Points in Focus Photography

On Feburary 12, 2020, Canon announced the development of their most advanced mirrorless camera to date. Moreover, it’s the first EOS R series camera that has the potential to really be a pro camera, unlike it’s predecessors. Featuring 8K video recording, 12 FPS with the mechanical shutter, and 20 FPS with the electronic shutter, and in-body image stabilization, it has the potential to be a monster camera.

But there’s a lot we don’t know yet. And for me, what’s going to make or break the camera are the ancillary features and the ergonomics that Canon packs it with.

Adobe’s record when it comes to designing software is certainly a mixed bag, sometimes we get great new features, and sometimes those features come rolling along half baked. And that’s very much the case when it comes to the new development defaults in Lightroom Classic 9.2.

I’ve previously written about using Lightroom’s development defaults as a way to save your sharpening and noise reduction settings on a per ISO basis so that they’re automatically applied to your images when you import them. In my experience, this is a tremendously useful mechanism for getting most of the way to a well optimized image right out of the image dialog.

However, in the past there have been a few major shortcomings with this approach. To start with, you had to create a default for every ISO you used — which usually meant every ISO your camera could shoot at. On modern cameras with ISO ranges from say 50 to 102,000 in 1/3 stop increments this made for a lot of tedious work. This was especially true when many of the settings were the same for multiple ISOs, but you still had to create presets for them anyway.

The second problem is that some cameras, mainly Nikons in my experience, when shooting in auto ISO, don’t always use the standard 1/3 stop steps. I’ve run across all kinds of crazy ISOs from Nikon bodies that there simply wasn’t any way to get to manually. And this of course, means that there was no way to setup a default for that ISO.

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I want to be up front and clear about something here, this isn’t a review. Moreover, these lights were purchased with my own money, which makes this that much more frustrating for me.

What this is, is my experience with trying to get these lights initially setup and working. To be fair to Dracast, the light could have been defective — though that doesn’t really excuse the discrepancies between the marketing and the product that was actually delivered — though I couldn’t find anything obvious that indicated that it was a defective panel either.

That said, I find that I no longer have the patience to put up with products that don’t deliver, so I’ve moved on. However, I wanted to talk about the problems I ran into with these lights in case anyone else was looking at them.

In this episode of the vlog, I’m back to talking about the topic of video workflows and pre-roll checklists to get everything setup and right before you start recording.

Additionally, I’m also talking a bit about batteries and battery powered lights. Primarily, because not having them on my pre-roll checklists and not checking that I had enough battery power before shooting ruined a couple of takes and ultimately prematurely killed a day’s shoot — fortunately, it wasn’t in front of a client.

Light Meters Revisited

A few months ago I posted a video describing a hack that I was using that allowed me to use my colorimeter as a basic light meter. In response to that video, someone suggested that I should really just get a light meter. Of course that was my plan all along, but I didn’t want to stop shooting just to find and buy a light meter.

In this video I’m revisiting the the topic of light meters, this time with my own; a Sekonic L-308X-U(Affiliate Link) .

My Thoughts on Canon’s Newly Announced EOS-1DX Mark III


In the past I’ve written down my take on what I though about the features of recently announced cameras. Now that I’m diving into doing video, I thought I’d take a stab at doing that same thing but as a video.

In this case, Canon recently announced the latest generation of the EOS-1DX, the EOS-1DX Mark III. And while in many respects, the camera is really just yet another evolution of the professional DSLR, there are some interesting new features in the design, that I wanted to talk about.

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Storage and Workflow for Video

Storage is one of the biggest unanticipated hurdles that I’ve come across when it comes to shooting and working with video. And not in the field actually, my biggest problems are storing and backing up the video I shoot in a reasonable way.

Hurricane Dorian

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Update 2019-08-28

It’s another year, and the peak of another hurricane season, and living in South Florida means there’s another hurricane headed our way.

As things currently stand it’s still too early to really know how things are going to shake out. The National Hurricane Center is currently predicting a major hurricane in the category 3 range with winds around 115 MPH will make landfall somewhere along the Florida peninsula. Though with the storm still more than 3 days away, the actual strength and location is far from clear.

My family and I have already started implementing our hurricane plans and should be as prepared as we can be by the time the storm arrives. However, as you can imagine this is also an incredibly stressful time for us, and as they say the best laid plans never survive contact with enemy. 

Ultimately what this means for this site, and the YouTube content I’ve been producing lately, is that there will almost certainly be a gap in the coming content due to the impacts of this storm. As things stand, there are already videos scheduled to be published through September 9th, but after that I’m not sure how much of a gap will likely ensue.

I’ll continue to update this post as time and information allows.

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