single finalist photographer was confirmed to have used a Sony camera (the a7R II) for their work.
GearComments Off on Tokina Unveils the FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens for Sony Mirrorless
Tokina has unveiled the new FiRIN 100mm f/2.8, a 1:1 macro lens designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.
The lens, which is “great for portraits and landscapes too,” features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30cm), and captures a life-sized 1:1 reproduction with subjects at that distance from the sensor plane. Subjects at the minimum focusing distance sit 4.5 inches from the front of the lens.
GearComments Off on Is This the End of the Canon EOS 7D Series of Cameras?
Canon’s flagship APS-C DSLR, the 7D Mark
II, is long overdue for an overhaul, and all of the speculation for
2019 was that its successor, the 7D Mark III, would soon be announced. Rumors now suggest that it will be merged with the 80D, with an EOS R in the pipeline to take its place.
A few years ago, choosing between the 6D Mark II, the 7D Mark II, and the 80D was a tough choice, all offering broadly similar specifications, and all offering a reasonable price point. The 6D gave you full-frame; the 7D gave you more autofocus points, a faster burst speed, and dual card slots; and the 80D offered a flip-out touch screen, better dynamic range, and a lower price.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Canon May Build LED Lights Into DSLR Pop-Up Flashes, Patent Suggests
Canon is apparently looking into building continuous LED lights into
the pop-up flashes on DSLR cameras, something that could come in handy
for certain situations when shooting photo or video.
Canon News first reported
on the development after it was spotted in a patent (2019-056787) filed
by Canon over in Japan. The patent describes a solution for dealing
with the heat that’s generated the continuous LED light source in order
to prevent it from deteriorating. Here’s an excerpt:
[W]hen using LED which carries out a continuous light as a
light source of a lighting system, the measure against the heat which
occurs from LED serves as problem. If the measure against heat is not
performed sufficiently, LED deteriorates for a short time and there is a
possibility that it may become impossible for light volume to be
deteriorated or to switch on the light. If it is a lighting system
removable to a camera […], in order to radiate heat in the heat which
occurs from LED, it is possible to provide a radiation substrate with a
large area, but in the type which has a pop-up function, it is difficult
to provide a radiation substrate with a large area near the LED.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony a7/a7R III Firmware v3 Adds Real Time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, Timelapse
Sony has just released firmware version 3.0 for the Sony a7R III and a7 III mirrorless cameras. It’s a major update that adds Real-Time Eye AF, Animal Eye AF, and Time Lapse features to the cameras.
Real-Time Eye AF
In v3.0, the existing Eye AF technology has been upgraded further
with an AI-powered eye-detection system that keeps focus on the eye,
even in difficult situations.
“Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can
detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down,
partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit,” Sony says. “This
feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Battery Grip
First things first: There is no new camera from Blackmagic Design at this years NAB. But, if you happen to own a Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, you might be happy about this: They introduced a new BMPCC4K Battery Pack which enables shooting for 2 hours straight.
This new BMPCC4K battery pack is really pretty straightforward: Remove the little battery cover from the camera, mount the battery pack to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, replacing the Canon LP-E6 style battery inside the camera and put two Sony L-series batteries into the pack. Wait, what?
So this device takes two Sony L-series batteries. That’s good because these hold much more power in comparison to the Canon LP-E6 style batteries you had to carry in order to power the BMPCC4K before. But Blackmagics decision to swap battery sytsems is still a bit odd, I think. Why not using L-series batteries for the camera in the first place?
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Tokina Vista Lenses – Cine Primes and 50-135mm T2.9 mk II Cine Zoom Announced
Tokina entered the cinema marked with the introduction of their Vista line of fast and full frame cine prime lenses. Now, a few years later, they introduce a limited edition, called the Tokina Vista One. The Ones sport a single-coated front element, resulting in more cinematic character. There’s also a new 50-125mm T2.9 mk II cine zoom lens!
While many cinematographers applauded to the optical quality of the original Vista series, some were missing a certain character. And that’s a thing in the high end cinema market: you don’t want a clinical look (sometimes you do but that’s another story). You want some soul, something that support the story at hand. That’s where the Tokina Vista One series of lenses come into picture.
Tokina Vista One Prime Lenses
The Tokina Vista One lenses tick all the boxes when it comes to serious cinematographic tools: full frame (even beyond that), 8K resolution, fast 1.5 T-stop, virtually no focus breathing, low chromatic aberration, 9-blade curved iris for pleasing bokeh, 300 degree focus throw, all-metal design with geared rings.. it’s all there. And still, something is missing from the original Vista primes: Less coating. The Tokina Vista One primes come with only a single-coated aspheric front element.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on Sharp 8K Micro Four Thirds Camera – Prototype First Look and Footage
During the be beginning of the year, Sharp Corporation came up
with a surprising, small handheld Micro Four Thirds 8K camera – but back
then we had very few details about it. Now, just before NAB 2019 is
about to begin, we had the opportunity to talk to Kaino-san from Sharp,
who was kind enough to answer our questions and also let us have a short
spin with it.
PLEASE NOTE: The camera is currently at a very early stage of development and the footage it creates is in NO WAY final! For now, this new Micro 4/3 sensor camera can record 8K/30p in H264, Long GOP, 8Bit 4:2:0, 200Mbps wrapped in an mp4 container to an internal SD card. More details below.