I've used continuous shooting mode on and off over the years. But for the last few weeks it's been the default mode in all my cameras, for both moving and static subjects. I love it!Read More
Photography can be a bit messy. It's not just cameras, but all that comes with them: lenses, batteries, memory cards, cables, tripod, computer, hard drives... These are some tips to keep your gear under control and always ready to go.Read More
I love my RX100. I use it every single day.
While full-frame gets all the headlines these days, there's no better camera than the one you have with you, and the RX100 fits that bill perfectly.
Despite the small size, this is a very powerful camera, full of features and settings. I like to use it mostly as a point and shoot camera so I try to keep things as simple as possible. These are the settings I use for everyday and on-the-go photography.Read More
A few months ago, I decided to update my older RX100II and bought the newer RX100VA. I love the form factor and the high quality images this camera makes.
The video coming out of the RX100VA is nothing short of incredible, and I've been using it intensively for my YouTube channel since I got it on my hands.
Within the last three months, it's been through a lot - and it shows. It's got multiple scars from different trips and adventures:
- The rubbery part where you rest your thumb has been falling apart since the camera got really hot in the deserts of Arizona.
- The screen protector is shattered (and I'm hoping it's just the protector). It happened when I dropped the camera while taking pictures under Corona Arch in Utah.
- Sometimes I still find sand from the Grand Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Or maybe it's from when I dropped it in the white sand of southern New Mexico (I also lost my ND filter there).
- This gap next to the viewfinder is the newest addition. It happened when I, once again, dropped the camera. This time in Detroit, Michigan.
One could say the camera is falling apart. I say, those are scars to be proud of. A camera is meant to be used, not to be left on a shelf.
If you think this is a lot of damage after just three months, you don't want to know about the beating my previous RX100II got. And it stills works (mostly)!
I've used the RX100VA every single day, it's been to many places and I've made images I'm very proud of with it. And a lot of videos.
The condition of a camera can tell you a lot about the photographer. Get yours out as much as you can and make those images!
I'm back in Indiana, and that means I finally got reunited with my old friend.
This Bronica SQ-Ai is the original one, the one I used on my several trips across America. It's made photographs in many states, from Washington to South Dakota.
Unfortunately, I don't have a WLF to go with it, and I only have 2 lenses: the 80mm f/2.8 and the huge 250mm f/5.6. I'm also lacking a cable release and my beloved orange filter.
I can't wait to take it out there, though.
A few years ago, my most common camera setup was a Sony A7II with a 16-35mm f/4 lens (a combo worth more than $3k at the time). While that's not a lot of money when it comes to cameras, it was for me.
One day, I got caught in very heavy rain in the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. I was on a hike, my camera got extremely wet and I didn't get to a dry place for over 2 hours. As a result, the screen stopped working and I had to send it in for repair. The bill: $400.
That's exactly what my current camera (a Sony a6000) is worth today, brand new.
Over the years, I've found that using a cheap camera has actually a lot of benefits over a more expensive one.Read More
I've been testing out my iPad Pro 9.7" (2016) as my sole device for writing, photo editing and video editing. I will be talking about the whole experience in more depth soon, but today I wanted to share the easiest way I've found to copy video files from a Sony camera to the iPad.Read More
I've talked about the importance of documenting your work before. I believe that documenting and sharing your processes and workflows can only help you to improve them.
One the mediums I choose to document and share my work is video. I've been uploading video content to YouTube for a few years now, and I've learned quite a few things on the way.
I will be sharing some advice, tips and tricks in the next few days. Today, we'll talk about the camera gear I use to make those videos.Read More
While it's totally possible to get a camera and then find a subject to photograph, it's definitely much easier to find something you are passionate about and then start capturing it.
If you gave me a camera 10 years ago, I wouldn't have known what to do with it.
Instead, photography came naturally to me when I discovered my passion for the outdoors after moving to the Pacific Northwest.
A camera is a tool to capture what we see. I didn't see anything 10 years ago. I do now.
I've been feeling a little bit uninspired lately. It's normal, everyone has highs and lows in photography.
When I struggle with creativity, there's one thing that almost always comes to my mind: camera gear.
"If only I had this camera or this lens... I could create something different"
I only recently realized that it's not a new piece of gear that I want to buy. I want a better version of myself, a better photographer making better images than the ones I'm making right now.
But it's not about the equipment we have, it's about the use we make of that equipment. A new camera or lens might inspire you to get out, but it will still be you who has to make the images.
A few weeks ago, I started shooting with my old Sony a6000. It's an almost 4-year-old camera, able to create beautiful images. It's always been a backup camera so I used to look down on it.
Not anymore. From now on, it will be my main camera for photography (digital, this is, the Bronica is not going anywhere!).
I also downgraded my 70-200mm big and heavy telephoto lens to the 55-210mm that came in my a6000 kit. The quality coming out of them isn't even in the same league and still, I've made more images I like with the latter. That's due to the size, weight... and also price. Being cheap means I'm more willing to risk it in rough conditions.
This kit should enable me to create most of what I want to create with my photography. Thinking otherwise has only led me to dwell and waste time looking at new gear.
Let's get out and enjoy what we have, let's get out and create something.
I've been shooting with the Bronica for almost 2 years, so it was about time to make a little video about this beautiful medium format film camera.
I want to start talking a bit more about the gear I use, both for making images and recording videos. The GoPro Hero 7 is a recent acquisition, but I've already taken it with me on a few outings. This is my review: the good and the bad, and how it fits in my workflow.
These past weeks have been pretty exciting. There are plenty of new cameras coming out soon, and even if you have no plans to get any of them (like me), I'm sure we can still agree that new camera gear is always interesting.
Most camera companies are giving their new cameras incremental updates. Yes, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic just announced their first full-frame mirrorless cameras, but they are -at best- just small improvements over what we already have now.
Even Fujifilm and its new medium format cameras are about polishing and making stuff that was already here, a bit better.
I wanted to mention one company who has gone a slightly different way, though: Zeiss and its first full-frame camera, the ZX1.
What's different about this camera has little to do with the hardware and everything to do with the software. The ZX1 looks like someone took an Android phone and attached a full-frame sensor to it. This makes me wonder about the booting up times.
Built-in Lightroom, smartphone-like features like the gallery and sharing capabilities, built-in battery (ouch) and ZERO SD card slots (it comes with a whopping 512GB of internal storage). The experience of using this camera will be very different from using other cameras we are more used to.
Most of the software features in this camera look a little gimmicky: who's going to edit images in the camera? Keep in mind: that will use battery, that you can't change since it's built-in.
This is why the title of this post has a "sort of" at the end.
I look at the ZX1 as a hint of what the future might bring, though. Computational photography is going to play a big role in the near future as modern phones have been showing us for years, but we are yet to see it making its way into "real" cameras.
If the iPhone XS can do what it can do with that tiny sensor and lens, just imagine what a full frame camera could do in the future.
Seeing Lightroom in a camera also reminds me of the attempt made by Sony to bring apps to their cameras. Now abandoned, it was a brilliant idea that got a poor implementation. I'd love to see apps making a come back into cameras - that'd open a whole new world of innovation.
Anyway, just my two cents on the Zeiss ZX1 and the future of photography.
Since I'm in Portugal, I thought I'd talk about the gear that I carry with me on these kind of trips.
I try to bring as little as I can, but enough to still be able to create images, share them, edit videos and upload them, and of course publish stuff on this website.
You can watch this video I uploaded to my YouTube channel if you want a few words about each item.
This is the full list.Read More
Yesterday, just for fun, I ran a little experiment and shot the same compositions with both the Bronica and the Sony a6500. Then, I tried to create the same images from the negatives and RAW files and compared them.
The results? (Un)surprising!Read More
Have you ever thought about what your dream camera would look like?
Mine would look something like this.
I want a mini Bronica SQ. Smaller and lighter, using a new type of film for 5x5 frames, 16 exposures per roll.
The viewfinder would stay the same, a little smaller due to the overall size reduction. You'd be able to switch to a fully electronic viewfinder (very much like the Fuji X100 series) with a live preview of the exposure and the film you have loaded in the back. This preview can simulate pushing and pulling as well.
If you run out of batteries, it should still work using the optical viewfinder.
I'd like to have just one lens, a zoom lens with a range of 20-300mm. f/4 would be more than enough.
When taking a long exposure, it should be able to show you the image as it's being "built". Of course, simulating the effect film will have on it. This way, you could stop it once it looks good and not before or after.
This would be the perfect camera for a hybrid shooter.
What would yours look like?
This new adapter will allow photographers to use V system lenses on digital cameras like the X1D.
If anything, this will only make those lenses more expensive. There it goes my dream of shooting a Hasselblad 500C/M.
The first thing I bought after purchasing my Bronica SQ-Ai (even before the film!) was a threaded cable release. For a photographer who loves long exposure photography, it's a must-have.
If you have used them in the past, you might know they can be a bit of pain: they are always getting lost, and they seem to break easier than an egg.
After a few disappointing purchases and following some wise advice, I finally got one that I love.Read More
Carrying a second tripod for vlogging (or to document your work) can be -literally- a pain.
For the longest time, I used a Gorilla Pod, but I hated it because most of the time I’d have to place it on the ground. I wanted an extremely light, and yet tall, tripod to bring along with me and record myself in the field.
I think I’ve found it.Read More