The Sony Images workshop team kicked off the summer with the photography workshop of a lifetime. Myself and nine other brave adventurers joined Sony Alpha Imaging Collective members Quay Hu and Nate Luebbe in the Cusco Region of Perú on a seven day photo expedition. Partnering with Killa Expeditions, a local tour operator, we dove into the expressive culture, unique cuisine, and beautiful landscapes that make this country so special.
Until a couple of years ago I just shot natural light pictures, usually of motorcycles, the coffee shop and on occasion, people. When I got hit up to shoot some people modeling some clothes for a barbershop, I knew natural light wasn’t going to cut it.
o begin with, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is one of the most affordable native full-frame lens offered by Sony themselves. It is extremely compact and lightweight, adding only 186g to your grip. The lens features a rubberised manual focus ring, but lacks a physical AF/MF switch. Sony full-frame mirrorless users, with the exception of Sony A9, will have to select MF in the function menu. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is not optically stabilised, but it should not be a problem as most modern Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras have built…
How did you get started in photography? I'm the youngest of 3 boys and my two older brothers always inspired me with their creativity. My second oldest brother has always been making videos since a kid and it turned him into an award winning video editor. My oldest brother is a magician / mentalist / hypnotist and even had his own TV specials in the Philippines all produced by my other brother! So Being around them all the time, seeing them creating through video and magic, naturally inspired me to try to create things of my own and that was through photography. It was always just a 'for fun' thing for me until way later in life.
As a physician, I am used to connecting to others one-one-one but through my photography in the last two years, I have seen a new dimension. It’s as if my camera and I are now a team. I create the relationship and frame the image, the camera captures the moment and once the image is shared with the subject, it’s a lasting bond.
The recent lunar eclipse of January 20-21 st , 2019 was turning out to be a catch 22 situation in New York City. It would either be below freezing, cloudy with no wind and thus no visible Moon or windy with passing clouds that opens ‘sucker holes’ i.e intermittent clear skies but an arctic blast due to the wind chill but it would be possible to image the eclipse. Thankfully and somewhat painfully it turned out to be the latter.
Since I got started with photography a few years ago, I have fallen into the dreaded “natural light
photographer” category. For me personally, the main reason was simply ease of shooting. I
don’t have a studio, so outside of my in-home newborn sessions, all my shoots take place
outside. Most of these shoots are family sessions, and I never liked the idea of lugging around
a bunch of equipment from location to location while trying to interact with a family and get some
shy kid to warm up to me. Quite frankly, I don’t see the need for it in this situation.
Now living in the suburbs 40 minutes north of Atlanta, it took some getting used to not living “in the city”. You see, I’m a city boy at heart. Tall buildings, bright lights, and the “fast pace” of it all.
So when I got into photography a little over a year ago, it wasn’t a surprise that I found myself getting pulled toward the streets of downtown Atlanta with a gravitational-like force…..
Here are a few photographers with some amazing work. In no particular order.
When Tamron announced their new 28-75 full frame lens designed for the Sony E-mount I had mixed feelings at first. Why would we need another lens in this focal range when we already have the amazing Sony 24-70 f / 2.8 G-master? On the other hand I was very excited to see a lens like Tamron starting to design lenses specifically for the Sony E-mount. This was great news on it's own, but why start with the 28-75? I love extreme wide-angle lenses. The 28-75 zoom range is a range I actually rarely use. I usually carry my 12-24 or 16-35, a 50mm prime and then a 70-300 or 100-400 meaning I skip the entire 24-70 or (or in Tamron's case the 28-75).