Product Review

My Review Of The Phase One IQ250 Medium Format CMOS Back


Camera and software maker Phase One let me have/demo/test the brand new groundbreaking CMOS 50 megapixel digital medium format back for a couple of weeks. You can check out all of my thoughts and impressions as well as test images over on

Need An Indestructible Lighting Case That’s Lighter Than The Competition? The Pelican iM2950


When you travel on assignment over 100k miles a year like I do, you start to learn the importance of durable cases for your gear and slimming down on weight to save on baggage fees. For years I have been flying around with the Pelican 1650 to protect my flashes. I had it so fine-tuned […]

The DSLR Camera To Buy For Your Aspiring Photographer This Holiday Season : Canon SL1


Every year, as the holiday season comes around, people will email and message me asking what to buy themselves or a loved one to start or expand upon their love for photography. A camera that offers interchangeable lenses, easy to use, good quality, compact, reliable, and can be had for under $1000 with a lens. […]

I Never Thought It Would Be Possible To Love A Light Stand Like This: Manfrotto 1004BAC


Regular followers of my blog and various forms of social media already know I travel a LOT for shoots. We are talking over 100k miles and thousands spent in baggage fees a year! Thus, a streamlined effective travel kit loaded with gear that doesn’t waste space or weight is crucial for me. I’ve been spending […]

Capture One Express 7 Announced – Phase One’s Affordable Raw Processing Software For Under $100


  Phase One announced their new Capture One Express 7 raw image processing software today and it’s free to try for 60 days and only $99 to buy! Express 7 is actually a streamlined version of their advanced Capture One Pro 7 software, which is what I personally use, focusing primarily on RAW processing. Also, I’m […]

Like Shooting Tethered? Check Out Some Of These Awesome Products From Tethered Tools


  If you haven’t heard of yet, well… you have now. Tethered Tools makes a wide range of fantastic products to make your tethered shooting go more smoothly. They are your one stop shop for all of your tethered shooting gear needs including software… but you do have to provide the camera and computer. […]

My Crazy New Customizable Camera Strap By Vulture Equipment Works


The American-based company Vulture Equipment Works hooked me up wish a crazy new camera strap for my Phase One, although it works on essentially any camera. Sure, it may appear bulky to some, but so did another “Made in America” product, the 1967 Pontiac GTO. Also, the hooks, straps and quick-releases all have a functional […]

New Release: Capture One Pro 7 – The Professional Choice in Imaging Software

Check it out! My Lamborghini image on the Capture One Pro 7 box!

I’m excited to finally announce the new Phase One Capture One Pro 7 raw processing software. I’ve been working behind the scenes for months on helping with the product release. This new generation Capture One is a leap forward with its brand new image processing engine and catalog organization system among other improvements. If you’re […]

60 Megapixels Of Glory – Shooting With The Phase One IQ160


I am excited and proud to announce I have a new partnership with the makers of one of the finest digital camera systems and capture software in the world, Phase One, and my favorite photography plug-ins by Nik Software. Digital Transitions and Phase One have provided me with a brand new Phase One body with […]

Ona Bags “Camps Bay” – Luxurious DSLR Camera And Laptop Backpack (Video Review)

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You may recall the previous review I did of the ONA Union Street shoulder camera bag that I love so much. Here is one of ONA’s newest bags, the Camps Bay backpack. I’ve had it a month or two and really have had a good opportunity to test it out. Now here are the important stats to […]

The Photography Gift Guide 2011


Here we are again! It’s the time of year friends coming out of the woodwork asking what to get for their photography-loving husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/sister/brother etc…  So I have put together the ultimate 2011 photography gadget gift guide for your very own photo geek. – ONA Waxed Canvas “Camps Bay” Laptop & Camera Bag: I mentioned ONA products […]

Now You Can View Your Instagram Photo Feed On A Web Browser With “Inkstagram”

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For those of you that follow my various forms of social media, you know how much I love the Instragram iPhone photo and sharing app (click to learn more about the app). Up until recently, you could only view the photos through the app itself on your phone or iPad. Now, several companies have found […]

Take A Lot Of iPhone Photos? You May Enjoy My “Photo Stats” iPhone App Review


I take A LOT of photos on my iPhone, especially when I travel for shoots. Photo Stats is a cool application for your iPhone that analyzes your shooting habits. It lists everything from where you’ve taken photos to your most productive time of day, what percentage you shoot landscape vs horizontal, etc. “If an image […]

The Importance Of To-Do Lists – TeuxDeux Software And App Review

Sample page from the Swiss-miss software page

I remember my first days out on my own after graduating Rochester Institute of Technology as a freelance photographer. I would wake up in the morning and after cruising the internet aimlessly would essentially stare at the wall wondering what to do with myself. With no boss to tell me what to do and no […]

Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 Video Tutorial – Plugin That Converts Your Color Images To High Quality Black and White

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I have been receiving requests for awhile to do tutorials on my post-production processes. Today I discuss one of my favorite Photoshop Plugins: Silver Efex Pro 2 by Nik Software. It’s a fantastic color to black and white image conversion plugin. Check out some of its easy to use features, as well as some of […]

Instagram – My New iPhone Photography App Addiction

Instagram - Fast, beautiful photo sharing for your iPhone

Thanks to my good buddy and client DJ Homicide, who originally got me onto Twitter, I am now using the Instagram photography app for the iPhone all the time. It incorporates the cool photo filters you’d see on applications like Plastic Bullet and Hipstamatic, but integrates them more seamlessly with social networking applications like Twitter, […]

Object Of Desire – Fujifilm Finepix X100 Digital Camera (Hands-On Review)


Check this baby out! I’m in the process of shopping for a new compact camera and was leaning towards the Canon S95, but someone referred me to this gem and I fell in love. Ok so it’s not necessarily the compact point and shoot I was looking for, but it sure is amazing and I […]

Musician Tom McBride Photoshoot – Trying Out The Fader ND Mark 2 Variable Neutral Density Filter


Had a great shoot on a more bearable winter day last week with an amazing indie musician Tom McBride. I’m trying a new more organic/natural look with my photos for 2011. You always have to shake it up! I’ve been playing with my Fader ND Mark 2 (link to more info on product) variable neutral […]

Just Picked Up One Of These Bad Boys – The Fader [Variable] Neutral Density Mark 2 Filter


Just took delivery of one of these fantastic variable-setting neutral density filters (The Fader ND Mark 2 from Light Craft Worshop to be exact). Attach and rotate it at the end of your lens, much like a circular polarizer, and it will give you 2 – 8 stops of neutral density. Pretty ingenious design because […]

Jack Bauer, Your Camera/Laptop Bag Is Here – ONA Union Street Bag Review


ONA started their bag company by creating a camera bag made for the lady photographer, by a lady photographer (it looked like a stylish purse). They are expanding their bag line by introducing their new Union Street camera & laptop bag, which is more styled for the man-photographer (as I quietly beat my chest with […]

Photography Gadget Gift Guide 2010 (Updated)


This is the time of year I get friends coming out of the woodwork asking what to get for their photography-loving husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/sister/brother etc…  So I have decided to put together the ultimate 2010 photography gadget gift guide for your very own photo geek (even if that pertains yourself). – ONA Fashionable Camera Bags for the […]

Great iPhone Photography Applications – Part 2


This is a continuation of this post discussing my favorite iPhone photography applications. Here are a couple more that I really like and think you should check out: Plastic Bullet – This application is great because it’s an easy way to give your images a distinctive aged look. You either snap a new image or […]

Great iPhone Photography Applications – iPhone 4G Release Edition


Just buy your first iPhone or just upgrade to the sweet new iPhone 4G? You will notice right away that the 3Gs and especially the 4G have pretty fantastic camera systems packed into those narrow little cases. So now you’re wondering, what photo applications should I buy? Fear not! Here are a few of my […]

iPhone Photography Application I Love Right Now – “ShakeItPhoto” Polaroid Emulator (Review)


This sweet $0.99 iPhone photography application is getting a lot of use on my 3Gs.  It turns your iPhone camera photos into realistic-looking polaroids (see some of my sample shots above and below).  A fun little aspect of the software is that when the phone is processing your image, you can actually shake the phone […]