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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 […]

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 […]

The 5 P’s of Photography

By Steve Russell If you’ve served in the military or spent very much time around someone who has, you’ve probably heard of the five P’s. If you have heard of them, the ones for photography are somewhat different. They are Planning, Preparation, Patience, Perseverance, and Photoshop. How much time do you need to capture an […]

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, […]

Camera Gear Storage

I’ve noticed that there aren’t a lot of camera gear storage solutions out there. At least, none that are designed specifically for storing camera equipment. Most photographers seem to cobble together their own solutions – a shelf in their closet, a dresser or cabinet re-appointed from its original intended use, stuffed camera bags stashed in […]

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 […]

Love the Lens You’re With

I’m about to get a song stuck in your head. “If you can’t be with the lens you love (honey), love the lens you’re with.” I’m paraphrasing, of course. (If you’re not sure which song I’m talking about, a kind YouTube patron posted it here.) Steve wrote a recent article about first-party vs. third-party lenses […]

Eight Reasons Why I Love Photography

By Steve Russell Recently I read, on another photography blog, an article entitled “10 Reasons Why I Hate Photography.” I’m pretty sure that the writer had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek when he wrote and posted the article but he did make a few good points. His article prompted me to list eight […]

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, […]

Ten Tips for Photographing Birds

By Steve Russell Birds are one of nature’s greatest achievements. From the tiny bee hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird at 5 centimeters (2 inches) long and 1.8 grams (0.063 ounces) in weight, to the ostrich, the world’s largest bird at 2.7 meters (9 feet) tall and weighing 156 kilograms (345 pounds), variety is the name […]