When filiming interviews like I do for Playboy sometimes, you need to record the voice of the Playmate properly. The build in microphone won't do. I checked out the new shotgun microphone from Sony that just came out.
A few days ago, I received my new Sony camera. I am upgrading from the a7RII, therefore the a7 R IV feels amazing. It took me three full days to read the manual and to go through all settings in detail. I felt like learning photography from scratch, but luckily that was only my feeling after reading so many technical information. To save you some time, I will speak about the advantages I see in the new camera and tell you my menu settings and how I customized the buttons.
All digital cameras count how many times the shutter has been released. But with many of the cameras it is difficult to find out that number. If you ever sell or buy a used one, this is handy to know. So here is how it works with Sony cameras.
The Sony A7 RIV was announced mid of July but the echo was divided. The simple reason was that the new camera came much earlier than expected and the new features shocked people who had just bought the RIII model. I placed my order right after the press conference, though.
In August 2015 I purchased my Sony alpha 7RII. A wonderful camera that outpaced my previous Canon camera at so many points. But when it comes to the build quality, I would advise Sony to improve their work a bit. Read what I am moaning about.
For more than 20 years we see an orange and teal look in the cinemas. It is a very popular way of color grading movies. Sometimes it is highly overdone and feels surreal, but when used subtle it adds to the atmosphere and appeals to us viewers. I wanted to understand why and digged up an old book from art school about colors.
For more than 15 years, I use Profoto lights. Now, if they asked me, I would have given them this wish list: Make it smaller, lighter, so I can take it on a plane, remove the cable and make it chargeable while using. Oh, and if you could add a display with large numbers, it would be nice, too. Profot hasn't asked me. But they still fulfilled my wishes.
When photographing humans, no matter what you do in the retouching process, the skin tones are the most important colors. While Canon tends to give warm skin tones, Sony's color math leads to cooler images. What is right and what is wrong? I recently heard about the secret skin tone formula.
There are two common color spaces and it is a highly technical topic. One is larger than the other, one is more common, especially when displaying images on screen. So which color space should you use?
When I read discussions on photo gear, it's all about lenses. People keep asking what kind of lens they should take on their trips and which lenses perform better than others. Here's an introduction to what I photograph with.
After a couple of years, you can judge better what gear is useful and what stuff rests in the drawer for years. There's one little camera tripod I am constantly using and that barely anyone knows. So, I thought, I tell you about it.