Michael O’Neal Shares his Experience at Apple and Compares Photography to Jazz


Today, Adorama released Episode 12 of Season 2 of its web series “Through The Lens,” which features fashion and lifestyle photographer Michael O’Neal (@moneal).

Born and raised in NYC, Michael is now based in San Francisco, where he previously worked as a creative director for Apple. Some of his clients include Nest, Mercedes Benz, DSW, Refinery 29, Sightglass Coffee, and Vogue Magazine.

With nearly 700K followers on Instagram, Michael’s work is so sought after that it has been covered in VogueHuffington PostDefinition and more. In “Through The Lens,” Michael discusses his best tips and tools of the trade to inspire today’s aspiring photographers. [Read more…]

New Stunning Option for Hanging Prints – Bay Photo Xpozer Wall Display

Bay Photo Xpozer Wall Display Review

I’ve recently started printing more of my work. There is something about a quality print that brings satisfaction that viewing your imagery digitally can not replicate. I highly recommend printing and displaying your work. If you run out of wall space, you can always sell or giveaway your older prints as gifts to make room for new ones. What good is your work if it stays hidden on your hard drive?

One company that I’ve come to trust with printing my work is Bay Photo. They provide outstanding support and product quality and today I’d like to tell you about one of their new, innovative products, the Xpozer wall display system. [Read more…]

DJI OSMO Review + Sample Footage & Images

DJI Osmo

DJI has been on a roll the last few years. I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I first saw their first consumer product, a white toy-looking quadcopter that could carry a GoPro. They’ve since grown into a serious player in the video production space with amazing tools that help video makers add production value that we only dreamed of a few short years ago.

Ironically, the same thing that made aerial photos and video affordable and accessible to the masses is the same thing that makes fully stabilized 4k video in the palm of your hand a reality – shrinking camera size.

Borrowing the same gimbal and camera tech from their flagship aerial camera platform the Inspire 1, the Osmo places that same stabilizing power in a comfortable to hold and easy to use handheld device. [Read more…]

The Shocking Truth About Low Light Performance

Low Light

Every few months a new camera comes out boasting an even higher megapixel count and higher ISO numbers. I’ve been in the market for a new body that will shoot 4k video. I’ve been considering the Panasonic GH4 because I already own some compatible lenses. I’ve also had some second hand experience with the new Sony mirrorless offerings. I’ve even had friends try and sell me on the specs of the Sony over the Panasonic stating: “This camera is better in low light. I can crank the ISO so far up without much noise!”  [Read more…]

6 Tips for Creating and Selling a Yearly Photo Calendar


The following is a guest post by Camera Stupid friend and Idaho photographer Chad Fish. Chad has taking pictures for about 20 years and started as a teenager. He’s always loved capturing the beauty that he sees everywhere around him and sharing it with as many people as he can. He also loves sharing what he’s learned about photography with others. See more of Chad’s work on his instagram or on Facebook page.

In November I decided to try my hand at selling a 2016 calendar. I thought I would put together a few tips and things that I learned during the process that might be able to help you if you’d like to create a calendar from your photography in the future. [Read more…]

5 Photography Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

don't be dumb

We all start out as dummies when it comes to photography. That’s the basis for this entire Camera Stupid blog. Mistakes are great and even necessary. Especially when you learn from them as part of the learning process.

I hope you can learn from some of mine.

Here’s 5 photography mistakes that make you look dumb and how to avoid them. [Read more…]

The Love & Art of Star Wars


Photo by Marco Grob for TIME

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but another Star Wars movie came out this month, December 2015. Everywhere you look, it’s impossible to miss the marketing or headlines of this smash hit addition to the Star Wars movie series. Indeed, this Christmas season seemed more like Star Wars season. [Read more…]

Night Photography Tips – Delicate Arch, Utah

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Delicate Arch is the most famous freestanding natural sandstone arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. For me, it’s one of those “postcard” locations. It’s already been explored and photographed so much that I don’t approach photographing it the same way I may approach a less famous location.

Download the Video Tutorial to see exactly how I shot and edited this image of Delicate Arch.

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