Bonus Whatever - The Force Awakens

In this podcast, we’ll discuss our new heroes, and how quickly we got to like them (pretty quickly). We’ll discuss our new villains, and particularly Kylo Ren and all of his fun-to-watch internal conflict, as well as how he compares to Darth Vader. We spend some time talking about potential character development, potential character backgrounds, and possible secrets- as well as which fan theories don’t matter (Rob even asserts we don’t care if Rey is related to another important Jedi).  We break down the mirrored storyline form A New Hope, and its hits and occasional misses (Yeah, okay, it’s MUCH bigger than the Death Star, we’ll allow it.), as well as the characters in their new roles as echoes of the original trilogy.

37 - Gear of the Year 2015

Looking back at 2015 with our expert guest Jordan Drake of The Camera Store TV we had a funny mix of incredibly innovative and painfully dull camera technology. Most of our workhorse cameras were left unchanged, while whole new genres are being opened by others. Either way, it's great time to be a photographer!

Point and shoot

  • Sony  RX100 IV
  • Sony RX1R II
  • Canon G7x and G9
  • iPhone 6s

Interchangeable lens

  • Sony a7r II
  • Canon 7D II
  • Canon 5D III
  • Where is the Rebel at?
  • Nikon D750 and D810
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Olympus OMD


  • Sony a7s II
  • Panasonic GH4
  • Canon C300 II
  • Sony FS5 and FS7
  • BM URSA Mini


  • FIlmToaster
  • Filmomat


  • Capture One
  • Lumenzia
  • Mastin Labs
  • Apple Photos


  • Tamron 45mm
  • Sigma 24-35mm f/2
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4

36 - Camera kits for event, portrait and landscape photographers

Photo by  Suzanne Clements

Photography gear isn't cheap, so a lot of careful thought goes into building a camera kit. We give our recommendations for the best cameras and lenses for a new photographer to start with, based on what you want to shoots.

Events kits

Nikon D7200 w/ 24-120 ƒ4G 

Nikon D5300 w/ 50mm 1.8

Canon 7D II w/ 24-105mm 4.0 with 430EX flash

Canon 6D w/ Sigma 50mm 1.4 and 70-200mm 2.8 IS II


RAW file with some edits

Same RAW file edited with Lumenzia curves, one for highlights and one for shadows

Final LR edit with specific color modifications and additional tone curve adjustments. -15 clarity and 0 added sharpening.