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 Getting It Rite In Camera Is Important Now gservo-01946-20140708

Creating an image is similar to constructing a building. If you don’t get it right, you have to go back in and fix it. Some people like to say “I can fix it in post” and while this is true, it’s not always efficient. Sometimes if you take your time and get it right in the camera first you can shave hours off of your production time by taking a few extra minutes to get your exposure and composition correct. Sitting in front of your computer may not always be a choice depending on circumstances.

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Adapters gservo-3628-20140629-3

I have used lens adapters on mirrorless cameras–just like loads and loads of other users do. When I made the decision to buy the Sony A7, my previous experience with adapters influenced my purchase. Instead of buying Sony lenses, I would keep on using my Nikon lenses. It had been suggested one would have to be insane to use Nikon lenses with a Sony camera, which doesn’t make sense to me. With this decision I knew there would be some sacrifice. Yes, it would have been easy just to buy another Nikon camera, but I wanted something that was full-frame and mirrorless. Nikon is not creating the cameras that I want, but I love my Nikon glass.

And with that, begins my story of what I lose with adapters.

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I recently did something stupid. A lens came out that caught my interest: The MS Optical Perar 24mm f4 Super Wide. I’ve been maintaining my photography fund and has the cash to buy it. To use the lens, I needed an an adapter because I work with a Sony A7. I could have bought a Metabones Leica M Mount Lens to Sony NEX adapter. But instead I took the cheap route and bought a $7 adapter from eBay. But it didn’t work. So there I was sitting there with this nifty new lens and no adapter to use it. The mistake I made was not making the proper investment.

Here are reasons for making the proper investment.
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instagram

Instagram has changed itself many times over the year and even more so after being bought by Facebook and trying to compete with Vine. The app allows you to a take a snapshot on the go with a nostalgic filter. You can use your camera phone or a proper camera that works with your phone to create images. It has filters that can stylize your images the way you want with further customization that has come over time. Version 6.0 was recently released. This version added a tray of photo editing tools to the app. We have been using it heavily since it was released and it’s very much the best Instagram yet.

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confident about your photography gservo-01408-20140627

Over the years of practicing my photography, one lesson stands out: Photography requires confidence.

I have written about this before, and yet I still run across situations which force me to continue thinking about this. Having confidence is as important as your ability to create an image. Photography is not just about the gear. It’s about the people using it. You can have the most expensive camera equipment in the world but it means nothing if you don’t have the backbone to use it. Of all your photography skills, confidence is your most important. If you do not believe in your photography, no one else will. Here are five reasons to continue working on developing your confidence. [click to continue…]

Nitz Wrist Strap gservo-01576-20140629

Overall, I’m simple. I am not a fan of the nice, yet terribly expensive wrist straps we have reviewed here. I like my photography accessories to work while not being expensive and prefer to invest more money into my camera and lenses instead of frilly extras. When I was first introduced to the Nitz Strap by my friend Scott Wyden, I was fascinated. It is a hand-made strap by a photographer. When I found out how much the Nitz wrist strap would cost. I bought one.

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