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Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!

First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything  (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):

Focale lenght : 100mm
ISO : 100
Aperture : f/3.5
Speed : 1/320 sec

In the Field

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This is how the picture came out of the camera without any editing.

They’re quite common data so let’s get an in-depth analysis with Cyril himself:

“Draw the light” is a photograph that I took in April 2012. At this time, I was especially working and training on my compositions without my own personalized settings that I use henceforth, like the white balance or the color saturation. Continue reading Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

10 Reasons To Switch From a DSLR to a Mirrorless System (With Examples: Nikon vs Sony)

Choosing photographic equipment can be both complicated for professionals and extremely difficult for beginners and amateurs. Beginners are often overwhelmed with choices. Pros make a living with their gear and talent know what they need in terms of specs, lenses and accessories. But in the face of endless choice, even they can get lost.

UPDATE: Check out our first impressions and field test of the A7II here and the 7 game changing features of the latest A7rII!

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The Sony A7s, first Full Frame mirrorless camera that can reach 409,600 ISO

Just like Jason Lanier who switched from Nikon to the Sony A7S, Serge Ramelli (by the way Serge has amazing tutorials on YouTube!) and Michael Shainblum who switched respectively from Canon to Sony A7R and A7S, many other professionals are either changing or starting to study the possibilities of switching to a mirrorless system. And for sure, for some professionals the A7rII will be a no brainer as it offers some features never proposed on a DSLR body until now like a silent shutter, BSI sensor 5 axis in-body stabilization and the possibility to use as well E-mount, A-mount and Canon lenses (and a Nikon adapter should follow).

Their decisions are interesting to study. It is important understand why this system is a game changer, not only for consumers like us, but also for professionals. Switching from a traditional DSLR to a mirrorless system like Sony’s for a pro represents a big change, not as much as switching from film cameras to digital cameras, but this new technology is reliable and represents its little revolution of its own in the photography field.

Here are 10 reasons why it makes sense to switch to a mirrorless: Continue reading 10 Reasons To Switch From a DSLR to a Mirrorless System (With Examples: Nikon vs Sony)

Reasons Why A7 Users Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade to the A7II

Sony excited and annoyed a lot of people with the announcement of the Sony A7 Mark II this November. It created excitement because the new camera comes with the world’s first full-frame in-body image stabilization for a mirrorless camera, better ergonomics and materials, and autofocus refinements.

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It also annoyed the existing A7 owners because the A7ii is coming out just one short year after the debut of the A7 (here are our first impressions). While 1 year (or less) production cycles are typical for consumer products, professional models like the Canon 5D and the Nikon DX00 series typically have a 2+ year production cycles. It’s going to be hard to keep up, buying a new camera every winter.

In this review, let’s look at 4 issues on whether existing Sony A7 users should or should not upgrade to the A7ii and whether photographers over in Canon and Nikon land should consider the A7 or the A7ii.

4. Five-Axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)

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The biggest hoopla about the Sony A7ii is really its 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This is a first for full-frame cameras, chiefly because Canon, Nikon, and Leica, the only other full frame camera manufacturers, subscribe only to the optical image stabilization (OIS) philosophy. Other manufacturers sticking with IBIS include Olympus, Panasonic, and Ricoh/Pentax.

Continue reading Reasons Why A7 Users Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade to the A7II

From Russia with Love – Elena Shumilova

Elena Shumilova takes intimate photographs of her 2 sons with their pets in their farm in Russia. Trivial ? Not so much actually. the quality of her shots made exclusively with natural light are breathtaking.

She used to be an architect but the success and the raise of her children took all of her time, she’s now completely devoted to her passion which is photography.

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She uses her Canon 5D mark II and essentially 2 lenses of her own: Continue reading From Russia with Love – Elena Shumilova

Goodbye Canon 5D Mark II. Hello Sony A7!

After 6 years of faithful service since it first came out in the spring of 2008, I am finally retiring my trusty Canon 5D Mark II camera. In fact, I am completely switching systems from the Canon EOS to the Sony Alpha system. Here’s my brief writeup and initial impressions.

My Back is Gonna Thank Me
While the Canon could have lasted another 6 years without becoming completely obsolete since it was so ahead of its time, I decided to switch to the Sony A7 mirror-less full-frame because, well, it’s the future. Biggest problem with the Canon was its size and weight. I bring my camera gear for all of my travels and on average, the camera body with a few lenses in a backpack weighs about 20-30lbs. The Sony is tiny compared to the Canon and weighs about half as much. I think just as film was replaced by digital a decade or so ago, mirror-less cameras have now caught up to DSLRs and will no doubt exceed them in the future. I am convinced that mirror-less cameras will replace DSLRs over the next decade and the Sony A7 is the first affordable full-frame mirror-less camera.

Continue reading Goodbye Canon 5D Mark II. Hello Sony A7!