Hi All, Lance here. Thought Id share out some interesting news.
For those of you looking for some deals on Canon Camera equipment. You might want to check this out. Bon Ton, the mother company of Boston Store is liquidating its COMPLETE 50,000 SQ FT PHOTO STUDIO! Some of the featured items:
Canon DSLR Cameras, Models, 1DX, 1DS, 5D, 5D-MK3, 5D-MK4, 1DS-MK3. 30+ Canon Lenses, 24-70, 70-200 & 90 TS-E. Hasselblad Viewfinders, HC Lenses, HC150, 210,80,50 & 35. Other Lenses to include, Schneider, Nikon and Rodenstock.
70 + Speedotron Power Supplies, Models to Include, 2403, 2403cx, 4803, 2405,2403B, 2403C & 2405CX
Speedo Heads to include, Models 102 & 202VF
Cimera LG & SM Lightbanks, Umbrellas, 100+ Speedo Reflectors 7” to 22”, Bogen Boom Stands, 50+ Tripods, PhaseOne Digital Backs, Cambo and Regal Camera Stands,
Large Qty of Mac’s & PC’s with Monitors up to 27”, Plotters, Servers, Copiers & Printers
Large Qty of Photo Props, Stock Room Shelving and Pallet Racking.
Go to this site to register and check it out! Global PartnersCA
Looking for a great deal on a Speedlight? check out this deal from Fstoppers
In my world, if you've not had a chance I've been experimenting with a new style editing technique on some of my Zoo photos. Check out my Instagram feed Imagesbylemke! You'll see before and after in any of these images, would love your feedback if you'd like to share with me!
Till next time!
Apple's powerhouse iMac Pro wows with stellar performance and design Happy New Year everyone! I'm wishing you a healthy Happy New Year! To start off the year I thought I'd share some things I learned about or reviewed the last few weeks of 2017.
1. Something that will make its way to my camera bag shorty, the "Platypod" What is a Platypod?
Platypod makes flat tripods. They are the world's most compact mini tripod bases for photographers. Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, we designed our camera supports to be ideal for low-angle shots and situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical.
Their flat design makes them strong. Platypods can support even the biggest DSLR cameras and the heaviest lenses. Platypods can also become a portable studio, with accessory holes that are compatible with strobes. Website: https://platypod.com
2. A review I found interesting from NASIM MANSUROV between Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
Link: Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
3. I have both a Max out iMac and a 2013 MacPro that I used primarily for my editing options. Apples recent release of the new iMac Pro though is Impressive! Plus it just looks awesome in the SpaceGrey Color. Here's a great review from the folks at AppleInsider:
Just heard some interesting news this week!
Number one, for those of you that have used the NIK Collection, which a few months back Google said they would stop development of. The good news is DXO software has brought them! Here's the statement: DxO Now Owns Nik Software
The Second, Macphum software which makes a great set of tools for photo editing for Mac and PC is rebranding themselves. Their new name will be "Skylum" Statement: Macphun is becoming SKYLUM
The great folks at MacPhun Software have released the new version of there awesome their Editing software Aurora HDR! This software was co-developed with award-winning HDR Photographer Trey Ratcliff. This software is available for both Mac and PC and can work as a stand-alone application as well as a plugin to Lightroom or Photoshop.
Learning the Finder Points of Illumination
Any photographer worth her of his lens cap knows a thing or two about light. To be considered in those ranks, all you need to do is master a few basics First, remember that the broader the light source, the softer the light it emits will be.
The narrower the source, The harder it's like will be Broad light reduces shadow in contrast and suppresses distracting texture because it's raising the subject from many directions ( which is why it's beloved for flattering portraits).
A corollary: closer that the light source is to the subject, the softer dislike will be, because a light source is brought in relation to the subject. The converse holds true as well as you shift the light away from the subject, speed narrows in the light that a cast is harsher and harder. Such light plays of texture (as well as flaws) of and is an excellent choice for greedy, moody photos.
Playing with Illumination:
Ask a portrait subject to suit your large window to make the most of it in direct sunlight. A window with a good light is a no-cost softbox.
Move lamps closer and farther away from subjects into you found the most flattering illumination.
Place a light sourced the side of fluffy pets to bring up the softness and texture are their fur.
Aim of your flash head backward that bounces it off appeal wall behind yourself for a natural looking diffusion when you shoot in a small room.
Till next time.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
Hope you are all getting out enjoying some of these better spring days! Some interesting items I saw this week included editing software I've been playing with quite a bit, Luminar by MacPhun software. You may want to check it out. This is their latest press release: Best Imaging Software of 2017
Luminar has won dozens of awards since it's launch only five months ago, but what's more important: it has won the hearts of people who love photography.
Whether you shoot for fun or photography is your full-time business; whether you want basic tools or need more extensive editing power, Luminar has it all.
Other big news would be the release of Sony's new Flagship A9 Full Frame Mirrorless camera. Here's a great review https://www.cnet.com/products/sony-a9/preview/
Till Next Time Happy Clicking
I know this weeks share might seem to have an odd heading. But I do have my reasons.
This last week, I noted that a co-worker/friend of mine posted on Instagram about being fed-up with some feedback about his choice of camera equipment from strangers while on a shoot at an unusual location. My friend has taken iPhone video capture to a high level! He has been working with local business, friends, etc. with everything from promotional bits to weddings. This last fall he was excited to share with me that he planned on purchasing a top end Sony full frame and Zeiss lens for it as well!
He did this after much reseach and questioning of friends and co-workers who also shoot.
What happened was while on this fun shoot he said at least five people came up to him highly dismissing his choice of his Sony full frame camera. I first have to say of any of these folks were professionals, shame on them to bad mouth anyone's options for camera equipment. But the key aspect is always the vision of the purpose of the person behind the camera! I've shot from film to digital using cameras that included Fuji, Nikon, Canon, and Sony. Also many moons ago I got some great shots with a Brownie camera! Yes, it is true certain cameras systems have feature set's that might could be geared towards a certail style of photopgraphy. But the big part is always the vision of the purpose of the person behind the camera
So before you bash anyone on their camera choice. Maybe step back and think!
Till next time.
Happy Chicking (What ever camera you use!)
Welcome everyone, as promised last time we will be talking about: Live view mode, Burst mode, and Color-quality settings.
First off I hope you're finding these mini recaps about your settings on your camera helpful? In that regard, I will have a very very short survey at the end. If you could take just a few minutes of your very busy day to respond it would help me allot with more information offerings to share with you.
If you're coming from a compact digital camera, you use its LCD screen to compose and focus your image. There are disadvantages to this setup when compared to using the optical viewfinders of SLRs. But there are a ton of advantages too – the primary being ease of use. But more than that, an LCD delivers better feedback of user adjustments than an optical viewfinder.
DSLR-live-view-2Essentially, SLRs that support the Live View function allow the photographer to use the LCD as a (bigger) viewfinder. Live View is a real boon for compact camera owners who are accustomed to using a viewing screen, but are thinking of graduating to an SLR. It’s also a great perk for SLR devotees because they can now take advantage of what has traditionally been a compact camera-only feature.
Granted, composing and taking a photo using Live View isn’t quite as seamless as doing the same thing via a compact camera’s viewing screen. Indeed, the image transmission shuts down for a moment just before the shutter releases – a byproduct of SLR technology. Furthermore, the focusing isn’t quite as fast as it is through the viewfinder, and the image display isn’t quick to update. One more thing – using Live View drains the batteries much faster than using the viewfinder.
Also, know as continuous shooting mode, this function lets you choose the number of shots your camera will fire off with one press of the shutter button, its perfect for fast-moving photography like wildlife or sports.
Color Quality Settings:
Many in-camera menus offer settings from Black and White to pale pastels. To learn which one might suit a situation, go out and take a number of shots of the same subject just altering the setting.
Ho folks, sorry to be late this week no excuse other than busy and picked up a new printer which I will share with next time.
Experiment with Camera Functions
Image quality and resolution controls:
When you out grabbing casual snaps, you may wish to choose lower quality, higher compression settings so as not to fill your memory card. Save high quality and resolution images for artful images.
Image shape controls:
Modern DSLR's let you preselect photo options to match your shooting style.
These modes allow you to focus according to your needs. Single focus works optimally on still subjects. Focus modes such as continuous, enable you to track a moving subject through the frame. Both your camera viewfinder and LCD monitor can show you where the camera autofocus points are. Which in turn allows you to center you focus area. In most cameras, you can concentrate in the frame, or activate multiple points together in some situations. Note, in some situations when shooting in low light, and up close to a subject it may be better to focus manually.
So next time, more modes! and talk about new printer.
So someone special listened to you and got you that new camera outfit you'd been looking at. Where to start!
Number one congratulation! Even if this is a used body or lens, it's important to learn to use it as a tool to aid your photography endeviors.
Now, put a camera card in your new gear and go our and shoot, after all, it's calling to you. One you get that over with its time to do a little learning, and remember, the learning is ongoing!
What next, read the manual. Yes, it may seem boring, but remember if you have the necessary down pat you'll feel more comfortable out in the field. And believe it or not, you may find a tip or trick. Hint, some folks like to keep it with the other reading material in the bathroom, so you get to it.
On to what way you should save your image files. I would strongly suggest Raw file format. As quite frankly it gives you the most out of your camera, and the files are uncompressed, and also captures maximum image data, which in the long run give you more flexibility when you go on to process your images. If you've not done any Raw file processing, it can be a more complicated than with JPEG"s. So if you new to this, you might want to consider shoot both in RAW and JPEG as to quickly share your JPEG images. Note, you will require more space on your memory cards and hard drives, but the payoff, to begin with, is worth it.
Next post, how to start out shooting and why. Getting organized and learn your cameras limits!
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