Video and stills comparison from 8 current 360 cameras including the Giroptic iO (pre-production), Insta360 Nano, LG 360 Cam, Nikon KeyMission 360, Panono, Ricoh Theta S, Samsung Gear 360 and Z CAM S1 (screengrab from 6K video).Read More
Just before sunset today, a gorgeous double rainbow appeared over the San Francisco bay. I happened to have a fisheye lens attached to my camera, so I ran outside and snapped this shot. The rainbow stuck around for a few minutes, so I had time to shoot using a few different setups.Read More
I have been collecting Lexar SDXC 2000x UHS-II/U3 SD cards, which claim to have read speeds "up to 300MB/s." These cards use an extra set of pins on the back to achieve such fast transfer speeds, but there's a catch: your cameras and card readers must be compatible with UHS-II in order to take advantage of the increased speeds. Without explicit compatibility, these cards perform no better than inexpensive SD cards.
Some high-end cameras, like the Sony A7R II, can't take advantage of fast SD cards. In this SD card speed test, the Sony never exceeds 35.27 MB/s, which means that cards like the Lexar 633x UHS-I/U3 SD card, which are less than half the cost, work just as well (and also support 4K video in Sony cameras like the A7R II and RX100 IV/V). This Lexar UHS-I/U3 card is starting to be hard to get, but Sony's equivalent card is a few dollars more and also works well.
I am currently on assignment in London capturing about 200GB a day in still images. Copying and backing up such large amounts of data is a huge pain, and the built-in SD card slot in my MacBook Pro was getting an average of around 45 MB/s when reading from the 2000x. Switching to the $8.95 Kingston Digital MobileLite G4 USB 3.0 card reader, which supports UHS-II cards, tripled my read speeds to 140 MB/s (2000x SD card) and 100 MB/s (1000x SD card). This turns 75 minutes of copying into 24 minutes—an amazing time savings for a $9 dongle!
The Lexar SD card reader that comes bundled with 2000x-speed cards is also supposed to be even faster, and the standalone Lexar SR2 card reader is supposed to be the fastest, but it's relatively bulky when used outside of the Lexar Workflow Hub, in which it was designed to dock.
If you're using fast media cards, make sure you have the right accessories to take advantage of them!
Nearly a year ago, Abraham Joffe of Untitled Film Works reached out to see if I would be interested in collaborating on an episode of Tales by Light, a relatively new TV series about photography. I watched some of the work in progress clips from other episodes of the show and was amazed by what such a small, tight team was able to do. I eagerly signed on.Read More
From a natural history perspective, the underwater ecosystem is actually very accessible. You can have close encounters with wildlife, even with big animals, and many of the relationships between animals are easily observable -- commensalism, which includes symbiosis and parasitism, is literally everywhere.
I love learning about natural history, and it's as important to me is the photography itself.
On land, it can be very hard to see wildlife up close, and if you do happen to get close to a big wild animal, it is often dangerous.
People say they wish they could be doing what I'm doing. I do feel extremely fortunate that I get to do what I do, but I also feel like almost anyone can get into photography if they spend enough time doing it.
We live in a time of unprecedented access to camera equipment--there are literally billions of cameras on the planet--more cameras, in fact, than there are people. Interesting subjects are also almost everywhere on the planet, and subjects become interesting when a compelling stories are created about them and shared.
The last pieces are having an audience, and most importantly, spending a lot of time behind a camera. Audiences are easy these days because of the Internet, which leaves time spent taking pictures... which takes me back to what goes through my mind when someone says that they wish they could do what I do. If you spend thousands of hours doing something, you will probably become an expert, especially you are naturally predisposed to being a storyteller. It's really simple: go out and spend all of your free time capturing and telling stories about something you care about, and after a year or two, you will suddenly find that you have an interesting body of work. At this point, you'll also probably discover that you are very knowledgeable in both photography and in whatever domain you have chosen as your subject of choice. Good luck!
I'm cobbling together a synchronized shutter-release / timelapse controller for triggering Sony a7 series cameras, and it seems to work! Although, as is usual when chaining remote cables together, I'm observing some strange behavior. For example, when I connected only a 2.5" to Sony Multi-Terminal cable plus a 2.5" to 3.5" cable adapter, all physical controls on the Sony camera disabled themselves (but I was able to trigger the camera via remote). Moving to a wired Satechi remote from a wireless Neewer remote seemed to free up physical controls, although I haven't done exhaustive testing. Still, the proof of concept is sound, and I'm going to order the remaining cables to get 4 cameras synchronized. I haven't tested how accurate the sync is (yet), but I'm targeting long-exposure timelapse, so having extremely accurate sync isn't required.
A few days ago, Louie Psihoyos' Racing Extinction aired on the Discovery Channel (and continues to air in special encore presentations). Being a cord cutter, I was worried that it would be some time before I would be able to see it, but it became available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon (streaming) very quickly, so I watched it last night. As an underwater photographer, I've been involved in the marine conservation world for many years, and the movie was extremely moving. I've seen effects of the ocean's decline in the 13 years I've been exploring its waters...Read More
Do you shoot with a Sony a7r II or Sony RX100 IV camera? Both cameras are incredible, but there are very specific SD cards you must use in order to shoot 4K video or high-frame-rate video: UHS-I Class U3 or UHS-II Class U3 SDXC cards.Read More