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09.15.14     tutorial & training videos  

Canon 7D Mark II Tutorial Training Video Lessons DVD Coming Soon

Already being flooded with questions about the upcoming Canon 7Dii see the earlier post today about what I think about the camera itself.

This post is to confirm that there is a very good chance there will be a Canon 7Dii Crash Course DVD for the camera and if so we would expect to have it ready 2-3 weeks after the camera ships.

My Crash Course on the Canon 7D Mark 2 would be designed primarily for beginning through intermediate users who are looking to get right into shooting and don't want to spend all the time and hassle learning a new complex system. Until I actually get the camera in my hands it will be hard for me to tell how good it is, but from what I have seen, it looks like a tough, machine gun of a camera. With every release however, Canon packs more features into the menu systems and operational controls, the 7Dii looks to be lush with focusing tools, I can't wait to get my hands on one.

Right now the production schedule is as follows:

- We are finishing up the Sony a7s Crash Course DVD Download, it should be available sometime this week for purchase.

- We will be Starting the Nikon D750 Crash Course as soon as we get it in our hands, Im guessing on the 24th or 25th of this month, and by the time we finish it, we should be starting up on the Canon 7Dii Course.

Thank you all for your continued support!

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09.15.14     photography  

Canon 7D Mark II Announcement

Its been a long, long time waiting. Excited to have the official specs out now about the Canon 7Dii, I hope to get my hands on one of the first copies available for sale.

A lot of people have been asking for my person thoughts on the 7Dii.

If you are primarily a sports photographer, I think we are in for one heck of a photography ride, this is just about the perfect upgrade to an already great system. The features I am most excited about:

- 10 FPS high speed burst mode
- 65 All Cross Type Squares (wow)
- Dual Digic 6 Processors (That means you will get 1000 continuous JPGS on a single burst!)
- Built in GPS
- All Metal Body
- Improved ISO clean up performance
- Built In Intravalometer (about time!)

Seriously, this is going to be a cutting edge photography camera for sports.

If you are primarily a videographer who does some shooting:

- Honestly, I wanted 4K Video recording. The 1080 @ 60 FPS is a welcome addition, but being that the new iPhone 6 will do 240FPS @ 720, this leaves me feeling as though I want more. I have been a very dedicated Canon customer for over 11 years now, I have over 20 different lenses for the EF mount, I am committed, just wanting them to play catch up now. 4k video recording is a must to hold the videographer market they have for the last 5 years.

Still it should be a very solid performer for video, but if you are for sure going for video with a DSLR camera, I would be more inclined to recommend the Canon 70D (Which is also a very good sports shooting camera).

CanonRumors.com has released a full outline of specs and features of the much anticipated Canon 7D Mark II. Check it out HERE.

You can also place your preorder from B&H Photo HERE.

Untitlted Film Works in Australia had an exclusive first look at the Canon 7D Mark II. Check it out below.


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09.15.14     photography  

Photographer Tamara Lackey Shares How To Capture An Authentic Smile

In this quick video photographer Tamara Lackey shares her tips on how to captures a genuine or natural smile.


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09.14.14     featured photographers  

Beautiful Flower Time-lapse by David de los Santos Gil

It took photographer David de los Santos Gil 9 months and 50,000 shots to produce this beautiful time-lapse of delicate flowers opening. The final result required 5,000 images.

Flowers opening timelapse from David de los Santos Gil on Vimeo.

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09.13.14     video  

Dave Dugdale Compares Video Capabilities of the A7s and GH4

My friend Dave Dugdale from Make sure to check out Dave's site Learning DSLR Video has finished his review of the Sony a7s as it compares with the Panasonic GH4. Dave's video focuses more on the aspects of video, and is a must watch if you are primarily a video shooter and considering either of these 2 cameras:

Make sure to check out Dave's site Learning DSLR Video HERE

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09.12.14     3d printing  

Engineers Volunteer to 3D Print Superhero Prosthetic Hands for Kids in Need

In an adorable and heart-warming story engineers from E-Nabling the Future are 3D printing superhero hands for kids in need. A typical prosthetic hand could cost upwards of $40K. Thanks to commercially available printers the organization is able to print them for around $50 and at no cost to the family. Check out the awesome pictures below and watch a quick video about one special little boy who received his Iron Man hand.


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09.11.14     photography  

Wedding Guest With A Camera Can Actually Help You

If you've ever shot a wedding you may very well be familiar with the often times dreaded "guest-with-camera". You know the guy/girl who uses their friend or family members wedding as the perfect opportunity to practice their shooting skills. Sometimes they're in your way all day. Sometimes they're very competitive. They might bombard you with questions or try to one up you by comparing gear.

What if instead of being annoyed and distracted by this person you put them to work? What if they can actually help you? In this story professional wedding photographer JP Danko shares how "guest-with-camera" actually helped him achieve a shot that would not have been possible otherwise. It's a humorous and interesting read. Check it out HERE.

The beautiful shot JP Danko was able to get with extra flash thanks to a "guest-with-camera". :)

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09.10.14     gadgetry  

First Look at the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Is an upgrade to the new iPhone 6 or 6 plus worth it? Do you plan on upgrading? Learn more about new features and specs HERE via PetaPixel.

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09.09.14     photography  

Fascinating Look at First Wildlife Images From National Geographic

These days National Geographic is the industry standard for amazing photography. Apparently back in it's infancy some were not too pleased with the direction it was taking. Several society members were upset about photographs being printed as they felt photographs cheapened it's image. Thankfully for all of us it didn't matter. The publication pressed on with it's incredible imagery giving glimpses of cultures and nature most would never have seen otherwise.

Below you can see the first wildlife images that were ever published in the now famous magazine.

To learn more about these images and the photographer who took them check out the article on PetaPixel here.


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09.08.14     photography  

Popular Photography's 2014 Readers Mobile Photo Contest

Do you like mobile photography? Why not enter Popular Photography's Readers' Mobile Contest for a chance to win $500? Submissions are being accepted until September 23, 2014. If you're 16 or older you can submit up to 3 entries in each of their two categories; "OPEN", and "#NoFilter" in JPEG format. The winners will not only receive $500 they'll also be featured on their website.

To checkout all the rules and take a look at the current entries CLICK HERE.

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