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Turning your iPhone into your back up camera with Pictar

In Gear by Brent Huntley5 Comments

I am the very definition of a hobbyist photographer.  I work a full time job, doing photography mainly on the weekends and when I travel and do not do paid shoots, although I have sold some images through stock websites.  Because of that, I try not to spend too much money on my camera gear. …

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PhotoPills on Android – Hands on Review

In Landscape/Nature by Julian Baird3 Comments

PhotoPills for Apple iOS has been around for many years now and it has built the reputation of being the Swiss army knife of photography apps.  It’s now available on Android but is it still the king of photography apps?  Can it justify its £10 price tag or outdo the vast array of free photography …

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Drobo DAS vs. Synology NAS

In Gear by Brent Huntley6 Comments

Storage has to be the most annoying part of photography to nearly all photographers.  There is nothing fun about it, it takes no creativity, is tedious and expensive.  Notwithstanding, having a good storage system is absolutely essential.  In the days before digital, people did not store prints or negatives in a box outside, hoping it …

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Peak Design: Everyday Messenger vs. Everyday Backpack

In Gear by Brent Huntley7 Comments

Anyone who has followed me for very long knows I love Peak Design.  I own a lot of their gear and have reviewed a handful of things in the past, including one of their straps, clips, and a couple of their pouches.  I like Peak Design for their innovation and willingness to step out of the …

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Review of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

In Gear by Brent Huntley6 Comments

Lensbaby is a lens company most photographers have heard of, but a lot have never tried.  They aren’t like Tamron or Sigma or the other companies that are trying to compete with your camera manufacturers.  Lensbaby throws a whole different dynamic into the lens game by offering lenses that are all about creativity and fun.  …

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The Best Westcott Light Modifiers Reviewed and Compared

In Gear by Brent Huntley5 Comments

If you have looked into flash photography at all, then you surely know the name Westcott.  When I was first shopping for new flash modifiers,  Westcott was the first place I went as they were the main name I knew and they have a reputation in the industry for producing high quality lighting gear.  Their …

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Platypod Pro Review: Big Support in a Tiny Package

In Gear by Rusty Parkhurst6 Comments

All photographers, at some point in their journey, come to a place where they wish they had a tripod, but don’t have one with them.  Perhaps tripods aren’t allowed where you are shooting.  Maybe it just isn’t practical to carry a tripod where you are going.  There are times that the tripod is left at …

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The MagBeam – A Review of MagMod’s Newest Modifier

In Gear, Portrait by Erica Kay1 Comment

MagMod has done it again.  The company that has provided thousands of photographers around the world with lightweight, portable, easy to use magnetic modifiers has created yet another modifier designed to make our lives as speedlight photographers easier.  The MagBeam, MagMod’s newest modifier, is designed to allow photographers to produce creative, designed light patterns in a quick, …