Starting with Photo News this week –

An instagramer makes $15,000 seling his prints! In one day!!!
The Instagramer – Arnold Daniel
The Forbes Article –

Christina discusses buy expensive cameras and adding filters/effects.

Christina’s Lightroom presets of choice – Replichrome Presets

12:00 Introduction to Presets in Lightroom

Sigma is going to pay Nikon 14.5 Million for patent infringement! This is related to a a “complaint” I received from Craig this week


I’m registering a complaint with the camera manufactures: Why are you using different proprietary terminology for the same feature? Image Stabilization is a great example: Canon, IS (Image Stabilization); Nikon, VR (Vibration Reduction); Tamron, VC (Vibration Compensation); Olympus, IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization); Sony, OSS (Optical SteadyShot) and SSS (Super Steady Shot); Panasonic and Leica, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization); Sigma, OS (Optical Stabilization); Pentax, SR (Shake Reduction); Nokia, PV (PureView); HTC, UP (UltraPixel). Are manufactures just trying to make it more difficult for entry-level photographers, or any photographer for that matter? What is the thinking around this?

22:55 Follow up on my 70D Focus Issues

26:06 First Look at the PolarPro Filters that arrived this week – very excited to try these out on my GoPro

28:32 New HTC One plus One with dual camera tech hmmmm – sounds like the Lytro- what is that revolutionary product up to today?


35:06 Predictions for the future – Camera Technology.

42:03 Take the POLL: Will the Canon T6i have dual pixel focusing technology?

45:00 Click here to see Your predictions for future cameras on Facebook

Christina’s Cat Lady Camera Owner Confession

54:55 Reader Question – Using an external flash outside – with nothing to bounce the light how do you get good flash exposure?

Bob Smith

How do I use my on camera speedlite when I there’s nothing to bounce the flash off?

I’m new to dslr’s and recently purchased a Canon 430exii flash to supplement my Canon SL1. I was quickly and easily able to capture great pictures indoors by bouncing the flash and using a small stofen diffuser. However, I’m lost when I don’t have something to bounce the flash off and end up aiming the flash directly at my subject and casting some hard heavy shadows. I try to reduce this by dialing the FEC down, but obviously the image gets dark. I most recently encountered this problem when trying to use fill flash on my wife with a sunset in the background. Any tips or recommended diffusers? Thanks


Favorite Photo of the week –

Christina Picks
up and down

Toby Picks
Through the Mist


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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND

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  1. Where to bounce. Get a VAL(voice activated light stand). Aka: a friend. Order EasyBox soft box 8.5in sq. $75, a paint pole with adapter from Adorama. Mount flash. Fire flash with SL1 built in flash. Also extremely useful indoors.

      • OK, So you’re all eet. All you have to do is wait til next Valentine’s Day, and ask Christina, by surprise while taping, ‘Will you be my VAL’? She say yes of course, and you jump up and get a soft box on a stick and hand it to her. Or some other contrived by you nonsense to celebrate Valentines Day with a laugh!

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