Five Things to Look for When Buying a Tripod

Five Things to Look for When Buying a Tripod Ok, it's not the most exciting subject, but a good tripod is worth its weight in gold, and a bad one will leave you continually shaking your fist at the sky and cursing. Here are five things you should look for when deciding to purchase a tripod. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews The Fujifilm GFX Medium Format Camera

Fstoppers Reviews The Fujifilm GFX Medium Format Camera Fujifilm has made quite the name for themselves in the camera industry. They completely changed the game with the release of the original X100 and have since been turning out great camera after great camera. In a similar fashion, Fujifilm is looking to change the way you view medium format cameras with the recent release of the Fujifilm GFX 50s. This camera is not only smaller and lighter than most comparable cameras, but it also comes in at a cheaper price tag. But does the final product live up to the hype? [ Read More ]

My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click

My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click A couple of months ago, I finally pulled the trigger; I broke out my wallet and dropped a (rather large) chunk of change on my first mirrorless camera kit, the Fujifilm X-T2. I had been researching mirrorless options for almost a year, and finally landed there for a multitude of reasons. I was mainly interested in a mirrorless kit for use while traveling and backpacking, and loved the idea of a smaller, lighter kit. All signs started pointing at the X-T2 over the other long-term contender, the Olympus OM-D EM-1 MK II. It was only a couple of weeks before Continue reading "My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click"

Nikon Announces the D850… Sort Of

Nikon Announces the D850... Sort Of If you follow any rumor mills, the night before a product is announced, we almost always know what it's going to be and the main features behind it. Even a few photos might leak. Apple is the only company that can keep such a tight lid on its releases, and even they have trouble. So we should have known something wasn't quite right when we didn't have any good information on the new D850 that was supposedly going to be announced today. Instead, Nikon simply announced the camera's development. [ Read More ]

Master Filmmaking With These Crane Movements

Master Filmmaking With These Crane Movements Cranes are quickly becoming a staple in the bags of many videographers and for good reason. It has a smaller footprint, lower cost of entry, and has a relatively low learning curve than most gimbals on the market. Even though most users can pick up and go without ever opening the manual. There are still fundamental crane movements that you need to learn to take a good scene and make it a great scene. [ Read More ]

My Entire Portfolio Was Built Using Only One Lens, Can You Guess Which One?

My Entire Portfolio Was Built Using Only One Lens, Can You Guess Which One? It is possible. I'm not here writing this to beat you in the head with an “it's not the gear” rant; we can all agree that take is a bit redundant after awhile. But with that said, it still holds very true. What I'm here writing to share is why I decided to use one lens, which one I used, how I use it, and most importantly, how you can too. I built my entire portfolio using one lens and one lens only. Before you read on, can you guess which lens by looking at the photos below? [ Read Continue reading "My Entire Portfolio Was Built Using Only One Lens, Can You Guess Which One?"

Comparison Breakdown: The Lightest, Most Affordable, Professional Full-Frame System

Comparison Breakdown: The Lightest, Most Affordable, Professional Full-Frame System In a world where less than a handful of brands are considered well-established in the professional full-frame camera market and where more than a handful of other brands have done a very healthy share of innovating to wedge their way into the market, where do we stand? If you're going to buy a new system to start fresh or are just starting out and getting serious, this is for you. Here's a thorough comparison of the major bodies and lens kits you'll likely be considering. As long as you're considering full frame, regardless of budget, here's a comparison for it. Continue reading "Comparison Breakdown: The Lightest, Most Affordable, Professional Full-Frame System"

The Costs of Producing Photography Gear

The Costs of Producing Photography Gear We all have or will want to buy gear that is out of our price range or that we think doesn't have enough value compared to another competitor's products, and we'll choose what we can afford today over what might be a better piece of equipment bought later. I'm certainly one of those photographers that learned what I value after committing to several manufacturer's products over others that I tried and had to abandon due to their workmanship, cost, or my actual need. Maybe you are going through this internal debate now with a lauded piece of equipment that will Continue reading "The Costs of Producing Photography Gear"

Using an iPad Pro as Part of a Photography Workflow

Using an iPad Pro as Part of a Photography Workflow I've been waiting for the day that a tablet could capably replace a dedicated laptop for photography work since I bought the original iPad in 2010. That day seems to be closer than ever with the latest round of iPad Pros. Check out this review of their ability to provide a dedicated workflow for photographers. [ Read More ]

How to Clean Your Camera’s Sensor

How to Clean Your Camera's Sensor One of the critical things for your camera is to keep the sensor clean. Dust floats around almost everywhere; Once it gets inside your camera it can cause major problems and will cause more work for you in postproduction trying to remove the spots in your photos. [ Read More ]

Is Modern Technology Killing Our Lenses?

Is Modern Technology Killing Our Lenses? With every new lens release we get bombarded with wild claims of “sharpest lens ever” and “bokeh so soft you’ll want to lie down in it.” A barrage of MTF charts and comparisons flood the web and debates rage in forums about which lens is better than which. Opinions fly and the knowledgeable and no so knowledgeable lock horns. But what if there were something other than sharpness that we could be looking at to discover a lens’ optical quality. Just what does a high element count with a few ED elements do to the resulting images? [ Read Continue reading "Is Modern Technology Killing Our Lenses?"