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The Yashica DigiFilm Saga

By on Oct 12, 2018 in Photography, Reviews | 2 comments

On October 10th, 2017 a daring project was launched on Kickstarter. The project was to revive the legendary camera brand Yashica and create a hybrid camera that combined the limitations and character of film  with the ease of use that comes with shooting digital. All of this was going to be wrapped up in a retro-styled rangefinder camera that reminded us of the legendary Electro 35 GSN. It struck a nerve with many people and according to their kickstarter update on October 11th, the project was fully funded in only 4 hours. Shortly after, the first impressions started popping up. Reviews like this one from DP Review, labelled it as “everything wrong with retro design” and noted that 5,100 “fools” back the initial campaign. By the time that both the Kickstarter and the Indiegogo campaigns finished there were a total of 7,967 “fools” eagerly...

Arsenal Review

By on Sep 29, 2018 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

Recently, I have been exploring a lot of new ways to take and edit photos using AI or artificial intelligence. The first piece of gear that I bought was Arsenal: The Intelligent Camera Assistant. I bought this off of Kickstarter and was eager to test it out. I wanted to see if the images it produced with its “smart capture” feature could really lived up to what the campaign said that it could do. So far, I have been impressed, but I think a few more updates would make Arsenal a lot better. What Is It? Essentially, Arsenal is a trigger that connects your camera to your phone or other device. It allows you to see what your camera sees and adjust the settings. Arsenal can set up and create timelapse video and at some point, actually record video. So far, the app has not let me record video using my Canon 5D MKiii. The main feature is that Arsenal AI in the smart capture...

The Mavic Air: Thoughts from a Landscape Photographer

By on Apr 23, 2018 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

After turning 40 and completing a major project, I felt that it was time to invest in myself. I had been contemplating buying a drone for sometime but held off for a year of so simply because of the multitude of friends and colleagues that had crashed theirs.  I was with my good friend Griffin Stewart when we lost connection with his drone shortly after hearing a ominous “bong~~~” that we later found out was the sound of one of the blades of a wind turbine smacking his drone into oblivion. Another fellow photographer crashed his drone repeatedly and this weighed heavy on my mind. Is it worth it to invest in a piece of equipment that you know at some point you will like crash? Would it be better to put that money towards a new lens or camera body? Would I really use it or would it just be a toy? These questions had my head spinning for some time. A different way of thinking...

Camera Giveaway Update! We’ve Added More Prizes

By on Mar 24, 2018 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

BIG Camera Giveaway: Win a Sony a6000! Did enter the giveaway already? If you haven’t Enter our giveaway now! It ends on March 31st!! You’ll get a chance to win a brand new Sony a6000 digital camera with lens. Recently we’ve added in a huge new prize too. Can you guess what it is? You can win a 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (includes Photoshop & Lightroom)!! and a 1-to-1 photo coaching session! This is all in addition to the camera and our awesome preset bundle! First, let’s take a look at the prizes again in more detail. Then I’ll explain how you can increase your chances of winning, as well as more details about the contest and sponsors. Win a Sony a6000 Camera + Lens Whenever anyone asks me what the best camera is for under $700 USD, I always suggest this little beast. I am a canon shooter myself but this is one camera that I...

Camera Giveaway 2018

By on Mar 17, 2018 in Blogs, Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

  If you have see my instagram feed recently, you would have noticed that I put up the above image for a camera giveaway. This is not spam and my account did not get hacked! I am in fact a part of a giveaway where you can win a sony a6000 camera. Not to mention other prizes just for sharing like a preset bundle with over 70 lightroom presets!! The big thing here is that you have to share to win. Get yourself signed up and then get your unique referral link. Then share that with your friends and mailing lists. The more you share, the more chances that you have to win. Not to mention, that once you share and get 3 other people to sign up, you get the preset bundle for free.  That alone is worth it right there. It is seriously that easy. Not to mention that  you get some really great presets from not just me but from other great photographers like Andrew Gibson, Peter DeMarco, Justin...

Using Lightroom CC and Backup Your Photos Without a Computer

By on Feb 20, 2018 in Reviews | 0 comments

I am in the last week of a project taking place in Seoul and in Gangneung, here in South Korea. While I normally have enough time in most projects to return to my home and edit my photos on my iMac, this particular project has a tight turn around time and is also far from my home. Over the last few weeks, I have been testing out different ways to backup and edit my photos on the road. The main issue that I had was that my laptop is way too old to handle this kind of work and until I get a replacement, I had to find a solution.   Backup For backup in the field, there are many options. For years I used a NEXTO portable hard drive (one of the first generations) but the prices now are insane. I needed a cheaper solution. So I reached out to Dylan Goldby and asked him for some ideas. Surprisingly he gets asked this question a lot and sent me this article which contained a perfect solution....

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