With the advent of cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 and the new OM-D E-M1, we have finally witnessed the realization of professional level mirrorless camera systems, complete with weather sealing.  But as MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.PRO) will tell you, “weather resistant” does not mean “weather proof.”  In the video above, Coach Crockett explains some easy and inexpensive ways to protect your camera gear, even in the harshest of Polar Vortexes. Will Writes… The Lumix GH3 is promoted as a “weather sealed” camera and includes a few of the lenses [More]
Master Portrait Photographer Marc Hauser has been a professional portrait photographer for more than 34 years and is a legend in the world of photography  Marc is renowned the world over for his work, which has literally stopped traffic – His portrait of Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, used for a Bigsby & Kruthers ad on a building overlooking Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway, caused traffic jams as drivers slowed to gawk at the larger-than-life Rodman. At age 14 he was an apprentice to renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. As a teenager, Hauser produced hundreds of album covers in collaboration with Album [More]
In the video above, Protog David Hobby takes us on an in depth feature by feature walkthrough of the Fuji X100s premium fixed lens compact camera.  The X100s features a second generation X-Trans II Sensor and EXRII Processing Technology that take the already excellent performance of Fuji’s X-Series cameras to new heights.  Indeed, the X100s is turning a lot of heads and is finding it’s way into the camera bags of many highly renowned photo pros. Buy the Fuji X100s on Amazon Here
Light Trails, or the streaky red glow of auto tail lights in your images, is one of the most popular effects in photography.  It’s also one of the easiest effects to create, provided you follow a few simple techniques. Here’s a great tutorial on How To Photograph Light Trails, courtesy of the folks over at PictureCorrect. All you’ll need is a tripod (or a way to keep your camera steady to avoid blurry images) and a camera that will allow you to adjust it’s shutter speed.  Find a place near a road (where you won’t get hit by passing traffic [More]
Kai, Alamby and their special guest model Vanisa get together to do a little Hadouken Photography as only DigitalRevTV can do it. Hadouken is somewhat akin to levitation photography, only instead of just floating in the air, your subjects basically act out action scenes from a video game fight.  As always with DRTV, it’s good fun.  Enjoy!
HDR Photography is a hot ticket these days, and it’s hard not to love the rich colorful images that are inherent of the genre.  HDR Photography is a range of methods used to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.  In other words, boosting the dynamic range of your images.  Though the process sounds fairly complicated, as technology advances, the once tangled processes that were necessary to create these beautiful images are becoming [More]
For those looking to bone up on the Photoshop Skills, B&H posted an excellent tutorial (above) by photographer (and highly skilled Photoshop Guy) Jeff Cable, who lectures on / demonstrates the top 15 tools that you need to know for quick and easy editing.  It’s almost 2 hours long, but it’s chock full of info and well worth the time if you really want to up your Photoshop game. Tools Included in the Video: Straightening – For those ever-so-slightly crooked pictures Exposure – This contains the highlight and shadow sliders allowing you to fine-tune your exposure Contrast – To give [More]
Here’s a short, but excellent How To video from the folks at Photoshop Tutorials that shows you, step by step, how to create 3 stunning photographic effects for your wedding pics.  Enjoy! PSTutorials write… Most wedding photographers use Adobe Lightroom to manage and retouch their photos. But there are times when they need to switch to Photoshop for more control over their photos. In this tutorial, you will learn three of the most common effects used by wedding photographers. We’ll show you how to access and use the hidden split-toning presets in Photoshop CS6, create high-contrast black and white photos [More]
In the video above, Pro-tog Mike Browne does an excellent job explaining the Rule of Thirds.  The ROT is one of the most basic rules (ouch…  I really hate using that word since no rule is absolute.  But I guess it rolls off the tongue better than “the Guideline of Thirds” ~_^) of composition and it’s so simple that a child could easily master it in a matter of moments.  Yet it’s surprising how many aspiring photo-videographers are either oblivious to the ROT or choose not to apply it, but by using this one simple rule technique, you can easily [More]
Pulling out one specific color from a black and white image is one of the coolest photographic effects you can get, and nowadays, it’s easier than ever to do.  In the video above, Howard Pinsky shows you how to achieve the effect using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but did you know you can easily achieve the exact same effect without any Photoshop skills or post processing of your images whatsoever? If you think this sounds too good to be true, then check out the image below: This photo was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX7 on a trip to the Botanical [More]
In the 4th and final installment of his series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) peels back the curtain to reveal how he gets the most out of the GH3’s custom settings. Giulio writes… “I’ll show you how I can quickly build custom settings such as Retro, Color and Monochrome looks and store them in the GH3′s C1-3 buttons…like a BOSS. Now that you’ve got your function buttons set, quick menu customized and JPEG settings hooked up, you’re almost ready to shoot [More]
In Part III of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) tackles the JPEG Settings on Panasonic’s new flagship camera.  JPEG for the WIN! Giulio writes… “The GH3 comes with 7 picture profiles, including a custom profile that you can build and store in camera for latter use. The JPEG settings covered in this video will give you a starting point to get the best color out of your stills and videos. In addition to the JPEG settings you [More]
In Part II of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”, MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) dives into the Quick Menus on Panasonic’s new flagship camera. Giulio writes… “Every time I shoot with the GH3, I use the quick menu…every time! The quick menu is great for recalling settings on the fly instead of having to dig through the main menu on a regular basis. Using the quick menu will save you time and help you with your shooting accuracy, which of course makes you [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, this time with the first part of his 4 part series on “How To Set Up Your Panasonic Lumix GH3 Like a BOSS”. In this part, G focuses on the GH3’s 7 Custom Function Buttons. Giulio writes… “The Lumix GH3 is the only hybrid camera made for professionals and I love it. When properly set up for how I shoot, the GH3 just gets out of my way and lets me create. In this video, I’ll go over each of the GH3′s 7 custom function buttons, how [More]
MC Contributor, Hybrid Hero and Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio (DiscoverMirrorless.com and SmallCameraBigPicture.com) is back, and this time he giving us the goods on the Panasonic Lumix G5. G reveals his “secret sauce” on how to set up the Lumix G5 like a BOSS – and get the most out of what is one of the best, and most overlooked, cameras to be released in the last 12 months. Giulio writes… The Lumix G5 may be the little brother of the Panasonic’s flagship Hybrid Monster, the Lumix GH3 – but with the tips in this video I’ll show you how [More]
We’ve heard it said before that experience is the best teacher – as long as it’s someone else’s experience.  So for all you aspiring indie filmmakers out there, here’s some great experience and advice to tap into from an independent filmmaker who shares the good, the bad and the ugly of getting his production off the ground and into distribution. Independent Filmmaker Tom Durham recently sat down with the folks over at Red Giant and gave some excellent advice on filming your very own independent movie. This is something about which Tom knows a lot as has spent the last [More]
I recently got together for a G+ Hangout with Sports and Portrait Photographer Carol Schlintz and LA Based ProTog Steven Lynch (who are a couple of my colleagues and fellow “Hybrid Heroes” from DiscoverMirrorless.com) to talk about video editing basics and how to use Adobe Premiere Pro. Steven does an excellent walkthrough of the basics of editing and how to navigate the Adobe Premiere Pro workspace. Although it’s technically a “Pro” tool, Adobe Premiere Pro is easy enough to be used by beginners, but it’s also chock full of advanced features that make it a perfect choice for those looking [More]
The Gang from theSlantedLens put together this cool DIY Green Screen for about $14 bucks (not including the mic stands) by using a piece of PVC Pipe, a couple of Microphone Stands and some fabric from your favorite fabric store. By using a Green Screen and Chroma Key, you can easily create eye popping effects in your videos (>>Click Here<< to learn more about chroma key). Materials Used… Green gabardine fabric (determine the size that you want your screen to be and buy accordingly.  It’s best to go to the fabric store to pick this out in person so that [More]
Ever wonder how the Avengers can fight all those epic battles in the heart of New York City without completely trashing the city?  In the video above, the crew from ILM (That’s George Lucas’ Special FX Super Company, Industrial Light and Magic) peel back the curtain to give us some insight as to how they were able to pull off some of the dazzling effects from last summer’s eye candy blockbuster. ILM Tells Us… Although roughly a third of “The Avengers” is set in New York City precious little was actually filmed there. ILM crew members photographed 7-miles of city [More]
Here’s a great tutorial on nighttime photography from Amy R on YouTube.  Amy covers all the bases as she explains the best times to take night photos as well as what camera settings and lenses are best suited for shooting those tasty night time cityscapes.  She also shares her secret sauce methods and photographic techniques that work – as well as what to avoid – so that your night photos become sharper, clearer and more stunning. One of the most important settings on your camera that will help to insure that your nighttime images will look their best is Custom [More]
Ever wondered how to capture those cool, “extreme” looking skateboard, snowboard bmx bike, etc. shots?  Here are some tips and insights from seven top skateboard shooters that can be applied to any extreme sport, or even not so extreme sports – like your kids jumping into the pool or on a trampoline.  — Enjoy! (Source – PictureCorrect.com) 1.  Jon Humphries (Video at Top) – Humphries has a unique ability to freeze the skaters mid-action as they display all the grace of a ballet dancer and the grit of an extreme athlete.  Much of Humphries work is in black and white, [More]
IndyMogul’s Griffin Hammond returns with another production tutorial, this time focusing on Real Estate Films. The meat of the content begins at about the 1:35 mark in the video, and Griffin covers many aspects of Freelance Videography, including the equipment he uses, shooting techniques, editing, music and how much to charge. This is an excellent resource for those aspiring to become a freelance videographer (You can also watch Griffin’s Tutorial on shooting Wedding Films Here) Within the body of this video, Griffin hits on one of the main reasons why I personally chose to use Panasonic cameras to produce my [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul discusses the basics of wedding videography, from how to get your first gig, through what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your shots and how to tell a story with your video. This is an excellent peek behind the curtain for any filmmaker, but especially for those aspiring to get into the lucrative wedding industry. Griffin’s camera and gear set up is excellent.  You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Panasonic Lumix GH2 for shooting video.  Griffin also uses a GoPro Hero2 in the video.  This is an excellent choice for [More]
Whether you’re an aspiring photographer/filmmaker or a seasoned pro, you know that one of the biggest truths about the photo/video industry is that those who get involved by and large have a passion for their craft.  A passion for creation that helps them to bring their images to life.  Of course, after going around pricing up all the cameras, lenses and gear that you want, a second major truth becomes apparent…  Photography and Filmmaking can be expensive (especially if you’re starting out from scratch), but they don’t have to be… How To Start Your Photo/Video Business on a Budget Once [More]