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Gear Review: Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM Wide Angle Zoom Lens

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While Sony has continuously been putting out impressive lenses over the last few years, one of the most requested pieces of glass has been a fast ultra wide, especially for landscape and astro photographers. So when the Sony 16-35 f/2.8 GM was announced back in May, it wasn’t suprising to see just how excited everyone was that this lens was finally coming out. Even though the Sony 16-35 f/4 FE has been incredibly popular, it was also the only show in town for a long time when it came to native Sony wide angle zoom lenses and it is also just …

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Gear Review: Sony 12-24 f/4 G Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom Lens

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While most of the attention Sony gets these days is directed towards their innovative cameras and sensors, they have consistently been pushing out great glass at a slow but steady pace over the last few years. On May 17th, 2017 Sony announced the 12-24 f/4 G ultra-wide angle lens, filling a highly requested hole in their lens lineup. As a Sony Artisan, I happened to be at the launch event in Santa Barbara, California and was given some time to play around with it for an afternoon. But to be honest, it left me with more questions then answers. As …

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Gear Review: Sony a6300 24mp Mirrorless Camera

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When it comes to mirrorless cameras, there is little doubt that Sony is at the forefront of the pack, paving the way forward. In just a few short years they have become the industry leader, controlling over 70% of the mirrorless camera market worldwide and close to 70% of all camera sensors as well (Mirrorless, DSLR and Cell Phone). Helping Sony along the way was the original a6000. With it’s small lightweight body, impressive IQ and powerful AF system, it isn’t too surprising that it was the most sold mirrorless camera on the market. It didn’t hurt that you could find …

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Gear Review: A Photographers Take on the Dell XPS 15 Laptop

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Take an in-depth look at the Dell XPS 15, a quad-core laptop that is built with power users in mind. Join Colby as takes the XPS 15 to Iceland and Norway to see if it can handle the needs of professional photographers and filmmakers alike and see how it compares to some of the current competition.

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Meet the New Lightroom Mobile for Android

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Adobe just announced the brand new LR Mobile app for Android. In it you will find a variety of new and powerful features that have come over from its Desktop cousin. Continuing reading to learn more about LR Mobile!

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Gear Review: Sony a7rII 42mp Mirrorless Camera

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Take a closer look at the new Sony a7R II…a 42.4mp full frame mirrorless camera that has been called a “game changer” by many. With an improved AF system, new 5-axis image stabilization and the ability to use 3rd party lenses, there is a lot to like, but no camera is perfect.

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Gear Review: A Photographer’s Take on The LG G4

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When it comes to choosing the right smartphone, there is no shortage of options. Between IOS, Android and Windows Phone you literally have hundreds of phones to pick from at any given point in time. However when it comes to quality mobile phone photography and the cameras inside these devices, there really are only a few companies to look at if you want to capture quality images. While the iPhone has been the benchmark for mobile photography for years and Nokia came out with the 41 MP beast of a camera in the Nokia 1020 for Windows Phone a few years ago, it …

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An In-Depth Review of the Sony a6000

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With the digital mirrorless revolution is in full swing with the photo industry, many photographers (pros and aspiring photographers alike) are moving away from their bulky and heavy DSLR bodies and lenses. While many people were interested in the thought of going mirrorless when it first hit the scene a few years ago, the truth was that mirrorless technology couldn’t compete with the offerings of a DSLR at the time. Fast forward to today, and things are much different story. Now days many mirrorless cameras not only match DSLRs in terms of image quality and features, but are also more affordable. Take the …

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Gear Review: Wacom Cintiq Companion 2

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At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas last week, Wacom announced the 13.3″ Cintiq Companion 2, which is essentially the 2nd generation in their line of powerful and portable tablets. Built with digital artists, photographers and graphic designers in mind, these devices not only come with a pen stylus and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, but they run full versions of Windows 8.1, allowing you to install and take full advantage of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign and any other application you can run on a Windows laptop or desktop machine. While I will save my soap box talk …

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An In-Depth Review of the Sony FE 16-35 f/4 OSS Wide Angle Lens

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While Sony has continued to take the photo industry by storm with their a7 series of full frame mirror-less cameras, many of us have been eagerly awaiting the FE lens mount lineup to grow. At the top of that list was one of the only holes in Sony’s mostly incredibly impressive lens options for their a7 cameras…namely a native wide angle lens option. Like many Sony converts, I wanted a wide angle lens that was not only light weight and portable, but that didn’t sacrifice in build quality, functionality or image quality. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long. On September 15, 2014, …

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An In-Depth Review of the Sony a7r

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There is no doubt that Sony has the photo industry talking lately. While you can certainly purchase a very capable Canon, Nikon or Fuji camera, it is Sony that seems to be the most innovative these days, both in sensor and lens technology. So when Sony announced the a7 & a7r last year, I (like my of my colleagues) was intrigued, one could even say excited, with the notion of an affordable light weight, full frame mirror-less camera. Especially one that housed some of the same sensor technology that went into the popular Nikon D800e. But with this being 1st …

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Mini Review: Updated 2014 Toshiba 13″ Kirabook

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In August of 2013, I wrote a in-depth review of the new 13″ Toshiba Kirabook laptop that was one of the better Windows travel laptops at the time. However while it was lightweight, portable and contained a gorgeous 2560×1440 screen, it wasn’t perfect. Battery life was ok but not great, Windows 8 didn’t support high resolution very well and Intel had just pushed out its Haswell processor that offered much better battery life and stronger CPU performance which left the Kirabook feeling a touch out of date on the day of its launch. Fast forward to April of 2014 and …

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Gear Review: A Photographers Take on The HTC One M8 (2014)

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Last year HTC released their latest flagship phone known as the “HTC One”, which took much of the Android photo industry by surprise. While the Android OS has caught up and exceeded IOS in terms of features and functionality over the last few years (in my opinion), it was the first time that an Android manufacturer had released a phone that could easily go toe to toe with Apple’s revered iPhone in terms of build quality and design. With its near full metal body and gorgeous display, it was a pleasure to use (and REVIEW) but while it won a …

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Camera Awesome for Android Released – The Best Camera App on the Market?

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While the Android mobile ecosystem has no shortage of photography related applications (i.e. SnapSeed, Sun Surveyer, Touch Retouch), there is one area that it has always seemed to fall short, camera apps. Now before I upset Android fans, Android does have a handful of well built camera apps such as Camera 360 and Camera Zoom FX, but the most popular camera apps on IOS have typically stayed in an Apple focused world. That is until today! I am beyond stoked to be the first to let you know that SmugMug’s incredibly popular camera application, Camera Awesome, has now been released …

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Gear Review: A Photographer’s Take on the HTC One

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As technology has increased over the years, the devices that we carry with us have gotten smaller and more powerful. In situations where we might of once reached for our trusty point and shoot cameras, we are now reaching for our smart phones and tablets instead to capture the world around us. The Apple iPhone was one of the first major devices on the scene in this regard and justifiably so, has been a staple of mobile photography ever since. However, Android devices have come along way since their introduction to the market in 2008 with the HTC Dream (otherwise …

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An Adventure Through Tanzania with an IQ260 from Phase One

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As many of you know, I enjoy the business side of photography almost as much as the creative hands on time I get with my cameras year after year in some of the most amazing locations on this planet. Through this combined love of what makes photography special and unique to me, I have found myself working hard over the last 8 years to make in-roads and find collaborative points of interest and synergy between the work I do and the companies I admire and respect throughout the photo industry. It is for these reasons that I wasn’t surprised to hold …

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Gear Review: Toshiba’s Ultra Resolution 13″ Kirabook Laptop

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In May of 2013 Toshiba announced their new flagship 13″ ultrabook laptop, the Kirabook. Their goal was to create a premium laptop for Windows users that not only competed with Apples Macbook Air, but also their Macbook Pro laptop line. With a retina like touch display (2560×1440), i7 processor, 8GB of ram and a solid magnesium frame that is said to be 100% stronger than what Apple currently uses, Toshiba had my attention. As an adventure travel/humanitarian photographer, I am always on the look out to find the best gear to suit my demanding needs. Ever since I switched away …

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Welcome to the New SmugMug – A True Game Changer

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As photographers, we are constantly looking for new ways to improve how our images are viewed on the internet. While many photographers have begun to choose to use Facebook, Google+ or 500px as their photo hosting site of choice, nothing beats having your own website. Unlike Facebook, a website is the one piece of the Internet that is truly yours. You control how it looks, how it functions and what features you want. This being said, creating your own photography site, let alone a truly custom and unique website, has always been an incredibly difficult task. As many of you …

onOne Software’s Perfect B&W Review

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At the Photoshop World Expo in Las Vegas back in September, onOne Software officially announced their new Perfect Photo Suite 7, which is now available to purchase as of today. While it contains many improvements, layout changes and general fixes to the highly popular Perfect Photo Suite 6 (Perfect Effects, Perfect Layers, Perfect Mask…) it also introduced one of the most exciting new photo editing applications that I have been looking forward to, a new black and white conversion program called Perfect B&W. For months I have been part of the onOne Software beta program, testing out all of these applications, suggesting changes, …

Adobe Releases Photoshop CS6 – 10 Videos Demonstrating Its Features

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  Adobe recently announced the release of Adobe Photoshop CS6 after a short beta period. After having spent the last month digging through the BETA version, I am happy to report that CS6 is a very worthy upgrade to the Photoshop program. Between the increase in speed, ability to save while managing other tasks and the amazing advancements in content aware, it is hard not to like Photoshop CS6. One of the most interesting announcements along with CS6 is the new Adobe Creative Cloud. Basically it is a subscription fee of $49 a month which will give you access to …

Understanding the Canon 5D Mark III

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On the the 25th anniversary of the EOS system, Canon finally has announced the 5D Mark III. It looks to overcome many of the shortfalls of the hugely popular Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera with a much improved AF system, high FPS, better ISO performance and much more. As more information is released, I will update this article. Below is a chart that compares a handful of semi pro and pro DSLRs from both Nikon and Canon to the 5D Mark III, a series of videos released by Canon’s very own Chuck Westfall that cover many of the new features of the …

Asus Transformer Prime – A Travel Photographers Tablet?

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In December of 2011 Asus released the successor to its popular Transformer Android tablet, dubbed the Transformer Prime. Sporting the first quad core processor for any tablet, Asus’s incredibly popular keyboard dock and Google Android’s latest operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich, there was a lot I was looking forward to with this device. As a full time photographer that frequently travels the globe, I have been looking for a tablet or laptop to meet my needs. While I own a 2011 11″ Apple Mac Book Air, I typically do not do any serious editing on the road. While I do thoroughly enjoy the MBA, it has …

Canon 1Dx Full Resolution Sample Images

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Canon has just released a series of full resolution sample images demonstrating the power of the full frame Canon 1Dx at various ISO ranges.To view the FULL RESOLUTION images, just click on the corresponding thumb-nail and wait for the image to load.All of these images are copyright of Canon INC and were not taken by me. You can find the original post HERE Sample Images

A Quick Look At Canon’s New 24-70 2.8L II Lens

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In London, Canon has announced the successor to the highly popular 24-70 2.8L wide angle zoom lens. The new lens features fully redesigned optics that are said to offer amazing clarity, image quality and durability. It is both smaller and lighter then its previous model, allowing it to overcome some of the complaints of the first edition being rather heavy. The new optical system has two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) and one SUper UD aspheric elements which help the lens minimize chomatic aberration and color blurring. This is said to help result in a consistent sharpness and contrast through the images it is …

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek

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  Adobe has started to release a series of videos that demo some of the new features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 that is set to be released at some point in 2012. This post will continue to be updated as the videos are released. You should have no issues being able to upgrade from Photoshop CS3, CS4 and CS5. HERE is Adobe’s official statement on upgrades.   Sneak Peek #1 Adobe Camera Raw, Appearance and Rich Cursor Support

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Gear Review: Netgear’s ReadyNAS Pro – A NAS RAID System Built For Photographers

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There is no doubt that the digital age of technology has changed the photo industry and how we all approach taking photographs. With the price of flash memory cards continuing to drop and DSLR’s increasing in megapixel size (Means larger file sizes) while at the same time becoming more affordable to the masses, new challenges arise that we must overcome. A very common question I get from my photography workshop students is, “How do you store your images?”. In reality, there are a lot of options out there. Between cost standard hard drives, the speed of SSD drives, redundancy of RAID systems, availability …

Android Market Reaches 10 Billion Downloads – .10 cent Apps Celebration

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You might be asking yourself, “Why is Colby talking about Android on his photography blog?”, which is actually a very good question now that I think about it. The reality of the photography industry is that it has always heavily leaned towards Apple and the IOS mobile devices such as the iphone and the ipad. While there is certainly nothing wrong with those devices, they are not for everyone.

Everything You Need To Know About the Canon 1Dx

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On October 17th, 2011 Canon announced the next in its 1D series of Camera bodies, the 1Dx. This full frame camera features all of the latest technology that Canon could fit inside. From 12fps, 61 selectable AF points to to dual digic 5 processors + an extra dedicated digic 4 processor solely for metering.