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I’ve been reading a lot of camera and lens reviews lately, and they all label the users as one thing or another: Pro, Semi-Pro, Enthusiast, Novice, Casual User, Hobbyist, Amateur. I’m here to tell you; that’s all a bunch of nonsense. I stop reading when I see them labeling me or my equipment as one of these. I think you should too. Here’s why: Continue reading
If you shoot with a DSLR camera, I highly recommend a Ruggard Triumph 45 bag. I use mine daily. It has room for my DSLR Camera with the lens on it, and two additional lenses.
This padded backpack protects my gear while having an indispensable side pouch that I can unzip and pull out my camera at any time. It keeps me ready to shoot at all times.
Fall can be an incredible time of the year for photography. With vibrant fall colors of orange, red, yellow, brown, and green, these are the ingredients for some stunning photos. There are a few steps you can take to maximize your photo’s potential and get even better shots. Continue reading
DxO Optics Pro and the Film Pack module have an incredible ability to emulate different films to near perfection. Here are some of my favorite films that are easily emulated by their software.
Comparing Circular Polarizers
I have two circular polarizing filters in my camera bag that seem to perform about the same…but do they? I did a simple test with my camera to find out. Here’s how they compare:
I Think That “Center-Weighted Average” Metering is Best (Usually)
As you can see from the image above, most cameras have at least three metering modes (the region where the camera measures light to calculate the exposure.) Some have four or more. For years, I only used “center-weighted average” because it was how I was taught, and it worked well. Well, it still works the best. After trying the other types of metering and thinking about it a bit, I think I know why.
My On1 Perfect Effects Filter Stack
To make my nighttime Milky Way photos the best they can possibly be, I use OnOne (On1) Perfect Photo Suite and their Perfect Effects filters. I want Milky Way images that are vibrant and unique. On1 Perfect Effects allows me to get that great look in my nighttime photos. Here’s one set of filters that I use…
My On1 Perfect Effects Filter Stack
To make my landscape and nature photos the best they can possibly be, I use OnOne (On1) Perfect Photo Suite and their Perfect Effects filters. I want images that are vibrant, sharp, clean and unique. On1 Perfect Effects allows me to get that great look in my photos. Here’s one set of filters that I use…
… Because a Protective Filter Can Be Your Friend … or Enemy
There are only a few times when I want to use a protective filter on my camera lens, and here’s why:
Why Should You Break the Rules of Photography?
Photographs can start to look all the same. Look at any great site like 500px for example and you will find a lot of really great photos. But, they’re all about the same in technical quality and composition. Sure, different subjects, but still there is a “sameness” to them.
This is not surprising at all. Everyone in photography strives to get the best shot possible and to follow the rules of good composition. These are the things that make great photos. But it is consistently the rule-breakers that stand out in any crowd, isn’t it?
So you should stand out and you should break the rules at some point in your photography. But, when?
Nikon D810 vs. Sigma DP2 Merrill
I’ve done some comparisons of cameras lately and decided to compare my compact Sigma to the Nikon flagship camera. The Nikon D810, when compared to the Sigma DP2 Merrill, loses in the dynamic range category. The D810, rated as highest dynamic range by DxOMark and generally touted by sites across the internet as the best dSLR camera out there now, still loses to the Sigma DP2 Merrill. Here is a test result of the sensors. The DP2M wins on pixel pitch and pixel size. This means the DP2M captures higher dynamic range and has a better signal to noise ratio than the D810. When you factor in that the DP2 is a small, compact camera, where the D810 is a full-sized dSLR, it is amazing that the DP2 beats the Nikon flagship dSLR. The ability to capture great photos doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot. The DP2 Merrill camera with built-in f/2.8 lens is 25% of the cost of the Nikon D810 camera body alone (and you still have to buy lenses for the Nikon).
Werner Herzog’s “Rules” and Photography
Werner Herzog’s “life rules” (my term, not his) appear on the back of the latest book about this great film director as written by Paul Cronin. I find them uniquely suited to photography and have written my own interpretation and use of each.
I’ve read several photography books and here are my short reviews on some of them. I am mostly a landscape, nature, and travel photographer, so I have read more of these types of books than others, but there are books in here for any photographer that I would recommend! Continue reading