The Most Popular Articles of 2015 on PhotoTraces

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Today is the latest installment of my “Top Lists” of 2015. Previously I posted The Most popular Photos of 2015 and The Most popular Tutorials of 2015 and today is the top list of the most popular blog posts, articles and reviews I published on in 2015.

The popularity of the articles was driven by my switch from a Canon DSLR to a Sony Mirrorless system. The first two articles in today’s top list were by far the most popular content on this blog.

Top Reason Why I Switched from Canon to Sony

After 10 years of shooting with Canon, I finally switched to Sony. I say “finally” because I was contemplating the move for a long time.

Many of my readers, friends and fellow photographers keep asking me why I jumped the ship.

Here is my long answer.

Sony A6000 & Switching From a Canon DSLR to a Sony Mirrorless

At the end of 2014, after shooting for a decade with Canon, I completely switched to a Sony Mirrorless.

Just before the Christmas holiday, I sold all of my Canon equipment and ordered the Sony A6000,Sony 10-18mm f/4, and Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 in one shot. I paid $2000 in total. Sony lenses are always pricy but I found that the price of the complete kit was very reasonable.

After six months of using my new equipment and, after taking about 10,000 photos, I am ready to give you comprehensive feedback on my experience in switching to Sony.

Introduction to Lightroom Rapid Editing System

Do you know what two factors are vital in establishing your style in photography?

Time and consistency.

Let me introduce my photo editing system that not only saved me an enormous amount of time editing, it also made my photography more consistent.

Essentially, this system helped me develop and establish my personal style.

I know it can help you as well.


Burning Man and Rapid Editing of High Volume of Photos

Last week my daughter returned home from her first Burning Man festival. She spent a week in the desert shooting with Lumix LX5 and she brought home lots of photos. She had only a couple of days before going back to school and she asked for my advice. She wanted to know how to tackle high volume of photos in a short period of time.

This is when I introduced her to the concept of Lightroom Rapid Editing System.  The one I’ve been developing and fine tuning in the last year or so.

The Not-So-Obvious Reason for Using HDR

I do not consider HDR to be a photography style but rather a technology that allows photographers to extend our creative reach.

The HDR technology allows us to separately capture intimation (details) from the dark and bright areas of the scene and merge that information during the editing. The HDR technology helps us to overcome the limitation of the photo equipment.

Today I am going to demonstrate you why and how I use HDR when the light of the scene is not too extreme.

Lightroom Organization in 3 Simple Steps

This post was inspired by one of my readers from Europe. Felix recently switched from Aperture to Lightroom and now he is struggling to find the right organizational system for his photos in Lightroom.

My initial reply to Felix was that all of us, meaning all Lightroom users, struggled at one time or another with the organizational system and that there is, unfortunately, no perfect solution. We are all trying to find a system that fits our personal needs.

Today, I want to share my own system and show you how it has evolved over the years.

How I use Topaz Plugins in my Photo Editing Workflow

If you follow my blog, you know that I am pretty open about my editing as I reveal the processing steps for almost every photo I publish. You also probably noticed that every photo posted on this blog was edited, at some point, with at least one or two Topaz Labs plugins.

In order to help photographers who are just starting to use Topaz software, I have listed the plugins I use in the order of importance for my photography.

What’s In My Camera Bag

What is your camera bag? This is probably the most popular question I am asked on a daily basis. Even though we all understand that photography is all about the photographer and not equipment, gear is still the essential part of our lives.

Today I created the list of the crucial photo items that I always bring when I travel.