5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Photography Business

With the decline in cost for quality camera bodies and equipment, we’ve seen an increase in emerging talent. Unfortunately, there has also been an equal amount of increase in photography related businesses. From portrait and wedding photography to street and documentary photography, it seems there is a new photographer born every day. However, if you really […]

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 […]

Tips and Tricks for Hybrid Photographers via Sigma Photo

I recently shot and wrote for a two part blog series with Sigma. For the video/photography portion of the posts, I had to write the scripts, shoot stills and videos, record soundscapes, tweak sound, edit and grade everything. It was literally a one-man crew project. It was a wild experience but an extremely rewarding one. […]

Six Reasons to Dust Off Your Trusty Lightmeter

I was talking with a friend about how some technologies change so quickly and drastically while others seem to survive the rapid pace of “progress”. On the topic of photography, the lightmeter comes to mind. I purchased my first Sekonic lightmeter when I was getting started in photography. Right after school I did a lot […]

From SD to 6K in the Blink of an Eye

Right now there are 2.7 billion active smartphones in the world. An estimated 800 million were added this year alone. By 2020, Ericsson predicts there will be at least 6.1 billion smartphone subscriptions globally. What’s the big deal? Well, this means 38% of the world’s population has the ability to shoot digital video and stills. That […]

6 Snow Day Photo Tips for Better Winter Portraits

With all the snow coming our way, I thought it appropriate to look up some relevant photo tips you can use this winter when taking portraits in the snow. The following are 6 tips from various sources compiled here for your enjoyment and education: 1. EXPOSE PROPERLY Check out this video from Photographer Tony Northrup […]

Traveling with Photography and Video Equipment

I have always been fascinated with how photographers and cinematographers pack their gear. I remember reading the equipment lists of National Geographic photographers when I was younger and wondering how they could crisscross the world with so much stuff. Those times, as you might have noticed, are pretty much over. Nowadays, we need to deal […]

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. […]

Using the 5 Zone System When Editing Your B&W Photographs w/ AdoramaTV

Learn how to use zones of light to convert color photographs to stunning, high contrast, black and white images. In this episode Mark Wallace explains his abbreviated version of Ansel Adam’s Zone System. Mark explains the five zones of exposure and demonstrates how to manipulate them using Lightroom 5. What do you think of this […]