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Every time I pick up the infrared camera rig I use to photograph New York City at night, I can’t resist quoting Tony Montana’s iconic words from the movie, Scarface: “Say hello to my little friend!” The reason for this is that the Sunpak 622 Super Pro Flash, when combined with an infrared head,...
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I’ve never been a huge fan of converting digital images to black-and-white. My photo background is strongly tied to black-and-white film, and the black-and-white look is something I’ll always associate with film. In my opinion, digital images converted to black-and-white look… processed. Despite this, my curiosity was piqued by the...
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Lenses come and lenses go… a lot like love. Also, like love, when you've found a lens that gives you that hard-to-define feeling of joy, comfort, and satisfaction, you should shout it to the world. For me, that lens is the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens. It's not that the Sigma is better than...
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I’ll admit I have a penchant for doing things the hard way, but I’m convinced that this often presents greater rewards if you have enough patience. Last year, I waxed poetic on the Sony a7R II as a “Thing I Love,” and it was. But at the end of that article I wrote, “It’s still not my...
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There are many reasons to ignore the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS Lens. It could be that it’s not practical. It’s slow. It’s pricey. It has a lo-o-o-ong name. Despite these potential pitfalls, the 100mm leverages a unique optical design to deliver breathtaking bokeh and outstanding sharpness...
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Here, there, and everywhere… like most people, I tote my cell phone with its integrated camera with me almost everywhere I go. For grabbing snapshots and quick videos to share easily with friends and family, you really can’t beat its convenience. And I love that I can bump up the quality of my mobile photos with my add-on x2 telephoto and x0.6 wide-angle Zeiss Exolenses. Here are three views of...
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Apple makes good stuff. At least I think so. Enough that I have an iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac in my house and have recently been gifted an Apple TV to help finish out the set. The only thing missing was a HomePod, until a Black Friday sale made it too tempting to pass up. Ever...
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Doing what I do for a living, I get to shoot with a wide range of cameras, lenses, and photo accessories on a regular basis, and I’ve been doing it for a while. Something that I’ve recognized for quite some time is how quickly our “latest-and-greatest” cameras become “obsolete,” thanks, in part, to evolving technologies combined with ever-clever marketing and our innate need to possess the latest...
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Aside from being the person at B&H Explora who spends his days chasing grammar and punctuation errors, I have also been playing guitar off and on since I was 16 years old and, to put that into perspective, I am now just about ready to enroll in Part A of Medicare. Until the end of the last Bush presidency, I was playing guitar and singing in a local New York bluegrass band. This entailed...
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When I first set out to create the portraits for “What is Photography?” I was faced with the challenge of building a series of photographs that shared a recognizable aesthetic, despite being made over the course of several months, working with many different personalities. The solution that producer John Harris and I came up...
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Throughout my career as a film photographer, I’ve gone through numerous favorite films. With the unfortunate, yet consistent, demise of some of my favorites over the years, I’ve had to re-adjust and adapt to new films. While nothing can ever replace my true all-time beloved film (Kodak Tri-X 320, in 220) since it’s discontinuation, I’ve learned to love...
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Since its debut, in 2015, the iPad Pro has remained one of my favorite pieces of tech. And the latest iteration, the 12.9-inch 2018 model, ranks, for me, as an absolute must-...
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Like most people, I wasn’t in a huge rush to upgrade to a 4K TV. The resolution bump didn’t really feel the same as the standard to high-definition move. Plus, I didn’t really have any 4K content and my aging Samsung TV was handling my Full HD 1080p content just fine. However, that all changed when I scored an awesome deal in October, trading my launch-day OG Microsoft Xbox One for the more...
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I feel for those of you who run around with cameras without a threaded shutter release. Why? Because you will never experience the pleasure of depressing a shutter release topped with the Nikon AR-11 Soft Shutter Release. Come to think of it, you won’t get to enjoy the...
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Before I reveal my deep love for the Leica APO-Televid 77 spotting scope, I wish to tell you all that I am not easily enamored with every item that B&H Photo sells, adorned with the famous “Red Dot” of Leica. That addiction afflicts my father (and many others), but not I. I do own two Leica...
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