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About Mike Panic

is a professional photographer. See his site at Mike Panic Photography.

How to Photograph the Moon (With 10 Great Examples)

For centuries the moon as captivated people, given direction and provided hours of enjoyment and wonderment.  Being the brightest object in the night sky, it’s something photographers of all levels can shoot, however it does take planning and preparation to accomplish. The moon is bright, but it isn’t bright enough to simply snap a photo.  […]

Why I Downgraded Gear To Upgrade My Photography

Nineteen years ago I got my first real camera, a Canon EOS Rebel X.  This 35mm film camera for me was something I had been lusting after for years, all the way back to the famous Andre Agassi campaign with the famous catch-line stop taking snapshots and start taking photographs.  The days of mullets have […]

Kata 3N1-10 Bag Review

They say getting there is half the fun but only if your photo gear gets there safely, and isn’t bothersome to transport.  Along the same lines, I’m a fan of the saying use the proper product to get the job done because there isn’t one good all-around solution for every photographer in every situation.  Because […]

How to Photograph Jewelry

In a previous article we covered what every beginner needs to know about product photography, a primer to this article.  Photographing jewelry is perhaps one of the more advanced and frankly frustrating disciplines one can try to master.  The practical uses can be applied to many aspects, both for fun and extra income.  This article […]

Focus Stacking in Photoshop: How to Get Pin Sharp Macro Shots

The HDR trend has come and, for many, gone, but what came of it is the easy-to-digest concept that creating one photograph may actually require several images, then blend them together.  For HDR photography it’s the need of multiple exposures to compensate for what a digital sensor cannot do on it’s own – properly expose […]

What Every Beginner Needs to Know About Product Photography

Photography is more than just sunsets, memories of vacations, family gatherings and weddings – it’s actually in our life every single day.  Product photography ranges the gamut from cereal boxes and billboards, to the photos you see on Amazon and every other online retailer.  Someone takes those photos, and those photos require a lot of […]

Creative Filter Effects for the Indoor Photographer

Indoor photography scares the bajesus out of most photographers, and rightly so.  On-camera flash, off-camera flash, ambient lighting and then throw people into the mix and it’s enough to make a grown man weak in the knees.  Utilizing filters on lenses and flashes can change any photograph, using them specifically for indoor photography can be […]

5 Unmistakable Lessons That Model Shooting Teaches You

Working with models can be rewarding and frustrating, often all at the same time.  For many photographers shooting falls more into documenting, even if you are composing the shot.  If you think about it, wedding, engagement, family, landscapes, birding, photojournalism, and even macro photography are all ways to document what you see.  Working with a […]

Why Nobody Should Hate iPhone Photography

“Haters gonna hate” is an Internet meme that I’m sure everyone has seen at some point.  When there are a group of people large enough to actually hate something that usually means they are scared, jealous, envious or don’t understand what it is they are hating.  The iPhone has changed how hundreds of millions of […]