Phantom 4 Review and Field Test Everything You Need To Know

Our Phantom 4 review is finally here! I’ve been testing the DJI Phantom 4 over the past month at home as well as on a recent family vacation to Costa Rica. I’m super excited to share my thoughts on the Phantom 4 and everything I’ve learned so far.

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DJI Phantom 4 Preview A Quick Look From Costa Rica

 

We just got back from Costa Rica! You’ll be seeing a lot more blog posts about the trip in the next few weeks. In the meantime the above video is a quick preview of some pretty footage I captured with the Phantom 4 on a beach near our house at sunset.

Photo Review: An Evening With The Boys

The other night there was some beautiful golden light filling the kitchen as the boys played. After a long, dark winter, this was a sight for sore eyes. So I grabbed the camera and spent some time photographing them as they went about their business – Max doing some art-making, and Oliver practicing his new walking skills.

I learn so much about photography when I shoot, and review the images afterwards. So I made a short video showing some of my favourite shots from the evening, and my thoughts on the shooting experience, resulting images, and the process of editing them in Lightroom.

Highlights include:

  • Pros and cons of shooting at super wide apertures
  • The problems with adding too much contrast to a black and white
  • How my approach to acceptable sharpness has changed
  • When a dark image works (and when it doesn’t)
  • And more!

Take a gander, and let me know what you think!

Sony Releases New Pro Lenses

Last fall I wrote about why I wasn’t buying the new Sony a7R2. My biggest complaints weren’t actually about the camera, but the lack of pro lenses (specifically a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f.2.8).

Well, Sony has delivered.

They announced a new series of professional lenses called “G Master” (which sounds like a new rapper). This new lineup of lenses are supposed to offer the best performance and optical quality of all Sony lenses.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag Review

What makes photographers spend nearly $5 Million on a camera bag?

No, there wasn’t the promise of free candy. Instead, there was innovation. A lot of it. $5 Million worth.

Today, I want to introduce you to the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag, and give you a little look at what is truly the most forward thinking camera bag I’ve ever come across.

Now if you’re anything like me, you have spent many years searching for a great camera bag, only to be left a bit underwhelmed. Sure, we’re just talking about something to hold your gear – it isn’t rocket science. But despite cameras advancing in their technology at an exponential rate, camera bags have been more or less the same. Nothing bad about that per se, it’s just been a bit boring.

Then Peak Design comes along and shakes things up and we get The Everyday Messenger. For the best look at this little guy, check out the video above. This is something you’ll want to see in action. I’ll also give you a rundown here, with the key features, our thoughts on the bag, and who it would be best suited for. Let’s go!

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Understanding Single Points of Failure With Photography

Over the years we’ve heard from countless people who have lost their photos. Usually it’s due to hard drive failure, but unfortunately there are tons of ways to lose your images.

In this past year alone there have been multiple stories of photographers losing their life’s work due to hard drive theft.

It usually takes loss to make you realize you should have been doing something differently.

So today I want to talk about a concept that will help you avoid loss before it happens!

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Max Learns Photography: Timing

If you’ve been following this blog for a bit, you’ll know that we recently bought our (now 3 year old!) son, Max, a camera. (If you haven’t watched it yet, the video of him opening the camera is pretty adorable, from a totally biased parent perspective!).

Since getting the camera, we have been taking things slow. Max is an independent young man, and likes to do things on his own, so intense photography lectures aren’t his jam. We leave the camera on his table, easy to access whenever he wants. Some weeks he isn’t interested, other weeks he’ll pick it up a few times. We’re mostly just stoked that he is still using it – maintaing interest over months for a toddler is pretty awesome.

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