Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Change in Fridays video...

Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC410 DSLR Sling
Hello Everyone, I am changing the video for Friday. Instead I already have an additional Photo Talk video that I was going to schedule for next week, I will be using it in its place. I apologize for this. To be very honest I have an inner ear infection that is causing me some serious ear & head ache. I am taking meds that pretty much keep me drowsy and not very productive. I normally make videos a week in advance, but just havent got around to finishing this one and I don't want to just throw it together. That said, soon as its complete it will go up.  So I will be putting up my video on Camera Bags & Case Logic TBC410 DSLR Sling bag I picked up a few weeks ago, for Friday morning.

Cheers,
Joe

Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve | Photo Talk

Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve
   Lets discuss camera straps on todays Photo Talk and go over some of the traditional and why some of the new more modern shoulder style straps like the BlackRapid RS-7 Curve may be a better option. So if your neck is hurting for that strap that came with your camera, then you do not want to miss this video.


About this topic:

   It pains me to see someone lugging a heavy DSLR camera around on their neck with those factory supplied camera straps. Those straps were great on smaller cameras like my trusty Canon G12 were they did not weigh that much. I remember the first time I brought a DSLR on vacation with me, even though it was a smaller Rebel series at the time. By the end of each day I was simply hurting in my upper back and neck. Plus the material made in those neck straps are simply more for looks then comfort. Before my next trip I had purchased the Black Rapid RS-4[1] and have never looked back. Even with a heavy camera and large telephoto lens, I could go all day without any back or neck pain. So in this video I wanted to discuss them and also show the BlackRapid RS-7[2] Curve camera strap that I just got in and give you my initial opinions of it.

References:
No longer available [1]
http://www.blackrapid.com/products/curve [2]

Monday, September 29, 2014

How To Use & What Is The Quick Develop Tool In Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

How To Use & What Is The Quick Develop Tool In Lightroom 5
   Perhaps one of the most overlooked tools in Adobe Lightroom's Library module is the Quick Develop tool. In this video I will step you through the ins and outs of this tool and show you how it could possibly help improve your time-lapse photography.


About this tutorial:

   Many Lightroom[1] users over look or just flat out forget about Quick Develop tool in the Library Module. While it doesnt have as many functions one needs to full process ones images when shooting in RAW, it does have its usefulness and even possibly some uses that many may have not considered before. In this tutorial I will show you how to use the Quick Develop tool and will explain how this tool could possibly help improve ones time-lapse photography[2].

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Photoshop_Lightroom [1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-lapse_photography [2]

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming This Week | Video Schedule Sep 29-Oct 3rd, 2014

How To Use & What Is The Quick Develop Tool In Lr 5
Monday, Sep 29th 2014
How To Use & What Is The Quick Develop Tool In Lr 5
   In this video tutorial I step you through the ins and outs of the Quick Develop tool in Adobe Lightroom 5.

Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve
Wednesday, Oct 1st 2014
Camera Straps & BlackRapid RS-7 Curve
   On this weeks Photo Talk we talk about camera straps and I share my initial thoughts on the BlackRapid RS-7 Curve.

Learn How To Setup Picture Styles On Your Canon DSLR Camera
Friday, Oct 3rd 2014
Learn How To Setup Picture Styles On Your Canon DSLR Camera
   On this weeks Tips & Techniques, I go over how to setup picture styles on you Canon DSLR camera and discuss when and how they are used.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Best Budget Lenses For New Photographers Under $500 | Tips & Techniques

Best Budget Lenses For New Photographers Under $500
   So you just got your first DSLR camera, but all the lens choices out there leave your head spinning. In this video I give you lens suggestions based on the best price and performance ratio under $500 dollars. I cover everything from Standard Zooms to Macro photography in this video. So if you looking for the best budget lenses for fall 2014. I have my picks listed.


About this topic:

   Fall has arrived and with the christmas shopping season about a month away, I felt it was time to put out my picks for the best budget lenses for new photographers under $500 US Dollars. I base my suggestions on price and performance without exceeding $500 dollars. So while there may be cheaper lenses out there, these are my picks for the ones that perform the best in optical and build quality. I list both full frame(EF) and crop sensor(EF-S) lenses.

Lens References:
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/17-70mm-f28-4-dc-macro-os-hsm-c
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_105mm_f_3_5_5_6_is_stm
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_85mm_f_1_8_usm
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_40mm_f_2_8_stm
http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/prod/70300_vcusd_a005.php
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_s_10_18mm_f_4_5_5_6_is_stm
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_17_40mm_f_4l_usm
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/70mm-f28-ex-dg-macro


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Canon 7D Mark II Finally Arrives, Plus New Lenses From Sigma, Canon & Tamron | Photo Talk

Canon 7D Mark II Finally Arrives, Plus New Lenses From Sigma, Canon & Tamron
   Another busy week and so much new gear getting announced at Photokina. After a long wait the Canon EOS 7D Mark II has finally hit the market with many new improvements. Plus Sigma, Canon and Tamron all announce some really fantastic lenses that everyone is sure to love. Lets talk about these and I will give you my first impressions.

About this topic:

   More great products have been announced over the course of this past week, but none of them more talked about then the long awaited Canon EOS 7D Mark II[1], with its 65 point all cross-type AF system, 20.2 MP sensor and dual Digic 6 processors, this bad boy can kick out 10 frames per second shooting and so much more. Sigma was also shining with many new lenses including not one but two versions of their new 150-600mm lenses in both Contemporary[2] and Sports[3] categories, as well as a new super zoom lens with a 18-300mm[4] focal range. The new 7D mII wasn't the only new item from Canon, as they also announced three new lenses. A new budget oriented STM lens for full frame cameras, the EF 24-105mm STM[5], which is their first zoom STM lens for full frame. Then another new STM lens, the EF-S 24mm[6] which appears to have great optical performance looking at the MTF charts. Plus they released a new super telephoto 400mm DO lens[7]. Last but not least Tamron announced a new SP 15-30mm f/2.8 lens[8] for full frame that promises to potentially have some very good optical performance. With all this information, I was barely was able to fit it all in one video.

References:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_7d_mark_ii [1]
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/150-600mm-f5-63-dg-os-hsm-c [2]
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/150-600mm-f5-63-dg-os-hsm-s [3]
http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/18-300mm-f35-63-dc-macro-os-hsm-c [4]
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_24_105mm_f_3_5_5_6_is_stm [5]
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_s_24mm_f_2_8_stm [6]
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_400mm_f_4_do_is_ii_usm [7]
http://www.tamron-usa.com/news/35mm/1530_a012_Sep14.php [8]


Monday, September 22, 2014

Learn How To Setup Identity Plate & Watermarks In Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Setup Identity Plate & Watermarks In Lightroom 5
   Branding is important for business growth and this tutorial will help you start setting up Adobe Lightroom 5's identity plate, plus step you through adding watermarks with in Lightroom's built in watermark tools to display your branding and copyrights on your images.


About this tutorial:

   This is another tutorial were I am focusing on the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom. So many tutorials show photographers how to work in the develop module, but few show anything else about Lightroom. So I am going through every detail of Lightroom and teaching about every detail of the program. In this video tutorial I focus on two things, the Identity Plate and Watermarks. Now I have combined these for two reasons, one they are both about branding and two the ID plate tutorial would be ridiculously short. But since they are simple, I am at least able to provide solid setup detail for anyone needing to use these features in Lightroom 5.