Category: Reviews

Sony a9 and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review – When Shooting Karate Events

The karate school that I attend has over three hundred students. It’s a very busy school with classes every day of the week, belt tests quarterly (for those that have earned their stripes), and a couple of in house tournaments a year. With that many students, it takes a lot of volunteerism to help the ...

The 2018 iPad Pro is a Pain in the iOS – review, tips, tricks, workarounds, and recommended apps.

Why Even Get an iPad? That’s a great question, and one that I’m not even sure I have a good answer to. I guess it’s because it’s light weight, portable, convenient, compact, powerful, responsive, and extremely quick to navigate around and use – unlike a desktop OS. The newest 12.9” iPad Pro that I’m using ...

Nikon Z 6 and 35mm f/1.8 Z Review – Disney New Years Cruise

Intro During the New Years holiday, my family and I went on a Disney cruise to the Caribbean. Throughout the holiday, I shot exclusively with the Nikon Z 6 and the 35mm f/1.8 S lens. I shot this combo both indoors and outdoors, as well as in a variety of different lighting conditions. I shot ...

Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 Review – South Beach Miami Day 2

This was my first outing with the Nikon Z6 and 24-70mm f/4 lens. It’s quite a decent kit lens, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it by itself. It’s really nothing more than a kit lens to be used for travel and casual photography. To that end, it does just fine. Since the widest ...

Cheap Camera Review – Fuji S5 Pro

One hundred and twenty bucks for a top of the line DSLR?!?!? Well, it was top of the line over eleven years ago. Now, you can buy them for little more than a song and a dance. I got this particular one off of Craigslist for $120. Check it out… As you can tell by ...

Senior Photos and a Review of the Godox AD200

I was a better photographer a decade ago. Back then, cameras didn’t have as much dynamic range as the do now. Raw photo editing software couldn’t bring out all of the details that today’s software can. High ISO meant lots of noise. You really had to control the light to get great images. That meant ...

Skylum Aurora HDR 2019 Review

During my email conversations with Skylum staff over the past couple of months, I was offered the opportunity to review their newest HDR software. Since I’m always looking for ways to improve my images, I was more than happy to! Truth be told, I’m not one for HDR editing. I’ve played with it in the ...

Photolemur 3 Review

Photolemur 3 is an automated photo enhancement application with the goal of improving your images with little or no work on your part. To that end, it does work rather well with the caveat that it is rather slow. In this video, I’ll show you a typical workflow and demonstrate the before and and results ...

GoPro Hero 6, GoPro Karma Grip, and Feiyu G6 Review

A video shot on my Panasonic GH5S reviewing the GoPro Hero 6, Karma Grip, and Feiyu G6. Sample footage and photos as well. Shot in 4K / 60p.

Alternatives to Lightroom: PhotoNinja, SILKYPIX, and Luminar 2018 Review

Recently, I contacted the developers of PhotoNinja, SILKYPIX 8 Pro, and Luminar 2018. When I asked to review their software, all of them were very kind, and provided me with full copies for review. Here is my unbiased review of each of them, the pros, the cons, what I liked, and didn’t like. Since Lightroom. Capture ...

Lutify.Me Review – 3D LUTS in Capture One

Always on the lookout for ways to make my photo editing better and easier, I found a company call Lutify.Me. They specialize in LUTs (look up tables) for photo and video, but what piqued my curiosity was this page here. They advertise using LUTs in Capture One. They’ve basically created custom ICC profiles for Capture ...

Darkroom – Photo Editor for iPhone Review

In my never ending quest of looking for the perfect photo editing app for on the go, I recently bought Darkroom. Is it perfect? Sadly, no. However, it’s less expensive than Adobe Lightroom and VSCO X. It’s also quite good for what it is – albeit with some bugs and oversights. Check out the video ...

35mm Mirrorless Lens Shootout – Sony, Fuji, Zeiss, and Olympus – Which is the best 35mm lens?

In this video, I’ll be doing a shootout of 9 different mirrorless lenses with a 35mm (or equivalent focal length). The goal is to determine which one has the nicest rendering. I test for up close shots which I really like doing, bokeh quality, and sharpness/detail from a distance. Here’s the following lenses and bodies ...

RNI All Films 4 – Lite for Capture One Pro Review

Film. Glorious film. Even though I never really shot with film, there’s undeniably a certain aesthetic that analog provided. Over the years, I’ve used DxO Film, Alien Skin Exposure, VSCO Film presets for Lightroom, Mastin Labs, and VSCO for iOS. With each of them, I found issues: DxO Film – Quite a nice product when ...

Goodbye Adobe aka Lightroom Sucks

It’s really been years since Adobe has really made any substantial updates to Lightroom. More importantly, their image processing algorithms aren’t up to par with a lot of their competitors. Also, their Lightroom software tends to bog down even the fastest machines. I’ve already been using competing video editing suites to Adobe for years due ...