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From time to time I find myself without a tripod.  Perhaps I was traveling light… or maybe I just want to try a new angle.  One of my favorite places to shoot is low to the ground… but I’m not crazy about laying in the dirt and making a human speed bump for passerbys to […]

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The trouble with photographing eyeglasses is that they’re made of glass, which is generally pretty reflective and reflections of my flashes may obscure the eyes behind the glass, and if we can’t see a person’s eyes we might as well not make a picture. I was pretty intimidated by this when I was a new […]

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Far and away my favorite subject to photograph for relaxation and practice is in the Landscape venue. Having grown up in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Southwest Virginia, learning to make better landscape photographs has been a staple in my own learning curve over the years and an ever-present means of practice to this […]

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The Panasonic GH4 has taken the cinema world by storm–it’s a terrific video camera. One of it’s greatest strengths has also caused me some real grief: it’s so small, that lenses often interfere with the tripod mounting plate, and don’t even think about adding filters to the front of the lens! This camera, and other […]

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Nikon D7100, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, F/16, 1/13s, ISO 160, five frame panorama. It’s simple to make several pictures into one panorama, and I really think you should try it. Panoramas are usually wider than your average picture, and this is good because our daily view of the world is also very wide (just […]

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Years ago, if I was carrying a tripod, (and I was almost always carrying a tripod) it was a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod. Gitzo is top-of-the-line and expensive. Enter Induro. For about five years now I’ve been using Induro tripods on all my stills photo projects. They are every bit the high quality product that […]

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To inspire you to get the most out of your tripod, I’ve collected 10 quick tips.  Some of these belong to Scott Bourne while others are mine.  I hope they help you make better photos. Make transitions easy. Invest in a system (such as an Arca-Swiss style plate) that makes it simple to get the […]

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