Reviews & tips

Cloud Storage for Photographers

Storing and backing up photos in the cloud is a great option as part of a broader backup system. But not every cloud storage service is a good fit. Here's a roundup of some of the best cloud storage for photographers.
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Lightroom Alternatives | Top Picks for the Best Lightroom Alternative in 2021

Lightroom isn't for everyone. Here are leading candidates for the best Lightroom alternative in 2021, including full-featured management and processing apps, RAW processing and image management, and the best free Lightroom alternatives.
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Sony a7R IV Sample Images

Here's a collection of images shot with the Sony a7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera under different lighting conditions and with different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.
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Travel Tripod Reviews

A good tripod can sometimes make or break a great photo. Here are my hands-on reviews of some of the best travel tripods available.
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Best Online Photography Classes & Courses

Whether you're looking to brush up, dive deeper, or learn a new photographic skill, here's a roundup of some of the best online classes and courses for photographers.
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Backing up Photos & Videos on Location with the NextoDI NPS-10 Portable Backup Device

The NextoDI NPS-10 is a small, self-contained device for backing up photos and videos from memory cards while you're traveling or on a location shoot. Here's my review.
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Fastest SD Card Speed Tests

With cameras getting improved 4K, 5K, and even 8K video recording and burst shooting features all the time, some of them need the write speeds that only the fastest SD cards provide. So here's a roundup of the fastest SD cards based on my independent tests.
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Fujifilm X-T3 SD Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Fujifilm X-T3 has to offer you'll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.
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Photos Taken with a Ricoh GR III Compact Camera

I've recently been out shooting with the new Ricoh GR III high-end compact camera. For good reason, the GR cameras have long had a cult following among street photographers and travel photographers. Here's a collection of high-resolution sample images I've taken with it.
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Hands On with the Leica X-U Waterproof Camera

Leica has a waterproof camera in their line: the Leica X-U. I recently had the chance to shoot with it for a few weeks on a trip to the Arctic. Here's my hands-on review.
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Best Waterproof Cameras for the Beach Under $200

If you're heading to a beach vacation this summer, here are some of my ideas for the best waterproof cameras under $200.
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How to Post to Instagram with a Web Browser by Spoofing the User Agent

Here's a method for posting to Instagram from a desktop or laptop that doesn't involve any third-party apps or installing plugins. It uses a feature built into several modern web browsers.
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Facebook Image Sizes Guide | New Facebook Layout

Have you ever tried using photos and images on your Facebook page? It can be frustrating. So here's an up-to-date guide explaining what's what, what's where, and how big.
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Nikon AF-S 8-15mm F/3.5-4.5E ED Fisheye Zoom Lens - Hands-on Review

The Nikon AF-S 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens is optically excellent and opens up some fun creative opportunities. There are also some quirks when shooting with it.
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Latest Updates

How to Reset a Nikon D3500

Here's a guide on how to reset a Nikon D3500 back to factory settings. This can be useful if you're troubleshooting an issue, selling or trading-in your D3500, or just want to start again with a clean slate of settings.
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How to Disable HEIC on iPhone

Here's a quick guide to turning off HEIC on the iPhone so that the camera saves regular JPG files instead.
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Which Image File Formats Are Best for What?

There's a bunch of different image formats available, some old as well as many new ones. But it's not always clear which is the best to use. Here's a quick guide on which image files formats are best, when.
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What Are the Different Types of SD Card? SD Cards Explained

There are several different types of SD card, as well as multiple speed rating systems and cryptic codes. Here's a rundown of what the differences are.
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What Type of Memory Card Does the Nikon D610 Use?

Here's a rundown of what kinds of memory cards you need for the Nikon D610's dual memory card slots.
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How to Reset a Nikon D3400 Back to Factory Settings

Whether you're troubleshooting an issue, selling or trading-in your D3400, or just want to start again with a clean slate of settings, here's how to reset a Nikon D3400 back to factory settings.
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How to Turn on Self-Timer on Nikon D3400

Here's how to turn on and use the Nikon D3400's self-timer and the options you can set with it.
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Reliable & Simple Cloud Backups when Working in a Home Office

There's a lot to like about working from a home office. But being your own tech support isn't one of the most fun. These cloud backup services offer peace of mind to protect against losing your data when your computer or hard drive fails.
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Fujifilm X100V Sample Photos

Here's a collection of sample images I've taken with the Fujifilm X100V camera.
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How to Shoot Continuous or Burst Photos on the Nikon D3400

Here's a rundown of how to use the Nikon's D3400 continuous mode for shooting rapid bursts of photos.
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How to Check & Update Nikon D3400 Firmware

Here's a step-by-step guide to checking and updating the firmware version on a Nikon D3400.
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How to Use Nikon D3500 Self-Timer

Here's how to use the Nikon D3500 self-timer and the options you can set with it.
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How to Add rel="sponsored" to Affiliate Links in WordPress

Google has issued new recommendations that affiliate links be identified with a "sponsored" attribute. Here's how to add that in WordPress.
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How to Open External Links Open in New Tabs in WordPress

There are several different methods for making external links on your WordPress site open in new tabs or windows when users click on them. Here's a rundown of some of the best alternatives.
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How to Shoot Macro Close-up Photos with the Ricoh GR III

The Ricoh GR III has a built-in macro close-up shooting mode. Here’s how to enable it and what it does.
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How to Update Ricoh GR III Firmware

Here's a straightforward guide on how to update the Ricoh GR III's firmware.
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Does EXIF Metadata in Images Affect Google Search Rankings?

Does including image metadata affect search rankings for your overall site or image search? Maybe.
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How to Display EXIF Metadata in Wordpress's Media Library

Here's a quick snippet that displays some key EXIF metadata fields for images in Wordpress's Media Library.
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How to Restore Your Custom Recipes When Upgrading from Google's version of Nik Collection to DxO Nik Collection

When you upgrade from Google's version of Nik Collection to DxO's new version, it doesn't bring your old custom recipes along. Here's where I found them and restored them on Mac.
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How to Have Yoast SEO's XML Sitemap Register Images Served from a Content Delivery Network (CDN)

If you're serving your site's images from a CDN, this snippet tells Yoast SEO to register the CDN versions in its sitemap.
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Quick Way to Include External Text in Wordpress

Here's a quick and simple way to include external text or HTML in Wordpress posts, pages, or widgets.
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Allowed Referrers For Sharing Social Media Shared Link Images When Using Hotlink Protection

If you're using hotlink protection but want to make exceptions to allow social media services to pull images for shared links, here's the list of allowed referrers I've been using.
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How to Clear the Cache in Safari Without Clearing the Browsing History

There are times when you might want to clear your Safari browsing cache without clearing your browsing history. Here's how to do it.
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Change the Frame Rate of an Existing Project Quickly in Final Cut Pro X

Here's a quick and dirty way to modify the framerate of an existing project in Final Cut Pro X.
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How to Set a CNAME for an Amazon S3 Bucket

Setting a CNAME to an Amazon S3 Bucket is easy to do, but there are some things to watch out for.
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Script to Verify a Page's Host Domain

This short script goes in your page's header to verify that the domain matches the expected host. If it doesn't match, you can redirect the user to another URL.
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How to Transfer Redirects from Yoast SEO Premium to Redirection Plugin

Here's a quick guide to moving existing redirects from Yoast SEO Premium to Redirection in Wordpress.
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How to Disable Yoast SEO Premium's Automatic Redirects

Here's the snippet that disables the automatic capturing of redirects in Yoast SEO Premium.
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How to Create a Mac Quick Action to Convert HEIC to JPG

Here's a quick guide to creating an Automator service (quick action) so that you can convert HEIC image files to JPG with a right click.
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What Type of Memory Card Does the Nikon D780 Use?

The Nikon D780 has two SD card slots and is compatible with SDXC UHS-II cards. Here are some recommendations on which cards to get.
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What Type of Memory Card Does the Nikon D500 Use?

There is a little trick to what kind of memory cards the Nikon D500 takes. That's because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update to add CFexpress B compatibility to the XQD memory card slot.
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How to Link Directly to a Specific Page in an Online PDF

If you want to add a URL that links directly to a specific page in a PDF document, there's a simple code to add to the URL.
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How to Convert HEIC to JPG with XnConvert

Here's a quick guide to converting HEIC image files to JPGs. XnConvert is free and cross-platform.
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Sony E 20mm ƒ/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens Sample Images

The Sony E 20mm ƒ/2.8 is a moderately wide-angle lens for Sony E-mount APS-C mirrorless cameras. With a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, it's fast, but the highlight features are how small and light it is.
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How to Format Memory Cards with the Canon EOS Rebel T7

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 has two types of memory card formatting: standard and low-level format. Here's how to use them and when to use which one.
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What Type of Memory Card Does the Canon EOS Rebel T7 Use?

The Canon EOS Rebel T7 doesn't come with a memory card as standard. Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that will work well in the T7.
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