Category Archives: Equipment

Readers challenge: Holiday lights

Nothing visually epitomizes the holiday season than Christmas lights, which is the subject of the current Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Some people put up simple yet elegant white lights while others put up those of every color in the rainbow. Either way, from neighborhoods to shopping centers, they lend a festive air to the season. [...]

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All in the family

Now is the time of year that many people start to think about taking family portraits. They want photos to send as Christmas cards or with seasonal newsletters to their family and friends during the holidays. Some might have their picture taken by a professional photographer while others may them with their own cameras. If [...]

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Hold it!

I always advocate to new camera purchasers to read the owners’ manual. It has all kinds of useful information especially for first time users. But here are some things that aren’t covered in a manual or even some classes. It could be something that the writers of the manuals didn’t think about or perhaps thought [...]

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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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