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Camera and Lens Rentals: What You Need to Know

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Camera rentals and lens rentals are great alternatives to purchasing new equipment. Photography equipment is a major investment, so professionals and other advanced photographers are used to the idea of gear being expensive. This makes camera and lens rentals an attractive option for many amateur and beginning photographers. Here are some benefits to renting a

Easy Guide to Light Modifiers

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Modifying the sources of light around us is the primary job of all photographers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a daylight-only shooter or prefer a complicated, multi-light setup, it’s all about lighting your subjects and scene exactly as you want them. In this regard, there are loads of kits and light modifiers on the market

Beginners Guide to Focal Lengths

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Focal length can be a strange concept when your first start out in photography. Those seemingly arbitrary numbers labeled on a lens, usually in millimeters. However, once you learn the principles behind focal length, the information can teach you on a number of levels from how wide-angle or zoomed in your image will look to

How to Paint with Light on the Cheap

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Light painting or painting with light is as old as photography itself. Taking a long exposure while moving a light source around in the frame, creating very artistic and dramatic results should be a trick in every photographer’s arsenal. From Picasso to modern Instagram images – all utilize this technique to great effect and the

How to Make an Instant Camera Drone

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There are plenty of drones on the market these days that can take stills and video to a high-quality. However, if your needs are more specific or you want to shoot with an instant camera, then you may have to resort to building your own instant camera drone. This approach clearly has its plus and

The Best Travel Lenses for Canon & Nikon

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The type of camera kit you travel with can be completely different from equipment used for regular day-to-day photography work. Depending on the job, a variety of equipment from different cameras bodies, lenses, and lighting gear lets you choose the appropriate items for shooting a certain subject in a certain scenario. However, when it comes

7 Awesome Camera Battery Life Hacks

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Battery life, and how much performance we can get out of our devices, is front of mind for everybody these days. Especially important for us photographers is the battery life of our cameras. We’re not quite there yet with battery technology which will allow us to take images all day long, with everything switched on

Tips for Buying an Old Film Camera

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In such a digital age, it seems counter intuitive to be considering using film cameras for your imaging needs. Almost like your next car being one with a carburetor and leaf spring suspension. However, with brands such as Kodak producing classic film stock which gives a distinctive look to the images replicated by many smart

The 3 Best Lenses You Will Ever Need

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Photography can become, in time, a collector’s sport. Like any endeavor, you start acquiring more and more gear over time and start thinking you need to use it all the time as well. This is especially true when you’ve paid a king’s ransom for a few high-end prime lenses and you must use them on

What ISO Really Means on a Digital Camera

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If you remember the days of film or not, the link between ISO and old school film speed always comes up. It’s an easy way to explain what ISO or how the US standard equivalent ASA works in the digital realm or a simple way to explain digital ISO. However, a direct comparison between the

The Best Photography Gear

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When it comes to the best photography gear of the last couple years, there were a few releases which were significant in the camera and lens world. Mirrorless designs are proving ever more popular and lenses which can take advantage of these new designs are now popping up. If you also want to lump in camera