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Giulio Sciorio

Giulio Sciorio

Biography

Giulio is an award-winning, modern minimalist-style photographer who shoots for social media, editorial and advertising.

He has been blending stills, motion and sound with his photography since 2009. "Like many, my love affair with photography came from exploring the world around me with a camera."

Today, street photography is one of the ways he keeps exploring. "There's something special about street photography and capturing moments in time. It's a cross between a time machine and a cave painting. One day when we're all gone there will remain the photograph as proof that we were here, proof that we existed."

A hybrid pioneer, Giulio is an original Lumix Luminary and founder of Small Camera Big Picture, the go-to online resource for everything hybrid.

Giulio Sciorio on the web

«Like many, my love affair with photography came from exploring the world around me with a camera.»

— Giulio Sciorio

Review

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I've always had a love-hate relationships with tripods. While tripods are one of the first accessories a photographer should purchase, they are also most likely to be left at home. Especially for the small camera user like myself, the last thing I want to do is take a big, bulky tripod with me when my camera is not much larger than my iPhone.

When I needed to use a tripod I found there were few options available for small camera photographers that worked for me so I ended up packing my old tripod that was better suited for a DSLR shooter. By that I mean I was taking a tripod that was far too large and heavy for my needs.

The other option was to purchase a small, carbon fiber travel tripod which could cost several hundred dollars. While that was an option I did not like the idea of my tripod costing more than my camera.

What's more is that I found tripods like many camera bags...boring! Why can't a tripod be fun? Does everything I use have to be black? I decided that unless I can find a tripod that is functional, light and looks good I'd rather not bother.

Earlier this year I found a tripod that changed my mind...more like blew my mind actually!

When I first saw the MeFOTO tripods I almost didn't believe what I saw:

A tripod that folds up small - I can fit my RoadTrip inside my
camera backpacks.

A tripod that is light - It weighs 3.6 lbs. which means I can carry it all day long
and not feel it.

A tripod that looks good - My MeFOTO looks great in red!
If red is not your thing there's 8 different colors available.

A tripod that did not cost more than my camera - Hey guess what?
The MeFOTO is affordable.

The MeFOTO met all my requirements but there are some extra goodies you should know about. All MeFOTO's come with a carrying case which fits the tripod when its folded down. While I mostly put my RoadTrip into my camera bags, I use the tripod bag if I'm flying and want to pack it in my luggage for extra protection.

One of the legs of the RoadTrip can detach and be used as a monopod! This is one feature that has many purposes. Obviously the monopod can be used as intended to mount your camera but I found myself using it for a light or microphone boom pole.

«Tip - if you're in a crowded event and need to keep your camera stable, use the monopod. The monopod takes up less space yet keeps the camera stable and is easier to maneuver through a crowd.»

Another feature I find myself using often is the included bag hook on the bottom of the center column. The center column hook is recessed so it will not hook anything accidentally which is a nice touch. Since the MeFOTO is a light weight tripod, when I need to keep the tripod extra stable I attach my backpack to the hook. The additional weight keeps the RoadTrip extra stable and gives my back some time to relax.

Since using the MeFOTO line of tripods I'm finding my relationship with tripods changing from a love-hate to a love-it-take-it-with-me relationship. I finally have a tripod I don't mind taking with me, one that looks great and a tripod that exceeds how I thought a tripod should function. Factor in the included bag and great price what we have here is a win win for any photographer.

What's in my bag

What's in my bag
  1. Mefoto Road Trip
  2. Lexar & Sandisk 16GB SD Cards
  3. Lowepro Memory Card Wallet
  4. Lumix lenses ( Leica 25mm f/1.4, Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro, Lumix 8mm Fish, Lumix 7-14mm f/4)
  5. Zeiss pre-moistened lens wipes
  6. Chrome Utility Pouch Large
  7. Panasonic A100 Wearable,
  8. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen
  9. Leatherman Diesel
  10. Converse
  11. Tiffen Variable ND
  12. Heliopan & B+W Circular Polarizers
  1. Lumix LX7 White
  2. Zoom H1
  3. Audio Technica wired Lav
  4. V-Moda Earbuds
  5. Lumix GH3 with Lumix G X 12-35mm f/2.8
  6. Camtrol LCD Shade
  7. Lens Pen
  8. Lumix G X 35-100mm f/2.8
  9. Panasonic DMW-MS2 Mic
  10. 2- Lumix FL360L Flash guns
  11. Chrome Niko Pack camera backpack
  12. iPad Mini black with red smart cover 64GB with LTE

Questionnaire

  1. If you could trade lives with another photographer for one day who would it be? Me, ten years from now so I can have the lessons learned in a decade today.
  2. What are your favorite things to take photos of? Portraits, Street.
  3. "If I weren't a photographer I would be" video game designer, animator.
  4. I am a lot more technical than people think I am. I just keep the focus of my work on creativity.
  5. What is the biggest challenge you've experienced transitioning from stills to stills and motion? The biggest challenge for me in transitioning to stills + motion has been keeping the motion simple. When I first started shooting motion I thought my future was in directing short films but soon discovered the my heart was in making still photography move. The visual impact in motion photography is powerful yet the capture process is very much in line with the disciplines of still photography.
  6. No matter how busy I am, I always make time for my wife and best friend Valdese.
  7. What is one of your favorite shoots from the last few years and why? The Art Basel Street Portraits is what convinced me that I no longer need a DSLR. It was my first serious effort with a mirrorless camera and the results are among the best work I've completed in my career.
  8. Your top desired travel destinations for this year? Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Austin where I moved to because I love it so much here.
  9. Your Favorite vacation and why? Vacation? What's that? lol I try to take a few days off when I'm traveling for work in a cool location. Often though I take a long weekend off with Valdese and we do creative stuff like DJ some vinyl, color in a coloring book and catch some live music. I would love to visit New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China someday.
  10. What's the most important piece of advice do you have for people switching over to ‘hybrid photography'? Keep it simple. Use the tools that are available for you and help build confidence. Tools like Echograph on the iPad and Google + Autoawesome and ProShowWeb make hybrid photography near automatic. Hybrid photography is not about making a motion picture its about shooting motion with the mind of a still photographer.
  11. Open ended question: What's one question that you would like to be asked but people don't ask you that much (or ever)? The big deal that not many people are seeing is preprocessing and wireless workflow. When I combine preprocessing and WiFi I can shoot an editorial portrait and deliver it to the client in 30 minutes or less. When I shoot for fun my work is backed up on Dropbox and Google + which also organizes the work as well. In addition Google + will take a series of photos and apply Autoawesome effects to them all while I'm chilling out, not worrying about a thing. I'll never loose a photo to a crashed drive again.
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