2014 Camera & Photo Gear Gift Guide

Camera and Photo Gear Gift Guide

Welcome to the 2014 edition of Photography Bay’s Photo Gear Holiday Gift Guide.

This guide is set up in categories that describe the general type of cameras – be it a price range or general features.  You can scan the headings until you find the right category for you and your special photographer. We’ve got 3-5 top picks for each category. [Read more...]

Peter Hurley on Jawline and Positioning for Headshots

Here’s another great little video from Peter Hurley talking jawline and positioning for headshots. It’s short at about four minutes, but there are several tips to glean in here. If you want to hear more of Peter Hurley, check out this hour-long video from 2012 on the general topic of headshots.

You can also buy his full class that comes in at an hour and 21 minutes for $29 here on CreativeLive.

Pro Camera, Noob Photographer: Model Takes on a Nikon D3S

This video has been around for a while; however, it is quite a fun watch. In it, Kai from Digital Rev asks a model to switch roles for the day and get behind the camera.

She says that she normally uses a “small digital camera” and the D3S is more than a handful for her at first. Everything from prime lenses to aperture to exposure compensation causes problems for her; however, she seems to take instruction well as Kai patiently guides her with some basic tips.

Again, it’s a fun watch and is another reminder that it’s the photographer that makes the photo, not the camera.

PocketWizard Announces TTL Compatibility for Nikon D810, Canon 70D & More

PocketWizard-MiniTT1-and-FlexTT5

PocketWizard has announced an update to its ControlTL firmware for the Canon and Nikon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios.

Firmware version 3.700 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D810, D610, D4S and other Nikon cameras. Additionally, firmware version 6.700 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i as well as other recently released Canon cameras.

More details and download instructions are available here on PocketWizard’s website.

Peter Hurley Headshot Tips

If you don’t know the name, Peter Hurley is the headshot guy. In the above video, Peter shares some of this tips on headshot photography with Frank Doorhof.

If that’s the kind of thing that interests you, I’m reposting this hour-long video from the Google+ Photography Conference back in 2012 below. In it, Peter goes into much greater depth on the art of the headshot. [Read more...]

How to Hold a Camera – Beginner Tips from Karl Taylor

Pro photographer Karl Taylor is back with another tutorial video. This time around, he’s covering basic techniques for holding a camera in standing, sitting and prone positions. These are fundamental tips for getting consistently sharp images and reducing camera shake blur. If you are new to photography or just need a brush up, the video above is worth your time to watch.

For further reading on the topic, check out my article 4 Principles of Photography Marksmanship from a few years ago.