Friday, November 18, 2016

How to fix the stabilization problems with the Panasonic Lumix G85!

A couple days ago, panasonic released an update for their new Lumix G85 Camera in order to resolve so stabilization issues.  Check out this video for a side by side comparison as well as some tips for updating your camera.

Here is a link to where you can download the update.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Panasonic Lumix G85/G80 First Look

A few weeks ago I got my hands on the brand new Panasonic Lumix G85 and I was really excited to get out and put it to the test! The G85 is the predecessor to the Lumix G7 with a lot of big changes under the hood.  Check out the video below where I go over what I think are the biggest changes from the G7 to the G85.  Granted, I may have missed a few details but I think I covered most of the important things (except the fact that the G85 is Splash and Dust Resistant, I definitely forgot to bring that up!) 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. 

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Until next time,
Jeff C.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Why I Stopped Using Alkaline Batteries In My Speedlights And You Should Too!

Out with the old and in with the new! 

That's what I said about the batteries in my speedlights not so longs ago.  For as long as I could remember I was using just regular old Alkaline batteries to power my speedlights on location.  Not only was I wasting a ton of money (while definitely getting my money's worth from my Costco membership), I was also wasting a ton of time waiting for my flash to recycle everytime I took a photo!

I decided it was time to make a change... 

The day was Amazon Prime Day 2016, Panasonic Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries were 70% off so I thought "what harm could come from ordering some?" I also ordered a couple external charge packs for my flashes (which were not on sale but still really affordable.) Once the batteries arrived, they made such a difference that I ordered 12 more at regular price because I knew this would be a complete game changer! Check out the video below to see how different types of batteries effect your flash recycle time.  You'll be amazed at the results!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. 

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Until next time,
Jeff C.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Adapting to your surroundings and creating amazing images!

As a photographer you constantly have to adapt to the different locations you shoot in. Sometimes you get lucky and are able to shoot in beautiful locations and other times you're not so fortunate.  In this post I am going to show you how I created an amazing image with a single speedlight in possibly the ugliest location I have ever shot in... (My Parking Garage!) Here is the final Image.  Keep reading to see my process.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lighting Setup (Bar/Coffee Shop Portrait)

I hope everyone has had a great week! In this post I want to help you create some cool artsy portraits in a bar or coffee shop setting.  Everything below will help you get started and then you can take it from there and make it your own.  Click on the "Read More" button below to check out the gear I used as well as a lighting diagram.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Headshot How To: Mixing flash and ambient light (in low light conditions)

Living in Nashville I get the pleasure of working with a lot of really amazing clients.  One coolest clients I get to work with here in town is the iconic Sound Emporium Studios, which if you haven't heard of them it's definitely worth a google search.  I've been working with the Sound Emporium for a little over 4 years now shooting everything from the rooms themselves to product shots of the gear and even taking headshots for the staff.

In this post I am going to explain my lighting setup for the most recent headshot session I had with the staff.  One of the things that the Sound Emporium prides themselves on is the "vibe" of the studio so I wanted to try to capture that in the photos I took of the staff.  That being said, I didn't want to just shoot a basic white, black or grey background headshot and call it a day.  I needed to add some interest to the image which I did by placing the subjects in front of the recording console in one of the control rooms.  After I placed my subject, I used a simple two light setup and a shutter drag technique to capture the final image.  Keep reading to view the lighting diagram and camera settings...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

How To: Simple 2 light portrait with no modifiers (kind of)

Here is a simple two light portrait that is sure to make any client happy.  In the title I stated that I "kind of" didn't use any modifiers, which was probably kind of confusing.... All I mean by that is that you can recreate this look with just two bare bulb flashes.  To take it up a notch, I added a blue gel to my backlight to give the image some more contrast.  keep on reading to view the lighting setup for this image...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Light Painting in Portraiture... (A Test Shot For A Job I Didn't Get)

A few weeks ago I put in a bid for a project and didn't get the job... I did however think the test shots I took for them looked really cool so keep on scrolling if you want to see how created the lighting setup.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Getting Creative With Unconventional Lighting Gear.

Today I am going to give a quick little tip that can create some really cool ambiance in your images.  This technique works for all different styles of photography and in all different lighting scenarios.  I will run down how I created the above image in this post but feel free to try out these techniques with your own style.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Creating A Dynamic Portrait/Headshot With Just 2 Lights!

So I've been extremely busy over the past few months and my blog has kind of taken a backseat to my shooting.  Fear not, I am back and I've got a lot of content that I can't wait to share!  Don't worry, I will start with something pretty simple and quick for my first post back.

The other day I was shooting my friend Collin and I wanted to try out some different lighting techniques that I believed could take a headshot to the next level...