On Upgrading to Full-Frame Cameras

In general, having switched to full-frame camera gear recently, I'd say that the biggest differences I've found are that:

  • I'm much less likely to "miss" a shot for purely technical reasons (e.g. missed focus, blurry shot, blown highlights/blocked shadows, too noisy)

  • The images are marginally sharper, larger, and usually require very little processing to get to where I want them

  • The camera gear does a much better job at just getting out of the way and letting me focus on the image I'm trying to capture

What's in my Camera Bag 2018

Since three or four people have recently asked me about it, I figured I'd make a quick post about the gear I'm currently using for nature and travel photography. This isn’t every piece of kit I own, but represents most of what I might take with me out shooting these days and covers a wide variety of settings and conditions. I'll do my best to keep the list updated, but if you have any specific questions, definitely reach out and I'll see if I can answer them.

Denver After Dark

Over the course of a few days earlier this year, I explored around a small part of downtown Denver to see what I could find and what kinds of photographs I might be able to make. Heavily inspired by a handful of street photographers like Craig Whitehead and Joshua Jackson, I was drawn to the lights and shadows of the city after dark.

This is a pretty new style of photography for me and I found it quite challenging, but also refreshingly fun to be able to approach it with a beginner's mind again. In addition to pushing my comfort zone by branching into other genres of photography a bit, I'm also working to focus on larger bodies of work––series of images that work together––rather than just single images. Those might take the form of a book or zine or short photo essay or something else in between.

With that in mind, here's a series of 12 images from those wanderings titled "Denver After Dark." Hope you enjoy.

Reconsidering Our Media Consumption

If we were to rethink how we consume media (social media, news, podcasts, magazines, etc.) and customize the platforms and content to fit our needs, what might that look like? 

  • What do you like/dislike about the media platforms you currently use?

  • Who would you regularly want to hear from?

  • How often? 

  • What kind of stuff do you want to see/read/hear?

  • Do you want someone else to curate it for you or do you want to pick the individual creators you follow yourself? Some of both?

  • Would there be ads? If not, how much would you be willing to pay for the content?

  • Online? In print? Some of both?

Is there any way to move closer to that?

A Comprehensive Beginner Landscape Photography Kit for $797: My Specific Gear Recommendations

Earlier this year I dropped and broke my full-frame Sony a7rii camera. Ouch...

While it was in the shop being fixed, I had to go back to using my older, more basic camera setup. And you know? It did a pretty damn good job. Now, that's not to say that I'll be selling all of my prized full-frame gear, but I do think the Sony a6000 is possibly the best value for your money when starting out in landscape and travel photography. 

With that in mind, I decided it might be helpful to put together my specific recommendations for a complete gear list for getting started with landscape and travel photography that won't totally break the bank, but can still result in really high-quality images. If you buy some of this used, you can get it all for about the price of a new smartphone. I buy used equipment all the time and have never had any issues. At the end, I'll make some recommendations for upgrades and optional accessories to consider as well if you have room in the budget, but they're definitely not necessary.