Monthly Archive: October 2012

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Photography Basics: Beginners Guide to Aperture

As part of our Photography Basics series we talked about Exposure already and this time we are going to cover the mystery of aperture. Aperture is probably the least understood setting of everything on your camera. While shutter settings are very easy to understand, to long of a shutter speed and you will get blurring, pretty simple stuff. Same with ISO, too high of ISO and you introduce digital noise. But learning how to use aperture properly can kill brain cells faster than a frat house kegger party.

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Another Take on Perspective

Last time we looked at tilting the camera and getting a little more angle on the subject. This time lets look at shooting from an angle that isn’t normal. Often changing to a low-to-high...

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Understanding Light Stops

One thing that seems to baffle a lot of new photographers is understanding the term “stop” as it pertains to a measurement of light. We see this word used over and over with regards to shutter speed, aperture, film speed, filters, lighting, and other ways that light is used. You may hear a phrase like “you should expose one side of face 1-2 stops under the lit side of the face and expose the background 1 stop under the main subject”. For many people that’s about like asking them to solve a complex calculus problem.

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Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera Announced

Nikon’s first entry into the mirrorless camera realm has finally got its first round of evolution with the announcement of the new Nikon 1 V2.  The new V2 has a beefier handgrip, a new...

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Podcast #123 – Ed Krisiak Visits Photo Plus Expo 2012

Our roving reporter Ed Krisiak heads out to New York for this year’s Photo Plus Expo 2012. During this show we discuss some of the latest products from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and many more....

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How to Calculate Depth of Field

A big stumbling block for many new camera users is how to figure out how much depth of field a particular image will have it in given the focal length of the lens, the aperture used and the distance to the subject. Trust me on this, trying to do the algebra to figure it out is not something most people want to try to do in their heads. In this article we will cover all of the math involved and then make it real easy with an Excel spreadsheet and some links to some free applications to help you out.

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Podcast #122 – Photographer Roundtable

Thanks in part to an insane travel schedule lately I took a cue from my friend and fellow podcaster Gavin Seim and put together a photographer round table discussion. This show features Debra Ekas,...

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Review: JuicedLink RA333 Preamp

I am quite often a perfectionist, or possibly lazy, or maybe a combination of the two. Whichever it is, I want to spend less time in post production by getting things right “in camera”....

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Review: Sticky Filters Gel Kit

I love using gels on my speedlites, from basic color correction to faking a blue sky to creating colored backgrounds, gels can really come in handy. The downside is finding a way to put...

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Podcast #121- Conversation with Kevin Kubota

This week Kerry and Chris catch up on the new Fuji firmware and then bring in this week’s guest, Kevin Kubota. Kevin made his mark in central Oregon as one of the premiere wedding...

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Photography Weekly Wrap Up 10/13/2012

Another week, another great list of the best articles to read through from around the web. Friday Poll Day – Podcast Length (CameraDojo) Beginner’s Guide to Exposure (Kindle eBook) (CameraDojo) Mastering Your Flash 101 – High...

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Friday Poll Day – Podcast Length

Usually I take Fridays off from writing content but I wanted to do something to make Fridays a little interesting so my goal is to make things a little more interactive with a new...

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Using Common Filters

While there are dozens of different types of filters you can put on your lenses for different effects, there are three very common filters that everyone should have in their camera kit, the circular polarizing filter, the neutral density filter, and the UV filter. In this article we will discuss what these three filters are and the effects that it can add to your images.

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Podcast #120 – Conversation with Nick Didlick

This week our regular Co-Host Chris Diset is out sick so our show coordinator Debra Ekas stepped up as co-host. Since this week’s guest, Nick Didlick, was Debra’s idea, it was a great show...