I used to think I’d never own an inkjet printer for printing my photos, believing that a solution for the home would never match a “real” lab print. Well, I can honestly say that I’ve had a bit of a change of heart recently with my introduction to the Canon Pixma Pro 10 inkjet printer.
When Canon asked me if I would like to review the Pixma Pro 10, I agreed, as long as they sent me enough ink and paper to properly run some real world tests. I was always under the impression that the ink was way too expensive and the added cost of purchasing paper made it an easy option to order my prints online. Despite my newfound respect for some at-home printing solutions, inkjet printers aren’t perfect, and I will break down their pros and cons in this full in-depth review.
Today I am proud to announce the OFFICIAL Launch of the 2013 FroKnowsPhoto Boot Camp Tour. This tour will take Adam Lerner and I to eight different cities over and eight month period. Nashville, Chicago, NYC, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Miami and New Orleans.
Right now there is an early bird special for signing up before June 30th 2013. The early bird special will get you $50 in Fro Store credit to spend any way you would like. If you already purchased a ticket for a Boot Camp we will be sending you your credit right before your Boot Camp.
If you are looking for hands on learning from two professional photographers I highly recommend taking advantage of the much more intimate Boot Camp. Click the image below for a full breakdown of what you will learn during this amazing 8+ hour Boot Camp.Read More »
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If there is one question I get more than any other, it’s “Why do you shoot RAW?” Let me take you back to 2003 when I picked up my first DSLR – the Nikon D2H. The online photo community was very different at that time, and we certainly didn’t have as much access to information as we do now. Coming from the film world, there was never a question of file formats, only what type of film to use. Suddenly with digital, there was a slew of file formats to familiarize yourself with – JPEG, RAW, TIFF and RAW + JPEG.
I made phone calls to as many photographers as I knew who were shooting digital and asked what they shot. Some of them said they were shooting JPEG and others were shooting RAW, but they did not know why. At that point, I really did not know a lot about file formats and I started to ask questions to form my own opinion on what I should use.
Here is what I learned from talking with other pros: JPEG was all about compression and smaller files, which meant I could capture a large number of images and fit them on my memory card. (Here’s another fun blast from the past – my first 1GB memory card cost me a whopping $279.) Regardless of the storage possibilities, I knew that if JPEG meant compression and RAW was uncompressed, I was better off sticking with RAW. It just made sense to me that if JPEG files toss away information in the hopes of larger quantity, and RAW kept all your information, I was better off going with the quality option.
Here is a Preview of the NEW Nikon D7100. I think this is a very very strong DX camera with some features that are not even found in the top of the line pro cameras.
Lets take a quick look at some of the important information.
New 24.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor – We see the progression still going toward more megapixels but the quality keeps getting better. The D4 is only 16 mind you so the RAW files form the D7100 will be larger.
No Anti-Aliasing Filter – Nikon says this means images that will be sharper, more vibrant and contrasty. They say paired with Nikon glass the images will “Explode” with quality. I like this, anythign to give us sharper images is well worth it.
ISO 100-6400 expandable to 25,600 – This means you have a camera that will kick ass in the studio and kick ass in low light situations. I expect the quality of the images to be really good. Let me remind you that HI ISO is in no way a replacement for using better glass.
51 Point Autofocus system – 51 points is a ton of focus points on a DX camera. This means you will be able to select any of the 51 points and use that as your point of focus. I expect this focusing system to be very fast and accurate.
6 FPS – You can shoot 6 frames per second while you hold the shutter down. You know me, im not a fan of spray and pray.
1.3X Crop Mode – This crop mode will allow you to shoot cropped images at 15.4 megapixels at 7 frames per second. In essence you are getting 2x magnification on your lenses. This means a 200mm 2.8 will act more like a 400 2.8 in the crop mode. This mode also crops for video.
2 SD Card Slots – The D7000 had two sd slots and the D7100 continues with two as well. I like the option of being bale to have an extra copy of every image I take just in case one card goes down. I prefer that over having it write photos to one and video to the other.
NEW 3.2 inch Screen – A nice upgrade is the new 3.2 inch LCD screen which has 1.2 million dots. It also looks like this screen sits more flush to the body which makes for a better all around look and fit.
Here is some footage captured with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition camera while I was away in Aruba. I have to thank Todd Wolfe of Cheesesteakmedia.com for editing together this footage.
This is just a short snip-it of the footage I captured. Please stay tuned for the full on review that will include a lot more of the RAW footage for you to check out.Read More »
The Canon 6D is the PERFECT camera except for one fatal flaw. If you can live with this fatal flaw than this could be the camera for you. Before I get into what this flaw is lets take a deeper look at the camera and its functions as well as how it performend in real world shooting situations.
As many of you know I like to do real world shooting tests when I am reviewing gear. This means no shooting charts or over analyzing unimportant features. This also means I post the FULL RES exported files for you to review and make your own decisions on image quality. Be sure to watch the video above as I cover certain topics that I may not cover below in the written review.
Lets now take a look at the camera itself, how it feels. This camera feels great in the hands when you are shooting horizontically. I say that because any time you try and shoot vertical without a grip any camera will feel awkward. The rubber coating on the body makes it feel like you wont drop it and the build quality seems to feel very sturdy. As far as how it feels when your shooting, it feels just fine and people with small or large hands shouldn’t have much of a problem handling this body. People with much larger hands should consider picking up the battery grip for added confort.Read More »
I am very very excited to announce to you my Three our Photography Guide. So many of you have been asking me to write a photography book. Thought I did not write I book I did something better, I created a three hour guide!!! I feel the best way to teach is by showing and thats exactly what I did in this video guide.
You can check out the VIDEO below to get a sneak peek inside. If you would like to purchase it at a discounted price please CLICK HERE to order your instant digital download right now and get a FREE 20 min Bonus VIDEO with your order.
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There I said it, you will not master photography overnight.
Today more than ever a lot of people think they should me able to master anything and everything in a matter of hours or days. This holds true in photography, so many people feel that if they purchase a camera that they will just get it in no time flat.
What tends to happen is people get frustrated with their “camera” after a few weeks or months and end up saying “my camera sucks”. We know its not the camera that sucks because you can get great images with any camera on the market.
The truth is you will not master photography in 6 months or sometimes even in 4 or 5 years. It may take a very long time until you feel confortable in your skin as a photographer. But the idea that you need or should be able to master photography in little or no time needs to change.
I am personally 18 years into shooting. I started off not knowing a thing but through years of practice and messing up I feel like I am in a great place as a photographer.
That also brings up a good point, if you don’t know how to shoot something the best thing to do is go out and attempt it on your own. Sure its fine to do some looking around online for some help but you really need to shut up and shoot. There is a lot to learn online but nothing replaces trying.