First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps

First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera - Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps Last week Sony unveiled their most ambitious Alpha camera to date with the a9. The 24.2-megapixel mirrorless camera takes on the general form factor of previous a7 II bodies and packs in their latest photo technology with a strong emphasis on autofocus, speed, and removing distractions such as shutter noise and screen blackout in continuous shooting. This all adds up to a product that has the potential to make a large impact on the sports photography scene. Today I'm excited to share a number of images I shot with the Sony a9 of a range of track and field Continue reading "First Images From the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera – Sports Photography With Full-Frame Stacked Sensor and 20fps"

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer Photographers today are the first generation of image makers who are entering an industry completely dominated by social media. Over the course of the last decade, social media has utterly surpassed virtually all other forms of marketing and has quickly become a dominating factor in lives of a huge part of the population, especially photographers. Social media use, however, suffers from some pretty severe implications that can have a limiting factor on the quality of work a photographer creates. [ Read More ]

Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available

Mike Kelley's 'Where Art Meets Architecture 3' Is Now Available Mike Kelley and Fstoppers have teamed up once again to produce the third installment of Where Art Meets Architecture. Over the past few years, creating images for realtors, architects, interior designers, and property management companies has become a booming industry for professional photographers. In this tutorial, Mike focuses on how to photograph the hospitality market including how to shoot hotels, resorts, and rental properties. For the first time in his career, Mike also shares everything he knows about the business of commercial architectural photography including pricing your work, creating bids and contracts, marketing your business effectively, and building licensing fees Continue reading "Mike Kelley’s ‘Where Art Meets Architecture 3’ Is Now Available"

Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert… Yes.

Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert... Yes. I was 14. After a year of mowing lawns and shoveling driveways I had finally saved up enough money to buy my first real camera (a Canon S30). At the the time, online stores like Amazon barely existed. Still growing in their late-90s infancy, the global online marketplaces we have become so accustomed to (like eBay) were barely a blip on the retail radar. Instead, I got in the car, and my mom drove me to an amazing place that felt like the center of the photography universe. Housed in an old bank (vault and all) was this incredible, gear-packed Continue reading "Camera Shop Spotlight: Are Brick and Mortar Stores Still Relevant? Spoiler Alert… Yes."

Finding Success as a Photographer

Finding Success as a Photographer If you are like me, and many others, you love photography. It is something you think about constantly and wish it could sustain you full time if at all possible. So you set out to become a photographer and then… [ Read More ]

Why Film Vs. Digital Is a Non-Issue

Why Film Vs. Digital Is a Non-Issue As one of our site's regular film shooters, I naturally tend to post a lot of articles on the subject. Without fail, I'll get a few comments to the effect of digital being so much better than film or vice-versa. I've always laughed off such remarks, but since they keep on coming I figured I'd address them. Maybe the mediums have more in common than some would like to admit. [ Read More ]

Shooting for Free. Is It Worth It?

Shooting for Free. Is It Worth It? As a full-time freelance photographer, we often ask ourselves why we should work for free, especially at the start of our careers. Are we being taken for a ride, or is it worth investing in our client for possible future returns? [ Read More ]

Living by the Three Song Rule as a Band Photographer

Living by the Three Song Rule as a Band Photographer One thing I’m sure all band photographers, like myself, question all the time, is the necessity for the Three Song Rule limit at live concerts. Is it still as necessary as promoters and agents make it out to be, or is just because it’s become the norm over years? [ Read More ]

The Art of Overcoming a Creative Block as a Photographer

The Art of Overcoming a Creative Block as a Photographer What if you woke up one morning and found yourself unable to come up with any good ideas on what to shoot next? You spend the entire day scouring the web, reading books, or talking to people and yet you still can’t come up with anything good? You’re so desperate, in the end, you just grab the camera and start shooting, but nothing good comes from it. Everything you shoot feels like it's only halfway there and doesn’t quite meet the standards of your photography or that of your peers. This happens to all of us, and before you think Continue reading "The Art of Overcoming a Creative Block as a Photographer"

Capturing Elusive Animals with Camera Trap Wildlife Photography

Capturing Elusive Animals with Camera Trap Wildlife Photography As the number of people interested in wildlife photography continues to grow, and the capabilities of modern equipment expand the boundaries of what is possible, many of us are seeking new ways to produce work that is fresh. This has meant exploring new techniques and searching for untapped frontiers in wildlife photography. This trend has led to a rapid increase the number of people interested in using camera traps. [ Read More ]

A Quick Tip for Sharpening Images of Furry Subjects

A Quick Tip for Sharpening Images of Furry Subjects Sharpening to enhance detail is a critical process to finishing any image, especially when preparing images for print. As a photographer who specializes in creating large wall portraits of dogs, I routinely apply a strong degree of sharpening prior to printing. There is one specific technique that I use for sharpening that is especially effective when editing portraits of dogs and other furry subjects. Here is my best tip for enhancing detail in fur and hair while maintaining a soft appearance. [ Read More ]

Does Your Photography Website Really Work?

Does Your Photography Website Really Work? My background was in design and web development before I was a photographer. So in my eyes, it's easy to see a connection between design and photography, and how that should translate to a photography website, however I am still surprised at how many photographers’ websites are very much behind the times. Mostly because most photographers are not designers or programmers. I see them using flash, or splash (intro) pages, saying “click here to enter website.” I want to talk about some basic practice that is absolutely essential in today’s world of websites. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod and BHQ2XPRO Ball Head Kit

Fstoppers Reviews the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod and BHQ2XPRO Ball Head Kit Manfrotto has renewed its product lineup recently, and the new tripod models come with new features and improved designs. I have been using Manfrotto products for years due to their affordable prices, but unfortunately, every time I ended up with severe problems. Now, the long-known tripod series 055 also has a new version. For the last time, I decided to give this brand one more chance, and I've been testing this tripod with the new XPRO (BHQ2) ball head for the last couple of weeks. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash

Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash A while back I reviewed the Godox AD600 which I thought was going to be the all-in-one solution I was after. Even after comparing it to the Profoto B1, I was more impressed with the AD600, especially at its price point. It had a few construction issues, but overall was a flash to compete with the big boys. As I said, I thought it was going to be the solution I was looking for. Then Godox dropped the bomb: the Wistro AD200. This little flash promised to be less than half the weight and powerful enough for most of Continue reading "Fstoppers Reviews the Godox Wistro AD200 Portable Flash"

Saving Money With Photo Essentials From The Hardware Store

Saving Money With Photo Essentials From The Hardware Store Working on a project and realizing there's a tool or small part needed to get the job done can be a common occurrence. That's as true with fixing a leaky faucet as it is with completing your next photography project. Many times a project or formal piece of photo gear will benefit from a seemingly random tool or building supply pickup, saving you both time and money as you work. This list will include something of benefit for anyone with a camera. [ Read More ]