What I Use to Take My Photos
Happy weekend peeps! So a few of you have asked me what I use to take my photos, what lens and camera body I use, and, most importantly, what I use to filter my photos (cause filter is so important – it’s like make up, you can’t go out without it.)
So today, I am excited to present my photography device. But before that, I want to announce the retirement of my old Canon 5D Mark II and recognize its painstaking effort throughout. My Canon 5D Mark II had gone through so much the past 6,7 years, sacrificing itself to produce vivid photography for my audience. It finally decided to rest when its circuit board began to have malfunction. As a result, I am moving on to use my brother’s SONY A7 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, while combining it with my original Canon EF 24-70mm lens using a Commlite Auto Focus Adapter EF-NEX. The Commelite adapter actually just came in mail yesterday, and I have to say I am very happy with the gear so far.
The camera and the lens’ features are undoubtedly good enough for both street photography and even runway shows. My only concern is if the camera’s autofocus is, with the use of the Commlite adapter, still as fast as if the lens and the body are compatible. Very often when you use an adapter to connect a lens and a camera, the autofocus feature will be delayed for a few seconds, so if your object is moving, it will be impossible to capture it clearly.
Yes…there is the Metabones T Smart Adapter that I have heard good and bad things about. Most people say it perfectly works for their camera, with only minimal delays on autofocus, but really well connecting the devices. However, the price of the adapter was $400.
So after watching some videos about other adapter options, I found this brand Commlite, which manufactures fine camera gears in an affordable price. I started to research about this Commelite adapter, and concluded that the only con of this one compared to the $400 Metabones, is that it has a 1-2 seconds delay in autofocus, and the Commelite one is only $75 dollars.
After a few days of debate, I finally placed my order of this adapter on Amazon. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and I have to say I am very happy of the functionality of this gear. The material used is hard, durable, and solid.
Even though there is a two seconds delay on autofocus, making it almost impossible to take runway and moving object photos, but it perfectly delivers all other functionalities of my lens and camera, including full-frame, manual focus, etc. Meanwhile, I am figuring out what I will use to film during fashion week. But hey, there’s still two months to go until the September fashion week, maybe I will have enough saving for a SONY lens then. But for now, the $75 Commlite lens will do all I need.
Photo Editing Softwares
VSCO Cam: VSCO Cam is a photo editing software I have been using for years. Rather than giving it the fancy title of a photo editing software, it’s simply and amazingly a photo filtering app that contains hundreds of filters to suit your taste. The app is easily accessible on your phone, giving you the chance to conveniently edit and publish your photos whenever and wherever. Other than filtering, the app also enables advanced photo editing, such as highlight, saturating, skin colors etc.
Fotor: Fotor is an all-in-one free photo editing software available on your PCs. What you can do with you photos on Fotor range from editing to making collages. It’s a highly recommended software for all photographers.
Photoshop: This invincible software is familiar to a lot of people even if you are not a photographer. Photoshop can do all that is mentioned on the above apps, while still have other even more advanced features that allow you to get creative with your images. Image crop, layers, text overlay, etc will open your eyes to what image editing softwares can do these days.
Lastly, I would just like to tell my Santas out there about a new item lately added to my wish list (yes, you can be my Santa too!)
It is this OSMO handheld 4K camera which allows you to film stably no matter how much you are shaking and stumbling. It highlights:
- 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
- 4K (4096 x 2160) Video at 24 or 25p
- 120 fps Full HD Video for Slow-Motion
- 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos
- Handle with Camera and Gimbal Controls
- Wi-Fi For Monitoring / Remote Operation
- Detachable Smartphone Holder
- Photos Bursts at up to 7 Shots
- Regular and Moving Time-Lapse Modes
- Auto and Selfie Panorama Modes
I am really wishing for a gimbal controller for my SONY A7 or a still camera like this for me to start filming as well as editing soon. I think it would be cool to record my upcoming trip to South America! My short term goals lately is to start a vlog! Stay tuned for anything that comes up!