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on May 22, 2019 in Field Reports

Texture – Brilliant!!!

It’s so simple, it’s brilliant. In the latest ACR update (11.3), you’ll find Texture. It’s in the Basic Panel and, Split Grad and Brush and I simply love it!! What you see is my normal setting, 30, and I’ve added it to my ACR Preset. What does it do? It brings out / cleans up texture in an image. And it does it so well, it tricks the eye to see things as sharper. That’s it. As I said, it’s so simple yet so powerful. Check it...

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on May 2, 2019 in Field Reports

Rode Wireless Go

Announced at CES a few months ago, my unit just arrived and I have to say the advertising is true. The new Rode Wireless Go is out of the box ready to go! In the simplest of terms, you have a wireless mic/tramnsmitter sending great sound back to the receiver that is connected to the camera for your video productions. You can literally take it out of the box and start using it, that’s what I did! The highlights are: For Mobile Journalist, Videographer Built-In Omni Mic & 3.5mm Mic Input Miniature Clip-On Transmitter Miniature Clip-On Receiver Easy Setup with No Menus Three Adjustable Gain Settings 7 Hr Rechargeable Batteries + USB Power Bright, Informative LCD Screen Battery Status & Audio Level on Display Up to 8 Mics on Set / 230′ Range They are incredibly small, the size of a matchbook, just a tad thicker. Charging via USB is pretty cool which helps keep their size really small. The only drawback I found that is if using the...

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on May 1, 2019 in Field Reports

24-70f2.8 – But Which One?

We are offered up an interesting quandary right now with Nikkor lenses, the new Z24-70f2.8, and still realatively new 24-70f2.8VR. They both have the same focal length range, f/stop, 82mm filter size and both are beautifully sharp. After that, they start to part ways. The Z24-70f2.8 will mount only on the Z7/Z6 where the 24-70f2.8VR will mount to both the F Mount and Z Mount (with FTZ adapter). If VR is an important factor to you, then you have to consider the 24-70f2.8VR has built-in 3 stops where the Z24-70f2.8 uses the magnificent five stop in the Z7/Z6. Which to choose? The 24-70f2.8VR is 6″ long, weighs 38.4oz. The Z24-70f2.8 is 5″ long and weighs 24.8oz. It’s not until we look at size and weight does one of the 24-70s have an edge. If you want to add a 24-70f2.8 to your kit the question remains, which one? A number of folks have asked me this very same question and after weighing these facts for myself, I went with...

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on Apr 16, 2019 in Field Reports

That Tax Refund Dilemma

To be totally upfront, I am perhaps not the best one to be offering this advice, so take it with a grain of salt. It’s that time of year when photographers, pros and hobbiets a like are thinking about how to best spend their tax refund. I know because the emails are flooding in asking me which body or lens over this or that body or lens should they buy. I usually ask one question, what will move your photography forward, that piece of gear or time out shooting? Time is money and for many, time is harder to come by than money. There is always a pause in the conversation when I ask this question. With that said, a brand spanking new Nikkor Z24-70f2.8 as I type is on a truck for delivery to me today. The 24-70f2.8VR is a VERY important lens in my kit! It’s a killer lens, very sharp producing gorgeous images. It attaches to the D5 and together, they are a lethal combo! They...

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on Apr 2, 2019 in Field Reports

Time for New Portables!

For a long time, I have traveled with a copy of my Gallery Images so I can take care of my clients while I’m traveling. This is the third time I’ve “updated” my 4TB drives for this traveling gallery. This time, I went with, and love the G Tech 4TB drives. Why did I choose these? Well, I first sent a G Tech 4TB to Brent and asked him to test it by attempting to edit a Z7 video from it using both Premiere and Photo Mechanic 6. Brent found the write speed permitted easy editing and scrubbing of that 4k video. That was good enough for me. Product Highlights 4TB Storage Capacity Micro-USB 3.0 Interface Bus Powered Supports Time Machine & File Vault Aluminum Case Plug-and-Play Includes Micro-USB 3.0 Cables Preformatted for Mac 10.10+ Windows Compatible with Reformatting Using rync, I was able to create new copies of my Gallery Images in a snap! It makes all the difference in the world to our business and I just...

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on Mar 14, 2019 in Field Reports

Think Tank Belt System

I admit it, I’m a Think Tank junkie! Here’s the problem I needed to solve. I needed four extra hands while working with aircraft and shooting the documentary. It’s my nature, when I hear someone needs a hand, I put down the camera and help. Putting down that gear though in a hangar full of grease and fuel, well, there’s the issue. Then there is a time when I need to shoot in a small space and have the flexibility of pulling out a flash or change lenses. No space for a camera bag, an assistant let alone the time waiting. I tried putting a single case on my pants belt but when I needed to drop it quickly, well there went my pants. That’s when I remembered the Think Tank Belt system! The belt system works like a charm in this one application (I don’t use it otherwise) providing protection and quick access to the limited gear I carry. I have the Lens Changer 35 or 50, Slim...

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