Why? – Skip Cohen University

Refugees Welcome

It is clear that that the photography industry has a tremendous number of great photographers who have done a lot for this art.  However, not many combine and bring to us not only the art of photography but the art of education, marketing, social media and business.  One such person is Skip Cohen. As the former President of Hasselblad USA,  the past President/Chief Operating Officer of Rangefinder Publishing Inc., the current President/Founder of Marketing Essentials International and the Photo Resource Hub.  He has been responsible for Rangefinder Magazine, After Capture Magazine, the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Association and the WPPI Convention and Trade Show, and serves as PPA’s Industry Advisor and Board member.  He has authored six photography books. One of his new undertakings is Skip Cohen University  I would encourage all my fllow photographers to spend some time on this site.

Skip started an interesting Blog/Podcast and entitled it “Why?”  – t’s a very simple concept – one image, one artist and one short sound byte. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. 

I am thrilled to have one of my recent images “Refugees Welcome” featured on “Why”  CLICK HERE to read and hear this short podcast.

Thank you Skip.

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Testing the Panasonic Leica 45mm Macro

Boston Skyline July 2017

This is a two image pano shot using the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and the Panasonic Leica 45mm macro lens.  The exposure triad is f/7.1, 2 sec at ISO 200.  Raw images processed in Capture One exported as TIFFs and stitched using Affinity.  See the image full size to see how great this combination is.

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GH5 High ISO in a studio setting

This image was captured last weekend at NECCC.  Panasonic Lumix GH5 using the original Lumix Vario 35 – 100 mm f/2.8 lens. at 100 mm.  Exposure triad f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 3200.  The image is straight out of camera with only a minor crop for composition and no retouching.  The RAW to JPG conversion was done using Capture One Pro The camera performs exceptionally well as does the lens.  there is no lack of sharpness, the color rendition is great as is the stabilization.  There is a lot of great video produced using the GH5 but I am so pleased with the performance of this camera for stills. 

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Panasonic 4 Day Promotion

If you are in Massachusetts or want to mail order call Alan Samiljan of Hunts Photo and Video, at 781-462-2383

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“Refugees Welcome”

Refugees Welcome

After a lot of debate I decided to title this image “Refugees Welcome”.  In the past 6 months the topic of refugees has been dominant in the news. With Canada as one of the countries that has openly welcomed refugees, I felt this image represented the statement appropriately.  The concrete totems can be viewed as either emerging or going into the St. Lawrence river in Northern Quebec.

A little back story on this image:  we had picked a number of location to photograph this morning but the incessant rain messed up our plans.  So we stopped for a second breakfast and more coffee.  – Well one just cant keep sitting in a restaurant for ever so I decided to get this image rain or no rain.  It was pouring but I had my GH5 with the 12 – 35 mm f/2.8 (version 1) lens attached.  I wanted to slow the shutter down so as to prevent capturing the water drops splashing on the water but was not going to venture back to the car to get my ND filters.  I had my polarizer on so I closed down the aperture to f/18 that was enough to give me a shutter speed of 60 seconds at ISO 100  – yes it was quite dark and miserable.  I held my hand over the front of the lens to prevent rain from ruining the image.  The camera and lens were soaked but I got the image.  I am convinced, first hand – the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is great in the rain.  One day I might consider doing a dust test – Africa or India would be great for that.

The following images are ones I have already posted on Facebook but wanted to include them as a record of the trip to Northern Quebec and New Brunswick over the 4th of July weekend 2017.



Himalayan Blue Poppy – Lumix GH5 with the Lumix Vario 30mm macro. Exposure triad f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400.


Potato Field – New Brunswick. Panasonic Lumix G7 IR converted, Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm. lens.


Fields of New Brunswick. Panasonic Lumix G7 IR converted, Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm. lens.


Northern Gannet Pointing

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Aurora HDR 2017 + 26 presets from Trey Ratcliff for the lowest price ever!

OFFER AVAILABILITY: Tuesday June 27th – Friday June 30th


$79 instead of $99 – for all the new users
$59 instead of $69 – for Aurora HDR Basic/AppStore users
$39 instead of $49 – for Aurora HDR 2016 users

Here is what you get:

  • Aurora HDR 2017 – The most awarded HDR photo editor for Mac

  • Trey’s Expansion Preset Pack – 26 presets from Pro Photographe and HDR guru, Trey Ratcliff


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Think Tank – Sizzler

Think Tank Photo has just announced what they’re calling their “Sizzling Summer Savings.”  With it, you can save up to 30% on some of their most popular gear, including their Urban Approach and Perception shoulder bags and backpacks, Retrospective Leather and CityWalker shoulder bags, and the My 2nd Brain laptop bags.  And don’t forget, by using my special Web link, you will receive free gear and free shipping with your orders!


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Sail Boston 2017 – “Street Photography”

All images captured using the Panasonic Lumix GH5 and the Lumix Vario 35 – 100 f/2.8 lens.  

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New Hard Cases from Think Tank and SKB

Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases.  There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them.  Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link.

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The Pixel Connection

This weekend I will be at the Pixel Connection photography show and programs.  On Saturday June 3rd I will be leading a Macro photowalk – and would love to have you join.  The event is free and promises to be a great learning experience and a lot of fun too.  I addition, I will be at the local camera club and the store showing the fabulous Panasonic Lumix line-up.


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