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Focal-Plane Shutter: What it is and how it affects your photos

Although many of us can rattle off in-depth specifications about our camera bodies or talk about complex post-processing techniques for hours at a time, surprisingly few photographers know how the guts of their camera actually operate.  I realized recently that I was one of those people. Even though I felt like a had a strong working knowledge of my camera …

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Getting Smart with Photoshop Smart Objects

Anyone who has used Photoshop for some time has heard the term Smart Object used from time to time. The phrase “Non Destructive Workflow” is often mentioned in thousands of videos, articles, books, etc. when the subject is of a post processing workflow with photographic images. One of the best and most powerful features within Photoshop is the ability to …

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Peak Design: Everyday Messenger vs. Everyday Backpack

Anyone who has followed me for very long knows I love Peak Design.  I own a lot of their gear and have reviewed a handful of things in the past, including one of their straps, clips, and a couple of their pouches.  I like Peak Design for their innovation and willingness to step out of the traditional way of doing things …

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Photographing Wildlife in Winter – It’s Surprisingly Fun!

Perhaps this makes me a lousy Canadian, but I’ve never been a winter person. I hate being cold and see snow as an inconvenience that serves only to make my commute exponentially longer. Winters have always been for hibernating, reading books and binge watching Netflix…until now. I’ve just learned a secret. It turns out winter IS good for something, after …

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8 Tips for Better Photography Client Communication

Writing emails, meeting with clients, talking about contracts and expectations: these are not the reasons most of us come to the business of photography. For the hobbyist-turned-small-business, client communication might not be a strength or a desire. However, without proper attention to client communication, you might be missing out on several ways to enhance your website, your blog, and your success. …

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9 Tools for the International Travel Photographer

For the holidays this year, I took my family of four (wife and two toddlers) on a sixteen day European vacation.  We had a great deal on a hotel in Paris so we planned around that and ultimately packed too much travel into too little time.  We flew into Amsterdam, spent the day there before catching the train to Paris …