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 – and as highlighted by advertising material like this: Chase Jarvis TECH, Complete Workflow... 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 pocketbook pricetag? I finally got my hands on a 5D Mark III for the weekend (a way too short weekend)... 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 and events and this update will keep it in the game. Much needed on the old camera? Better... 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.  All use tenth-stop digital fine tuning and wide-ranging power.  “Air” equipped heads... 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 move, with new products up and down the cost scale.  That includes, for the first time in a long... 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 in the game with a tough little rangefinder built around classic Fuji color philosophy and the camera... Read More

Review: The Broncolor Litos Strobe Head

Introduction Infrequently in professional photography are the serious tools of our trade to be called “cute”.  In the world of sand bags, grip heads, gaff tape, and C-stands, there is little room for snuggly little objects designed for smiles.  This newest flash in the mighty Broncolor family is capable, practical, and tough.  But, people might say, it is also “cute”. If we look past cuteness, though, the Broncolor Litos is an exciting new product from... Read More

Interview: Jeff Kauck, Food Photographer

It doesn’t take long talking to food photographer, Jeff Kauck, to detect his passion for art, light, and photography.  His studio is lit with two giant windows, one facing North, one East.  During our conversation, talk quickly arrives at the finesse of light and color in classic painting.  Jeff explains the concept of Color Lift: “You take a white cup and saucer outside, the shadow is blue, the sunlit highlights are yellow, opposite colors.  With a warm light... Read More

Introduction: The Speedotron 1005 Strobe Pack

Introduction Speedotron, the Chicago-based American maker of tank-like studio lighting products, does not often roll out a new product.  For the faithful Speedo-users of the world, it’s an exciting occurrence, then, when a product is updated with new features.  What we have here, in the Speedotron 1005, is the company’s newest product and one that offers some welcome updates to Speedotron’s classic line of studio strobes. It is a compact box, smaller than... Read More

Introduction: The Broncolor Senso A2

Introduction Broncolor, Swiss maker of fine lighting equipment, holds a long-established seat in the elite ranks of the industry’s finest.  Among the finest and also the priciest, Bron packs are known for scientific accuracy and a degree of control to satisfy the most laser-eyed among us.  Ranged around the Broncolor standard are several high end industry heavy weights from the inescapable line of giant Para reflectors to the mighty Scoro strobe packs. While other companies... Read More