I finally received a borrowed Sigma DP Quattro yesterday for a hands-on review.
My first impression was a good one. I liked the ergonomics and the weight. It turned on quickly. And after figuring out the focus feature and how to take it off manual, I did some aperture priority shots.
I noticed it was already set to shoot raw + JPG, and after I saw it in the menu, turned that off to just shoot raw.
My first shots were outside of my dog Talulah. When I got back, I threw the card in my iMac and wanted to open the raws.
They wouldn’t open in Photoshop, so I googled it. I finally opened the envelope that came with the camera and it explained where to find the software to open raw images.
Long story short, the software was way too slow to use effectively. I’m used to large files. We shoot medium format, and I’m no stranger to large files.
So at the moment, I want to send the camera back. I don’t want to work with JPGs. I want to get down and dirty with RAW images.
My favorite moment so far has been photographing the camera itself.
I’ll hold on to it, though, and see if I can land a better impression.
Yes, there are 7-month olds who need their portrait taken.
Here’s one of them.
Yesterday, a client called us at 1:30 and said, “We need a headshot done today for a submission tomorrow.”
The gentleman is a up-and-coming Interior Designer, whose work is landing multi-million-dollar homes in the Chicago area and beyond.
Above is the shot we landed on. There’s a bit of photoshop work to fix a few things that he was hoping would be improved. My proudest moment is around his collar where sometimes it cuts into the skin a bit more than we like.
I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Last week, I photographed the two-piece powerhouse Drenge at JBTV.
Brothers Eion and Rory Loveless are a dynamic duo, with a feel that made me think of the White Stripes, only because they are working as a guitarist and drummer, and they have the same last name.
Their lyrics aren’t excruciatingly complicated, but the way everything rolls together into its full sound and feel … is generally considered inspiring to me.
I love watching rock and roll, and these guys bring it. It’s raw. Strong. Melancholy and angst-y. Eion’s vocals are dark and dreary, invoking tones of Morrissey. The guitar and drums are tightly bound, and I couldn’t help but want a bass to fill out the sound, at least a little.
You gotta check them out if they tour near you!
And if you don’t visit JBTV to check their schedule and see who’s playing when, you should. It’s free to the public. You get an amazing seat with your favorite bands. And you get to enter a studio graced by legends of rock-n-roll.
Below are some handhelds from a recent interior shoot.
It’s been a long few days.
While I’m having a blast, you’re probably wondering, what’s going on.
Today I shot interiors and a portrait with Cage the Elephant.
I ended the evening watching some of the filming of a Wochawski Sibling netflix series set here in chicago.
It was a good day.
Are you over or under sleeping?
Yes, you probably are. So you’re screwed either way.