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Lighting is everything

In Gear Review by Patrick

There are many lighting solutions out there, and for the most part they all provide the key ingredient needed in photography, light! Some are more preferred than others like wireless versus tethered or those that have TTL versus those that do not. Irregardless of what you use for your light, photographers have their preferences and mine is the Profoto B2 …

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New portrait lens announced

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon has announced a new lens for portraits for pre-order. The Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 is a super fast lens that will probably target a very specific market. It’s fast maximum aperture make this an ideal optic for available light—recommended for portraiture or indoor sports. This short telephoto lens can defocus backgrounds with painterly finesse and isolate subjects with three-dimensional fidelity. …

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Camera Bags

In Gear Review by Patrick

This is something that every photographer will have a different opinion on. Ask 6 photographers which bag they like best and you will get 6 different answers. Once in a while there comes along a product all can agree upon. This is one of those products. Redesigned and better than the original MP series, the MP v2 has brought Mindshift …

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Nikon Lens wipes

In Gear Review by Patrick

Depending on the photography you do, finding something to keep the gear clean can be an ongoing search. I like to shoot automotive events in the summer and this can leave the gear quite messy at times. Finding something that works on the spot with efectivness has been years in the making. I was steered toward these by a recent …

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Power to go

In Gear Review by Patrick

In an effort to take less gear while on shoots, my search for power led me to the Watson 8 bay charger. Batteries are at the heart and soul of most of gear and it seems like we have to have more and more. I really fell in love with the Watson system because it does AA, triple AAA, 9-volt …

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Gear Review: Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera

In Gear Review by Patrick

In the search for an upgrade for my wife’s point and shoot camera, a friend recommended the Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera. After looking at the specs on this camera, I decided to go with it and surprise her. At first she was not crazy about the interchangeable lenses, but that faded quickly when she began playing with it. The …

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Nikon D500 vs D7200

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For most photographers who don’t earn a living making images, amateurs and hobbyists, the Nikon D500 is a perfect camera for their needs. Now that the Nikon D500 has been revealed, lets take a look at what it is replacing. Lets take a look at the specifications of each camera body. Specifications So right away the first thing you see …

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Nikon D5 vs D4s

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So CES is over and Nikon’s big announcement of the D5 is all over the place, I thought that maybe this would be a good time to review the the Nikon D5 vs Nikon D4s. The biggest changes have been t he new and improved autofocus tracking system with a 153 points, better focusing in low light and its expanded …

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Monitor Calibration

In Gear Review by Patrick

This is one of the most important things photographers can do and yet it is often the most confusing. It is a real common question that I get asked and I am sure other photographers do as well. Well simply put, calibration = consistency and the ability to replicate what you see on one device to another. Many of the …

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Gear Review: RRS BH-55 Ballhead

In Gear Review by Patrick

A good quality ball head is a must for taking tack sharp photos. With many different options on the market how to go about choosing the right one. Everyone has opinions on this and has to answer that questions based on their own photography needs and goals. For me it was and easy decision to choose the Really Right Stuff …