Shooting The Outdoors Doesn’t Have To Cost You A Fortune

Consider the advantages of purchasing second-hand gear through reputable dealers
second-hand photo gear
SPONSORED Building a kit for nature photography can be very expensive, with the costs of high-end DSLRs, telephoto lenses, durable and weatherproof accessories all adding up. Don’t let this put you off though — there are ways to minimize the cost of expanding and upgrading your setup. Forget New, Go ‘Like New’ Buying new may seem appealing,... Read more

Eclipse Photography For The Procrastinator

What to do next week when the sun is entirely hidden
eclipse photography
Photo courtesy of NASA In case you missed it, the solar eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017, and I don’t even have glasses yet. So I’ll probably wear a pinhole camera box on my head, but I have a nice camera kit from Canon, the EOS 5D Mark IV, and maybe should at least try to get a shot. I’m based in Seattle, and we’re on 92% of the totality... Read more

Sony a9: High Speed For Photographers With High Standards

World traveler Ira Block is thrilled to harness the Sony a9’s speed and responsiveness in an inconspicuous package
Ira Block Sony a9
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 2017, shot with the Sony a9 from the west looking east. The NY Life Insurance building is on the left and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower is on the right. Sponsored Within minutes of picking up the new Sony a9, globetrotting photographer Ira Block knew something was different. He was holding in his hands a game... 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: 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

Medium Format Cameras

The photographer’s secret weapon in the era of film is seeing a resurgence today.
Hasselblad H6D
[Updated August 25th, 2016] Medium format cameras once were the chosen tool of every studio photographer.  At a certain point in a photographer’s studio career, they would graduate to medium format work, and their 35mm gear would be relegated to on-location shoots, scouting and travel work. The digital photography era took some of the shine off of... Read more

The Resolution Of Imaging

Today’s cameras, lenses, printers and scanners are sharper, more detailed and better than ever

Photographic purists often will remind digital photographers that even the most modest piece of 35mm film can outperform digital photography when it comes to resolution. Film, they argue, has as much detail as somewhere between a 100-megapixel and 200-megapixel sensor, depending on how exactly you convert the resolving power of film’s chemical process... Read more

Don Smith Made The Switch

A sports shooter turned landscape photographer, Don Smith’s switch to Sony mirrorless cameras was, like his entire career, all about the light.

Don Smith has always been an early adopter of the best new technologies. In 2002, as a working sports photographer, he invested in the first widely available, reasonably affordable DSLR—the Canon EOS D30. In recent years, having traded sports for landscapes, Smith made another big switch—from a bulky DSLR to the next big thing: the Sony A7 line... Read more

Ben Moon Made The Switch

Adventurous lifestyle photographer Ben Moon calls the Sony a7R II his “everything camera.”

Ben Moon has crossover appeal. He’s not just an outdoor adventure photographer with a portfolio full of tremendous climbing and surfing photos—though he is most definitely that. He’s also a skilled portraitist with a love of music and a number of prominent performers as clients and even several album covers under his belt. And he’s a filmmaker... Read more

Shooting With Sony's "Disruptive" a7R II

The latest camera in Sony’s mirrorless lineup is positioned to take down the kings of the DSLR world. We put it through its paces to see if it lives up to the hype.

Sony’s new a7R II is a shot across the bow of Canon and Nikon. Spend anytime with Sony’s engineers, and you’ll hear them describe their new system with the term "disruptive." Based around a new Sony-designed sensor, the a7R II is a clear sign that Sony has their competitors in their sights and is gunning for their market... Read more

Chris Burkard Made The Switch

This world-traveling photographer chose Sony because he was looking for something “pocketable but powerful.”

For nature and travel photographer Chris Burkard, surfing and climbing and kayaking are more than just the subjects he photographs. They’re integral to the life he lives. In fact, he says, it’s by incorporating the outdoors into his daily life he’s able to make photographs from the perspective of a participant rather than an outsider. His passion... Read more

Gabe Rogel Made the Switch

Adventure sports photographer Gabe Rogel loves his Sony mirrorless cameras because they’re light, they’re fast, and they shoot beautiful video.

Adventure sports photographer Gabe Rogel grew up loving mountain climbing and snow skiing. While studying photography in college, he sold a few photos and that led to a realization: “This is what I want to do.” He did it, too. And now he’s doing it with Sony mirrorless cameras. Finding equipment that’s both compact and light is important to... Read more
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