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Photo by Craig Litten/NYT

Waiting for the Coach

I was on assignment today for the New York Times. The main photo was of New York Mets manager Terry Collins, but unfortunately, I can't share it here on my blog yet, because it has to first be published by the NYT. Above is a snapshot with the Sony a7s and the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2.0 lens. This is the first time I've covered a news event since I switched over to Sony mirrorless. I ended up photographing the Mets' manager, one of the Mets' star pitchers and some other players signing autographs for fans. Tomorrow will be opening day of spring training for the Mets here in Florida. I must say, the silent shutter on the a7s is a fantastic feature, and it came in very handily during a video-centric (every media outlet in NYC) press conference--my camera didn't make a peep--which is always good for audio.

Finally, the a7s and a7II performed flawlessly today, and I was even able to get over 1,100 shots form one battery with plenty of juice to spare. Tomorrow will be another test, as actual training begins. My prediction is that the Sony's will handle it without a glitch. Also, the Wi-Fi feature in the a7's saved the day, but I'll keep that story for another time.


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©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

The Best of 2015

Sometimes your best photographs aren't your best photos. In other words, sometimes the photo that you're striving for may please your client or editor, but it's not the best photo on the roll so to speak, such as this gallery below. I consider these photographs to be OUTTAKES for the most part, or more specifically, special outside observances while on assignment, or even more specifically: good old-fashioned snapshots of things I thought were cool ;-)


©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

The Year of Sony & Zeiss

I sold old all of my camera gear and completely switched to Sony Mirrorless Cameras and Zeiss and Sony lenses in 2015, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I have also influenced many others too, directly or indirectly, to switch (from another brand) and/or purchase about 18 different Sony cameras, and at least a dozen lenses. It's been a lot of fun, but I don't get paid a penny by Sony to refer photographers to Sony cameras. I do it because they are simply the best, and a blast to shoot with.

I make my full-time living with photography using Sony mirrorless cameras, shooting in 2015 for such clients as HBOSun Bum and City Furniture. Below is a list of the gear that I used for the photos in this post, and the selected photos where shot in every month of 2015 except June.

Cameras Used

Sony a7s

Sony a7r

Sony a7II

Sony a6000

Lenses Used

Sony E 20mm f2.8 Pancake

Zeiss Batis 25mm f2

Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8

Zeiss FE 35mm f2.8

Sony E 50mm f1.8

Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8

Sony FE 70-200 f4 G

Aperture Range

f1.8 - f8

ISO Range

ISO 64 - 3200


(click on photos to view full sized)


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©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

I've Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I almost deleted this photo, but I'm glad that I decided to import it into Lightroom. In camera I was shooting in the B&W mode so that the color didn't distract my test, but I was shooting RAW+JPEG and the raw file retained the color data. What I was doing was a flash comparison between the Nissin i40 and a rented Sony HLV-F43M. During this test I was using the Sony a6000 with the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 lens (this photo) and the Sony a7II with the Zeiss Batis FE 25mm f2 lens, and getting as close to my subject (just stuff around the house) as I could to see if the flash would blow it out. Both flashes did very well actually and seemed fairly equal. I rarely if ever shoot flash but rented the Sony for the fun of it to shoot an event at my church that I knew would be very dark.

To me this photo is really fun, and in this case, the color makes the picture. The fan in the right lens reminds me of a palm tree, the basket makes me think of a picnic basket, the paper junk mail coupon resembles a tablecloth and the glasses sunshine. You have to use your imagination, but all of these elements make this photo work as a photograph. Photography is all about imagination isn't it? Lesson learned: Don't delete photos!


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©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

Shinola Cola

A drink for the hipsters, Shinola Cola from Detroit. Detroit? Hey now, who are they trying to kid? I grew up near Detroit, and there is N-O-T-H-I-N-G hipster about the city of Detroit, LOL. Nonetheless, the cola was refreshing, especially splashed atop homemade ice cream on this humid November day in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District in Miami. One guy I know drank two. —Peace out!

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A Golden Opportunity

Setting up for a video shoot where a pair of models were having gold confetti thrown over them while being shot from above for a City Furniture New Year's ad. The set-up and lighting is the vision of filmmaker Michael Neumann of One World Productions, and the creative geniuses in the marketing department at City Furniture of South Florida.


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