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Vallerret Markhof Pro 2.0 & Skadi Zipper Mitt Photography Glove Review

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst

Vallerret recently released two brand new photography glove models. Well, kind of. The Skadi Zipper Mitt is a brand new photography glove offering. The Markhof Pro 2.0 is an updated version of, you guessed it, the Markhof Pro Model Photography Glove. When one of Vallerret’s founders asked if I would like to try out these …

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Review of the the Oben CT-3565 Tripod with BZ217T Ballhead

In Gear by Brent Huntley

For a travel photographer, a sturdy, but light and compact tripod is absolutely essential.  I started using the Oben travel tripods several years ago when I got the Oben CT-3561, which I reviewed a few years ago. There were a few things I liked about the Oben CT-3561.  First and foremost, it folded up very …

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Time Lapse Photography Equipment Needed for Pro Results

In Gear by Nathan Goldberg

You can find time lapse videos just about everywhere you look.  You’ve probably dabbled with it a little bit, or seen it on different websites, YouTube videos, even in TV shows or ads.  Making time lapses is much easier these days, with all the new digital tools and software that is available to make the …

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What is the focal length of an iPhone Camera and Why Should I Care?

In Gear by Frank Gallagher

In order to get the most out of your smart phone camera, whatever the brand, there are a few things you should know, one of which is the focal length of the lens you’ll be using.  Sure, you could leave everything on auto and snap happily away, but you’ll be disappointed with some of your …

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So you got a new camera for Christmas…Now what?

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst

If you happen to be reading this on the day it is published, then Merry Christmas! We are fully engulfed in the holiday season and hopefully you have found some new photography gear and gadgets under the tree or in your stocking. On the other hand, maybe all you’ve found is a lump of coal, …

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Think Tank Shape Shifter Review

In Gear by Brent Huntley

The Shape Shifter backpack from Think Tank is a really unique camera bag.  It is designed to expand and contract, and stores your camera bag in a system completely different from anything I have used before.  When I first got the backpack, I was very leery of its design, but as I have been using …

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11 Christmas photography gifts that I would love to receive!

In Gear by Rick McEvoy

In this article I am going to get festive. Sort of. I have spent all year banging on about ignoring the gear and concentrating on taking photos. But now is the time of year for me to tell you all the 11 Christmas photography gifts that I would love to receive. I am not expecting …

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Put this Lens on Your Wish List!

In Gear, Photo Basics by Rick Ohnsman

Perhaps you’ll be one of those lucky photographers who’ll open a new camera as a gift this holiday season.  Or maybe you’ve decided to buy one for yourself, perhaps as a brand new photographer or maybe as an upgrade to an existing camera.  So how much thought have you given to the lens you want …

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Peak Design’s Travel Line is Feature Rich, but so is the Price

In Gear by Brent Huntley

The new Travel Backpack  line from Peak Design has been discussed a number of times in the old facebook group (now titled Master Photography Listeners) with many of you wanting to know if it would be worth that heft price tag.  While the backpack itself isn’t more than a top line camera backpack at $300, …

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15 Tips for protecting your gear from the Weather

In Gear by Frank Gallagher

Imagine a trip of a lifetime to Iceland.  You’re at the imposing Seljalandsfoss, a 200’ tall waterfall that you can walk behind.  The sun is low on the horizon and you have a marvelous composition.  You go to take a picture and . . . nothing.  The mist from the waterfall got into your lens, …

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GoPro – Good enough for an advanced Photographers

In Gear by Bastian Bodyl

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 Striegler

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 …