YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 Outdoor portraits and final review.

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 Outdoor portraits and final review.

This lens is, as of this writing, pretty brand spanking new. There has been a lot of speculation on this lens. Is it just a Canon clone? (no) Is it any good? (yes) Is it worth getting? (Yep) – I wanted to finish up with an outdoor portrait session (my most comfortable testing scenario) to give my final judgment on...Read more
2014 Camera-Trading-Palooza

2014 Camera-Trading-Palooza

If you’re not familiar with my Camera Trading history, I started out about 2 years ago (see a forum thread here here about how I got started, and my post about my $145 Canon 85L here.) At the time, I had a Canon T2i, a 50/1.4, 100/2, and a Tamron 17-50/2.8 with two cheap speedlites. My goal was to get a 5DII...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 3: Studio

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 3: Studio

I had the opportunity to put the YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 to work in a typical studio session today. Spoilers: It did great. I was contacted by Eriko recently, a local fashion model who wants to start working the glamour scene (glam, boudoir, etc) She’s got a great fashion portfolio, but needs to redo it to showcase a sexier look for...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 2: Aesthetics

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 2: Aesthetics

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home. It’s not super scientific, but it does give some further input on the lens and what you might expect. And all...Read more
YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 1: Low Light

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 1: Low Light

This is going to be a multi-part review, since there aren’t many reviews up yet, and I want to be as thorough and specific as I can manage. I will be the first to admit that I am not a street photographer, not a wedding photographer, and don’t generally shoot in low light, but… it’s Christmas Eve, I don’t have...Read more
Embrace your mistakes.

Embrace your mistakes.

Short version: LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN – you will mess up someday, have other resources to fall back on! The above image wasn’t supposed to happen like that – that result is not what I had in mind when I scheduled the shoot, planned out the model, wardrobe, and location. I had a distinct look in mind, using HSS and...Read more
Neewer TT850 Speedlites

Neewer TT850 Speedlites

The Neewer TT850 (also branded as the Godox Ving V850) is the flash that I am currently using, and makes up the entirety of my lighting kit. How much do I like them? A few months ago, my lighting kit consisted of Profoto monolights (a ComPact 600 and 2 Compact 300s) for serious use, and a dozen + YongNuo YN560II speedlites. I...Read more
Light meters are overrated!

Light meters are overrated!

Overrated, but still damn useful at times. I know that will ruffle feathers for some people, but it got your attention. Let me start off by saying I love light meters… I have two (A Minolta VF, shown above, and a Sekonic L358) and they can be fantastic tools to make your life easier. I want to just discuss meters in general...Read more
Why you might want to shoot film!!(AFTER you learn the basics)

Why you might want to shoot film!!(AFTER you learn the basics)

Long Post Ahead I think it’s pretty fair to say that my target audience fall between beginners, and enthusiasts. As such, most of my interaction with the photographic community as a whole revolves around those demographics. Beginners who want to learn the basics, and then progress on (whether it be to being a really good enthusiast / hobby – or...Read more
It’s not the equipment: $100 project

It’s not the equipment: $100 project

We’ve all heard the saying: “it’s not the equipment, it’s who’s using it.” or “a great photographer can make beautiful pictures with a piece of junk camera.” and other similar phrases that all say the same thing. Knowledge about your equipment, knowing how to use it, and to get the final effects that you want trumps gear every time. (I’m...Read more