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Macro Photography — Experimenting With Different Equipment

By Steve Russell Usually when I sit down to write an article I end up writing a lot of words and include a few photographs. For today’s article, I thought I’d include a lot of photos and write fewer words. Macro photography has long been one of my favorite approaches to photography. It’s possible to […]

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 […]

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, […]

Should You Buy A Better Lens or Better Camera?

Today’s article is on a subject I’ve wanted to write about for some time. Before I get to the actual article there are a couple of things I wanted to mention. I am going to give my opinion which is supported by the opinions of other photographers I know – professionals, accomplished amateurs, etc. While […]

John Shaw Nature and Digital Photography Seminars (cont.)

By Steve Russell Last week I reviewed the first day of the John Shaw seminar I attended recently. Today, I’ll review the second day. The second day of the seminar was largely about workflow management using Adobe Lightroom 3. John stressed that what he was going to present was what works for him. It’s how […]

Product Review — Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

By Steve Russell Before I begin this article, I would like to ask each of you to remember the people of Japan. The challenges and hardships they are enduring go far beyond the events of the earthquake and tsunami. I once lived in Japan for two and a half years and learned first hand that […]

6 Tips For Wildlife Photography

By Steve Russell If you enjoy nature photography or have always wanted to try your hand at it, here are a few tips that will help you enjoy your experiences and capture better images. There have been many books published on nature photography and this short article isn’t intended to cover all the hows and […]

Tethered Shooting With A Canon DSLR

Tethered shooting is a useful photography tool. With the use of a USB or firewire cable run between the camera and a computer, the photographer can instantly review their shots on the computer screen. As the shutter is pressed, the images are recorded on the computer hard drive rather than the camera’s memory card. This […]

Photography Gear Research

If you’re anything like me, you research the purchase of a new item of photography gear for a long time before making a decision. I researched for a month before deciding on the Canon 7D over the 5D Mark II. I rented both the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and the 24-70mm f/2.8L before deciding to […]

Accessories for the New DSLR Owner

A friend of mine recently got an early Christmas present – a Nikon D90. She was in the process of updating her Wish List and pinged me for suggested accessories for a first-time DSLR owner. 1. First thing’s first. I promptly went out and bought her Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, […]