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In this video, I take you guys thru the entire process of a home studio product photography shoot. I share with you every detail of my setup, every photo I take and how I made it. I give you my camera settings and flash settings. I also show you my mistakes and how I corrected them.
Product photography requires patience. This is not a quick process and there’s a bit of set up involved. There’s also the mentality. Taking your time to get your exposure just right is critical to getting the right shots.
In this video, I demonstrate the amazing Cactus RF60 speedlites and V6 transceivers using a 4-speedlite setup. The flexibility and power you have with this kind of setup is amazing. Being able to control power to each of your speedlites from the top of the camera is so important, especially when you’re working alone with a lot of lights.
These Cactus flashes and transceiver – receivers, have built-in radio transmitters so they can all send and receive signal. You can set up to 4 groups of flashes in multiple channels, all of which you control a the touch of a button or turn of a dial.
Another amazing thing about the Cactus V6’s is that they come pre-loaded with Canon and Nikon profiles for many of their popular flashes. In this video, I’m using Nikon SB-800 flashes on Cactus V6’s as receivers and able to control the power with the V6 on my camera. AMAZING. And control flash power to the Cactus RF60’s as well.
This video is chock full of killer tips and nuggets. I pop a lot of tips on the screen to help along with the learning process.
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If you could’t make it to Photokina 2014 don’t worry, we brought it to you. After spending two full days and walking miles and miles, we bring you what we found to be the most interesting products from the show.
We hit up as many booths as possible including BlackRapid, Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony, ThinkTank, Tenba, Western Digital and many many more.
A big thank you goes out to BlackRapid for making this trip possible. Without them being the sponsor we would not have been able to bring you this coverage.
I also want to thank the hundreds of FRO readers that stopped Stephen and I to say hi.
Quick hands on preview of the Canon 7D Mark II from Photokina 2014.
This camera has been on peoples minds for years. The original 7D was a revolution for it’s time, a small, powerful and quick cropped sensor DSLR.
With the passing of five years this camera has seen a substantial upgrade, but is it enough?
Right off the rip this camera feels great in the hands and has some top notch professional features. I am not going to run down all the specs because by now you already know everything about this camera.
I can tell you it’s FAST, the 10 FPS in such a small and affordable body is something we have not seen ever. The auto focus is fast and covers the entire viewfinder. I will have to dive in deeper to the settings when I buy the body to see if you can tweak the focus as much as the pro bodies.
I did have a concern with the lack of a touch screen. Where the 70D has a touch screen for the dual pixel af, this camera does not. How are we supposed to easily change focus while filming video?
That’s it for now until I buy the camera at Allens Camera.
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As of late and by late I mean the last few years I have neglected my personal portfolio website. The first reason I neglected it was the fact that I was not in control of the page because it was not easy to make updates. The second reason is the larger focus has been on FroKnowsPhoto.com.
With that said, now that I have switched over to Squarespace and it’s so much easier to make changes to my galleries I still have been neglecting it and I shouldn’t be.
The truth of the matter is it takes 2 minutes to set up a new gallery on your site. That’s why i just sat down to add my recent photo story from Auschwitz to the site. These images need to be on my site because they represent the type of stories I can tell in my images.
This is a quick hands on preview of the Nikon D750 from Photokina 2014.
When this camera was announced there was a lot of bitching about the specs and some of the design features. One of those features is the new tilting screen which I must say is strong, metal and very stable. It is not going to break off unless you attempt to snap it off.
It felt much lighter than any other Nikon Full Frame DSLR. But it did fit well in the hands. If you are used to shooting with a larger camera I highly suggest you pick up the vertical grip.
I will be purchasing this camera from Allens Camera as soon as it comes in to do a full on real world review.