It’s been one month since I introduced a challenge to all of you who follow me on my blog. The #DiscoverWithMikko challenge was to capture something nearby (no more than 20 km’s away) where you live. It was also to encourage you to try to capture something unique. The month flew by, and I can say that it was a tough challenge for me as well. Not many participated in this challenge, but I saw some beautiful entries on Instagram, which I’ll share in my stories @mikkolagerstedt.
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Salacious article title aside, this lighting modifier from Godox is amazing and yes, it really is in my top 5 (maybe top 3) best lighting modifiers of all time… but why?
I’ve been shooting in the studio for over 20 years and during that time, I’d like to think I’ve worked with a huge range of modifiers. No, my opinions on certain modifiers don’t always align with everybody else’s, but I do like to give strong reasoning as to why I love or hate certain light shapers and as I discuss the Godox Spotlight here, I aim to do just that, as although this is arguably one of the best modifiers I’ve ever used, that does come with some very strong caveats.
You’re working on a campaign for a luxury jewelry brand. For the sake of authenticity, you decide to photograph their collections on-location at the flagship outlet. However, things don’t go according to plan. First, your lights can’t be set up as required without rearranging the jewelry displays. You can’t rely on the outlet’s lighting since it doesn’t creatively fit the bill, casting stray shadows that are too distracting. Then a high-profile customer just walked in and wants to browse each collection in private, putting you in an unexpected timeout. Once you get going again, the manager tells you that time’s up. They need to move some of the items back into the vault.
I’m down in San Diego, about to go on a safari. And I’ve got with me the Panasonic G9 II. This is the second generation in the G9 series from Panasonic.
This is a micro-four-thirds camera, 25.2 megapixels, in the same housing as the S5 II. So natural for me when I grab ahold of this camera. I’m excited to shoot with it. It has reworked autofocus. It’s got some features that they’ve really beefed up in this micro-four thirds camera. So let’s take a look at those.
We all know there is a seemingly limitless amount of gear we can get for the studio, and clamps seemingly make up a large part of that.
We have the crab, duck bill, platypus, Quaker, super, mini… the list goes on and on, and although these clamps all do different things, they all have one thing in common – they can be pricey!
Yosemite National Park is a paradise for landscape photographers, offering a rich array of diverse scenes to capture. Each season transforms the park’s beauty, providing fresh perspectives to photograph.
Nevertheless, Yosemite is undeniably well-photographed, given its status as one of the nation’s most frequented national parks. It can be tempting to contemplate the extraordinary photographic legacies of visionaries like Ansel Adams, William Neill, and Michael Frye and think, “Well, what can I bring to the table photographically?”
On October 14, 2023, the moon will pass in front of the sun, and an annular eclipse will be visible over much of the United States and Central and South America (learn more here). Unlike a total solar eclipse, the moon will not completely block the sun and make day appear like night. It will, however, make the sun appear like a thin ring of fire and has opportunities to be equally exciting to photograph.
The difference between an annular and a total eclipse is that the moon’s orbit varies slightly in its distance from Earth. If an eclipse occurs when the moon is at a farther point during its orbit, it will appear slightly smaller and not large enough to cover the sun completely.
Way back in February, I wrote a blog post telling you all that I was making a massive transition from the Drobo NAS system (now out of business) to the newer and far superior QNAP system. I had just installed the two new NAS systems back then but had not moved any data.
Many people (most of whom were using Drobo) wrote to me and asked how the QNAP transition was going. I told them it was too early to tell and that I had a lot of work to do before I could give them a fair and honest answer.
Every once in a while, there are celestial events that catch the attention of the wider public. It might be due to the rarity of the event or sometimes it might just be the ease of viewing. At the end of this month comes rare Super Blue Moon, a celestial event that checks all of the boxes to ensure that while it’s grabbing headlines it will also have photographers grabbing their cameras.