Category Archives: Photo Gear Reviews

When you need to go wide, you need to go wide! While I managed to photograph over 47 weddings with only 3 prime lenses (the 28, 50 and 85) I decided that I want to add a couple lenses to our collection that would add versatility to our clients wedding photos. In addition to adding …

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My StoryIn mid November of 2012 I photographed a high school senior and had the first compact flash card go corrupt on me in years. Prior to that I once had lost a couple of files on a vacation in 2006. That experience had caused me to eventually change what is a horrible practice amongst …

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What wedding photography gear and equipment do you need? The very first video that I ever recorded for the Cole’s Classroom YouTube channel was “Our Must Have Wedding Photography Equipment” which oddly enough has still been our most viewed video yet.  At the time that was our wedding photography kit that we loved to pieces …

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Why the New Nikon 35 1.8G FX Lens is a Game Changer! (Above Photo Tech details: D800 + 50mm at f/1.8, edited with “Soft Creamy Color – Warmer” preset) For the vast majority of today’s photographers who’s first DSLRs are entry level “crop sensor” cameras (like the Nikon D3200 or a Canon Rebel), the decision …

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Ever wonder if you really need vibration reduction? We’re here to explain it all! Whether you are a Nikon or Canon photographer you are likely familiar with the terms “Vibration Reduction”  (VR) or “Image Stabilization” (IS). You have likely seen when searching for lenses to add to your ever growing wish list. The major difference …

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D5300 vs D5200 – What’s New in the D5300? It is remarkable how far technology has advanced and at how fast of a pace it is doing so!  Hot of the press tonight is the announcement of Nikon’s newest entry level DSLR, the Nikon D5300.  After reading through the Nikon D5300 specs I must say, …

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Should I Upgrade or Keep The Kit Lens? Here are my top 3 reasons why you should upgrade your kit lens… The beauty of having a DSLR camera is the versatility you have available by using a variety of lenses.  Despite this freedom of being able pick and choose the right lens for the job, …

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Are you hoping to get started in the wonderful world of wedding photography but feel you are unable to at the moment because of the expense of equipment?  Don’t be.  I am here to show you 3 of my favorite Nikon lenses for weddings that we just about exclusively use for every single engagement and …

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What is a 50 mm lens good for?  Here are our top five reasons every photographer should consider adding this to their camera bag! It doesn’t matter if you shoot Canon, Nikon, Sony or any other camera brand, the fact is, every photographer should own a 50mm lens! The amazing thing about a 50mm lens is …

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Nikon D800 Megapixels: Why Having 36 Megapixels Doesn’t Suck! Why the heck does anyone need 36 megapixels!?!?!? I will be the first to admit – I was disappointed when Nikon announced the D800, with 36 megapixels.  Everything else about the camera I loved and wanted and after lots of thinking over a couple months I …

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In need of a macro lens? You’re in the right place! Here’s a practical lens review of the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR macro. It’s no secret that I absolutely love shooting prime lenses.  In fact, when I first started Cole’s Classroom, the first video that I recorded was our “Must Have Wedding Equipment.” In that …

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[fusion_text]The Nikon 28mm 1.8 G is one of the 3 Nikon prime lenses that is always in our camera bag at every wedding and engagement session.  Perhaps what I like most about the Nikon 28mm 1.8 is its versatility – being that it works so well in so many different uses and its focal length …

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Prime vs Zoom lenses – that is the question.  Here are 7 reasons to consider adding a prime lens to your bag! One of the great debates in photography is prime vs. zoom lenses.  Each type of lens has its own legion of fans and its own purpose.  Which is the best type for you?  …

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What wedding photography equipment do you need for the big day? Ever wondered what our must-have wedding photography equipment was?  Specifically what lenses a wedding photographer should own if they are a prime lens shooter and not big on zoom lenses? If so, this post is for you. This tutorial and video are all about …

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I had never had a problem with Nikon Transfer until two nights ago when I got my brand new D800 in the mail, I was so excited.  After taking a handful of sample photos I wanted to upload onto my computer and into Lightroom so I plugged in the USB cable just as I’ve done …

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