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Know Your DSLR Camera: What Do All the Controls Mean?

Know Your DSLR Camera: What Do All the Controls Mean?

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.

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3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

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.

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4 Tips to Limit Unnecessary Costs When Buying Photography Equipment

4 Tips to Limit Unnecessary Costs When Buying Photography Equipment

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.

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3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying New Photography Gear

3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying New Photography Gear

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?

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The Yongnuo YN-560 III Flashgun and RF-603c Transmitter Reviewed

The Yongnuo YN-560 III Flashgun and RF-603c Transmitter Reviewed

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.

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Let’s Pack Our Bags: Packing and Travel Tips by Light Stalking Photographers

Let’s Pack Our Bags: Packing and Travel Tips by Light Stalking Photographers

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.

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A Guide to Finding the Best Camera for YOU

A Guide to Finding the Best Camera for YOU

The process of choosing a camera drives people crazy. Believe it or not, it never used to be so difficult. But as all things do, photography evolved and today, cameras are ubiquitous in our society. In this post, you will find find an overview of the basic types of digital cameras available in the market today, along with their major features, advantages, drawbacks, and a profile of the audience each camera type ostensibly caters to.

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9 Accessories That Rock for Mobile Phone Photography

9 Accessories That Rock for Mobile Phone Photography

It wasn’t so long ago that we talked about the value of the iPhone as a photographer’s tool and what so-called iPhoneographers can do to get the most out of their devices. While the focus of that particular piece is on the iPhone, the advice contained within can easily be applied to any mobile device. Let’s now take a look at the accessories that can take the mobile phone photography to the next level.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Polarizing Filters

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Polarizing Filters

A polarizing filter is one of the most useful filters you can purchase. From eliminating reflections to enhanced saturation of colors, it can help you add that wow factor to your images with very little effort and get great shots straight out of camera.

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How to Use Continuous Lighting: Light Sources

How to Use Continuous Lighting: Light Sources

This is the first part of my series on continuous lighting. Here, I discuss the various types of artificial constant light sources you can use to create great-looking product and portrait images. Small flash units and studio strobes have their advantages, but many photographers simply feel overwhelmed when dealing with the technical issues associated with […]

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