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on Sep 5, 2019 in Field Reports

SnapBridge is a Killer Tool!!

Nikon’s SnapBridge just recently brought it into incredibly important tool! There were four of us around the breakfast table this mourning. We’d been out shooting in the cold shroud of morning fog shooting on the coast with our Zs. We brought the cameras to breakfast so I could test how well Snapbridge brings Nef’s into the iPhone. Within seconds, literally, all cameras were connected to phones, folks were scrolling their images and selecting a Nef to download. Then that file was taken into Lightroom Mobile and finished. Some did tests to send the finish file to the Cloud, others saving to the phone. It was success all the way around!!! It sounds so trivial but this can make my life is a tad easier. No, this won’t be my new workflow but Yes, this will permit me to deliver to clients an images in a snap! And that’s what it’s all about! Camera Notes: The photos here where taken with Z7 / Z24-70f2.8, ISO Lo1, f/22, 49sec exposure and...

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on Jul 30, 2019 in Field Reports

G-Tech ArmorATD

When G-Tech reached out asking that I field-test their new ArmorATD drive that is “armored,” my curiosity was peaked. When the G-Tech Pelican case was handed to me by Mr. FedEx, I couldn’t get it open fast enough! I’ve blogged about G-Tech drives many times so it’s no secret I’m a fan but the field testing of an “armored” drive has been fun (I did it on a Monday!). The photo you see above was before the ArmorATD was dropped, watered, stepped on (it will take 1000lbs) and kicked with 3.2TB of stills and video loaded up on it. If it didn’t take all the abuse and keep on working, I wouldn’t be writing about it now. Here are the general specs: 4TB Storage Capacity USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Interface Up to 135 MB/s Data Transfer Speed Bus Powered Triple-Layer Shock Resistance Rain- and Dust-Resistant (IP54-Rated) 1000 Pound Crush Rating Can Withstand Drops from 3.3′ Thunderbolt 3 Compatible Preformatted for Windows & Mac 3-Year Limited Waranty USB-C /...

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on Jun 19, 2019 in Field Reports

Profoto B10 – BTS Vid

Portable big power has always been the dream. Even more, was it to have it also be a great light. But then to add the flexibility of being a light for stills and video, well that’s over the top! The new Profoto B10! brings that to our locker over and over again! This past weekend, I was shooting more for my Pilot Portrait Project and once again, turned to the Profoto B10. Shooting with the Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 you can see how I start by having a stand-in “pilot” (Sharon) to do a quick dial in of flash exposure (dialing in ambient exposure first). Shooting at f/2.8, it took just a second with the Air Remote connected to the Z7. It was so fast, I took Ben & Marykate’s portrait on the fly. On the Profoto B10 you see the Profoto OCF Octa Softbox (2′) with Softgrid and that’s it. The rest, well that’s in the video. Thanks to Brent for shooting and editing the...

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on Jun 12, 2019 in Field Reports

Elvid – a LifeSaver!

If you follow the blog, you know I’ve bought a number of video monitors. The reason, being able to do it all by myself when shooting videos like my own videos or my Vet Chronicles. While the previous monitors all did a great job, they don’t do one thing my new Elvid 4K HDMI Monitor does for me. Shoot video while not wear reading glasses, like my last video on sensor cleaning! If I could just sit still and concentrate on just them little monitors, I’d be OK but that’s not the case. Between dealing with lighting, camera, taping and interviewing, I found myself going nuts when it came to checking the video (in particular sharpness) as it was running. The Elvid 4K HDMI Monitor takes care of all my problems because it is just gorgeous! This is the Elvid STV-150-4KH Field Monitor. It is portable. It’s not portable that you can attach it to a bracket on your tripod, cage or gimbal, but it’s portable in that it...

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on Jun 5, 2019 in Field Reports

Sensor Cleaning ’19 – Mirror & Mirrorless

Cleaning of our digital camera sensors has plagued photographers for centuries (ok, a couple of years). Just like our cameras, some aspects of cleaning our sensor have changed and some have remained the same. This updated video (which means it supersedes all others of mine) reflects what I’m doing today to clean sensors which include mirrorless. These are the tools I use to clean the sensors of my cameras: VisibleDust Ultra MXD-100 Green Sensor Cleaning VSwabs VisibleDust Ultra MXD-100 “Green” Corner Swabs VisibleDust Zee Pro Sensor-Cleaning Bulb Blower VisibleDust Quasar R 5x Sensor Loupe Eclipse Optic Cleaning Solution This video expresses my methods for cleaning and it’s up to you if you follow it or not. It, in some cases, does not follow the recommendations in the camera’s instruction book. There is a risk in cleaning your sensor so if you are uncomfortable doing it, don’t do...

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