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My Thoughts on the ZEISS Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Lens

Gear Referenced In This Article

ZEISS Loxia 2.1/21 - Amazon | B&H Photo

ZEISS Loxia 2/35Amazon | B&H Photo

ZEISS Loxia 2/50Amazon | B&H Photo

ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 - Amazon | B&H Photo

Sony a7R IV - Amazon | B&H Photo

Note: While I had used the Sony a7R II at the time, I'm linking to the current generation camera (which I currently own), the Sony a7R IV.

Introduction

I first spotted her at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City in late October 2015. At first, I wasn’t sure if my eyes were playing games with...

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3 Tips For Amazing Southwest Photos

Harsh light. Blown-out skies. Vast landscapes with no foreground elements.

Photographing the desert of the American Southwest can certainly be challenging. This is a truth that I've come to learn after moving here earlier this year and I've since figured out how to best approach these challenges. When you get it right and work through them... the photos that you will walk away with will drop the jaws of your friends and family.

Here's the thing: whether you already live in the Southwest, you're planning to visit the area someday, or you have similar wide-open spaces near where you live,...

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Visiting Cuba? Check Out These Six Photo Tips!

When I visited Cuba for the first time in January 2016, one of my top goals was to capture the country's distinct culture and I’d like to share this list of photo tips to consider if you find yourself with the wonderful opportunity to visit. These are the very same things I kept in the forefront of my mind every time I left my casa particular with the intent to photograph.

It’s also important to note that a lot of these tips aren’t exclusive to Cuba and can be applied to street and travel photography all over the world. So with that, let’s get cracking.

Tip #1: Ditch...

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My Favorite Hidden Tools in Adobe Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom is an especially powerful and helpful tool for photographers. Over the years, it has gained features make managing and editing our photos much easier and more robust. Despite all of the tools available in the Develop module, there are some that are completely hidden unless you know how to invoke them. That’s what this video is all about.

Did you know that there are a series of hidden tools that can only be accessed when you press and hold a particular modifier? It’s true! And what is this mythical modifier key? It’s none than the Option (Mac) / Alt...

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Some Especially Useful Shutter Speeds to Remember

A while ago, photographer Tony Northrup posted a video where he pleads to stop asking him about the camera settings he used to take his photos. To summarize my understanding of it, Tony believes that, rather than concern yourself with those settings, you should focus on the experiences and what I call “soft metadata” that went into creating the photo. While I don’t disagree with Tony’s sentiment, I do have a problem with the his approach. Of course the composition and story of a photo are critical and sharing that with viewers only helps enrich their experience...

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Learn How To Unlock the Power of the Sony RX100 V Camera

Even though Sony has released a few new updates to its RX100 line of pocket cameras, its fifth iteration always holds a special place in my heart. The Sony RX100 V (Amazon | B&H) is one of my favorite cameras because of its size, power, and versatility for vlogging. If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you get a new camera is to dive into its settings to truly make it your own.

Often times, cameras are shipped from the manufacturer configured with settings that are most applicable to the broadest user base. That’s why the default image type setting is...

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