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06.29.15         photography  

Nikon CoolPix P900 83x Optical Zoom of Moon Breaks Record



06.28.15         instagram  

I decided to grow my hair back after 3 years...


I decided to grow my hair back after 3 years shaved short. No plans to grow it super long like I once did...man that was a pain. Props to everyone with long hair that look great day and out. Scuba diving this afternoon, my first time in about a year.

06.28.15         michael's insights  

Canon T6s-T6i vs Nikon D5500 Epic Shootout Comparison Review Tutorial Trainiing


On the fence deciding about a Canon T6s-T6i or a Nikon D5500? Here is my latest Epic Shootout! Please subscribe and share if you like these kinds of videos - Enjoy!


06.27.15         photography  

How to Get Those Awesome Splash Photos


We've all seen those really cool product images with a beautifully frozen splash of water. How do they do it? The photographer Mark Richardson uses some sort of expensive gear but the same result can be achieved with some speedlites and just about any triggers. Check out the video below.


06.26.15         gadgetry  

Counterfeit Canon 600EX Flashes


Canon is sending out antoher warning about counterfeit flashes that are being sold on the internet. Apparently the counterfeits are so similiar they're incredibly difficult to distinguish from the real Canon products.
They're warning to always buy your products from a trusted and reputable source. To read the whole story, click here.

If you own a genuine Canon 600EX flash and would like to learn all about it check out my Canon 600EX - RT Speedlite Crash Course Tutorial Training Video - CLICK HERE

06.25.15         photography  

Art of the Storm by Nicolaus Wegner


Check out the gorgeous time-lapse below captured by photographer Nicolaus Wegner on June 1st near Rapid City South Dakota.

Art of the Storm from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.


06.24.15         video  

REFUGE: A Short Film Shot Entirely by Moonlight at 51,200 ISO


REFUGE // A Moonlit Short Film from Sam Shapson on Vimeo.



Shot using a Sony A7s and Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder
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Metabones Speedbooster

06.23.15         photography  

Photograph from 1887 Thought to be Vincent Van Gogh


An incredible discovery has been made in what is believed to be a rare photograph of Vincent Van Gogh. Reportedly purchased at random at an estate sale. Through persistence, and with the help of a neighbor, the photo made it's way to french photo expert Serge Plantureux. He wrote about his experience in L’Oeil de la Photographie.

See the amazing picture below (Van Gogh is the third from the left) and check out Mr. Plantureux's story here.

06.22.15         photography  

Learn How to Feather Your Soft Boxes for Beautiful Light



06.21.15         gadgetry  

How Does Pelican's 1510 Waterproof Case Stand Up to Being Thrown in a Pool


In this very short video Nathan Taylor throws his Pelican 1510 waterproof case in the pool to see if it's actually waterproof. Check it out below to find out!


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