Great photos are made on all kinds of cameras — some the kind anyone can buy, some a little more boutique, and others still heavily modified by people with a gift for technical wizardry. National Geographic, always a great source of images, recently released a wonderful short film acknowledging the contributions of one of their longtime camera technicians. He's a humble, soft-spoken man named Kenji Yamaguchi. Please take just a few minutes of your day to appreciate the part he's played in some of the photographs you've seen in the Geographic over the last three decades.
We have always been impressed by Dedo Weigert's attention to detail and craftsmanship — his lights are so perfectly made, they're almost like works of art. We've been pleased to be a distributor for Dedolight, shipping their products all across the United States for many years now. As film equipment and shooting style have changed, Dedo and his team have introduced new lighting solutions to suit the needs of the creative people working hard to craft their own art. This video goes into great detail on just how carefully the Dedolight group have tested and refined their LED products… so that their customers can simply expect consistent, reliable, beautiful light wherever they need it.
If you're wondering how a Dedolight kit could make your life easier, please give us a call or drop us an email, and we'll be happy to give advice.
We've proudly offered Dedolight products for many years now, because we feel they produce some of the best gear in the industry. (They don't give technical Oscars to just anyone, after all.) Many clever and dedicated people within their organization work hard every day to make precise, resilient, world-class lighting systems for film, photography, exhibition, architecture and other applications.
Now, for the visual learners among us, Munich-based Dedo Weigert Film has uploaded several videos to their YouTube channel. Please spend a few minutes looking over what they've done, and follow them for continuing updates.
Embedded below is a walkthrough of one of their most popular units, the DLH4. Enjoy!
Note: As before, I've uploaded many more of these images to our social media channels. Please enjoy them on whichever platform you prefer: Facebook, Flickr, Google+.
I’ve been shooting details of fine automobiles since the mid-70’s, first using the Nikon F and the original 55mm macro on Kodachrome. Over the years, these pictures have appeared in magazine spreads and even in a series of posters for a Japanese tire company. So this weekend, when the annual Concours d’Elegance show of great classic cars was held in Greenwich, CT, it would have been the obvious choice to have used my D800, as I did last year. But since the 60mm Fuji macro lens is part of my X-E2 kit, I decided to put it to the test.
Bottom line: superb results. And the total weight of all my gear was a fraction of what it would have been with a full-frame DSLR. In fact, I took the trouble of weighing both camera setups: the Nikon rig was more than three times the weight of the Fuji one. And that's before considering the heavier tripod you'd need to support the Nikon. These things start to add up quickly when you're covering an all-day event.
If you’re thinking that I’m blind to any shortcomings of the X-E2, here’s one that I’d really like to see fixed – flash compensation is one of the important functions that’s really complicated to get to on the fly in the middle of a shoot; how about getting that assignable to one of the function buttons?! And as for the electronic viewfinder, I had hoped to be using it far more than I am. Maybe that’s my shortcoming, rather than the camera's. But again, even at half the megapixels of the D800, the X-E2 absolutely delivers in terms of visual quality.
The one thing that stays the same regardless of camera – the stress on 72-year-old knees of shooting so much from a low angle. I only hope, dear reader, that you enjoy the fruits of my suffering.