Sony A7RII Camera Rolling Review. Insights from a Fashion Photographer. – SAMUEL VISION

Gear, gear, gear.

I just upgraded to the Sony A7rii and here are my thoughts. I replaced the Sony A7ii and the Sony A7S with the A7Rii and A7R. I will update this post as I go with my insights. 

A couple of years ago I used to shoot Canon, my last bodies were the 5D Mark iii and the 6D. My opinion is that this was a period in the industry that marked a standard of image quality that does not need to improve for most practical purposes.

"A standard of image quality that does not need to improve for most practical purposes."

A bold statement I know but give me a moment to explain, 5D/6D provided clean ISO output up to 3200 and a decent megapixel count. You do not need more. So why upgrade? 

"You do not need more. So why upgrade?"

I will focus on three areas to start this rolling review. Mirrorless practicality, video performance, and image quality. Let's get into it.

Mirrorless Practicality: 

The EVF (electronic viewfinder) has helped me become a better photographer. I can focus on framing and composition alone. My attention is purely set on achieving this and directing my model or subject we have enough to think about when we are shooting. 

Video Performance: 

Canon you should have listened to us, for goodness sakes we used to have the platinum membership. We shoot professionally and have done for over 10 plus years. What does that say? We cancelled because you were utterly incapable of managing your own future, Canon. 

Can you tell I am mad?  

Canon often relegates pro features to pro $10,000+ bodies where Sony has consistently offered features like S-Log and/or 4K in even its consumer bodies. This is unacceptable Canon. 

Enough of my rant, here is the first part of a campaign that we are shooting for Studio Pilates.

This is shot with the Sony A7S and the ATMOS FLAME
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This combination produces great results. Comment below with your thoughts!

Image Quality:

The image quality is exceptional, there is enough on the internet about this. I am going to avoid the obvious and focus on what makes this body great for me.

A feature called Eye AF, the A7Rii tracks the eye of my subject across the frame and lets me get on with shooting. The hit rate has been 95% plus, far better than the older Sony A7ii and forget the Canons.

"This is not even in the same world as other cameras and makes it a joy to shoot with."

Most pros, myself included, use just one focus point, lock it and recompose. With the R, I set up custom control over the point and put it somewhere near the face and it just locks. It does an amazing job especially if you have a modeling light switched on, on your strobes. 

"It is bloody good. Watching it lock on to the model's eyeballs around the frame is a thing to behold."
Magazine Shoot: Photo - @samuel.vision Model - @rubyroorda Wardrobe Stylist - @we.seoyoung MUA - @hmuachevelle Hair - @laurensieger Agency - @busymodels

Magazine Shoot:

Photo - @samuel.vision

Model - @rubyroorda

Wardrobe Stylist - @we.seoyoung

MUA - @hmuachevelle

Hair - @laurensieger

Agency - @busymodels

PIXEL PEEPERS:

FULL RES FINAL EDITS

Anyways I will post some more content here and update this as I go. 

Been fun so far, love the Sony A7rii. Such a beast. 

Much love,

Eli Samuel.

A Little About Me. #bio #nerd #aspiration

My name is Eli Samuel and I have been a photographer for over 10 years. I think I may have come out of the womb holding a camera.  I have shot most kinds of photography including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images, and friends, though I prefer to shoot fashion so I founded SAMUEL VISION to service fashion/editorial and corporate advertising. 

In my heart and if you know me, I am a nerd. I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. Blogging is my way of giving back. I read all the posts published by our heroes in our industry every day like Steve Huff, Ken Rockwell etc.  So I thought to myself, stop being selfish. 

My dream is to grace the cover of Vouge Italia. I am coming for you Vouge! Help me get there. 

SAMUEL VISION - Excellent imagery for your brand.

PORT: samuel-vision.com SOCIAL: @samuel.vision
E: samuelnichol@icloud.com T: +61435797691
 

Social Media influence

Brand recognition.

Couple thoughts.

What does it take to be a successful influencer? 
How do I use social media for my career? 
What techniques can I use to garner attention to my skill set? 
How do I market my ideas and get attention from potential viewers?

Follower based social networks like Instagram or Snapchat are an interesting enigma, when I was in Los Angeles, I shot an Instagram influencer, Perkins Bien-Aime. Remy Martin paid $5000 for one image.

Do you think I charged enough? Nope. 

Do you think I charged enough? Nope. 

Why? ‘Because people follow people not brands.’

f have a vision or a dream conjuring stirring in your mind about how you can get your art and skill set before your audience. Social media is a key method to getting your work out there.

Ask yourself these questions:

What is your media identity?
What is your unique signature?
What techniques can I use to Gardner attention?

Let's use a controversial figure for an example. Terry Richardson is a force to be reckoned with. Terry has a signature that is distinct and highly identifiable. His marketing team has perpetuated the bad boy photographer persona owned. Bad press of him assaulting models is rampant.

Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?
Terry Richardson, displaced from his old photography studio on the Bowery by a high-end fitness chain, was at his new…nymag.com

As controversial as this is, this man commands more money in one session than most earn in one year.

‘You better start listening.’

This marketing strategy, whether right or wrong is successful. Create a signature to give birth to your identity. Not an easy task but it is something to ponder over. 

Much love,

Eli Samuel.

A Little About Me. #bio #nerd #aspiration

My name is Eli Samuel and I have been a photographer for over 10 years. I think I may have come out of the womb holding a camera.  I have shot most kinds of photography including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images, and friends, though I prefer to shoot fashion so I founded SAMUEL VISION to service fashion/editorial and corporate advertising. 

In my heart and if you know me, I am a nerd. I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. Blogging is my way of giving back. I read all the posts published by our heroes in our industry every day like Steve Huff, Ken Rockwell etc.  So I thought to myself, stop being selfish. 

My dream is to grace the cover of Vouge Italia. I am coming for you Vouge! Help me get there. 

SAMUEL VISION - Excellent imagery for your brand.

PORT: samuel-vision.com SOCIAL: @samuel.vision
E: samuelnichol@icloud.com T: +61435797691

EDITORIAL FASHION MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS LIST

Thought I would share an updated email submission list for magazines. Web sites below and email list is at the bottom. Should help you cut out sometime! 

Online Fashion Magazines Submission List

Online fashion editorial publishing.

  • 160g – http://www.160grams.com
  • Coco Indie – http://cocoindie.com
  • En Vie – http://www.en-vie-fashion.com
  • Fashion G Rogue – http://www.fashiongonerogue.com
  • Florum – http://www.florumfashion.com
  • FMD – http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com
  • Black Magazine – http://www.blackmagazine.co.nz
  • Kenton – http://kentonmagazine.com
  • KODD- www.Kodd-Magazine.com
  • SOME – http://www.some-magazine.com
  • STARDUST – http://stardust-mag.com

Print Fashion Magazines that Accept Submissions

Print and also available in-store

  • 1968 – http://www.1968magazine.com
  • AND MEN – http://www.highlightsmag.com
  • Atlas – http://www.theatlasmagazine.com
  • Bullett – http://bullettmedia.com
  • DAHSE – http://www.dahsemagazine.com
  • Eclectic- http://www.eclectic-magazine.com
  • Factice – http://www.facticemagazine.com
  • FAINT – http://www.faintmag.com
  • Flanelle – http://flanellemag.com
  • GLASSbook – http://www.glass-book.com
  • Highlights – http://www.highlightsmag.com
  • HUNGER – http://www.hungertv.com
  • IDOL – http://www.idolmag.co.uk
  • KALTBLUT – http://www.kaltblut-magazine.com
  • Lone Wolf – https://lonewolfmag.com
  • Material Girl – http://www.materialgirl-mag.com
  • NOI.SE – http://www.highlightsmag.com
  • NOTOFU – http://notofu.com
  • OOB – http://www.oobmag.com
  • Peppermint – http://peppermintmag.com
  • REVS – www.revsmag.com
  • SMagazine – http://smagazine.com
  • Schon! – http://www.schonmagazine.com
  • The Dapifer – http://www.thedapifer.com
  • SVA – http://svamagazine.no
  • TIRADE – http://www.tirademagazine.com
  • TREATS – http://treatsmagazine.com
  • Velour – http://www.velourmagazine.com
  • ZINK – http://www.zinkmagazine.com
  • Zeum – http://zeum-mag.com

READY-TO-GO EMAIL LIST:

submissions@fashiongonerogue.com, submissionscocomagazine@gmail.com, bonjour@florumfashion.com, mail@blackmagazine.co.nz, contribute@some-magazine.com, submissions@stardust-mag.com, submissions@1968magazine.com, info@theatlasmagazine.com, Composure Magazine <John@composuremagazine.com>, submissions@bullettmedia.com, andrei@eclectic-magazine.com, contribution@facticemagazine.com, submission@flanellemag.com, info@idolmag.co.uk, mschlutt@kaltblut-magazine.com, submit@lonewolfmag.com, photography@hungertv.com, photo@plasticmedia.eu, submissions@notofu.com, submission@oobmag.com, submissions@peppermintmag.com, library@revsmag.com, editorial@smagazine.com, editorial@smagazine.com, submissions@schonmagazine.com, submissions@svamagazine.no, info@tirademagazine.com

Much love,

Eli Samuel.

A Little About Me. #bio #nerd #aspiration

My name is Eli Samuel and I have been a photographer for over 10 years. I think I may have come out of the womb holding a camera.  I have shot most kinds of photography including pictures of family, strangers, events, street life, weddings, studio portraits, concert images, and friends, though I prefer to shoot fashion so I founded SAMUEL VISION to service fashion/editorial and corporate advertising. 

In my heart and if you know me, I am a nerd. I am a “photo enthusiast” as well as a passionate photographer. Blogging is my way of giving back. I read all the posts published by our heroes in our industry every day like Steve Huff, Ken Rockwell etc.  So I thought to myself, stop being selfish. 

My dream is to grace the cover of Vouge Italia. I am coming for you Vouge! Help me get there. 

SAMUEL VISION - Excellent imagery for your brand.

PORT: samuel-vision.com SOCIAL: @samuel.vision
E: samuelnichol@icloud.com T: +61435797691