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Review: Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250

The last time I reviewed a Lowepro product, my pool table was my studio. I thought I would continue in the grand tradition. It lends an air of authenticity to it, don’t you think? I recently took a 10-day trip that included three legs of travel. That’s twelve hours of flight time, eight hours of […]

Review: Canon CanoScan 9000F Color Image Scanner

I’ve just returned from a two-week vacation, which included stops in Chicago (where my husband was in a company training class) and in Maine (my home state). It was my primary goal, while in Maine, to scan all of the old family photographs that have been mouldering in my Grandmother’s basement. In preparation for this […]

Summer Is Coming

Here in Florida where I currently live, and in Arizona where Tiffany currently lives, summer is starting to remind us why we really, really like fall, winter and spring. With summer comes the heat, sometimes oppressive heat, and while it doesn’t get as hot here as it does in Arizona we do have something that […]

Back to Basics: Fill Light Two Ways

Fill light is used when the subject of the photograph is darker than the background. It is intended to lighten shadows and reveal detail. When you observe a photographer using a flash in the outdoors, during the daytime, often they are using the flash as a fill light. There is also a way to increase […]

Masters of Photography – W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) W. Eugene Smith began his photographic career by taking pictures for two daily newspapers in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Smith eventually moved to New York City where he worked for Newsweek and then Life Magazine for a while. As a correspondent for Ziff-Davis Publishing and then again with Life, he […]

Camera Obscura Creates “Rooms With A View”

(Click on all photographs to enlarge and enjoy.) There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when photography seemed like magic. Given what we know now, with concepts taught to us by our high-school science teachers, we understand the photographic process much better than our historical compatriots. That understanding has in no way removed the […]

Look to the Past to find Encouragement for the Future

From time to time, every photographer experiences a bit of discouragement. Perhaps we’ve had an “off” day in which we just couldn’t capture the shots we wanted. Maybe what we find ourselves having to photograph is a far cry from what we really wish to be photographing. Or it could be that we’ve hit a […]

Masters of Photography – Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) Some people quietly open a door and then gently close it after they have passed through. Others kick down the door and storm through. Whether or not Bourke-White ever kicked down a door, she opened so many that she wouldn’t have had time to be quiet about it. I could easily write […]

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, […]

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 […]