Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and Imagemaven.com) recently ran into an issue with the custom white balance settings on her camera where the colors just seemed to fluctuate no matter what she did.  After a TON of research and finally conferring with a colleague who had a lot of experience shooting at the particular venue in which she was experiencing the difficulties in question, Marlene got to the root of the problem, and her experience can serve as a valuable lesson to us all. Here’s how Marlene tells the story… Let me set the stage Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH3 [More]
If you’re a little confused about what the differences are between mirrorless cameras and standard, DSLR type film and digital cameras, then this is the post for you.  Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is a highly talented photographer and educator who is often approached by students who just want to know “What is a Mirrorless Camera?” – and in the video above, Marlene does an excellent job explaining what makes up a mirrorless cameras vs a DSLR. Marlene writes… This video blog post explains the basics of mirrorless cameras, and it’s meant for beginners and [More]
Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and ImageMaven.com) has just gone through a conversion of sorts. You see, Marlene is a long time corporate photographer who is used to capturing all of her images in RAW format, but now that she’s shooting with a Panasonic Lumix GH3, that’s all could be changing. Marlene writes… “I’m a longtime raw shooter. Perfect WB. Perfect Exposure. Perfect tonal range. Perfect everything. Perfect for corporate photography. But perfect can sometimes be boring. Then I got my Lumix GH3 camera, and soon discovered the Creative Control mode.“ Soon after, she began to play with the [More]
Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com, Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com) gives an excellent answer to one of the most common reader questions asked here on MC – Can you get bokeh with small sensor mirrorless cameras? Here’s Marlene’s take… To get good bokeh you need to know the three things that control depth of field. Aperture – The larger the f-stop the less depth of field – usually. Focal length – The longer the focal length the less depth of field. It’s really hard to get bokeh with wide angle lenses. Proximity to your subject – The closer [More]
Our good friend and colleague Marlene Hielema from ImageMaven.com just got a new Panasonic Lumix GH3 about a week ago, and she’s so impressed that she’s talking about selling off her Canon 5D Mark II and DSLR Gear.  In the video above, Marlene literally weights the options between these two camera, noting that the GH3 weights more than 1kg less than the 5D Mark II, while producing eye popping stills and videos that have her ready to say goodbye to her beastly DSLR. As I’ve said before, the GH3 is a transformational camera. It is without question, the best “Hybrid” [More]
Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com and one of our Hybrid Hero Colleagues on DiscoverMirrorless.com) reviews the SevenOak 47″ Video Slider. Sliders can add a highly professional look to your videos, and the best news is, they’re fairly easy to use. In this video, Marlene will show you: sideways panning slides a push in slide (you can also do a pull out slide) a slide from ground level and a portrait slide Tip – Attach a Ball Head to the Slider and you can add the follwing shots to your repertoire: vertical slides diagonal slides …all while keeping the camera in alignment with [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]
Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com) posted an excellent article on DiscoverMirrorless.com highlighting what she calls the “3 Essential Ingredients for Hybrid eProducts.” Marlene writes:  For great looking, easy to make and edit eProducts, you need to get everything right “in camera”. To shoot video you need to let go of the attitude that many inexperienced raw shooters take – the shoot-loose, auto-everything, fix-it-in-Lightroom mentality. The key is in the capture! There’s no room for error. If you can shoot perfect jpeg files now, then video capture will be a cinch for you. If you are new to video capture and want to [More]