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PPE is now owned by Emerald Expositions and after several ownership changes the show seems to have found a stable home. The show was extremely well organized, especially given its size. There were hundreds of exhibitors and an estimated 23,000 photographers attended. There were pre-con photo walks led by some very well-known photographers, plenty of well-attended […]

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Do you LOVE your photo bag? Chances are you are always looking for a bag that has just one little thing that you’d like to change or add or delete. Most photographers have more than one bag. Most photographers will never be happy with the bag(s) they have, but that could be changing. Read on… […]

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1. There is no magic camera that makes you a great photographer – no more than there is a magic set of golf clubs that will make you a pro golfer or piano brand that will make you a great muscician. 2. Well-known travel photographer David duChemin says “Gear is good – vision is better.” […]

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(NOTE this is an infomercial for Platypod – I include it here because it is frankly pretty darn good at explaining the product in a way that a written blog post cannot.) While Rich & I were walking the show floor at Photoshop World in Las Vegas last August, we came upon an ingenious little […]

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I’ve been studying this for a long time and I’ve finally figured something out. The reason that so many photographers simply copy the style of the day (how many more wedding shots will I have to look at where the photographer is shooting into the sun so he can get the background to flare? How […]

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Can’t afford one of those super fast f/1.0 pro lenses so you can make your subject pop right off the screen when someone sees your photos? You can still have a nice, clean background by simply increasing the distance between your subject and the background. In the photo above, I am shooting at f/8! “How […]

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If you want to understand lighting – really understand it, prepare for many years of study. Or at least months and you might want to start with Nick Saglimbeni’s Nick Saglimbeni’s Mastering Lighting Volume 1 DVD Tutorial Series. At $150 it isn’t cheap, but it’s much less expensive than the average in-person workshop. Nick is […]

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