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The Best Choices for On-Camera and Off-Camera Lighting

For those who want to dabble in lighting without spending a fortune. If you are like me, you would like add some light to your photos on occasion.  Not all the time – and I’m certainly not looking to become a portrait photographer or anything – but perhaps you would like to have some lighting handy […]

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The #1 New Tool for Outdoor Photography

I just returned from Ireland, where I spent two weeks photographing the countryside and coastline. While I was there, I had something of a revelation. I realized that, if I was forced to choose between bringing only my trusty DSLR or my drone, I’d choose the drone. That surprised me. I never planned on getting […]

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Photoshop or Lightroom? Which To Start With

When you are starting out in photography, and want to get the best software to edit your photos, should you get Photoshop or Lightroom? This is a question a lot of people have, so I want to answer it directly. But before I do so, let me say that it is a false choice. There […]

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Which Camera Are the Best Photos Taken With?

  Let’s look at cameras in a little different way than usual. Normally, we all look at the specs and features of cameras and think about what pictures that camera is capable of creating. I’m not suggesting we should ordinarily do anything differently. But just for today, let’s look at things in reverse. Rather than […]

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Getting Started with Underwater Photography

I live over 300 miles from the nearest ocean. I do not scuba dive. I am only on or near ocean water on vacations. As such, I am unwilling to spend thousands of dollars getting set up to do underwater photography. That said, I am interested in it. I would like to have a camera capable of […]

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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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How to Pick the Right SD Card

Once you buy a new camera and lens, the only thing you absolutely need is a memory card. As a result, choosing one of these cards is a subject all of us need to face at some point. It is sort of confusing because there are many different numbers on the face of these cards. What […]

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The Evil That Is Diffraction

You want to maximize the depth of field of your pictures. The obvious way to do that is to use the smallest sized aperture the lens will allow, right? You know that the smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field. So why not just crank down the aperture all the way to f/22 (or whatever the […]

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Buying a Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Elsewhere, we have covered how to deal with extreme dynamic range problems in outdoor photography. We have looked at solutions involving post-processing and even spent some time on HDR techniques. But what if there was a way to deal with the problem of dynamic range in-camera? Turns out, there is. It is called the graduated neutral density filter […]

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Should I Buy a Monopod?

A question I receive from time to time is whether it is worth it to buy a monopod. Many serious photographers use them, and they do provide support and stabilization while you are shooting. On the other hand, monopods limit your movements and do not provide anywhere near the stabilization of a tripod. So, should you […]

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The Camera for Me

I find myself in the worst place a photographer can find himself: without a camera. I ruined mine. Yep, it died in my arms. If you didn’t read about it in my newsletter, here’s how it happened. As a result, it is time for me to choose a new camera. I have updated the camera recommendations page, […]

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Is Full-Frame Worth It?

Back in the days of film cameras, 35 mm film was pretty well ubiquitous. We all used it. It was called 35 mm film because each strip took exposures that were 35 mm wide. It was actually considered small film in its time, and most professional photographers used larger format film. When digital came along, […]

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The Best Low Light Performance Camera

An important feature to consider when purchasing a digital camera is how well it performs in a low-light situation. The question is: how much can you crank up the ISO setting on your camera and still have a good picture? Digital cameras allow you to set how sensitive your digital sensor is to light, and that […]

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