Why a Camera’s LCD Screen Is More Important Now Than Ever

COVID 19 is probably going to make the way photographers shoot become tougher.

I’m still out of breath between my deviated septum and what I had to just do. COVID 19 is mutating, and we as a society are trying to keep up. Here in America, it’s strongly recommended that you wear two masks. If you’re taking things even further, you’re probably using eye protection. Your glasses aren’t enough, and if you’re like me and need your glasses for everything, it’s going to get tougher. But all of this has reaffirmed something massive in my head: the LCD screen of a camera is about to become incredibly vital Manufacturers can’t just ignore it anymore. They need to put the highest resolution screens into their cameras right now. More importantly, they also need to make their interfaces better—the keyword here being NEED.

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We Removed the Fear of Moving from Lightroom to Capture One 20

You don’t have to be scared of a better editing software now: here’s how you can move from Lightroom to Capture One 20.

Moving away from Lightroom and coming to Capture One 20 was one of the best mental health decisions I’ve made for my career. I know Lightroom has improved, and I’ll acknowledge that Adobe is paying closer attention to photographers, but still I think Capture One 20 is the better software choice for several reasons. We’ve had photographers ask us about how to move over from Lightroom to Capture One 20, and we’ve got a tutorial below.

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First Impressions: Nikon Z7 (With the Nikon 35mm f1.8)

The Nikon Z7 is the company’s attempt to outdo Sony in the mirrorless full frame space.

Upon initial thoughts, the Nikon Z7 has a whole lot going for it: except, you know, the single card slot and a card format that almost no photographer uses. But at the heart, there is a 45.7MP BSI full frame sensor capable of producing incredibly crisp images. On top of that, you can cram Nikon’s very simple DSLR style interface into the camera and their ISO range from 64-25,600; a win-win on many accounts when you consider it has weather sealing, the autofocus is actually very good (like Sony-level good), and there is built in image stabilization. Rightfully so, I can say with all certainty that the Nikon Z7 is going to be taking home a number of awards this year.

We got some hands on time with the new Nikon Z7 today and used it with the company’s 35mm f1.8 for the Z mount. Here’s what we think so far.

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First Impressions: Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III

To understand the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III, you should first sort of understand how mirrorless cameras and their role in consumer based photography has evolved. You see, for years mirrorless cameras were really just valued amongst those that wanted DSLR quality in a smaller package. And then they evolved to become more serious–but at the same time they’ve sort of been made simpler to go after that very large consumer based market. With the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III, you pretty much have the equivalent of what you’d liken to a Canon Rebel; something that is really meant to be very consumer oriented and still allows a photographer room to grow without NEEDING to upgrade. Indeed, the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III is bound to deliver image quality comparable to many other options out there. It shares the same sensor as many of the company’s other cameras; but the big thing is the interface and the looks.

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How to Edit a Photo in VSCO Cam

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Image taken from Chris Gampat’s VSCO Grid.

With VSCO Cam recently opening its doors to the Android world, lots of new users have joined but not everyone (even iOS users) know how to use the app. There is a lot more that you can do than just apply some beautiful filters. Indeed, your images can be  massaged to become beautiful showcases.

In this post, we’re going to show you a quick guide to what all the terminology means.

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Review: Sony HVL-F60M Flash

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When we first got our hands on the Sony HVL-F60M, we had some mixed feelings but overall felt that it was fairly solid. Then in California we tested many of them out at once and through light modifiers (strobist style). That’s when we started to become a bit more convinced.

During our recent A99 review, Sony sent us one of the flashes to test. Granted, that greatly limits what we were able to do to rest the potential. With that said, despite a couple of easily fixable flaws, the Sony HVL-F60M represents what companies should be thinking about in terms of design and usability for their flash system.

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Review: The Apple Magic Trackpad For Photographers

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…