Been getting a lot of questions about the new Nikon D750 which should be shipping soon. The D750 looks to be a full frame all-round workhorse somewhere between the D810 and D610. Im already revising some new scripts, and should have my hands on the body tomorrow. We will start production on the Nikon D750 Tutorial Training Crash Course immediately at that time. The download version will take about 3-4 weeks to finish and we should have the DVD ready sometime in November (just in time for the holiday season).
Ill be posting production updates here as we go. Best case scenario is we can have it ready mid-October.
Ben Canales owns a Oregon based video production company. He's no stranger to the capabilities of many different cameras. In a video called 'My First Weekend with the iPhone 6+' Canales captured bits of footage on his six day exploration of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. He says he's really impressed with the iPhone 6+ camera but feels no threat to his company or job. :)
Photofocus has teamed with music licensing site SongFreedom and they are launching a pretty awesome contest to spread the word. The contest is really simple and you get the chance to win your choice of a Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s, Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D810, or a Black Magic Cinema Camera 4k. You need to be on Twitter to participate. If you are on Twitter, check out all the rules and what you need to do to win HERE.
It's always great when you find a tool that can help speed up your workflow. Developer Chris Reimold has created a plugin for Lightroom that "shows you which of your camera's focus points were used when you took a picture." While this seems like a simple idea it's incredibly useful. It's provides valuable information of what your camera was focusing on when you took the pictures. Even better -- it's available as a free download.
To get your free download of this handy tool, click here.
Happy to announce that my new Sony A7s Tutorial Training Video is now available for immediate download! We are now shifting our attention to authoring the DVD, which should be ready in about 4-5 weeks.
Before a few months ago, I was strictly a Canon and Nikon shooter. I was so impressed with the Panasonic GH4 that I had to take a close look at it, and once I did I knew it would be an absolute hit.
Sony responded a few months later with their Sony a7s , also mirrorless, but also a very different animal in that it was only 12MP and also full frame.
Having enough adapters out there, I am now able to use my Canon glass on both systems, and they each have their strengths. If I am looking for low light shooting, I reach for the A7s, if its run and gun, all in one package, I grab the GH4.
Learning 2 new camera systems too a lot of time, especially the menus and features not found elsewhere. I have been shooting professionally for 11 years now, and I know that if I was struggling to learn these systems, I could imagine how hard it would be for a our beginner.
My Crash Course series has been very successful, they are some of the highest rated training DVDs on the internet (including Amazon ratings), because they assume you know nothing and I take you through from the very start to get to shooting on a very advanced level:
We cover everything from the basics, composition, digital basics, the A7s features and operations, the A7s menu system, video shooting tips and much more, all and all about 4 hours of training.
Save yourself the time and frustration of trying to learn on your own! Check it out today!
If you are doing an internet search for reviews on a Marketing Company called "Marketing Mavens" (coincidentally named), run by a person named Jarrod Morris, you are forewarned- Do NOT EVER work with them.
The dust is still settling, and it is a long story, but the short of it is; they promised to integrate some software called "Infusionsoft" which manages newsletters, with my store. It sure sounded fantastic and a powerful tool to help me stay in touch with my customers and newsletter subscribers and I was excited for what it could do.
The Infusionsoft Membership was $2000 and $300 per month after that.
Jared's Marketing Mavens wanted another $900, a downpayment of $50/hr on 20 hours of support.
As it turns out, Infusionsoft doesn't play nice with my store, so I had to purchase a plugin from a company called "MarketStreet" which appeared to have a solution, its normally $1500, but was on sale for about $950. You can probably see where this is going.
I also had to have my own programmers talk with Marketing Mavens and MarketStreet at a rate of $100/hr, as well as pay my assistant Kate to handle the transition from Mail Chimp (fantastic company and product btw).
Long story short, the Marketstreet plugin did not work at all and neither they nor Marketing Mavens were able to help me get it sorted out.
4 Months and $6500 (total) and a lot of patience later, I made a final plea to Jarrod and his team on the phone for help getting everything working. The main problem was that I did not understand what information Market Street needed to resolve the bug in the plug in, they would ask me, I would ask Jarrod's staff for help, and they would just ignore my requests, despite promising to do so on our last phone conversation.
Another week or so, I finally just gave up. Jarrod seems to believe that because we used up our 20 hours of service trying to get it installed, his part was done, despite the fact infusionsoft was never successfully integrated with my store.
- If a company isn't going to help you as a new customer, they won't help you as an old one.
- If a company does not offer a money back guarantee, they aren't capable of doing good business. Yes they will take your money, but no, they do not really care about you.
Based on my personal experience with Marketing Mavens and my communications with Jarrod Morris, I cannot endorse them and would recommend that you never do business with them.
I am waiting to hear back from Infusionsoft Headquarters to see what they say on the matter, they might actually see where I am coming from but it is hard to say. I imagine they have a good product, but we couldn't get it to work for us. It was a tremendous hassle to integrate and it's dashboard was impossible to understand.
I will also ask Market Street for a refund, their plug supposedly works, but we were never able to get it to do so with our site. I am waiting to hear back from them for a refund.
Photographer Clay Cook was asked to do an unplanned shoot with Miss Kentucky Teen USA Megan Ducharm. Although it was unplanned he wanted to try something new and make the shoot special. In this article his shares exactly how he achieved this creative beauty shoot using a DIY background with items purchased at Target. He also shares his exact lighting setup.