My Movie-making Lens Shade

With many DSLRs you can shoot stills and video too. The problem is, no matter how hard you try, you can't efficiently shoot both at the same time. So recently when a client requested that I cover their event with both stills and video, I came up with what I'm calling an ingenious solution. Already in possession of the awesome and affordable GoPro Hero HD video camera (which is downright tiny and designed to mount almost anywhere) I realized that yes, I could occasionally switch my camera into movie mode in order to capture key clips of video where appropriate, but better still I could mount my GoPro on top of my camera for always-on video coverage. So using one of the super-sticky mounts that comes with every GoPro, I was able to affix the video camera directly to the top of my lens shade. (I considered making a hot shoe mount, but was worried I would get the front of my lens in the frame since the GoPro produces such a wide angle view. And that way I couldn't put a flash on my hot-shoe either.) In the end, the only adjustment I made to my shooting style was to hold the camera steadier for longer intervals, so that I would have the opportunity to produce usable footage from the tiny camera, and the whole system worked wonderfully. So if you're interested in defying physics and shooting photos and video simultaneously, give my system a try. For more information on GoPro's HD cameras, visit gopro.com
DPMag
With many DSLRs you can shoot stills and video too. The problem is, no matter how hard you try, you can't efficiently shoot both at the same time. So recently when a client requested that I cover their event with both stills and video, I came up with what I'm…

Learn The New Lightroom 5

There's a new version of Lightroom coming, version 5, and it's officially available for beta testing from our friends at Adobe Labs. Download it via the link below. But wait! Before you do, check out the helpful review (and pre-view) from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' president Scott Kelby and Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski. They offer a great breakdown of key new features, which will help you get a head start and make the most of the demo software. For those who haven't been beta testers before, remember the software isn't fully functional and there may still be some bugs to work out. But you can use the "almost perfect" software for free until the date of its official release—at which time you've got to license it like everybody else. 

http://layersmagazine.com/learn-all-about-the-new-adobe-lightroom-5-beta.html
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5
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There's a new version of Lightroom coming, version 5, and it's officially available for beta testing from our friends at Adobe Labs. Download it via the link below. But wait! Before you do, check out the helpful review (and pre-view) from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' president Scott Kelby…

Better Food Photography (If You Must!)

Everybody's a food photographer these days, or so it seems. The epidemic—er, I mean the trend—is spreading like a plague—er, I mean like wildfire. Can you tell from my snarky tone that I'm fairly tired of seeing my Facebook feed full of iPhone snaps of tacos and tarts and tapenades? Enough with the snap-shoddy food photography! (I even read a NYT article recently about how some restaurants are overrun with food photographers and have begun banning the practice!) Maybe I'd feel differently if everybody knew a little more about making good food photographs. And maybe they'd know a little more if they read Natalie Johnson's 5 simple tips for stronger food photographs via the DPS blog. If you insist on snapping all of your meals, it's a must-read.

http://digital-photography-school.com/food-photography-%E2%80%93-5-simple-ways-to-get-stronger-shot
DPMag
Everybody's a food photographer these days, or so it seems. The epidemic—er, I mean the trend—is spreading like a plague—er, I mean like wildfire. Can you tell from my snarky tone that I'm fairly tired of seeing my Facebook feed full of iPhone snaps of tacos and tarts and tapenades?…

High-Resolution RhinoCam

So you want to use your favorite Hasselblad lenses with your compact little Sony NEX camera? No problem. That's right: I said no problem. You see, Fotodiox—the folks behind various fun and useful camera and flash accessories—has created a sliding adaptor mechanism that allows you to take advantage of the large circle of light produced by a medium format lens, and after stitching multiple exposures together create a 140-plus megapixel ultra-high-resolution image file. Sure, it won't work with a moving subject, but for still life shooters and landscape photographers, this wacky rig just might make sense. As someone who often laments the loss of those great old Zeiss lenses I used on my Hassy, I'm seriously considering this investment. Read more at http://www.pixiq.com/article/fotodiox-rhinocam-0 then head over to the Fotodiox web site for the specs and particulars.

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/vizelex-rhinocam-for-sony-nex-e-mount-cameras.html
DPMag
So you want to use your favorite Hasselblad lenses with your compact little Sony NEX camera? No problem. That's right: I said no problem. You see, Fotodiox—the folks behind various fun and useful camera and flash accessories—has created a sliding adaptor mechanism that allows you to take advantage of the…

Harry Callahan At Conscientious

This post is about two of my favorite things that I always look forward to sharing with others: the Conscientious blog and the amazing photography of Harry Callahan. Recently on Conscientious—the blog where Joerg Colberg writes about fine photography and photo books—he told of the new Callahan retrospective taking place in Hamburg, Germany. While it's doubtful I'll be able to visit Germany next month to see the show, what I can do is purchase the book that accompanies the exhibition, titled simply Harry Callahan. According to Colberg, it's a beautiful book that lays out Callahan's long career and tremendous body of work in chronological order—which makes sense to me, as watching the artist evolve seems like the best way to view his tremendous work. Anyway, if you happen to be visiting Germany soon, or if you're like me a fan of Harry Callahan, make an effort to see the show or get the book. For a look inside the book via video tour, check out the Deichtorhallen Museum's web site as well.

http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2013/04/review_harry_callahan/
http://www.deichtorhallen.de/index.php?id=350&L=1
DPMag
This post is about two of my favorite things that I always look forward to sharing with others: the Conscientious blog and the amazing photography of Harry Callahan. Recently on Conscientious—the blog where Joerg Colberg writes about fine photography and photo books—he told of the new Callahan retrospective taking place…

Unseen New York City

This post should be about a year old, but somehow I missed it when last year the New York Department of Records released almost one million historic photographs documenting everything from life in the city in the mid-1800s, to the construction of some of Gotham's most notable architectural landmarks. It's a fascinating look at the world's greatest city, and something New Yorkers (and fans of the city—and heck, fans of historic photography in general) are sure to love sinking their eyes into. Read more at the Daily Mail, then head over to the Department's web site to have a look through the archives yourself. (Oh, and thanks to Shaun Sundholm and his great blog for telling us about the story in the first place.)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2134408/Never-seen-photos-100-years-ago-tell-vivid-story-gritty-New-York-City.html
DPMag
This post should be about a year old, but somehow I missed it when last year the New York Department of Records released almost one million historic photographs documenting everything from life in the city in the mid-1800s, to the construction of some of Gotham's most notable architectural landmarks. It's…
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