5D Mark Bore Why the new Canon 5D Mark IV is a disappointment

Canon recently announced their new 5D Mark IV. It’s been over 4 years since the release of the 5D Mark 3, so tons of photographers have been eagerly awaiting a new model – and tons of photographers will now be disappointed.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger: 13″ vs. 15″ A comparison of the two sizes of the crazy popular bag

Ever since the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag came out, it’s been our go-to choice when we have to pack up the cameras for the day. (Check out our full review of the original bag here.)

With features like a quick-adjust strap, a top access zipper, and a snazzy one-handed magnetic opening system, it’s a blast to use (and looks spiffy too).

My biggest complaint, however, was that it was just too big for me. The original bag was made to hold a 15″ laptop and all of your DSLR gear. As a 5’6″ gal, it was pretty giant on my frame, and so I just admired it longingly while Rob toted it around. Darn him and his giantness.

So when the team at Peak Design announced that they were making a smaller version? Yep, sign me up.

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Fuji X-Pro2 Field Test: Costa Rica Watch out, you might want to switch...

I just posted a big fancy review of the new Fujifilm X-Pro 2 camera! I spent two weeks shooting with it in Costa Rica, and have a ton to report!

But it’s a whole page, not just a little post, so click here to go check it out! There’s a video, tons of sample photos, and I’ll tell you what bugged me about the camera, but why I still loved it anyway!!

It’s a fun review, so go check it out now!

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 Unboxing & First Look

Sooooo Rob got a shiny new gadget! He’s been dying to get a Phantom drone for years, but held off because each model was missing some key feature that he just had to have. Then the Phantom 4 was announced and BOOM! It had everything and he went for it.

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The Ultimate Fuji Instax Camera Comparison

Fuji Instax cameras are a blast – they shoot instant film, immediately giving you a printed photo that you can share and enjoy. We’ve taken our Instax all the way to Peru, and it has been at the heart of some of our most treasured photography experiences.

But the Instax line of cameras can sometimes confuse me! There are lot of different models, with different features, and it’s hard to know which one does what, and which might be right for you!

So check the video above for a look at all the major cameras (plus an Instax printer!).

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I Made My New Website Last Night With Adobe Portfolio

Embarrassing confession: for the past 4 years we haven’t had a portfolio. We were no longer shooting portraits, and spending all our time teaching, so a portfolio wasn’t exactly necessary. But yeah, we should have had one. I tried a couple times: playing around with Squarespace and WordPress. But nothing really stuck, and we had no place to show our work.

Finally creating a portfolio was on our list of things to do this year, and I sure wasn’t looking forward to it.

Then last night I saw something pop up in the news: Adobe had just released a portfolio builder, creatively called “Adobe Portfolio“.

I clicked through, the templates looked neat, so I held my breath and clicked on Pricing.

“For you, Lauren, it’s free.”

Oh what sweet, sweet words! Yes, that’s exactly what the site said. Since we have a subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud for the bajillion Adobe programs we use, (and I was currently signed in, so it creepily knew my name) Portfolio is free. Sold!

So I started to see what it was like. Lo and behold, an hour of poking around, a few clicks and uploads and I found myself with a portfolio! Another hour of fine tuning, and I had something published and ready to share.

I present to you, the first portfolio of our personal work ever!

Now I say that it’s ready to share, but it is certainly far from complete. This was done in one evening of work (an evening broken up by watching some Netflix and going in about half a dozen times to put the baby back to sleep). But with a few more evenings of work, I’m sure I’ll have something pretty comprehensive.

So what do I think of Adobe Portfolio? I really enjoy using it! It’s simple, for sure. If you’re looking for a really complex website, this isn’t it. There’s no blog, or shopping cart, and it won’t do any crazy slideshows or blast music out at your unsuspecting viewers. But it does what it’s supposed to do very well: build a portfolio of your best work.

Using the editor takes a tiny bit of getting used to, which is true of anything really. For the most part it’s very intuitive, and I didn’t need to read any instructions or look up tutorials to get it to do what I wanted. Sometimes I’d find myself scratching my head, wondering how to do something (like remove dates from the project grid) but once I understood how the system is designed (you click into something to pull up all the options) then it was easy enough to figure out.

The best part is that it looks really good out of the box, and it’s hard to make it look bad. The spacing and typography are top notch, and that goes a LONG way to creating a beautiful presentation. Those kinds of things aren’t easy to do either, so I appreciate them handling the setup for me there. It’s linked into Typekit so you can add lots of lovely fonts to put your own twist on it.

Adding photos and text is easy, you can put in captions, have the images pop up in a lightbox for bigger viewing, reorder them and remove them with ease and even embed videos and contact forms from Wufoo and other such things.

There are 5 different templates to choose from, each quite clean and minimal, because, again, this is supposed to be about showing off your work, not dazzling with fanciful web design. I really appreciated that it saved my adjustments to each template when I switched to another one, so I could tinker, try out something different, and come back to what I had first made without worrying about losing my adjustments.

And, of course, everything is optimized for mobile so your site will look good on any device. There’s even a nifty little preview at the bottom so you can check to see how it looks on different devices with different orientations.

Other Nifty Features:

  • Use your own domain name
  • The editor is “live” meaning you can see your adjustments as you make them. This makes the whole process much quicker and easier
  • Things like padding and spacing and size are all adjustable with sliders, so you can really fine tune the layout
  • Allows global style adjustments to everything from link colors and hovers, to image rollovers and other nerdy web design stuff (global means you can adjust everything at once, keeping the design consistent, and saving time)
  • Ties in with Behance if you use that service to show off your work

All in all, it was a very enjoyable and fun process, and I was pleased as punch with the outcome.

It’s nothing insane, but it’s exactly what I need right now. And I’m sure many many others will find it’s just right for them.

Adobe Portfolio is included with both the full Creative Cloud membership ($49.99/month) AND the Photography bundle, which gives you Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month.

My biggest piece of advice for using Adobe Portfolio?

(Other than just finally sitting down and using it to make that portfolio you’ve been putting off?) Put your personality into it. Hard. As I’ve said, these templates are simple. They look like a billion other templates out there. There’s nothing wrong with that, because these designs sure do work well – they are easy for your viewers to navigate, and show your work off.

But you have to do something to make your site stand out from the billions. Whether it’s the colour, logo, titles of your projects, what you write in your About page, or whatnot. Have fun with it, be yourself to the fullest, and find a way to take these templates and make them yours!