Lightweight Location Lighting Tools updated!

Hey, I just updated my list of lighting tools on this page. I use these things in my lighting workshops to show how you can create dramatic and professional lighting, of almost any style and quality, with very few tools – when you know how to use them. Most of this kit fits in a single shoulder bag, and can be carried to any location in one trip. Keep It Simple Silly!

Click the graphic to see the page with all the links and information.

Click the graphic to see the page with all the links and information.

Awesome $100 savings on Sony mirrorless right now!

A few days ago I shared some travel tips & gear reviews, including my favorite little travel camera, the Sony NEX-6, recently updated to the a6000. It just went on sale at B&H for $100 off! Check out all the deals here. This is a great backup camera or when you really want to travel light. Here's a sample image from a recent trip to Machu Picchu, taken with the 50mm f1.8 lens. I made a big print for the wall at my office and the detail and image quality is amazing.

Click the image to view larger and see the detail. Note that this image has been downsized for the web. I used the in-camera HDR tool and hand-held the camera. 

Killer P&S cam for serious photogs.

I'm a camera pack rat and seem to collect cameras like they were crazy shirts or something! I posted a while ago about the Ricoh GRIII that I love, but I have to say I might have a new love in my life…well, at least as little cameras go. After my standard process of obsessive research and comparison shopping, I discovered a newly released Samsung TL500. My main desires in a P&S camera are: Fast lens, wide-angle lens, clean at higher ISO, intuitive easy to use controls, full manual control options, and solid as a tank build quality.

The Samsung has an incredible 24mm-75mm zoom, which is not that incredible unless you consider it's a f1.8-2.4 Schneider lens too! Can you say "Low Light Monster Baby!" It also has an incredible ISO range of 80-3200. It's pretty darn clean up to 1600 as well, and totally useable. It also has a new AMOLED screen which, if you haven't seen one yet, makes typical camera LCD screens look like they were pulled off an old Atari computer. The screen flips and rotates, which is a nice bonus and I actually use it more than I thought.

The image quality is fantastic and it even has an in-camera "HDR" type feature for extended dynamic range. Very nice. The controls are all intuitive, easy to get to, and well laid out. The focus and response time is very vast, with little lag compared to most P&S cams. The only potential down-side for some is the non-HD video. It's 640x480, but clean. I really feel that HD is overkill for most people with P&S cams since it just ends up downsized for youtube or Facebook anyway. I'd rather watch a clean, fast loading, smaller video on the net over an HD, slow, stuttering video any day.

It's not super small and light, but boy is it built nice - not like a tank, but an Audi. In fact I find myself taking it out of my bag every now and then just to caress it a little. After all, that's what keeps love alive, right?

It's about $400 at online retailers.