I've been using 500px for about 3 years now and when it first came out it was the answer to everything I had been looking for in a photography portfolio website. I still love it, it's a daily source of inspiration and the iPad and iPhone apps are probably the best designed apps I've ever come across.
However, since my photography and video work have both expanded I've been getting increasingly frustrated with the limitations of 500px and was disappointed with their latest update.
That got me looking at the competition and with the new update SmugMug just brought out, I decided to see if it was worth switching over. Here's a breakdown of the good and bad of these two rivals:
I was recently asked to give my recommendations for a camera upgrade today with short notice, so please do not consider this an in depth review! My research was done purely on the internet and I didn't get a chance to try these cameras out. (UPDATE: I have since tried the 7D and 700D out whilst on safari - both great cameras and they didn't change my opinions below)
The person requiring the advice currently owns an old Canon DSLR and four lenses. Being a Nikon shooter myself I don't know that much about the latest Canon systems so I had to rely on other review websites such as DPReview.com and Dave Dugdale's brilliant Learning DSLR Video channel.
I obviously wanted to recommend some Nikon cameras to them but the hassle of having to get new lenses wouldn't make it worth it.
They consider themselves an experienced amateur and their requirements were:
- HD video
- high quality photos
- survive on safari trips
- will work with existing lenses
- and be good enough to po…
Here's a video I made of night sky time-lapse using my Nikon D7000 and Final Cut Pro X.
Here's how I created this shot:
1. Put the camera in manual mode
2. Set the focus to manual on the lens (Nikkor 18-105mm)
3. Set white balance to Auto
4. Turned off image preview to avoid any background light
5. Set up the camera on a tripod and framed the shot
6. Manually set the focus so that the stars looked nice and sharp
7. Set my aperture to f/3.5, shutter speed to 30 seconds and ISO to 1250
8. Set interval timer shooting in the menu to 1 minute interval, 120 shots (2 hours duration)
9. Imported the 120 shots into Final Cut Pro X and turned them into one compound clip
10. Increased the speed of the clip so the total duration was 10 seconds