More “For You” videos – Our Australian Wedding!

I posted the “Portraits of Melissa” a couple of days ago and here is the video the iOS 12 “For You” feature came up with for our wedding last December in Australia. I made a few tweaks to this one but it’s still damn good right out of the device.

More “For You” Videos – Our Australian Wedding! (portrait version)

More “For You” Videos – Our Australian Wedding! (landscape version)

History of Fado

I am mesmerized by Fado. I’d never heard of the music style until I started researching this Lisbon trip. The contrast of the vibrancy of Lisbon – with its sunshine, beautiful tiles, and magnificent, expansive views – to the melancholy of Fado is fascinating. I can’t wait to hear it in a small, dim pub in Lisbon!

History of Fado:
Attempting to explain fado is pointless. Those who have tried, have tangled themselves up in contradictory references and dates and lost the trail completely. Some say its origins lie in the songs of the Moors, the people who founded the Mouraria quarter in Lisbon after the Christian reconquest. Others believe that it replaced the medieval chanson de geste, while others speculate whether it evolved out of modinha, a popular form of song in the 18th and 19th centuries and the result of a fusion with Angolan lundu.

But does its origin really matter? Why, if its mystique is so appealing? Listen to it, and preferably in its local habitat, the streets of Lisbon’s traditional quarters, and lose yourself in the improvised guitar playing. That’s how you find it.


“Portraits of Melissa”

I never used “Moments” from the iOS Photos app but, under iOS 12, “For You” pops up with these little videos now and again. I’m fairly impressed. Without me having named any of the pics or videos, the phone has identified my lovely wife and created this little video of her.

Watch the video all the way through. I included both the portrait and landscape orientations that Apple created. What I find really interesting is that it looks different and has a different “tone” and feel in landscape vs portrait mode. Landscape includes people and things to either side of Melissa that take the focus off of her.

The differences are especially notable in the last shot – in landscape mode, you can’t see the lower half of Melissa and can’t see she has a beer in her hand. 🙂

It’s also interesting that the software was “smart” enough to know to group all of our wedding shots together – the last 15 seconds of each segment are from our wedding in Australia last December.

PS: I had to edit some of the photos out because Melissa has “final cut” and she didn’t approve of some of my shots. 🙂

This is where the slick photos of military jets come from


The Washington Post:

Like other fighter jet manufacturers, Lockheed Martin has a team of photographers and videographers to record images of the planes it produces. They pose them at dawn and dusk, against mountains and over oceans.

Photographers such as Liz Kaszynski chase the jets in trail planes, documenting test flights and training missions—at high speed and altitude. But at other times, she calls the shots, a director with a camera, calling for a barrel roll here, a dive there, all documented in a sequence of prepared moves.

Wow. Talk about a photographic dream job!

F-22 Raptors at Hickam AFB, Hawaii. (Source: Lockheed Martin)

Manual for iPhone

One of the huge advantages DSLRs and many point and shoots have over the iPhone or other smartphones is the ability to adjust, manipulate and control Shutter, ISO, White Balance, Focus and Exposure Bracketing.

In the latest iOS update, Apple has allowed developers access to those abilities of the iPhone and we are starting to see apps take advantage of them.

Manual from Little Pixels (affiliate link) is just such an app. It has the advantage of having a funny video to go along with it:

Behind the Scenes of a Fiat Ad


Behind the Scenes of a Fiat Ad:

Dave Hill and crew have put together a behind the scenes documentary video to showcase their latest collaboration with Fiat for a unique four concept ad in Vanity Fair. Watch as they break down the concepts and show you in detail the amount of work and production that went into each image!

I love watching these behind the scenes videos of photo shoots. The work that goes into them is amazing and at a level of photography I will never reach, let alone aspire to.

Worst Photography YouTube video I’ve ever seen

As I prepare for the Starting Point Photography “Photography Secrets Revealed!” classes, I’m doing a lot of research, reading a lot of web sites and watching a lot of video.

I can confidently say, this video:

Is the absolute worst I’ve ever seen.

All you have to do is watch through the 15 second mark and you will literally shake your head in amazement.

This is the EXACT same video as our original “Aperture Shutter Speed and ISO, Photography 101” video with 621,314 views and counting!!! Just a better quality version of the video.


I’ve seen their previous version and trust me, it’s even more awful than this one.

But make no mistake, even this one is spectacular in its awfulness.

Nikon D4s vs. Canon 1D X – Which one is better?

“Nikon D4s vs. Canon 1D X – Which one is better?”

You know how people argue Ford vs Chevy? Ferrari vs Lamborghini? Mac vs PC? iPhone vs Android?

Camera pros will *always* argue over Canon vs Nikon.

In this video, DigitalRev TV pits the high end Canon against the high end Nikon. These are $7,000 cameras most of us will never lay our hands on let along shoot with.

But we can all dream….

5 reasons cheap kit lenses are best first lenses

5 Reasons Cheap Kit Lenses Are Best First Lenses
First of all, I love these videos from DigitalRev TV. Sly, irreverent, down to earth and informative.

Now that the fan boy stuff is out of the way, his comments about kit lenses (the usually cheaply made lens that comes with a DSLR) are true.

I tell beginners to learn to use their kit lens before they go out and spend all kinds of money on newer, fancier and frankly, better lenses.

Even though a newer lens will (usually) be better, if you don’t know how to shoot with a DSLR, the world’s greatest lens (or camera body) won’t help.

Save your money and spend it on things that help you learn to be a better photographer – like an online class or two taught be a funny, entertaining and informative teacher.