Dealing with Shutter Lag

Sometimes when making a candid photograph your subject stays right where you hoped they would be but occasionally something or someone steps into the scene blocking your chance of capturing the moment, all because of shutter lag.  Shutter lag occurs with all kinds of cameras, including film or digital, but can be more of a problem with digicams because of the delay resulting from the charging the imaging chip and then transmission of...

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What’s the Best Camera?
Jan12

What’s the Best Camera?

A day does not go buy without me receiving an e-mail, Tweet or Facebook post asking what camera the writer should buy? That can be a tough question to answer because for openers there’s the budget aspect that’s part of any purchasing decision and then there’s whole “what kind of pictures do you (want to) make question too. It’s similar to asking what kind of car someone should buy? For some the answer might be a Jaguar or a Corvette...

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2011 Camera of the Year
Dec29

2011 Camera of the Year

As digital imaging goes mainstream, digital cameras have become more homogenous, with manufacturers slavishly copying others more innovative ideas. During 2011 I got to test many different SLRs and mirrorless interchangeable cameras and some of them were quite good, especially the Nikon J1. For those companies who’ve taken the extra step of producing clever and exiting cameras, I would like to present the “Ernie” award for digital...

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What’s in Your Filter Wallet?
Dec21

What’s in Your Filter Wallet?

Photographers seem to be of two minds about filters: Purists don’t like them because they abhor anything coming between reality and the captured image. Filter fans worry less about resolution charts and just like to have fun with their photography, which regular readers know is one of the mottoes of this blog. When buying filters there is one overriding concern that should be followed: Don’t put a $19.95 filter on a $1,000 lens. You...

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Using a SLR’s Built-in Flash as Fill
Oct17

Using a SLR’s Built-in Flash as Fill

Starting today I’m suspending my Model Monday posts because some of you have told me you don’t like them. In it’s place, I’ve borrowed a page from the Mickey Mouse Club and for the foreseeable future Mondays will be Anything Can Happen Day. If enough of you send me e-mail through the Contact section of the website telling me you miss Model Mondays I’ll bring the feature back, otherwise it’s adios....

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Are People Blinking in Your Group Photos?
Oct13

Are People Blinking in Your Group Photos?

Are People Blinking in Your Group Photos? Here’s Why. In 2006, the Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics was awarded to Dr. Piers Barnes and Ms. Nic Svenson of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization for calculating how many photographs you need to make of a group of people in order to get at least one where nobody’s blinking. Dr Barnes found that if you take the number of people in a group of less than 20...

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What’s the Best Point & Shoot Camera?
Oct10

What’s the Best Point & Shoot Camera?

Recently a Shutterbug magazine reader asked me what was the best “affordable” yet high-quality point-and-shoot camera.  The kicker here is two loaded words: first there’s “affordable.” Affordable to who? Even my choice is close to 500 bucks and many people won’t think that’s all that inexpensive. One night while watching Top Gear (USA) one of the hosts was talking about the Cadillac CTS-V and said “it’s only $60,000.”  (Actual...

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