Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Offering headshot photography sessions can be a great way to diversify to your photography business.  It’s a service needed year-round and in every community.  But before you begin offering headshots sessions, or even practicing them, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment.  Fortunately, headshots require very little in terms of photography gear. …

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There aren’t many reliable card manufacturers that make cards and other storage for high-end digital cameras. Of this small field, Lexar and Sandisk are near the top in terms of overall card performance and reliability. Here’s what you should know about the Lexar vs. Sandisk card debate before you go shopping for a new data …

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All manner of debris can make its way onto your camera lens, from finger smudges to dust and oil. Regular camera lens cleaning helps you get a more precise, sharper shot with crisper details. But too much cleaning may lead to scratches on your lens. Keep reading for simple tips that will show you how …

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Are you trying to decide between point and shoot vs. DSLR? You’re not alone. Both of these are viable choices if you’re focusing on image quality, but neither is right for everyone. Here’s what you should know about them. Are High-Quality Megapixels a Must? Yes and no. More megapixels means greater detail in any photograph, …

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What’s the best Nikon camera on the market? The better question is what is the best Nikon camera for you! You are in the market for a new model. Two questions are likely top-of-mind: which are the best Nikon cameras and how much is this going to cost me? Follow along as I break down …

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When it comes down to DSLR cameras, many photographers consider full frame cameras to be top-of-the-line. Manufacturers like Canon build their full frame cameras for durability and performance, and if you’ve already upgraded to one, then you already know how much different they are.  Both the 5D Mark III and Canon 6D are great format …

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You may be wondering if you need a monopod or a tripod for your photography gear, as using a slower shutter speed works best when the camera is supported and fixed in place.  We’ll discuss the monopod vs tripod distinction, provide a few tips, and suggest what works best for situations like hunting and landscape …

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CPL filters are popular among landscape photographers. These glass filters reduce glare and reflection and help you capture deep colors, stunning skies, and transparent bodies of water. Here is what you need to know about how a circular polarizer filter works and how to get the best results when working with light polarization. What is …

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We give you the lowdown on buying used photography equipment! Just about every photographer I know has a wish list that’s at least a dozen items deep.  But let’s face it…lenses, camera bodies and other camera accessories are expensive.  To save money and expand their kit more quickly, some photographers turn to buying used photography …

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Battery grips.  Filters.  Memory cards.  Sort out what’s necessary and what’s nice to have when it comes to camera accessories To be a professional photographer, you only really need a camera, lens and a memory card or some film.  That’s it.  The rest of the equipment out there simply makes life easier, enhances your images …

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Hand strap, cross-body strap or harness? Here’s what you need to know before choosing a camera strap! I never really gave much thought to my camera strap.  I left the default yellow and black strap on my Nikon for years.  But after really getting bit by the photography bug, I decided a padded strap was …

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What’s so nifty about the fifty?  Let’s find out! It’s inexpensive, easy to use and optically sound.  So what’s not to love about a 50mm nifty fifty lens? In a word, nothing. There is a reason the 50mm lens is nicknamed the “nifty-fifty.”  Learn why this lens is one just about every photographer owns and …

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What’s the best macro lens for your kit?  Read this first! Macro photography can be a lot of fun to shoot.  There is just something fascinating about seeing tiny details at life-size.  There’s a whole teeny, tiny world out there waiting for an explorer like you! The problem?  To uncover these bijou realms, you need …

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Outfit your favorite shutterbug with one of these best kids cameras! Do you have a budding photographer in your ranks?  It’s never too early for kids to fall in love with photography.  But what are the best kids cameras available right now?  Should you get something simple?  Something a young photographer can grow into?  Something …

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The workhorse 70-200mm lens should be on just about every photographer’s must-have list Are you on the fence about purchasing a 70-200 mm lens?  Worried about the cost?  The weight?  Whether it’s a good lens?  I can’t make these lenses get any cheaper or heavier, but I can alleviate your concerns about it being a …

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Use monitor calibration for better client images and prints This is how my first journey down the rabbit hole of monitor calibration began. “Were you going for a really warm portrait stylistically?  Because your images lately have been really yellow.” This was a Facebook message I got from a pro photographer friend about six years …

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