Capturing Children (with a camera)

Camera Nikon D90, Lens Nikon 18.0-105.0 mm, f/3.5-5.6 Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 105 mm ISO Speed 200

Taking pictures of kids is an adventure. As a dad, and as many other parents out there know, children are kinetic—never static and always moving. This can make photography rather challenging. With the correct settings and attitude any one can get a decent image of children especially if you have a DSLR. Here are some tips to help with that. Continue reading…

ISO Torture Test: Pentax K-5 vs. Nikon D7000, which is better?

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There has been some debate, on this site and on others, about the Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. Both are new on the market, packed with their respective company’s hottest new features including 16+ CMOS sensors that deliver wide dynamic capture, great color, and smooth detail. Both have made favorable impressions with reviewers, including myself. To address some of the comments we’ve been getting regarding grain and image quality, as well as to satisfy my own curiosity, I decided to set up a little informal test up to push both cameras to the extremes of high ISO and noise and the results are pretty interesting.

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Field Review: The Pentax K-5 (Day 4)

This week, I took our Pentax K-5 along on an engagement portrait shoot in the scenic Oakland hills, and – for the third field test in a row with the robust little Pentax – it was raining. I will say, without hesitation, that we have tested and proved the weather sealing of both camera and 55mm f/1.4 DA* lens. In our previous entry (here) I discussed both the camera’s discreet and capable handling while photographing a wedding (a rainy wedding) and a critical issue of purple fringing in certain images.

Before reading this posting, you may want to read about it used at a wedding, in tough weather, and my initial feelings.

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Field Review: The Pentax K-5 (Day 3)

The other day the I shot a wedding and brought along the Pentax K-5. So far, I believe that the Pentax K-5 is a great event camera, offering a respectable 16.3 MP; compact dimensions; intuitive, creative controls; and a remarkable maximum ISO reach of 52,200. I photographed a wedding this past week and took along our demo K-5 with its Pentax SMC 55mm f/1.4 DA* lens. After the jump: a discussion of Pentax’s flagship 35mm DSLR and its appeal for wedding photography…

Editor’s Note: Day 1 and Day 2 are here for your reading pleasure.

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Field Review: Pentax K-5 (Day 2)

The Pentax K-5 is a compact and sturdy camera, capable of creating images with excellent detail, color, and contrast. I’ve had a couple weeks with it, including shooting in a wide range of conditions and it’s been a joy to use. The camera’s unique degree of customization and range of novel exposure and JPG processing controls demand a little experimenting, but add flexibility, entertainment, and a few surprises to the process of getting to know this well-regarded little camera. Read on for Day 2 of our in-depth field review of the Pentax K-5.

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DSLR Buyers Guide, Winter 2010

It’s been an innovative year for the photography world. This winter, there are more available options than ever for creativity-inspiring cameras, lenses, and accessories. In this entry, we’ll take a look at some great cameras in five categories, Full Frame 35mm, Cropped 35mm, Micro Four Thirds, Mirrorless 35mm, and Digital 645. You’ll also find links to recent reviews and comparisons and, as always, purchases made through links on our pages support the growing staff at the Phoblographer! Read on for the best DSLRs of 2010. Continue reading…

Field Review: Bokeh Masters Kit (Day 2)

Camera Nikon D90 Exposure 1/4000 sec Aperture f/1.8 Focal Length 50 mm ISO Speed 200

Bokeh is the artistic blur of photography, that dreamy effect. And when done correctly, it can really make images stand out. The Bokeh Masters kit takes this to another level by letting you shape the bokeh into uncanny shapes using Lo-Fi optics. This makes for a very remarkable and creative addition to any photography kit. (Editor’s note: see Day 1) Continue reading…

Field Review: Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX APO DS HSM OS (Day 1)

We did a quick posting when the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLDlens came in, but it’s now time to start the full field review. For those of you in the dark, this lens is designed in Canon mount and marketed as a more affordable option to Canon’s 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II. Because we tend to use too many letters of the alphabet and I believe they need to be conserved before the Sigma lenses’ name gets any longer, it will be referred to as the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX OS.

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Field Tutorial: The Orbis And Shooting Firestar

At Comic Con, I was given the opportunity to photograph a lot of talented and wonderful people dressed in their cosplay garb. Jessica Caitlin Foley was one of the attendees that stood out the most. She hails from Virginia and dressed as the Marvel superhero Firestar. As per recent reader requests, this is the beginning for a new type of posting here at ThePhoblographer, detailing Field Tutorials and how the equipment is used in the field. My apologies beforehand for the lack of Strobist photos and diagrams but we will be more careful in the future to do those.

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An Introduction To Canon’s Wireless Flash System

Wireless flash control is perhaps one of the biggest upgrades that your photography can take as it allows you to control the light nearly anywhere you so choose to go. There are photographers out there that oftentimes say that they choose not to use flash at all because it disturbs their subjects. While this can be true, the argument can be made that you’d much rather get a good photo of them—in which wireless flash can help tremendously. When used correctly, it will also not tamper with the wonderful colors that your camera’s sensor is capable of capturing. You shouldn’t be afraid to learn how to light, so here’s a bit of a walkthrough.

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5 Tips on How To Shoot Great Halloween Photos

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Boo! Fall is in the air and Halloween will be coming soon. As the holiday where everyone decides to go out all dressed up, it naturally presents itself as one of the best holidays for photo opportunities. If you’re strictly the photographer this Halloween, you’ll have less to worry about. If you’re taking photos and are out partying then you’ll probably have a bit more trouble since your attention will be a bit more split. Here are some tips to ensure that your photos come out great looking.

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Olympus Announces New Flagship E-5 DSLR

Olympus has announced a new DSLR, a Successor to E-3, the E-5. The E-5 Now Supports class 6 SD cards along with Compact Flash Unlike the E-3 which was only able to use CF. The Sensor has been upgraded from the E-3 ‘s 10 Megapixel to a 12.3 Mp High speed Live MOS Sensor for stills and movies which can be viewed through a 3 inch Swivel VGA LCD. The Camera has a 100% field of view and it will have the ability to shoot in the region of 5 frames per second. All this for $1,699.99.

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The Quick Beginner’s Guide to Using A Photo Studio

At some stage in their career, every photographer will have need and use for a photo studio. It is the place where the photographer has almost total control of what is being photographed. Some are intimidated by the studio. This posting is for those photographers and by the end of it, you’ll probably understand and love the studio more.

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My First Attempt at a Self Portrait

I did it—I took my first self portrait and maybe we don’t need to sing the doom song when looking at my picture. My camera did not melt! No fire and brimstone came down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! No 40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… none of the dead rising from the grave!

My first thought was that the image was an utter failure. But after some reflection and encouragement from friends and colleagues, my first endeavor at a self portrait was not as bad as I thought.

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SnapKnot: A New Resource for Wedding Photographers

As a wedding photographer, I was recently friended on Flickr by SnapKnot, a new website designed for photographers to better market themselves and for Brides to (very) easily search for the type of photographer that they want based upon a large number of criteria. Impressed with the site, I decided to interview Reid and Michael, the founders of SnapKnot.com. If you’re a wedding photographer or looking to get into it, hit the jump. For a quick demo, take a look at my own SnapKnot page.

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Field Review: Canon T2i (Night 2)

The Canon T2i was used recently as part of the field review doing something that many Rebel users do: shoot parties and get-togethers. Go to nearly any restaurant or party in NYC and you will see people using their Canon Rebel cameras as they steadily are replacing point-and-shoots as the cameras of choice. A complete gallery, as well as full analysis after the jump.

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Hands On: Leica S2

A while ago at the Leica Roadshow in NYC, the S2 was presented to all who attended. The camera, Leica’s main entry into the professional medium format space, is one that surprised all during the seminar. Being a 37.5MP beast of a camera, when one actually holds it they notice that it is actually more elegant that it is a monster. However, it does have a couple of quirks; as do most medium format cameras.

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