photolando

Lives in United States Orlando, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2001
About me:

Portrait and Corporate Event Photographer since 1986.

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williams359: Are they weather sealed ?

Oh,, I could have done a lot of things but this rain came out of nowhere. I kept checking radar. No rain insight. It lied!! lol!!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 15:34 UTC

I have an X-H1 and X-T3. Pro corporate event shooter. I use the H1 A LOT and see no real reason to buy a T4 until, well, whenever. We always want to "upgrade" but it seems lately I personally don't feel a real need for it. Put your money into the best lenses possible.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 19:44 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
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barrym1966: House brand flashpoint otherwise calles godox in the rest of the world

Still the best manufacturer of lighting gear

What? That they were the best or the best bang for the buck? Having owned Alien Bees and now DigiBees I'd have to say they are perhaps the best bang for the buck. They last! My AB's still work after 18 years. And used regularly as a pro headshot and portrait shooter. But I do like the upgraded DBs.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2020 at 01:50 UTC
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barrym1966: House brand flashpoint otherwise calles godox in the rest of the world

Still the best manufacturer of lighting gear

Best? Hardly.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2020 at 00:28 UTC
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Platinumkid: Adjusting exposure settings for video and adjusting manual focus for video sound like improvements indeed. But I cringe when I hear "improved eye AF". Who is this important for? Youtube reviewers and their fans?

As a corporate event photographer and trying to capture constantly moving speakers on stage, eye AF is a godsend. I also shoot thousands of headshots every season. Here again, eye AF makes my job lot easier and give a lot more keepers just due to a lot more in focus shots.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 21:06 UTC

Our studio covers corporate events. We have lost over $140,000 so far in canceled contracts due the the hysteria.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2020 at 21:03 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies

“You don’t have to shake it!” Thank you!!! I’d see so many people doing this. Even pros and use to tell them the same thing.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 10:16 UTC as 2nd comment

I'm not ready to trust Godox yet with their studio strobes. I do have several speed lights and time will tell about their ruggedness. So far so good. But it's only been about a year.

I do have 4 18 year old Alien Bees that still work. Never a problem. Now I have 2 new DigiBees. I expect the same quality.

This new Link 800 looks interesting but I don't need the power. 300 watts is more than my work calls for at the moment. I was hoping for a DC DigiBee. But I have a Vagabond (when needed) so I'm still good for now.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 01:12 UTC as 2nd comment
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(unknown member): The photos are nice but 20MP with AA filter really no longer cuts it. There's something disturbingly soft and mushy in most images, when zooming in just a little bit. Or maybe jpeg compression is a tad high.

No longer cuts it for what? Are you making 30x40 prints of detailed landscapes? I’ve been selling up to 20x24 portraits with my crop sensor cameras for about 18 years now. Never had a complaint. Even from me!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2020 at 23:20 UTC
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T3: For anyone who thinks that DSLRs are holding their own in the market against mirrorless, think again. Here are the latest numbers from CIPA.

Calendar year to date:

DSLR Units -34%
DSLR Shipped Value -43%
Mirrorless Units -9%
Mirrorless Shipped Value +6%
Mirrorless unit share (of Mirrorless + DSLR) 44.5% (was 36.8% YTD last year)
Mirrorless Shipped Value share 59.8%

Read more: https://photorumors.com/2019/11/04/the-latest-cipa-report-the-industry-is-showing-some-life/#ixzz64xNlAemq

DSLR sales continue to steeply plummet. Mirrorless saw a small year-to-date decline of only 9% (tiny in today's market), but shipped value went up 6%. Shipped value of mirrorless now exceeds that of DSLRs. And at the rate that DSLR sales continue to fall, mirrorless shipped units will soon exceed that of DSLRs. I don't see anything on the horizon that will stop that slide for DSLR sales. So if you like DSLRs, buy them like they're going out of style. Buy a dozen. The DSLR market needs those sales.

I agree with Greg. A lot of my pro colleagues are switching to mirrorless. Most are going Sony but I'm a Fuji fan. I do not miss the weight of my L glass. And for what I shoot, corporate events and portraits, there is no loss of quality. And maybe an increase of keepers since I can really tune into a more precise exposure and WB. while looking through the viewfinder. Can't so that with a mirror in the way. If I ever buy another SLR it will be a film one just for my own personal enjoyment. But it's mirrorless for my pro work from here on out.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2019 at 14:38 UTC
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MrBrightSide: I'm a little sad that we'll never see what wild thing Paul Buff would have created as the Alien Bee self-contained monolight.
Gone too soon.

Meh. Most pros like myself, at least in studio, never use TTL. I want full control of my lighting. I may use TTL with my speed lights when covering an event and the I'm shooting things that are constantly changing, like distance from the subjects, but even then I could do as good a job in Manual. Clipping on a Vagabond Mini is always an alternative. And I can run two, three or more lights off it. Kinda Apples and Oranges. But not really. Just different Apples.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2019 at 12:04 UTC

I have no idea who will buy this. As a full time corp event photographer, I find these types of flashes totally useless. And I doubt many amateurs have an interest. From the numbers of Canon's version, I think we can safely say this is dead in the water. Godox is killing it with USEFUL flashes. Long life battery. Magnetic attachments on the new and AFFORDABLE as well as powerful V1. Good luck competing with Godox.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2019 at 17:23 UTC as 25th comment
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Alan2dpreview: Just think of all the money I can save on Ziplock bags?

LMAO!!! Good one.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2019 at 14:46 UTC
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Stephen McDonald: The rule should be that all food photographers have to eat their subjects afterwards.

You would be surprised that on a real food shoot, you can still eat just about anything the prepare for the shot. I assisted on a lot of Red Lobster shoots early in my career. As well as Olive Garden. I can assure that you could have ate anything we put in front of the camera. There was a reason we ordered ordered several dozen shrimp just to get the 6-12 we actually shot. We only used the nicest, most pleasing looking ones. Paint a little vegetable oil on them and they look even better. And still eatable. Same with all the fish. Or the pasta. You can use natural ingredients to make food look camera ready.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 16:28 UTC

Thank you Scott! For years I have seen these videos and comments and on forums and tried to tell people that that was not how it's really done. I worked with a food photographer who shot internationally known brands and know that it was just really good food styling using carefully placed items using tweezers, syringes, etc. Not glue, soap, screws, etc. Just real ingriedients used to enhance the product. A lot of it (the fake food videos) is so laughable. They "teach" this but then if they got a REAL food shoot they'd be surprised what the client demands and what they can "legally" do to the food to illustrate it.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 14:58 UTC as 9th comment
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Davidabsilva: I like how a single person represents all of the food photography or food styling industry. I'm willing to bet there are people that actually put all sorts of stuff to make the food more appetizing.

He's not a single person. Having assisted a food photography as my first job some 30 years ago I can assure you what he says is correct. And I am sure REAL food photographers will agree with him. We shot for Red Lobster. They liked the fins nice and pink. Some had dark spots. We didn't paint in pink on those. We just used more shrimp. The food is more "real" than most people think.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 14:51 UTC

So, get the subject under a some cover to block the overhead light to create more directional light coming in from the side. Great advice. Monte Zucker, as well as others taught this some 20, 30, 40 years ago. But I guess if its new to you...

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2019 at 19:26 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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Sarkis CPH: who buys f4 lenses. My point is once you get used to 1.2 or 1.4 or 1.8 beautiful boukeh everything else seems wrong.

Who buys f/4 lenses? Those of us who need zooms more than we need creamy backgrounds. 2.8 would be nice but it would drive the price and weight up. Plus, I don’t think anyone makes 1.2-1.8 zooms.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2019 at 00:06 UTC
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photolando: Having gone a to school where the great Jerry Uelsmann was a frequent speaker ( I was in Daytona. He taught at UF) I don't really have a problem with composites. But I do have problem if YOU didn't take all the images in the composite. Well, I don't have problem if you're calling yourself a "compositor" but please don't call yourself a photographer. You're nothing of the sort. And especially using copyrighted material.

If YOU are not using light as part of the process to create your art, you are not a photographer. Doesn't mean you're not an "artist" but it's not "photo-" (aka "light") graphy. Plain and simple.

Sure it is. Did you use a camera to create your original image(s)? Why is that so hard to understand? Digital has changed photography. But the only thing that really changed is how we capture the original image. Chips replaced film. Everything else you do after that IS up to you but it has to start with capture. Or it's not really "photo"graphy. Call it what you want but it's not photography.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2019 at 20:04 UTC

Having gone a to school where the great Jerry Uelsmann was a frequent speaker ( I was in Daytona. He taught at UF) I don't really have a problem with composites. But I do have problem if YOU didn't take all the images in the composite. Well, I don't have problem if you're calling yourself a "compositor" but please don't call yourself a photographer. You're nothing of the sort. And especially using copyrighted material.

If YOU are not using light as part of the process to create your art, you are not a photographer. Doesn't mean you're not an "artist" but it's not "photo-" (aka "light") graphy. Plain and simple.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2019 at 17:46 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
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