For those of you looking for a lot of technical information about the Sony A7R II, this is the wrong article for it. I will clear this up from the get-go so that you an read it and move on. However I suggest you don’t as this post is littered (zing!) with adorable Kittens. I volunteer my photography with local SPCA when I can, and I’m endeavouring to do it more often now that I’m doing photography full time. Kittens are the perfect test for a camera’s autofocusing system. I shot WIDE open with the Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 and I think I got some terrific images. I shot 18mp jpegs, as there was no need for slow-to-write RAW files and wanted to shoot these little cuties rapidly. The camera performed exceptionally. I will have many more features in the future about this camera, and camera gear in general, but today it is about giving something back.Read More›
Moving to proper studio style strobe lighting from available or hot lights is one of the first major hurdles a photographer will cross when transitioning to photography as a career or even just taking your hobby to the next level. However lighting setups do not have to be overly complex, and beautiful photographs, if carefully planned, can be taken with just one light source. Here is an example of a stunning portrait style making use of only one light (in this case a Paul C Buff White Lightning X1600 with a 22″ beauty dish) and nothing but a white wall (which to be honest was horribly dirty lol).
Last week I had the incredible fortune of testing out the latest and greatest camera on the market, the new Sony A7R II. Now this camera has been reviewed, poured over, and dissected by every major media outlet online, but there was something so continually robotic and monotonous about the words I was reading that I was dying to handle this beast myself. I have a pretty lucky life and this here was no exception. A very close friend of mine, Jay Perry and in fact purchased one and received it ahead of his delivery date. True to form and consistent with his incredible character and generosity, he allowed me to test shoot with it. A dream come true. And given my shooting style, I decided that it would be best for me to do a thorough test with no lighting equipment whatsoever, and put the high ISO performance of this camera to the test (which for me was really what I was after, more on this later). I called up my friend Max who is an actor and a great character study, and proposed to him that he be my model for this shoot. He jumped at the chance and away we went.