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Yeah, so I took a lot of heat from friends and other folks about the comment that a single photograph is no more capable of telling a story than a single note is capable of being a symphony.
You know what? As I delve deeper and deeper into the era of hybrid photography (more about that later) the more I am convinced that I am right. One of the most important changes in photography is happening now in the realm of hybrid imaging and mirror-less cameras. Cameras are getting easier and easier to use while, at the same time, more and more powerful. From color modes that are capable of replicating specific films (I love the Velvia mode in the new Fujifilm X-Pro 1) to black and white rendering that requires little to no post-processing, from incredibly high quality stills to 1080p hi-def video, new cameras today are blowing the traditional dSLR out of the water!
Those of you who know me know that I am not a ‘new technology for the sake of new technology’ kind of guy. There have been a lot of really crappy tech gadgets introduced and I am happy I never jumped on board with them.
But mirror-less and hybrid are different. Much different. I can now, with great ease, produce stills without relying on RAW, integrate them with video shot from the same camera, and get them uploaded to a service like Zenfolio. All within 30 minutes of finishing the shoot.
And that is why I say that a single photograph is no more capable of telling a story than a single note is capable of being a symphony. I’ve now heard what a symphony can sound like. And I have seen hybrid imaging at its easiest.
The holidays are approaching and many of you will be looking to buy a new camera for a loved one or for yourself. Please, if you have any questions or doubts about mirror-less taking over the dSLR market in the next 4-6 years, drop me a line: I’d love to talk.
BTW, this is an excellent time to introduce to you a new site that will be part of the Rob Domaschuk Photography family – Shoot Hybrid. From there, you Can watch short little video segments of my new training series, I Love Photography, But I Hate My Photographs, sign up for a monthly membership that brings you a full one hour training video each month, and more!
The site is brand new and still being built out. I will announce when it’s ready for the official launch but I am only a week or two away.
My good friend and amazing photographer Will Crockett just released a review of rechargeable batteries over on his website, Discover Mirrorless. Here’s his vlog but take a moment and head over to his site to read the write up and make sure you leave a comment.
Friends, if you’re using a lot of batteries and are curious about which rechargeable batteries are good to use, this will definitely be worth your while.
I know sometimes my posts get a little too long and my point is always at the bottom.
So here you go: if your images are not in a gallery or printed, then the image is incomplete. Stop it! Continue reading
I had a chance to play with the Fuji X-Pro1 a few weeks ago. My friend and professional photographer Will Crockett was able to lend me one of the models he has to test.
A lot of fun and I’m convinced that after playing with it and having had my Sony A65 for a couple of months, mirrorless cameras are definitely the future of digital photography. Some longer time shooters may have trouble accepting that fact but the fast shutter times, the clean video, the lighter body, etc. will make this technology the standard within the next 5 years.
Oh shit, I realized that it’s been a while since I last posted an image with a corresponding light setup, so I’m correcting that oversight with today’s post, showing another single light setup. Continue reading
Okay, all you photographers who are just starting out or want to get into portrait photography, for the love of God, read this post. It’s a rant about portraiture basics: ensuring you’ve got a catch light in the eyes. Continue reading
So, over the past several years, I’ve been asked about my own light tent. For those of you who know me, you know that I will spend good money on stuff that “matters” – like lenses, memory cards, tripods, etc. Stuff where owning the best you can afford matters. But there is another category that falls under the phrase “light don’t care.” Continue reading
Well, it’s a couple of days past Christmas now and, hopefully, you have gotten some new gear or even a new camera. Whether it was a gift from someone else or a gift to yourself, there comes a sense of renewed energy and interest when you get to play with new stuff.
I know, I know… we always talk about how a photographer should be able to shoot with anything and it’s not the equipment, but sometimes we need to get that new camera body or lens to renew our excitement and interest. Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, I posted my five favorite photography accessories. This week, I’m going to list my five favorite accessories that I use in my photography but are not designed for it. For those of you who know me, you know that I love DIY stuff. As I like to say, ” light don’t care.” If I can build it for less or figure out how to use something unusual to get a shot, I will. It’s the best way to learn some of the technical side of photography when you have to figure it out. Continue reading
One of my favorite images that I’ve shot recently was of a model sitting in a chair, bathed in a spotlight and the rest of the image is in pure darkness:
So, in this setup, I have a single strobe about 13′ in the air with barn doors (to prevent light from spilling onto the background). The strobe is just to camera-left, pointed almost straight down. There was some post-production to increase the amount of negative space at the top of the frame.
Here is the setup: