January 16, 2017 Donald Scarinci

The Black Rapid strap has been a favorite of photographers since it was introduced. If it is possible for the best to get better, the new model, the Sport Breathe, is better. Use the new Black Rapid Strap with a Really Right Stuff clamp glued on for added support and you will never take your camera out without it. Really Right Stuff married a special clamp to the Black Rapid Strap because of the demand. Look at the YouTube video explaining the convenience and safety afforded by the combination. Black Rapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap The Sport Breathe Camera Strap…

December 27, 2016 Donald Scarinci

For photographers looking to explore the use of drones for aerial photography, the Phantom 4 is an excellent choice. DJI’s fourth iteration of its consumer-facing drone is packed with impressive features and comes at a relatively low price. The drone’s 3-axis stabilization and new advanced stereo Vision Positioning System (VPS) allow the Phantom 4 to virtually hover in place, which makes the drone easier to fly. It also aids in capturing precise images and amazingly smooth video. The camera and video capabilities are similar to the Phantom 3. The latest model captures 4K video at 30 frames per second and…

October 31, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Novoflex recently introduced the new Nikon F Lens to Leica SL/T Camera Body Lens Adapter. The adapter could be a game changer for photographers who own a lot of Nikon lenses, but would like to try a Leica body. The Novoflex lens adapter allows photographers to use Nikon F-mount lenses on the Leica T or Leica SL camera bodies. The latest adapter is designed to extend the range of available lenses for the Leica SL to Nikon E-type NIKKOR lenses. Nikkor lenses with electronic aperture control were previously incompatible with Novoflex lens adapters. According to Novoflex, 13 Nikon E-type NIKKOR…

October 3, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Apple is keenly aware that most casual photographers would love to exclusively rely on their smartphones to take pictures. With every iPhone it introduces, the camera gets a little bit better. The iPhone 7 is no exception. The iPhone 7 touts an ƒ/1.8 aperture and a six-element lens. It also comes with optical image stabilization to combat blur caused motion and handshake. The 12MP camera also captures high-resolution video up to 4K. While not limited to its camera, the new iPhones are also waterproof, which eliminates fears about shooting near water or during inclement weather. As any iPhone user can…

August 1, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Photographers seeking to use drones for commercial purposes, such as aerial real estate photography, finally have the green light. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently finalized its rule for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). It will take effect on August 29, 2016. The regulations — Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations — apply to unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations. Prior to the new rule, it was illegal to fly commercial drones without a special certificate or exemption. Drone Operation Requirements The FAA’s rule is largely intended to…

June 7, 2016 Donald Scarinci

While the Micro Drone 3.0 can literally fit in the palm of your hand, it rivals some of the larger (and more expensive) consumer-level unmanned aircrafts on the market. The Micro Drone 3.0, which is the product of a crowdfunding campaign, is small, maneuverable, and packed with cool features. The tiny drone is capable of streaming HD video to a tablet or smartphone and can handle winds of 45 miles per hour. For photographers, it also includes a user-controlled gimbal, which is a first for a drone of its size. For those who are eager to shoot using a drone,…

April 25, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Until the most recent Nikon D5 camera, photographers could not use a radio signal to trigger a flash placed in a remote location without getting a third party product. Just about everyone uses the PocketWizard. Now there is an upgrade to the PocketWizard—the FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave. Even before the new Nikon line and before the PocketWizard, it was possible to use two flash units in a master/slave relationship and place one of the flash units closer to the subject then then camera. However, it was necessary to be in the line of sight in order to trigger the flash….

February 16, 2016 Donald Scarinci

If money is no object, the DJI Inspire 1 PRO Quadcopter with Zemuse X5 4K Camera is the best photography drone on the market, hands down. From ease of use to image quality, the Inspire 1 simply can’t be beat. DJI Inspire 1 PRO QuadcopterThe Inspire 1 is aimed at professional photographers and cinematographers. When DJI announced the model last fall, Eric Cheng, DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging, stated: The professional applications of the Zenmuse X5 are almost endless. In addition to shooting professional-quality photos and 4K video, the new camera can be used to create high-quality aerial maps and…

February 1, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Since its introduction, the iPad has been an essential tool for many professional photographers. It is incredibly useful for displaying images during a shoot, showing portfolios to clients, and even light editing. For photographers hoping to leave their laptops at home, the introduction of the iPad Pro held a lot of promise. While the new model is an impressive upgrade, the tablet still lacks some key features that professional and enthusiast photographers have come to rely on. Starting with the good — the new iPad is fast and powerful. It features a high-resolution 12.9-inch Retina display, 4GB of RAM and…

January 18, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Selecting a drone can appear complicated at first. There are many makes and models. The first decision is to choose the company. The next decision is to choose the model that is right for you. DJI manufactures some of the most popular drones on the market. While they are more expensive than other drones, Phantom drones are among the easiest to fly and pack the most features into a small device. The drones also became a lot more affordable in the New Year with DJI announcing significant price reductions on their Phantom 3 Standard and Advanced. The Phantom Standard is…