Years ago, when I decided to sell all of my Canon gear and switch to a mirrorless Sony system (the NEX-7, at the time), I was running away from giant, heavy equipment that actually made me less likely to take my camera with me, just because of the inconvenience of it.
I loved, loved, shooting the NEX-7. So small and light, and yet it took amazing pictures, and there were (and still are) tons of lenses for the mount, from all different makers.
But once I got a couple bigger lenses, and then ultimately moved to the a7II, that tiny grip just would not do.
To the right, observe an artist’s rendition of my emotions while using the grip on my a7RIII, where you can see that my entire pinky finger has nowhere to go. Nowhere but into a little cramped ball during a day of shooting.
I don’t fault Sony for this at all; if you want a smaller camera, that’s what you’re going to get, but I had to do something, and do something I did.
Read on to learn about my voyage through the world of “quick release plates” and “L brackets” and why you should absolutely be using an “L” bracket on your camera.
I really like the camera settings memory that my Sony a7RIII offers. Referred to in their documentation as “Camera Settings 1” and “Camera Settings 2,” this feature has saved me from mistakes more than once, so I want to tell you how it works and how I use it.
If you shoot with a Sony Alpha camera (a6000, a6500, a7II, a7III, a9), you probably have this feature. If you aren’t using it, allow me to tell you why you should!
At the risk of appearing to be one of those gear-obsessed photographers who enjoys playing with cameras more than making photographs, I’m going to take this one post to talk about why I switched to Sony and why I don’t regret it at all.
This isn’t going to be an thoroughly researched analysis of the photography equipment landscape; if you’re interested in something like that you may be better off reading PetaPixel or DPreview. Rather, I think it’s useful to hear why a photographer chooses a particular kit, and I also think this is a convenient moment in time to talk about why I gave up a full DSLR setup to switch to mirrorless.
I’ll also try to convince you to switch to mirrorless, too.
So if any of that sounds interesting, here we go.
I recently moved to the Sony Alpha a7R III, and this is the first camera I’ve ever owned with two memory card slots. Naturally this gave rise to the question: what do I do with all of these card slots, anyway?
If you read or listen to almost any photography news at all, you’ve probably already gotten wind of the post-Photokina chatter regarding card slots. Canon and Nikon both released new mirrorless cameras and both of them have—hold onto your hats—only one card slot!
As a guy who has shot with a single card slot for decades and not paid much attention to it, this of course struck me as a bit of an overreaction, but I’m also not a working photographer so I didn’t realize that two slots was an expectation at this point in time.
Okay, so, I’m new at this, what should I do with two memory card slots? I’ll tell ya!
I saw this post the other day on DigitalRev talking about something called the “long lens challenge,” which was targeted at landscape photographers. The basic idea is to force yourself to use a long lens rather than a wide lens, even when the shot you really want is a wide one. The goal of the challenge is simple: force creativity.
After reading it, I wanted to give everyone here a similar but even more aggressive challenge: you should do this all the time.
I don’t mean only shoot with long lenses, that’s ridiculous, but you should constantly make yourself uncomfortable in search of creative breakthroughs. Here I’ll share why I think this is critically important, and give you a few quick things you can do today to reach the next level in your work.