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2014 Holiday List of 40 Photography Gifts Under $100

holiday photos-21Somehow I missed this post last year – but hopefully I can make it up to you this year by doubling the list and making it not 20 items – but 40 great photography gifts.  I think it’s ambitious – but let’s give it a shot.

The rules are simple:  photography-centric gifts under $100 that I think are super useful or fun (or both) for the photographer on your Christmas list.

So, in no particular order – here it is – the 2014 Holiday List of 40 Photography Gifts Under $100:

  1. Triggertrap.  This tool triggers a camera by way of a smartphone.  Available for over 300 cameras and for both the Android and iOS systems.
  2. IR72 filter for their favorite wide angle lens (especially good if your photographer is shooting one of the newer Fuji’s (like the X100s or X-T1).  Just make sure to get the right size for their lens.  I talk a bit about the IR72 + X100s combo here.
  3. Magma Sketchbook for idea generation and everyday note taking.  This is a surprising little notebook.  Highly recommended.
  4. GoLite sweater.
  5. Manfrotto clamp.  Super handy.
  6. Decisive Moment byHenri Cartier-Bresson.  This classic has just been re-released.
  7. Photo booth props.
  8. OneLight 2.0 by Zack Arias.  Highly recommended.
  9. Not sure what to get them?  There’s always the Photojojo gift card.
  10. The Camalapse.  Lightweight and great for time lapses.
  11. Road to Seeing by Dan Winters.  Christmas photos-12
  12. Camera gear can get a bit heavy on the trail – so lighten their overall load with this awesome stove from Snow Peak.
  13. Lensbaby Spark.  Fun and a great catalyst for creative photography.  All for under $100.  Comes in both Canon and Nikon mount.
  14. Blackrapid Cross Shot.  I made something like this using Blackrapid hardware over a year ago for my X100s (before this strap was launched).  Lighter weight straps are great – especially for mirrorless cameras.
  15. Lensbaby Sweet Spot Lens for smart phones.
  16. Not specifically photography – but great if your photographer travels – the Kinivo speaker for their MP3 player.  It’s small, inexpensive, portable, and sounds reasonable while stuck in a hotel room or tent.
  17. Induro AT114.  Yes, it’s a bit more than the $100 price limit.  But it’s possibly one of the best values in tripods out there.  If they also need an all-purpose ball head, check out the Joby Ballhead X.
  18. Pro account to Exposure.  Why?  Cuz it’s possibly the best story telling tool on the web for photographers.
  19. Chalkboard Speech Bubble.  Another fun spark for those photo booth / portrait sessions.
  20. Craft & Vision.  Depending on your photographer’s interest – there’s a lot to choose from here.
  21. Again, not specifically photo gear – but could prove to be useful: VSSL Gear.  Hopefully they’ll be shipping soon.
  22. Is your photographer interested in all of this drone / UAV stuff?  Well – there is a way to jump in without spending a huge amount of cash.  This one even includes a tiny camera.
  23. Humans of New York.  If your photographer hasn’t yet read this – this is a great read.
  24. The Polaroid Cube.  A couple of years ago I bought into the action camera market with a clearance priced Contour (as it turns out, I bought two just in case one broke).  They were a great for trying new project ideas.
  25. Timbuk 2.  Small.  Awesome.  My favorite camera bag.
  26. An insert to make their favorite bag into a camera bag.  Christmas photos-11
  27. VSCO Presets.  These are a lot of fun.  Just a bit over the $100 price point – but once a customer, additional packs are at a discount.
  28. REI Clip Mug.  I have an earlier version of this mug and it’s been flawless.  The best part?  When done drinking the hot beverage – simply clip the mug to a bag and forget about it.
  29. Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer.  The title pretty much says it all.
  30. LP180 LumoPro flash.  Yes, it’s more than $100.  But it’s an awesome manual flash.  This is the first flash I pull from my bag.
  31. MAKE Magazine.  Now offered 6 times / year.  It’s creative fun that will occasionally have photography hacks.
  32. Ultra small LED headlamp.  I mention these in my 7 not so obvious items in my bag post.  This one also includes a red bulb to help preserve night vision.
  33. All the parts to build their own great slider.  I talk about my build here.
  34. Leatherman Squirt PS4.  Yes – this has been on the list before.  Yes – it’s still a great gift for the photographer on your list.
  35. Gerber Outrigger Knife.  Sometimes a knife just works better than a multi-tool.  This one is lightweight and has a rubber coated handle.
  36. After watching Zack’s OneLight 2.o – it’s possible they’ll want a 12×36 softbox.  And here’s the grid, too.
  37. Is your photographer thinking of trying video?  Three resources that I’ve been learning from lately: How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, DSLR Cinema, and Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide.
  38. The latest in Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography series.  That said, if they don’t have any in the series yet – consider the whole set.
  39. Raspberry Pi + Camera Module.  If your photographer like to tinker with electronics – here’s a great project.
  40. Overland Journal.  Inspiration can come from any number of places.

Whew! We did it.  But to be honest, it feels a bit odd not having something from Joe McNally on the list.  So, if you’re photographer really needs a Joe fix – check out his latest: The Light and the Life: Field Notes from a Photographer.

And if your photographer wants none of it (or already has all of it) – get ‘em a color changing mug from Formosa Treasure! (this particular scene is from Jiufen).

 

For more ideas – check out the lists from year’s past: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

 

First Photo Story Over at Exposure.co

Hi all – just a quick post to highlight my first photo story over at Exposure.co.  If you haven’t yet heard about Exposure.co, it’s a photo story telling tool that I think is pretty unique among the portfolio sites out there today.

This one is from last year’s trip to Taiwan.  If you get a chance – head on over there and check it out.  And if you’re interested in trying Exposure – they offer free accounts that allow you to post up to 3 stories.

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2013 Worldwide Photo Walk: Corvallis

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On Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to go out with a local group of photographers for Kelby’s annual Worldwide Photo Walk here in Corvallis, Oregon.

A huge thank you to Kat Sloma for leading this year’s event!

The weather in Corvallis was expected to get near 70 mid day but I was glad to see some early morning fog downtown near the river.  And by late morning it had all but burned off.

Just to be honest, I typically find it difficult to shoot in downtown Corvallis.  It’s probably because I’ve been here near 20 years and I’ve walked the streets many times with a camera (the downtown really isn’t all2013 Photowalk - low res-9 that big).  And just about every time I pull out a camera down there those “been there, done that” storm clouds start raining on me again.

That said, below are a few more from the morning in no particular order.

Earlier in the morning, I clung to the fog.  Later in the morning, it was the light shining down the east-west streets that caught my attention.

When it comes to photo walks – there’s always discussion on gear.  This year I kept it light.  Really light.  OK – maybe not as light as the mobile-photography folks.  But much, much lighter than I’ve been in years past.  This year I had just the X100s – and in a jacket pocket I had two extra batters, one extra memory card, a lens cleaning cloth, and one little dinosaur that came in a Photojojo package – just in case it got boring out there (figured I could capture him in various Corvallis locations).   Smile

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X100S: Early Morning at High ISO

x100s high iso -2My first discussion on the X100S was mostly a general overview on first impressions.

So, just for fun, I decided to get up before sunrise on Saturday and kick around the streets of Corvallis with the new camera to practice a bit in some tough low-light conditions.

Most of the morning was spent at ISO 4000 and 5000.  A few of the shots are included here.  Nothing portfolio ready but hopefully they’ll give you a good idea of how well this camera handles at the higher ISO settings.

Though these are not straight-out-of-camera (they have been slightly modified in LR4.4), I purposely did not use the Noise Reduction Slider.

And just in case you’re curious, all shots were handheld, manual mode, in-camera noise reduction off, raw (not jpg), and auto white balance (only slightly adjusted on a couple of the shots – but not dramatically).

To be honest – I find this camera to be stunning in low light.

Hope you find these helpful.  If you have any questions or comments – just let me know.  x100s high iso -1 x100s high iso -5 x100s high iso -3 x100s high iso -4

We’re not in Cansas Anymore: A Weekend with the X100S

cameras-8 Back in the day, you know – those days when we shot film – my favorite camera was the Canon GIII – a little rangefinder with a fixed 40mm f1.7 lens.  I picked mine up used after borrowing one from a friend.  A great camera with a lot of personality.  Was it ever my go-to camera?  No, not really – but I sure enjoyed shooting it.

When the wave of mirrorless cameras started, I had hoped that it might be possible to find some of that charm in the digital world.  And a couple of times, it was close – both the Olympus EM5 and the Fuji X100 inspired me to some serious review reading – but neither prompted me to push the big “Buy” button.cameras-7

The Fuji X100S is similar in size to the Canon GIII (Canonet QL17) rangefinder.

And it was more than just this romantic notion of a cool compact camera that kept me looking.  I also wanted to go out with the family without lookingcameras-9 like I was on  assignment.

Then the X100S charged onto the scene with a reported snappier auto focus.  X-Trans sensor.  And Adobe looked like they were catching up.  A few early reviews.  Pre-ordered.  Delivered.

Bottom line: I find the X100S to be a great camera.  It’s capable, delivers remarkable images, and though there’s been a bit of learning curve – I’ve really enjoyed shooting with it.

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(Just a note about the photos – they shouldn’t be considered straight-out-of-camera (SOOC).  They’ve been post-processed in LR 4.4 and a few of them have seen some Nik software.)

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For the last eight and a half years – I’ve pretty much only shot Canon DSLR’s.  And those tools have complimented my shooting style for action, event, travel, and portrait.  So, to be honest, shooting those first few frames in the backyard with the X100S left me a bit underwhelmed.  Zack’s whole “best camera ever” was ringing a bit hollow for me (though it’s got to be one of the most creative camera reviews of all time).

So back to the camera manual.  Review the menu system. What does this button do again?

We’re not in Cansas anymore.

Then a day later it was off to the tulip festival with the family and the X100S dangling around my neck.  Tossed a couple of batteries, an extra memory card, and a lens cloth (just in case) in the jacket pocket.  And that’s it.  No camera bag.  Felt kinda odd – but nimble.  I almost felt bad for those folks with photo backpacks and full sized tripods – except I knew they were having fun.

x100s test -3 The Mt Angel Sausage Company is a staple at the tulip festival.

x100s test -2 Every X100S review requires a B&W street-inspired photo.

x100s test-10 Trying some close up shots on a steam tractor that was parked at the tulip festival.

Still missed a lot of shots.  Blurry.  Blown highlights.  Under exposed.  Sigh.

Early next morning to Newport, Oregon.  After getting soaked by some morning rain and hail it was kinda nice out there.  But my photos weren’t necessarily following the nice weather.

x100s test -4 Early morning sport fishing boats waiting for departure time.

x100s test -5 A minus tide exposes the footings on this pier.

x100s test -6Stairs leading up to the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Then a quick afternoon outing with my daughter to Finley Wildlife Refuge (where it seems I test most new gear and lenses).x100s test -7

This barn at Finley makes an appearance in just about all of my gear / lens reviews.

x100s test -8  This oak tree should probably make it into more reviews.

And then another quick trip out to the Rogue Farm for a sheep sheering demonstration.  I still missed a few shots under some pretty tough lighting (the shot here is only at ISO2500 with 1/40 – but I tried some out at ISO5000 with 1/125 second).

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A few notes:

Do I miss some shots having a fixed lens on the camera?  Sure.  But – as the adage goes – constraints drive creativity.

I’m still wrestling with the OVF and EVF.  I try to use OVF as much as possible – I find it brighter much of the time and I imagine it helps on battery life.  That said – there’s a need to remember to consider parallax when framing subjects that are close to the camera.

Battery life.  It’s nothing like your DSLR.  I bought two extra batteries straight away and I’m considering a third (I consider extra batteries and memory less expensive than missing the shot).

Lens hood.  Yes it sticks out and makes it less pocketable but it also makes it easier to hold while shooting (and likely helps with all of those other things that lens hoods are known to help with – such as flare and protection for that glass).  I consider it a must.  That said – the Fuji one is expensive.  Like surf-and-turf expensive – but it matches beautifully.  There are some other options out there.

I picked up a 49mm lens cap.  I highly recommend it with the lens hood as the spiffy cap that came with camera won’t work once the lens hood is attached.

One benefit of the fixed lens?  When I stop down to f16 – I don’t have to clean up the dust bunnies in LR.  🙂

More notes:

The maximum shutter speed at f2 is 1/1000.  On a bright sunny day that won’t be fast enough (it’s a physics thing with the leaf shutter).  Cleverly enough – there’s a 3-stop neutral density filter behind the lens (inside the camera).  I have it assigned to the Fn button for easy deployment (it’s not located in the Q-button menu and I wanted it close at hand).

LR 4.4.  If you’re considering any of the Fuji X series cameras – you’ve probably heard the tales of how Adobe hasn’t quite been able to handle the raw files all that well.  Update your Lightroom to 4.4 and don’t worry about it (I shoot only in raw except for sports).

I kinda wish the ISO5000 shots were good cuz I’d like to have shown them to you (my fault – not the camera).  But, instead, you’re only getting the ISO2500.

Did I mention that this thing is quiet?  I’ve turned off all of the helpful audible camera queues and when out-and-about in the real world – it’s essentially silent.

The camera has a bit of heft to it without feeling like a brick.

When you work with a tool like the 100S it requires you to roll up your sleeves and make something happen.  I kind of like that.

I wouldn’t recommend this camera to most folks.  And that’s OK.  It’s simply not the right tool for every environment or for every shooting style.

Unless your a current X100 owner – read the camera manual.  Yeah – I know, seems obvious.  And after you’ve read it once.  Read it again.  Go shoot a few frames – and then read it again.

The X100S is not your DSLR.  It feels, handles, and shoots much differently – and it will likely require a bit of learning curve.  But I think that if you’re looking for a camera with a compact form factor, large sensor, sharp lens, high ISO performance, and stunning IQ – this is definitely one to put on your list.

Of course, there are more reviews out there.  Be sure to check them out:

Hope that helps (at least a little).  If you have feedback, questions, comments, and/or more thoughts – just let us know.

The Annual 20 Photography Gifts Under $100 List: The Book Edition

Here it is – that time of year when holiday lists start popping up on the web…

This year – I thought I’d shake the list up a bit.  Yes – I’m keeping to the 20 Photo Gifts under $100 theme – but I thought I’d keep this year’s  list to books.

Christmas lights-1Why?

Well – first, books often offer a great value.  There are lot of great teachers right now publishing a lot of great resources. And, second, most of these are filled with a healthy dose of “get out there and shoot”.

I also gave myself a second constraint:  each of these books had to be on my shelf (or loaded onto the tablet).

Is this list exhaustive?  Golly, no.  There’s are a lot of good stuff out there today for photographers – but hopefully this gives you a running start.

So – in no particular order – here’s Camera 47’s Annual 20 Photography Gifts Under $100 List – The All Book Edition.  If you have any to add – please don’t hesitate to list them in the comments.  Enjoy!

Books

  1. Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren.  This is a cool book that’s on my reading pile right now.
  2. 2013 Photographer’s Market.  If you’re looking for places to sell your work – this very well could be a great place to start with over 1,500 listings for stock agencies, print publishers, and more.  There is also a collection of articles aimed at helping you with your business.
  3. The Americans by Robert Frank.  I’m not going to say every photographer should have this one on the shelf.  Not going to say it…
  4. Exposed by Michael Clark.  The subtitle says it all: “Inside the Life and Images of a Pro Photographer”.
  5. Speedliter’s Handbook by Syl Arena.  Shoot Canon?  Want to get better with Canon Speedlites?  Get this book.
  6. The Digital Photography Book 1,2, 3, and 4 by Scott Kelby.  Are you a beginner / immediate photographer?  For the love of sushi – please, just buy and read these books.  The “advanced” folks will likely get something out of these, too.
  7. Storytellers by Jerod Foster.  Moving from photos to stories.  Good stuff.
  8. The Passionate Photographer by Steven Simon.  The subtitle “Ten Steps to Becoming Great” probably isn’t the most descriptive – but I liked this book.
  9. Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin.  ‘Cuz it’s duChemin …
  10. Going Pro: How to Make the Leap from Aspiring to Professional Photographer by Scotte Bourne and Skip Cohen.
  11. Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It by Scott Kelby.  Good book.  Christmas lights for blog-2
  12. Hope in the Dark by Jeremy Cowart.  I wish this book were still readily available but unfortunately it’s not.  Check the used book stores.  This is a good one.
  13. Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David duChemin.  See #9.
  14. Lighting Notebook by Kevin Kubota.  Great lighting book.  Also – if you ever get a chance to hear Kevin talk – do it.  I caught him up at WPPI U.  Enjoyed it.
  15. Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by David duChemin.  See #9.
  16. All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography by Alan Hess.  If music photography is your gig – check this one out.
  17. Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig.  I’m simply a fan of Orwig’s work.
  18. Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders.  Most will say this book is focused on making a run at the wedding photography business – but I think it’s about building a photography business with wedding specific examples.
  19. The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally.  Joe is a great teacher.
  20. Sketching Light by Joe McNally.  Did I mention that Joe is a great teacher?
  21. Visual Stories by Vincent Laforet
  22. Vision Mongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin.  See #9.
  23. People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig.  Just good stuff.

E-Books

  1. Anything from Craft & Vision.  Seriously.
  2. Seeing the Light: Making the Most of Available Light and Minimal Equipment by Mitchell Kanashkevich
  3. The Essentials of Street Photography: A 21st Century Guide to Photographically Capturing the Streets by James Maher Christmas lights for blog-4
  4. Captivating Color: A Guide to Dramatic Color Photography by Mitchell Kanashkevich.  Published through Digital Photography School.
  5. Getting Published in Photography Magazines by Mitchell Kanashkevich.  Published through Digital Photography School.
  6. Going Pro: How to Make Money Through Your Photography by Kelly Kingman.  Another one from Digital Photography School.
  7. The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography edited by Darren Rowse

DVD’s: Hey, it’s my list … I can change the rules   🙂

  1. Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder.  Chillin’ with Jeremy on location.  How cool is that?
  2. Photo Recipes Live Behind the Scenes 1 and 2.  Not sure where I learned more on lighting – from these or from Zack’s One Light stuff.
  3. OneLight by Zack Arias.  Yeah – this one exceeds that whole $100 rule thing.  This one also exceeds all expectations.  It rocks.
  4. People Pictures: Creating Authentic Photographs with Chris Orwig.  This complements Orwig’s People Pictures book.  Simply good stuff.

Hope that helps – but if your photographer has all of it (or wants none of it) – how about something like this?  It’s great for making smoothies.  🙂

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Looking for more ideas?  Here are the first 4 editions:

Rodeo Week Bonus: It’s (Not) About the Gear

As it turns out – my 6 year old daughter likes to sling a camera, too.

This one is from the bleachers with her red $77 HP point and shoot camera.  She took it upon herself to crop it cuz she felt it looked better with some of the background removed.  🙂

Her favorite editing software?  The stuff that came with her first Crayola digital camera.  One day (about a year ago) she was playing with it – and when I looked up – she had completely removed all of the people from one of her tulip festival photos and replaced them with blue sky.

I’m beginning to wonder if she’s been watching Scott Kelby tutorials instead of Imagination Movers…

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DIY Beauty Dish

Over the last six months or so – I’ve tried to learn a bit more about portrait photography.  And one part of that Beauty Dish for Blog (1 of 3)adventure is learning more about lighting.  Now for Help-Portrait I was able to pocket a few basics – but I know I still have plenty to learn about slinging photons.

One of the tools that I thought would be fun to try would be a beauty dish.  Didn’t know why – just thought it would be cool.  However – I couldn’t really justify a high price tag for an experiment – and I didn’t know where I could borrow one – but I kept running across plans on the web for DIY models.  Finally – one set was convincing enough for me to break out the Dremel.

Which design did I go with?  Well – it was one posted by Dave Casius that started with an Ikea lamp over at DIY Photography.

Bottom line: it works!  🙂Beauty Dish for Blog (2 of 3)

The Parts

Here are the key hardware components (and where I found them):

  1. Ikea for the 15” lamp shade.
  2. Amazon for the cold shoe.
  3. Home Depot for the aluminum bar and bolts, etc.
  4. (maybe) Back to Amazon for a Sto-Fen flash diffuser (if you don’t already have one – just make sure you get the right size for your flash).

Assembly

Some Dremel tool, drilling, alignment, bending, a bit of sanding, and more drilling was all that it really took – however – being patient is key.  I made a couple of small modifications that seem to work well while I was putting everything together – but overall – Casius’ directions were excellent.

And of course – if you’re not comfortable with drills and Dremels and a bit of torch – this probably isn’t a project that you’re gonna want to tackle.  Beauty Dish for Blog (3 of 3)

Results

Woohoo!  It’s a beauty dish – all in the $50-ish range – and it works!  I don’t yet have any post-able images with this light modifier – but it’s been fun working with it.

As I said above – I really only deviated from the plans in two places – and both were minor:  (1) I rotated the Blank Cover 90 degrees to what the author shows and (2) I added a second attachment point where the bracket meets the light stand – as my light stand already had a 1/4-20 on it – and by making a second hole – I could simply use a wing nut to secure the two together (as there just wasn’t enough room to spin a wing nut where the first attach point was placed).

Overall – it was a fun little project – and the plans were quite good and easy to follow.

Review: Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic

Bottom line:  I think this is my favorite optic to date from the Lensbaby crew.  It’s a versatile focal length on crop sensor DSLR’s – and, to be honest, I dig the new integrated aperture ring.Sweet 35 for Blog (2 of 4)

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Now – I can’t say that Lensbaby was listening to Camera 47 – but here’s my comment on the aperture system from my first Lensbaby review back in January 2009 on the Composer coupled with the Double Glass Optic:

The aperture system sure seems like it could be better – something mechanical.  Instead, they use this awkward disc / magnet system.  Isn’t there some 1973 technology that could be leveraged here for a low cost?

But at the end of the day – it’s not all about the aperture ring – this is also a wider optic.  For all of us ~1.6x crop-sensor camera folks – this sits just about at that “normal” 50mm focal length (practically speaking).   Sweet 35 for Blog (3 of 4)

And between the improved aperture ring and shorter focal length – I just haven’t used the 50mm optic since the Sweet 35 arrived on my door step.

Sweet 35 for Blog (10 of 1)As for image quality – real world use would suggest that it’s on par with the 50mm Double Glass Optic.  Of course, somebody with much more skill in splitting pixels may disagree. The Svens at Imagine Coffee (4 of 5)The lens has an aperture range of f/2.5-22.  As I typically aim for a narrow depth of field – I tend to stay right around f/4.  The images I’ve included here aren’t necessarily ready for a spot above the fireplace – but hopefully they’re able to show you a bit about the lens (OK – the second one may not show you much – but I just thought it was a fun image….)    🙂   .

Review: Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder DVD

Though typically not much of a video watching guy – I’ve picked up a few lately.  Much of this is catalyzed by the fact that not many of these great instructors land in the Pacific Northwest with great frequency – and when the do – it’s been pretty difficult for me to free up my schedule to make the trip up to Portland.   So – I ordered a copy of Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder DVD – and it landed in my mailbox the week between Christmas and the New Year.dvd review

There’s about 4 hours of video between the two DVD’s in the box.  The first DVD has a lot of odds and ends on it – ranging from Jeremy’s raw workflow to a bit on “projects of purpose” to an interview with Zack Arias.

On the first DVD – I really liked the his segments on “Projects of Purpose” and “Tour / Travel Photography”.

The second DVD is worth the price of admission.  It covers 9 shoots where you get the chance to watch Cowart in action.  Of most value to me was listening to his attention to detail on model placement within the scene (walls, textures, subtle buildings in the background) and his conversations with the models.

If Jeremy is not yet on your radar – check out his website – I think you’ll dig his work.  He’s definitely a talented photographer – and it’s great to get this chance to look over his shoulder.

And if you’re looking to work on your people photography (especially out of the studio) – just jump straight to the second DVD.

If I had one request – (and this is definitely not a “must”) it would be to put two copies of the video on the DVD – one to play on your PC – and one that could be copied to your portable electronic device of choice.  Kelby does this with his lighting books – and it has allowed me to watch or review the video without always having to be sitting at my desk.

Bottom line: if you’re working on your lifestyle or environmental portrait skills – this one is highly recommended.