By November 5, 2013 2 Comments

Q: Can You Do Hybrid Photography with Your dSLR Camera?

Although Mirrorless cameras have many benefits when shooting both Still Photographs and Video in the same session, it can be done using hdSLRs with fantastic results. This post also features a behind-the-scenes look at a Commercial Hybrid Photography shoot that I did with WRL Advertising in Canton, Ohio ( and The Mosser Glass Company (


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About the Author:

Joe Smithberger is a commercial photographer working in Canton, Ohio. Joe has spent the past 20+ years working with a diverse mix of clients – from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies - and communicating their stories through his photographic images. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. After 12 years as a design engineer, he turned his love of photography into a full-time endeavor when he opened Smithberger Photography in 1991. Smithberger Photography, Inc. specializes in commercial, editorial, industrial, and architectural photography and serves a wide range of industries including Advertising, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Professional Services. In addition to shooting for clients Joe is also busy teaching Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography classes at Stark State College in Canton and can be found playing music with various groups around town. Although he is new to Hybrid Imaging, he hopes to bring his experience as a Pro Photographer, Musician, and Teacher to bear in working through the land mines of this new technology.

2 Comments on "Q: Can You Do Hybrid Photography with Your dSLR Camera?"

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  1. Robby D. says:

    As always, a fantastic vlog, Joe! The one limitation I have found using the dSLR for hybrid is the lack of seeing what you’re about to shoot, making preproduction pretty much impossible.

    Like you (as you know but others may not) I am also a Sony shooter and one of the first things I fell in love with was the ability to see what I was about to shoot.

  2. Robby D: That is exactly the issue. It’s not bad if you are working on a tripod in relatively dim ambient conditions. You can also work with the iPad and CamRanger combo if the subject and the camera are not moving much. It lags quite a bit, but gives you a good idea of framing, color, and exposure. You can also add an EVF through the HDMI port, but it adds a lot of expense and bulk to the setup too. Of course none of this is very responsive or easy to move around with.

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