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Debates in the photography community are quite common, ranging from those on photographic gear to brands and much more. One such never-ending debate is the prime lens vs. zoom lens debate. Photographers often argue about how prime lenses are better than zoom lenses and vice versa. It is obvious that both lens types have pros and cons, but in my opinion, when it comes to primes, pros outweigh the cons.
Taking photographs on holiday or whilst traveling for any other reason is one of the things many of us look forward to. The problem is travel, and in particular air travel, has become hard work. When you get to your destination, it may be hot and full of tourists, not the sort of place for carrying a heavy load of kit. Today we are going to look at some options for traveling light.
There is always an easier way to get slightly better images – by buying new gear. However, not everybody can afford a $100 neutral density filter, for instance. That’s why many photographers will be happy to know that there are some cheap alternatives that are available to everyone. Here are a few do-it-yourself “hacks” that will inspire you to create some unique-looking images.
Neutral density filters add artistry and mood to images. In addition to circular polarizing filters, it is another frequent go-to tool used by professional landscape photographers to add ambience. Neutral density (ND) filters look like grey glass. Their function is to simply bring down the intensity of light passing through the lens to the sensor. They do not affect the color of an image.
If you are a new DSLR owner or if you’re seriously considering moving up from a simpler camera to a DSLR, the very sight of a more complex camera might cause you to quiver with fear — all those buttons and dials and indicators. What are they all for? How long will it take to learn how to use them? This post will help you understand what all the buttons and controls on your DSLR camera mean.
There are many types of filters a photographer can use – from circular polarizing filters to neutral and variable density, color/warming/cooling, UV and special effects filters. With so many options, a filter collection could grow quickly while the pocketbook shrinks a bit. Choosing and prioritizing which one to buy first and use may become a bit more time consuming than intended.
Buying photography equipment can be fun and challenging. Camera type, lenses, accessories and tools can empty your wallet quickly. Today, with a kaleidoscope of options across point and shoot, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, a little bit of education and insight can prevent costly and unnecessary expenses.
Time waits for no man, and the same could be said of photographic technology. The moment you have bought your new pride and joy, it is supplemented by a newer, better model. Buying photographic equipment can be daunting, addictive and of course costly, especially in an age when products change seemingly on a monthly basis. So how can we make the right decisions on our purchases?
Before WWII Japanese products had a reputation for being seedy and inferior. Sony and Toyota changed that, with help from other Japanese manufacturers. Korea had a similar image problem. Samsung changed it. I think Yongnuo may be the first wave of a sea change in our perception of Chinese electronics. A few months ago I picked up a flashgun and transmitter set to do my own evaluation.
Photographers are always fired up for the next distance and day trip which means packing the right cameras, lenses and gear. Since many of the writers for Light Stalking spend a quite a bit of time in planes, trains and automobiles, we thought it would be helpful to share our travel tips on 1) Planning for trips and shoots 2) Packing and 3) Gear.