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Going Pro – How to Prioritize Gear Purchases

Unfortunately, most of us work with a limited budget when it comes to purchasing photography gear. Once we consider taking our photography to the next level and going pro, having the right gear becomes even more important. Not only is it important to have the right gear to capture the shots, it is also important […]

Product Review – Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

Sometimes I’m convinced that the worst piece of equipment in photography is the camera strap that comes with your camera. Not only is it a marginally functional piece of equipment, you get the same strap no matter how expensive your camera might be. If you purchase a brand new DSLR for $600 you get a […]

Christmas Wish List 2011 – Prepare for Black Friday – Part II

By Steve Russell Black Friday is this week. As a complement to Tiffany’s article on November 11, I thought I would put together a Christmas Wish List for the advanced photographer in your life or if that photographer is you, a list you can give to someone else as a hint. As Tiffany suggested, get […]

Christmas Wish List 2011 – Prepare for Black Friday!

With Christmas a little under seven weeks(!) away, and Black Friday only TWO WEEKS away, now is the time to get your shopping game plan together! Here are my recommended gift items for the photographers in your life. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable, because I have a LOT of gift ideas! For […]

Review: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

The Short Review: DEAR LORD I LOVE THIS LENS. I am going to buy it at my earliest opportunity. It went immediately on my wish list. The Somewhat Longer Review: The Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens is an excellent lens for photographing action taking place in bright sunlight. Due to its […]

Insuring Your Photography Equipment

During the last week I recorded an inventory of all my photography equipment. Don’t get me wrong, I know what I have and can name each item. This time I wrote down, if you can call using a computer writing down, the complete name of each item, the serial number and the price I would […]

It’s Not Just The Camera

How many times have you heard the comment, it’s not the camera that takes a good photo, it’s the photographer? Well, if that’s true, why do professional photographers, those that make their living with photography, use mostly DSLR’s? Some of the Pro’s were using SLR film cameras when the digital revolution began and it was […]

Balancing Ambient Light with a Speedlite

Sometimes it is necessary to compensate for a background that is over-exposed, especially when shooting in bright light (as in outdoor photography). When using a speedlite as a fill flash, this is very easy to do. Different camera brands achieve this in different ways, so here is how to balance ambient light with light from […]

Depth-of-Field In Depth

By Steve Russell For the beginning photographer, especially when using a DSLR, depth-of-field can make absolutely no sense. For the accomplished photographer it’s an invaluable tool for creating the desired result when photographing landscapes, portraits, wildlife, etc. In its simplest form, depth-of-field is the area, or depth of area, in front of the lens that […]

Unboxing My Birthday Present (and first photos)

Right up there with unboxing a brand new camera body is unboxing a lens that you’ve coveted for… well, in my case, YEARS. This week, in celebration of my birthday, I finally bought a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS. Of COURSE I photographed the unboxing when it arrived! And here’s the best tip I […]