LTO Tape, A Data Storage Solution for the Modern Multimedia Artist

At some level, photographers and videographers in this modern era are simply data collectors, journeying about our metro areas to bring home the bits. And, on so many sad days, we are no more than data processors: ingesting, tweaking, and delivering the good gigabytes (and, perhaps, the occasional paper product). So what happens to the gigabytes once the goods are delivered? Ideally... Read More

Kickstarter Slam Dunk, Tips to Raise the Capital

This past year we’ve seen history in the making, an exciting shift in funding these creative projects of ours: power to the people, no grants, no clients, just great ideas, passion, and a kick-ass three-minute video. Having just completed a Kick-starter-funded short film, I know this stuff really works (and there’s my validated answer to the first question we all really... Read More

On location with the Phase One IQ180

Phase One 645DF & IQ180 at SFO Airport 4.

Introduction The Phase One 645DF and the IQ180 medium format system is a serious camera system for a serious photographer.  A full frame 80 megapixel digital back offers unparalleled image quality.  The 645DF and the IQ180 combine to make a beast of a camera, and currently is the top of the line in single-capture resolution.  The camera is based on an open architecture, meaning... Read More

Wedding Photography and the New Canon 5D Mark III

A familiar high ISO torture test with the Canon 5D Mark III Click here to rent the Canon 5D mark II from BorrowLenses! Click here to check pricing and availability of the Canon 5D mark III at B&H The Canon 5D Mark III has finally arrived.  Is it a worthy successor to the 5D Mark II, or is this just a re-branding of a beloved camera system offering little payout for the updated... Read More

Canon Updates The Cult Classic 5D Series

Canon Announces Canon 5D Mark III So we have it, the long-awaited announcement of the new Canon 5D Mark III. Canon’s surprise smash hit 5D2 had a glorious run, achieving fame and infamy by inventing DSLR video capture in all its excitement and distress and, oh yeah, being a pretty fine photographic camera to boot. The 5D2 has become a widespread industry standard for portraits... Read More

Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

Introduction Profoto’s D-line of packs and mono heads sits in the middle of the company’s line up of studio strobe lighting, a bit less lofty than the company’s Pro line and more expensive and far more sophisticated than Profoto’s entry-level set of Acute packs.  “D” might well stand for “Digital” with D1 monoheads and D4 packs. ... Read More

Nikon’s New Proline, The D4 and D800

Two Cameras to Rule The World A somewhat dry, but eerie story ran today on businessweek.com.  The story, Nikon Gains After Raising Forecast on Cameras, relates the company’s intention to up profits by a huge margin.  It appears the company plans to earn $939 million before March 2013.  The story continues, emphasizing the new line of mirrorless cameras.  Nikon is on the... Read More

Fujifilm introduces a little brother to the X100, the new X10

The Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm announced today a new little brother to the excellent Fujifilm X100 (reviewed here).  The camera is smaller, but bears a certain family resemblance, including old school metal parts and a real ring on the lens barrel.  Missing, when compared to the larger X100, are that camera’s Leica-inspired manual exposure controls, cool hybrid viewfinder,... Read More

Introduction: The Profoto Air Remote

  Introduction The Profoto Air Remote transceiver can be purchased from Samy’s Camera here. In recent years, the single aspect of strobe lighting to advance most noticeably has been control.  Strobe packs like the Broncolor Senso (reviewed here) and the Profoto D4 now offer precise digital control of flash power in compact, go-anywhere boxes.  With wide-ranging power... Read More

Introduction: The Fujifilm X100

Introduction In a strange twist from the globalized world of digital imaging, Fujifilm, one-time maker of zesty film has launched one of photography’s most compelling successors to to history’s iconic Leica rangefinders of the 35mm film era.  How many of those German cameras at one time or another loaded with Fuji Velvia, Astia, or Provia?  No matter, Fuji is back... Read More