What is a Hybrid eProduct and why do YOU need to know about them?  Here’s a great Hybrid Hangout featuring some of the Ladies from DiscoverMirrorless.com, who got together to discuss Hybrid eProducts from several perspectives: business, market, artistic, expectations, professional leadership and more. Joining the conversation are talented pro photographers Suzette Allen (www.SuzetteAllen.com),  Lynette Kent  (www.LynetteKent.com), Jessica Wallach (www.PortraitPlaytime.com), Carol Schlintz (www.MindWorksDreams.com), and web specialist Cindy Conner (www.MidwestConnections.com).
Since the launch of this website, we’ve been telling you about the coming wave of Hybrid Photography that is about to revolutionize the photo and video industry, but even though a paradigm shift is about to occur that’s as big as the shift from film to digital, there are still a lot of people who are having a hard time wrapping their heads around what this shift will mean to them. Well, a few days ago we put up a post by Suzette Allen, a highly renowned (and incredibly talented) photographer and educator who is one of our colleagues on [More]
PetaPixel has a great post about creating a stunning slow motion video by using still photos (in this video example, the stills are from the World Wildlife Fund). PetaPixel Reports: It may be hard to believe, but all the amazing slow-motion clips you see in the video above were created using individual still photographs. Joe Fellows of London-based film production company Make Productions gathered photographs of wildlife and people from the WWF archives, and then Photoshopped and animated the images using parallax. Fellows says the technique was done by using Photoshop to extract specific portions of each photograph, which are [More]
Choosing a camera…  there’s a lot of shiny new gadgets out there to entice you, but what is it that you’re really looking for?  You have to realize  that the average camera body has a relevance lifespan of about 2 years before it’s replaced by the next generation of newer, better, brighter, shinier toys.  Just over the span of the last four years there have been major advancements in image quality, focus speeds, low light capabilities, etc. in mirrorless cameras, but if you’re someone who’s just getting into Hybrid Photography then  your goal should be to cultivate a relationship with [More]
(Panasonic Lumix GH3 vs GH2 – High ISO test from emeric on Vimeo) Via 43Rumors – Our french friends at Hybridcams (translation here) posted the full GH3 review and included a comaprison with the “older” GH2: “Meticulously designed, well thought out ergonomics and obviously excellent performance not only at the video where it was expected, but also in photo.” And because Panasonic is already shipping, you can see first user reviews like these High ISO samples that have been posted on Dpreview forum. Our Take:  The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 has been making it’s way into the hands of MC [More]
MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) interviews MC creator Scott Giorgini about the ins and outs of video production in a series of videos taken from a Google + Hangout. Consider this an open thread… Video 1 (above) is the “Pitfalls of Learning Video”. Other videos in the series are shown below: Video 2: What Gear Do I Need? Video 3: How To Record and Sync Audio Video 4: Editing Your Videos Video 5: Quality vs Quantity Video 6: Lighting Your Shots
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) takes the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and the new Pro lenses for a high society (and high ISO) evening at the art museum. In this video, Will exhibits the low light capabilities of the new camera in the form of a Hybrid eProduct – a combination of still photos, video and audio that is the coming wave in pro photography. Will writes:  Part of my attraction to mirrorless cameras is that they are lots easier to shoot hybrid than DSLRs. Sure, the “smaller  &  lighter than DSLR” element is great, but it’s the image that [More]
PetaPixel posted a video that is an excellent example of Hybrid Photography – the blending of stills and video to create a whole new art-form. In this case, a young couple documents their 2 week cross country road trip in 3 minutes by creating a stop-motion video from 5,000 still images they took during their trip. PetaPixel Reports:  A Seattle-based couple named Mike Matas and Sharon Hwang recently went on an epic cross-country road trip and documented it in a cool way. The duo, both product designers at Facebook, rented a car from a national rental company and spent two [More]
Here’s MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) with a test video using the Panasonic Lumix GH3 at 2000 ISO at night. Camera was set to color +3, SCENERY picture setting, 60i, using the 12-35mm f 2.8 zoom Don’t forget, Will is inviting YOU to ask YOUR QUESTIONS! So if there’s anything at all you want to know about the GH3, >>Post Them Here<< Watch all of Will’s GH3 Test Videos on DiscoverMirrorless.com Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
MC contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) continues his tests of the Panasonic Lumix GH3. In this video, Will fiddles with the Wi-Fi functions on the new camera, and wow, does it look awesome! Don’t forget, Will is inviting YOU to ask YOUR QUESTIONS! So if there’s anything at all you want to know about the GH3, >>Post Them Here<< Watch all of Will’s GH3 Test Videos on DiscoverMirrorless.com Check out the Panasonic Lumix GH3 Here
The Camera Store‘s Chris Niccolls and Dave Paul put the Fuji X-E1 and the Sony NEX 6 to the test in a head to head shootout! The Camera Store writes:  If you’re looking for a small mirrorless camera with a viewfinder, the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6 are two of the best options out there. But which is the better choice for your style of shooting? Editor’s note:  Looks like the Camera Store guys came to the same conclusion that we did.  The X-E1 is a better stills camera while the NEX 6 is better for video and all around [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
In this excellent edition of the Hybrid Hangout, host Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) welcomes special guest Jared Polin (FroKnowsPhoto.com) and Hybrid Heroes Giulio Sciorio, Marlene Hielema, Bill Burkholder and Carol Schlintz for a lively discussion of RAW vs JPEG and which is better to shoot in different situations. This is a highly controversial topic and there are hardcore advocates on both sides. Here’s Will’s description of the hangout: Both JPEG and RAW file formats are good these days, but they are very different. When is it a good idea to use RAW, when is it best to shoot in JPEG, what [More]
Chosen by Business Insider as one of the best photo and video apps in the world! flayvr is a free app that acts as a beautiful, intuitive mobile gallery that automatically organizes photos and videos from your phone into albums you can keep private or share with others. Flayvr will automatically organize photos and videos from your phone, “instantly showcasing your life experiences as interactive and vivid collections.” It will also auto-title events straight from your iPhone Calendar. You can choose which photos and videos you want to focus on, then instantly share them side by side to your favorite [More]
When the Sony RX1 was unveiled a few months ago at Photokina, we found the camera to be quite an enigma. After all, Sony wouldn’t even let photographers on the scene handle the camera. They just displayed it in a glass cube. Sony call it the World’s First Full Frame Compact Camera as it sports the same 35mm CMOS sensor as the new Sony A99 DSLT Camera, and it’s packed into a tiny tiny frame, but with a hefty hefty price tag. There’s no doubt that this is a top quality camera, and that 35mm Sony Sensor is absolutely killer! [More]
PhotographyBlog just posted a nice article about a new feature offered by Photobucket called “Photobucket Stories.”  Looks like Photobucket is catching on to the new era of Hybrid Photography, and with their new “Stories” feature, you’ll be able to upload your photos and videos to create your own unique storyboards – Hybrid style! Here’s what PhotographyBlog has to say:  Photobucket has launched “Photobucket Stories,” providing users with an easy new way to combine photos and videos into complete, shareable narratives. Once Stories are created, they are easily embeddable on blogs, personal, and brand sites, and can be shared among friends [More]
The reviews of the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 keep rolling in.  The latest one is pretty in depth and comes from TJ Donegan at DigitalCameraInfo.com. Here’s TJ’s conclusion: The Panasonic GH3 is the Micro Four Thirds system all grown up, and it’s hard to argue that it’s not the best mirrorless system camera to date. While we’ve seen impressive performance from other bodies like the Sony NEX-7, and incredible styling and control in the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Panasonic GH3 brings all of that together with some exceptional video quality to boot. Mirrorless system cameras are typically quite compact, but [More]
MC Contributor and Photo/Video Ninja Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) talks about “eProducts.”  This is the next generation of delivery for your photos and videos (and the fusion of the two), and as the digital age spreads farther and wider, you’ll see more and more people moving away from whipping out their old photo albums and whipping out their iPads, iPhones and facebook Pages instead. Will writes: As we all move into hybrid photography and add movement to our pictures, we will be creating eProducts more than we create printed products.  Well, jpegs cannot hold motion or sound so we’ll be using [More]
The new Panasonic Lumix GH3 is making the rounds.  This time, it lands squarely in the hands of The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls, who put’s the camera through it’s paces in a hands on review. Here’s what The Camera Store says:  The Panasonic GH2 was enormously popular for its great still abilities, combined with astonishing video quality for the price. The new GH3 ups the stakes again, but with so many very capable competitors, can it still stand out? The Camera Store’s Chris Niccolls takes a look at how the latest Micro 4/3 camera holds up. Our take:  On the [More]
Andrew Reid of EOSHD.com posted his Real World Test of the Panasonic Lumix GH3. It’s a very in depth hands on review, but keep in mind that the camera he was using was a pre-production model (without the latest firmware), so any issues of moire and aliasing that are mentioned should be measured with a grain of salt until the final production model is tested. Here is Andrew’s summary: The Panasonic GH3 is a 90% successful update to the Panasonic GH2. Here’s a provisional list of significant pros and cons relative to the GH2. Better stills Better colour and dynamic range [More]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video Stud Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) discusses the tools and methods he used on a recent shoot for a Chicago Cupcake Company that has caught the attention of Food Blogger Paula Thomas. Will writes:  I made friends with a very talented food blogger in Seattle who saw a small hybrid cupcake piece I made for a local baker. She, like most foodie bloggers, wants a speedy way to show the food for their posts. But when I read most blogs I always think of how much better the blogger can get their point across about the dining [More]
The Mirrorless Mythbusters are In the House! 6 photographers who have recently entered into the post-DSLR world share their favorite myths about moving to mirrorless cameras for the photo and video images they shoot. Hangout with MC Creator Scott Giorgini and contributors Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com), Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) as well as Pro-Tog Extraordinaire Chuck Jones and Ian Stone (Zenfolio.com) as they chuckle about their experiences with both the fact and fiction answer common questions like: “Are the lenses for mirrorless as good as DSLR lenses?” “What will my client think if I show up with a teeny [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) discusses “Hybrid Imaging” – a new era in the photo/video world and why you NEED to know about it. Will Writes: Sometimes when images appear on the screen of a phone, tablet or computer, adding some motion, movement and sound can have a much bigger impact than just one still photo. As pro photographer, I want to share with you how we add more dimension to our images by using the super simple methods of hybrid imaging. Here’s a great example of a hybrid piece that plays on my iPhone to help me enjoy my [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) showcases the awesome new LED Ring Light, the Quantum Omicron. Quantum have been making some of the best lighting, flash, wireless controllers, photo meters, and all kinds of other gear for years, and the Omicron LED Ring Light is definitely no exception. Here’s Will’s Comments on the video: Snappy, snazzy, punchy, poppy ringlights are a part of my photographic style when shooting either DSLR or Mirrorless. For years I’ve used the ringflashes from Elinchrom and Profoto (still do!) but Quantum has introduced a hybrid ringlight called the Omicron that provides both flash and continuous LED [More]