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Flex : Long Exposures in Wooden Buildings

Last weekend, I ventured to Sainte Marie Among the Hurons with my friend Bryan Weiss and some of his Daytripper Photo customers.  The re-creation of the habitat of the Hurons and Jesuits is very well done, and the facility is perfect for photography, so long as one is prepared with a tripod and willing to go with longer exposures.  But I did discover a problem… Continue reading

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FIRST LOOK : Topaz Impression

Yes, yes I know, there are ten zillion tools for post processing and really who needs another one?

Maybe I do.  I’m not an artist with a pencil or brush but my buddy from Everyday HDR and the Digital Zone System #Blake Rudis is.  Blake sent an email out today and he is pretty enthused with a new plugin / standalone app from the folks at Topaz Labs called Impression.   I am a Topaz Labs customer and I do like their tools very much.  Will I spend $$ on Impression?   Let’s find out… Continue reading

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REVIEW : Tamron 16mm-300mm f:/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

This is the first of what I hope will be three different reviews of what photography writers like to call “The One Lens”.  We’re not speaking of something Tolkeinesque or the unicorn of lenses, we’re speaking of the one lens that you would carry with you when you only wanted to carry your DSLR and one lens and have that lens be useful for pretty much everything. Continue reading

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Perspectives on Photoshop World 2014 Las Vegas

So straight up, I am a huge believer in the work that the people at KelbyOne do when it comes to photographic and related software training.  They have been in my personal experience, unfailingly supportive, friendly and consistently deliver great content.  I just returned this morning on the red-eye from Las Vegas and wanted to get my thoughts down before I fell asleep (again). Continue reading

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REVIEW : Wacom Cintiq 13HD Drawing Tablet / Display

Some folks really struggle working with a Wacom tablet.  They find it difficult to relate the position of the pen on the tablet to the work that they want to do.  I have students who bought a tablet but gave up on it pretty quickly.  Sad because when you invest time, they can become indispensable.   A quicker route to success might be a tablet that is also a display Continue reading

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FIRST LOOK : Macphun Tonality and Tonality Pro

I try to keep up with what’s new in editing and post processing offerings.  When I first saw the offerings from Macphun, I was underwhelmed, but in the last six months we have seen significant enhancements in their offerings including Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro and Focus Pro.  Unlike other vendors who put software into a suite and offer a bundle, Macphun Software goes the individual product route.  It’s good because you only get what you want, but if you find yourself liking what they do, it could end up costing you more than a suite.  Macphun is getting pretty close to that point with the release of Tonality.  In fairness they do have a bundle, but that doesn’t help those who’ve been loyal from the beginning and bought products as released. Continue reading

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Review : The Profoto B1 500 AirTTL System

When I first saw the announcement of this system in late 2013,  I was really excited.  Consider the following;

  • A fully self contained studio grade flash with 500ws output
  • A fully self contained power source in the form of a Lithium Ion battery
  • Complete remote control including power, modelling light and test from the hotshoe of my camera
  • Full e-TTL II integration with my Canon DSLRs
  • Full remote manual control to use with any other camera such as my Hasselblads or Leicas
  • A light weight, highly portable flash head that only needs a stand
  • Ability to use all of Profoto’s light shaping modifiers

If all this sounds pretty cool to you too, read on to learn how it all works Continue reading

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The Scintilla of Difference

I was recently watching a session with one of my personal favourite instructors and photographers, Mr. Joe McNally, and he used this phrase in part of his discourse.  He described it as the difference that sets your work apart from all the other folks doing something very similar.   As he often does, a word from Joe prompts me to think deeply about a concept.  Want to learn all about this? Continue reading

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