Matt Birchler’s Thoughts on the Apple Watch Series 4 Sizing

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Matt’s Apple Watch Series 4 impressions have me extra annoyed that mine didn’t arrive on Friday.

His thoughts on the new sizes:

I got all hyped up by a few watch people who had me convinced the difference between 42mm and 44mm watches was significant. Maybe for some people it is, but I personally don’t find the 44mm watch to feel any bigger on my wrist than the old 42mm ones. Yes, it looks a bit different, but I find the new shape to be far more noticeable than the extra 2mm in vertical height. I waffled back and forth about whether to get the 40 or 44mm models this year, and I’m supremely happy to have gone with the bigger one again.

Be sure to head through to see Matt’s comparison photos. I’ve talked to some people who are on the fence about which size to get, but it appears the decision comes down to almost the same considerations as the prior three Apple Watch generations.

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A Review of the Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Thursday, September 20, 2018

I’ve had the Peak Design Everyday Messenger for a little while now, and it’s my favourite camera bag ever. It has about a thousand little tricks up its sleeve, the best dividers in the business, and actually looks surprisingly great as well (usually camera bags are ugly).

I’ve wanted to review this bag for quite some time, but the launch latest mobile photography course on The Sweet Setup was a good excuse to hash it out. Needless to say, the bag is a recommendation within the course, and this bag is responsible for my camera bag wishlist encompassing the Everyday Backpack and Sling.

Head over to The Sweet Setup for the full review. It’s actually a little long — sorry about that! (You’re welcome?)

Sony Announces New 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Thursday, September 20, 2018

I just spent an extended weekend in the Canadian Rockies and had the pleasure of shooting Fuji’s venerable 16mm f/1.4 lens. Today’s Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM lens is effectively the same lens (less the full-frame aperture differences) as the Fuji.

It took five days for the 16mm Fuji lens to become my favourite lens ever. I’d say it took only two days, really.

This Sony lens looks amazing, particularly for wide-angle portraiture. Too bad for some of the flaring characteristics, mind you.

If I was still shooting Sony, this lens would skyrocket to the top of my wishlist.

September in the Canadian Rockies

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Last weekend, Jaclyn, Emryn, and I spent five days in Banff, Alberta. Despite having traveled to every province in Canada except for Newfoundland, it was a shame it took me so long to visit the Rockies.

I’ll have a full-on photo story come down the pipe sometime in the near future, but I found this link particularly humorous. We departed the hotel at 5:00AM one morning (with a 9.5-month old baby!) and made the hour-plus trek to Moraine Lake to see the sunrise on Canada’s most famous mountain lake. Here’s a panorama of our view that morning:

Of course, our efforts were for naught — the sunrise was hardly visible and we were left with a cloudy sky and seriously blue water.

But just this past week, those same mountains were covered in snow.

I’m not sure which scene is more beautiful. I kind of wish we had been there for the glacial switchover.

The Sweet Setup's Mobile Photography Course

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oh snap!

Over the last few months, the team at The Sweet Setup has been working on all things mobile photography. Shawn’s Leica Q purchase from a few months ago kicked off a new mobile photography theme that spread across the entire team.

Today, with the help of Marius Masalar, Erin Brooks, and Austin Mann (to name a few), we’ve brought what we’ve learned to a full-fledged mobile photography course.

Inside are tips on composition, tips to understanding light, and what to look for when editing. There are also numerous iOS photo app tutorials, a gear guide, a guide on how to show your work, and so much more.

We’re particularly proud of this course. There’s so much great information inside that’s sure to help anybody’s iPhone photos improve 1000%.

Just look at this transformation. Erin’s an amazing photographer, so having a chance to delve into her process is a chance in a lifetime. This photo was shot and edited entirely on the iPhone.

I’m done my sales pitch. I’ve learned a ton in each contributor’s screencasts and have noticed changes in my own workflow since the course was put together. There’s always something new to learn.

Pixel Envy's Initial Thoughts on Today's Apple Keynote

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nick Heer:

Apart from Apple employees, nobody is actually going to pronounce it “ten-arr”; likewise, most people are probably going to say “excess” rather than “ten-ess”. Also, it turns out that the “R” — and “S”, for that matter, in “iPhone XS” — is neither uppercase nor lowercase but, rather, small caps, because Apple’s marketing team apparently hates everyone who writes about their products. They will be “XS” and “XR” here.

I laughed a little at this one. I just went through the process of buying a truck and these “XS” and “XR” names remind me of the acronyms used in the vehicle world. “The 2018 Ford F-150 with the XTR package” sort of thing. For that matter, it would be beneficial for Apple to just adopt car-naming schemes if they’re going to release new models each year.

I’m going to return to the Plus-sized — er, Max-sized — iPhones this time around. And Silver, like always, if you have to ask.

Also from Heer:

Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’m sold on this new one [the Apple Watch Series 4]. It is to the Apple Watch what the iPhone 4 is to the history of that product: a culmination of several years of learning, and leaving everything else in the dust.

I was an Apple Watch denier at first. When I tested and reviewed the Series 2, I fell in love with the device but returned it knowing I’d have a hard time updating a $1,000 watch each year.

But this year, it’s no holds bar. I’m ordering a stainless steel 44mm Series 4 watch at the earliest hours of Friday morning and I don’t think I’m going to look back.

It’s just too dang pretty.