New Items Added in Garage Sale
Nov07

New Items Added in Garage Sale

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”—Boris Pasternak We just added a some new items to the Garage Sale section of the blog, just in time for some holiday gift shopping. Just as it’s name implies, this new section of the blog is a place where I’ll be selling unused or unneeded equipment. Instead of taking a chance on buying camera gear from strangers on eBay or Craig’s List, I’ll be posting gear...

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Making an In-Vest-ment
Jun06

Making an In-Vest-ment

I’ve always worn photo vests and have watched them evolve from a convenient way to add a few extra pockets for film/memory cards and filters into wearable camera bags, which may be why some, camera bag manufacturers also make photo vests. A CEO of a bag company that doesn’t make vests once told me “camera bags are luggage; vests are fashion.” To help you make a fashionable choice for your next vest, here’s a checklist of what to look...

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Travel Photography: Have a Checklist
Feb07

Travel Photography: Have a Checklist

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”— Paul Strand If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your camera has to be instinctive; when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how do I turn on continuous AF or what exposure mode am I in anyway? The scouts have it right, you gotta...

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Keep Your Glasses Clean
Dec16

Keep Your Glasses Clean

Lots of photographers, including myself, wear glasses, and have been wearing mine since the 9th grade, when all of a sudden I could not see the blackboard. I usually do my photography without glasses using the built-in diopters to correct the viewfinder or EVF. When I’m shooting outdoors, I typically wear non prescription sunglasses which I end up having perched on my forehead, which bring me to… But if there’s one...

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Don’t Lose Your (Tripod) Head
Oct10

Don’t Lose Your (Tripod) Head

Over at our sister site, Mirrorless Photo Tips, there has been some discussion about which tripods I like to use. Like you, I have more than one including a carbon fiber Sirui monopod, Manfrotto aluminum tripod and a classic (albeit custom made) red and gold Tiltall. Some manufacturers offer a choice of leg and head types allowing you mix and match to find the best combination. You may even want to use one manufacturer’s tripod...

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Safety Tips for Batteries
Sep20

Safety Tips for Batteries

Batteries are a necessary part of every photographer’s life but keeping them in blister packs take up lots of space in your camera bag. Taking them out of the packs and letting them bang around into one another in your bag is an even worse idea because it’s a recipe for disaster. Here’s a few safety tips about battery care from the Electrical Safety Foundation International: Periodically check battery contacts for...

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Lens Hoods: Why You Need One
Jun02

Lens Hoods: Why You Need One

You should own and use a lens hood on your lens for two big reasons: Flare: This occurs when light strikes the front element of a lens and is then scattered through internal reflections and within the elements themselves. Flare makes its presence know in visible artifacts or as an overall haze across the image making it look “washed out.” There was a (misguided?) time in my photographic past when I sometimes used flare as...

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