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HOW TO USE THE X-RITE COLORCHECKER PASSPORT

By David Aronson | 2019-04-19

SETTINGS – OVERLAYS Show Gridlines: On. Grid Layout: 3×3. Gridlines Color: Gray. File Name: On. Exif Data: On. Histogram: On. Rotate Live View: On. Electronic Level: On. SETTINGS – CONTROLS & WORKFLOWS Auto View Images: On. 200% Live View Zoom: On. Mirror Up: Off. The mirror needs to be off to work with live-view on…

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CamRanger Mini Settings

By David Aronson | 2019-04-19

SETTINGS – OVERLAYS Show Gridlines: On. Grid Layout: 3×3. Gridlines Color: Gray. File Name: On. Exif Data: On. Histogram: On. Rotate Live View: On. Electronic Level: On. SETTINGS – CONTROLS & WORKFLOWS Auto View Images: On. 200% Live View Zoom: On. Mirror Up: Off. The mirror needs to be off to work with live-view on…

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Production Music sources for Real Estate Videos

By David Aronson | 2019-02-18

Finding good music for your next video production can be difficult in terms of both sourcing music you like and is also copyright free so as you can post it up online. Using copyright and royalty free music is especially important if you are producing videos for a client who is posting it up on…

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DRONE SETTINGS FOR DJI MAVIC PRO 2

By David Aronson | 2019-02-17

MC SETTINGS Remote Identification UUID: Off. Identification & Flight Information: Off. Identification: (blank. Up to 10 Characters). Flight Information: (blank. Up to 90 Characters). Apply: (select if saving above settings). Basic Settings Home Point Settings: Current Aircraft Position as the Home Point. RTH at Current Altitude: Off (?). Enable Intelligent Flight Modes: On (3-way switch on controller) T (to…

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GIMBAL SETTINGS FOR DJI RONIN-S

By David Aronson | 2019-02-17

GIMBAL SETTINGS FOR CANON 5D W/CANON TS-E 17MM Pitch: 5.0 for the height adjustment and 4.7 for the camera forward/aft plate – Holding the side bar so that the camera can’t roll or yaw, adjust the height plate until the camera is balanced and stays when the camera is pitched up or down by 45…

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FLASH SETTINGS FOR PROFOTO A1 & B10

By David Aronson | 2019-02-12

FLASH SETTINGS – PROFOTO A1 Modeling Light: Prop – This setting defines how the continuous light intensity is adjusted. “Prop” means that the continuous light is proportional to the flash power. This setting uses the continuous light as a modeling light; which helps you position the model relative to the flash, to analyze the shadows.…

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CAMERA SETTINGS FOR CANON 5D MKIV

By David Aronson | 2019-01-02

Aperture control = Quick Control Dial (full-wheel button). “More light is to the right”. Shutter-Speed control = Main Dial (top of camera half-wheel). “More light is to the right”. ISO control = ISO button + Main Dial (top of camera half-wheel). “More light is to the right”. Shoot Menu 1 Image Quality: RAW – I…

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PHOTOGUY’S EQUIPMENT

By David Aronson | 2019-01-01

Although this post is mostly for equipment insurance purposes, it also addresses the occasional questions about what gear we use. CAMERAS Canon (#1: 262057001274) 5D MK IV, $2,800 Canon (#2: 192056001333) 5D MK IV, $2,800 DJI (#1: 163DFCT001BK9L) Mavic Pro 2 with Smart Controller, $1,899 LENSES Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM (no filter or…

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2017 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

By David Aronson | 2017-09-17

  All the info for your social media image sizes in one place As time goes by, all the social media platforms change the requirements for the size of images that is ideal for posting on your profile. There are header images, profile pics, timeline photos, and more! It can get quite confusing especially when…

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REALLY INEXPENSIVE LENSES FROM EBAY

By Mike Aronson | 2017-03-02

  INTRODUCTION While looking at YouTube videos about photography I came across a video that was touting the purchase of good quality film camera lenses on eBay. The lenses would be used on digital cameras and were claimed, in many cases, to have the workmanship and quality of modern lenses costing 30 to 50 times…

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CAMERA SETTINGS FOR SONY A7RII (V3.30)

By David Aronson | 2017-01-23

INTRODUCTION The Sony a7RII is a feature packed high-end interchangeable lens camera that has a powerful 42MP sensor, 4K video recording and a pretty long list of camera settings. In fact, the camera has so many options and optimizations that it can be both confusing and complicated when you first sit down to learn this…

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WATER PHOTOS – TO BLUR…OR NOT TO BLUR

By David Aronson | 2016-11-03

– Water Shot 1 / Just a Bit of Motion: To create just a bit of movement to give the water that smooth, silky look that shows the movement and path of the water. My starting point for this type of shot is usually about a half second. If that doesn’t look quite right, I’ll make…

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TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH BOKEH

By Mike Aronson | 2016-02-23

INTRODUCTION This blog article describes how to take photographs that have a subject that is in focus highlighted and surrounded by a background that is completely or partially out of focus. The out-of-focus background is called Bokeh (pronounced “Bow-Kay”). It is a Japanese word meaning blur. The in-focus subject of the photo can be in…

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CHINA – BACK FROM THE FUTURE

By David Aronson | 2016-01-20

WHERE WE AT? Well I was in Beijing, China. Now I’m back home in Florida. So I am literally back from the future! Ha. No seriously it’s kind of weird because when it is 8am on Sunday morning in China, it’s 9pm on Saturday…the previous day…back in Florida (Florida is GMT – 5 hours and Beijing…

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FUNDAMENTALS OF MANUAL EXPOSURE

By David Aronson | 2016-01-06

INTRODUCTION – “OUR BRAINS ARE LIKE ICEBERGS” Before we talk about manual exposure, let me make a brief analogy about our brains and memory…before I forget (grin). I view our brains like they are lone “icebergs” in a vast sea of knowledge. As we get older…well…our “icebergs” melt and gets smaller and subsequently not able…

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MACRO FOCUS STACKING

By Mike Aronson | 2015-08-19

“Here’s a new guest blogger for this website: Mike Aronson (my Dad). He has a technical background in engineering and he shares our passion for photography. In today’s post, Mike will share his ‘lessons learned’ with macro focus stacking. This is a specialized technique for those that want super-sharp (front-to-back) close-up images.” BACKGROUND Focus stacking is a…

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