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Check out my latest interview with Chris Gampat from The Phoblographer that just came out today.
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Super stoked for the release of F-Stop Gear’s Life in Focus episode featuring yours truly, shot by Cameron Sylvester.
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A common complaint about point and shoot and other digital cameras with small or non-existent viewfinders is that it’s difficult to shoot using the rear screen, especially outdoors where the daylight can overpower the screen and make it difficult to see what you’re shooting.
Lately, I’ve been working with the Sony NEX-7 and a99 cameras, which both have electronic viewfinders and movable rear screens, and I’ve found some situations where the rear screen gives you some real advantages over the viewfinder.
First, it’s great for ‘run and gun’ style shooting where you can whip the camera out and shoot without taking the time to compose through the viewfinder, and capture a great moment that you might miss otherwise. Holding the camera away from your face also allows you to maintain eye contact with your subjects, which can put people more at ease in front of the camera and make it easier to capture more natural moments and expressions when you’re shooting portraits or lifestyle.
It’s also great to play around with the different perspectives you can get by shooting with the camera away from your face. Tilt the screen up, down or sideways and you can see what you’re shooting with the camera in almost any position. Having the freedom to move your camera around and still see the shot opens up a whole range of shooting options that can’t be achieved with your eye up to the viewfinder. In this shot I pushed my Sony a99 camera in really close for the shot and pulled it away at the last minute to avoid the rider.
I found another unexpected use of the rear screen on a recent project. I was on a mountain bike shoot in the desert, with my Sony NEX-7 in my pack and noticed some cool looking dead branches on the ground next to the trail. I thought it would be interesting to shoot through the branches, framing the mountain biker in the branches, but there was no way I could lie down on the ground to position the camera properly in the branches and get my face up to the viewfinder. I placed the NEX-7 on the ground and tilted the rear screen up so I could frame the shot exactly as I wanted while kneel a couple of feet behind the camera. Here’s what it looked like.
It feels natural to put the camera up to your eye and shoot thru the viewfinder. It’s the way we’ve all been doing it for years. But, the world of photography is changing rapidly and as cameras evolve it’s important to learn as much as possible about new camera features, and use them to your advantage to improve your craft. This is just one example where a simple feature that might be considered an annoyance can help you create better images.
Filed under: Action Photography, Action Sports, Adventure, Adventure Photography, Alaska, f-stop, F-Stop Gear, Landscapes, Local Scene, Outdoor Photography, Photography, Skiing, Skiing Photography, Sports Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: anchorage, corn, denali, fish, fishing, foraker, kichatna, king, lodge, mountains, nex-7, salmon, snow, Sony, tordrillo, winterlake
Kings & Corn has been one of my dream trips for years, so when I got the call for a shoot up there I jumped at the chance. Chugach Powder Guides’ signature trip combines heli accessed corn skiing and king salmon fishing into 5 days of non-stop adventure that may be the ultimate Alaska experience.
We arrived in Anchorage, packed our gear into a float plane and flew west to Winterlake Lodge, a beautiful lodge on a pristine lake surrounded by green hills with the glaciated peaks of the Tordrillo Mountains in the distance. June days are long in Alaska, but we made full use of the daylight and got in as much skiing and fishing as the conditions would allow. The highlight of the trip was a mountain top dinner followed by corn skiing under the midnight sun with amazing views of the the Kichatna Spires, Mt Foraker and Denali across the horizon.
Of course I had my f-stop pack (aka. The Angry Midget) loaded with camera gear for the majority of the shots, but I also had my Sony NEX-7 with me for those spur of the moment shots or times when I wanted to ‘run and gun’. It’s a great camera that’s really easy to use and the images stand up really well next to my larger DSLR. The more I use it, the more I get attached to it, and I don’t go anywhere without it now.
Here are a few highlights of the trip shot with the NEX-7. More to come!
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After an incredible trip to Alaska, I came home and a few days later was on the move again. Friday I was shooting for Salomon at Snowbird, Saturday and Sunday shooting at Breckenridge, for Vail Resorts, on Monday shooting for Mountain Hardwear in Marin County, and on Tuesday and Wednesday back in Colorado shooting for Powder Magazine in Boulder and Aspen. It was a whirlwind trip with late night flights and a lot of driving, but really productive and a lot of fun.
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I just came back from an incredible week of heli skiing with Chugach Powder Guides out of Girdwood, Alaska. We had 4 out of 5 days of perfect weather and amazing snow conditions on almost every run, and – bonus – I was there just to ski, not take photos, which was a real treat not having to ski with the angry midget on my back.
But, of course I couldn’t go to Alaska without shooting any photos, so I stashed my Sony NEX-7 camera in my pocket and pulled it out whenever something caught my eye. It’s a great compact camera for shooting on the fly without adding much weight. Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip.
I want to thank Chugach Powder Guides, Chris Owens, our guides Henry Munter and Mark Dalpes, and the great group of skiers I spent the week with. Every time I go to Alaska I’m blown away by the mountains, the snow and the experience, and this time proved once again that skiing in Alaska really is the best in the world.
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I had the opportunity to test out the Sony NEX-7 camera this winter. It’s a small, mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses that’s only slightly larger than a point and shoot, and it has most of the features and image quality of a full size professional camera. What I’m most excited about is that it shoots 24 MP Raw files at up to 10 frames a second – a big plus for shooting any action sports.
I’ve had it in my pack as a backup camera, or sometimes I’ll ski around with it in my pocket and pull it out for quick shots on the mountain. I’ve put it to use in a variety of situations, from fast action at the X Games, cold deep powder in Utah, to spontaneous travel photos in Europe, and have been really impressed with the results and quality of the images so far. Especially in broad daylight, the image detail and dynamic range are really good.
There’s a lot packed into this camera, so it’s worth taking the time to learn all the functions, but overall the controls are pretty intuitive and the settings are easy to adjust on the fly. The autofocus works well when you need it and it has a cool feature that zooms when you want to focus manually so you can really dial it in. The low light capabilities and the size of the image buffer don’t stand up to a full size DSLR, but overall it’s an amazing little camera that is setting the stage for things to come.
Smaller, lighter, faster – that’s the future for everything electronic. The Sony NEX-7 is a big step in that direction and overall does a great job going head to head with my full size Nikon DSLR. I’ve been looking for a camera like this that I can grab and go, or take with me on long adventures when weight is an issue. Now that spring is here, I’m really looking forward to taking it with me in my Camelbak on long mountain bike rides and coming back with quality images.
Here are a few shots I’ve taken with the NEX-7 this winter. I’m excited to show you more soon….