Browsing all posts in April, 2011.

Photography 101: Fixed Aperture Explained

A reader recently sent me an e-mail, asking me to explain how fixed aperture lenses work. She was suffering under the misconception that a fixed aperture on a lens means that’s the only aperture that lens is capable of shooting. Apertures tend to be a subject that can be confusing to a beginning photographer. Primarily, […]

Let’s Talk Filters

By Steve Russell A friend of mine requested that I write an article about filters. When he asked I laughed and asked him, “Why don’t you come up with a subject that’s controversial?” At the risk of stepping on the toes of many of our readers, here is my take on filters. Back when shooting […]

Masters of Photography – Mathew Brady

Beginning today, we are adding a new feature to Beyond Megapixels. The feature is entitled “The Masters of Photography.” The feature can be found each Tuesday in the “Asides” section of the home page. The articles will be organized by the genre of photography and each one will be limited to one or two paragraphs […]

Camera Gear Storage

I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of camera gear storage solutions out there. At least, none that are designed specifically for storing camera equipment. Most photographers seem to cobble together their own solutions – a shelf in their closet, a dresser or cabinet re-appointed from its original intended use, stuffed camera bags stashed in […]

Data Security Through Data Backup

We talk about equipment, what and how to photograph and post processing software. However, there’s a big 500 pound gorilla sitting in the corner that we rarely think about and almost never talk about. That gorilla is data security. Until last fall I was quite careless about data security. For years, I’ve had top of […]

Reacquaint Yourself With Our Features!

By now you may have noticed that we’ve been doing some modifications to the website. Additional features, specialized content, and a new look are in the works, but for now we hope that the changes that we’ve made have improved your experience while visiting Beyond Megapixels. Here are some areas that we’d like to call […]

When Someone Asks, “What Equipment Should I Buy?”

By Steve Russell If it hasn’t happened many times already, one of these days you will be asked one of the two most dreaded questions photographers hear. “What kind of camera/lens should I buy?” Of course, the other dreaded question is, “We can’t afford a photographer. Will you take photos of our wedding?” Depending on […]

Love the Lens You’re With

I’m about to get a song stuck in your head. “If you can’t be with the lens you love (honey), love the lens you’re with.” I’m paraphrasing, of course. (If you’re not sure which song I’m talking about, a kind YouTube patron posted it here.) Steve wrote a recent article about first-party vs. third-party lenses […]

Eight Reasons Why I Love Photography

By Steve Russell Recently I read, on another photography blog, an article entitled “10 Reasons Why I Hate Photography.” I’m pretty sure that the writer had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek when he wrote and posted the article but he did make a few good points. His article prompted me to list eight […]

Canon Customer Service and my 7D

Have you ever experienced the sense that your skills don’t seem to be achieving the level of quality that you feel you’re capable of in your photographs? Have you ever been frustrated to open photo after photo in your editor, only to discover that what looked tack sharp on the camera’s display was, in reality, […]

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