After a preliminary unveiling at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Panasonic are announcing the release of their newest flagship micro 4/3 camera – the Lumix GH4. Like it’s predecessor, the Lumix GH3 (which will remain available), the GH4 is designed as a “Hybrid Camera” that is ideal for shooting both top quality still photos and stunning HD video files, this time with 4k capability.  Panasonic have really upped their game in the video department with the GH4, and this is no small feat considering that video is an area where they are already at or near the top of the [More]
MC Editor in Chief Scott Giorgini interviews Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett about his latest projects in the world of Hybrid Photography, his upcoming appearance at the PMA Show in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 5th 2014, and what is coming in the future for Hybrid Photographers. The topic of Will’s presentation at the show will be “The Profitable eProduct” – and he’s got some really great stuff in the works!  Best of all, you don’t have to be at the show to see the presentation.  Just go to >>  HybridLIVE.pro << on Sunday, January 14th 2014 at 6pm EST [More]
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere, it’s hard to deny that more and more photographers are branching into Hybrid – the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio, etc. to create a new art form.  As I’ve stated many times in this space (and others), one of the most important yet commonly overlooked pieces of the Hybrid Puzzle is Audio.  Frankly, a lot of those taking their first steps into Hybrid Photography are a bit perplexed by the video aspect of it, and don’t even want to consider good quality audio, but quality audio is the key component [More]
OK…  Let me say this right out of the gate.  The Sony A7 and Sony A7R are FANTASTIC Cameras!  If you’re a pro or advanced enthusiast photographer who demands the very best in image quality, and you have advanced photography/videography skills, then these full frame darlings may be just what you’re looking for.  They offer great value for the money and match up very well when compared to their DSLR counterparts (and we’re talking the very top end DSLRs), and if you pick one up, I’m very confident that you’re going to love it (if you want to know more [More]
When Olympus released the OM-D E-M5 Micro 4/3 camera, it quickly became one of the most popular image making machines on the market, and is arguably the first camera that made pro photographers begin to consider moving away from their bulky DSLR gear in favor of the smaller and lighter M43 setup.  Who could blame them, as the OM-D E-M5 had so much going for it.  It was small and light, but still had a rugged, professional grade, weather sealed build quality; and the images produced by the camera are nothing short of breathtaking. Now, Olympus have launched the follow [More]
When Fujifilm released the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 in 2012, the photography world stood up and took notice.  The first generation Fuji X-Trans sensors and processing technology were really something special, and though the sensors aren’t “full frame”, they produce some of the tastiest files you’ll ever get from any camera, and the image quality is nothing short of spectacular.  But what these cameras brought in IQ, they also lacked in Autofocus speed. MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett is no stranger to the Fuji Cams – and the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 were two of his favorite [More]
Youtube User DIGIFOTO Pro posted the video quality comparison above between the Panasonic Lumix G6 and Panasonic’s former flagship, the Lumix GH2 (you can see Part I of our video quality comparison here). Just to recap, the Lumix G6 and GH2 share the same sensor.  But the G6’s processing engine is now several generations beyond that of the GH2 and allows the G6 to tap into much more of the sensor’s brilliant image capturing capacity in still photos mode.  But does the Lumix G6 match up well with the legendary GH2 in video mode? Watch the video above, which shows both graded [More]
When Panasonic Launched the Lumix G5 last year, it was touted by many as the GH2.5, but even though the G5 is built around the same sensor that powers the highly celebrated Lumix GH2 and it’s updated Venus Image Processor considerably upped the sensor’s image capturing capabilities in still photos mode, the G5 lacked the manual controls, mic input and full array of video modes packed into the GH2.  Enter the new Lumix G6, which is still loaded up with the same GH2 sensor, but it’s packing an even more advanced Venus Image Processor for faster autofocus and better low [More]
Throughout history, there have been those with the ability to recognize adapt to the changing times, and it has been these individuals who have brought forth innovations that have literally changed the world. Think of people like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and more recently, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Today…  right now, we find ourselves at the beginning of a shift in the world of photography. As more and more mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) are getting into the hands of consumers – and let’s face it, folks… these things are ubiquitous as it is – photographers [More]
The Panasonic Lumix GH2 has been one of the most celebrated cameras of the last few years, and it’s spectacular capabilities in video mode have given the GH2 a cult-like following among indie and enthusiast video producers.  One thing is certain, even though the capabilities of the GH2’s sensor wasn’t fully realized for still images, the camera can produce crazy brilliant image quality in video mode (especially after it was hacked).  When the Lumix G5 came out last year, complete with a GH2 sensor inside, the superb image quality for which the sensor is famous was finally realized in still [More]
“If you’re not already using LEDs, you will be…”   MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett knows the importance of having a continuous light source for shooting Hybrid – and as more photo and video pros begin to combine their work into innovative new Hybrid eProducts, on thing is certain.  LED Lighting will become the must have tool of the new generation.   So if you’re looking to add an LED or two to your portrait lighting kit, you want to see the best way to get the best possible color from any LED, you’re thinking about shooting [More]
Hybrid Photography is a quickly emerging art form that combines still photos, video, audio and graphics and pushes the boundaries of creative vision.  As more and more photographers realize the importance of integrating Hybrid into their workflow, the need for cameras that can capture high quality photos, videos and audio equally well becomes increasingly important. The gold standard for Hybrid Cameras at present is the Panasonic Lumix GH3, followed closely by the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX 6.  Each of these cameras are exceptional, and will set you back $1,000+ USD, plus whatever you spend on lenses.  Not too [More]
In the video above, our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Suzette Allen explains why the time is right for photographers to go Hybrid. Suzette is a bonafide superstar in the photography world and even she recognizes that the world of photovideography is quickly changing, but the change doesn’t have to be scary. Suzette writes… Before we learn the “Hows”, we need to look at the “Why”, why we need to learn hybrid photography. Photography is America’s no. 1 hobby…because it is fun! Knowing this fact is so important. Let me tell you “Why” I have added Hybrid [More]
The amazing video above, shot by pro photographer/director Vincent Laforet and Team, is all the more amazing when you consider that it was shot entirely using one piece of equipment – the new MōVI – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal that Laforet was testing.  Vincent and his crew were so impressed with the unit that he calls it a “game changer,” going so far as to say that “it’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.” When you watch the video above, you can understand why as it’s chock full [More]
WPPI 2013 was bigger and better than ever, and there was a lot of buzz surrounding our friends and Hybrid Photography Superstars from DiscoverMirrorless.com – namely, Hybrid Pioneer Will Crockett and the Ultra Talented and Ultra Cool Suzette Allen and Giulio Sciorio. With each passing day, there are more and more people checking out the Hybrid Photoverse here on MC and on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless, and it seems like WPPI was a launching pad of sorts for those who are seeing the Hybrid Light. Here are some highlights from the show… First up, is an interview with Kayce Baker, [More]
As we move into Hybrid Photography, where traditional still photos are skillfully blended with video, audio and graphics, the importance of an always on lighting source becomes greater and greater.  After all, flash doesn’t really work very well when you’re shooting video.  The obvious option here is the new generation of LED lighting that is emerging from numerous companies, but not all LEDs are created equally. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett talks about the ups and downs of today’s LED lights, and how to get the most out of them when you’re shooting [More]
Join yours truly along with Will Crockett, Suzette Allen, Giulio Sciorio and all the Hybrid Heroes from DiscoverMirrorless.com on the new Hybrid Photography Facebook Page. Be sure to stop on by and give us a ‘Like’, as we’ll be starting a new Live Hybrid Photo Web Show that you can access right from Facebook Soon!
Did you know that Youtube now gives you the ability to easily upload photos (yes…  photos) to create basic hybrid slideshows? It seems that Google’s popular video hosting service isn’t just for videos anymore, and Petapixel posted an article demonstrating Youtube’s new Hybrid Creation Tool. Petapixel reports… “[Youtube] has a special feature designed just for photo slideshows. If you’ve never considered using YouTube for photos, you may have never noticed the option, but it’s right there on the Upload page. Click it, and you’ll be asked to select the photos you’d like to use for the slideshow. This can either [More]
Our good friend, Photo-Phenom and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com Suzette Allen demonstrates the dougmon handheld camera stabilizer. The dougmon was invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – hence the name – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – Doung touts the dougmon as the swiss army knife of hand held camera support systems. My 2 Cents Anytime someone comes up with a solution to make life easier for us video shooters, I’m all for it. Thanks Suzette for a great demo!  I’ll try mine with a slingmon sling system. What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below… If you’re interested [More]
One of the undeniable factors that is accelerating the advent of Hybrid Photography are the new ways that consumers require their photos and videos to be delivered. As Social Media Sharing sites like Facebook and Pinterest, and Smart Devices like iPhones, iPads and Androids become more popular, we have seen a move away from traditional methods of delivery – for example, printed photos and DVDs – and towards e-Products that can be delivered directly to the internet and those smart devices.  But are the formats of those new delivery points changing the way the photographers capture their images? At a [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sits down with master portrait photographer Marc Hauser as he looks for a better way to shoot his famous sepia toned images. Will and Marc work to make-over over Marc’s Chicago studio to see if using a mirrorless camera might be the still photo solution he’s looking for… which as Will put’s it, is to “capture the still photos that Marc is famous for, but with the secret sauce done in the camera, then having the added bonus of shooting high quality video that will match Marc’s [More]
Hybrid Photography, the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio and graphics to create new and moving works of art that can be delivered via the web or smart devices, is the coming wave.  If a picture speaks a thousand words, then Hybrid speaks a million.  And the Dodge Ram Truck ad on SuperBowl Sunday, which is a brilliant example of the power of Hybrid Photography, spoke volumes. Each component of the Ram Truck ad is a powerful and compelling piece in it’s own right.  On their own, each individual image used in this piece beautifully captures the grit, hard [More]
I was reading an interesting article by David Taylor-Hughes over on SoundImagePlus about whether or not he thought that JPEGs could deliver quality images.  As I was gleaning YouTube for a video that could go along with this article, I found the one above by Matt Granger (aka ThatNikonGuy), who delivers what is one of the most practical and unbiased examinations of the “RAW vs JPEG” argument that I have ever come across.  It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to watch. Now back to David.  It seems that He has developed some vision issues (Double Vision) as [More]
Here’s a little visual treat from our good friend Chuck Jones of the CameraForum and DiscoverMirrorless.com.  Chuck has been out and about with one of his favorite new cameras…  the Panasonic Lumix GH3.  This time, our photo/video ninja buddy was snapping up the sights and sounds on Venice beach, CA – and he came away with some truly breathtaking photos and video by using the GH3 and the new Lumix 12-35mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens. The ability to easily flow between photo and video (or even do both at the same time) and get equally stunning results with each is [More]