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Drones as a Photographic Tool

Opinion / July 25, 2018

Drones have pretty bad reputations with the general public, they are toys and annoyances. I don’t blame a lot of these snap judgements either for years drones have had crappy quality cameras inconsistent software to fly them resulting in bad footage and lots and lots of practice to even get that. That’s not even to touch on the noise, the peeping toms and the general feeling of privacy loss by having a camera hovering over your home. In the past few years however drones have improved massively, allowing simple flight options, smooth flying, good quality cameras, good quality radio connections and software to fly them that will help you get it home in case of problems. At this point in the hands of a photographer or videographer a drone offers you a new perspective on a subject and perhaps even a new subject to take pictures of (not creepily). It’s a worthy investment for anyone looking to continue pushing their photography to the next level.

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Medium Format back to 35mm

Gear / April 23, 2018

I have been a happy photographer shooting my Pentax 645z over the past four years, shooting many thousands of images over that time and taking up tons of hard drive space. The system has done just about everything I’ve asked of it and I could honestly say it was one of my favorite cameras ever. That being said I’ve made the decision to move on from the Pentax and it was not a quick decision or something I wanted to do if I had more of a choice in the matter, in fact I would go so far as to say this was 100% Ricoh Pentax’s fault. You see I’ve been working on landscapes for a while now and I’ve been hitting the same problem over and over again. The lack of lens selection is killing my options for getting the shot I want when in the field.

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Norway Gear List

Travel , Gear / April 05, 2018

I recently visited the Lofoten Islands of Norway and wanted to share with you what I took for a weeklong trip to the Arctic Circle of Norway. This is an interesting trip in that there are specific things you’ll need to take photos, keep warm, edit photos, grip on snow and rocks and overall just enjoy your visit. For that I’ve packed what is likely too much gear.

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Switching to Sony

Gear / May 20, 2018

I’d been back from Norway for about a month and in that time I’ve had time to think about my gear, what went well and what could have used some adjustment. I’ve come up with a few things that need adjusting but the biggest one I’m assuming you can guess by my last post Medium Format back to 35mm is that I’ve decided to switch back to a 35mm camera system. To that end I’ve been working to figure out which system to buy and have come up with a list of items that were important to me.

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Mavic Pro

Drones , Gear / April 11, 2018

Drones have added an interesting new element to photography with the ease that you can now quickly grab a new perspective a new shot. This has given us new options for photography and the DJI Mavic Pro has given us new options for portability in this new world. The Mavic Pro’s biggest selling point and the reason that it’s been so popular is it’s size for a fully capable drone. Folding up into the size of a large DSLR lens you finally have the ability to pack this drone with you on trips where before you’d be stuck with the choice of nothing or a bulky drone the size of a backpack. I knew when I bought this drone it was special because of it’s size but it was not until I started really traveling that I found out how great it really was.

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Amazing Lofoten

Travel / March 17, 2018

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