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BlackRapid Classic Retro RS-4: My Favorite Sling Strap

In Gear by Brent Huntley

A while back, I reviewed 17 camera straps to try and find the best camera strap out there.  Now, there are hundreds of camera straps so my review was definitely incomplete, and the readers were sure to let me know of all the straps I failed to review.  The one missing strap that got the …

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5 Questions to Ask Before Switching Camera Brands

In Gear by Bryan Striegler

I like buying new things, and I think most people would agree with me that there’s just something fun about getting the newest thing out there. Apple has been using this strategy for years, and that’s why people will line up to wait for every new phone. There have been some big changes in the …

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Buyer’s Guide: Check these 9 things before buying a tripod

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst

Buying a tripod can be a daunting task. There seem to be an endless number of manufacturers and models, and enough features and specifications to make your head spin. Factor in the huge array of prices and the level of confusion goes up to another level. So, what do you really need to know before …

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Should I Buy Grey Market Items?

In Gear by Nathan

I am going to start this off with a “I just got screwed” story. This is a story of how I got screwed not once, but twice, and possibly a third on grey market items. This is also a warning to you out there looking for new gear. This is also some advice on how …

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Review of the Demon DB-44 Ball Head: The Best Deal Out There

In Gear by Brent Huntley

I came into contact with the Demon DB-44 ball head as the result of the ongoing search for the best budget-friendly ball head.  Tripods, ball heads and filters are the 3 pieces of gear where I feel like everyone is looking to find something that is good quality within a small budget.  Those are also …

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Review of the DJI Mavic Air

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst

Since being announced on January 23, 2018, the DJI Mavic Air has been all the rage in the drone community. The “Adventure Unfolds” launch event unveiled this new drone to the world and it has been flying off the shelves since. I ordered the Mavic Air shortly after the release date and have now been …

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Tenba Cooper 15: A real-world review

In Gear, Uncategorized by GregNoel

Overview The Tenba Cooper 15 and others in the Cooper Series were released in fall 2015.  So it has been available now just over 2 years.   So why do a review of the bag now?   I was recently in the market for a new bag, and I came across the Tenba Cooper as an option …

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A Sneak Peek At The Brand New Lensbaby Burnside 35

In Gear by Tracy Munson

Today, Lensbaby announced their latest bundle of joy, the Burnside 35. They were kind enough to send me a top-secret advance copy of the lens a couple of weeks ago so that I would be ready to share my thoughts with the readers of Improve Photography. Here’s my take on the Burnside 35. The solid …

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10 Tips for Traveling More Efficiently with Photo Gear

In Gear by Andy Perkins

All great photography requires planning. Not just about the shoot, the weather, or the model. But about packing and transporting the gear, too. By concentrating on the goals of your trip, and learning to pack more creatively, it’s possible to take enough photo gear without over-packing or giving up the photo opportunities you want most. …

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14 iOS Camera Apps That Can Handle the Power of RAW

In Gear by Brad Goestsch

If you’re like most people, you always have your smart phone ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you’re like me, you probably also have at least one DSLR, mirrorless or other dedicated “serious” camera system that you can access whenever the time comes. However, there are times when it just makes more sense …

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Product Review: Movo Motorized Panoramic Tripod Head (MTP-11) for Timelapse

In Gear by Brenda Petrella

Do you want to experiment with adding motion to your timelapse photography but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a slider?  You’re in luck!  The Movo Motorized Panoramic Tripod Head (MTP-11) is an economical and versatile way to add a panning motion to your timelapse photography.  At the time of writing this article, …

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Product Review: Aurga Smart DSLR Assistant

In Gear by Michael Allen

So you want to be a photographer, but you’re not sure where to start. Your photos come out blurry, not blurry enough, too bright, too dark, not focused enough, or any other slew of problems that can dissuade new photographers from really running the gauntlet that is a phenomenal hobby. This product is here to …