Harlingen, Texas Adventures

A few Sunday’s back Sara and I were invited to an event in Harlingen, Texas but we had a lot of time to kill and decided to explore and test out our new Fujifilm XT-3 along with shooting some 35mm film pictures, which can be viewed here. Since we got the new Fujifilm’s we have been exploring all its functions and figuring out the…

Hello Fujifilm! – Ben Briones Studios

Hello Fujifilm! For the past eight years I have been photographing with a Canon 6D I purchased in 2012. That camera has been my workhorse for the majority of my work. I have also used a Nikon D600 and other Canon cameras, both digital and film, that I own. This January we decided it was time to purchase new cameras to use and abuse…

The Posing Stool – Ben Briones Studios

THE POSING STOOL  If you own a photo studio or have worked in a photo studio you well know that the the posing stool is probably one of your most important tools in your studio. Here are 3 reasons why the posing stool is a must for studio photographers. Reason One Having a posing stool in your studio allows you to diversify your poses. You can…

Fujifilm XT-3 – Architectural Photography Test – Ben Briones Studios

I recently rented the Fujifilm XT-3 because it’s a runner up on the list for my next camera purchase and I have been testing out all it’s features in different photography scenarios. I had already done studio photos with the camera, outdoor portraits and night photos so this time around I wanted to try architectural photography. Here are some shots from my test shoot…

Fujifilm XT-3 – Beauty Dish Studio Test with Sara Yanez – Ben Briones Studios

Sara and I rented the Fujifilm XT-3 to test it out because we are thinking of buying ourselves a pair. Our first test was with a one light setup with a beauty dish on a pink seamless. Everything was shot in JPEG and we did very minimal editing or none at all one some of the shots. I had to adjust the camera setting…

Pelican Cases = Successful Photographer

My Pelican 1510 loaded and ready for work. I’ve been using Pelican Products since 2011 and the products have been part of my success as a professional photographer. I bought my first Pelican Case on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from B & H Photo and Video. I proudly purchased the Pelican 1654 Waterproof 1650 Case with padding and a lid organizer and it was the best…

Outdoor Test – Flashpoint eVOLV 200 – Edinburg, Texas

Tuesday night I tested out the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 with some friends at the Edinburg City Hall building downtown Edinburg, Texas. I rented the eVOLV 200 and PIXARPO 26in Collapsable Beauty Dish from a friend. The light was mounted on my Manfrotto Combi Boom Stand that was handled by my awesome friend and fellow photographer Lourdes Paz. I only have this gear for a day or two so…

New Video Tripod for Rent – McAllen, Texas – Ben Briones Studios

A week ago I received my newest addition to our video production equipment collection, the V3AH Video Tripod by 3Pod. The V3AH Anodized Aluminum Video Tripod has a 2-way Fluid Head and Quick-Release Plate, which makes it easier to swiftly move your camera from rig to rig. The Tripod is super light as well weighing in at 9.2lbs for a sturdy tripod. It can…

New Photo Gear On The Spectrum! – Ben Briones Studios

EFFECTIVE – EFFICENT – PRODUCTIVE  When you are running a full-time photography business, the main goal is to stay on top of all your work and make income. The myth that better gear will make you more money is somewhat true, but only if the gear you are investing in will make your business more effective, efficient, and productive and ultimately lowering your overhead….

My Breakup Letter To Pictage.com

  Dear Pictage, It is time to end our two-year relationship. There was a time when I really needed you but things have changed. When we first started our relationship I was super excited about you and all your qualities. What attracted me wasn’t only how innovative you were but also the free album building services, your very low credit card transaction rate of…

Printing in the 956.

When I started shooting paid jobs back in 2007, I would make my prints at Walmart or Walgreen’s. Basically, any place that would develop my FujiColor X-TRA 800 ISO film. Yes, this young, handsome photographer began his career shooting 35mm film. I’ll share about about my film days in a future blog, but for now let’s get back something that will benefit you. You…