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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for a Budding Photographer

It’s that time of year again.  The stores are playing holiday music, trees are lit, decorations are going up, and visiting the local Wal-Mart requires protective gear and a bodyguard. For the budding photographer though, the holidays have a deeper, more special meaning, an importance unto itself, which most people could never understand ¾ the possibility of attaining more gear. …

What Gear Does a Wedding Photographer Need?

Gear isn’t everything.  We all need to recognize that a truly great photographer could do 95% of his work with a point-and-shoot.  However, shooting a wedding is mission critical work.  If a photographer has any respect for her client, she will show the courtesy of using the proper gear for the job.  I wrote this post in response to several …

Best Photography Accessories for Under $100 – 2011 Version

Photographers L-O-V-E accessories, but they are usually so expensive!  Just thought I’d list a few of my favorite cheap photography accessories for the benefit of your wallet’s health.  Please feel free to share your own cheap accessories in a comment below. Cheap Photography Item #1: A DSLR rain cover. For around $6, this is absolutely essential to have in your …

Do I need a new tripod?

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a professional tripod and a decent …