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Can You Understand This Baffling Camera Setting?

Can You Understand This Baffling Camera Setting?

Do you ever get the feeling that people who make menu settings on cameras and manual instructions to follow are having a laugh at your expense by making things so confusing? Can you explain this Canon menu riddle to me? Because it’s baffling me.

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Circles or Squares: A Beginners Guide to Filter Formats for Landscape Photography

Circles or Squares: A Beginners Guide to Filter Formats for Landscape Photography

Many aspiring photographers get intimidated by landscape photography because of their unfamiliarity to filters. While filters are not 100% essential to learning landscape, understanding this topic before making choices can lead you towards better gear decisions.

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6 Wrong Ideas That Will Stop You From Improving Your Photography

6 Wrong Ideas That Will Stop You From Improving Your Photography

A lot of things are said about photography that are not always correct. Many photographers might get the wrong idea about a lot of things. Are you one of those photographers?

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Review of the Elinchrom ELM8 After Four Months of Use

Review of the Elinchrom ELM8 After Four Months of Use

Elinchrom focus has mostly been on light shapers and strobes ever since they’ve existed. However, the ELM8 they released last year may be a hint they are serious about getting into continuous light. After four months of use, here’s my opinion on the Elinchrom ELM8.

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If Canon Is Releasing Four Full-Frame Cameras This Year, What Should They Be?

If Canon Is Releasing Four Full-Frame Cameras This Year, What Should They Be?

There’s been a lot of speculation about what camera Canon would add next to its new range of full-frame mirrorless bodies, and we might be a step closer to seeing what will emerge over the next twelve months. According to rumors, one is pretty certain, but the other two are a little more unexpected.

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Why Do Cameras All Have Such Stupid Names?

Why Do Cameras All Have Such Stupid Names?

Sorry, Nikon, but why you ever thought that calling hundreds of different camera models COOLPIX would be a good idea will always confuse me. It’s not just Nikon, though; camera names and naming conventions are a car crash of branding and lack of foresight. Why are they all so terrible? And which is the worst?

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Are Your Photos Interesting Enough?

Are Your Photos Interesting Enough?

We all talk about the importance of finding your visual style, but do you really know why you need one? It’s more than just being unique; a visual style is key to shooting photos with interest. And it’s that interest that keeps people coming back.

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Film Isn’t Vegan: Why You Should Potentially Reconsider Shooting It if You Care About Animals

Film Isn't Vegan: Why You Should Potentially Reconsider Shooting It if You Care About Animals

Film photography is enjoying a bit of a resurgence at the moment, with many people flocking to it for reasons ranging from the abundance of cheap used equipment, to the enjoyment of the process, or the look of the results. And while film can certainly be both a fun and rewarding way to shoot, it is important to be aware of its downsides as well, one of them being the fact that it is not friendly to animals.

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Create a Blade Runner Inspired Image in Photoshop

Create a Blade Runner Inspired Image in Photoshop

Recently I was thinking about the year so far and noticed that my output for the year was down compared to other years. Why was this?

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What Was the First Photo You Took That Got You Hooked on Photography?

What Was the First Photo You Took That Got You Hooked on Photography?

If you were anything like me when you first started in photography, you probably took a metric ton of pictures of just about anything you could point your camera at. But what was the first photo you took that got you truly excited about photography? Did it change your path through photography or even life itself?

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Why Don’t More Manufacturers Make Monochrome Versions of Their Cameras?

Why Don't More Manufacturers Make Monochrome Versions of Their Cameras?

With Leica having just released the beautiful but insanely expensive M10 Monochrom, there’s a good question why other camera manufacturers don’t do the same. Would you buy an Sony a7M III, a Fuji X-M3, or even a Canon EOS Rm?

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Should Fujifilm Completely Discontinue the X-H1 Series of Cameras?

Should Fujifilm Completely Discontinue the X-H1 Series of Cameras?

When the X-H1 was first announced, I wrote an article talking about how it was a disappointing release from Fujifilm. My thoughts about that camera haven’t really changed; however, since rumors of the X-T4 started to circulate, I’ve had a think about the H series and where it sits in the line-up.

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Here’s Why It’s a Great Idea to Invest in Digital Asset Management

Here's Why It's a Great Idea to Invest in Digital Asset Management

When I first started out in photography I didn’t have any specific process to manage any of my images and files. This is one of the primary reasons I don’t have many of my early images anymore. It’s a shame because I was quite proud of some of the images I had produced.

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Not a Professional Photographer? You May Be Better for It

Not a Professional Photographer? You May Be Better for It

If you’re not a professional photographer, you’re not alone. While I sometimes wish I had it in me to be a professional photographer, in the end, I do not. Alas, I believe I’m better for it.

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Two Screens for Productive Post-Processing: A Review of the Asus Zenbook Duo for Photography

Two Screens for Productive Post-Processing: A Review of the Asus Zenbook Duo for Photography

Ever wished your laptop had a bit more workspace? The Asus Zenbook Duo has a secondary display right on the main panel that allows for increased productivity and multitasking.

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