Great American Eclipse 2017 Photo

One of our contributors is based in the Midwest, where he witnessed 100% totality. Here’s how he captured this image of the eclipse.
Great American Eclipse 2017 photo
Whether you were able to photograph it, watch a live stream of it or catch it in person, the Great American Eclipse was a breathtaking event. The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse began in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PST, traveling across the country to coastal Charleston, S.C. at 2:49 EST. Contributor Editor William Sawalich, who’s based in St. Louis,... Read more

Eclipse Photography For The Procrastinator

What to do next week when the sun is entirely hidden
eclipse photography
Photo courtesy of NASA In case you missed it, the solar eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017, and I don’t even have glasses yet. So I’ll probably wear a pinhole camera box on my head, but I have a nice camera kit from Canon, the EOS 5D Mark IV, and maybe should at least try to get a shot. I’m based in Seattle, and we’re on 92% of the totality... Read more

Paying Tribute To The Masters Of Painting

As photographers, filmmakers and video creators, most everything we try to achieve visually with lighting, a camera and storytelling through composition goes back to the Masters
the Masters of painting
“The Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio. The lighting is a wonderful example of chiaroscuro, translated from Italian meaning literally “light-dark,” but for those of us who create images, both filmmakers and photographers, this is a common method we use to create contrast, mood and, most significantly, depth and dimension. I recently visited a... Read more

A Simple Workflow With Canon Camera Connect

Now that iOS supports RAW, Canon’s app is even better
Canon Camera Connect app
If you’re a photographer uploading photos to Instagram and trying to do so efficiently, you’ve probably already figured out not all apps are the same. Sure, they all perform the same functions, but some are better at it than others. An app’s usability comes down to the company’s resources and developers also keenly listening to their users. As... Read more

Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Camera Bag

Use the versatile Changer-20 shoulder bag to ride into work, then attend meetings and carry around town all day
Manfrotto camera bags
The Manfrotto Manhattan Changer-20 three-way camera bag is a surprisingly well-designed shoulder bag from the Italian manufacturer’s lifestyle line—it surprised me because the understated design doesn’t indicate how functional the bag is. Compared to the leather “fancy bag” I shared last month, this is a carry-on for a short trip, a run-and-gun... Read more

Synology DS916+: It Will Go Full NAS, If You Want

A high-performance NAS for small- to medium-sized studios
NAS storage
The Synology DS916+ set up in my office next to the WiFi and my favorite plant. Following up on my story about storage solutions for small studios, there’s a company called Synology that makes a very high-end NAS, which is great for video-editing outlets and for huge studios. Synology competes with companies like G-Technology (the RAID cited in my... Read more

Blackforest Rimo 1 Camera Bag

A luxurious messenger-style camera bag for those fancy occasions, and for going to work, too
Blackforest Rimo I camera bag
In my never-ending quest for the perfect bag, I’ve finally found there really isn’t one, but instead, what I call occasion bags, like the fully functional, exceptionally well-thought-out Thule Covert I travel with or my FREITAG to just grab and go, and, there’s the full-day-of-shooting-style Think Tank suitcase. Now, I have a Blackforest Rimo... Read more

Storage Solutions For A Small Studio

A good storage and backup strategy takes a lot to set up, but is well worth the time
storage and backup solutions
With a custom 24MP Sony sensor, fast processing times and a huge buffer, a camera like the a9 can shoot 20 fps for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images. Dual slots for UHS-II cards at up to 128 gigs means a photographer can finish an assignment with images of over 10K. All that tech and storage ensures you’ll likely never miss a shot, but you’ll also... Read more

Think Tank Photo Launches 31-Member Pro Team

A first for the company, the Pro Team is comprised of a group of renowned photographers and industry leaders from around the globe, who are being recognized for their support and brand advocacy
Think Tank Photo Pro Team
Think Tank Photo has launched a 31-member Pro Team. A first for the company, the Pro Team is comprised of a group of renowned photographers and industry leaders from around the globe, who are being recognized for their support and brand advocacy of Think Tank Photo bags and backpacks and other gear. Here’s the lineup, and among them are professionals... Read more

Vitamin Sea By Phillip Hotson

This photo by Phillip Hotson was featured in Exit in the Spring 2017 issue
Vitamin Sea by Phillip Hotson
“Vitamin Sea” was featured in Exit in the Spring 2017 issue of Digital Photo. Writes photographer Phillip Hotson, “I captured this image in Hope Cove, Devon, UK, a small, once fishing harbour, with Inner Hope and Outer Hope sitting on either side. I had been waiting a few days for a good sunset and, luckily, on this day, the cloud broke just enough... Read more

Working With Apple

Apple services you probably don’t know about
Apple programs
When Apple announced a Kaby Lake update to the MacBook Pro Touch at WWDC, some reviewers were upset. A popular tech blog even wrote an inflammatory headline about the update and then went on to lambast Apple for not shipping the Kaby Lake processor back in November when the MacBook Pro Touch launched. Not privy to Apple’s supply chain logistics, I... Read more

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C — First Hands-On Test

A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma 100-400mm lens
Sigma’s new Contemporary 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM has just arrived, and I’ve been spending some time putting it through its paces at a media event in Utah’s Park City. The new lens is, according to Sigma  “a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.” Sigma has called... Read more
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