How Long Do Memory Cards Last?

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Looking for the Best Memory Card for Camera? We have tested top options and our pick is SanDisk Extreme PRO Card. 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 …

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 full-frame …

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 …

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

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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 …