MC Contributor, photo innovator, educator and Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett or DiscoverMirrorless.com recently spoke to a group of Volume Photographers about the value of quick and easy online galleries for selling your images. Will writes… After speaking to volume photographers, it was clear that not all event photographers or seasonal photographers are aware of the “gallery” concept to sell images online, unlike the hoards wedding and portrait shooters who already know they must sell images online, and do it very well. With the “gallery” concept, you would use a dedicated URL to hold your images from a particular [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com and DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, and this time, he’s pimpin’ out his Panasonic Lumix G5 while optimizing it for Hybrid Photography. Giulio Writes “Customizing your camera for hybrid photography gives you the ability to move between stills and video with ease. Regardless of whether or not you’re using your camera’s EVF or touch screen, having your camera customized for hybrid means you’ll be able to – Shoot quickly Shoot well Have fun Check out the video to see how I used the accessories to customize the camera. The buttons in the video are made by Gariz [More]
(Via PhotographyBlog) – Olympus have just announced that there will be five new companies that will be joining Olympus and Panasonic in making micro 4/3 cameras, lenses and gear; including JK Imaging (a US Based company that will manufacture cameras under the Kodak name), innovative digital cinema camera (aka Blackmagic Design – which has already launched a Micro Four Thirds model, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT), Photron (experts in high-speed digital imaging), German company SVS-VISTEK and Japan’s ViewPLUS. Olympus states “With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing [More]
EOSHD posted a great story by a young filmmaker named Roberto Miller who has shot a feature film called “Mandorla” using 2 Panasonic Lumix GH2s and LOMO Anamorphic Lenses.  Hats off to Miller for having the passion and commitment to take on such a huge project.  We wish him well with the movie and will keep an eye on this story.  We’re also removing our chappeau for Andrew Reid and the EOSHD Community for inspiring countless young artists like Miller.  We are entering into an exciting new era of filmmaking, due in large part to the advent of cameras like [More]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography “Coach” Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com stops by the Photo Manufacturers Association (PMA) as well as the CES Show in Las Vegas, NV to talk Hybrid Photography and why he believes that  “High Volume” Photographers (like School Portrait Shooters) should and will be turning to mirrorless cameras. Will writes:  High volume photographers constantly face the challenge of becoming more efficient and need to find smarter ways to make more dollars per hour.  Volume photographers must be able to shoot high quality images at a really fast, rapid rate and many are seeking some guidance as they [More]
LA based Pro Photographer Steven Lynch (who has just joined the team of “Hybrid Heroes” on DiscoverMirrorless.com) has decided to leave his Canon 60d and T2i in Favor of a micro 4/3 camera system. Although Steven may be part of the first wave of Photo and Video Pros who have recognized the advantages of today’s mirrorless systems and have decided to travel small but shoot big, we believe he will soon be joined by many more.  2012 was a year in which we saw many advancements in mirrorless sensor technology and significant camera releases, including the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and [More]
Joey Daoud posted a great article on FilmakerMagazine.com about his experiences shooting a kickstarter video in Mexico using the Panasonic Lumix GH3. According to the article, it took Joey quite some time to warm up to shooting video with a smaller compact system camera.  That is, until he read about the Panasonic Lumix GH2. Joey writes:  “For the longest time I refused to get on the DSLR [and mirrorless] bandwagon. I was quite satisfied with my Sony EX1 and its XLR inputs and ability to shoot hours on end. However, even a minimal kit was bulky. I wanted something small [More]
MC Contributor, photo/video innovator and Hybrid Photography “Coach” Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com is blazing trails once again.  He just shot a portrait session completely without using flash, and he created a cool Hybrid eProduct at the same time! Will writes:  Yesterday was a big day.  I made it through two portrait shoots in the studio using no flash whatsoever, and lit the entire job using LED Lights Only! The lights used were the Quantum Omicron LED ringlight, for the bold “shadowless” look you see, and I also used a cluster of three Manfrotto ML 840H Maxima LED lights mounted inside [More]
2012 was an incredible year for mirrorless cameras and hybrid photography.  It was a year that saw the launch of several breakthrough cameras and lenses as well as serious advancements in sensor technology, lighting and innovations such as Wi-Fi.  The world of photography is changing, folks…  Hybrid isn’t just coming, it’s already here, and as we look back on 2012 a few years from now, we just might recognize that THIS was the year that started it all. The following are the favorite cameras, lenses and technological breakthroughs in 2102 of the MC contributors and Hybrid Heroes on DiscoverMirrorless.com.   There [More]
Following on from our review of the Sony NEX-6, Angela Nicholson of DigitalCameraWorld takes a quick look at its video and app functionality. The Sony NEX-6 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012 and it’s one of the first of what will surely be many Wi-Fi capable cameras.  Look for Wi-Fi and Apps to become the norm on cameras in the next two years, as I predict wireless “Smart Cameras” will transform the industry in much the same way as they did mobile phones. At $998 USD (with 16-50mm power zoom lens), this camera is aimed squarely at enthusiasts [More]
Suzette Allen (who is one of our colleagues over on DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented and visionary photo and video pro who is blazing the trail into the new era of Hybrid Photography.  The video above is just another example of the Hybrid Projects that Suzette is creating.  Stay tuned, because Suzette and our team are now collaborating on more Hybrid Photography creations! By the way, the video above was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GX1 (with the Kit Lens), now only $449 USD on Amazon
Petapixel posted a cool article about a project to freeze time and space using a camera rig with 100 cameras for extremely smooth 360-degree views of subjects that freeze time and space, thereby creating some really impressive “Matrix-like” effects. PetaPixel Reports:  Earlier this year, Theodoros Tziatzios of Real Creations and photographer George Hatzakis built one of the rigs for a 360° Timefreeze Project at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens. Passersby could create their own “timefreezed” video for free and share it with friends. The team used nearly 100 Olympus digital still cameras arranged in a giant circular rig 9 meters [More]
SoundImagePlus posted an intersting article, musing whether or not there is a modern day equivalent to the Leica Cameras of old, which at the time were regarded as little more than toys (to paraphrase). SIP writes:  Its easy to forget that what is now regarded as the height of expensive luxury and photographic excellence was probably regarded as a tool for a professional job in much the same way as turning up with a CSC these days. It was small, it was light, it was radical. Lots of people didn’t take it seriously. However as we all know, it did [More]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video/Hybrid “Coach” Will Crockett peels back the curtain to show you some of the tools and techniques that he uses to create Hybrid eProducts for his commercial clients. Will Writes:  Product photography is moving hybrid too.  We are making a cool hybrid eProduct for a commercial client to use in their trade show booth and for their website to grab some attention for their new product. To create the video and still images, we’ve chosen the Fuji X Pro because of it’s luxurious blacks at high ISO and it’s wicked sharp lenses for product photography.  Here’s [More]
Our good friend and Pro Photo Guru Chuck Jones of theCameraForum has just made the switch to mirrorless.  Chuck is a highly talented veteran photographer who has seen paradigm shifts in the photography industry before, most notably the shift from film to digital about a decade ago.  He sees the writing on the wall for large, bulky and heavy DSLR systems, so he’s trading in his DSLR Gear in favor of a Panasonic Lumix GH3…  and he’s not alone. In this video, Chuck and 3 other photo/video colleagues (Paul Gero, Marc Weisberg and Pham Minh Son, PhD) discuss the Lumix [More]
DIYPhotography.net posted a great article that gives a super-detailed behind the scenes look at how Epochs – the awesome Stop Motion Film above, was shot. DIYPhoto Reports:  Hawaii based photographer Sean Goebel shot Epochs, a spectacular time lapse piece over 11 months and 4 states. Interestingly enough, a lot of the tracking gear he used was home made and lots of the “pro” gear borrowed. Just goes to show that talent and dedication trumps budget anytime. Sean was king enough to share the complete super-detailed making of Epochs, including gear lists, locations, challanges and a lost-in-a-desert with a dying flash [More]
Change is coming, folks.  As technology advances and new and wonderful things become possible, it’s inevitable that the most creative among us come up with new and innovative ways to express or deliver their art. Once upon a time, the only way you could listen to music was to go and see it performed live.  Then came the phonograph and radio.  We’ve seen delivery systems progress from vinyl records to tapes (reel to reel, 8-track and cassette).  In the 80s, we gained the ability to play our music from a beam of light, as lasers read the information stored on [More]
We’re seeing more and more test footage from the GH3 as the impressive new Panasonic Lumix Flagship Camera makes it’s way into the hands of Photovideographers around the world, and 43Rumors have posted a nice collection of the latest. Video above shot with the Panasonic GH3 aboard the Cinestar 6 multirotor. from GravityShots.com on Vimeo. Here’s more videos from the roundup: Skateboarding Documentary shot by EOSHD using the Gh3 Here’s another GH3 video posted on EOSHD Monterey Pier Video by DigitalOutbackPhoto Finally, a little Astro Photography from Twills: “Here are some sample Astro Photographs I took with the GH3. I [More]
Stuart, one of the readers over at DiscoverMirrorless.com, submitted a question to MC Contributor Will Crockett to help him choose between a Panasonic Lumix G5 and a Lumix GH3. Here’s the question:   Will, I watched your review of the G5 and was somewhat discouraged.  You mentioned that it was not a good replacement for a GH2 owner, so here is my concern.  I am looking for a camera that will be used 85% of the time for still photography, but still want good video capabilities.  I am not doing anything professional, but am transitioning from a D7000, so image [More]
Four professional photographers and a regional rep from X-Rite engage in a conversation about getting the color right from your digital camera. Everyone wants the color in their images to be “spot on” and eliminate things like purple Star Trek looking grass or orange Ooompa Loompa skin tones on the people (apologies to Snooki from Jersey Shore ~_^).  But can we rely on the vastly improved Auto White Balance features on today’s Camera Systems or should we “auto” know better than to use AWB. What are the best practices for getting color right, whether it’s for print or for a [More]
Let’s face it folks.  Everywhere you look, there’s another person making a call on an iPhone or Android, or playing Angry Birds on an iPad or other tablet PC, and all those screens mean that BIG CHANGES are coming in the world of photography. All these smartphones and their cameras have all but obliterated the point and shoot digital camera market, and as powerful and sophisticated, yet easy to use mirrorless camera systems become more affordable and the technology built in to these systems continues to advance, another paradigm shift is about to occur. Whether you’re a pro photographer who [More]
Two Pro Photographers (MC Contributor Will Crockett of DiscoverMirrorless.com and his good friend and colleague Wayne Ross), both of whom are VERY familiar with Nikon and Panasonic Cameras, take a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and a Nikon D800 out for a day of shooting to compare their functionality in real world conditions. Will writes:  As photo and video professionals, we need to be as efficient as possible with our time when shooting hybrid. I want to be comfortable and confident when it comes to recording the moment in still as well as when to use the video button, but shooting [More]
Super-Talented Photographer Suzette Allen (one of our colleagues over on DiscoverMirrorless.com)  has just produced one of the best single Hybrid eProducts we’ve ever seen is the new Christmas “eCard” that she made for a client this week. This eCard is exactly what we think photographers should be focusing on (no pun intended ~_^) – and this time next year, we here at MirrorlessCentral.com and our friends and colleagues over at DiscoverMirrorless.com will be sharing this template with you while showing you exactly how to shoot the best possible images to fill it in. Check out the 35 second long eProduct, [More]
Can you really put together a workable video slider dolly for less than $6.00 USD? In this short video, our good friend and MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com), who we sometimes call “The McGyver of the Photography World”,  shows you exactly how he put together a great tabletop video slider dolly in about 10 minutes with $6 worth of PVC and a few items that that he had lying around the house (and that you probably lying around your house too). By using a dolly like this, you can smooth movement in your videos with your mirrorless camera. These sequences [More]