Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Air Shows in RBL (Really Bad Light)


Also in this issue:
  • The best Sony cameras So Far (video)
  • I'll speak to your camera club - for FREE!
  • New Facebook Group for Portrait Photographers of all levels
  • RX-10 IV ebook coming 
  • And more...
Let's start with the announcements first.

Friday, September 29, 2017

I Know What I Did Last Summer

Also these quick subjects:

  • New Titles
  • Skype with me!
  • Next Cameracraft 
  • Next Seminars
  • Myanmar Photo Workshop
  • Update to Last Month's Post
  • Need your Help

Let's do the quick things first.

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Personal Workflow (and why I don't use Lightroom Mobile)

In This Issue

  • My personal workflow 
  • Why I don’t use Lightroom Mobile
  • Acid Test for Autofocus
  • Better High ISO .jpgs


My personal workflow

I get a lot of emails asking what my personal workflow is when it comes to processing hundreds of images from an event.  So here it is.

Standard Disclaimer: Just because I do it this way doesn't mean it's the best way or that it's the right way for you.  Just as there's no "best" way to configure your camera, there's no "best" way to process a ton of images.

Despite Adobe doing everything in their power to annoy me off their platform (slow software, can't do anything else while it starts, constantly changing UI behavior, subscription model, still not knowing how to handle rendering the workspace in Windows 10's high-resolution screen), I still use Lightroom for processing large batches of images, and Photoshop for tweaking images and doing special things that Lightroom can't do.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

5 Lessons from the UK


We just returned from a month of travel, first giving 2 seminars in the UK (England and Scotland), and then vacationing in Southern Ireland (EU, not UK).  The light was poor to average; it rained a lot, and I did the best I could with the six total minutes of good light I had. :-)  

Lots of pictures to share and lessons regarding those pictures.  I'll be as brief as I can.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Mirrorless means Accurate AF, right?


This month features guest blogger Brian Ramage, whose dance photography was so impressive I wrote an article about him in an earlier issue of f2 Cameracraft (which you can read here for free - the article begins on page 25).  Brian wanted to know which of four different 85mm lenses for the Sony FE mount would give him the best real-world results for his portraiture work, and so he got his hands on them, examined the results, and was just a little annoyed at what he found.  His full article appears below after a few announcements.

Monday, April 17, 2017

5 Types of Outdoor Portrait Lighting

Also in this issue:
  • What's wrong with the Industry
  • 3 new ebooks out!
  • Seminar Schedule
  • Product lighting
5 Types of Outdoor Portrait Lighting

Today I'm taking pictures of a 1-year-old.  And just to add to the unpredictability, I'm going to light him 5 different ways.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Full-Frame vs. Small Sensor (don't laugh...)


So here I was, on my way back from Las Vegas, and I came across a run-down old building that has a certain "character".  I pulled over and took a few pictures with my A99 II and Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8, then started to head back to the car.  Then I hesitated.

"These conditions are pretty good.  Strong light, so I can shoot at a low ISO with a small f/stop.  I wonder how the RX-100 V compares in these ideal conditions?".  I went back to the car and tried to duplicate the shots I just took using a small-sensor point-and-shoot.  Then I drove home.

The subject matter and the lighting were so good that I suspected enlargements from the two cameras would be indistinguishable.  (Click on any image to see a larger version.)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Turn your iPad into a High-Resolution Film Scanner


(Okay, that's a misleading headline, since you also need a camera and a macro lens as well.  But it works and the results are great!)  
  
This method works much better than the dedicated film scanners that were once available: Using a 24 megapixel camera, you get a larger file size: 6000 x 4000 pixels versus 3779 x 2522 of the Nikon Coolscan LS-2000 (which continues to gather dust under my desk).  If you use an even higher megapixel camera, you can easily see just how unsharp your old film lenses were.


Here's what you need:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How High-Megapixels Can Lead to Sharper Pictures


In this Issue
  • Iceland
  • Another Benefit to High-megapixel cameras
  • In the Pipeline
  • Determining your Shutter Count
  • And more...

Iceland

Iceland seems to be the hot place for photographers to go this year.  All of the internet photography celebrities have gone there recently, including Scott Kelby.  Dpreview.com went there to shoot some test images for the Olympus E-M1 II.  And now Carol and I are here as well.

I write about the trip more in the next edition of Cameracraft magazine, but I'll give you the short version here:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

At last! A real-world example of Induced Moiré


A lot of the world's high-end cameras have been boasting about the lack of optical low-pass filters in front of their sensors.  And while most hail this as a wonderful thing to help increase the detail in your images. it comes with a theoretical downside: your images might become more susceptible to a phenomenon called "induced Moiré".

Sunday, September 4, 2016

How to Shoot a Bharatanatyam Arangetram


There is a traditional classical dance in India called the Bharatanatyam.  It takes years of study to perfect it (11 years in this case), working with an accomplished guru.  Every dance tells an epic story, and every movement has significance.  When the guru feels the student is ready, the first "coming out" performance called an Arangetram ensues.  I was hired to take the invitational and "publicity" shots for this event.

Normally this wouldn't be worth blogging about, since these look just like ordinary shots taken in a studio.  But they weren't - I took these shots outdoors, on the front porch, in the daytime.  Here's the setup I used:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Expose to the Right Revisited



In this issue:
* Expose to the Right Revisited
* f2 Cameracraft digital edition available for FREE!
* Pioneering Website Design
* Unobvious Things about the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (video)
* Various Updates


Expose to the Right Revisited

Once upon a time there was an esoteric technique for reducing noise at high ISO called "Expose to the Right".  It worked like this:  You overexpose the image by about a stop or so (but not so much that you'll blow out the highlights!), and then bring the exposure back down in Photoshop.  This technique reduced the noise by about 1-2 stops' worth, which was pretty good.  Since those days, modern camera manufacturers have changed the way brightness values are represented in RAW files for efficiency, and some have claimed that this makes the ETTR technique less effective.

Is this true?  I decided to find out.