How To Tear Down A Canon EOS-M To Its Atomic Components

Scott Torborg who is known for taking cameras apart recently showed how he took apart a Canon EOS-M to its most basic components and shared his process and findings. It is quite an interesting process and we learn a couple of interesting things.

How To Tear Down A Canon EOS-M  To Its Atomic Components

I am not sure if anyone will want to follow this at home, but the instructions are certainly detailed enough for anyone willing to take the responsibility. [Read more…]

Is Metal > Plastic? Not When It Comes To Lens Mounts, According To Lensrentals

Every once in a while Roger Cicala from Lensrentals debunks a myth. Today on his operating table is the Plastic vs. Metal lens mount myth.

Is Metal  Plastic? Not When It Comes To Lens Mounts, According To Lensrentals

Many photographers (me included) think that pro grade lenses are equipped with metal mounts rather than plastic ones. It makes perfect sense, right? Metal is stronger than plastic.

Well, according to Roger, we are all in the wrong. [Read more…]

Gopro Captured Footage Of Man And Lions Bro-Wrestling (In A Good Way)

If you were lucky enough to grow up with a smaller brother (or unlucky to grow up with an older brother), you know what Bro-Wrestling is. And it is usually pretty harmless.

But what about if you are good friends with a lion? Imagine Bro-Wrestling with one of these majestic animals.

Gopro Captured Footage Of Man And Lions Bro-Wrestling (In A Good Way)

This GoPro commercial accompanies Kevin Richardson, A.K.A The Lion Whisperer in a few days travel across South Africa. Kevin strapped a GoPro Hero 3+ to his chest and captured amazingly close footage with them. [Read more…]

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

One of the simplest yet most used items in my photography toolbox is simple black granitle tile. I bought a small one 3 years ago and I am still using it today. I have a small tile that I bought for $4 and a bigger one that I got for $20. Other people use plexiglass or just a simple glass table for this kind of look.

How To Put A Granite Tile To Good Use

Normally I use the granite tile for my product or still life shots. Here are just some things that you can do with the granite
tile. [Read more…]

How To Take Amazing Night Shots With Two Buttons

With Star Trail photography, like this one, we usually don’t take a single long exposure to achieve a very long open shutter, but rather hundreds of shorter, 30 seconds, exposures.

How To Take Amazing Night Shots With Two Buttons

One of the ways to do this is to use an Intervalometer, and another, more frugal way, is to set the camera on continuous shooting mode and hold the shutter release button. This can be quite painful for your index finger so here is how to make a shutter release from a button. [Read more…]

Quick Tip: Quickly Change Between TTL and “Dumb” Sync Modes With Off Camera Flash

We got this great quick tip by mail from Brian Carey. He shoots a lot with off camera lighting and came up with a clever hack to switch between TTL and “dumb” PC-sync in a second. No complex menus, no fiddling with small buttons, just a straight easy swap. And it only takes a small game of Operation.

Quick Tip: Quickly Change Between TLL and Sync Modes With Off Camera Flash

This is one of my favorite and most used photo hacks. With my portable speedlite light modifiers I use either Cybersync or TTL flash and this hack allows me to change to and from wired TTL to wireless (in this case non TTL) in seconds. The 3.5 mm, 1/8″ miniature jack also works with Pocket Wizards and other triggering devices. [Read more…]

Top 5 Personal Photography Resolutions for 2014

As photographers, we often spend a lot of time and effort chasing that next portfolio shot.  But, we’re also the designated family photographers.  As the saying goes: “A cobbler’s children have no shoes”…well if you’re like me you could also say “A photographer’s children have no photos.”

Admitting that you have a problem is supposedly the first step in solving a problem – so here are my top five personal photography resolutions for 2014.

Little Girl on waterslide jp danko toronto commercial photographer

Did I take a D800 in a huge waterproof housing down a giant waterslide with my daughter, despite the half hearted objections of the teenage lifeguards?  Yes I did.

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