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 […]

Chuck A7R Report from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. The Sony A7R Day Three Report I am primarily a portrait, music, and event photographer.  Since I have never considered myself much of a landscape photographer,  I asked Pham Minh Son to join me in testing the A7R for a detailed sunset landscape.  Son has lived in this area […]

Day Two: I begin testing lenses and learning the camera setting options for the new Sony A7R.  The A7R with its high megapixel count should be capable of producing professional level advertising imagery.  Does it?  Short answer: With the right lens choices, yes it does.  The video and all of the still photographs on this […]

Leica M Monochrome It’s been a long time since I shot in Black and White.  In my earlier years, I started with Pan-X, Plus-X, and Tri-X.  Tri-X being the least expensive predominated my earliest work.  I guess it was sometime in the mid to late 1980’s I exposed my last roll, save for the odd […]

Podunk Poets from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. August 8, 2013 – The Podunk Poets: Cindy Jollotta & Kelly Kidd – Vocals, Patrick Generosa – Drums, Suzanne Birrell – Bass, Jake Kelly – Guitar.   For several years now the demise of the still photograph has been foretold.  It is said that with video having progressed to […]

Canon 6D video “HollyWood Test” using the Contax Zeiss 28mm f/2 @f2 When you see as many new camera models come to market as I do, you soon realize it would be almost impossible for me to test every single one.  I try to pick and choose the products I review carefully.  I like to […]

One of the harshest mixed lighting environments to shoot in is the lighting department of a professional camera dealer.  It is always at least a couple of stops brighter than anyplace else I’ve ever shot indoors.  The ambient celling light is supplied by what you find in most retail locations; “daylight” temperature fluorescent  four or […]

Based in Los Angeles, Larry Jordan is an internationally renowned consultant with national broadcast experience as a television producer, director, and editor. He has published eight books on editing and is the winner of multiple awards for his broadcast work, as well as his online training. Learn more about Larry Jordan  This video is a speech that was […]

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, […]

Bhutan Panasonic GH3 October 2012 from Ira Block on Vimeo. My friend Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher and workshop leader who has to date produced more than 30 major stories for the National Geographic magazine and its affiliates, N.G. Traveler and Adventure. Ira tells the backstory of this video in his seminars that he […]

  Back in August, thanks to a kind loan from Will Crockett over at DiscoverMirrorless.Com, I got to try the Fuji XPro-1 for a couple of days.  That story is here:http://thecameraforum.com/xpro-1/   I liked it very much.  Though I didn’t have time to shoot any low light, or “available darkness” subjects with it as I would […]

Here’s Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStore in Calgary, Alberta, & Nick Devlin, renowned  landscape photographer and columnist on Luminous Landscape, testing the Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrill edition cameras.  While certainly not for everyone, these horrible little cameras produce absolutely stunning landscape photographs.  I particularly like Nick Devlin’s comment that shooting a DP Merrill is about the […]

Shootout of the Mini Shotguns! from Chad Johnson on Vimeo. Each new camera release seems to bring an ever growing list of new features.   Some of these are well worth having while to my mind some of them are little more than fluff.  One of the major features on my new Panasonic Lumix GH3 […]

Looking For Lenses from TheCameraForum on Vimeo.   There is something to be said for the hand feel of a good pro grade DSLR.  Strong.  Heavy.  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and still pull off ten frames a second without breaking a sweat.  Confidence is built into this equipment, the confidence […]

It isn’t every day that something new comes along in the way of a photography “gadget” that is much more than a novelty; a cute toy we all buy from time to time, normally on impulse .  I know I have a drawer full of them, and I bet you do too.  Once in a […]

Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens

The new Olympus 17mm f/1.8 has been officially released for sale! It will cost you. Estimated Street Price: $499.99 And it’s worth it, from our first look.     With a total length of just 1.4 inches, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f1.8 is light as a feather and incredibly compact.  The autofocus performance of the 17mm F1.8 lens, used […]