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on May 20, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

The New Z Firmware – More than I Expected

I was in Ohio when the new Z7 / Z6 firmware was dropped. I was out shooting and not able to do the update until late at night which I did. The only thing I had to test with to see if the new eye-detection AF (not the only updated feature of this firmware) worked were the faces on the television. Dang, if it didn’t work and it works beautifully (which is spooky if you ask me)! The eye-detection is part of the Auto Area AF and when everything is set correctly (see below), a yellow box goes on the eye and you can either leave it on the eye selected or by depressing the Multi-Function dial, change it. I was really curious though if this new feature worked with critters as well as people and since I was working with birds, I gave it a go. The two photos you see here were both taken with the Z6 / 800mm / FTZ using the new AF eye-detection. In...

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on Apr 22, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Profoto B10 – Two Lights are Better Than One

I’ve anxiously been waiting for this to arrive at the office, the new Profoto B10! I already have in the locker (which I love) the Profoto B1 & B2, amazing tools serving my storytelling brilliantly. So why add the Profoto B10? There are three main reasons, it’s only 7″ long and fits into my Think Tank Security. It is both a 250ws studio flash AND LED constant bi-color video light. And, and this is the biggie, uses all the light modifiers I already have for the B2! The space saving, power packing multi purpose aspect of the Profoto B10 along with working seamlessly with my other Profoto to me is simply genius! I have done all my testing with it and will be doing my first editorial shoot with it this week. I plan on bringing you a BTS video so you can see for yourself how, what might seem like a big investment, will more than pay for itself in your...

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on Apr 17, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Beautifully Simple Light Modifier

There’s really not much to say other than, I love it! The Vello Universal Bounce Diffuser slips over any pocket flash head and brings an instant softness to the light. The back or top side is black to prevent light spillage. The inside of the back, black side is silver bouncing light out which is nice. It weighs nothing and goes flat in your pocket or bag. And it’s only...

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on Apr 3, 2019 in Moose's Camera Bag

Body Confusion!

“If you could buy just one body ….” if only I had a penny for every time I’ve been asked that question the past forty years, I wouldn’t have to have a blog! This is not a new question nor dilemma for photographers and I have no doubt this question was asked back in the day of wet plate photography. And I have no doubt that no matter the year or version of the camera body, the answer still comes to the same one and it’s one photographer’s DON’T want to hear! First, the answer for me and my photography, the Nikon D5 is the one and only body if I could only have one (which, as we know, I don’t have just one so what a dumb question :-). There are lots of reasons for this from its size & bulk to operation to files. None of this might apply to YOUR photography and that’s the answer most photographers don’t want to hear. Some who talk to me...

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on Mar 26, 2019 in Digital Darkroom, Moose's Camera Bag

Photo Mechanic 6 – More than Just an Upgrade!

Putting it succinctly, it keeps me in business! I simply love Photo Mechanic 6 because it took an already really fast DAM and throttled it up to light speed for ingesting, culling and organizing my digital file. I used it two weeks ago when I had captured 12628 images in three air-to-air missions to ingest and cull all those images in less than four hours. That’s huge!!! If you’ve been Photo Mechanic 5, you’ll have basically seamless transition into PM6! All my settings from PM5 (here they are and will be updating soon) are instantly honored in PM6 so I was instantly working as I had previously, just so much faster. How much faster? My best example is that a 4k video from the Nikon Z can be scrubbed in PM6 with ZERO lag, delay, memory hold that isn’t possible is a lot of other programs. But there is only ONE way to see the speed and that’s to experience it yourself. You can download the FREE 30 day...

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