Westminster Abbey | Featured Image of the Week

Westminster Abbey Photographed at Night

Westminster Abbey photographed at night

- For this weeks Featured Image of the week I went back to my visit to the amazing city of London to find this shot of Westminster Abbey. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales. After watching a great documentary (on Netflix) about the national crisis that occurred after her 1997 death in Paris this felt like a good image to feature this week.

London was my first European capital city and I instantly feel in love with the amazing architecture, delicious food and the sense of history that seemed to be everywhere I looked. I loved seeing the capital of England in the daytime, but at night it was especially beautiful.

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Introducing the New Sony RX0

Sony Introduces a New Kind of Camera

Yesterday, at IFA 2017, Sony announced some new “innovations” (their word) and while most really didn’t mean much to me, there were a few items that caught my eye. The first was their new projector announcements (I have a pretty extensive background in video projection so I still follow that industry very closely). The second was the announcement of a new camera, the Sony RX0.

At a glance it looks like a new “action cam” – but a quick look at the specifications tells me it’s anything but a new entry to an existing digital imaging market. It’s something all together different from anything I’ve seen. For this article I’ll share some of the technical specifications and some thoughts about this camera and who it’s most likely aimed at.

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Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera Announced

New Mirrorless Camera Coming from Canon

Yesterday Canon announced some new gear including some cool new lenses, a new flash and an all new mirrorless camera. Regular readers of this blog know I’m a huge fan of mirrorless camera systems (especially for travel and vacation photography) so today I’m going to share some of my thoughts about the all new Canon EOS M100.

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Featured Image of the Week | 8/29/2017

For this week’s Featured Image of the Week I went back to Paris and found a long exposure shot that I really liked (and I haven’t shared this image anywhere online yet). I loved the composition of the shot – but I did have a big problem that needed to be solved. To find out more about this shot (and how to create images like this for yourself) be sure to read the entire article.

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Nikon D850 DSLR (Coming Soon)

Long time readers of my blog know that I’m pretty exclusively a Sony shooter (and Minolta before that) so an article about an upcoming Nikon camera may seem out of place. But I have so many close friends and colleagues that are shooting Nikon gear that I can’t help but have respect for the Nikon system. With the introduction of the new Nikon D850 it seemed like a great time to step outside of my normal system and share some thoughts about this brand new camera.

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Featured Image of the Week | 8/22/2017

For this weeks Featured Image of the week I’m sharing a picture of the 2017 total Solar Eclipse (as seen from Charleston, SC). Getting the shot was a combination of having the right gear, being in the right place and a whole lot of luck. If seeing how I got the shot (including the equipment and settings I used) is something you’re interested in then be sure to read the entire article.

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Gear Tips #3 | Table Top Tripods

For this week’s Gear Tips I want to talk about an accessory that goes everywhere my camera goes, my table top tripod. There are a bunch of small tripods on the market, but with a number of accessories a basic table top tripod can do some really incredible things. In this article I’ll share a quick review of my personal table top tripod and the accessories I’ve used over the years to get some of my favorite shots. Continue reading

Featured Image of the Week | 8/15/2017

Today’s Featured Image of the Week is one I shot in London of Elizabeth Tower – or what we sometimes call “Big Ben”. Yesterday I learned that it was going to be undergoing a massive four year refurbishment. I was lucky enough to see it in person in 2016 and I thought it was absolutely awesome. I can’t imagine it looking any better from the outside – but in four years I’m planning to return so I can see how it looks after all the work is done. In this article I’ll talk a bit about the equipment I used and the settings I chose to get the shot.

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Gear Tips #2 | Lens Hoods

In today’s Gear Tips I want to share my thoughts on something a lot of people give very little thought to: lens hoods. Most lenses come with a hood but I often see people out shooting without using them (or worse – having them on their lens backwards in a “storage” position). Some lenses don’t include a hood but getting one is usually very inexpensive. In this article I’ll talk about why we should always use a hood. I’ll also talk about two specific Sony lenses I own that didn’t include hoods – along with the hoods I found that worked great for them.

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Featured Image of the Week | 8/8/2017

For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I returned to Philadelphia, PA for a shot of Independence Hall. Unlike almost every other shot people see of Independence Hall this one was captured from the back of the building instead of the front. For this article I’ll share a few of the techniques I employed to get the shot.

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