On Meeting Joe McNally

It would not be an understatement to say that I taught myself how to shoot by poring over the work of Joe McNally, James Stanfield, Sam Abell, and David Alan Harvey. I was exposed to their work through my grandparents’ collection of National Geographic magazines. (This was in the late 1980s, when Joe had just […]

Spotlight: Astra™ 1×1 Bi-Color Litepanels

We now carry the new Astra™ 1×1 Bi-Color Litepanels. They are brighter and better in every way to the old 1x1s. They are cheaper to rent with a lower replacement cost.  You also have the option of adding the DMX panel which allows the head to run even brighter. There are 4 kits available at ARC: […]

RAID Storage for Photographers and Filmmakers Explained

Explaining the meaning of RAID is among the most difficult concepts to describe to my students and clients. It sounds like a military term, at best, and super geeky tech talk that only mechanical engineers understand. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It is a system of two or more connected hard drives […]

First Impressions & Comparison Reviews of the New Sony A7II

A few first impressions of the New Sony A7II via Planet-Alpha: Build: The A7 II feels much better in the hand than the A7. I am fairly ham-fisted and the A7’s grip was a tad too small for my mitts. The A7 II’s more pronounced grip is a godsend. The A7 II is slightly heavier […]

7 Photo Exercises to Improve Your Skillset and Kickstart Your Creativity

There are many long-term photo projects that can help you become a better photographer. However, if you are pressed for time, the following are a few quick exercises you can accomplish in a day or two. These exercises are designed not only to enhance your photography skills but they can also help kickstart your creativity as well. 1. […]

Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G Series Lens

“35mm f/1.4 lenses have been the standard lens of news photographers since Leica’s first LEICA 35mm f/1.4 SUMMILUX of 1960 and Nikon’s first manual-focus 35mm f/1.4, which is still sold today after forty continuous years of sale! This brand-new new Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G AF-S NIKKOR is Nikon’s first update to their 35mm f/1.4 lens […]

Is HDR Photography Still a Thing?

About six years ago I attended an old friend of mine’s gallery showing where I was first introduced to the world of HDR imaging and tone mapping. Only two of his images were done in this manner making them stand out among the rest of the show. Since then I have seen HDR images come and go, […]

Is Sony the New Nikon? One Pro-Photographer Says, Yes!

In this video, long-time Nikon fan and professional landscape, portrait, travel, and wedding photographer Jason Lanier explains why he sold off his Nikon gear and switched to Sony, beginning with the a6000. Jason purchased a Sony a6000 about four months ago as he anticipated his needs for upcoming shoots in Detroit and Ethiopia. Because theft was […]

Photokina 2014 is Over; Check Out This Cool Video Coverage

The 2014 Photokina Show has come and gone but there are tons of videos that let you experience it first hand. Check out this awesome video coverage of one of the biggest photography shows in the world direct from Cologne, Germany.                         Were you […]

Capturing New York’s Nightlife

There’s a growing profession in New York City’s night scene. That is, one of the nightclub/event photographer. (Yes, it’s an actual job that pays. And well, I might add.) If you’re looking to get a start in this side of the photography industry, there are a few sites out there that have some helpful tips […]