With Nikon’s D800 at a whopping 36 megapixels, why on earth did I opt for a medium format digital camera? I’ve been a Nikon shooter for years and have a bunch of professional Nikon glass and speedlites so adding a D800 to the mix seems a no brainer – or is it? There are many reasons. Bigger chip, bigger sensor. More real estate and bigger pixels. Insanely shallow depth of field. Full 16-bit color depth. Insane dynamic range and detail. To name a few. Oh, and I’m not abandoning 35mm – I’m holding steady to my D3s for everything else I won’t shoot on the Hassy.
Read the full blog post about my switch to Hasselblad here.
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Jared and I just returned from an amazing European tour of the UK and Germany. We got to visit Manchester, London, and Cologne and despite only having a few days in each location, we got to meet some amazing people, eat great food, drink delicious beer and see amazing sights. The trip was mostly business, so we didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but I did pop off a few frames whenever possible.Read More »
This week’s Friday Flickr Photo Critique comes to us from Jack Westhead of London, UK. I met Jack at the Frotowalk in London across from Royal Albert Music Hall. This critique goes a bit long, but there’s a lot to talk about.Read More »
Setting up a home studio can present a challenge especially if your space is limited like my Brooklyn, New York loft. However, that doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker and there are ways you can work with what you’ve got in order to get the shot.
I set up a seamless backdrop with a 5′ Octa as my key and basic hi-key setup on the backdrop with cross lighting from 2 additional strobes. To get a little more kick/fill for the face I set up a Lumopro LP160 perpendicular to the ground facing a 40″ white bounce on a low power setting to get a soft wash of light.Read More »
A lot of you guys have asked me how to make a living as a professional photographer. I wish there was a magic formula, but there isn’t. However there are steps you can take to ensure you’ll have a better chance of achieving your professional goals and today I’m going to elaborate on them.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Abraham Lincoln when he said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” This philosophy can be applied to anything you approach in life as well as photography.Read More »
Every once and a while you capture an image that you later realize has more going on with it than you could have imagined. The other day, I had a client meeting in Midtown NYC and arrived about 30 minutes early. Too early to go up to their offices, so I parked myself against a building with my X100 and decided I would take some candid streetshots of folks rushing past me – particularly if they were on their cellphones. I set the X100 to AFC so I could focus track – lock on them as they were approaching and then grab the image when they were more in the frame. This is no easy task with an X100 as shooting moving subjects isn’t what i’d call it’s strongpoint.
Over the course of about 10 minutes, I fired off a handful of images, one of which just had that one-in-a-million timing. Sure, I wanted the bus to frame the backdrop, however I couldn’t have planned the outcome if I tried. A little bit of planning and a lot of luck.
Amazing how those 10 minutes flew by. It’s easy to get immersed in people watching and a bit lost in shooting candids. The nice thing about the X100 is how small and stealthy it can be on the streets of NYC. It’s both conspicuous and inconspicuous. And always a pure joy to shoot with.
I don’t claim to be a street photographer, but I really do love street photography and street shots. There are photographers like Vivian Maier who’ve taken street photography to a level most of us can only aspire toward. Recently, Zack Arias was honored by Complex Magazine for his street photography. He too doesn’t consider himself a street photographer, but he too has the desire to document the people and energy of the city and in doing so has amassed a wealth of powerful street shots.
After reading his post, I was motivated to shoot some streetshots of my own. Sometimes this leads to portraits with strangers which is challenging and immensely gratifying. Sure it can be awkward, but that’s what it’s about. Getting out and making connections. Or at the very least going out and making photos.
So no excuses. Get out there. Carry a camera. Shoot it. Take pictures. Take more. Meet people. And most importantly, Have Fun!
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I receive a ton of e mails every day. One e mail came in from a reader who said “their flash stopped working” at a very important time during a wedding. They mentioned that there are about 10 shots that are not usable and they needed to be saved in Lightroom. I asked him to send me one RAW file to see what I could do with it and to see what they did wrong with their flash.
When I took the image into Lightroom it was a simple correction of dragging the exposure up 3 stops. Yes 3 stops is a ton but the RAW file from a D700 is very strong and I consider that to be a saved image.
The other major issue was the settings that the pictures were being taken at. As you will see in the video with Adam and I we break down the settings the photographer used. We also talk about what the settings could be to one save the flash and two get better images.
It is very important to know that we are not ripping this photographer, we are not trying to put them down. We are simply being straight up honest about the image but also explaining how to make it better.
This is one reason why we have a Flash Photography Boot Camp that is open to anyone. The next Flash Boot Camp is June 16th to sign up please CLICK HERE.Read More »
This week’s photoset comes from Keagan Oka. Streetshots shot with a Canon 60D and 50mm lens nicely processed in black and white.
What drew me to Keagan’s photoset was the consistent look of his candid streetshots. He does a great job of isolating his subjects relative to the background and captures ordinary people in ordinary situations. Somewhat like he’s telling the story of everyday life around his city thru the people that inhabit it.Read More »
In this video, I show you guys how to use the HSL color picker in Lightroom to get dramatic results with an otherwise boring sky. This function exists in Lightroom 3 and Lightroom 4, however I will be demonstrating in LR 4.Read More »
Over the weekend, I was on a shoot on the Brooklyn waterfront. It was very windy outside so I had Alice help secure the light stand so as not to be blown away. While we were changing things up, I thought I’d fire a quick shot of Alice adjacent to the umbrella and have it appear as if she was popping out of the blackness, even though there was plenty of daylight. I set the shutter speed to 1/2000 and wham-o! The ambient was killed and we got the shot. This was greatly facilitated with the aid of the Pocketwizard FlexTT5′s high speed sync capabilities, however there are other ways around this if your flash cannot sync past 1/250th. Just a fun quick shot and I hope you guys get out there and experiment with your speed lites too!Read More »