Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 Review – South Beach Miami Day 2

This was my first outing with the Nikon Z6 and 24-70mm f/4 lens. It’s quite a decent kit lens, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it by itself. It’s really nothing more than a kit lens to be used for travel and casual photography. To that end, it does just fine. Since the widest [...]

Tacoma Glass Museum – Nikon D850 and 50mm f/1.2 AI-S

This was my first time going out and shooting with a manual focus lens on the D850. I'm used to shooting with a mirrorless camera that gives real-time exposure feedback, or modern Nikon lenses on the D850 that really make great use of the camera's metering system. I was getting inconsistent exposure results shooting with [...]

Senior Photos and a Review of the Godox AD200

I was a better photographer a decade ago. Back then, cameras didn't have as much dynamic range as the do now. Raw photo editing software couldn't bring out all of the details that today's software can. High ISO meant lots of noise. You really had to control the light to get great images. That meant [...]

Skylum Aurora HDR 2019 Review

During my email conversations with Skylum staff over the past couple of months, I was offered the opportunity to review their newest HDR software. Since I'm always looking for ways to improve my images, I was more than happy to! Truth be told, I'm not one for HDR editing. I've played with it in the [...]

Golden Hour with the Olympus 45mm f/1.2

These were taken right before sundown, after a rainstorm, during the golden hour. It never really lasts an hour (more like ten minutes), but it was time to grab the camera and rush outside. The best part about the G9 is how responsive it is. I set the camera to face detect and started snapping [...]

Don’t Take Your Battery Out While Recording on your GH5 or GH5S

Today was an important day at the Karate school that I attend. Super Dan, a martial art legend, was coming to the dojo to teach an Arnis/Eskrima seminar. I was tasked with the important job of setting up my GH5S to record the workshop and then walk away and participate. Simple enough - right? I [...]

Sunday at the Puyallup Fair

All the photos in this gallery were shot with the Panasonic G9 and Olympus 25mm f/1.2. Even though the JPEGs out of the camera looked really nice, I actually ended up using the RAW files. The pictures were developed in Lightroom using the Camera Natural preset (no tweaks), and then I ran them through Athentech [...]