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  1. amy whitt

    I have a question about updating my camera body. I am just starting out as a photographer and currently have a Canon T3i with two kit lenses and recently brand new one. My question is before I start investing in lenses and other equipement is the Canon body style the way to go? I heard with Nikon everything is pretty much universal, camera body and lenses. Any information will be helpful. Thank-you.

  2. Lance Boepple

    I shoot with a Canon 6d and a 24-105 lens. The image quality is incredible, and I’m extremely happy with the camera, but wonder if I’d be better off buying a small prime lens (40mm pancake, etc), versus buying a 4/3 or fuji x100s for a more compact camera to be used for traveling. The canon is very large and challenging to carry all the time, yet the motto is “always have a camera with you”. So, would I better off just downsizing my lens, or buying a whole new smaller camera. Thanks

  3. Bob Hare

    Jim, you mentioned a Monoprice monitor that is an excellent photography monitor at a good price — but not Apple compatible. I just received an ad from Monoprice, touting 30″ IPS LED Backlit LCD Panel WQXGA 2560×1600 Dual Link DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA w/Adjustable stand -Matte / Anti-Glare for under $700. And it is Apple compatible. Product number: 10734.

    Check it out at:

    I’ve listened to all of your shows and find them immensely interesting. I am a rank amateur photographer, in it for the fun and memories. Thank you for your time, energy and knowledge.

    Bob Hare

  4. Mary Ann

    I would love to be able to add your help links to my blog page — I am asking for your permission to add them to my blog. My blog page is added to this email.
    Mary Ann

  5. scott opp

    I listen to your podcasts and think they are really good. They have helped me with photography a bunch. I have a question hopefully you will have the time to answer. I started taking photos using raw files. The only thing I don’t understand is why when I zoom in to make edits the picture looks really bad. It shouldn’t because I know raw is far superior, maybe I have some setting wrong. I use a canon 7d and use lightroom 5 to edit.

  6. Tim M.

    One thing I keep hearing from professionals on your podcast is that people focus so much on the gear and should really be spending the time and money at photography workshops to better under their camera. How does one go about signing up for a workshop and how do I know if it is a legit one and not a scam? If this has been answered already I apologize ahead of time. Thank you for all the knowledge and keep up the great work

  7. Chrystie Hodakoski

    Hey guys!!
    Im back!!
    So my husband signed me up again for intermediate and portrait classes. It was a surprise again and Im trying to go on to see when it all starts!! I don’t want to miss it, but Im failing trying to retrieve the info!! This happened last time when I first started with ya’ll! UGH!! please help Im so excited and I can’t figure it out!
    FYI you guys are seriously the best and I highly recommend you whenever I hear that someone whats to take up Photography, Justin had to call me in one of my crisis situations and that was 2 years ago…a lot has changed!! I now am super busy and eager to learn more..You always learn something new photography is always on the change. Please get back with me!!

  8. Boyd Miner

    I just watched your Epic Review of the Nikon D5200 and the Cannon Ti-5. One of the complaints you made about the Nikon was its lack of a dedicated ISO button. I’m sure that by now you have figured out how to do this, but just in case you still haven’t figured it out, I would suggest that you simply set the “Function Button” (“Fn” button) to become the ISO button. to do this simply go into the following menu [Custom Settings][Controls], you can select the [Assign Fn button] option and from there you can select the “ISO sensitivity” option. Once this has been done the “Fn” button located on the front left side of the camera will become an “ISO sensitivity” button that you so wanted this camera to have.

  9. Paul Cohen

    I discovered this site only recently and I like it a lot. But one improvement I’d like to see is to make the podcasts available as podcasts.

    A podcast is not just an audio program that can be downloaded manually. It should be possible to set up automatic downloads using software like Juice or ipodder. This requires that the podcasts be listed on a web page in a particular XML format called RSS. There are readily available tools for generating such pages.

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      The website is available as an RSS. Just got to http//

  10. Kim R

    My email was hacked. Just wanting to update my email address so I can continue to receive your updates and information. Thanks.

  11. Bruce

    Jim…noticed that a photo of your was featured on the Nikon USA website. Unless there are more Jim Harmers about.

    Congrats. Bruce.

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      @Bruce – Yep! That’s me! It was fun to be feature on there.

  12. Chris Jakubin

    I bought a lightroom class and it states my status is on-hold. I would love to get started, how do I get my status changed???

  13. Al Morris

    Hi Jim. Just looking at back up plans… again. Just wondering what would a typical wedding would work out for you in terms of GB size? I know my average wedding is +32gb. Then there’s the edited version once the RAW files are safely tucked away. So looking at roughly 50gb. That’s a lot of uploading to the cloud in the busy season. And if your like me and live in the country with limited bandwidth, not really practical. Any solutions?

  14. sarah jorden

    I have taken a class in the past. I downloaded presets for Lightroom and really enjoyed them. I recently changed computers and have been tweaking my Lightroom to get it back to how I liked it. I cannot figure out how to retrieve your presets. Would you have a record of my prior purchase? what would you recommend for me to do?

  15. Bob Patterson

    Your podcast is the best photography podcast, However, since you went back to the 2 person with Darin, your audio is not as clear as it was. Darin’s voice is crystal clear but yours seems a bit unclear. I am wondering if it is my equipment (iPod Touch 16 GB) or something else.

    Keep up the good work as I look forward to your podcasts each week.

    Thank you.

  16. Lance Boepple

    How about addressing the correct way to clean a DSLR sensor. I was recently at an airs how with my Canon 50D with my 70-200 lens. Got some great shots, except for the sensor dirt that appeared in post. I’m hesitant to clean the sensor myself. Should I be?

    Also, I’d like to use this same 70-200mm lens on my Canon 6D at air shows, but don’t want to expose my sensor to dirt. I’ve heard that the quality of photos from full frame cameras will exceed those of crop framed cameras in venues such as this, even if you have to crop them in. Better to take the full frame only and switch lenses, or take the crop frame with the long lens and
    switch camera bodies?

    Thanks for your opinion on this. Love your podcast…

  17. Joanne

    You state you will have a link regarding what brand extensions you used in your micro podcast from last week, but I can’t find any info I your website. Help!

  18. Trevor

    Just found the pod…really entertaining while I work and informative.

    I just bought my first camera, (Sony a6000) after a year of having interest in photography. Now my problem is finding time to practice and find inspiration. (other than shooting my kids) I have 2 little kids and when I’m not working I’m with my kids.

    How does someone with kids find time and inspiration to shoot anything other than their kids? Or what can I shoot while I’m with my kids even…

  19. Jay

    I’ll keep this short and sweet, I’m interested in knowing your opinion on shutter release cables? Maybe ones that you can set the amount of time you want the shutter open for rather than holding down a button.

  20. Chris

    I really enjoy your podcasts and sometimes the behind the scenes newsletters too. I wish however that Jim did not pepper things with religious overtones quite so often. I do respect the right in our country (the U.S.) to verbally assert our faith in everyday speak but I think that while it can attract some, it can alienate others. I thought the purpose of this site and podcast was to Improve Photography, not to tell us your opinion that a beautiful scene occurred because God wanted it (Iceland) or that the weather and color of the leaves came together so it was ‘blessed’. Secondly, too much talk about your presets…

    The above are opinions I thought of while reading your material today…not so much of a critique as an observation (except about the continuous talk of presets). As I said, I like what you do, and by God’s will, I’ll keep listening until the last blessed episode!

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      @Chris – If you’re offended by passing comments with a “religious overtone” which took up precisely 9 seconds of a show lasting 1 hour and 8 minutes, then you’re WAY too sensitive. Insanely, ridiculously, laughably sensitive.

      I can either be one of two people in my public life: (1) I can be who I am and express stories about my life the way I see them, or (2) I can be an inauthentic fraud who caters to each of the peculiar sensibilities of the millions of people who read this site. I choose #1.

      If the religious overtones were so over the top that it swallowed up the photography talk, there would definitely be a problem. But as I’ve stated that just isn’t the fact here. So if you can’t deal with who I am as a person, then I think you’ll have to look elsewhere for free photography advice.

  21. tmersh

    I’d like to make a critique that is meant to be helpful, not harmful. I often find myself wishing Darin would relax. Maybe it’s just me, but he often speaks in monotones, I’m guessing because he’s tense, which makes him sound boring. I don’t think what he’s saying is boring in most cases, but it comes off that way. It also sometimes has the effect of sounding like you are reaching for what to say, like in asking Jim questions about Iceland in that podcast. I think Dusty and Jim were so good together because they were able to just relax and have a conversation together that sounded natural & not like they were straining for what to say next. If it’s hard for you to relax, you might try consciously modulating your voice until relaxing “on air” starts to come naturally. As I said, I might be the only one who feels this way, but I suspect not. At any rate, I hope you find it helpful & not nasty. I wish you well!


  22. Patrick J. Rodrigues

    Do I have to buy a software in addition to your course? Or I don’t have to worry.
    Do I have to upgrade yearly? Or will I be able to continue without any hassle.
    I will appreciate very highly your reply before I run out of your deadline.
    Thank you

    1. Author
      Jim Harmer

      @Patrick J. Rodrigues – You can buy Lightroom 5 and the presets will work for as long as the software does. Lightroom is available as a subscription bundled with the full version of Photoshop for $10 per month, or as a standalone purchase for about $150.

  23. Ann Fox Gulbransen

    OK, I bought the new steal and did get the presets and brushes. I did not get the 1 hr video training, the lightroom crash course or the webinar. Please advise.


  24. Simmie Reagor


    I noticed you were having a hard time recommending a wide angle lens for a crop sensor camera. I can vouch for the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. I had this on a D7000 and got good results on it. CA was well controlled and easily cleaned up on any that showed up. Very sharp results and not very expensive (a little over $600). The only drawbacks would be the the bulbous front element limiting you in which type of filter you can use on it if that’s your thing and its not a fast lens. So at least one more you can suggest.

  25. Roger Striffler

    As a long time subscriber, I love your podcast and this site. I do have to say, however, that I completely disagree with the recent post, “How to Market Your Photography Using Instagram”.

    Instagram exists as a forum for posting snapshots of everyday life. It’s heart and soul, the thing it was completely designed around, is the use of the mobile device to capture photos. The purpose being to capture and share moments in the days of our lives. Sure, there is some editing functionality, but that is to enhance, not replace, the experience. Though it can certainly be done, sharing photos not taken with the phone is an ancillary feature at best, and not in keeping with the true sprit of Instagram.

    There was a large outcry by Instagram users when Facebook acquired Instagram; they (we) feared the commercialization of the app. And here we are.

    I completely understand and respect the creativity and work ethic required by independent business folks and entrepreneurs, but I also respect that they generally will have more ethics and be more in touch with the better aspects of society and business. Instagram allows people to connect in an easy, open, creative way. The lack of commercialism gives a sincerity to the communication that is lacking on so many other platforms. If you want to market yourself and your photography, use Facebook; it has no limits, or pride. Posting your photos for commercial gain on Instagram disrespects the spirit of the app and its followers, and is a perfect way to get you dropped from my follow list.


  26. Susan Rodgers

    I am amazed at how many professional photographers post their photos on IG. I thought IG says in its rules/agreement that once posted they own the image. I’ve also noticed a lot of photo stealing and regraming. And lastly, there’s a lot of “girl looking for date” types followers. I’m wondering if you have any experience with Flikr you can share. Thanks

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