Category Archives: Equipment

What’s inside

When I was a young community college photo student I disassembled a 200mm lens. Several weeks earlier a fellow student did it to one of his lenses after he fell and dunked it into the water during a week-long field trip to Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove. Sand and salt water are the two [...]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Return calls

Our latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment, cellphone photography, is an encore of one we did in 2013. The results of that one was impressive and this one did not disappoint. Cellphones and the pictures that we take with them are as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. They have replaced point-and-shoot cameras as the most [...]

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Lens culture

Occasionally I’ve been asked: “what’s your favorite lens?” My answer is: “the one I need at the time.” It may sound a bit flippant but I don’t have any single lens that I use over the others. Instead, I’ll use a lens that I need for a particular job. Each type of lens has its [...]

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A cameraman’s man-camera

  I’m a DSLR guy, after all it’s what I make my living with. But they’re not for everyone as this humorous video from Sony Thailand shows.

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Spring fever

The next Readers Photo Challenge assignment will be a little different than most of the previous assignments which have been about specific things or techniques. This assignment is more of a theme. And that theme is “spring.” Just because there isn’t a specific subject it doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty to shoot. Many [...]

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Alphabet soup

Back when my wife and I were dating we went out to dinner with a bunch of my photography friends. Our conversation soon turned to things like film and camera equipment. The banter was filled with confusing acronyms, abbreviations and jargon that left my wife thinking that we were secretly gun smugglers. Almost every industry [...]

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A camera primer

I’m often asked about what’s best brand of camera to get. I know a lot of people are brand conscious but the truth is that they all work just fine, despite what the camera companies may say. What’s more important is the type of camera and how it suits your needs. The majority of people [...]

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Out with the old

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” - Bill Vaughn Many people take time at the end of the year to look back over the previous 12 months before moving onto the new year. Almost invariably the review of the year ends [...]

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Back up plan

A part of being a professional photographer is the ability to solve problems. If an amateur photographer misses a shot or an entire event due to some technical issue, then all that is lost is a picture. If that happens to pros then they risk losing a job or even a client. I was assigned [...]

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To serve and protect

When you buy a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera it’s often suggested or recommended that you get either a skylight or UV filter for the front of lens that comes with the camera as well as one for each additional lens you get. They’re relatively cheap, ranging from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on the [...]

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