Category Archives: Gear

Almost every photographer I know, even those specializing in portraits or action photography, has a soft spot for landscapes.  There’s just something about nature and sunsets and vistas that captures our imagination and prompts creativity.  Even if you just dabble in landscape images, you’ll want a lens to help translate that vision before you into …

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What is a shutter count, and why is it important?  The shutter count is the number of photos you have taken. While most parts of your device probably won’t damage, the shutter undergoes frequent deterioration throughout its lifetime. Whatever your Canon model, a DSLR can withstand approximately 30,000 to 300,000 shutter actuations before needing a …

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Ever get confused when it comes to the many types of lenses? Let’s make it simple! Even if you’ve been in the photography world for years, you may not be experienced with many types of camera lenses. The truth is, many lenses are expensive, so we often choose a type of photography and then pick …

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Many people use cameras to take pictures of products, whether for a profession or a hobby. Regardless of why you photograph products, you want to use a camera that takes high image quality pictures.  The best camera for product photography will have high megapixels, a quick processor, and autofocus features. Popular brands that make the …

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Wildlife photography is already a challenging discipline. It requires a durable camera that can withstand frequent travel and harsh weather conditions. It also has to be able to deal with rapid movement, make use of inadequate lighting, and capture detail. Even if you know what to look for in a wildlife photography camera, there are …

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Whether you’ve ever been to a camera store or are shopping online, there’s a vast variety of camera accessories–everything from bags to tripods to lenses to filters. It all gets a bit overwhelming. Finding the best camera accessories, either as a gift for a photographer or personal use, can be challenging. On top of that, …

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Full-frame glorified kit lens or budget-friendly professional choice?  I weigh in on whether to love or leave the Nikon 24 120mm f/4G ED VR. When I upgraded to a full frame camera, I had the option for purchasing the Nikon 24 120mm f/4G ED at a deep discount if I bundled the Nikon 24 120mm …

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Whether you’re just starting your photography career or are a seasoned photographer, having the perfect camera is an absolute must. However, with so much debate between the top two brands, it can be hard to pick between Sony or Canon.  Each camera has its selling points, and it is a very close race between these …

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When it comes to cameras, many people experience stress and confusion when trying to decide which camera brand to purchase. Two of the most popular camera brands are Nikon and Sony.  Today, we’re going to look at Nikon against Sony to decide which camera would be better for your needs. We’ll discuss the strengths and …

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It happens to every photographer. You notice some blurry spots on an image you’re processing in post-production at some point or another. They can only mean one thing: dreaded sensor dust. Sensor dust is an issue that ranges from a minor annoyance to seriously problematic. The bad news is that no matter how careful you …

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There may come a time when you need information about your Nikon camera’s shutter actuations. When that time comes, you may be surprised to learn that locating this information is not a simple matter of looking in the Nikon camera menu. The camera menu houses plenty of other details about your Nikon, but you have …

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The best thing about photography is that you can take with you wherever you go. In fact, many photographers double as quite the adventurers, carrying their gear with them to capture never-before-seen sights and wonders all around the world.   Essential to capturing moments both near and far is a reliable tripod. We can all agree …

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Thinking about a mega zoom?  Here’s a Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6e lens review If you’re a wildlife photographer, nature photographer, or sports photographer, sometimes you want to fill the frame with your subject.  Problem is, you can’t always get closer to your subject. That’s where super-telephoto lenses or a mega zoom like the Nikon 20- 500mm …

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When you delve into the world of off-camera lighting, the choices for modifiers can seem overwhelming.  Today, we will break down the battle of beauty dish or softbox.  Learn how they’re different, how they are similar and when you might want to use them both!  We’ll also discuss the beauty dish and softbox vs umbrella …

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Whether you’re a professional photographer or an avid hobbyist, you’re going to eventually need somewhere to store all your photos—such as a NAS server. At first glance, picking between the best NAS like Synology and Drobo can seem intimidating, especially with all the technical jargon.  Both come with great reputations, but the right choice for …

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Canon is one of the most recognizable names in the photography industry, and if you’re on the lookout for your next DSLR camera, you’ll probably hear people talk about the Canon 70D or the Rebel T5i, also known as the Canon 700D.  If you’re still gathering information, it might be tricky to determine which Canon …

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