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How to Clean Your Lenses Properly

A lot of first time dSLR users are all thinged up about their lenses getting dirty and dusty and everything. And no matter how careful you are, some amount of dust/dirt/prints do make it on to your lens (if you’re not using a filter). If you’re using a filter, you save yourself the trouble of […]

Storing Your Photography Equipment

When we were first starting out in photography, it was enough that we wiped our gear clean and stored it in a camera bag with a small packet of silica gel. That was until we started seeing photos of lenses with molds in them. CC Photo by the prodigal untitled13 The most important factor that […]

My Camera was Stolen

That’s the title of my most common dream:  My camera was stolen.  If you’re not someone who can remember their dreams this paragraph can just be skipped.  I remember dreams in vivid detail.  Sometimes when I dream I’m certain that the events of that dream actually happened.  To the point that I start talking about […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers, All Under $100

It’s that time of the year again. I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy Christmas shopping as much this year what with the state of my wallet Oh, who am I kidding. I live for this shit. Below are relatively cheap gift ideas for your photography-inclined loved ones. Nikon Lens Pen Pro Kit$19.21We love […]

Back Up Your Files Regularly

Ever got the blue screen of death? CC Photo by Justin MartyYeah, just looking at the picture hurts. Here’s a pretty basic yet nevertheless friendly and hopefully timely reminder from Beyond Megapixels: Back up. This is what we do after every shoot: 1. We upload our photos to our separate workstations.2. We burn all the […]

Batch Renaming: Organizing Your Images with Adobe Bridge

The default file name your photos have are assigned by your camera. With our Canon gear, the files are named IMG_0001 (or _MG_0001 if the photo’s color space is Adobe RGB). This is actually fine if you’re just using one camera since the photos are saved sequentially. The problem arises when you are using multiple […]

How Tough is your Digital SLR?

When going through online reviews of different DSLRs you will often find a category where they rate a unit’s build quality. Build quality refers to how much abuse your unit can take before you have to retire it to DSLR heaven. The biggest factor that affects a unit’s build quality is the material used for […]

How To Clean Your Camera’s Sensor

Slap on a telephoto lens, and take a shot of a plain white surface using a small aperture like f/16 at +1 stop over exposure, open the image in Photoshop, and apply Auto Levels. At 100% magnification, you should be able to see all the dirt sitting on top of your sensor. Sensor cleaning is […]

How To Clean Your Lens

No matter how careful you are, sooner or later, your lens will get dirty. The first time you contemplate cleaning your lens can be very daunting as we found out a few days ago. Hopefully this guide can help you with the different options you have in getting your lens back to its pristine condition. […]

Back Up Your Work On the Road

If you plan out of town trips for the specific purpose of taking photos, or if you just take a ton of them whenever you go out, then you will definitely need to have some way of backing up your work. Here are some portable storage devices that have built in memory card slots. Simple […]