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Spain: Ronde de Toledo

The Scenic Route Around the Ancient City of Toledo, Spain When visiting Madrid, it is very common to take a day trip to Toledo, which is the old capital of Spain. You should definitely do that, and in fact, I would encourage you to stay over a night or two. For the photographer, Toledo is an […]

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Simplify Your Camera

If you haven’t yet taken the plunge into mastering your camera, you might be surprised at how the process actually simplifies things for you. Doing so, actually makes certain controls irrelevant so you can completely disregard them. Others you will set once and forget about them. In addition, once you understand your camera a little […]

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New York: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Looking to get skyline shots of New York City? Want the Brooklyn Bridge to be a part of that picture? Then look no further than Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a narrow park that hugs the East River on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Until a few years ago, the area was […]

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How Many Megapixels Do You Need?

If you are like me, you occasionally salivate over the new cameras coming out with high megapixel counts. I look at something like the new Canon 5DS and the Sony a7R2 with a combination of lust and envy. But then I think to myself, “What do I need all those megapixels for anyway?” I convince myself that […]

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A Visit to B&H

A Quick Video Tour of B&H Photo’s New York City Superstore I frequently tell others that are interested in photography that they need to visit B&H Photo’s store in New York City. I personally do not go anywhere near New York without visiting it.  Why? Well, start with the fact that this has to be […]

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Chicago: Hancock Observatory (or 360 Chicago)

On the north side of Chicago’s downtown is a nearly 100 story building in which you can go to the top and take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. The building is called the Hancock Building and the top floor was previously called the Hancock Observatory, but is now called 360 Chicago. True to its new name, […]

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Uncompromising HDR

After using different kinds of HDR software over the years, I found that they all have certain strengths and weaknesses. Some of the software tends to produce a certain look in the picture, which I might not want. I have also found that how well the software performs varies from picture to picture. I might love the […]

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Output Sharpening Made Easy

The sharpening process is divided into three parts. First, you will do something called input sharpening, which is where you add a little sharpening to compensate for the inherent fuzziness of RAW digital capture. Next, you will apply sharpening to key areas of your photo to make them stand out. Finally, the third step is […]

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Testing Cheap, Off-Brand Printer Ink

Have you ever seen ads for cheaper off-brand printer ink and wondered if you should try it out? If you are like me you have, but always chickened out. What if the ink is junk, or worse yet messes up my printer? As a result of that fear, I have always scurried back to the safety […]

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An Introduction to Black and White Photography

Many photographers wax nostalgic about black and white photography. If you have been around photography for any length of time, then you have almost certainly heard some old photographer carry on about the “timeless look” of black and white pictures. They will also try to justify the lack of color in their image, saying it […]

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