How to fix your iPhone charging port and headphone port

My iPhone would intermittently start and stop charging and so I went to the Apple Store to have my iPhone fixed or replaced under AppleCare. The Apple specialist took a paperclip and dug it into the power port of the iPhone. She proceeded to dig lint out of the power port and now the phone ...

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Raw Conversions in Capture One 10 and 4K Video

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we seldom get snow. When we do, even if it’s really wet and slushy, people get all giddy about playing in it. However, many people get all kerfuffled — schools shut down, businesses close, and the world comes to a grinding halt. Luckily, I was able to take a snow day with ...

Canon 5D Mark IV Review — Canon’s Full Frame Mirrorless is a Reality

Originally, I planned on not buying the 5D Mark IV. I have been very pleased and amazed by the focusing ability and quality of the 5DS and its images, that I didn’t think the 5D Mark IV would be much of an improvement if any at all. While the 5DS offers more resolution, it’s dynamic ...

Rode VideoMicro, Zoom H2N, and Giant Squid lav — audio test and comparison

I’m thinking of replacing my Zoom H2N with a Zoom H4N Pro, but also I’d like to get a better omnidirectional microphone. What do you think? Any suggestions or comments?

Olympus E-M1 Mark II — First day in the real world. Photos and Videos

Today was the first time I really had a chance to go out and take some photos and video with the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. It’s too soon for me to do a review, but not too soon to post some photos and sample videos. All of the photos posted here are straight out of ...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II — Initial Video Test.

I did something crazy! I’ve gone back to Micro 4/3 from Sony full frame cameras! What?!?!?!? Why?!?!?!? Well, I love, Love, LOVE the Sony RX1R II. It’s a great camera! However, it’s an expensive camera and only a 35mm focal length camera. I have that focal length covered with other camera systems, maybe not as compact, ...

Full Frame 4K Review — Sony a7R II with the Sony 28mm f/2 and Panasonic GH5 Thoughts

I prefer shooting stills to video, but video is pretty neat in it’s own right too. I’m constantly reading about new camera gear, reviews, techniques, etc. Before we go any further, let me just preface the rest of this blog entry by stating that my understanding of video is extremely limited. I’m learning. The main ...

Preventing entitlement in children

We were experiencing some entitlement issues the with our children the other night (taking an upcoming vacation for granted). Thus, we decided it was time for an immediate change! They weren’t understanding all of the work that goes into earning money to pay for life’s extra things. They were taking all of the fun activities ...

Canon 5DS and 5D Mark IV Micro Focus Adjustments

A vlog entry about micro focus adjustments with lens recipes. These settings may or may not help you, but these are the numbers I settled on. Micro Focus Adjustments Canon 5DS and 5D Mark IV Micro Focus Adjustments Canon 24mm f/1.4L II +9 Canon 35mm f/1.4L II +8 5Ds / 0 5D Mark IV Sigma ...

First attempt at using a rangefinder for street photography — Fuji X-Pro2

Most street photography is absolute garbage. Far too often, the bulk of street photography shots are boring, un-engaging, creepy, intrusive, and utterly voyeuristic trash. Not to mention cliche’ — “oh look, a wrinkled homeless person” — YAWN! Also, the photos are usually black and white, with the clarity slider cranked to the max. Once in a blue moon however, ...

Kubota (Japanese) Garden in Seattle — Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Review

The Zeiss Loxia lenses are awesome. I now own the 21mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses. They are easily among my favorite lenses for Sony full frame cameras due to the fact that they are compact, sharp, well built, easy to use, and not to mention their amazing image quality. Check out my review on the ...

Pentax Q — Part Deux

This past week, I took a couple of days off to go to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA with the family (both of our kids birthdays and our wedding anniversary are in October). I knew I wasn’t going to be shooting lots of images, and I sure didn’t feel like lugging around ...

Sony RX1R II — The perfect party camera

Yesterday was a busy day! Two parties, no time to edit, tough mixed lighting, and low light. Every shot in this post is straight out of the camera, and 18 out of the 22 images on this post were all shot at f/2. For Nadia’s birthday party, I used a custom white balance, neutral picture ...

Sita’s senior photos in the rain — shot with a Fuji X-T2 and Fuji 50–140mm f/2.8

Taking senior photos in the Puget Sound during mid October can only mean one thing — rain. No point in rescheduling, no point in getting upset about it, and no point in trying to pay attention to the weather forecast. Plan for rain. That’s exactly what my clients and I talked about in the weeks ...

First night with a Pentax Q and 01 lens

I wasn’t in the market for a Pentax, or even another camera. However, I found a great deal on Craigslist for a Q and the 01 lens for $120! Considering that you can sell the lens for about that price online, I figured I had nothing to lose. Besides, I’ve been curious about them and ...