A Simple Guide to the Numbers and Acronyms on Your Lenses

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Photography lens manufacturers use all sorts of abbreviations and acronyms to explain the features of their lenses.  In an effort to educate use, the photography lens manufacturers really just confuse us.  Hopefully you’ll understand a bit about the different lens feature abbreviations by reading this post. I can’t even tell you how many of my …

Best Photography Accessories for Under $100 – 2011 Version

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Photographers L-O-V-E accessories, but they are usually so expensive!  Just thought I’d list a few of my favorite cheap photography accessories for the benefit of your wallet’s health.  Please feel free to share your own cheap accessories in a comment below. Cheap Photography Item #1: A DSLR rain cover. For around $6, this is absolutely …

Why the Buzz About HDSLR Video?

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Like DSLR video or not, it is all the buzz in the photography industry today.  In fact, I’m writing a new eBook on DSLR video.  No matter how you feel about it personally, I thought it would be useful for beginning videographers to understand what all the buzz is about.  Personal home video cameras have …

Photography Bag Review: Lowepro Fastpack 250

In Gear by Jim Harmer

I purchased the Lowepro Fastpack 250 about a year ago to use on photo walks.  The larger bags fit more gear, but I wanted something that could hold a decent amount of gear without too much work.  I really like the bag for how convenient it is, and it is a high-quality product. How much …

A Review of the Tripod Brands: Some lesser-known facts

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Buying a tripod is an absolutely agonizing process.  I was reminded of my past experiences in buying a tripod when I listened to a podcast from Marko Kulik this week.  Unless you’re an absolute beginner in photography, you already know how important a rock solid tripod and ballhead can be.  If you buy a high-quality …

The Case for Megapixels

In Gear by Jim Harmer

We have all heard photographers complain about the camera manufacturers adding more and more megapixels on tinier and tinier sensors.  We’ve all complained about it, too.  I’d include myself in that group of complainers, but today I’d like to make the case for more megapixels. There are only two reasons not to have more megapixels: …

How Long Do Memory Cards Last?

In Gear by Jim Harmer

In response to my article entitled “9 Things Photographers Need to Know About Memory Cards“, Richard Cole and Aloha Lavina sent in a question about memory cards and this post will serve as a response. The Memory Card Reliability Question How long do CF memory cards last?  Should I replace my old cards after a …

9 Things Photographers Need to Know About Memory Cards

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Photographers are gearheads.  We love to know what the latest-and-greatest technology is and what piece of gear will produce optimal results.  I admit it.  I love the technology side of photography and I enjoy pixel peeping even when I know it doesn’t really help my photos.  Surprisingly, however, I am frequently shocked at how clueless …

The Difference Between Full-Frame and Crop Sensor DSLR Cameras

In Gear by Jim Harmer

One member of our community, Sean Allen, sent in a question to me through our Facebook Fan Page, asking the difference between full frame and crop sensor DSLR cameras.   Some of you may already know the answer to this question.  If you do, please share your knowledge in a comment below. Welcome to the …

Review of Kelby One

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Many of you know that I teach online photography classes at PhotoClasses.com, but that doesn’t at all mean that I don’t do a TON of learning myself.  One popular resource on the web for learning photography is KelbyOne. I have been an on-again off-again subscriber to Kelby One for a couple years and would like to give …

Review of the Black Rapid RS-5 Camera Strap

In Gear by Jim Harmer

The longest I have ever used the camera strap that comes with the DSLR is about 5 minutes.  They are so uncomfortable that I can’t stand it.  In fact, Canon and Nikon even sew little bits of broken glass into the fabric of their camera straps just to make it as uncomfortable as possible.  At …

Teleconverters and autofocus: What every wildlife photographer should know

In Gear by Jim Harmer

I received the following question via email and thought I should write a post here on ImprovePhotography.com to answer the question for the world.  Here’s the question: “I’m looking at buying a teleconverter for my Canon 100-400mm L f/4-5.6 IS lens but I am having difficulty determining if the1.4x or 2.0x teleconverter will still allow …