Author: KerryG

Canon Announces EOS Rebel T1i w/HD Video 3

Canon Announces EOS Rebel T1i w/HD Video

Canon’s new EOS Rebel T1i is packed with features, both refined and new. In addition to its admirable performance with an all-new 15.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating, and compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites, the EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080.

Podcast #42 – Conversation with Jim Divitale – Using Speciality Lenses in Commercial Photography 5

Podcast #42 – Conversation with Jim Divitale – Using Speciality Lenses in Commercial Photography

Kerry talks to Jim Divitale about using speciality lenses like the Lensbaby Composer in commercial shoots. Jim talks about how to tell clients about the effects, how to prepare for a shoot, and the comparision between the effect of of a Lensbaby versus a Tlt-Shift and 4×5 View camera.

Review: Tronix Explorer XT Portable Power Source 4

Review: Tronix Explorer XT Portable Power Source

Studio strobes are expensive and when you need lots of light but when you want to use them on location somewhere you have to find electrical outlets and possibly use long unwieldy extensions cords. But what happens when there is no power available at all? Using a generator is not recommended unless you can find one with a true sine wave inverter and even then, the peak times of the strobes when recycling can put an excessive strain on the generator. Innovatronix has a solution with their Explorer XT portable power source.

Podcast #41 – Kerry and David discuss the latest gadgets 2

Podcast #41 – Kerry and David discuss the latest gadgets

Kerry and David discuss the latest tools and gadgets they have been using or have seen at the recent shows including products from Lensbaby, Vanguard, California Sunbounce, Datacolor, Lenspen, Sandisk, Flip video, Apple, and Photovision.

Repairing the hot shoe on a Canon DSLR 12

Repairing the hot shoe on a Canon DSLR

During a wedding shoot one day I noticed that my flash was only firing occasionally. After the initial panic, I quickly figured out that if I held the flash with a little counter-clockwise tension, then the flash worked fine. At the first break, I tried my backup camera and it was doing the same thing. When I got home, I checked it against my daughter’s 20D and it worked fine, and it also seemed that the hot shoe on my cameras was loose compared to hers.Another symptom of this is that the flash will switch from E-TTL mode into TTL mode and the exposure will usually be very overexposed.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part III 0

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part III

On this third (and final) part of my intervew on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture, we discuss the different Dojo Lightroom presets that I developed for photographers and were I see Camera Dojo going over the next year. We also discuss issues that people have with lighting and making lighting look more natural.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part II 2

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture Part II

In this episode, Kerry and Aaron discuss the current trend of “transparency” and putting yourself “out there” and how this is changing how we communicate with our clients and our peers. This is a very interesting discussion. For more of Aaron’s The Big Picture video blog, go visit http://aarondieppa.com.

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture 4

Kerry guests on Aaron Dieppa’s The Big Picture

For those of you who haven’t heard about Aaron Dieppa, he is an Orange County photographer who came up with an insane idea to try to do a daily video blog for an entire year. To say that he has taken on quite a challenge is an understatement but he has been doing a great job so far. Be sure and check out The Big Picture at http://www.aarondieppa.com for all the back espisodes. This week however, I am thrilled that Aaron asked me to be a guest on the show and we talked for quite a while about Camera Dojo and the industry, so much so that he needed to break it up into three shows.

Lensbaby Composer and Optic System 7

Lensbaby Composer and Optic System

In the beginning there was the original Lensbaby lens, a simple bellows system with push-pull focus and left/right and up/down sweet spot selection. Then came the Lensbaby 3G that allowed you to fine tune the sweet spot after locking it down so that you can easily repeat the same shot and settings.

Now, the Lensbaby Composer promises a lens that is easier to use, better control over focusing, and a selection of different optic inserts to give you a variety of different effects.

Podcast #40 – Picking the winner of the converging lines contest with Roberto Valenzuela 3

Podcast #40 – Picking the winner of the converging lines contest with Roberto Valenzuela

Kerry and David discuss some of the cool finds from the PMA 2009 show (see CameraDojo.com for video highlights). The guys also announce the details for the next photo contest that will begin this week called Exciting Lighting, the winner will get a free seat at David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call tour. Complete details for the new contest will be posted this coming week.

Save $20 on David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call Seminar 6

Save $20 on David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call Seminar

I have mentioned David Ziser’s upcoming seminar series several times and I will continue to until it is over as it is going to be the one big not-to-miss seminar this year. David is an expert on lighting and technique and presents these topics in very easy to understand ways so that you can go back and start implementing them immediately.

Maurice’s Favorites from PMA 2009 0

Maurice’s Favorites from PMA 2009

Maurice, who has written several articles here at the Dojo, was with me on the trip to PMA 2009 and picked out a few products that were his personal favorite show picks that he wanted to show everyone. First off are some unique new products from Dust-Aid, with an internal shield to help keep dust out of your camera when changing lenses. Second up is the upcoming Spyder Cube which is a 3D color temperature and exposure tool to help you nail your images. The Spyder Cube is made by Data Color.

California Sunbounce at PMA 2009 0

California Sunbounce at PMA 2009

California Sunbounce has some awesome products to help solve numerous lighting issues. From scrims to reflectors and much more, they are very well known for their top quality notch quality and great selection of tools. In this video Kerry demos how to assemble a California Sunbounce Micro Mini reflector to show how easy the products go together. This was a challenge to see if he could figure it out with no practice or instructions.

Lensbaby at PMA 2009 2

Lensbaby at PMA 2009

Kerry and Sam from Lensbaby talk about the Composer and all of the accessories that are available for it including the just announced super wide angle lens. If you are looking at getting a Lensbaby Composer, then check out our Camera Dojo special offer. For more information about Lensbaby lenses and optics, please visit them at Lensbaby.com.

PMA 2009 Day One Video Highlights 2

PMA 2009 Day One Video Highlights

We kick off PMA 2009 with a little video montage and an interview with Trek-Tech (http://trek-tech.com). PMA is the largest photography trade show in the US and happens once a year. This year the show is in Las Vegas, NV and is quite huge! While you have the big companies like Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc showing their current product lines, you also have tons of smaller companies with innovating products that are looking for distributors or retail stores to carry their products.

ExposureManager Announces Premium Subscription 0

ExposureManager Announces Premium Subscription

ExposureManager (www.exposuremanager.com), a customizable full-service online sales resource for photographers, announces a new Premium Subscription service created to help increase print and merchandise sales for photographers. ExposureManager’s behind-the-scenes marketing support provides a convenient e-commerce solution for busy photographers through every step from order placement to print production and shipping of the final product.