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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 Huntley6 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 Pex5 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 Perkins4 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 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 Parkhurst16 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 …