Canon vs. Nikon: What’s the difference? (Updated for 2012)

I know what you’re thinking, and I think you’re wrong.  That may be a confrontational way to start this post, but this Nikon vs. Canon DSLR debate is fueled by such passion in 2012 that I have to explain what we’re discussing here. Both Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras provide fantastic image quality and similar features.  Because there are so …

An Introduction to Fill-Flash for Photography

As soon as a new photographer gets her hands on a Canon 580EXII or a Nikon SB-700, they inevitably want to use it ALL THE TIME… including when shooting on the beach in the middle of the day.  Most photographers get frustrated when using fill-flash for the first time, but you really only need to know a few key things …

My Top 10 DSLR Whine List

DSLR cameras are remarkable tools and have improved at an astounding rate in the last few years.  Still, there are a few easy-to-implement features that I have never seen a DSLR include and it drives me nuts!  Read through my whine list and then include your own whines below.  Maybe, if we whine loud enough, we could bend the ear …

Flash Sync Speeds… No Experience Necessary

First, a disclaimer.  This is a very complex and scientific subject, and I’m going to do my best to explain this topic in very simple terms because this is an oft-misunderstood subject.  So if you’re an advanced super-photographer, just feel free to tell me what I missed in the comments below, but know that I probably skipped it on purpose. …

What you probably don’t know about wide-angle lenses

I have had the conversation dozens of time.  I’m teaching a workshop when I recommend that one of the students buy a wide-angle lens for landscape photography.  The response is classic: “Why do I need a wide angle lens when my kit lens is already an 18mm?  Isn’t that wide-angle?”  The answer isn’t just image quality, there’s a lot more… …