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Lens Comparison: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

February 14, 2014

After spending most of the day indoors as a result of inclement weather, friend and photographer Thorpe Griner and I decided that we would spend our Sunday afternoon doing something useful: a lens comparison test. We had both bought large aperture 85mm lenses not all too long ago. Mine from Canon, and Thorpe’s from Sigma. So we decided to test them out with the initial intent to see which was sharper. About the Test Using a Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid, we…

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Globe Runner SEO Group Photo

November 22, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I took a group photo at Globe Runner SEO, a boutique search engine optimization company located in Lewisville, Texas. Technical settings: To light this image, I used two Canon 580EX II strobes both with silver umbrellas set to 1/8th power on either side of the couch at a distance of about 7 feet. The strobes were remotely triggered with dedicated PocketWizards from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM telephoto…

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Screamin’ Deal Alert: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens just $1899!

November 15, 2013

Screamin’ Deal Alert: New Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens just $1899 with rebates and stuff! How To Claim This Awesome Deal… It’s normally around $2,500 at B&H Photo, but when you add the lens to the Checkout (and actually go to checkout) it then shows a lower price of $2,199 — PLUS there’s a $300 mail-in rebate which brings it down to just $1899, which is a pretty smoking’ deal. Here’s the link: http://bhpho.to/1bkwrM4 Update – 01.18.2014 After using…

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The Amazingly Awesome PocketWizard PC5N Locking PC Sync Cable

July 12, 2013

The failure of my 580 EX II strobes to fire has given me more stress than any other single piece of photo equipment that I’ve ever owned. But now those days are over. The reason the flashes were failing to fire was not because of the strobes themselves, and not because of the PocketWizards, but because of the free, horribly designed radio slave cable that connects the PocketWizard to the flash (they’re free/packaged with your PocketWizard). Specifically, the issue was…

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CPS, TF Camera Repair, and the Canon Factory Service Center

July 11, 2013

As it turns out, CPS is well worth the investment should you ever damage your equipment. But in the interim, here’s a tip: Don’t try to balance your iPhone between your head and shoulders while securing your camera to your tripod. Better yet, don’t talk on your phone at all when using camera gear. My day came to quick and unfortunate end when both my 5D Mk III and attached 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM lens went shattering into pieces after…

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Travel to Moab, Utah: Equipment List and Preparation

March 20, 2013

Today I will be landing in Moab, Utah for a five-day photo trip with my friend, Thorpe Griner. We’re meeting up with other photographers as apart of a photo tour called Dirt Cheap Photo Tours (DCPT) run by a photographer named Jeff Clow and his wife. The cost is $599 and sponsors trips to landscape locations via SUV with other passionate photographers. This particular tour is 3 days long, but Thorpe and I will be going early and staying late.…

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Sam Hurd and Amazing Photos

January 16, 2013

Today I read an article by Gizmodo editor Michael Hession that I thought was just amazing, and I have to share it. “Photographer Sam Hurd describes on his blog how to use [a prism] to produce some stunning results. Hurd shows off his the technique when photographing couples, but the same idea is begging to be put to work in other scenarios.” The talented photographer Sam Hurd has been using a cheap 6″ glass prism to make some truly awesome images (shown below).…

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Media Storage, Connectivity, and Social Media

January 6, 2013

For a while now I’ve been considering alternative methods for storing my photo library which now has hundreds of thousands of photographs and is growing at what seems to be an exponential rate. Currently I purchase external harddrives of the same brand and same capacity in pairs and mirror the information across them incase one fails. So for example: I own two 1.5 TB external harddrives, and two 3 TB external harddrives. The two 1.5 TB drives are nearly full with –…

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Lexar Image Rescue 4 – Review

October 9, 2012

Since I can remember reading photo magazines, I have almost always remembered seeing an Ad or two for ‘image recovery software’, and with some level of unreasoned skepticism, dismissed them as inconsequential. But now I can tell you that’s not true. Now I can say that a piece of software literally saved my day – and probably my ass as a freelance photographer – at least for one publication. My experience was such: My Saturday was unusually busy with assignments…

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