Photography Gear

We all know that it’s not the camera that makes the picture and I for one am not a gear driven photographer. I am much more interested in the process of creating cool images, but of course gear is a part of that and from time-to-time we need to talk practically about different pieces of gear.

These are not sponsored or paid gear posts. These are in-depth articles that explain why I use the gear that I do in the hope that it can help you make wise decisions with your gear.

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  • Why I Have a Love-Hate Relationship With My Sony Cameras

    Why I Have a Love-Hate Relationship With My Sony Cameras

    Table of ContentsIntroductionThe Switch and The ChoiceWhat I Dislike About Sony and My Sony Mirrorless CamerasWhat I Love About My Sony Cameras – a7RIVa and a7IV(2)The Important QuestionsMy Top Tips for Selecting Your Next Camera and When To Do ItHow do I know WHEN to upgrade or change?The Last Frame…

  • Why choose Tamron lenses?

    The Reasons Why Tamron Lenses are my choice over Sony and other brands

    Table of ContentsIntroductionA Little Background Information on Sigma and TamronMy Decision To Purchase Tamron LensesMy Tamron Lens LineupHow To Tell if Tamron Lenses or Another Brand Is Best for You? Here Are My Top 4 Lens Purchasing TipsThe Last Frame Introduction As 2021 came to a close, I found myself…

  • Monopod wrist strap, carabiner and compass

    SIRUI Am-326M Carbon Fiber Monopod – Really the Best for the Money?

    Table of ContentsMy MonopodYes – Sirui is pronounced soo-ray.SIRUI AM-326M Carbon Fiber Monopod SpecsThe Last Frame My monopod of choice is the SIRUI AM-326M Carbon Fiber Monopod (#Amazon Link). But I’ll come back to that in a minute. First, let’s talk about monopods in general. A monopod is basically a one-legged…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Godox MS200 & MS300 Compact Studio Strobes

    Compact Studio Strobes – Godox MS200 & Godox MS300

    These are 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…

  • Olympus OM-d E-m1x - My First Impressions

    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.…

  • 15 Air Travel Tips for Photographers

    15 Air Travel Tips for Photographers

    Table of ContentsThe CasesThe GearMy Top 15 Travel Tips For PhotographersBook your flight with an Airline Credit CardSign up for TSA Pre-checkHandling the TSA Bag Inspection: Don’t be a jerk Avoid stacking things in the bagTake the lenses off your cameras The expensive stuff goes in carry-on Don’t bring more…

  • WHY I shot an assignment as JPEGS

    WHY I shot an assignment as JPEGS

    I was hired for a marketing 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…

  • Monitor Viewing Angle Gauge

    Monitor Viewing Angle Gauge

    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…

  • My Olympus Camera Gear - The 6 Month Report Card

    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…

  • Goodbye Nikon! Why I switched to Olympus

    Goodbye Nikon! Hello Olympus!

    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…

  • Interfit Honey Badgers

    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…

  • Acratech Ball Heads on Benro Tripods

    Acratech Ball Heads on Benro Tripods

    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…

  • How To Choose the Right Tripod for Your Photography

    10 Tripod Tips and Tricks

    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…

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

    LED Lighting for Photographers

    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…

  • Smith Victor CooLED Lights

    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…

  • LED Portrait Lighting with Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Lights

    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…

  • Spekular LED Photography Lights / What is CRI?

    Spekular LED Photography Lights / What Is Cri?

    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…

  • LED or Strobe - Which is Better?

    LED Continuous Lights vs Strobes for Photography

    LED this, LED that, hybrid lighting, CRI, constant vs strobe… are you getting a headache from all these headlines and videos and kickstarter campaigns about these revolutionary new lighting gadgets? Is it causing you stress because you are going to have to spend a ton of money to keep up…


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