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Promote Control

This remote opens up new possibilities for photographers

By Tom Bol | March 11, 2014

With HDR and time-lapse photography being so popular these days, the biggest challenge for photographers is figuring out how to shoot these images.  Many DSLRs (but not all!) have automatic bracketing functions that allow some frames to be bracketed for an HDR shot.  And... Read More

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Which macro lens is best?

Which macro lens is best?

Choosing the right macro lens depends on your shooting style.

By Tom Bol | January 20, 2014

I've been shooting a lot of macro lately, from flowers to butterflies to frogs.  But I don't always use the same lens, because macro shooting requires different equipment depending on the situation.  Here is the condensed guide to help you choose which macro lens is best for... Read More

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15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

Use this filter for creative effects in midday light.

By Tom Bol | January 13, 2014

A little while ago I reported on the 10-Stop Mor-Slo filter from Singh-Ray.  This ND filter was great at blocking light for creative effects; if you wanted 30 second silky water shots this was the filter to create it. Now Singh-Ray has gone a step further with their 15-Stop Mor... Read More

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An Optical Printer’s Movie Magic

A Conversation with Bill Conner at Deluxe Labs

By Vince Gonzales | December 30, 2013

I got a chance to chat with optical printer magician, Bill Conner working at Deluxe Labs in Los Angeles.  Bill gave me the insider tour of the optical lab he runs and the skinny on his prized toy, the Producers Service Model 102.  This is a film tool that has helped restore some of... Read More

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Art of the Holiday Card

Art of the Holiday Card

Hand-made, much appreciated, portfolio-rich attention-getter

By Sara Frances | December 24, 2013

Holiday images, by email, Facebook or hand made card, are are perfect way to thank clients, revalue friendship and show off personal creativity. New Year is the perfect time, spanning religious preferences and cultures.

It’s easy to put appropriate thoughts of the season into a... Read More

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Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1

A blazing fast mirrorless camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

By Tom Bol | November 20, 2013

I used to carry the indestructible Nikonos V with me on many of my adventure sports assignments. Shooting stories for Canoe and Kayak, I ventured from the iceberg-choked waters of Alaska to the steamy tropics of Honduras.  One piece of gear that never failed was my waterproof... Read More

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Singh-Ray IR Filter

Singh-Ray IR Filter

Shooting infrared without converting your camera to IR.

By Tom Bol | November 13, 2013

I recently saw a photography exhibit that had an infrared section.  Some of the IR shots were just plain cool.  So that naturally led me to researching how to create IR images.  The first solution that was mentioned was converting an 'old' camera to IR.... Read More

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fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow

By Dan Carr | October 09, 2013

“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business.

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Zeiss Launches the $4000 55mm Otus Lens

Is this the ultimate standard lens?

By Dan Carr | October 07, 2013

Cameras like the Nikon D800 have pushed the resolution of current lens designs right to the limits and in many cases beyond.  Start testing a collection of Nikon lenses on the D800 and you quickly realize that you really need to pair it with A-grade... Read More

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When Should You Convert To Black & White?

To convert or not to convert.... that is the question.

By Dan Carr | September 24, 2013

I have just got back from a few weeks traveling and shooting in S.E Asia and much of my time was spent in Cambodia exploring the incredible ancient runins around Siem Reap, and then heading out on a 4X4 trip around the northern part of the country to access some more remote, less frequented places.  I had certain self imposed goals for the trip and wanted to make sure that I captured a full range of images so that I could package up a collection to sell to a photography magazine.  This meant getting some shots that truly showed the beauty of the Cambodian countryside and the life that lives within it. 

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How to make and add texture overlays to photos

How to make and add texture overlays to photos

Think mystery, excitement, glamour, exoticism, allure, charm. A bouquet of possibilities.

By Sara Frances | September 18, 2013

Overlays are all about romance. Pictures we’re emotionally drawn to need more than a “just the facts” look. Imagine

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Creating Visual Impact with Weather and Temperature

Creating Visual Impact with Weather and Temperature

How to make people shiver in two dimensions

By Sara Frances | August 30, 2013

Go for the cold! Seasons are changing, and I found this inspirational image group to suggest a project for the coming winter.

Rendering a feeling of temperature is the third way to harness natural elements to create image impact. The first two are time of day (or more precisely... Read More

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HDR: when is it too much?

HDR: when is it too much?

We all love opening shadows and recapturing highlights, but how to keep images “real” and avoid going too far?

By Sara Frances | August 15, 2013

Don’t get me wrong. Extreme HDR has many legit uses; you the artist have to decide your message and work toward the subtleties of what you want to convey.

This recent example set is from our workshop in Guatemala during the pre-Easter festivals in Antigua. Readers please weigh in... Read More

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Micro Four Thirds & Mirrorless - Here To Stay or Gone Tomorrow ?

Declining sales and greener pastures

By Dan Carr | August 05, 2013

I've been wanting to write something along these lines for a while now because these thought have been running through my head over and over again.  The question I have pondered on more than one occasion is whether I should invest more heavily in some sort of mirrorless camera system or whether these types of cameras as simply an elongated fad forced upon us by current technological deficiencies?  I expect this article will strike a nerve with some folks out there, probably those that have already invested, but hear me out before you hit the comment button.

 

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The new Airport Extreme

The new Airport Extreme

Apple's latest Wi-Fi base station offers better performance and a slick new design.

By Tom Bol | August 03, 2013

Wi-Fi is how the world works these days. Sure, you can wait for things to download on your phone using a 3G network. Or you could stop by your local Starbucks and log onto their Wi-Fi network to check mail while you sip your latte. For many photographers you don't have to go to... Read More

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Shooting in the Jungle

Shooting in the Jungle

Use these tips next time you photograph in hot, humid conditions.

By Tom Bol | July 25, 2013

I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica, and of course I had my cameras in hand. The ocean, wildlife and landscapes were spectacular! I spent time scouting for a workshop I will be teaching next February in Costa Rica, and wrote down some tips for the first time 'jungle... Read More

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Figures in a Landscape

Figures in a Landscape

Adding the human element to a landscape can improve the shot.

By Tom Bol | June 21, 2013

I teach a lot of photo workshops in national parks and scenic locations around the globe.  One challenge we often have are 'tourists' standing in our shot.  A few months ago I was hiking up to Delicate Arch in Arches NP in Utah.  I was sure there would be only a... Read More

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Panorama Tips for iPhoneography

Panorama Tips for iPhoneography

Movement and stability essentials for great iPhone panos

By Sara Frances | May 24, 2013

Once you access the pano function option on your iPhone, it’s an addiction! Especially for international and adventure travel, pano capture will bring home your experience like no other image. (Read at bottom for link to explore our next iPhoneography workshop with Flying Colors. -... Read More

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Frozen Dinner

Creating an Original "Frozen" Piece for The Art From The Ashes Organization

By Vince Gonzales | May 21, 2013

Frozen in a sheet of ice the artichoke, peas and lemon appear to be floating in space

I am fortunate enough to be a contributing artist with the Art From the Ashes organization which produces exhibitions drawing from a network of talented painters,... Read More

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Review: CamRanger Wireless DSLR Remote Tether for iPad

Review: CamRanger Wireless DSLR Remote Tether for iPad

By Tony Donaldson | May 15, 2013

The CamRanger is a small, white, wireless controller for your camera. It attaches to your Canon or Nikon DSLR (Full list available at http://www.camranger.com/supported-cameras/) via USB cable. From there, download the CamRanger app to your iPhone, Tablet or Mac.

It allows you to... Read More

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