Phillip Bloom is certainly a known brand in photography circles, and for good reason.  Phillip is one of the hardest working professionals I follow regularly.  I find his information always spot on, with great reasoning behind his choices.  Much like the rest of us, Phillip is a picky perfectionist in selecting his personal gear.  Phillip […]

Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S?  Is this possible?  Yep, Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S, and the results may  surprise you as much as they did me.  Not only is the video superb, the still images are every bit as magical as their medium format counterparts.  Rollei lenses on a Sony A7S for me? You better […]

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. And from the air, DJI was kind enough to fly this same location, and produced this: Legend has it that Archimedes used a “burning glass” to concentrate sunlight on the invading Roman fleet and repel them from Syracuse. In 1973 a Greek scientist, Dr. Ioannis Sakkas, curious about whether Archimedes […]

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 […]

Like it or not, every serious video production requires “sticks” and a slider.  Normally, these two components are separate, transported separately, and for the slider, should you wish to raise it, you need to carry a separate tripod.   Add all these separates together, two tripods, two heads, etc. and you end up toting a […]

These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, freelance director of films, boarder of story, sometimes public speaker, and a former Pixar Animation Story Artist.  Emma has since moved on to directing her own projects and advising others how to make theirs.   Reading her great blog at  storyshots.tumblr.com ,  I’m sure even in her new rolls she finds […]

Dog Schidt Optiks ‘Flare Factory 58g’ (Green Tint) Taking Lens + Iscorama 36 from Melting Bloke (Richard Gale) on Vimeo. From the “Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All” department comes a UK company with the unusual name Dog Schidt Optiks.  This innovative company brings to market an equally unusual new product line.  The Dog […]

For years, I have heard warnings about the poor quality of photos taken by small point-and-shoot cameras that have digital zooms. Critics would say that they never use that feature because it would mean giving up the quality that only an optical lens could provide. That made sense to me, so I seldom used the […]

We often use a two-step method to add additional processing to our images. The first step is to develop the color image to be kind of standard and natural (both subjective). But sometimes we want to add to the image a grungier look, convert it to B&W and/or sharpen with out Optimal Sharp V3 scripts in Photoshop.  Because […]

Today, the most popular first lens bought with a new body is a zoom.  The two most usable focal lengths, according to the many professional photographers I’ve discussed this with is a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm.  These are the typical zoom focal lengths chosen for full frame, 35mm DSLR type bodies.  APS-C size digital sensors, […]

As much as I used to love woking in the darkroom, there isn’t much chance I could deal with the nasty chemistry involved with creating a wet plate colloidian.  Speaking just for myself, those strong chemical vapors filling my lungs along with the watery, itchy eyes would take all the creative enjoyment out of it […]

Mastering The Illusion of Perfection with Photo Retoucher Amy Dresser from PhotoShelter.com on Vimeo. Master photo retoucher Amy Dresser started out working for two years with famed photographer Jill Greenberg.  Today however,  Amy works for a wide variety of “A-List” clients including Playboy, Barbie, Britney Spears, Weird Al, Pepsi, Target, and a whole list of […]

Featured Photographer: Michiel Schierbeek We have followed the photography of Michiel Schierbeek for some time now. His quiet composions are lovely. Recently Michiel also added a Sigma DP2 Merrill to his camera set. We think this unique camera and his style are a great match.   Here, in his own words:   “After reading good things about this camera […]

There are endless iPhone camera replacement apps and many are better than the Apple app. We always liked the 6×6 app for shooting square images because of its elegant simplicity. The same author has now published his PureShot camera app. For us, it is so far, the camera app we like the best. PureShot turns […]

By Jim Quinn Light modifiers are where you find them. Today I found one in my local Walgreens drug store.     My wife, who loves the idea of packing away small umbrellas “just in case,” spotted a display of Totes Skinni Mini umbrellas in a variety of colors. Only nine inches long when folded, […]

The Sigma DP3 Merrill is the latest in the series of compact cameras incorporating the Foveon X3 direct image sensor.  It’s making its debut this week at the CES show in Las Vegas, NV.  The new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens, will join the lineup of the “SIGMA DP Merrill” series. The […]