APS-C format cameras: Useful tool or orphaned system?
This week, we’re discussing the current state of APS-C format digital cameras. Almost all early DSLR cameras utilized a “crop sensor” format (meaning smaller than the 24x36mm 35mm standard format. The APS-C format offers approximately a 1.5x crop factor as compared to 35mm format, and has long been popular with nature and wildlife photographers for its “extra reach.”
Since the advent of “full-frame” format digital cameras, APS-C format bodies have seemed to suffer from neglect. Other than the Fujifilm system, which is entirely built around APS-C format, other manufacturers seem to limit the lens choices for their APS-C camera bodies.
Adobe’s DNG “digital negative” raw format was developed as an open standard over 20 years ago. What originally started out as an alternative raw format 20 years ago has instead morphed into something quite different, but incredibly useful. This week, we discuss the pros and cons of DNG files and how we use them in our own photographic workflows.
This weekend, get ready for a total lunar eclipse! The eclipse takes place the night of May 15th and ends early in the morning on May 16th. Most readers in North America will be able to see a total or partial eclipse.
If you want to photograph the total lunar eclipse, you’ll want to be prepared. Read my article How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse for all the tricks you’ll need to capture this celestial event, including lenses and camera settings.
How to handle busy or visually overwhelming locations
Have you ever been to a location where there is just so much stuff that you don’t know where to begin? It might be a forest, a city street, or a junkyard like Old Car City, where Jason led a workshop last weekend. In this week’s show, we’ll talk about the challenges busy locations present and ways for approaching them creatively.
Note: Due to travel, we’ll be back on the air May 14th
Rick recently got his hands on the new OM System (formerly known as Olympus) OM-1 mirrorless camera. This new micro 4/3 format camera delivers many features worthy of “flagship” designation, including an improved EVF, subject-detect AF, and up to 120fps RAW capture. There are also some areas for improvement, and we’ll talk about those, too. We’ll also answer some questions we received about the OM-1 from our Facebook Page readers.