With the advent of cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 and the new OM-D E-M1, we have finally witnessed the realization of professional level mirrorless camera systems, complete with weather sealing.  But as MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.PRO) will tell you, “weather resistant” does not mean “weather proof.”  In the video above, Coach Crockett explains some easy and inexpensive ways to protect your camera gear, even in the harshest of Polar Vortexes. Will Writes… The Lumix GH3 is promoted as a “weather sealed” camera and includes a few of the lenses [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]
Marc Hauser is one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, and he has a history of being on top of, if not leading, trends in the industry.  Prime example…  Marc was one of the first photographers to move away from film and embrace digital imaging, but he is also not one to sacrifice quality for the sake of being trendy.  He just recognizes when better technology emerges that allows him to more efficiently product the breathtaking images for which he’s famous. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer “Coach” Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.pro) takes us on a [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]
ThinkTank are one of the premier manufacturers of Camera Bags and Cases on the planet today, and they have just released a new line of camera bags designed specifically for mirrorless cameras called “Mirrorless Movers.” In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) introduces the new line. Win a ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover Camera Bag! Will Crockett is giving away several ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover bags to people who buy his new streaming video, “The ABCs of LEDs.”  We highly recommend the video.  It’s only $9.99 to watch and it’s absolutely chock full of info you’ll need [More]
If you’ve ever been shooting on the fly and wanted to quickly switch over to video mode from photo, then you know that activating (or even finding) the video button can sometimes be somewhat of a challenge. One guy who has TONS of experience shooting photos and videos is MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett, and he may have just the solution you’re looking for. Will writes… Some cameras have their video record buttons recessed a bit into the camera body to prevent you from accidentally hitting it.  That also makes it hard to find sometimes when you [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]
“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]
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:
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]
MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Rock Star Will Crockett answers a reader question from our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com, and debunks one of the biggest myths there is about shooting video. Will Writes… One of our readers named Mike asked about one of the common “rules” you hear floating around the interwebs.  You know, the one that says that when you’re shooting video you need to use a shutter speed that’s 2 times the framerate.  (“Need”…  Ouch – I hate that word!) Is that true?  Not so fast…  Watch the video above and read my response below to find out just [More]
A little while ago Carlos, a reader here on MirrorlessCentral, submitted a question about using Pocket Wizards with Mirrorless Cameras.  So to get the best possible answer that I could for Carlos, I went straight to the big dig himself – MC Contributor and Photo Innovator Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com), and Will whipped up a video response complete with some exciting news. Here’s what Will has to say… “As photographers, we often need to wirelessly trigger studio flash and battery powered portable flash from our mirrorless cameras.  When we need only manual exposure flash, like studio strobes, basic Pocket Wizards work [More]
Lenses…  They’re arguably the most important component of the image making formula. Indeed, a great lens can make a mediocre camera sing in much the same way that a mediocre lens can stifle a great camera.  But should we be quick to evaluate whether or not a lens is a gem or a dud?  Recently, two image making masters sat down and had such a discussion. While attending the WPPI show in Las Vegas, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Trail Blazer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) sat down for coffee and conversation with wildlife photography legend Scott Bourne (PhotoFocus.com), and the two [More]
In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett answers a reader question that was posted by a gentleman named Trace on our sister site, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Question… “We do video work and for some clients, and we need to achieve a little more of an “artisan” look than I can get from a Canon XF100 (in particular shallow depth of field). We are about to invest in a new camera system. We do want to shoot some still work, but 90% of the decision is based on video performance. We edit primarily on FCPX. Most of our [More]
MC Contributor and Photo/Video/Hybrid Photography Super Hero Will Crockett answers a reader question posed on DiscoverMirrorless.com about sensor size and whether or not it really matters, or if it’s just a bunch of marketing hype? As we’ve stated in this space before, the image quality lines between mirrorless camera systems with their “crop” sensors and “full frame” DSLR systems has been blurred over the last few years, and now there are several mirrorless systems that are cracking the “Pro Level” glass ceiling.  So can the smaller sensors on mirrorless cameras hold their own against the big boys?  More and more [More]
Our favorite Hybrid Hero is back, and this time with Breaking News! MC Contributor and Photo-Video Innovator Will Crockett is the first guy in the country to get his hands on the new PRO Flash solutions made specifically for the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Panasonic Lumix G5 mirrorless camera systems by Quantum – a major player in wireless TTL Flash systems. The GH3 and the G5 are two of the best camera releases of the last 12 months, and the advent of these new flash systems mean that top level pro companies are now taking mirrorless cameras seriously. Will [More]
MC Contributor, Hybrid Photography Pioneer and Photo-Video Ninja Will Crockett replies to a reader question about LED Lighting on our sister website, DiscoverMirrorless.com. Will writes… “The ultimate hybrid photo studio is decked out with all LED mains, fills and hairlights so we can shoot still photos or video files at any time. To do that, we need to abandon flash and go to continuous light. LED panels are available now for the broadcast video folks with high CRI rating and are becoming semi-affordable.  But unfortunately, very few LED lights are ready for pro level still photography…  yet.” Will also discusses [More]
As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [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 Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
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]
(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]