Review: Forever Thine Wedding Workflows by Sleeklens

A wedding photographer’s job is just getting started when the wedding ends. With hundreds or even thousands of shots captured at a wedding, there needs to be a way to edit all those pictures in a quality way. Sleeklens asked me to review their Forever Thine Wedding Workflow package, which offers 112 Lightroom Presets and 23 Brushes for […]

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Swarovski CL Pocket Binoculars in Nepal

Harsh Conditions on the Circuit I was loaned a pair of CL Pocket Binoculars for evaluation on my recent trip to Nepal. So how did they fare? Did the binoculars stand up to the brutal abuse and intense conditions along the circuit? Find out in this first hand review of Swarovski’s new product. Initial Impressions […]

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Battle of The 50s: A Bokeh Comparison

This is a totally unscientific, just for fun bokeh comparison between three (four?) of Canon’s 50mm lenses.   What Makes Good Bokeh? What’s attractive to you may not be the same for everyone else, but in general the more rounded the out of focus elements the more pleasing the bokeh. Good bokeh shows the background […]

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Review: Canon 50mm f1.0L. Yeah, 1.0!

A Big Old Heaping Pile of Glass… The first thing you notice about this lens is the glass. This lens is all glass with a little bit of that nice “L” series black plastic wrapped around it. This thing weighs 2lbs – it’s even heavier than the 5D Mark III camera it was attached to for […]

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Instagram… in Real Life

This is Gracie. She’s my family dog, and this is her “portrait”. The picture’s out of focus, the colors are horrible, and yet something about this picture screams awesome. It’s awesome because it’s real. No Instagram, no batteries, memory cards or digital cameras, and not much in the way of photoshop, either. In fact there’s […]

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My Favorite sub $1000 DSLR

I am not being paid to tell you about this camera. These opinions are entirely my own. If you’re thinking of buying a DSLR, what you’re really looking for is value. What’s going to give you the most camera for your money? Looking at Canon’s lineup, the cameras available now are the Rebel T3i ($600), Rebel […]

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Review of the Canon 5D Mark III

This is a real world review of the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera, released in March of 2012. Let’s cut to the chase. I look for four main characteristics in travel cameras: image quality, usability, portability, and ruggedness. The 5D Mark III image quality is exactly what you’d expect – phenomenal. For usability, after […]

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Review of Canon 28mm f1.8 Lens

This is a real world review of the Canon’s 28mm f1.8, released in 1995. At the time of this review, it sells for $480 new. All shots in this review were captured using the 28mm lens. The lens is easy to use, easy to carry, and well built. It has a fast 1.8 aperture and the […]

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A trip with the Canon Powershot SD1300

I just got back from a quick trip to Southern California where I attended a graduation, flew a light aircraft up north along the coast, and went camping by the ocean. I brought my 5D III in hopes of taking some nice pictures, but the aptly named M-Fn button somehow got stuck down which rendered […]

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Review of Canon 24-105mm f4.0L Lens

I’ve had the Canon 24-105 f4L lens for a few months and I was finally able to put it through it’s paces this week in Prague. Here’s my biased and subjective review, based solely on my personal experience. You have been warned! Initial thoughts: When I first picked it up I thought, wow – this is a […]

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Canon 5D Mark III Weather Sealing

I’ve had the new 5D III for about a month now and all I can say is it’s an absolutely phenomenal camera. In that time I’ve really put it through it’s paces learning the ins and outs of this thing. There are plenty of reviews online, and of course plenty of arguments over which is […]

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Canon 5D Mark III Dynamic Range

I could care less about the Nikon vs. Canon argument, specifically the D800 vs the 5D Mark III. The ONLY reason I bought a 5D III is that I already have a bunch of Canon lenses, and the 5D seemed like a pretty good camera. The D800 seems like a pretty good camera too, and […]

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