Personal Bests of 2015 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

Personal Bests of 2015 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

A year in review reveals improvements in our work – whether we realized it along the way or not. Even the pros take stock of their accomplishments, what they learned, and how to do better next time. Below are 20 final products from working photographers and why they feel it is among their best work of 2015. Get inspired and link to your personal best in the comments below! Alexis Cuarezma “This was taken on the third day of shooting portraits of the USWNT for Sports Illustrated. I was shooting Abby Wamback for her individual cover. It was the end of the day and usually these shoots go by quickly. I wanted to photograph a celebration shot of Abby and asked what she usually does in that situation. She said, ‘I’ll be down on my knees and I’m going to celebrate’. I’ve done this many times before with athletes. However, when I got ready to photograph Abby, she yelled as loud as she could for about 10 seconds at the top of her longs! Full out 100% with passion. I could not have asked or even dreamed of a better moment to capture/create in the studio. It’s one of my favorite captured-in-studio unexpected moments. The exploding powder was added later in post as you can’t use it indoors or get that on the athletes.” – Alexis Cuarezma, who shot this with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens on a Canon 5D Mark II with Profoto lighting. See his work on his site and on Instagram. Benjamin Von Wong “Just working on this project has allowed me to greatly increase my understanding...
Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers

Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers

Many of you are probably excited for fall – the colors, the low light, and the dramatic weather all help us achieve stunning images. Start the season right with some words of wisdom from 18 working photographers and their visual expressions of what the harvest season means to them. Share yours with us in the comments at the end! Inspiring Words and Fall Images from 18 Working Photographers “This fall I would like to encourage you to get out and explore, get off the beaten path far away from the crowds and iconic locations. Take time to immerse yourself in the landscape and let it speak to you. Intimate landscapes are quickly becoming my favorite type of photograph and there is no better time than fall to create such images. It requires you to move in a slower pace and work harder to create a compelling composition full of emotion and meaning to you and your viewer. Any and all lenses can be used for fall photography. I would recommend playing around with telephoto lenses to isolate scenes like this. An absolutely essential piece of gear is a circular polarizer to take the glare off the leaves, bringing out the vibrant colors. For this image I spent the day exploring a remote area of the San Juan mountains in Colorado, my favorite area to take clients on fall color workshops.” – David Kingham “Fall can be a difficult season in the Pacific Northwest. Fall color usually means constant rain is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived already. When working with an engaged couple it’s important to have a...
Personal Bests of 2014 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

Personal Bests of 2014 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

We celebrate progress on all levels – whether you’re a pro trying to stretch your personal limits or a novice who just learned how to shoot manually. We get better every year that we stick to our photographic and cinematic goals. Here are the personal favorites of 2014 from a variety of our employees, friends, and partners from all backgrounds, styles, and skill levels. Check out the images and videos below, see what they shot with, and get inspired. This is one of Seán Duggan’s favorite images from 2014. He took it while deep inside an ice cave that extended 300 meters back beneath an Iceland glacier. His guide provided the perfect sense of scale for this enormous “room”. This is an HDR blend of 3 exposures shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. Want to get a shot like this? Join Duggan on his next workshop, Winter Landscapes, Ice Caves, and Auroras, in March, 2015. In his worldwide workshops, Michael Corsentino teaches students how to achieve fashion and glamor portraits like this City Girl Fashion editorial he shot in Brooklyn. Corsentino lit this scene with a Profoto B1 Air Flash and an Elinchrom Deep Octa. His work and travels can be followed on Instagram: @corsentino. Travel dominates every year of Michael Bonocore’s life and 2014 was no exception. He ran the second camera for a SmugMug Films production on the adventures of surf photographer Chris Burkard. Burkard documented a group of surfers braving blizzards, high winds, and freezing temperatures in search of the perfect wave. When Bonocore wasn’t shooting slow motion of Burkard in action on...
A Review of Fuji’s X-trans CMOS II Sensor and X-mount Lenses

A Review of Fuji’s X-trans CMOS II Sensor and X-mount Lenses

David Kingham is a landscape photographer with years of experience and a known track record of going great lengths to capture spectacular landscapes. He is constantly searching for the ideal camera and lens combo to facilitate longer travel with more energy when he arrives. Find out how Fuji’s new mirror-less line of cameras and interchangeable X-mount lenses tested for his needs. As a landscape photographer that hikes a considerable amount I am always looking for ways to lighten my load on and off the trail. After switching to full frame DSLRs years ago, I had never considered the Fuji system due to the cropped (APS-C) sensor. Despite being convinced I’d never go back to a crop sensors, I couldn’t help my curiosity after hearing so many great reviews coming from Fuji converts. Borrowlenses.com was kind enough to send me the following bodies and lenses to review: Fuji X-T1  Fuji X-E2  Fuji 14mm f/2.8 Fuji 10-24 f/4 Fuji 18-55  Fuji 55-200 Fuji 18mm f/2 Zeiss Touit f/2.8 Note: All images are jpegs straight from the camera unless otherwise noted.   X-T1           I immediately fell in love with the Fuji X-T1 camera after using it for just a few minutes. I was first taken by the ergonomics of the camera: small, light, and the grips are placed perfectly to where I never feel uncomfortable holding it. The multitude of dials allow the user quick access to adjust settings, and I was especially taken by the feature of having the ISO and shutter speed as dials. I’ve never shot with a rangefinder, but I now know why most...
The Ultimate Lightweight Camera for Night Photography

The Ultimate Lightweight Camera for Night Photography

David Kingham is a landscape photographer with years of experience photographing the night sky. He is constantly searching for the ideal lenses and cameras for shooting the stars under a variety of conditions. Kingham seeks out great equipment for star shooters of every level with budgets large and small. In this review, he tackles the problem of weight. Find out if diminutive heavy hitters, like the a7 and Df, are worth their weight in night time shooting prowess. The Ultimate Lightweight Camera for Night Photography by David Kingham Weight is the enemy of every hiker and backpacker. I spend my days hiking to remote locations in the mountains and desert. The weight of my gear is always a burden even though I have minimized what I carry. When Sony announced the a7R and a7, I was excited beyond belief. It sounded like the answer to all my prayers! Then Nikon came out with the Df, yet another lightweight option! What to do? I put them to the test, side-by-side, of course. Other Night Photography Heavy Hitters To compare these results with other Nikons, take a look at my previous post where I test out the best Nikon for night photography. Keep in mind the Df has the same sensor as the D4. The Nikon D610 is another good lightweight choice, and you can see why in this post. I have been shooting with the Canon 6D with great success and highly recommend it for night photography. I included it in this test as a baseline since I consider it to be one of the best on the market, plus...