Fantastic beast! Reviewing the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art series lens


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If you’re in search of a wide-angle lens — be it for architecture, weddings or creative portraits — one of the single best options in the entire photography space is the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art series lens. It’s become a workhorse and a staple in my arsenal of lenses — let’s get to it! When […]

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Would you dare to deliver images to a paying client that were straight out of camera?


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Who doesn’t edit their images today? Straight out of camera images are irrelevant! There — I said it because it’s true. There was a time when we used to judge cameras and lenses by straight out of camera images. They were considered the only true measure of a camera or lens’s image quality. Purists scoffed at an […]

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In the world of value-oriented portrait lenses for micro four-thirds, one stands above them all!


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I have been going down memory lane and have rediscovered some of my favorite lenses from years gone by — specifically micro four-thirds lenses. I remember being enamored with the small form factors and amazing results I could achieve from such tiny micro four-thirds gear. Everything seemed pint-sized and light as a feather next to […]

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The best portrait lens for micro four-thirds


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I’m not one for a lot of nostalgia, but recently I’ve found myself reunited and smitten with the micro four-thirds system of Olympus and Panasonic, their respective cameras and more importantly the amazing line of lenses from Olympus. One of those lenses that has always stood out to me — not only as a great […]

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Crush your portraits with a snoot, the most underrated and underutilized light modifier


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I’ve been a professional photographer since 2005 and in that time I’ve tried a TON of different lighting modifiers. Umbrellas, soft boxes, scrims, translucent umbrellas, umbrellas with diffusion, octo boxes, light spheres, barn doors, flags … you name it. But recently, I discovered the snoot. Yup — the snoot! What is a snoot? Think of […]

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Olympus 12-100mm f/4 PRO: Sharp optics, fantastic build, great versatility


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I’ve recently rediscovered micro four-thirds cameras and lenses. For some time, I migrated away from micro four-thirds to larger sensor cameras as the prices of mirrorless bodies from the likes of Sony, Nikon, Fuji and Canon had come down, and the cameras themselves had become more competent and easier to use. Even though micro four-thirds […]

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The camera that can return Olympus and micro four-thirds to the forefront


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The rumor mill has been predicting the certain death of Olympus and micro four-thirds in general for the last three years. But I have an idea that just might save Olympus in particular. At a minimum, it should boost sales for micro four-thirds cameras and lenses in general. Why? Why am I bringing up a […]

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Godox AD200: Is it a strobe? Is it a speedlight?


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Every photographer needs a flash eventually. If you’re into portraits or real estate, then the Godox AD200 may be the best all around value in the marketplace today. First look With 200 watt seconds (Ws) of power built into its relatively pint-size body — a profile that’s only slightly larger than your average speedlight — […]

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Panasonic Summilux 12mm f/1.4 will make you fall in love with photography again


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I’ll admit it — I don’t use micro four-thirds cameras as much as I used to. Mainly because other manufacturers are offering larger sensor cameras and more video capabilities at similar prices. This is not to say the styem isn’t capable, but I hadn’t really sat down and used the system in quite awhile. That […]

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