Category Archives: Equipment

On the cheap: Weatherization

On the subject of photographing in the rain, it is wise to protect your gear from getting wet. High–end, professional grade DSLR cameras are well-sealed from inclement weather, but the consumer-level gear that mot people have tends to be less-well protected. You can buy protective covers for you cameras and lenses but they can be [...]

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A matter of perspective

The thing about newspaper photography is that it encompasses many different situations. I normally carry two zoom lenses with me in my kit. A 24-70mm wide angle zoom (which is usually on the camera when it’s in my bag) and a 70-200mm telephoto zoom. This range allows me cover most of the conditions that I [...]

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Advantage: Cellphones

When it comes to imaging, you may think that a DSLR and its big lenses have a big advantage over cellphone cameras. And in most cases, you’d probably be right. But there is one thing that the cellphones can do that the bigger cameras can’t. Due to their tiny size, cellphone cameras can fit into [...]

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Imitation is the sincerest form of …?

These days it seems there’s a parody with every introduction of new products and the ad campaigns that go with them. The recent release of the Nikon Df is no exception. Photographer/educator Matt Granger based in Sydney, Australia (aka That Nikon Guy) put out a video in response to Nikon’s enigmatic Df video spots on [...]

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A game changer? Maybe.

Even though this is a blog about photography I don’t normally talk about specific cameras in this space because I believe that in general all of today’s modern cameras work pretty well. Oh sure, there are some differences between models and manufacturers but when it comes to purchasing and using a camera it’s all a [...]

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Back-button focusing

In action/motion photos sometimes it can be difficult to maintain focus on a moving subject. Things such as other people, cars or animals moving through the frame may throw off the focus. If you’re panning, then stationary objects such as trees or poles may also cause the lens to “hunt and peck.” Sure, if you’re [...]

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A casualty

For my last column on how to light glass, I decided to bring a few items from home to photograph. I checked out the refrigerator and saw a bottle of sparkling cider that would work nicely as a subject. I rooted around some more and found a bottle of wine tucked away in the back. [...]

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House of glass

A few weeks ago a reader emailed me asking how to photograph jewelry and glassware. She wanted to record them for insurance purposes. Glass is one of the hardest things to photograph. Its shiny surface can pick up every little reflection. To make a proper photo of a glass item you have to take great [...]

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Going big

Quite often when I’m on an assignment I get the comment” “That’s a really big camera!” It usually happens when I’m shooting a sports event and I have a long telephoto lens on the camera. People are often impressed with the size of things, thinking that bigger is better. Well, apparently Yage Yang of Taipei, [...]

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Outdoor portrait reminder #2

Just another reminder that our next Record Readers Photo Challenge is: Outdoor Portraits and we’ll be accepting submissions until May 11. The weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so there’s not reason to go out and take some pictures. They can be posed or candid photos of people (no pets or animals, or [...]

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