Best Memory Card for the Sony A7RIII

For years I have been very frugal with memory cards for my Sony A7RII. I have been using the SanDisk Extreme Pro 95mb/s 64gb and the PNY Elite 95mb/s 128gb (a very underrated card) because I was mainly shooting landscapes and cityscapes. As my kids grew older and became more active with club sports and along with my ever-growing business, I decided to upgrade and give these Sony SDXC UHS-II cards a try. 

Sony A7RIII Star Eater?

I wanted to share with everyone some night photos I took with the new Sony A7RIII to show how the now infamous, and according to some unforgivable, "Star Eater" algorithm on the Sony A7 series cameras.

If you're not familiar with the issue, it's basically anything longer than a 3.2s exposure will get a noise reduction applied to help fix hot pixels.

How I Got The Shot!

For this video Manny used both the Sony A7RIII and the Sony A7II on a New York City rooftop. This was his first rooftop shoot, so he was pretty excited. Also check out how he handles some of the harsh light and what he does to create the perfect image. 

Unreal images from Burning Man!

There are few experiences in life that could equate to a week at Burning Man. Off the top of my head, there is nothing that I can think of that would, but I am sure there must be something... Maybe deep sea exploration or being part of a lunar landing team? But that still would not quite match it. 

As a photographer, Burning Man exceeded every limit of visually emotional and unequaled imaginable experience...

An Exclusive Look at the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

The rohingya community in the Rakhine state have suffered atrocities in the hands of
military and locals in Myanmar. Their homes have been burnt, people have been killed by
both bullets and knives and their women have been raped. UN has termed it as a textbook
example of “ethnic cleansing”. It is estimated that at least 4,00,000 people have already crossed the border to save their lives.

Sony AIC Does Alaska

What an amazing trip! Sony Alpha selected 10 members from their Alpha Imaging Collective for 4 days of absolute adventure in Alaska. Here are some of the highlights. 

The Basics of Photography : Getting Started with Manual Controls

Years ago, I took a shot at learning how to take photos with a big camera with manual controls and it was a big mess of "try everything and hope something works". ... and I was shooting on film.  Things have changed quite a bit since then and now with digital you realistically could use that approach because there is literally no additional cost involved in shooting 50 versions of the same photo. But that's not very rewarding and I wish that someone had given me a couple basic lessons to get me started. 

Love burns eternal in Yosemite

It was raging just miles from Yosemite National Park. The Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County blanketed the sky in gradients of ash and white smoke. Many postponed their trips to the park in response to the blaze, but we pushed straight forward into the haze to capture the wedding of a lifetime.

Sounds by the Sony A7RII

Sony enthusiast Jay Perry explains to us how he created this music video using the sounds of the Sony A7RII.

In May of this year, my good friend Matti Haapoja, who runs the popular Travel Feels YouTube channel, convinced me to start my own channel based around my experience in the industry over the last eight years. A channel where I would share my secrets and tell stories of how everything came to be...

16-35mm f2.8 vs 12-24mm f4

On May 17th, Sony announced two new wide-angle lenses, the 16-35mm f2.8 and the ultra wide 12-24mm f4. The 16-35mm f2.8 completes the "holy trinity" joining the 24-70 f2.8 GM and the 70-200 f2.8 GM. A few of us Sony Alpha Collective members tried to decide which lens was better in regards to the look and feel, the overall size and also the image quality. We tested both of these lenses on the new Sony A9 and the Sony A7RII, so take a look and decide for yourself. 

Who is buying followers?

If you haven't heard of the popular web crawling site SocialBlade.com you might want to check it out. SocialBlade.com is a great tool many marketing specialists use to track YouTube and Instagram user's statistics. You can track a users performance which includes growth, posts, followers and estimated future projections. 

Click farm exposed

Recently Instagram shut down automation websites like Instagress and Mass Planner but footage appeared this week from what is being called "Click Farms".  You can see by the pictures there are phones lined up on shelfs in many rooms. According to a Russian reporter, he estimated there were about 10,000 phones. The idea of these click farms is to write positive product reviews and to like pictures on Instagram. Based on Instagram's algorithm, the more engagement within a certain time period will make the post go viral or on top of the hashtags being used.