Sony A99ii one of the best cameras in the world according to Germany’s Stiftung Warentest

Consumer product testing group Stiftung Warentest recently came out with a list of it’s best full frame cameras.  The top 3 places were occupied by Sonys.  The A99ii came in third place behind the A7iii and the A7Riii.  That’s pretty illustrious company! Stiftung Warentest is known for its unbiased opinions.  Here is how the organisation is described in Wikipedia: Stiftung Warentest is a German consumer organisation … Continue reading Sony A99ii one of the best cameras in the world according to Germany’s Stiftung Warentest

Sony A7Siii is coming!

Sony’s Sales Manager for Europe, Fabien Pisano confirmed in an interview with a French blogger that the A7Siii is coming.  It’s one of the best kept secrets at Sony, so they’re probably integrating as much low light technology as they can into this next camera. Sony has really been listening to its clients lately and have been integrating many suggestions from pro shooters.  I have … Continue reading Sony A7Siii is coming!

The business of photography #1

Do you want to have consistent quality in your photography business?  Then one of the first things you should do is to document your processes and procedures.  Large businesses do this to get ISO9001 certification but nothing prevents a small business from having some simple documentation. Start with your workflow.  How do you work every day with Lightroom or other software packages that you use? … Continue reading The business of photography #1

Getting the rough, grungy look in portraits

Here’s the latest video tutorial on my YouTube channel: And here are some quick notes to accompany the video: Create two copies of the background layer Name one: Noise Name the other: High Pass Turn off the High Pass layer Select the Noise layer Select Filter > Noise > Add Noise Set the amount to 10%, Gaussian and Monochromatic (to avoid random lit pixels with … Continue reading Getting the rough, grungy look in portraits

I have an Instagram account too!

Here’s one of my shots: View this post on Instagram Montreal Biosphere. Watch my latest video at https://youtu.be/kHyWUS-iAmw #art #artlovers #artoftheday #beautiful #fineart #instaartoftheday #originalartwork #photography #photooftheday #photos #travel #architecture #Montreal #MTL #BioSphere A post shared by Michael Wood photography (@michaelwoodphotography) on Mar 22, 2018 at 1:23pm PDT Cheers! Continue reading I have an Instagram account too!

Fanboy (and girl) psychology explained.

Here’s the text of the YouTube video I posted today: So a new camera model comes out and you tell yourself: “I’ve got to have that!”.  Or, you already despise it because it made by a manufacturer other than the gear you already have.  How to we explain this strange behaviour? Well it seems Freud’s constructs of the mind seem to have been created for photographers.  According … Continue reading Fanboy (and girl) psychology explained.

Protection from power failures! Mac, UPS, NAS & NUT

If you watched my YouTube video on protection from power failures (here), you know I promised to include the configuration files and commands on this blog.  So here they are: To hide the ‘ups’ user: sudo dscl . create /Users/ups IsHidden 1   In the upsmon.conf file, enter the following lines:   RUN_AS_USER ups in the RUN_AS_USER <userid> section, and MONITOR qnapups@192.168.1.20 1 upsmon 123456 … Continue reading Protection from power failures! Mac, UPS, NAS & NUT