Category Archives: Accessories

If you’ve never worked with digital file formats, the word gigabyte probably doesn’t mean much to you.  Whether you’ve just gotten your first camera or you’re shopping for a new memory card, you’re faced with dozens of options that can be extremely puzzling if you’re not familiar with them. A 16GB card may be the …

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For photographers, SD cards are like gold. After all, you’d have nowhere to store your photos without them. While SD cards come in standard sizes, it’s sometimes difficult to estimate how many photos you’ll be able to fit onto a single SD card.  If you’re wondering how many pictures can 16GB hold, you’re in the …

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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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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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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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Tripods as a concept are simple: they provide a stable foundation to rest your camera on as you work. Despite that simplicity, though, shopping for one can be complicated as there are many options out there. Finding a quality option whenever trying to purchase on a tight budget can also be tricky. Thankfully, you don’t …

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High Dynamic Range photography (HDR photography) is a popular technique used to capture a wide range of lights and darks. Essentially, it alters a photograph’s dynamic range. The dynamic range is the complete spectrum of light and dark in a photo. Different types of cameras have different ranges. When the camera can’t accurately capture the …

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Photographers everywhere have a difficult relationship with light. Light is necessary to make images, but if there’s too much light, shots with all but the most limited exposure times will appear to be washed out. Neutral density filters bridge the gap between ambient lighting and short exposure times by reducing the overall amount of light …

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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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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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Nail exposure and white balance with the inexpensive, practically primitive, gray card Do you struggle setting white balance during sessions?  How about nailing exposure with or without a flash?  If I told you that I could solve both your problems for less than $25, would you believe me?  It’s true.  With the help of the …

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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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Create a photo storage plan and eliminate your worst nightmare of lost images! Losing an image is hard.  Disappointing clients is worse.  But telling a client you’ve lost ALL their images is a freaking nightmare.  It’s a worst-case scenario that scares photographers to death and keeps us up nights.  Would your business survive a photo …

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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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Are you in the market for a new computer monitor? Whether your current monitor broke, or you’re looking for to upgrade, these are the features you should be looking for when preparing to buy the best monitor for photo editing. Finding the best monitor can cause some serious anxiety, especially when it comes to photo …

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