Richard Sisk

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.

New FUJIFILM X-T30 Released – The X-T3’s Little Brother is Here

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Feb 142019
 

Today FUJIFILM released their new X-T30 mirrorless camera with APS-C sized sensor. While housed in a more compact and more lightweight body than its bigger brother, the X-T30 sport the same sensor, the same processor and the same film simulations from the X-T3. Even F-log is on board!


The new FUJIFILM X-T30 comes in three colors. The one in the middle is called “charcoal silver”

FUJIFILM X-T30

This new model isn’t part of FUJIFILM’s premier league of mirrorless cameras. Its two-digit name puts it in the second devision, yet the pure specs speak another language: 4K 25p/30p, F-log, 4:2:2 10-bit output, FullHD 100p/120p @ 200Mpbs. Not bad! There’s a downside though as the recording times are pretty limited:

  • C4K (4096×2160) // 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 10min
  • 4K UHD (3840×2160) // 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 10min
  • Full HD (2048 ×1080) // 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 15min.
  • Full HD (1920×1080) // 59.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p // 200Mbps/100Mbps // up to approx. 15min.
  • Full HD (1920×1080) // 120p/100p // 200Mbps // up to approx. 6min.

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Hands-On Preview With the Panasonic S1R

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Feb 122019
 

In a world where it feels like there is a new camera every month, finding an identity in the market is becoming increasing difficult. Where do Panasonic’s new cameras fit and will they be successful?

In this first look from DPReview you won’t get their entire in-depth review quite yet but you will learn about some of the real-world features and issues. One of the main features that caught my attention when first learning about this camera was its capability to produce 187-megapixel images; yes, you read that correctly. The sensor is rated at 47.3 megapixels but using its pixel shift technology, you can essentially quadruple the effective resolution. While this technology isn’t anything new, it has become something I am personally keeping a close eye on within the market as a landscape photographer.

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Think Twice Before You Buy More Camera Gear

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Feb 122019
 

I know you probably didn’t enjoy reading that title. We all enjoy buying and playing with new gear. But before you push that buy button, take a few minutes to consider the points made in this video.

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Lifetime Review: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

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Feb 102019
 

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens is the oldest piece of kit in my work camera bag. As I get ready to upgrade all of my gear, I thought a lifetime review was in order.

I purchased this lens a very long time ago, it may be around a decade ago, I am not really sure. What I am sure of though is that it has paid for itself many times over. This is perhaps the best return on investment that a single piece of equipment has ever given me. I vividly remember walking to my local camera shop in Leicester during a lunch break to purchase a copy of this lens, with very little thought, research, or general clue as to what I was doing. I assume I had heard of a pro photographer who liked an 85mm lens and assumed I needed one. Back then I would have probably only had a crop-sensor camera so it was a little on the tight side for my taste, but I seem to remember buying my first full-frame body shortly after to remedy this, also with very little research and forethought.

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Micro Four Thirds Versus Full Frame: How Much Heavier Is Panasonic’s S1?

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Feb 102019
 

For those of us that like shooting on a mirrorless camera, we’ve probably become accustomed to the lightweight and easy to manage cameras. So are the S1 and S1R a step too far on the scales?

Now that Panasonic are entering the full-frame mirrorless market, they’ve created the heaviest camera of the bunch. The S1 weighs 2.25 pounds, with the S1R weighing basically the same at 2.24 pounds. Out of the competition, it’s only the Sony a9 that comes close with 1.48 pounds. All of this is with the battery inside the camera. Here’s a breakdown:

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Fujifilm X-T3 Versus X-T2: Which Camera Should You Buy?

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Feb 072019
 

When a new camera comes out, one of the most common questions I see is whether it’s worth upgrading to or not. This I think is a very reasonable and fair question because in many cases now, new cameras tend to be minor updates as opposed full on upgrades. Based on that, how does the Fujifilm X-T3 compare to the X-T2 and is it worth paying slightly more for the upgrade?

Personally, I feel that Fujifilm make some of the best APS-C cameras currently available. This is precisely why I’m such a fan of their cameras. The X-T2 was such a fantastic camera and currently its price point makes it a fantastic value for the money. It offers incredible image quality with some very useful video features. Fuji did such a good job with that camera that it’s going to take something pretty special to beat it.

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Canon EOS RP Revealed in Leaked Photos and Specs

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Feb 072019
 

Canon is gearing up to announce its second full-frame mirrorless camera following the EOS R. It you can’t wait for the official announcement just around the corner, today’s your lucky day: the upcoming Canon EOS RP has been revealed in leaked photos and specs.

From the photos, we see that the RP isn’t just the same R body with modified specs and features. We can see that the design and form factor are noticeably different (and the RP is smaller):

To scale: a size comparison between the EOS RP (left) and EOS R (right).

Nokishita, which first published the photos, reports that the Canon EOS RP will feature a 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a DIGIC 8 image processor.

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Fujifilm X-T30 Leaked Photos Show New Joystick

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Feb 072019
 

Fujifilm appears to be gearing up to announce the successor to the X-T20, and purported photos of the X-T30 have leaked onto the Web.

The Japanese camera rumor site Nokishita posted the photos today after receiving them from overseas sources.

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Sony a6400 Review – Is the End of Manual Focus Lenses Near?

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Feb 032019
 

With the introduction of the Sony a6400, I had a chance to take the new camera for a short spin and after playing with it for a bit, I made up my mind. Sony’s latest offering is very different and interesting, BUT, is it worth the upgrade from its a6300 and a6500 siblings? (Same sensor but enhanced image processing engine). Is it really a Vlogger’s camera? What is its strongest selling point and last but not least, what is the real reason for Sony to introduce this camera in my personal opinion? Interested? Keep reading.

It is the middle of January. My short (and yet to be disclosed) assignment in Japan is almost over but before going back home, I’m lucky enough to put my hands on the new Sony a6400 to take it for a short spin. At first, my plan was to shoot a short documentary with it and by doing so, explore its video capabilities, but after noticing that most features and even technical specifications are very similar to the Sony a6300 and a6500 (which I reviewed and tested before), I decided to scrap my original plan and concentrate on testing a single feature, the one that captured my attention most.

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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1X Announced – First Impressions and Hands-On Review

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Feb 032019
 

The OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1X was just announced and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the camera well before the announcement. We filmed with it, tested it, and are now happy to share our thoughts about its video capabilities and overall performance. (All information is related only to the video functionality of the camera).

Two years and a bit after their last major announcement, OLYMPUS can pride themselves with having a new camera – the E-M1X. As you can see, I’m very careful about NOT calling it the new “flagship” camera, as both, the OM-D E-M Mark II and the new OM-D E-M1X will co-exist in OLYMPUS’ portfolio, allowing them to target a wider variety of users with different photo/filming needs and budgets.

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APPLE’S 2019 IPHONE MAY SPORT 3D CAMERAS MANUFACTURED BY SONY: REPORT

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Jan 052019
 

Apple is reportedly collaborating with Sony to deploy 3D cameras in its next-generation iPhone, also rumoured to be called the iPhone XI.

First reported by Bloomberg, Apple will apparently be using Sony’s long-range 3D Camera based on Time of Flight (ToF) technologyThis technology, which uses invisible laser pulses to measures the time before they bounce back to build detailed 3D models of objects, has the potential to transform photography, security, and gaming in the 2019 iPhones.

Image: Reuters

Further, these long-range 3D camera sensors by Sony will apparently also help in mapping rooms and objects for AR and VR experiences. Currently, Apple uses a TrueDepth sensor, which is a short-range 3D technology. However, Sony’s technology could really change the game for the 2019 iPhone users.

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Panasonic hints at a future entry-level full-frame camera, by Phil Hall

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Jan 042019
 

We know Panasonic is launching its professional-focused Lumix S1 and S1R full-frame cameras this year, but it looks like we could see a more affordable entry-level model as well.

In a wide-ranging interview with DPReview.com, the President of Panasonic’s Imaging Network Business Division, Yosuke Yamane, was questioned on whether the new full-frame S series will grow to include entry-level products.

Yamane responded that “the first generation will be specialized for professionals, but in the future, of course we’re also aiming to attract entry-level users”.

It appears, though, that for now the priority is to appeal to professionals, with Yamane stating that “our image to professional users is very important. That’s why we’re attacking this segment [initially]”.

Yamane also discussed aspects of the philosophy behind Panasonic’s first full-frame mirrorless cameras, from why the company chose to enter the sector to its decisions regarding the size of its cameras. 

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The best free Photoshop plugins for photographers: 52 to choose from!

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Dec 282018
 

Useful and creative plugins to add to your Photoshop toolbox

Adobe Photoshop is still the go-to piece of software for artworkers and photographers looking to improve and edit their images. 

However, while its suite of functions is impressive, there are some things you can’t do with the native software alone. Or, if you can, there might be certain ways you’d like to use those tools which it doesn’t accommodate very easily.

Thankfully, there is a great variety of plugins you can add on to Photoshop out there, to increase the range of functions available to you as you work on your images. While some of these are paid-for, there’s still an impressive selection of plugins you can get for absolutely free.

We’ve assembled this list of the 52 best free Photoshop plugins for photographers that we’ve found, so hopefully you’ll find something to suit your needs in here.

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These Most Stunning Wildlife Photos of 2018 Will Make You Feel Many Things, by Hilary Brueck

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Dec 282018
 
(© Sergey Gorshkov – Highly commended, Animals in Their Environment)

Marsel van Oosten slipped and stumbled over logs, struggling to lug his camera gear through the verdant mountain forests of China.

Undeterred, he pressed on, finally capturing a stunning photo of a pair of golden snub-nosed monkeys, an eye-catching shot that would win him £10,000.

Breathtaking photos of the natural world can bring attention to endangered species, highlight important environmental issues, or simply fascinate us as they reveal the world’s bizarre and beautiful creatures.

Each year, the Natural History Museum in London crowns one lucky camera-holder Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The 2018 prize brings van Oosten international recognition, along with the pile of cash. (Judges also award a Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year who’s under the age of 18.)

Other images that made the list of winners and finalists this year depict a mother gorilla mourning her dead babe, owls that found refuge in a rusty urban spot, and a Caribbean flamingo behind the steering wheel of a car.

Take a look at these stunning photos of the world’s most fantastic beasts from the 2018 contest.

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Our new camera predictions for 2019, by Matt Golowczynski

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Dec 282018
 

2018 was a far busier year for the photography industry than many anticipated, with some expected releases finally surfacing and some unexpected announcements (looking at you, L-mount alliance) alongside. So what do we reckon 2019 will throw our way?

Some manufactures have been open about their intentions for their systems, and so we already know of a handful of cameras and lenses that should be confirmed. But what else might we see? We’ve pooled together what we know for sure with our predictions for the next twelve months.

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OBJECT OF DESIRE: CAMRANGER MINI, by Greg Scoblete

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Dec 282018
 

Connect the CamRanger mini via USB to your Canon or Nikon DSLR and you can unlock a bevy of remote control options on your mobile device using the CamRanger’s ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. As the name suggests, the mini is a downsized version of the original CamRanger, but you’ll find more than just less size. The mini has a longer Wi-Fi range, faster speed and is less expensive than the original.

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Kessler Lamprey – 200lbs. Universal Suction Mount

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Dec 032018
 

Kessler has announced a new 200lbs force rated suction mount. The Kessler Lamprey is a 8” suction cup with cheeseplate top, offering a variety of mounting options for camera, lighting and grip accessories.

Suction mounts in filmmaking are generally pigeon holed into car rigging, however Kessler quote that the Lamprey is suitable for “any non-porous surface” such as windows, table tops and (of course) car body panels.

The 8” suction mount has a built in pump and is rated for 200lbs.

On top, things are kept fairly universal, a cheeseplate array of 1/4-20 & 3/8-16 threads and holes means you can use the Kessler Lamprey in a variety of configurations.

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A Smart Remote That Can Add Features Your DSLR Doesn’t Have out of the Box

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Dec 032018
 

No matter what camera you have, it will be missing some feature available on another brand or model. I found that with my Canon DSLR, and when I moved to a Sony a7 III, I gave up some good features and gained a few.

During my Canon days, I became interested in a product called the Pluto Trigger. I was really interested in catching lightning where I live in the Arizona mountains. So, I picked up a Pluto Trigger for that purpose, and quickly realized it did a whole lot more for $119.

The Pluto (let’s shorten its name for brevity) packs a boatload of features that can enhance any DSLR. It supports Canon, Nikon, Sony, Minolta, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, and more. You’ll need a connecting cable to your remote port on your camera, and the company offers 13 remote cables that can control more than 300 cameras.

The Pluto uses an iOS or Android app for control. It’s easy to use and actually pretty self-explanatory when you are out in the field.

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Sony a7/R III Firmware v2 Unlocks All AF Modes for Adapted Lenses

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Dec 032018
 

Two months ago, Sony released a major firmware version for its popular a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras. Version 2.0 brought new features and improvements… including the ability for a wide range of adapted lenses to make use of all the camera’s autofocus modes.

The update “Adds support for Zone, Expand Flexible Spot, and Lock-on AF focus areas when using the LA-EA3 mount adaptor,” Sony writes.

Sony specifically mentioned the LA-EA3 mount adapter, which is designed to let photographers use Sony A-mount lenses on E-mount cameras. But it seems the new feature goes well beyond that use case and includes all lenses, according to DPReview.

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BUTTER GRIP Offers 3D-Printed Grips for Classic Film Cameras

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Dec 032018
 

Shoot a classic film camera but wish it had better ergonomics? BUTTER GRIP is a new line of 3D-printed grip attachments designed specifically for a large number of vintage cameras.

The brand is the brainchild of photographer Ethan Moses, the guy behind the 3-printed Cameradactyl 4×5 field camera.

“So far I’ve modeled all the cameras in my personal camera graveyard and working collection, and my friends Canon collection,” Moses tells PetaPixel. “I think that I made the first ever RIGHT hand grip for a Pentax 6×7.”

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