Toby and Christina are out for another adventure with McKay Photography Academy in Greece. As there is no live show this week here are the highlights of the week in the traditional article format. Regularly scheduled live shows will return September 30th. Remember to follow Toby on Instagram @photorectoby and Christina @christinabernales for vacation photos in lovely Paris. For the Greece trip coming up you can use the hashtag #mckaylivegreece2015 to see all of the trip participants photos.


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ZEISS Milvus – Manual Focus SLR Lenses for ZE- and ZF.2-MountsMilvus-Product-sample-20150904

It’s the season for new lenses! Zeiss has released a set of new lens series, Milvus, that will be compatible with Nikon and Canon cameras. The first six lenses of this set hit many focal lengths across the board: 21mm F/2.8, 35mm F/2.0, 50mm F/1.4, 50mm F/2.0 Macro, 85mm F/1.4, and 100mm F/2.0 Macro. With Zeiss you get fantastic quality but it’s also a quite expensive proposition, will these current lenses meet the hype? Zeiss’s Milvus lenses will be available starting in October and you can pre-order through B&H today.

The Sony a7S II is a Low-Light Monster with a Max ISO of 409,600 and Internal 4K

After the positive release of the Sony A7R II (Review) they unveiled the A7S II, another beast of a camera. Sporting an expandable 409,600 ISO the camera can almost see in the dark. Between the upgraded sensor and now offering internal 4k video(previous A7s was only able to record 4k to an external device) it’s another notch to Sony’s belt in competition with Canon and Nikon.

Available starting October at B&H

Sony a7S II Has 14-Bit RAW, a7R II and Others to Get It via Free Firmware Update

As a bit of a bonus to the above A7S II announcement, the A7R II and A7S II will get 14-bit RAW stills through a free firmware update.  No word on earlier models getting the same update and my question with the A7R II, how much will this slow it down?

This is ISO 4,560,000 with Canon’s Crazy New Camera

If the Sony a7s II is the current Low-Light monster this Canon is looking to be the next up. Check out the link above for photos from Canon’s ME20F-SH that boasts over 4.5 million ISO.

Canon Is Working on a 600mm DO BR Telephoto Lens With Its Latest Optical Tech

It may be awhile before we start seeing it on the shelves, but Canon’s new 600mm DO BR prototype is quite interesting due to its size. Most of Canon’s L class lens lineup over 400mm are heavy behemoths and if this is an indication of the future it’s 30% smaller and lighter than its current version.

Canon’s 120MP DSLR Two Years Away?

Remember Canon’s big announcement last week about a 120MP DSLR? After news outlets started checking with their sources, the current rumor is now pushing for a 2017 release at the earliest.

DJI’S Got a Fancy New Interchangeable-Lens Camera For Drones

DJI went into the prosumer zone with it’s Inspire 1 drone which is a pricey at $2900. Now DJI has released two micro-four-thirds cameras for high end film and photography . The Zenmuse X5 and X5r, for the Inspire are interchangeable lens cameras claiming to be the world’s smallest lossless 4K cameras. Since they are using standard MFT mounts you can use the kit lens from DJI as well as other brands as well which is a nice feature with how much you’re already investing. Starting out they will fully support and control in-flight the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 lens, and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens. If the inspire’s standard camera with built-in 4k video wasn’t enough these will be recording in lossless CinemaDNG Raw

“Empty” Epson ink cartridges, which cost £2,500 for a set, are still 20 percent full

It’s been known for awhile that printers are ink hogs and there’s always going to be an angels share of ink, like toothpaste with the little bit that can’t get squeezed out. A printing company in Seattle took the time to check into that angels share for the Epson 9900 printer which retails for $5,000. Turns out for a set of cartridges that angel’s share is about 17-22 percent of a cartridge which can add up to a loss of $500 in ink per set. No word from Epson yet but with the negative press we’ll see if that changes.

Photographer Loses Pictures from 20+ Shoots After Car Broken Into

Just a general FYI, maybe if you’re shooting photos for weddings it may not be the best idea to leave all of the photos in your car. Haleigh Wehr of Carroll, Iowa found that out the hard way when someone broke into her car and stole six memory cars with photos from over 20 shoots.  While backing up during a wedding is not always possible – dual card slots and keeping one set of the memory cards on you until they are backed up is crucial when dealing with weddings and other precious moments.  At home – remember, Backing up is not hard, setup a schedule for yourself to backup at least every other week minimum and preferably in three locations.

Money Saving Photography Hacks Using 6 IKEA Products

Should Photographers Avoid Shooting at the Same Famous Places?

As a certain pair of photographers took a photo of the Effiel tower recently the question becomes do we need a thousand photos of the same tower. A new project called the camera restrica aims to curb that by blocking you from taking photos of certain popular areas. While the camera so far is a bit basic the premise is every time you go to fire the shutter it checks your phone’s GPS to decide if the area has been overly photographed. If that happens a red X appears in the viewfinder blocking you from taking any photos. Personally I think it’s a bit of a niche product for hipsters but with a release in 2016 it’s coming soon.

24+ hours without sleep but happy as a clam to be exploring this great city.

A photo posted by Christina Bernales (@christinabernales) on


Due to the photo duo being on vacation, last week’s Instagram challenge was extended until this week. You guys knocked it out of the park and brought the energy on this one!

Toby’s Winner

Lines. #405 #prtv_energy

A photo posted by Korey (@korey_rowe) on


Toby’s Honorable Mentions



Christina’s Winner

One of Ike's very unique senior portraits #track #tracknation #sports #portrait #vscocam #sony #prtv_energy #summer #strobist #endofsummer

A photo posted by Aubrey Kingston Photography (@aubreykingstonphotography) on


Christina’s Honorable Mentions

Clean energy #PRTV #prtv_energy

A photo posted by Eduardo Gimenes (@gimenes.eduardo) on


#prtv_energy #prtv

A photo posted by Angela Redmon (@aredmon48) on


Next week’s challenge, selected by our Patreon supporters is Black and White. Join the challenge on instagram by tagging your photos #prtv and #prtv_blackandwhite. Winners will be announced on the next live show in two weeks. 


Tip of the Day – Hats are Handy?

cap-1421680Being a photographer also ends up making you part MacGuyver. If you’re having issues with light leaking into the lens but don’t have a lens hood you can use a hat. Loosen the hat till it fits over the lens and while it’s not the most stylish accessory it will do the job. You can also use it to block light making it easier to see your viewfinder as well which in outdoor situations helps a ton. If you tend to switch lenses a lot put on a bandana and a hat, then you can slide the lens cap under your hat quickly without getting it dirty. Even trying to review a photo you can take a hat off to block some of the light hitting the screen to review exposure more clearly.    

McKay Photography Academy

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Finally, no cute dog photo for today as my dog is feeling under the weather and my DSLR is currently out of commission. Regularly scheduled programming will return in two weeks. In the meantime, check out the this album of a photographer that recently went viral for shooting engagement photos copying the 101 Dalmatians intro.

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