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Review of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

Lensbaby is a lens company most photographers have heard of, but a lot have never tried.  They aren’t like Tamron or Sigma or the other companies that are trying to compete with your camera manufacturers.  Lensbaby throws a whole different dynamic into the lens game by offering lenses that are all about creativity and fun.  Indeed, if you have never …

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Advanced Blending Using BLEND IF in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop has tools on top of tools and they have many uses. There isn’t really a “wrong way” to use many of the tools. There are so many ways of doing things – the end result is really the only thing that matters. You will often  get results that you didn’t even have in mind during your workflow.  You …

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The Best Westcott Light Modifiers Reviewed and Compared

If you have looked into flash photography at all, then you surely know the name Westcott.  When I was first shopping for new flash modifiers,  Westcott was the first place I went as they were the main name I knew and they have a reputation in the industry for producing high quality lighting gear.  Their website has about everything you …

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4 Tips for Shooting Sports in the Rain

Fall is here and the weather is changing. Gone are the days of bright and harsh sunlight and now for the cloudy and gloomier days.  The clouds we like as a sports photographer because the bright summer sunlight can be harsh and cause shadows on faces.  I heard one photographer once say “clouds are natures softbox.”  I always liked that …

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A REVIEW OF EVERYTHING IN MY CAMERA BAG

A couple weeks ago I attended the free Improve Photography workshop in Glacier National Park with 25 Improve Photography readers and Jim Harmer.  Kevin Jordan was there and wrote an awesome guide last week.  I also attended the Zion National Park workshop last year, but I was much better prepared this time and have loaded my camera bag with a …

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Savage Universal Lighting Kit: Good deal or junky quality?

I am guessing many of you have a similar story to me.  I have always enjoyed shooting landscapes–all the way back to my disposable film cameras as a kid.  As I got older and started traveling more, I broadened a little to include typical travel photography, but that was the extent of my photography for years.  I never even thought …