What is a Battery Grip?

In Gear by Improve Photography10 Comments

A battery grip is a handy little accessory that mounts to the bottom of your DSLR camera and is used to hold an extra battery. Some Benefits of a Battery Grip:   Effectively doubles your shooting time! Having a battery grip on your camera allows you to keep an extra battery with you at all times – one that the …

Ballheads for Photography: What it is, and why you need one

In Gear by Jim Harmer5 Comments

A ballhead is a piece of photography gear that securely and quickly attaches a camera to a tripod while allowing the photographer to make changes to the composition quickly by simply turning one knob. If you’re researching what a ball head is, you may not be acquainted with how a professional tripod and head system works. On cheap tripods that …

The Flash Gun: What it is, what it does, and why you want one!

In Gear by Jim Harmer2 Comments

A flash gun is a term that refers to what most photographers call a speedlight flash. A flash gun is made to attach to the hot shoe of a camera and automatically fires when a picture is taken. Flash guns can also be used for off-camera flash, where the flash is not touching the camera. Off-camera flash is a popular …

The Best (and Worst) Cheap Telephoto Lenses: A review

In Gear by Jim Harmer31 Comments

A long telephoto or supertelephoto lens is generally very expensive.  For example, Nikon’s 500mm f/4 lens costs about $8,500.  If you missed it, I wrote a post about a month ago explaining why the “pro” telephoto lenses are so expensive.  Still, photographers want the extra reach of a long zoom lens without needing to sell a kidney or pawn off …

Recommended Gear for Switching to Fuji

In Gear by Jim Harmer

Fuji XT1 Camera with 18-135mm lens  I’d recommend getting this combo of camera/lens because you get a discount on the 18-135.  The 18-135 is a good general all-purpose lens for hiking, going out with the family, etc. Fuji 10-24 f/4 This is the best wide angle lens available for Fuji.  Good lens. Fuji 50-140 f/2.8 This is the equivalent to …

The Top 17 Most Outstanding Lenses on the Market

In Gear by Jim Harmer80 Comments

Unlike most photographers that buy either Canon or Nikon and stick with it, I switched from Canon to Nikon about a year ago.  Shooting both brands has helped me to see the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.  It also has helped me to know what the best lenses are for both brands.  Most beginning and intermediate photographers stick with …