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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