The Killer Family Portrait Kit for Canon Photographers

It’s time to get more serious about your family portraits, Canon photographers!

Shooting family portraits, either for yourself or for paid clients, is a common task for photographers to be enlisted into doing.  But if you are new to family portraits, or to photography in general, maybe you are finding yourself wondering about what sort of kit you should have if you want to be doing more family portraits. Maybe you usually specialize in sports photography or landscape photography and your cousin Jane asked you to take care of the family reunion portraits this year.

Whatever your reason for being curious, we have you covered. In this post we will be sharing our thoughts on the ideal family portrait kit setup for you Canon photographers. Now if you’re ready, let’s get into it. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Canon Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Canon’s DSLR System, look no further.

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Canon, which has continued to lead the digital camera marketplace with the dominance of their ever popular EF-based DSLR system.

We have posted a lot of great Canon guides here over the last year regarding everything from cameras to lenses, accessories and everything in-between. If you’re looking for an easy place to get some information on Canon’s EF system then you are in the right place. Continue reading…

The Best Canon Cameras For Low-Light Photography

As we recently did with the Fujifilm cameras, today we wanted to take a look at the current Canon lineup of cameras to discuss the best options for you in low-light performance is something that you are looking for from your next camera purchase.

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The Absolute Best Cameras For Working In Low Light From Each Brand

These days many photographers like to work in a variety of situations, from bright noon sun to starlight, but many cameras can’t handle themselves well in all these situations. So, if you are a photographer that finds themselves wanting a camera that can handle itself in lower light scenarios as well as during the day, which cameras should you be considering?

That is why were are here today, to help you sort this out. So we will be going down the list, brand by brand, giving you our recommendations for the best performing cameras in low light. Ready? Ok, let’s get into it… Continue reading…

In Camera Double Exposure? Here Are 4 Great Cameras To Consider!

Double Exposures, in the original meaning, was when a photographer exposed a frame of film twice. When done by accident the results were likely bad, but when done artistically, with forethought and intent, the results could be really special. Obviously these days with digital sensors there is no frame to expose twice, so our cameras must be programmed to mimic this. Some rely on photoshop to mimic this effect, but for many, getting it in camera is the preferred method.

As noted above, not all cameras offer such functionality. So if this is a feature you are looking for, which cameras should you be considering? Here are some great camera options that we would recommend.  Continue reading…

Our Top Camera Recommendations For Wedding Photographers

It is no secret that the wedding photography niche is one of the most lucrative and ‘safe’ (as in, we don’t expect people to stop getting married and wanting pictures of it any time soon) photography markets in today’s industry. This means there is a never ending flow of new photographers picking up their cameras hoping to make it big in the wedding industry. While there is a lot to learn about the business of weddings, another avenue that should be considered as well is if the gear on hand is sufficient for a wedding environment.

Weddings are major life events for these couples and their families, they can’t just be redone like a portrait session can. This means it is mission critical you have reliable gear, capable of capturing the moments as they come, without slowing you down or making your life difficult. So to that end, today we have compiled a list of our top camera recommendations for wedding photographers.

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Five New Cameras That the Documentary Photographer Will Appreciate

Documentary photography could be called the purest form of photography in today’s world. It is not about fancy and expensive lighting setups, nor hours of photoshop wizardry – no, documentary photography and the photographers who capture that are all about the basics. Capturing a scene, a moment, an emotion and sharing that with their viewers.

Documentary photographers don’t need the fanciest cameras with the most cutting-edge new features. But what they do need, is easy access to essential camera features, being able to change settings quickly and without hassle as a moment develops in front of them. Not all cameras fit that criterion, and so today we will be taking a look at five recently released cameras that we feel the documentary photographer could not only use but enjoy and maybe even love.

Fujifilm GFX-50s

Since the dawn of the digital age, medium format has not been the best friend to the documentary photographer with most cameras being big, bulky pieces of gear that are much more suited to a studio environment than an ‘out in the world’ documentary one. While some photographers have used medium format, that has now all changed with the introduction of Fujifilm’s mirrorless GFX 50s.

Not only is this camera medium format, but it is still roughly the same size as a full frame DSLR, meaning documentary photographers can now carry a medium format system around with them. This will allow documentary shooters to get higher quality imagery that every before while they are out documenting the happenings of the world. This is not a feature of this camera that should be ignored, it is one of its most important aspects.

Beyond its size and weight, the GFX 50s continues in Fujifilm’s fine tradition of making essential camera features quickly to access through physical dials and controls that are reminiscent of vintage film cameras. There will be no digging through menus on the GFX 50s while the moment unfolds and then dissipates in front of you, instead you can easily turn one of the many dials on the camera to quickly change the camera’s shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.

This is a medium format camera that will not get in your way as a documentary shooter, and that is why we have included it on this list.

Canon 5D Mark IV

Mirrorless and Medium Format are not for everyone, nor are they within every budget. If you are still a fan of the classic full frame DSLR than there is no better option for documentary style work than the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The 5D series has been a staple for professional wedding, portrait, and documentary photographers since its inception. The latest member of the family, the 5D Mark IV does not change this at all, and in fact, restores the 5D series to its proper place as one of the best workhorse camera series on the market.

The 5D has quick access to changing essential camera features like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO through its control wheels. Its high ISO performance is great, and its dynamic range means you have the latitude you need in post to show the image as you intended.

This camera can also take a beating, which can be a hazard of the documentary photographers job, so having a camera in hand that you know can survive through hell and back can give a documentary shooter some peace of mind.

Panasonic GH5

There are many reasons that micro four thirds cameras have started to become more common in documentary circles that in years past, and a big part of that has been the introduction of video into the repertoire of many documentary shooters. Panasonic, more so than Olympus, has been at the forefront of these hybrid stills/video cameras and their latest offering, the GH5 doesn’t disappoint.

Offering an interchangeable lens camera, with quality Leica-branded lenses, and the ability to record very high-quality 4K video makes this camera a serious choice for anyone who shoots video or is looking to add more video work to their portfolio.

But let’s not act as if the stills capability on the GH5 take a back seat at all either. Though it is true that at higher ISO levels the smaller micro four thirds sensor will give more noise than some of these other options, overall the still image quality out of these cameras is still more than good enough for most documentary shooters.

Ricoh GR II

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Compact cameras are a favorite weapon of choice for documentary photographers as it gives them the ability to capture an image of anything, anywhere, anytime. One of the very popular model choices for photographers of this genre has been the Ricoh GR series of cameras and the Ricoh GR II is no exception.

It features a 16MP sensor, with a 28mm full frame equivalent field of view. The camera is built like a tank with its magnesium alloy body and when powered off can easily fit into a pocket – making it very easy to be ready to capture an image at a moments notice.

The addition of WiFi to the GR series in the GR II means that now images can be shared through your mobile phone to social media or wire services moments after being taken. This is a great tool for documentary photographers who enjoy sharing their images without hassle.

Fujifilm X100F

Along with the GR series noted above, a very popular choice for documentary photographers looking for a compact travel solution has been the Fujifilm X100 series. These camera are small, compact, and offer an incredible range of features, including that analog look and feel that Fujifilm has become known for. Thair latest offering, the X100F is no exception.

The fixed 23mm lens on the X100F offers a standard 35mm full frame equivalent field of view, making it ideal for environmental imagery and is a favorite tool of documentary street photographers. Additionally, the solid build quality and compact size makes this ideal for a coat pocket or backpack compartment.

Fujifilm’s X100F also features the company’s latest 24MP X-Trans III sensor with its incredible image quality and the amazing Acros film simulation that fans of black and white have been dreaming about since it was introduced on the X-Pro2. The X100F is also easily converted with some lens adapters that Fujifilm sells to expand the imaging capability of the camera even more.

So there you have it, five incredible brand new options for documentary photographers to consider when they are looking at upgrading their kits. Any of the above cameras would make a tremendous tool for any documentary photographer.

Three Kits: Canon Wedding Photography

It’s a new year and that means it is also downtime for many wedding photographers in this part of the world. A lot of you are Canon shooters and may be thinking about upgrading or reinvesting some of the past season’s income on some new gear. Today, just as we did with Fujifilm and Sony, we will take a look at a few kits that we feel are perfect for the various types of Canon wedding photographer.

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Which Canon Camera Is Right For You?

We had to wait to get our 5D Mark IV review finished before we could release this one, which is why this is so far behind the Sony, Fujifilm, Micro Four Thirds, and Nikon editions of this post. Canon is the top dog in the camera industry, they have a long history of producing some of the best, most capable, and user friendly cameras on the market. If you are looking into picking up a Canon DSLR, here is our breakdown and where we feel like you should go depending on your needs.

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Sigma Warns of Canon 5D Mark IV Compatibility Issues

It is just a hazard of using third-party lenses in today’s camera market – there are bound to be compatibility issues from time to time, and lately Sigma and Canon have not been playing nicely (though this has greatly improved over the years). Sigma today released a memo noting some compatibility issues with Canon’s latest release, the 5D Mark IV, and also noted some other general Canon compatibility issues.  Continue reading…

Cheap Photo: X-T2 Stock Alert, Amazon Has ‘Em

Despite initial worries that shipments on some orders could be delayed a month or even more towards the beginning of September, Amazon US now has the Fujifilm X-T2 back in stock.This had been an incredibly popular camera for Fujifilm, at one point (possibly still, I have not checked) ranking higher on Amazon’s popularity rankings than Canon’s new 5D Mark IV.

  1.  Fujifilm X-T2 – $1599 – Get One (Stock is likely to go fast)

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