Byron’s Blog: It’s Spring, And Copper River Salmon Has Arrived

With the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, capturing the arrival of the first Copper River salmon on an Alaska Airlines cargo plane and the ritual filleting by local chefs in a cook-off
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Following the arrival of the first Copper River salmon on an Alaska Airlines cargo plane and a ritual filleting, local chefs compete in a cook-off and serve the prized fresh fish to the assembled press, VIPs, executives and employees. Because of the high fat content, the fish from Alaska’s Copper River Delta is considered a delicacy and shipped soon... Read more

Byron’s Blog: Shooting With The Canon EOS M6

Don’t think of it as mirrorless
Canon EOS M6
I don’t think of the M6 as a mirrorless camera—Canon told me they don’t, and you shouldn’t, either. Instead, consider it a compact that will take much better pictures than a cell phone, and, if you’re a fan of the Canon brand, an obvious step-up, gift or camera you’d take on a trip when you don’t want the bulk of a DSLR. The M6 isn’t... Read more

Byron’s Blog: What Is Kando 1.0?

With the a9, Sony is certainly “Being in the moment, present with expressive technology”
Kando
At every Sony launch I’ve attended—Sony has been relentless in their release schedule—the president of their North American operations, Mike Fasulo, has mentioned Kando. Each time he does so with a little more emphasis. Sony is now expressing their design aesthetic even louder with an event in Santa Barbara happening now where I’m expecting... Read more

Byron’s Blog: A Tough Little Camera

Testing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, as it survives the elements in the Pacific Northwest—and a bike crash
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Tumbling through the air after getting thrown from my bike when the front tire hit a root, I hoped I’d be okay and wouldn’t break a rib, collarbone, or worse. In an instant, I had tucked, and rolled, and hit the ground in motion, minimizing the impact, and protecting my head with my forearms. I got up, did an inventory of myself and the bike, and... Read more

Byron’s Blog: Finding A Camera System You Love

It doesn’t matter what camera you shoot with—really—what matters is that you get the shots
Finding A Camera System You Love
Canon EOS M6 The one thing I’ve learned about camera systems, after reviewing several, is that there’s no perfect one. My idea of perfection would be an Olympus body with a Sony sensor, Fuji’s in-camera profiles and Sigma’s lenses. I’ll never get that, just like the pony I always wanted. I can get pretty close to perfection these days, though,... Read more

Byron’s Blog: Self-Assigned Shoot—Urban Geometries

Using shapes, lines, colors, tones and lighting to create visually interesting and painterly photos of the city
self-assignment
Scene from a typical spring night in NYC. When considering geometries, note that the architect’s vision of the building is ignored because I’m instead concerned with the visual activity around it. In this photo taken during the Sony a9 launch of 30 photographers crowded around the long jump at The Armory, notice what David J. Schloss is doing—he’s... Read more

Sony Announces a9 Camera Specs And Our First Impression Video

The new mirrorless camera has many specs that are unmatched in pro photography today
sonya9
Sony has just announced the a9, a mirrorless camera with many specs that are unmatched in other pro cameras today. Its feature list puts it in direct competition with the top-end offerings from Nikon and Canon, clearly by design. With a custom Sony 24MP sensor, fast processing times and a huge buffer, the a9 can shoot 20 fps for up to 362 JPEG or 241... Read more

Litepanels Astra 1×1 LED Panel

Affordable, powerful continuous light for location or studio
The idea of continuous lighting is incredibly appealing—create your lighting solution without having to predict the effects of various strobes and light modifiers, and adjust your settings and solution on the fly. Thanks to the rapid increases in LED technology, the pricing has plummeted while performance and power have increased. The result has been... Read more

Observations From WPPI

A first-time attendee on his experience at the world’s leading wedding and portrait event

Mid stroll through the exhibition hall at WPPI, I wondered aloud about the mood. I haven’t walked a Vegas tradeshow floor and felt such positive energy since the height of the dot com bubble. Overhearing my conversation with another journalist about the positive vibe of the show, an exhibitor interjected, ”this show is about enthusiastic photographers... Read more
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