As a landscape photographer and workshop leader, Ive seen many gear failures. Tripod legs fall apart, ballheads bind up, and tiny screws come loose all of the time. When you are miles from your car and your gear fails, a quick field repair will save your shoot and preserve your sanity. As a die-hard gear geek, I have many tools and gadgets. Some have proven indispensable, other indefensible. Lets compare my four favorite pocket tools to see which have earned a home in my camera bag. Really Right Stuff MTX … [Read more...] about Fools Don’t Bring Tools – Photography Multitools Compared
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain english for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 1 OK, prepare to be temporarily confused (but not for long). A lot of terms are used to describe image resolution. The problem is that many people (and companies) use the wrong terms, which (understandably) leads to a great deal of confusion. Lets take a quick look at the most common terms and … [Read more...] about Understanding Resolution [UP2]
Your memory card can be the most important piece of gear on a shoot. It stores the one thing that can get you paidbut what do you do if it becomes corrupt? Ive had a bunch of memory devices become corrupt; a brand-new CF card while shooting HDR and portraits on Zuma Beach in California, a trusty SD card in my main camera while shooting video interviews for Under Armour, and even an AJA hard drive while recording my multi-camera sports production for ESPN. They say everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. But there are steps I can take to … [Read more...] about Recover Files from a Corrupt Memory Card Using Mac Disk Utility
Back in October of 2014 I wrote, "Click Away Digital is Free, or is it?". I wrote the article when my trusty Nikon D700 reached the end of its life. I arrived at the cost per click by dividing the initial price of my camera by the number of shots I took. The result, it cost me about 2 cents per click, not bad but I missed my camera. A Tough Decision; Replace or Repair my Camera? I replaced my the D700 with a new Nikon D810. I love the D810 for portraits but not for sports. I thought about getting a used Nikon D4 but after using a refurbished … [Read more...] about Replace or Repair Your Camera?
"I don't take pictures for the sake of photographing. I take photographs to express whats going on inside of me." - Rumio Sato … [Read more...] about “I don’t take pictures for the sake of photographing. I take photographs to express what’s going on inside of me.”
If youre in the market for a new camera, it often seems like the number one criteria is megapixels. Im not saying that this is right, but it's the one of the few criteria that camera makers think that their customers can understand. I often think theres a lot of hype with cameras, so Id like to take a second and break down what a megapixel really is and help you figure out how many you actually need for your workflow. A megapixel is simply a unit of storage that describes the amount of data captured by a camera. It can be written to internal … [Read more...] about How Much Do You Know About Megapixels?
It's that time again. The calendar turns over another year. Many of us will make resolutions - mini contracts with ourselves to improve something, achieve something or even acquire something. Goal setting is an important part of my personal success, and New Year's resolutions are merely another way to talk about goals. What are your photographic goals in 2011? Perhaps you want something simple to acquire like a new camera. Maybe you desire something that's harder to achieve like learning how to tell compelling stories with your camera. … [Read more...] about New Year’s Resolutions – A Photographer’s Goals
Since switching from Canon to Nikon (a switch I am still very happy to have made) I have noticed one disappointing thing about Nikon gear. It needs repair more often than my Canon gear. In fact, a great deal more often. I went years at a time without needing to get any of my Canon gear repaired. Within the first year of owning Nikon gear, I've had to have my 14-24 F/2.8 repaired (under warranty) for a sticky zoom. I've had a MB-D80 battery pack just literally fall apart while on the road - I just tossed it in the trash. I had a brand new SB-900 … [Read more...] about Is Your Camera Reliable?
Output resolution, i.e., PPI, DPI and LPI is commonly misunderstood. Here is a short, non-technical, non-scientific, simple explanation. Terms like PPI, DPI and LPI are used to determine the difference in how resolution is measured depending on device. Many times you will incorrectly hear them used interchangeably. The Byzantine jumble of acronyms and jargon that is used to describe resolution is crazy. But never fear. Just memorize this concept, and you will understand more about it than most so-called experts. When measuring DESKTOP PRINTER … [Read more...] about Resolution Solution