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Studio Backdrops/Backgrounds

By Steve Russell When you look at most professional portraits you might think that the photographer had a really nice studio in a room of their home or even a really nice space in an office building or a retail building. The truth is that most photographers have their studios in old warehouses, garages of […]

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 […]

Review: Lensbaby Composer Pro

Oh, oh, oh, how I LOVE the new Lensbaby Composer Pro. Lensbaby has revised their original Composer with heavier construction, a Double Glass 50mm selective focus optic with drop-in aperture discs, and upgraded swivel ball and focus mechanisms. Where the swivel and focus on the original Composer felt a little “gritty”, the swivel and focus […]

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 […]

An Inexpensive Speedlight Studio

One of the most often-asked questions we get is, “What do I buy to get my Speedlight off of my camera and start taking great pictures in a small home studio?” I have a Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash (which I LOVE, by the way), and recently picked up a few things to make its […]

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 […]

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 […]