Friends with a lens

Alright time to shamelessly plug and promote my photography friends. Actually these are all very talented people. Click on their pic to visit their site.

Troy Cherney

Ranz Navarro

Sean Rosenthal

Joey Paynter

Karey Schroder

Nick Savoy

Talk of the Town – EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 5D mark 2

Canon 5D mark 2

So the only thing I have been hearing about last year is the Canon 5d MarkII. Check out the specs:

Canon’s update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it’s better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!

Not sure if you caught it but it shoots HD movies, on top of being an already awesome FULL FRAME camera. All for around $2,200 for the body only. Check out the official Canon 5D Mark II page here.

Here’s a link to the dpreview review.

Check out this video made on the 5D. Pretty awesome.

Nikon D100 – My Camera

Nikon D100

Nikon D100

The Nikon D100. This is the camera I am currently using. I got this from a friend that was passed down from a product photographer previously. I have been shooting with the camera for a little while now and have been very comfortable with it. I had used this camera at my previous job as it was the camera we used for shooting product. The couple of things I have found to be an issue are: 1) it’s only 6.1 mega pixels 2) when using auto focus feature the picture seems a little soft 3) when shooting raw, the camera gets really bogged down (not sure if it’s the camera or the card, testing to follow). I have included some of the specs, a review from dpreview and some examples of a recent shoot I did. Enjoy!

  • Image Sensor Type – CCD
  • Sensor Size – 23.7 x 15.6mm
  • Total Pixels -6.31 million
  • Image Area (pixels)
  • DX-format – (L) 3,008 x 2,000 (M) 2,240 x 1,488 (S) 1,504 x 1,000
  • LCD Monitor Size –1.8 in. diagonal
  • LCD Monitor Resolution – 118,000 Dots

  • Approx. Dimensions – Width 5.7 in. (114.78mm) Height 4.6 in. (116.84mm) Depth 3.2 in. (81.28mm)
  • Approx. Weight – 24.7 oz. (700.2g)

Nikon D100 official page.

Nikon D100 review from dpreview.

Here are some shots of a recent shoot (shot in raw format).

Lighting 101

From the good people over at Strobist: Lighting 101. It’s a series of posts ranging from flashes to umbrellas to clamps to different types of light, all really great stuff.

Here’s are direct links to the Storbist Lighting 101 series:

Two Things Your Flash Needs to Have
Traveling Light
Light Stands
Super Clamps
Ball Bungees
Umbrella Stand Adapters
Synching: PC Cords and Pocket Wizards
Building a Pro PC Cord, Pt. 1
Building a Pro PC Cord, Pt. 2
Soft Light: Umbrellas
Soft Light – Wall/Ceiling Bouncing
Bare-Tube Style Lighting
Hard Light – It’s Better Than You Think
Balancing Flash Intensity With Ambient, Pt 1
Balancing Flash Intensity With Ambient, Pt 2
Using Gels to Balance Light Color
Cereal Box Snoots and GoBo’s
Textural Lighting for Detail Shots
Cross Lighting
Back Light as Main Light
Headshot in a Corner
Lighting for Glasses
Long-Throw Hard Light
Reverse Engineering Other Shooters’ Light
Know The Flash
See The Flash
Be The Flash
Don’t Let Good Light Ruin a Photo
Keep a Lighting File

Nikon D90 overview

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

So if I am going to start shooting more I am definitely going to need a camera upgrade. I am totally familiar with my older D100 but it lacks in megapixels. Originally I thought the new D300 was the upgrade to my camera but it looks way closer to the new D90. So I thought I would do a little research. Here are just a couple of the cool features:

• 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
• World’s first D-SLR with an HD movie mode
• 3-inch super-density 921,000-dot color LCD monitor
• Live View
• Built-in image sensor cleaning
• In-Camera Image Editing
• GPS geo-tagging

All for around $800 (body only) or $1100-$1300 with Lens. Visit Nikon’s official D90 website.

Check out a good D90 review.

Here are a couple of movies on the D90.

Photoweek: The Monopod

Hey everyone. I am proclaiming this week photoweek on the abrentisart blog. Why? Because I have been wanting to do it more, and actually got to take some pics of my brother-in-law and his fiance’ this weekend. So in my excitement, get ready for a handful of photo related posts this week.

Post 1: The monopod.

So I have previously had this video of Yuri Arcurs on my blog before but I wanted to share it again. According to Yuri, the most important thing in a photo is getting what you want in focus. This has been something that I have been a having a problem with on my camera, maybe because I was shooting freehand. You take the luck aspect out of it when you use something to keep your camera steady. For functionality, speed, and versatility Yuri put together a pretty cool monpod setup that go me inspired. From Mr. Microstock himself- Yuri’s monopod.

Visit Yuri’s video blog for the parts list.

As a cheaper alternative, I put this little setup together and it works great. The Ball head let’s me do a complete 90 degree angle so I can so vertical as well.

Calumet 7102 4-Section Monopod $19.95

Calumet 7102 4-Section Monopod

Calumet 7102 4-Section Monopod

494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release Plate $65 from Samy’s

494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release Plate

494 Mini Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release Plate