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Guest Entry – Is a Hand Held Light Meter Really Necessary?

This guest post is kindly provided to us by Steve Russell. You can contact Steve at steve.russell@russellpc.net. ———- Is a Hand Held Light Meter Really Necessary? By: Steve Russell Recently Tiffany Joyce posted an article about determining correct exposure by reading histograms. She opened the article by questioning the need for the use of a […]

Review – Manfrotto Monopod and Ball Head

This is my newly-purchased Manfrotto 680B Monopod and Manfrotto 494RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release. I bought both for use at the MotoGP race this August in Indianapolis. The Motor Speedway doesn’t allow for tripods in the stands, and I’ll be renting a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens from Pro Photo […]

Seven Pop Up Flash Tips

Here are some tips to improve upon the use of your built-in/pop-up flash. Use a fast shutter speed. Since the light from the flash provides a burst of bright illumination, you will require a fast shutter speed so that the photograph is not overexposed. In tandem with this, use a low ISO even in dark […]

Traveling with your Camera Gear

I have a couple of trips planned for this summer during which I will be, of course, heavily dependent upon my camera gear. One is a ten-day trip to Maine, during which time my husband and I will be sailing, driving up and down the coast, visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, and exploring […]

Photography 101 – Battery Grip

I recently purchased an Opteka Battery Pack Grip / Vertical Shutter Release for my Canon Digital Rebel. The addition of this device greatly extends the battery life of the camera. It also has a vertical shutter release, which means when I am shooting in portrait mode I can hold the camera normally (i.e. with my […]

Photography Gadgets

If you’re like me, you LOVE gadgetry. I adore miscellaneous little inventions and attachments and whatnots that are fun and easy to use. Many of them, while being novel and cool, may also increase productivity, provide added convenience, or improve photographic outcomes. Here are a handful of gadgets that I’ve come across (many from the […]

Review – Lowepro Fastpack 350

I have been doing a LOT of research on the right camera/laptop gear bag or backpack, suitable for my personal application and amount of gear. I spent, no joke, at least three weeks perusing different options and product websites. I finally decided upon the Lowepro Fastpack 350. This backpack-style camera and laptop case has all […]

What to Look For in a Laptop

I am currently in the market for a new laptop computer. If you read the Upcoming and Elsewhere entry that I posted on the 13th, you’ll have noticed that I listed a LOT of software that I will be reviewing and posting tutorials. That’s more than my current laptop can handle… plus, it only has […]

Inexpensive Lighting Solutions

Would you like to know how I composed this photo? I had the baby’s mom hold up a black blanket while the baby’s dad stood in front of it and off to the side, and held out the baby. We bounced the illumination of a clamp light off of the white lid of a pizza […]

Review – LensPen

You have GOT to get you one of these babies. This is a LensPEN Lens Cleaning System, and it is probably one of the handiest photography tools I have purchased in a long, long time. Certainly it’s the best ten bucks I’ve spend on gear. The LensPen is the size of a small magic marker. […]