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


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


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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First Look – Fujifilm X-T1

X-T1 Review-235Fujifilm is really pressing hard on the mirror less space and continues to evolve their offerings into highly viable choices.  They’ve also moved from a “cosmetics” first approach and are really hitting their stride in serious evolutionary approaches.  The X-T1 is the latest in their stable (at time of writing) and is, in my opinion, a real game changer, not just because of the body, but because of the increased focus on high performance glass.   Continue reading

Creative Cloud for Photographers 2014 – What’s the Hubbub Bub?

This week Adobe pulled an Apple-esque keynote presentation to show what they are doing for Creative Cloud 2014.  (Ok not really – Apple knows how to do these, Adobe is working on it)  There’s all manner of dev stuff and mobile dev stuff but photographers really want to know what’s in the update for them.  Ok, follow along gentle reader, and I shall try to synopsize…. Continue reading

Removing the Creative Blockage

We’ve all been there as artists and creatives.  The place where nothing seems to work, where we feel stalled, stuck and perhaps even contemplating moving on to another interest.  I’ve been there as a photographer, a musician, as an archer, and am there now as a videographer.  It’s not the end but it is cusp or inflection point, so I thought I would share how you can get past this point and grow again. Continue reading

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