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Nikon D850 – A Landscape Photographer’s Review

In Gear by Julian Baird4 Comments

The Nikon D850 is finally here and it could be one of the most important cameras that Nikon has released in its 100-year history.  Nikon hopes the D850 will appeal to everyone from working pros to amateurs and work just as well as a sports or wildlife camera, and as a wedding or portrait camera.  …

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Magic Lantern Features: Unlocking Your Camera’s Potential

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst4 Comments

Most photographers have probably heard or read something about Magic Lantern.  This is especially true for those who are Canon shooters.  Magic Lantern is nothing new.  It’s been around since 2009.  Although I had known about Magic Lantern since getting a Canon DSLR in 2013, it wasn’t until recently that I decided to give it …

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Why I Didn’t Switch to Mirrorless

In Gear by Kevin D. Jordan38 Comments

A little over a year ago I decided it would be beneficial for me to switch camera systems.  At the time, I was shooting with a Canon 6D and focusing primarily on night sky photography.  The 6D was not a bad camera for night sky photography by any stretch of the imagination.  However, since I …

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How Long Does a DSLR Last?

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst9 Comments

  At some point in the process of purchasing a camera, you may have wondered “how long does a DSLR last”.  It’s a logical question.  Even if you’re purchasing an entry level camera, it is still a fairly expensive item and you want to be sure it’s a good investment.  Although it could be argued …

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Ten More Post Processing Tips & Tricks

In Post-processing by Brian Pex1 Comment

Some Tips & Tricks To Improve Your Post Production Workflow Post processing digital images in Lightroom & Photoshop to many photographers is a great way to make our digital images as best as they can be. From a simple crop to complex luminosity masking techniques, there are always tips and tricks to be learned along …

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Let’s Talk: Portraits vs Snapshots

In Portrait by Jeremiah Gilbert

You have a good camera and photograph people on a regular basis, yet your photos don’t look like the portraits you admire or regularly see in magazines or online. All of the elements seem to be there but something appears to be missing. In this case, you may be taking snapshots and not portraits. Snapshots …

Photographing Rainy Weather in Nauvoo

In Landscape/Nature by Jim Harmer5 Comments

On my mega-long road trip last week, I stopped to do photography in the beautiful city of Nauvoo, Illinois.  The city is full of rich history which is related to my religion, so it was an especially important shoot to me. I planned to wake up at 5AM to get out and shoot the sunrise, …

Canon vs. Nikon: What’s the difference? (Updated for 2012)

In Gear by Jim Harmer149 Comments

I know what you’re thinking, and I think you’re wrong.  That may be a confrontational way to start this post, but this Nikon vs. Canon DSLR debate is fueled by such passion in 2012 that I have to explain what we’re discussing here. Both Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras provide fantastic image quality and similar …

How Long Will My Shutter Last?

In Gear by Jim Harmer38 Comments

Aaron Mizzi recently sent in a question asking how long the shutter on his DSLR will last before it bites the dust. It’s actually a very good question and the answer will also teach you an easy way to find out how many total times you’ve pressed the shutter button on your DSLR, which is …

An Introduction to Fill-Flash for Photography

In Portrait by Jim Harmer7 Comments

As soon as a new photographer gets her hands on a Canon 580EXII or a Nikon SB-700, they inevitably want to use it ALL THE TIME… including when shooting on the beach in the middle of the day.  Most photographers get frustrated when using fill-flash for the first time, but you really only need to …

The Difference Between Full-Frame and Crop Sensor DSLR Cameras

In Gear by Jim Harmer84 Comments

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 …

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In Gear by Jim Harmer7 Comments

There are now several companies dedicated to renting lenses and other photography gear to photographers.,,, 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 …