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What Is A Leaf Shutter?

The two main types of shutters in all modern cameras are focal-plane shutters and leaf shutters.  Focal-plane shutters are what you’ll find in most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras on the market today.  To learn more about focal-plane shutters, check out this excellent article written by Kevin Jordan.  This article will dive into the more mysterious and lesser-known world of the …

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Best L-Bracket For Pentax Cameras

As a Pentax shooter, there are just some facts of life that I have learned to accept. The fact that the lens and accessory market is very limited compared to Canon and Nikon. So when I find a piece of gear that I need/want that works with Pentax, I feel like I just won the World Series. Well, not really …

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Are You An Ethical Nature Photographer?

Oxford Dictionary defines ethics as: “Moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity. Ethics are closely related to morals, and both refer to how we behave in situations.” One of my college instructors referred to ethics as how we behave when no one is looking. I think that definition is especially relevant in the context …

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The Complete Light Painting Tutorial

Light painting is my favorite photography technique, but as I travel around the world meeting up with readers of Improve Photography, it’s usually the thing that is toughest for new night photographers to get right.  In this article I want to share with you simple steps for creating a good light painting, and some pitfalls to avoid. During this tutorial, …

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12 Photography Magazines: Which One’s For You?

While the Internet can provide an endless stream of photography articles and tutorials, there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned magazine that’s been written, edited, and curated by professionals. From the thoughtful themes and specific genres to the simple experience of holding a printed periodical, we would all do well to turn off our screens and pick up …

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15 Hiking Tips for the Landscape Photographer

While I have dabbled in all kinds of photography, Landscapes have always been my passion.  That is because I love the all things outdoors, including hiking.  Not too long ago, I heard an interview with Nathan St. Andre discussing hiking and photography tips.  I was immediately intrigued.  Especially because Nathan is from Southern Utah, just outside of Zion National Park, …