discussions on photography, gear, and art

Question 1: Is Luminar any good?   I will not beat around the bush here. The short answer is yes! Luminar 4, Luminar 3 and Luminar 2018  is very good software. It delivers on what it promises. It offers fast, easy edits to complex editing methods. In the end, Luminar automatically edits stuff that normally [...]
Using the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART I recently got to use the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART lens on a photoshoot. It has a real pleasure to use because I was on a quest to get excellent bokeh. I needed an out of focus background for the shots that I was about to do. A friend [...]
How this picture happened     This is part of a simple series where I just go about explaining what went into a photograph. There is no pretension. I am not here to tell you how to shot your portrait but more to show you what I did. Feel free to comment on what you [...]
A little bit about the Fujinon 8-16mm f/2.8   Fujifilm sent me the XF8-16mm F/2.8 R LM WR to look at. I decided to take it out in the streets of Quebec city with the Fujifilm X-T30 strapped to it. I say strapped to it because it is bigger than the camera by quite a [...]
Macros: Funny expensive lenses that you never use but absolutely need I have always had a sort of funny relationship with my macro lens in my photography and video lens collection. To me, the macro is a lonely beast. By this I mean that for the all but the macro photographer, the macro is a [...]
More like 5 aspects and not  5 features After all these years working on my photography technique, doing reviews, and making mistakes, I can up with five features to always look for in a camera. I really wanted to try to just look at what would be the most important aspects of any new camera. [...]
The X-T2 and X-T20 differences are minimal   I have been posting a great deal of videos and blogposts as to my initial impressions of this X-T2 smaller brother. But today I will give you a full assessment of this little wonder called the Fujifilm XT20 camera. I will talk about the pros and cons [...]
The 5 best beginner mirrorless cameras are:   Fujifilm X-T20 Sony A6000 Panasonic DMC-G7 Canon M50 Nikon Z50 Who is giving you this list? Before I begin to tell you which mirrorless cameras are the best for beginners, I think you best understand that these conclusions are based on my personal experience . I am [...]
My New York city tourist routine   I recently went to New York city with my family. It has now become a ritual for us. I love to go there and take advantage of the fact that I have a daughter and a wife that are addicted to shopping in the big city. When they [...]