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7 Drawbacks to Shooting Fuji Cameras

It’s no secret that I love the Fuji Camera system.  They are fun to shoot with fantastic controls, much lighter weight than my old Nikon full frame gear, and offer excellent color reproduction and low light sensitivity. However, if you’re considering a switch to Fuji, I want you to be aware of some of the pitfalls and drawbacks to the …

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16 Benefits of a Mirrorless Camera: Why I switched!

It’s been almost two years since I switched from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera.  Personally, I love my mirrorless camera.  In this post I want to share with you the features and benefits of mirrorless cameras that I enjoy. However, I hope that after reading this you don’t think that mirrorless is all rainbows and unicorns.  There are still …

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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, …

What to Bring to the Improve Photography Retreat

The Improve Photography Retreat is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited about the event.  My wife, Emily, and I have put in hundreds and hundreds of hours to prepare for it and it’s almost time to start packing our bags. If you’ve never been to an Improve Photography event before, here are the things I’d recommend …

Dear Photographer Who My Assistant Wants to Slap…

A few minutes ago, I got a message from my amazing assistant, Jesse.  It said simply, “I kind of wanna slap this guy” along with the screenshot (above). Here’s what the screenshot says: “Hi Jim.  I can’t believe I just ordered photography instruction from someone who thinks compositing two photos together makes a good nature “photograph.”  Freakin’ Yikes! I have no words …

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“L Plates” for Your Camera: What It Is & Why I Never Shoot Without It!

For years I’ve been recommending that every photographer should get an L-plate for their camera.  Yet, when I go on meetups with readers of Improve Photography from around the world, only about 1 out of every 30 readers of this site actually has an L-plate–probably because it’s a little confusing until you see one in action. So in this post …