57 - Portrait Lighting

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There are lots of ways to shoot a great portrait, but even more ways to shoot a terrible one. Let's talk about some of the best/easiest techniques to light portrait photography.

55 - Gear of the Year 2017

Jordan Drake of The Camera Store TV is back to talk about one of the craziest years for cameras.

  

Tyler's Notes

Best Camera

  • Sony A9
  • Sony A7RIII
  • Nikon D850
  • Fuji X-T20
  • Sony a6500
  • Leica M10

Phones

  • iPhone X
  • Samsung Note 8
  • Google Pixel 2

Gimbles

  • Zhiyun Crane 2
  • Moza Air
  • Beholder
  • CAME-TV Prophet2

Entry Level ILC

  • Canon SL2
  • Olympus EM10 III

Mid Range ILC

  • Fuji XT-20
  • Sony a6500

Video

  • Canon C200
  • Panasonic EVA1
  • Panasonic GH5
  • Sony A7RIII
  • Sony A9

Lights

  • Aputure
  • CAME-TV Boltzen
  • Quazar science
  • Digital Sputnik

Audio

  • SoundDevices MixPre3 and MixPre6
  • Rode Video Mic Pro +
  • Aspen Mics Lav
  • Aputure Lav

Software

  • Affinity for iPad
  • pixelmator
  • CaptureOne
  • Lightroom Updates

Misc

  • DJI Spark
  • Small HD Focus Monitor

54 - Phone Cameras of 2017: iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2

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Every year the big tech companies fight over the crown of best mobile camera. Tyler has been testing a few of them and gives his impressions. Cameron has some thoughts on how the format you shoot with can share your creative output.


53 - Medium Format and Hasselblad X1D Review

After spending some time shooting with the mirrorless medium format Hasselblad X1D, Tyler wants to talk all about medium format cameras. We also touch on Lightroom processing techniques and VSCO.


Things have been changing at Hasselblad lately. New ownership, new leadership, and bold new product directions with the X1D. Everyone I know in the photography community was blown away when they announced they're extremely compact and elegance mirrorless design. It hadn't even occurred to me that a medium format camera could ever be in this small.

After using it for a few shoot in Vancouver and Palm Springs, The image quality definitely lived up to my expectations. Tons of dynamic range, very low noise, fantastic colour depth, and incredible sharpness. None of that is a surprise coming from Hasselblad, their reputation for quality is well earned. I also love the 3:4 image ratio of the large sensor, I would always prefer it over 4:6. 

I was surprised to see quite a bit of vignetting in the 45mm f/3.5 when it’s wide open. It cleans up fine in post, but it was quite a bit for a normal lens. 

The physical controls were very well designed. The control dial that pops out is beautiful and practical, and release mechanism on the batteries feels very sturdy and satisfying. One improvement I would love to see is a physical control for the exposure compensation, and there are some software bugs in the touch screen interface, but I’ve heard they may have recently been fixed in a firmware update. 

I don’t want to go too much further in depth without spending more time with the Hasselblad X1D, but I loved shooting with it in the time I had. From one perspective it can seem very expensive, but from another, it’s a very reasonable price such an incredible sensor and beautiful design. I hope it’s a sign of more great things to come from Hasselblad


Tyler's Samples from the Hasselblad X1D

Edited in Lightroom, click for larger size


Cameron's film medium format

Shot on the Mamyia 7 and Yashica Mat 124G