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GoPro – Good enough for an advanced Photographers

In Gear by Bastian Bodyl3 Comments

Nearly every photographer has one or wants to buy one, a GoPro. But is a GoPro good enough for an advanced photographer? Is the 400 $ investment worth it? The short answer is no. A GoPro is a nice toy but not good enough for an advanced photographer. This does not mean you cannot make …

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Where to Find Photography Deals and Save Money?

In Gear by Bryan Striegler2 Comments

Happy Friday to everyone, and I’m sure we are all aware that next week is Thanksgiving and we are one week away from Black Friday. This is a good time to save money on everything out there, photography related items included. I’m am not the type to wait in lines for days to get those …

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Teleconverter – good enough for an advanced photographer?

In Gear by Bastian Bodyl1 Comment

A teleconverter is a small piece of glass that extends the focal length. You can put it between the lens and the camera body. Most teleconverters have a zoom factor of 1.4 or 2. The disadvantage is that the aperture decreases by the same factor. Teleconverters also have a bad reputation, because many photographers associate …

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Getting Mindshift Gear Quality in the Smaller Backlight 18L

In Gear by Brent Huntley5 Comments

Not too long ago, I reviewed the Mindshift Gear Backlight 36L, which is my favorite hiking camera bag at the moment.  I love the Backlight 36L because it is very functional without any big gimmicks, and is just always very reliable for me.  However, it doesn’t work for every situation.  It is a fairly big …

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Mirrorless Vs DSLR – Mirrorless Is The Future

In Gear by Brian Pex3 Comments

All the rage in today’s photography world is the battle between Mirrorless cameras and DSLR cameras. If you’ve been paying even just a little attention to the camera industry, you will have no doubt heard lots about it. The debate goes something like this: “Mirrorless systems are up and coming but they aren’t quite there …

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GorillaPod: Still Quirky After All These Years

In Gear by Andy Perkins3 Comments

Twelve years after the introduction of the original Joby® GorillaPod, it remains an extremely popular photo accessory. It comes in a variety of sizes and has spawned an array of accessories and imitators. By any standard, it stands as a prototype for a successful piece of photo gear. I purchased my first GorillaPod in 2008. …

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Black Rapid Tripod Jacket-A Gear Bag on Your Tripod

In Gear by Brent Huntley3 Comments

I have been writing articles for Improve Photography for almost 3 years and, during that time, I have tested dozens of camera bags and camera straps,  but I have never seen anything like the Tripod Jacket from Black Rapid.  Last Spring, I was testing out one of my favorite straps from Black Rapid for this …

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Why do cameras have Wi-Fi?

In Gear, Photo Basics by Rick McEvoy15 Comments

Wi-Fi is such a universal thing these days with everything from mobile phones to kettles connected to Wi-Fi. Yes kettles. Why would you want a kettle connected to Wi-Fi?? What is the worls coming to? Enough about electrical appliances. Why do cameras have Wi-Fi? There are three main uses for Wi-Fi in cameras; To control …

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6 Continuous Lights Compared: Which to buy?

In Gear by Bryan StrieglerLeave a Comment

Buying new equipment can be an extremely overwhelming decision. I will often spend at least two weeks researching before making my final decision. I’ll look at all the stats, read reviews, and if possible, get my hands on the equipment first. Using a flash or a strobe is definitely more popular for photography, but as …

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Why Does a Camera Flash Make Noise?

In Gear by Frank Gallagher8 Comments

Have you ever wondered why a flash unit makes noise?  No, not the kind of noise you get from low light or long exposure star photography.  The audible kind.  The loud kind.  My speedlights make a popping sound when fired and a high-pitched whine when recharging.  Why is that?  In a digital age, when we …