On The Road: Live From The Sony a7R III Media Event In Sedona

Media events like the Sony a7R III are a lot of work—and a lot of fun—and they help us bring you reviews of new gear
Sedona Arizona From The Air
Sony’s press event in Sedona, Arizona, this week gave assembled journalists a chance to test out the new Sony a7R III in a number of different shooting situations, with the incredibly scenic backdrop of the sandstone cliffs and blue skies of this legendary tourist destination. Media events like these are a pretty regular occurrence for the photo... Read more

Using Coverage: The Trick To Making Videos That Won’t Annoy People

For photographers new to video, a few simple techniques to help set yourself and your clients apart from the competition
video shooting techniques
At a time when everyone is clamouring to create short video content for YouTube, Facebook and other social media, it’s great to know a few simple techniques to set yourself apart. As YouTube’s popularity exploded, there’s a style of jump-cut-laden video, like that in this episode’s opening that has become ubiquitous. It’s easy to understand... Read more

PhotoJoseph First Impressions: Panasonic LUMIX G9

The new mirrorless camera features 20 fps high-speed burst shooting, 6.5 stops of compensation and an 80-megapixel High Resolution mode
Panasonic LUMIX G9, PhotoJoseph
In the world of mirrorless photography, last week was an exciting one, as Panasonic announced a brand-new flagship camera to sit alongside their GH5, the new LUMIX G9. While the GH5 is a very capable stills camera (and, up until now, the best LUMIX for stills photography), it’s admittedly a very video-focused body. However, the G9 is all about the... Read more

Travel Storage For That Time Of Year

G-Technology G-DRIVE ev RaW SSD—a rugged, portable solid-state drive that goes with me wherever I work
media storage
It’s that time of year, and a topic I get asked most frequently at cocktails parties besides “Where’s the keg?” and “What’s a mirrorless camera?” is about workflow. The questions vary between, the friendly “Do you agree this bourbon is tasty?” and “What are your camera settings?” to the much more direct “What are you using to... Read more

Camera RAW Is For Chumps

For photographers shooting video, think you can fall back on your sloppy capture technique, shoot RAW and fix it in post? Think again.
Camera RAW
I don’t have to tell you about the joys of the Camera RAW format. Oh, I do? Nah, go look it up. If you’re a photographer in 2017 shooting with a DSLR and not shooting RAW for your stills, well, not much I can do to help you. A lot of us have been shooting in RAW for more than a decade. The Camera RAW format and the nondestructive workflow it engenders... Read more

Lightroom CC For The Professional, Dead Or New Beginning?

With changes to Lightroom, and the renaming of the previous version to Classic, what is Adobe signaling?
Lightroom live conversation
Adobe’s recent changes to Lightroom CC—renaming the existing desktop version “Lightroom Classic CC” and creating a new Cloud-centric version that takes on the name Lightroom CC—has sparked heated debates in the photographic community. Eliminating the stand-alone version of Lightroom, while giving the traditional product a name that has a connection... Read more

Sound Advice: Shotgun The Dead Kitty

Cool it—we love cats. We’re talking about the furry wind-reducing mic cover that can make a huge improvement to recording sound in video.
audio for video
We’ve spent a fair amount of time on sound, particularly my disasters learning to deal with that undiscovered country. In particular, I’m going to share with you the greatest little external shotgun mic and its most excellently named accessory. I’m talking about the RØDE VideoMic GO. Not only is this a great little mic, it comes with two covers,... Read more

Sony a7R III U.S. Launch Live Blog

To a collection of the press, Sony officially unveils the Sony a7R III
This article was written live during the Sony event, 10 am EDT, Wednesday, the 25th of October 2017. Live coverage concluded at 10:49 am EDT A livecast of this announcement can be found here. Sony a7R III Sony’s Mike Fasulo took the stage at a private media event in New York City to officially announce the Sony a7R III, as well as two lens announcements. If... Read more

Live Lightroom CC Discussion

Be sure to tune in October 23, 2017, at 9:30 AM EST, as Editor David Schloss joins PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment show
Adobe Lightroom CC
Editor David Schloss will be on a live special edition of PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment show. We will discuss and debate the merits (or lack thereof) of Adobe’s latest big news, the split of Lightroom to “Classic” and “CC”. Tune in Monday, October 23, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. EST: https://youtu.be/U1T3H5K77LY Here’s more information on the announcement,... Read more

Act Like A Director

Turns out there are good, solid reasons for all that “Lights, Camera, Action” dance you feel utterly silly doing
Director Thomas Gulamerian works with actor Iva Stelmak on the set of Courier X. Photo by Chris X Carroll Unlike, say, photography, filmmaking is a massively collaborative art form. Oh, you can do it all, but you definitely can’t do it all well. Nor can you do it all easily. You start with your bad self, a couple, three actors (God forbid some horse-drawn... Read more