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


Thanks – Submit to to see your photo picked as the picture of the week.


Follow me on Instagram | Watch my latest Youtube Video | Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

 Way back in March we spent a few nights at the awesome #aurorabear yurt run by @frankstelges If you want to hang out at the coolest yurt while watching #auroraborealis reach out to him!! While waiting for the aurora to show up I ran the 80D in time-lapse mode and then stacked it all in #starstax which answers the question - what's it look like when you shoot the stars AND the full moon and StarStax it all. Captured with the #Canon #80D and 24mm f/2.8 lens. (Note - the 80D ran for 3 hours in near zero temps on one battery!)
 Left to Right - Mahtotopa Mountain(8,671 ft), Little Chief Mountain (9,514 ft), Citadel Mountain (9,035 ft) - as seen from Going-To-The-Sun Point #GlacierNP is awesome even if #loganpass is closed! I could tell you when it will open but we were sworn to secrecy :) #mckaylive
 Ponte Fabricio - one of many sweet bridges crossing the river Tiber.

Want to be a better photographer? Become a Member! $5/Month gets you access to my Lightroom video library the support group and more!

Support this site - Shop for anything through the links below and I earn a small percentage - it costs you nothing extra.


  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!

Leave a Reply

6 + two =