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It seems like there are thousands of small cameras for sale. Sometimes I get tired of all the new model announcements, but the Ricoh GR 16.2 MP Digital Camera intrigued me because it – like a long line of current compact cameras, is a point-and-shoot with DSLR quality. The Ricoh uses a 16.2 MP, APS-C […]

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I am bombarded lately by pixel peepers quoting DxoMark numbers on this or that product. They tell me (proudly) that THIER lens scores better than mine or their pal’s or whatever. I just chuckle. I’ve never actually met a pixel peeper who’s a good photographer. Oh don’t get me wrong. I’ve met pixel peepers who […]

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With today’s cameras, capable of 12, 13 even 15 frames per second, it’s easy to rack up memory card after memory card full of images. And there’s evidence that is what’s happening. The memory makers are building bigger and bigger cards for a reason – people want more storage. How much do you shoot at […]

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I have been photographing my new girlfriend, well not really, just my 2014 Jaguar F-Type. At my age, the car is the next best thing! It’s been challenging to think of new ways to approach shooting the car. I have tons of standard shots I haven’t shared. They are mostly documentary shots. This is how […]

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Regular readers know that I am a big supporter of photographic education. I know that times are tough for many of you. I know that $598 is a lot of money to come up with. I want to help. I’ve given out scholarships to lots of events. And this year I am continuing my pledge […]

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I’ve said it many times here. If you want to be a successful photographer worry about being you – not being new. Yet, the younger you are, the more prone you are to want to do something “out of the box.” It’s natural. You get that advice from all the big shots. But it’s not […]

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I apologize in advance for this lengthy post. It may be too ethereal for some of you. But when I get the urge to write these sorts of posts, I’ve learned to just go ahead and let it rip. I usually get feedback later on that someone has been helped and that is always my […]

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UPDATED July 2013 – there have been several cool new lenses released since I first published this list and those changes are reflected herein. I’ve also added a few more of the older lenses I’ve had time to test and fall in love with as well as another zoom. I’ve also added a section briefly […]

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I am a very fortunate man. I get to call Scott Kelby a pal. He’s been there for me any time I’ve needed him and he’s literally one of the nicest guys in the industry. I’ve in turn done everything I can to help him, not that he needs any help from me :) But […]

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This post is an updated compilation of several shorter posts I wrote in the past trying to answer the question, “What camera should I buy?” It includes some new cameras in the recommendation section. But please note: The newest camera is NOT always the best camera. It’s still the most popular question I […]

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A simple fact. The Sony NEX-7 is not on the list of the top 100 selling cameras at Amazon (the Sony NEX-6 is on the list – dead last at 100.) I received the following email from an agent for Sony… I will post it without further comment other than to say I rejected the […]

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I don’t know how they do it, but Adorama’s house brand (Flashpoint) continues to come up with amazing products at an affordable price. Case in point the Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle. If you’ve seen this type of rig before from companies like Red Rock Micro or Zacuto you’ve probably seen price tags that are three […]

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There are literally hundreds of card readers you can buy to move data from your camera’s memory card to your computer. I recently tested the PixelFlash USB 3.0 No-Bend Pins Compact Flash Memory Card Reader. This product accepts only CF cards (would be nice if they could figure out how to add SD cards too) […]

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If you photograph outdoors as I often do, you’re going to realize that great big blue sky of ours has an impact on our photographs. When I look at portfolios, more than 75% of the time I see outdoor images with a hideous blue color cast. This is subtle in some cases and not so […]

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Judging your own work – I think it’s one of the hardest things to do. That’s why I usually use a portfolio consultant (typically someone with a great deal of experience as a photo editor for a magazine or book publisher) to help me do my selects. But what if you don’t have access to […]

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NOTE: This post was written based on my experience as a US citizen doing business from the United States. If you are not a US resident, much of the information in this post may not apply to you so consult legal help in your area to get the most accurate information. More than a year […]

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I love black and white prints. I still make them using digital processes. I shot mostly black and white film back in the days when I did shoot film. But for me, not every subject lends itself to being photographed in black and white, i.e., rainbows, fireworks, etc. When you’re shooting things that are very […]

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I think so. And I did something about it. This last year, I said no to 80% of the speaking engagements I was offered and 90% of the workshops I was asked to teach. I stopped trying to be part of every social network under the sun. I stopped reading ANY photo-related comments on web […]

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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Scott Bourne and Abba Shapiro contributed — Follow Abba on Twitter Sharpness continues to be a problem for some beginners and even intermediate photographers. Here are some tips for those of you who want the absolutely sharpest photo you can get. 1. Use A Tripod If you want […]

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A photographer recently wrote to me at Photofocus to complain that I mentioned a studio light I used when making my macro shots. He proudly proclaimed – “I only shoot with natural light. That’s how REAL photographers work.” Sigh. Well if it makes you feel better to say that then by all means say it. […]

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I have to admit that when I switched to Lightroom from Aperture one of my biggest concerns was managing my own Catalog. In Aperture you have the option of managing the (Library – Apple uses the term Library – Lightroom uses the term Catalog)  or letting Aperture do it. In the past I always let […]

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