When it comes to a subject as complex as choosing what particular set of expensive video lenses to use, nothing substitutes for actual hands on experience.  The experience a Professional like Jem Schofield has acquired over his many years of using the various lenses and lens combinations, gives Jem a level of understanding few of us will ever […]

Panasonic, no stranger to the camera game, today announced a major new development in electronic Global Shutter technology.  This Global Shutter tech or something similar will eventually find its way onto almost every new camera produced.  And not just by Panasonic.  Frequently, large manufacturers cross license each others patents, and / or directly purchase manufactured […]

A number of the media industry’s biggest associations and organizations have published an open letter to performers on behalf of thousands of photographers and journalists in the United States. The letter is titled “An Open Letter to Performers Regarding Standard Terms and Conditions for Photographer and Reporter Credentials,” and it has been signed by 11 […]

I looked it up, the United States has faced 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.  These 178 severe enough weather events to be classified as climate disasters have inflicted more than $1 trillion in directly measurable economic costs, and have been accompanied by incalculable costs in human suffering. […]

Out of the box, I am amazed.  Plug it in, mount and format a new SSD cartridge, connect the cable.  Fiddle a bit searching the nasty Sony Menu system to finally figure out the A7S will only output 4k UHD over the HDMI port if you have it set to MOVIE mode on the top dial.  Manual doesn’t […]

Not since the “YMCA Video” has such a defining moment occurred for gay culture as what took place on Friday, June 26, 2015.  On this date now etched in history, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted in a split 5-4 decision to declare Gay Marriage legal under the laws of the United […]

My original article, written when the DJI Inspire 1 was announced in November, 2014 is here:http://thecameraforum.com/dji-inspire-1/  If you haven’t read it already, you may want to go back and do so, as in it I cover the features, options and functions the new Inspire 1 brought to market. But like every camera made, the DJI Inspire 1 […]

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 […]

Stories fire up our imaginations.  Stories let us jump the often wide divide of a country border.  Stories also let us reach deep into our collective past, crossing vast barriers of time.  Stories describe us as individuals.  Stories allow us to experience the similarities between diverse cultures.  Stories provide a dangerous experience from non-dangerous surroundings, without fear of actual […]

Dia de los Muertos 2014 from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead 2014. One of the great things about the Sony A7S is the grading ability using Sony’s S-log2 profile and the flexibility it provides. While it is impossible to get our Sony NEX-5N footage to match the A7S, […]

Parts, Pieces, and Phrases – The 3P’s – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  The rest is this poor memory of history almost thirty years ago.  This is the power of creativity.  The power of art.  The power artists have when working together on a common goal. “We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally […]

It is hard to believe, but the July 4th holiday is upon us here in the United States. Officially a celebration of America’s independence from Great Britain’s monarchy, today this holiday has come to represent hot dogs barbecued on an outdoor girl, kids screaming in the swimming pool, and the traditional evening fireworks display. For […]

If you have no idea what Spelunking is, your not alone. Spelunking is the secret to the unusually challenging and most difficult photographic discipline of cave photography. Ever wonder where those fabulous photos come from of the magical environments underground? Let me introduce you to Knoxville-based caver and cave photography specialist Chris Higgins. Recently, Chris Higgins guided a team from JOBY, makers […]

In this video, Joe deconstructs the setup of a recent location shoot in Mexico and explains the importance of following the Rule of Thirds, especially for publication photography. Published on May 29, 2014 From Joe McNally’s own website at JoeMcNally.Com we learn Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included […]

Looking for something different to photograph? Need a mobile platform to photograph from? How about a self driving electric car?  Keep your eyes peeled on the streets of San Francisco, where you will surely see several of the test versions of the Google Self Driving electric car. Nothing is quite as unsettling as seeing the […]

Standin’ on a Corner from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. The footage isn’t pretty, it needs better stabilization or a more steady hand than mine at the time.  Stabilization is something the A7R doesn’t come with and neither does the 55mm f/1.8 lens.  Software stabilization for long clips is hit and miss also at times.  As someone […]