Gordon Laing of CameraLabs catches up with Lumix UK Product Manager Barney Sykes to talk about the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 micro 4/3 camera. Other than the name and a cursory resemblance to it’s predecessor, there is much that separates the GF6 from the previous model.  Indeed, Panasonic have raised the bar considerably with the new Lumix GF6. On the outside, it’s slightly larger than the GF5, and the new model also incorporates a mode dial, metal top plate and a tilting touch screen (a’la smart phone) that can flip a full 180 degrees to face forward for self portraits. The [More]
Here’s a short but great video by Mark Toal, my good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero from DiscoverMirrorless.com about using auto vs manual control for video on the Panasonic Lumix GH3. Mark is a highly talented photographer who also works for Panasonic, and this video is in response to a schlew of questions he received after doing a G+ Hangout series about video with another Hybrid Hero, Carol Schlintz. Mark always brings great information to the table and we definitely wanted to share this with our readers.  Enjoy! Buy the Panasonic Lumix GH3 on Amazon Here
The hot news at NAB 2013 so far has come from Blackmagic Cinema, who today announced an all new 4k Cinema Camera as well as a Pocket Cinema Camera that’s about the size of a Sony NEX camera and has a LIVE micro 4/3 lens mount that’s not yet available on their full sized M43 video camera, and at $995 USD it should have a broad appeal for video shooters.  BMC expects the Pocket Cinema Camera to ship in July. The video above from NextWavG on Youtube shows a presentation on the new cameras. The video below, from endgadget, shows [More]
Hey Gang… Stop by the Hybrid Photography Facebook page and enter to win a MeFOTO Tripod (the blue one that Will Crockett uses in his Real Life Audition). We’ve been loving these new tripods.  They’re not just sturdy and versatile, the funky colors are absolute conversation starters. Click on over now and enter to win! …and if you want to see the review again, watch below:
In creating Coolpix A, Nikon have put together a very small compact camera with some impressive specs.  The Coolpix A may have a small body, but Nikon have loaded it up with the same 16mp APS-C sensor that can be found in the Nikon D7000 DSLR.  It has a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).  It also has Full HD video recording capability, Wi-Fi, a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 which can be expanded to 25600, no AA Filter, raw and JPEG shooting at 14bit, and full manual control.  Coming in at just under $1,100 USD, the Coolpix A enters [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]
Oops…  Looks like someone over at Techradar prematurely released a review of the new Panasonic Lumix GF6 even though the camera isn’t scheduled to be released until April 9th (next Tuesday). The review was quickly taken down, but not before some eager folks grabbed some of the photos and posted them up in numerous places on the interwebs.  There’s a gallery of the leaked photos over on Imgur (featured in the video above and embedded at the bottom of this article) and some on the DPReview forums. What’s in the new GF6? It looks as if Panasonic are kicking things [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]
WiFi is the future, and the future is now! 2012 saw thew advent of the WiFi enabled camera.  We believe there are a lot more to come in 2013 and fully expect the technology to develop rather quickly over the next 12-24 months.  Personally, I’m excited about this because it opens up infinite possibilities for new and innovative creative effects that can be produced right in camera! Although there are still relatively few WiFi enabled cameras today, Sony boast 2 of them in the form of the NEX 5r and NEX6, and the company has just released 2 new apps [More]
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]
Are you looking to capture some cool aerial photos for your indie movie?  Then this might be just what you’re looking for. The instructional video above showcases the Rotor Concept Quadcopter HPQ1, which is an ideal choice to capture aerial footage with a GoPro or small mirrorless camera. About the Quadcopter… Rotor Concept’s HPQ1 Quadcopter is the perfect solution to capture aerial video with your GoPro Hero or other digital cameras.  The quadcopter can carry a maximum payload of up to 12 ounces with standard blades, or up to 1.2 pound using optional high performance blades.  It’s controlled by a [More]
In this hilarious episode, Chris Niccolls of theCameraStore reconnects with a lost love (in the form of an Olympus OM-D E-M5), but is there any hope for our star crossed heroes? Consider this an open thread…  😉
The Leica X2 Premium Compact Camera has been out for a while now (the review above from DRTV came out last July), but nonetheless, PhotographyBlog have just released their review of this fixed lens mirrorless offering from Leica. On the plus side, well…  it’s a Leica, but does it pack the quality that the name implies, and can it stand up to the new kids on the block like the Fuji X100s? PB’s Leica X2 Conclusions… Don’t have the need to zoom, swap lenses or shoot video clips, but do have enough cash for a holiday somewhere exotic – or [More]
Talk about a Go Anywhere Camera…  The Chobi Cam Pro 3 shoots full HD stills and video (up to 2 hours!), and even has night vision capabilities – and this little sucker is about the size of the remote on your key chain that unlocks your car doors. The Chobi Cam takes micro SD cards up to 32 gb and has an infra-red LED array on the front that enables it’s night vision recording capabilities.  It’s reportedly very easy to operate, which is good news because the instructions will no doubt be in Japanese.  Look for loads of bootleg concert [More]
It looks like another one has bit the dust… Pro Photo Rock Star Zack Arias has posted his review of the new Fuji X100s and joins the chorus of highly renowned photographers who are singing it’s praises.  It also seems that Zack is joining the growing legions of photographers who are putting down their DSLRs and picking up a mirrorless system instead.  (In fact, the video above features Zack Arias shooting the streets of Atlanta with the Fuji X-Pro1) Says Arias… “The DSLR is dead to me. Yes, yes, yes. I have a Phase. That’s my workhorse camera for editorial [More]
The new Fuji X100s Premium fixed lens compact camera has been getting rave reviews.  After all, it takes everything that was great about it’s predecessor, the X100, and adds lighting fast performance and a juicy X-Trans II Sensor to the mix.  The latest review to hit the web comes courtesy of Kai and the DigitalRevTV gang.  Does the new X100s stand up to the DRTV Test? Note from a man named Wong… “We had a love-hate relationship with the X100 previously: we loved the concept but hated using it sometimes. Will the Fuji X100S – the much anticipated follow-up – [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]
Two Olympus Cameras, the Olympus PEN Lite (E-PL5) and the Olympus Stylus TG-2 “Tough” Camera have each been honored with a prestigious Red Dot design award (international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany – The team from Porsche are honored in the video above) in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category. The Olympus E-PL5 was recognized for its “cutting-edge technology in a compact design matched with exceptional user-friendliness,”  while the shock, frost, crush and waterproof Stylus TG-2 convinced the jury with its “combination of brawn and brains.” A third Red Dot design award [More]
World renowned SLR and Mirrorless video shooter Philip Bloom reviews the new micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera, and says that M43 is the way to go for the BMC. According to Bloom… “Micro Four Thirds always made more sense to me as the BMD (BlackMagic Digital) sensor is just a bit smaller than the Gh2/ 3, so they would be a great match. Blackmagic thought so too, so just after I put out my epic review on the first day of IBC last year, they announced an MFT (Micro Four Thirds) version.”  Bloom continues by saying “the flange distance [More]
I’ve been totally diggin’ The Bible Mini Series that’s been playing for the last several weeks on the History Channel.  I congratulate the producers on the wonderful job they did in creating the series and for all the success that it’s had. No matter what you believe, to me the Bible Series stands as a wonderful reminder that miracles do in fact happen, and it’s up to us as photographers and videographers to document them in whatever form they take.  Whether it’s the beauty of a flower, the smile of a child, the unconditional love of a pet or a [More]
Are you a BIG VISION filmmaker who’s working with a small budget? Never fear, because the gang from Vimeo Video School (video above) are here with three incredible tips on how to achieve BIG TIME production value without a BIG TIME BUDGET.  All it takes is a little creativity, and some clever shooting techniques. Enjoy!
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]
One of the latest reviews on the Fuji X100s Premium Fixed Lens Compact Camera come courtesy of thePhoblographer, and it looks like yet another reputable source is impressed with the newest offering from Fuji.  With it’s phenomenal X-Trans II sensor, EXR II processing technology, a fast and bright Fujinon Lens, Hybrid Viewfinder, lightning fast autofocus and cool retro styling, the Fuji X100s is winning admirers throughout the industry.  So lets take a look at the new Premium Compact on the block… Fuji X100s Specs 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor EXR Processor II Intelligent Hybrid Autofocus (with AF speed up [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]