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  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Camera

    Olympus has just announced its latest entry level camera in the OM-D lineup – or should I say entry level interchangeable lens camera with Intermediate level features and even some pro camera capabilities – the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. As promised, the Olympus imaging division is moving full steam ahead with it’s product development…

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  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

    Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III

    Click here for the specs on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Olympus has just announced a very exciting upgrade to the OM-D E-M1 Mark II.  Allow me to introduce you to the latest pro camera in the flagship group the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III.  Read on to learn about some cool new features…

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  • Godox MS200 & MS300 Compact Studio Strobes

    Compact Studio Strobes – Godox MS200 & Godox MS300 – In My Studio

    This weeks In My Studio features two extremely affordable studio strobes from Godox that a lot of photographers don’t know about. Certainly when we think of Godox flashes and strobe lighting we think of the AD200 Pocket flashes and the AD400 and AD600 studio strobes that run on lithium batteries. We know that Godox has…

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  • Olympus OM-D E-M1X – My first impressions

    The wait is over – here it is – the new addition to the Olympus E-M1 series. The Olympus OM-D E-M1X! So let’s get this out of the way, right up front…  in case you don’t know, I am an Olympus Visionary. So yes – I am sponsored by Olympus.  Olympus did not pay me…

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  • 15 tips for air travel with photography equipment

    When I pack camera gear for a trip, I’m a habitual over-packer. If I could fit the kitchen sink in a suitcase, believe me I would do it. So I am going to share some hard-learned tips and tricks for making air travel with your photography gear a little easier. Traveling with photo equipment on…

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  • WHY I shot an assignment as JPEGS with the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9

    Recently I was given an assignment for Olympus to shoot on location with two young Instagrammers and the Olympus Pen E-PL9 Camera. And just to make it fun, I shot the entire assignment as jpegs – NO RAW. Read on and I will tell you why. The marketing team at Olympus asked me if I’d…

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  • Blowing Hair for Glamour Portraits & Best Fans For Your Photo Studio

    If you like working with models or photographing beautiful women, at some point you’re going to want to try a blowing hair shot. The problem as we all know is that hair often has a mind of its own, so adding wind is definitely a recipe for disaster – UNLESS you have the right tools…

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  • Monitor Viewing Angle Gauge – STOP using your monitor the WRONG way!

    As laptop computers become more powerful, I see more and more photographers processing their images and videos on their small laptop screens. Now I will admit, us old guys prefer bigger screens to work on, but even if you are working on an iMac like I do – the screens tilt. And that is the…

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  • My Olympus Camera Gear – The 6 Month Report Card

    It’s been 6 months since I shared this article about switching to Olympus cameras and a lot of people have been asking for my thoughts about micro four thirds and if I am happy with the switch or if I regret it in any way. Now that I’ve had more time with the system, I…

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  • Goodbye Nikon!

    I did it. I said goodbye to Nikon. I switched to Olympus. That’s right — micro four-thirds and I couldn’t be happier. My only disappointment is that I didn’t do it much sooner. My Camera History I purchased my first Nikon camera — used in 1975 and I’ve shot with Nikon cameras for my entire…

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  • The Honey Badger by Interfit Photographic

    I was wrong. A few months back I wrote this article and told you that I thought the Paul C. Buff DigiBee was potentially the most underrated flash unit on the market. I was simply wrong — for a bunch of reasons that all involve the Interfit Honey Badger from Interfit Photographic. I meant every…

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  • Acratech Ball Heads on Benro Tripods – Tripods Part 2

    In this Part 2 of my How to Choose a Tripod Series, I’m going to show you which tripods I use and tell you why. Plus, I’ll show you what I think is the best tripod ball head ever made! Hopefully you read Part 1 of this set and you are up to speed on…

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  • 10 Tripod Tips and Tricks plus How to choose the right tripod for your photography

    A tripod is one of the most important pieces of gear that you should own and use as a photographer. Yet I see so many photographers struggle to choose the right tripod, or– even worse–not use them properly or– the absolute worst of all–not use them when they should be using them. So I am…

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  • I am the newest member of the Tether Tools Pro Team! Shooting Tethered Photography

    I have some big news—I’ve been added to the Tether Tools Pro Team! Tether Tools is the company that from its beginnings in 2008 has created innovative solutions to help photographers enhance productivity, improve efficiency, and increase safety in their workflow. So what is the Tether Tools Pro Team? This is a group of photographers…

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  • LED Lighting for Photographers – LED Lighting Series Wrap-Up

    I have been having a ton of fun shooting with these LED lights and even learned some cool stuff along the way. I wanted to close by sharing my thoughts on LED lighting for photography, and, of course, I’ll take you behind the scenes for another shoot using ALL of the LED lights that I…

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  • Smith Victor CooLED Lights

    In this article- Part 4 of my LED light series- I’m gonna show you some lights from the Smith Victor CooLED series. These include three LED studio lights that look more like studio strobes that you can attach modifiers to like you do with a strobe. I’ll also add a Smith Victor bi-color ring light…

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  • LED Portrait Lighting with Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Lights

    How do you make an LED lighting panel that is much bigger than a strobe, yet super thin and has really even light across the front panel?… You light it from the edge. That’s want Savage Universal did with these awesome Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Lights, which I’ll be putting to the test in…

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  • Spekular LED Photography Lights / What is CRI / Part 2 of the LED Continuous Lighting LED Series

    Spekular is a new modular LED lighting system that is being referred to as the Swiss army knife of lighting. For the second part of my continuous lighting series, I am going to put Spekular to the test and I am going to do my best to demystify those three letters that keep popping up…

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  • 10 Tips To Make Your Paper Seamless Backgrounds Last Longer

    Seamless paper backgrounds are a staple item for both amateur and professional photographers. They are versatile, reusable and affordable. Yet, I find it surprising how many photographers don’t take care of them and dispose of them much sooner than needed. Here are 10 tips for making your backgrounds last and two awesome DIY projects. One…

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  • RapiDome by Photoflex

    The RapiDome by Photoflex is a lightweight speedlight modifier which is changing the way I approach portrait lighting both on location and in the studio. I’ll explain why and I’ll even take you behind the scenes as I put it to the test. The folks at Photoflex were kind enough to let me be one…

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  • DigiBee DB800 by Paul C. Buff – The MOST Underrated Flash Unit on the Market for studio lighting

    I honestly think the Digibee – the DigiBee DB800 by Paul C. Buff, to be exact- is the most underrated flash unit on the market today. Here, I’ll be breaking it down for you and giving my feedback on this unit now that I have had a few months to put it through its paces.…

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  • What is a speedlight flash? Strobist Photography Tutorial Series on Off Camera Flash

    Speedlights, or speedlites, or speedlight flashes, or hot shoe flashes…. what are they? Why and when should you use them? And how do you use them? Watch the VIDEO… A speedlight, like this LumoPro 180 below, is simply a small battery-powered flash that is designed to work both on and off camera. Speedlights have grown…

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  • LumoPro LP180 Off Camera Flash / Speedlight Review

    I wanted to take a moment and tell you what’s so special about these LumoPro flashes that you may have heard me talking about, starting with this LumoPro LP180. Watch the VIDEO… Full disclosure – LumoPro did send me a bunch of their gear after I reached out to them. I have had it for…

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  • LumoPro LP180R Off-Camera Flash Review – Speedlight Flash Tutorial Series

    The LumoPro LP180R, like its predecessor the LP180, is an incredibly well built flash. Unlike the LP180, though, which is a manual-only flash, the LP180R has the Phottix Odin and Strato II Multi receivers built in, plus it has an internal receiver that enables remote power, zoom adjustments, and off-camera Nikon and Canon TTL compatibility…

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  • How to Shoot Tethered Tutorial. Why I am shooting tethered with TetherBLOCK

    Do you prefer to shoot tethered? Do you even know what it means to shoot tethered? How do you decide if you should shoot tethered? It wasn’t that long ago that shooting tethered was reserved for photographers who had big budgets, assistants and super high end gear. Now pretty much all pro cameras and even…

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  • How to WINDPROOF light stands with a StandDaddy™ A “better than DIY” piece of grip equipment

    I have found a cool new gadget called StandDaddy that is easy to transport, easy to set up, lets you easily move your stands, and works great as a stabilizer for both light stands and tripods. Have you ever tried shooting outside on a breezy or windy day and had the wind catch your modifier…

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  • BEST software options for shooting tethered

    Are you ready to start shooting tethered? Are you looking for the best software to use? Tethering doesn’t have to be difficult. In this video, I am going to break down your options and look at why you might pick one over the other, and I’ll even explain how I create backups of my files…

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  • Light Blaster – Solution for Boring Portrait Backgrounds

    Stop! Don’t move! Now click that “like” button, or I’ll blast you with my Light Blaster! I bet you’re wondering ‘What the heck is a Light Blaster?’ The Light Blaster is a strobe-based image projector that will let you to turn a simple backdrop into an exciting new background with color, patterns, textures, or even…

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  • Best lens for portrait photography and headshots

    So you’re ready to begin shooting portraits or headshots. Now, the question is: what is the best focal length lens to shoot with? This is a question that has multiple answers depending on several factors.  First and MOST important – what is your style of photography and what kind of portrait does your subject want? Are…

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  • Fluorescent Studio Lighting – Follow-up

    I have received an incredible response from the article and video series that I produced about the DIY Fluorescent Studio Lighting Set-up (See original video below). I have also received TONS of questions about the fixtures and how to use them so it is time to write a quick follow-up to pass along some very…

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