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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 Striegler1 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 Gallagher9 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 …

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My 10 best photography accessories – not from camera shops!

In Gear by Rick McEvoy8 Comments

What are my 10 best (alternative) photography accessories? Read on and you will find out – here I am writing about photography accessories that you will not find in a camera shop. One of them you won’t find in any shop – it is free! I was going to call this non-photographic accessories for photographers, …

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How to easily create long exposure images using an iPhone

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst15 Comments

In case you haven’t noticed, the camera in Apple’s iPhone has become quite popular – and quite good – over the past few years. In fact, Flickr ranked the iPhone as the most popular camera used for photos uploaded to their site last year. According to the popular image hosting site, iPhones accounted for 54% …

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Lensbaby Sol 45 – Create Painterly Effects In Camera

In Gear by Tracy Munson6 Comments

Just how many types of blur are there? You might rightfully ask, and Lensbaby will respond “lots”. Their newest standalone lens, the Lensbaby Sol 45 was released today, and it takes creative blur to a whole new painterly level. I’ve had my hands on a beta model for several weeks now, and you can colour me …

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Why Photographers should use a NAS System for Storage

In Gear by Brent Huntley7 Comments

Some photographers love being out in the field making images.  Some photographers love being on their computer making their vision come to life through their editing.  Some photographers even like the business side of it all.  No photographers like dealing with storage.  As photographers, we shoot thousands and thousands of images a year, or a …

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How to Pick the Right Camera Bag or Luggage for Travel

In Gear by Brent Huntley5 Comments

Picking the right way to carry your camera gear while traveling is essential to have a good vacation.  Picking the wrong bag or luggage is a sure fire way to make your travel uncomfortable, burdensome or risky (for your gear).  I travel a lot, some within the United State, but a good portion of it …

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Dual Pixel Autofocus: What is it and what cameras have it?

In Gear by Frank Gallagher1 Comment

Canon introduced phase detection dual pixel auto focus (DPAF) in 2013, with the EOS 70D camera, calling the technology “revolutionary.”  Since then, DPAF has been a feature on most new camera models released by Canon, from the $10,000 EOS C300 cinema camera, to the pro-level EOS 1DX MarkII, to Canon’s mirrorless EOS M6, to the …

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Hands on Review of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2

In Gear by Brad Goestsch8 Comments

If you’re looking to up your video game and you enjoy shooting on a mobile platform you should give the Osmo Mobile 2 from DJI a serious look. It’s not without its flaws, but at $129 USD it’s one heck of a bargain. The Osmo Mobile 2 is the successor to the popular Osmo Mobile. …