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DSLR tips and tricks, featuring Canon Rebel T2i, T3i, T5, T6/T6i, EOS 60D, 70D, 80D. Video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. Testing lens, accessories.
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“Wasps & Lavender” – Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera or Canon C100 II? (Video)

Shooting wasps is an exercise in patience. That's the first thing I learned. It's also an exercise in liberal sunscreen. Squinting. And, waiting some more. I now have utmost respect for those who stake out exotic locales and spend hours upon hour awaiting the perfect shot of that Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan. And here I...
Tested: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

Test Shots: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto lens on Canon EOS 80D DSLR

I've heard about the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens ($1,949 USD) for ages. Widely regarded as a legendary lens, it's been on my lust list for as long as I can recall shooting on DSLR. You see it as sporting events all the time, the white casing unmistakably...

DSLR Filmmaking Gear: What’s in my bag? (Too much!)

I found myself doing what I tell myself never to do: taking gratuitous photos of my gear. Sigh. Why on earth do all of us involved in videography feel compelled to do this -- as if we're taking monumentally profound shots of famous landmarks, or memorable events, or loved...
Rebel Without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Need filmmaking inspiration? Read ‘Rebel Without A Crew’ asap

Some times less is more. Often it seems creativity flourishes in an absence of infinite resources. Case in point: Robert Rodriguez. At only 23 years-old, the Texas native -- now, famously -- scrapped together $7,000 to shoot his first film. Not only would his epic work ethic result in the starry-eyed dreamer's...
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame DSLR Camera

Should you buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera?

The wait is over. Well, almost. Canon has unveiled the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark IV full frame DSLR. For now, you can pre-order one ($3,499 USD via Amazon or B&H Photo Video), and drill down on the specs, until the mighty camera ships later next month (September 2016). Headline features for the...

Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera: Shooting video and the competition

Video is big these days. Sure, you can use your iPhone or Android to capture decent, to even very good, quality videos. But there are times you may want to stretch it further, and embrace your inner Hitchcock or Aronofsky or Coppola. A DSLR (or mirrorless) is often the perfect...

BTS Hollywood: ‘Ben Hur’ director used Blackmagic cameras to shoot action sequences

Once again, the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera (the new tiny one) has found its way on to the set of a major Hollywood production. Hold your thoughts for a moment on the idea -- the idea! -- of a Ben-Hur remake. Keep holding that hold. Keep on. And, for now...
Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens (Black)

Canon EOS 80D DSLR: Thoughts after 5 months of shooting videos

If you're looking for an all-around shooter, 2016 is turning out to be a very good year. Finally, Canon released a successor to its fabled EOS 70D. Great camera that one. But three years in, it was time for an upgrade. So along came the 80D ($1,199 body only via...
Canon EOS 80D Hands-On Test - First Impressions

Canon EOS 80D DSLR: Best lens for shooting video?

What is the best lens for shooting video with the Canon EOS 80D (or 70D) DSLR camera? It seems that's one of the most pressing questions of our time. Given the 80D uses Canon's famous EF mount -- which seems like it's been around forever -- there's a seemingly never ending...
Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR Kit with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens (Black)

Canon EOS 80D DSLR: 5 Tips for Shooting Video

Shooting video on a Canon EOS 80D camera? Here's 5 tips to help you get the most out of your new DSLR.