Month: July 2017

Peak Design Capture Lens Review

The Capture lens is an innovative lens carrying device that pairs with a Peak Design Capture Clip quick release system. I’ve reviewed the Capture Clip in the past and found it to be very useful when you want to have fast access to a camera. This Capture Lens device allows you to have just as fast access to one or two lenses, and should be of particular interest to event and wedding photographers where carrying a big bag of additional gear all day is usually not at all practical. Video Review If you want to see the Capture Lens in action, check out the video before reading the rest of the review. Considering Alternatives For my whole career I have used a belt/pouch system from Think Tank Photo when I want to have fast access to lenses while I’m shooting an event. These kinds of systems, mainly made by Think Tank and Lowepro, can almost be considered a “uniform” of sorts at some sporting events that I’ve covered – they’re that common. In many ways, the Capture Lens is performing a similar function to these belt pouches by providing fast lens access. The main advantage of a belt system is that it offers some protection to your lenses, and also an element of stealth. In a crowded situation, I’d be very wary of carrying my Canon L-Series lenses on a Capture...

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Fuji X100 Mark II Wide and Tele Conversion Lens Review (28mm & 50mm)

The Fuji X100 series has been incredibly popular since the very first version and I was excited to buy my own X100F as soon as it was announced. The camera has a fixed 23mm f/2 lens on it that delivers an angle of view that’s equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full frame camera, but Fuji have been selling two conversion lenses for a number of years. Alongside the X100F launch, they also launched new “mark II” versions of these 28mm and 50mm conversion lenses. Throughout this review, I’ll be referring to the conversion lenses by using their...

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Get Some Waders and Get Down Low!

When it comes to wildlife photography, one of the easiest things you can do to improve your images is to get down nice and low so that you’re at eye level with your subject. This has two main effects on the image: It makes the viewer feel as though they are part of the animal’s world, instead of just looking in on it as you would do at a zoo exhibit. It usually moves the background much further away from the subject, and this has the effect of blurring it out, thereby isolating your sharply focussed subject on the...

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3 Types of Automation for Your Photography Business using Zapier

Some years ago I wrote a very popular post about automating your photography business, and I still find myself often directing people to that post because I truly believe in the time savings that are possible using automations services which are available for free. Back when I wrote that post, I was using a combination of two services called Zapier and IFTTT. These days I perform all of my important photography business automations with Zapier because in the past few years they have vastly expanded the number of services they integrate with, and they also continue to add amazing...

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My Photo Backup Routine – Mid 2017

I started this particular series of posts back in 2015 by detailing my photography backup routine and outlining some of the basic strategies for a safe and redundant backup system. If you’re uncertain about the basics, you should start with that post first. Time and time again I hear stories of people losing their precious images, and it’s not just amateur photographers either, I’m constantly reading about professionals running into trouble too and frankly they should know better. The biggest problem is that too many people still think of digital photography as being “free” because there are no film...

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Drobo Announced a New Thunderbolt 3 Unit and Here’s Why I’m Curious…

If any of you have been keeping track of my semi-regular updates about my backup solution and general photo storage workflow, you may remember that my primary devices are currently Drobo 5Ds. My history with Drobo goes back to the very first generation Firewire products, and back then they were buggy and unreliable machines that caused me to write some less than flattering reviews. In recent years though, the company has undergone a change in management, and very clear steps have been made to improve the reliability of their machines. Aside from a recent power adapter failure on one...

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