Review of LensRentals.com

In Gear by Jim Harmer

There are now several companies dedicated to renting lenses and other photography gear to photographers.  Borrowlenses.com, LensProToGo.com, Lensrentals.com, etc.  These companies charge you a fee for you to rent a lens for a few days or weeks and ship the lens right to your door.  When you’re done with the lens, you ship it back …

The Best Memory Card for the Nikon D7000

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Memory cards are difficult to buy, but the choice of a memory card is easy if you own a Nikon D7000.  The only thing left to decide is what sizing of card you’d like to buy. Sandisk and Nikon worked together to produce an SD memory card that can work faster with the Nikon D7000 …

My Top 10 DSLR Whine List

In Gear by Jim Harmer

DSLR cameras are remarkable tools and have improved at an astounding rate in the last few years.  Still, there are a few easy-to-implement features that I have never seen a DSLR include and it drives me nuts!  Read through my whine list and then include your own whines below.  Maybe, if we whine loud enough, …

The difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: A photographer’s view

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Beginning photographers often ask what the difference is between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements.  I have never taught a beginner photography class without “the Photoshop question” popping up at least once.  So here is my (not so quick) answer to the oft-answered question: What is the difference between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements 9? Before …

$5 Photography accessory will save your bacon

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Get out your wallet.  Trust me on this one… you need this little thing.  Your camera costs hundreds or thousands of dollars and you often go out shooting where you’re away from shelter.  One little rain storm could be the end of your DSLR or lenses.  We all put buying a DSLR rain sleeve off …

Do I need a new tripod?

In Gear by Jim Harmer

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a …

Do Clear UV Filters Hurt Image Quality of Photos?

In Gear by Jim Harmer

This article is a separate explanation for my testing of how UV filters negatively impact image quality, and is referenced in my article “13 Photography Myths Every Photographer Should Know.” The Background on UV Filters The UV filter is simply a clear filter placed on the front of a lens that is used to protect …

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What is weather sealing on a camera?

In Gear by Improve Photography

Wind, rain, dust and dirt can be the downfall of even the most careful and cautious photographer. Fortunately, most DSLRs have some form of internal protection with weather sealing. But don’t be fooled – weather sealing is not the same as water resistant, and it is most certainly not the same as waterproof! However, weather …