From Clay To The Cloud On View at the Laband Art Gallery Loyola Marymount University January 23 – March 20, 2016 Opening Reception Was Saturday, January 23, 2-5pm Talks were by Brewster Kahle, Founder of Internet Archive and Artist Nuala Creed, Creator of 116 Clay Archivists From Clay to The Cloud explores the human impetus to preserve our […]

What does it mean to tell a “Story With Soul?”  I see photographs posted online that often make me stop and shake my head.  Perfectly executed technically, but with little soul.  These photographs show solid understanding of  equipment operation, but nothing of the human condition or emotion that gives a photo soul.  These photos are wooden, lifeless, though […]

When the a7S was released just over a year ago, it completely shook up the photo-video industry. I was there at NAB 2014 for the surprise announcement.  Artists like myself and my friends were now going to be able to record still photographs and video footage in almost complete darkness – even with kit lenses!  The hype at the […]

Gone are the days of the low image quality but highly portable palm size camera.  Those models have almost all be absorbed by the ever growing tidal wave of smartphone cams.  Every smartphone made now comes with a decent built in camera.  Some, like the latest iPhone 6S+, with state of the art features and […]

Sony reports a record 66% growth in what appears to be a still advancing and ever expanding mirrorless digital camera market thanks mainly to the Alpha 7 series and a6000 cameras.  However, according to recent survey data the overall DSLR market is not as healthy – shrinking yet another 16.5% in this past year. Sony’s Mirrorless Digital Camera Press […]

The first opening of the box, and firing up for the first video recording from the new Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II. As you would expect, not perfect without reading the manual, but intuitive and quite acceptable all the same. A testament to Olympus designing an excellent consumer camera that on the surface appears to […]

Yesterday, just in time for tomorrow’s start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015  in Yokohama, Japan,  Sigma Corporation of America announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s excellent Art lens line-up. The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on […]

Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm F2 Sony A7S Test from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. I find it hard to believe, but it has already been over a month ago that I received the Sony A7S.  As I anticipated, hoped, and expected, it has been a very interesting camera to work with.  The better I get to know the […]

Published on YouTube.Com Jun 6, 2014 Before the invention of the histogram, digital photography enthusiasts had to go through a lot more trouble to get good exposures. While the histogram is one of the most useful tools on your camera, it’s also one of the least understood.  Understanding how the histogram tracks your exposure is one of the […]

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a professional full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. It has a 22.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor.  Succeeding the EOS 5D Mark II, it was announced on 2 March 2012, the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the first camera in the EOS line, the EOS 650. It was also Canon’s 75th anniversary. The Mark III went on sale later in […]

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 4K Frame Grab Instructions from Mark Toal on Vimeo. My friend Panasonic Rep Mark Toal put together this excellent tutorial video on how to “extract” or “frame grab” one of the 8MP still JPG frames from the 4k video stream of Panasonic’s latest 4k capable still cameras, the bargain priced FZ1000 and […]

For those of you not yet convinced about using a mirrorless camera for your hybrid storytelling, Nikon comes to the party with the new Nikon D810.  More evolutionary than revolutionary, the Nikon D810 features: Product Highlights 36.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor No Optical Low Pass Filter EXPEED 4 Image Processor 3.2″ 1,229k-Dot LCD Monitor Full HD 1080p Video at 60/30/24 fps […]

Hot on the heals of the announcement of the Sony Alpha A7S pricing comes what could easily become the star of the Sony show.  Scheduled to ship in June, the new Sony pocket-sized RX100 III is the latest evolution in the venerable line of Sony pocket cameras, and boy is it a serious contender in its […]

This story was a bit of education for me.  Of course, we all know that there is no way that a Galaxy note 3 cell phone is even in the same league as the industrial video workhorse, the Canon 5D Mark III, right?  Well, right and wrong, depending upon what your needs are.  If all you are […]

The Panasonic HX-A500 4K Action Cam is just the latest in what is becoming a long line of mirrorless camera magic from Panasonic.  Panasonic has been on a tear making great strides in mobile video cameras in recent years.  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 was probably the first hybrid digital camera with HD video recording capability, and is a part […]

ANTIMEDIA – PHANTOM MIRO SHOWREEL from ANTIMEDIA on Vimeo. How do you avoid annoying AutoFocus?  Mount a manual focus lens.  How do you get slow motion?  Insanely fast frame rates with a Phantom Miro.  in this case, 1,200 frames per second, then you slow it down to a “normal” thirty frames per second rate when you play […]