It’s good to have photography friends. I made a few stories on Instagram regarding some interest in film photography and within a day I had a film camera, preloaded with… you guessed it, film! My friend Andy (@ashieldsphoto) dropped off his Yashica-Mat TLR off to me. I don’t know much about the camera, besides the fact that Vivian Maier had a similar looking one, but I picked it because the film that was loaded into it only held 12 exposures.Read More
Since switching over to the mirrorless camera system one thing that I've been most impressed with is the various type of lenses I can adapt to each system. So far I've worked with just about every mount, my favorites being the Fujifilm X-Mount, the Sony E Mount and the M43 mount, which is what I'm currently using at the time of writing this article.Read More
The #1 question I get from you all is what gear do I use, I think many of you assume because I'm a blogger and I put my work out there for the public to see that I have a fancy setup... It's quite the opposite. Besides my Lumix 12-35 (which I bought for vlogging ) I have splurged on a prosumer lens in I don't know how long. In fact, the majority of my lenses tend to be within the $20-50 range, how do I buy so cheap? Well, for the past 2 years I've committed myself to mainly buying vintage lenses. I'm not the only person, ever since mirrorless cameras began to gain popularity and rival full-frame cameras vintage lenses have gained respect amongst the community, if you have yet to get in on this opportunity then you better do so now, here's why.Read More
The Canon FD 35 f/2 was used with Sony a7R, Sony a6000 and was mounted with the Fotodiox FD adapter.Read More
The Canon FD 55 f/1.2 was used with Sony a7R, Sony a6000 and was mounted with the Fotodiox FD adapter.Read More
I've been LOUD on Snapchat, and by loud, I mean extremely active. At the moment, most of my audience consist of previous co-workers and friends, but every so now and then I'll get a follow from someone who visits the blog. With that being said I NEED MORE OF YOU TO FOLLOW ME! (@KeenanRIVALS) I really enjoy the conversations I have with you all who choose to engage outside of the blog, the best thing about them is that their personal and I'm able to give advice that I know benefits a particular individual.
A few weeks ago a certain person reached out to me to give me praise on the work I've done on the blog. Like always I was very appreciated by the comment, as we continued to talk the conversation got a little more personal. They expressed their desire to want to shoot full time and asked if I made my income solely off photography and the blog. I responded by saying at the moment I do have a full-time job, but for all of 2015, I was strictly freelance and my only source of income was through photography. I encouraged them to at least try and wished him the best of luck with his future endeavors.
He thanked me and then went on a mini-rant on why he thought the idea only sound good on paper. His first issue was that his gear wasn't good enough... I stopped him right there. I was at work so I didn't have the time to fully explain to him why gear doesn't matter, I simply just said those words. I felt as if I shorted that person in our conversation, so here I am reaching back out to you if you're reading, hopefully, this time with a more in-depth response that not only gives you perspective but hope for the future. I want to tell everyone that great gear is a confidence booster, but it's not needed to produce a photo that a publication will be happy with. In the grand scheme of things your first couple of paid assignments will be the most boring work you've ever done, with simple tasks, such as taking a picture of a guy standing on a wall, or a woman giving a speech, this requires an iPhone at best.Read More
When Lomography announced that it was recreating a classic 19th-century lens for modern day DSLR's I was super excited. At the time, I wasn't too familiar with the effect it produced, but I did have a heavy interest in vintage lenses, primarily because of their price point. When I went to check out their Kickstarter campaign, I had missed the boat on the "very very special price" they had for early adopters. The only way to get the lens was by paying the $400 price tag they had listed, which was far more than I had paid for any other vintage lens of mine. Once I figured that I'd have to pay that heavy price tag I was no longer interested...Read More