Fstoppers’ Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

Fstoppers’ Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide Finding (and asking for) gifts for photographers is near impossible. They’re either way too expensive (we all want that a9, too) or we photographers already seemingly have everything we need. Hopefully, we can help a bit with some ideas, deals, and advice about shopping for your photographer friends or for yourselves, as the holidays also present prime opportunities to restock studio essentials. [ Read More ]

How to Get Blurry Backgrounds in Your Work

How to Get Blurry Backgrounds in Your Work Common questions I hear, especially from newer photographers are “What lenses should I buy,” or “how do I get that creamy, blurry background in the photo?” Another very popular one is after posting a photo is “what lens did you use to get that soft background?” Well, there are several different answers for the blurry background, one method is in post after the fact, but it’s better to get it in camera. So, how do you get a blurry, bokehlicious photos in camera? [ Read More ]

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Video Camera?

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Video Camera? There’s nothing quite so frustrating to anyone in the business, as having your camera become outdated in less than a year. When I look at the current line up of camcorders, I’m beginning to think that they’re about to be replaced by the cameras that should have been released in the first place. The camcorder market is falling behind. [ Read More ]

What Is the Camera’s Unsung Hero?

What Is the Camera's Unsung Hero? Cameras have always been at the forefront of technology. They've always pushed the boundaries of what's possible. Perhaps then it is unusual to have such a high tech sector so closely wedded to art. That is what makes photography such a passion for me. And while there will always be those that push the creative elements, with the camera purely a utilitarian device for achieving that, others will take the bleeding edge, create new imaginings, add unusual twists and embellishments, and take that edge even further. Commercially then, it doesn't pay to be second. Be at the edge and take Continue reading "What Is the Camera’s Unsung Hero?"

Computer Guide for Photography and Video Editing: What to Buy and Why? (Part 1)

Computer Guide for Photography and Video Editing: What to Buy and Why? (Part 1) Photographers and filmmakers probably spend more time on their computers that behind a camera. We own thousands of dollars in gears, yet some of us waste a considerable amount of time struggling on a sluggish PC. However, for the price of a good lens you could dramatically improve your productivity by speeding up the entire post-shooting phase. Here is a short guide to help you navigate through the current offerings and avoid the marketing traps in order to build the perfect machine based on your budget. [ Read More ]

The Disappointments of a Newbie Photographer Nobody Talks About

The Disappointments of a Newbie Photographer Nobody Talks About Photography today is more accessible than ever before because cameras are everywhere: not only shaped as DSLRs, but in phones, tablets, laptops, and in the James Bond ball-point pen. It is easy to press a button a capture something your camera is pointed to. Lots of people are thinking about taking the snapshot game to another level: buying a professional camera and making professional photographs. Most of these purchases end with disappointments, but there's not much talk about them. This article will take a peek behind the scenes of the failures newbies face when they first try using a DSLR. Continue reading "The Disappointments of a Newbie Photographer Nobody Talks About"

Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 VR vs Sigma Art vs Tamron G2

Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 VR vs Sigma Art vs Tamron G2 Although everyone has a different "favorite" lens, the 24-70mm 2.8 lens usually ends up being used the most. It's standard zoom range and fast 2.8 aperture makes it usable for almost any type of photography. Today, I'm comparing the three most popular 24-70mm lenses to determine which one is best. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Review the Capture Pro Clip From Peak Design

Fstoppers Review the Capture Pro Clip From Peak Design Just like motor vehicles have critical parts that are crucial to the safety and functioning of the vehicle, so too do photographers have gear that they need to work every time to get the shots they desire. It’s what makes you able to get the shots you want and it also gives you your unique style which translates into your photography and work. Second to that, you get the items that change and improve your process of making images. And with the style of photography I pursue, often straight from my bike, the Capture Pro Clip is one of those Continue reading "Fstoppers Review the Capture Pro Clip From Peak Design"

Fstoppers Reviews the Cecilia Black Leather Camera Strap

Fstoppers Reviews the Cecilia Black Leather Camera Strap There are many different ways to carry a camera with you, and depending on how you do carry the camera or even multiple cameras could determine what accessories you might need to help you out with that. As I typically strap my camera around my neck or occasionally crossbody, the standard manufacture strapped that comes with the camera does the job, but it's not quite as comfortable as I would like. I am also one of those photographers that don't like to advertise which camera I have on me when I am walking around so that was another reason for Continue reading "Fstoppers Reviews the Cecilia Black Leather Camera Strap"

Is Peer To Peer Renting The Future Of Photography?

Is Peer To Peer Renting The Future Of Photography? Peer to peer services have become very common these days with companies like Uber, Airbnb, and even eBay demonstrating how popular and huge those respective markets are. Platforms such as these have become a major part of daily life for many of us and the trend for growth seems very positive. The photography and videography industry is another that has seen immense growth in recent years, due to the number of new individuals joining the profession. [ Read More ]

Back-Button Focus: What It Is and Why You Should Be Using It

Back-Button Focus: What It Is and Why You Should Be Using It If you spend any time surfing photography forums and Facebook groups, you will undoubtedly see a constant flow of questions asking for the best way to nail focus. Maybe you are one of those people that find themselves struggling. The trick is that most cameras have a setting that will help you focus like a pro. That trick is called back-button focus, and once you use it, you’ll never want to go back. [ Read More ]

Find Out How Long It Is Before Your Camera Will Die

Find Out How Long It Is Before Your Camera Will Die Like most technology we own, our cameras will eventually stop working. Not only is this bad news for our bank balances, but if a camera were to die mid-shoot then it could potentially land us in a world of professional problems. Minimize these risks by knowing what to look out for and the kind of plan you need to have in place for when that inevitable disaster strikes. [ Read More ]

Canon vs Nikon – An Overview To Help You Decide Which To Buy

Canon vs Nikon - An Overview To Help You Decide Which To Buy Trying to decide between Canon and Nikon may seem like a no-brainer for many professionals with years of experience. For the most part, when a professional picks a certain camera manufacturer it's for the long term and they rarely switch. Previously the cost and time required to make the transition from one to another was simply not worth it, especially considering the fact that the differences in real-world use were mostly minimal. Recently, however, it seems the gap between Canon and Nikon seems to be growing with Nikon cameras being noticeably better. Jared Polin gives his thoughts on the current Continue reading "Canon vs Nikon – An Overview To Help You Decide Which To Buy"

When and Why to Pick a Cinema Lens When it Comes to Videography

When and Why to Pick a Cinema Lens When it Comes to Videography Being involved with video more and more recently, I have been wondering this myself, why choose a cinema lens over a regular photography lens when it comes to video? Photography and Videography are similar in many ways, however, video seems to be a whole different world when it comes to codecs, shutter speed, lighting, lenses, aperture, focus, and so on. In this video, Greg and Caleb share some knowledge on what lenses should be used where. [ Read More ]