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How to Prevent Photoshop from Flattening Layers When Converting the Color Profile

By default, when you go to change the color profile (or color space) of a document in Photoshop, it will flatten all the layers. If that’s not what you want, there’s a really simple fix. But it’s not one that exactly leaps out at you, unless you know it’s there....
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Video Modes of the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera ULTRA HD VIDEO - Crystal clear 4K/30fps footage, 1080p/120fps, or slow motion capability at 720p/240fps G-METRIX - Built-in GPS and external sensors with connectivity to Garmin devices to capture performance... Check Price at Amazon Garmin’s VIRB Ultra 30 action...
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Hands-on Review of the Mevo Plus Pocket-Sized Live-Streaming Video Studio

Need to stream or record some live event video but don’t want to mess with the complications or expense that usually come with that? The Mevo Plus is like having a basic TV studio in your pocket. If you’re looking to live stream interviews, panel discussions, church sermons, or even...
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Extraordinary Everyday Photography, by Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring | Book Review

Title: Extraordinary Everyday Photography Author: Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring Publisher: Amphoto Books Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Total Pages: 160 pages ISBN-13: 9780817435936 Buy at Amazon You don’t have to get very deep into this book to work out what it’s about. It makes the...
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Photos Taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 with a 23mm f/2 Lens

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a camera for those who are happier with a Leica in hand than a whizz-bang DSLR. There’s no messing around with zooms and shooting modes and sounds and menu options. It’s about taking photos, pure and simple. It’s not a camera for all seasons, and it’s...
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Canon Rebel T5i and T5 Recommended SD Memory Cards

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i and T5 don’t come with a memory card as standard. Some retailers offer bundles that include basic accessories, including memory cards, but unless you’ve chose one of those, you’ll have to pick up a memory card separately. My hope is that this post makes that...
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Canon Rebel T3i Recommended SD Memory Cards

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D doesn’t, by default, come with a memory card. So unless you’ve picked up a retailer bundle that does include the card, you’ll have to buy one separately. The good news is that because the T3i is an older camera and memory card technology...
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Recommended Memory Cards for the Canon EOS Rebel T6

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 doesn’t, by default, come with a memory card. Some retailers offer bundles that do include a memory card. If you’ve picked up one of those, great–you’re all set to go shooting. But if you don’t have a card, here are some recommendations for SD cards...
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Black Friday Photography Deals 2021

As we head into Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2021, here are some great deals on photography gear, services, and other things of particular interest to photographers. There’s a torrent of deals at this time of year, but some are better than others. I’m trying to pick out some of...
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Examples Using the New Accent AI Filter in Luminar 2018

With the new Luminar 2018 about to be released I thought it worth taking a look at some of the new features. There’s much new in this version, and the developers have clearly been putting a lot of work in. Luminar has been coming along in leaps and bounds, and...
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Recommended SD Cards for the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 doesn’t come with a memory card as standard, so unless you buy a bundle pack that includes one you’ll need to pick one up separately. But not every card will work well. Some are too slow to keep up with the data from the camera’s...
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Photography Magazines | Gift Guide for Photographers

Looking for gift ideas for a photographer? Magazine subscriptions can be a gift that keeps on giving. (Well, for a year or whenever the subscription runs out, that is…) Some provide news and information. Some provide education. Some provide inspiration. And some provide a bit of everything, stoking...
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How to Format Memory Cards on the Nikon D7500

One of the fundamental and probably among the first functions you’ll do on the Nikon D7500 is format the memory card. It’s always a good idea to do this in the camera because it reduces the risk of something going wrong. I’ve also put together some recommendations on which memory...
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Induro Stealth Carbon Fiber Hi-Hats / Induro Baby Grand Tripods

These aren’t your typical travel tripods. And, in reality, they’re not really designed as travel tripods at all. Hi-hats are a particular type of tripod that are small and allow for a very low vantage point in tight spaces. They’re most often used for video, which is why they have...
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Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

The Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens (or the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, to get technical) is a small, light, versatile, and inexpensive zoom lens that works particularly well with cameras like the Nikon D3500 and D3400. It’s designed for Nikon DSLRs with a DX cropped sensor...
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How to Prevent VLC from Saving Recently Viewed Videos on Mac

The VLC media player has been my go-to music and video player for years. It’s free and open source and supports a huge range of filetypes and codecs. It also offers a lot of flexibility in customizing it. But that flexibility adds some complexity, and it’s not always easy to...
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Nikon 28-300mm vs Tamron 28-300mm Comparison

I’ve recently had the opportunity to shoot with the Nikon 28-300mm and Tamron 28-300mm lenses side-by-side (thanks to the folks at B&H Photo). It’s been a good chance to see how they compare with each other in real-world shooting. On paper, these lenses are very similar. They have the...
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Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G Zoom Lens Hands-on Review

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens... Versatile 107x zoom lens with ED glass and VR II image stabilization Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format Check Price at Amazon Designed as a lens for all seasons, Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm...
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Photos taken with a Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon’s 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G for FX-format cameras (ie. full-frame) is designed as a lens for all seasons. It has a broad zoom range, from 28mm to 300mm, and built-in vibration reduction. It’s also compact and easily portable. And it is priced quite reasonably with an MSRP of $950. So it’s...
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Photos taken with a Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens | Sample Images

Tamron’s 28-300mm lens is designed as a versatile all-in-one zoom for full-frame sensor cameras, the type of lens you might leave on your camera most of the time for things like travel photography. Tamron AFA010N700 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD IS Zoom Lens for Nikon (FX)... Circular diaphragm...
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How to Export a Single Frame as a JPG from Adobe Premiere Pro

There are two methods for exporting an frame from in Premiere Pro. One is quick and simple but doesn’t give you much control. The other involves more steps but gives you more control over things like size and compression amount. I’m going to show how to do both methods, starting...
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How to Export a Single Still Frame from Final Cut Pro X as a JPG

If you’re looking to export a single frame from Final Cut Pro X as a JPG, there’s a built-in function to that. It takes the current frame at the playhead, and it works with layers and titles and any other visual effects you’ve applied. 1: Position the playhead at the...
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What are the A1 and A2 Ratings on SD and microSD Cards?

You might have seen new A1 and A2 speed ratings on some of the new SD and microSD cards. So what are they referring to, and should you take any notice of them? SD and microSD cards have had several different speed rating categories. You see them in those small...
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Nikon D7500 Memory Card Recommendations

By default, the Nikon D7500 doesn’t come with a memory card. Some retailers put together bundles that do include one, but chances are that you’ll need to pick up an SD card separately. So here’s a rundown of what to look for in an SD card for the Nikon D7500...
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Hands-on with the Olympus TG-5 Tough Waterproof Camera | REVIEW

Since I originally posted this, Olympus has released a newer model, the **Olympus TG-6**. The cameras in Olympus’s Tough line are waterproof and rugged. These are compact, pocketable cameras that you can take underwater, to the beach, or on a boat. But aside from the waterproof aspect, you can...
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Hands-on Review of the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Zoom Lens

Tamron’s 28-300mm lens is designed as a versatile all-in-one zoom for full-frame sensor cameras, the type of lens you might choose to leave on your camera most of the time for things like travel photography. There are versions of this lens with three different mount systems: Nikon, Canon, and Sony....
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How to Use Instagram Location Search & How to Find an Instagram Location ID

Instagram has some useful location search functions built-in. They’re useful not only for the curiosity of knowing where a photo was taken, but also for finding other photos taken at that location. Since most of the accounts I follow are related in some way to travel (or travel photography), the...
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Review of the Sirui W-2204 Waterproof Carbon Fiber Tripod

When things get wet when you’re out shooting, of all the things to keep dry, your tripod probably isn’t top of the list. The wet stuff tends to be more of a showstopper with the electronics we carry, not aluminum or carbon sticks. And a little bit of rain or...
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WD My Passport Wireless Pro Hands-on Review

The My Passport Series from Western Digital combines a portable hard drive, a battery, and a card reader. That combination provides several different ways to use it. You can use it to carry around a copy of all your files in case you need them offline. You can use it...
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Gavin Hoey's Fearless Flash Photography with Speedlights Video Series Review

Adding off-camera flash into the mix can be intimidating. It introduces a whole bunch of new variables, and controlled those or working around them isn’t always naturally intuitive. But the fundamentals don’t have to be overly complicated, and once you’ve got those down you’ll...
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Review of the Formatt Hitech Firecrest Patrick Di Fruscia 100mm Signature Edition Pro Essentials Kit with 100mm Firecrest Filter Holder

As impressive as modern post-processing apps like Lightroom and Luminar are, there are still some things they can’t replace an old-fashioned lens filter for. An obvious example is a standard neutral density filter. The kinds of things you’d use an ND filter for really can’t be handled...
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Spare Battery and Charger Options for the Nikon D7500

Back in the days of film and manual cameras, a dead battery was only a minor inconvenience. But with modern digital cameras, a dead battery brings things to a grinding halt. The Nikon D7500 has pretty good battery life with basic shooting, although it goes down drastically if you’re using...
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Nikon D7500 Photos

The new Nikon D7500 has a 20.9MP CMOS sensor that produces images up to 5568 x 3712 pixels. It uses a cropped sensor, or DX sensor as Nikon calls them. So to convert the lens focal length from the cropped DX to the equivalent of a 35mm full-frame focal length,...
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How to Make Your Twitter Photos Accessible to Visually Impaired Users by Adding Image Descriptions

Twitter started as text-only and is still very text-centric. But it has become more and more visual, especially since link preview thumbnails and embedded images have been built into the core Twitter app rather than having to rely on third-party services. Other social media services are better suited...
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Review of the Bolt VM-210 Flexible Macro Flash

The Bolt VM-210 is a macro light with two light sources on flexible arms. It looks like some kind of bug with two antennas hanging out over the lens. There’s a small, round light pad on each one. It’s an interesting alternative to the more conventional ring-light approach, and the...
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Nikon D3400 Low-Light Performance | High ISO Image Samples

As Nikon’s entry-level DSLR, the D3400 doesn’t have as expansive an ISO range as some of the high-end models. Some of those have ISO ranges that go all the way up into the millions. But the D3400 still has a relatively broad range, from 100 through 25,600. Compared to back...
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Bolt VX-760 TTL Flash | Hands-on Review

I usually use Nikon speedlights these days, but the top-end models are becoming quite an investment in themselves. So I’ve been intrigued by some of the less-expensive TTL flashes that have come onto the market in recent years. Brands like Yongnuo and Phottix have been putting out very capable...
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Nikon D7500 High-ISO Examples

The Nikon D7500 has a very wide ISO range. In its standard range, it goes from 100 through 51,200. There are also extended settings on both ends, from Lo 0.3 to Lo 1 (Lo 1 is equivalent to ISO 32) on the slow end and from Hi 0.3 to Hi...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED Lens | Sample Images

This is my desert island lens. If I was going to the ends of the earth and could only take one lens with me, it would be this one: the Nikon 24mm ƒ/1.4G ED. It’s not perfect, by any means, but I find it endlessly versatile for how I often...
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How to Use the Nikon D7500's Virtual Horizon Tools

Bubble levels mounted in the camera’s hot shoe or on a tripod head are good old-fashioned ways to ensure that you’re shooting level, but the Nikon D7500 also has other options that can be even more precise. It’s the virtual horizon tool. It looks like something you might see in...
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How To Change ISO on a Nikon D7500

The Nikon D7500 has an ISO range of 100 through 51,200 in its basic settings, but there are extended settings at both ends. On the lower end, they go from Lo 0.3 to Lo 1 (Lo 1 is equivalent to ISO 32). On the faster end, there’s Hi 0.3 to...
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The Flash Book, by Scott Kelby | Review

Scott Kelby is author of many books, several of them among the best-selling digital photography books ever. But his style is not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s often rambling and irrelevant, but deliberately so. The Flash Book: How to fall hopelessly in love with your flash, and finally... Kelby,...
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Photos Taken with a Ricoh WG-50 Waterproof Camera

I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of the Ricoh WG-50 separately. The short version is that it’s a waterproof, crushproof, freeze proof, and dustproof, all in a compact package. And it’s competitively priced. It’s one of a category of cameras I call adventure cams in that...
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Nikon D5600 Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon D5600 doesn’t come with a memory card as standard. Some retailers do bundle them with various accessories, sometimes including a memory card, but if you haven’t purchased one of those bundles, chances are you’ll need to pick up an SD card separately. So what I’m trying...
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How to Format a Memory Card in the Olympus TG-5

It’s always a good idea to format your memory card in the camera, and with most cameras, that’s a pretty straightforward process: just go to settings and choose format. But there are some cameras that do things a bit differently. The Olympus TG-5 is one of them. It’s still easy...
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How to Format a Memory Card in the Ricoh WG-50

Normally, the process of wiping the memory card in a camera is dead simple. Simply go to the camera’s settings and choose format. But the Ricoh WG-50 waterproof camera does things a little differently, and their way of doing it is a little quirky. So I thought it worth posting...
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Ricoh WG-50 Waterproof Camera | Hands-on Review

Ricoh’s WG-50 is a compact, waterproof camera that’s very competitively priced. It’s one of several waterproof cameras I’ve been trying in recent months of a type I consider amphibious. That is, they’re designed to be as comfortable in the water as above it and are meant...
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Batch Processing Basic Photo Workflow Tasks with PhotoBulk

Mundane tasks like resizing and watermarking and renaming are essential parts of the photography workflow. They’re typically at the end of the workflow as you’re prepping the images to be shared in some way. But you’ll often find yourself applying the same settings–a certain size...
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Xcellon DRD-401 Four-Bay SATA HDD RAID Enclosure | Review

If you’ve ever spent much time on my site, you’ll probably have noticed that backing up photos is something I spend quite a bit of time on. I can’t afford to lose my photos, and digital files are very easy to lose. I’ve learned the hard way many times over...
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How to Format a Memory Card in the Sony a6000

Once you’ve downloaded all of the photos from a memory card in your Sony a6000 and saved them in a safe place (with a backup, of course), it’s time to delete the photos from the card to free up space for new ones. While you could, technically, delete them individually...
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Platypod Ultra Review

I’ve written about Platypods before. They’re specially shaped metal plates that provide flexible-use platforms for cameras. They’re not a direct replacement for tripods, as such, but there’s some overlap, and they can provide a stable mounting point in situations where tripods...
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A Modular System for Charging Camera Batteries

Keeping digital cameras charged can be a challenge, especially when traveling. Some digital cameras are better than others when it comes to battery life, but sooner or later all of them need charging. An unlike back in the manual film days, without power, the camera simply won’t work at all....
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Review of the Oben BC-166 Dual Action Ballhead

As much as I love good travel tripods, sometimes they’re just too lightweight and just don’t cut it. There are situations where you there’s no escaping the need for a rock solid support that will work with a heavy rig or stay absolutely still even in breezy conditions. And that...
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Using Sigma's USB Dock for Lens Updates and Tweaking

With their newer lines of lenses, Sigma has introduced a USB dock system. With a typically opaque product name–USB Dock UD-01–it’s a small accessory that attaches to the mount end of newer Sigma lenses and lets you perform various software and firmware-based tweaks. It’s used...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

Here’s a collection of images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G wide-angle zoom lens to give an idea of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions. This lens is excellent optically. It has a fast maximum aperture of a f/2.8 that’s constant throughout the zoom range....
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G DX Zoom Lens

Nikon’s technical name for this lens is the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED. It’s designed for Nikon’s cameras with the DX cropped sensor, so to convert to full-frame equivalent, you multiple by 1.5. So on a camera with a cropped DX sensor it comes to around 26 to 83mm....
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Nikon 50mm f/1.4G Prime Lens Sample Images

A 50mm prime lens is the classic “normal” lens for DSLRs. It’s a very similar perspective to what we’re used to seeing with our eyes in real life. It’s sometimes known as the “nifty fifty” because it can be a go-to lens for all sorts of things. They’re...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6G VR ED Zoom Telephoto Lens

I’ve posted a detailed review of the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED Zoom Telephoto lens before. Here’s a collection of sample images to go along with it. With a versatile zoom range, it’s a step up in reach and quality from the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED without going into a...
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Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens Sample Images

I recently had the chance to shoot with the Nikon’s new 105mm f/1.4 prime lens (or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, if you want to get technical). Their other 105mm, the f/2.8 micro, is a lens I use a lot, so I was interested to see how this...
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New Wide-Angle Lenses from Nikon

Nikon has announced three new wide-angle lenses: a 28mm f/1.4 and 8-15mm fisheye zoom for FX sensor cameras and a 10-20mm ultra-wide zoom for DX sensor cameras. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Lens The first is a 28mm f/1.4 fast prime lens. With its very fast aperture it’ll be...
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How to Get Screen Captures of Camera Menus

I often include a lot of screen captures of camera menus in my how-to guides and reviews. It took me a little while to figure out how to do it–I wanted the kind of screen captures that you can find in camera guide books, not some washed-out photos of the...
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A Solid Tilt Head for Monopods: Oben VH-R2 Review

Tilt heads off a simplified way to mount cameras on monopods. They offer more flexibility than attaching the camera directly to the top of the monopod without a head, but are simpler and quicker to operate with one hand while using a heavy telephoto lens and camera combination than using...
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Search and Replace Plugins for Wordpress

Whether you’ve moved your site and need to update your internal links, or if you’ve made some other change that affects text strings in many places across your website, doing sitewide search and replace can save an enormous amount of time compared to changing each instance manually. As sites...
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How to Change Wordpress's Default JPG Compression

By default, Wordpress compresses the versions of images it creates at a JPG quality setting of 82 percent. Here’s how you can change it. Wordpress leaves the original images you upload untouched (unless you’ve used a plugin to specifically override this behavior). But when you add a new image...
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How to Archive Photos in Instagram

Instagram has introduced a way to archive photos in your Instagram account. This takes them off your public profile feed and switches them to a private state so that only can see them. But it stops short of deleting them. That means the comments and ratings are preserved, and you...
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My Current Favorite Powerbanks

I use external powerbanks a lot, especially when I’m traveling. Whether it’s my camera batteries, GoPros, my phone or tablet, or whatever other devices I have with me, there always seems to be something that needs charging. But we’re also gradually moving away from that meaning constant...
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Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options

The battery life for the Nikon D3400 isn’t bad, but it’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll run into situations where your battery is running out of juice right when things are getting interesting. So having fully charged spares on hand is always a good idea–a truism with any...
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How to Post to Instagram with a Web Browser by Spoofing the User Agent

UPDATE: Instagram has recently added a new feature to the the Instagram.com website that renders this spoofing technique unnecessary. You can now post directly to Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer without resorting to tricks or apps. Instagram is designed primarily as a service to be used with...
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How to use Uplet to Post Photos to Instagram from a Desktop or Laptop

This is one in a series of guides to using apps that be used to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop or laptop computer. Instagram is designed to be used with phones and mobile devices, but for any number of reasons, you might want to be able to upload...
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Remote Shutter for the Ricoh Theta S

I wish the Ricoh Theta S camera with a wireless remote shutter. Of course, it can be controlled by wifi with the Theta smartphone app, and that has a lot of features that couldn’t be included in a remote shutter. Ricoh Cable Wired Remote Shutter Release, Black (30004) Wired shutter...
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How to Change ISO on a Nikon D3400

The Nikon D3400 has several ways to change the ISO. They include manually assigning a specific ISO setting and using and customizing the Auto ISO behavior that leaves the camera to decide on the best ISO when balancing the other exposure controls. Here’s a guide to the various ISO options...
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Best Books on the Nikon D3400

If you’ve just bought yourself a Nikon D3400, or even if you’ve had one for a while and are looking to make use of more of its features, here’s a quick rundown of what I think are the best books on using this camera. Because, let’s face it, instructions manuals...
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Adding an Arca-Style Foot to the Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens

This is about as niche as they come. But if you’re in need of it, it’s a good solution. It’s a replacement foot for the collar of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports lens. On the one hand, the one I’m focusing on here is a specific replacement part for a...
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Review of the Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

I don’t find myself using monopods as often tripods when I’m traveling, but if you’re using a long telephoto for wildlife or sports photography, they’re a must. Not only do they offer crucial stability when shooting, but they take the weight of what can be very heavy lenses. So...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro Macro Lens

The headline feature of the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens is, of course, that it’s a macro lens (Nikon uses the term micro instead of macro with their lenses). And a macro at 105mm is an excellent option for things like flower close-ups. I also owned the...
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How To Schedule Posts to Instagram

In early 2018, Instagram revised their API to allow third-party apps to post to Instagram in some circumstances. For now, it only works with Instagram business profiles, and while it adds the ability to schedule posts, not all of the usual Instagram features are available. Several social media management...
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Photos Taken with an Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera | Sample Images

The Olympus TG-5 is the latest in Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof compact cameras. It’s a pocket-sized compact that’s waterproof down to 50 feet (15 meters), as well as being shockproof, dust proof, and freeze proof. It has a 4x optical zoom, a 12 megapixel sensor, and built-in wifi....
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Nikon 18-55mm Lens Zoom Range

Several of Nikon’s DSLRs can be purchased in a bundle with a 18-55mm kit lens. Its formal designation is the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. This is one of Nikon’s entry-level lenses. It’s inexpensive, small and light, and versatile and makes for a good everyday starter lens....
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How to Change the Aspect Ratio of Photos with the Nikon D3400

Some cameras let you set an aspect ratio for shooting photos. Many of the more basic cameras come with a default aspect ratio of 4:3. Many of the more advanced cameras come with a standard aspect ratio of 3:2, which, not coincidentally, is the same aspect ratio as 35mm film....
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Photos Taken with a Leica X-U | Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with a Leica X-U under different conditions and at different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions. I’ve posted a detailed hands-on review of shooting with the Leica X-U separately, but the short...
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Hands On with the Leica X-U Waterproof Camera

Thanks to the folks at B&H Photo, I recently had the chance to spend some time shooting with the Leica X-U. I took it with me on a trip to the High Arctic around Svalbard. A good chunk of the trip was spent kayaking, so it was a great opportunity...
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Using Photoshop to Simulate How Colorblind Users See Your Photos

Everyone perceives color slightly differently. There are all sorts of variables, and the colors that you perceive this morning might not be the same as if you came back to the same image in the afternoon. Things like mood, tiredness, and stress can all play a role, as well as...
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Focus Stacking with the Olympus TG-5 Tough Camera

The new Olympus TG-5 Tough waterproof camera is crammed with a boatload of features. One of them is a focus stacking mode for macro photos. I’ll be posting a much more comprehensive review of the TG-5 soon, but I decided that it might be helpful to go a little more...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon D5500 | Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample photos taken with a Nikon D5500. They’re taken with a variety of ISOs, apertures, and with a couple of different lenses, including the standard 18-55mm kit lens and a 35mm f/1.8G. Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR II Kit (Black) 24.2 MP DX-format...
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Adding a Fisheye Lens to the Olympus Tough Waterproof Cameras

The latest Olympus TG-5 has a built-in zoom lens. When you combine with the 4.5mm lens with the small-sized sensor, you get the equivalent field of view of around what a 25mm lens would look like on a full-frame camera (ie. 35mm equivalent). While 25mm is relatively wide, there are...
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Adding a Silicone Skin on the Olympus TG-5 Tough Camera

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red New 12 megapixel Hi speed image sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction Underwater compensation: 2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps); Bright F2.0 high speed lens; Video recording... Check Price at Amazon I recently picked up one...
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Backing up Photos to the Cloud with CloudBerry

Backups are a crucial part of any photographic workflow. Ideally, you should have at least three copies of all your photos, each on different media and in different physical locations. In recent years, with faster, cheaper broadband and tumbling prices of storage, cloud backup has become a realistic...
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Joby Ballhead X Review

JOBY GorillaPod Ballhead X for Focus. Quick Release Ballhead for Tripods,... QUICK RELEASE. This JOBY quick release ballhead with an attached bubble level, means you’ll get clearer... CAPTURE SUPERIOR PERSPECTIVES. Position your camera at virtually any angle with the JOBY Ballhead for... Check...
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EasyCover Silicon Skin for Camera Bodies

As part of gearing up for an upcoming trip to the Arctic, I’ve been trying out the EasyCover silicone skin. I’ve been intrigued by them for a while. They’re essentially silicone gloves for camera bodies, each one designed to fit a specific camera model. The one I’ve been using...
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How to See the Charge Status of Batteries in a Battery Grip on a Nikon D850, D810, or D800

If you’re using a battery grip on the Nikon D810 or D800, like the Nikon’s MB-D12 or a cheaper alternative, you will have noticed that the standard battery charge indicator on the top screen or through the viewfinder only shows the charge of one battery source–either the internal battery...
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Hands-On with the Really Right Stuff TVC-32G Ground Pod

In my ongoing search for the best travel tripods, I’m often intrigued by tabletop tripods. That’s not strictly a class of tripods, but they share something in common: they’re short. They’re designed for either shooting low to the ground or for putting it on top of something else....
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Hands-on with the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod

I’ll cut to the chase: In my search for the best travel tripod I think I’ve found a new favorite. It’s a simple design and doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of its competitors, but that simplicity is itself a virtue, and it’s executed with real attention to...
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Hands on with the Oben CT-2391 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod

I’ve been conducting an ongoing search for the best travel tripod for a while now. But as much as I love travel tripods, sometimes they’re just too small and light for some shoots, whether it’s with a big lens, a heavy panning robot, a time-lapse where I just need it...
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A Less Expensive Battery Grip for the Nikon D810 and D800

Nikon’s battery grips are notoriously overpriced. If you want to add one to the Nikon D810 or D800, for example, you’re looking at about $369. But Nikon is not the only one who makes them. There are now some aftermarket options as well. For the past few months I’ve been...
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Color Management & Quality Output, by Tom Ashe | Review

Title: Color Management & Quality Output: Working with Color from Camera to Display to Print Author: Tom P. Ashe Publisher: Focal Press Publication Date: February 14, 2014 Total Pages: 456 pages ISBN-13: 9780240821115 Buy at Amazon Why don’t my prints look like what I see on the screen is one...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye Lens

The images that Nikon’s 16mm f/2.8D fisheye lens produces can be dramatic and punchy. Its ultra-wide-angle viewpoint crams a lot of information inside the frame and adds a lot of the distinctive fisheye distortion. With a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, it’s fast enough to work well in low-light...
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Photos Taken with a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8E is a newer version of this versatile zoom, replacing the older Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G. The headline feature is that it adds vibration reduction to gain a few extra usable stops when shooting handheld. You can find more details in my review of this lens, but the short...
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Photos Taken with a Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

In recent years, Sigma has been putting out some really nice lenses. They’re definitely a step up from the old Sigma lenses. They’ve divided their offerings into three different ranges. The lenses in the Sports range are aimed at photographers shooting on location with fast-moving action;...
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Sony a6000 Memory Card Recommendations

The memory card is one of the essential features of a digital camera. Without it, you’re not going to be able to take many photos. But the Sony a6000 doesn’t come with one.1 There are some bundles that retailers put together that might include a memory card, but chances are...
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Manfrotto 190Go! M-Series Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod | Review

This review is another in my ongoing series of hands-on reviews of travel tripods. In this one, I’m looking at the Manfrotto 190Go! M-Series tripod. There are two versions of it. The one I’m using here is the carbon fiber version. There’s also an aluminum version that has very similar...
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How to Post Panoramas on Instagram

When it started, Instagram was all about square images. They’ve since relaxed that and have embraced rectangular images as well. But there’s also a neat way to post multi-image panoramas for something quite different. Of course, you’ve been able to post panoramas all along. When the...
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Sony HX99 High ISO Sample Images

I’ve previously posted a detailed review of the Sony HX99 compact camera as well as a more general (and larger) selection of images taken with the HX99. While the HX99 is not necessarily the first camera that comes to mind if you’re getting one for low-light shooting and isn’t likely...
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How to Switch Between Autofocus (AF) & Manual Focus (MF) on the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Zoom Lens

This is something that originally had me stumped. So I thought it worth posting a quick note here in case anyone else ran into the same issue. I was recently out shooting with the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 lens, and when I took it out my camera bag it was...
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Ricoh GR III High ISO Images

The Ricoh GR III has an ISO range from 100 to 102400. It’s one of several upgrades from the GR II—the previous model maxed out at ISO 25600. But in some respects, that sounds more impressive than it turns out it is in practice. That’s because there are marked trade-offs...
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Sony a6400 ISO Range Sample Images

I’ve recently been out shooting with the new Sony a6400 mirrorless camera. This is the latest in the smaller APS-C cropped mirrorless cameras in the Sony Alpha range (they also have full-frame cameras in the Alpha range, such as the a7r III). It has a 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS...
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Examples of the Zoom Range of the Sony 18-135mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 E-Mount Lens

This is one of the more popular lenses to put on cameras like the Sony a6000 or the new a6400. It’s one of the options as the kit lens, with significantly more reach than the 16-50mm lens that’s often chosen by default. Or you can pick them up separately. While...
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Sony a6400 SD Card Recommendations

The memory card is one of the essential features of a digital camera. Without it, you’re not going to be able to take many photos. But the new Sony Alpha a6400 doesn’t come with one.1 There are some bundles that retailers put together that might include a memory card, but...
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Facebook Video Covers - Size, Aspect Ratio, Duration, and Options

Facebook has let you select your own cover photo for a long time. It goes in that large space at the top of your page in that large banner area. You can now also use video files for that banner area. Here’s a quick rundown of the dimensions and options...
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Wildlife Photography: From First Principles to Professional Results, by Richard Bernabe | Book Review

Title: Wildlife Photography: From First Principles to Professional Results Author: Richard Bernabe Publisher: Ilex Press Publication Date: October 2, 2018 Total Pages: 240 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683830825 Buy at Amazon This new book by American wildlife and nature photographer Richard Bernabe dives deep...
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How to Unlock an SD Card that's Write Protected

If your camera is showing an error that the SD card is write protected or locked, there’s usually a very simple fix. TL;DR: How to Unlock a Write Protected SD Card Locate the small switch on the side of the SD card Slide the switch up towards the end with...
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Ricoh GR II High ISO Sample Images

The Ricoh GR II is a unique camera and has quite a cult following. While it doesn’t necessarily have the same bells and whistles as some other cameras on the market, it brings a very distinctive approach and has some unusual settings and features that aren’t easily found elsewhere. I’ve...
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Sony HX99 Recommended SD Cards

The Sony HX99 compact camera might not seem like the type of camera that would need a fast memory card. But Sony has put in some surprisingly high-end features, and if you want to be able to use all of the camera’s features, you’ll need to make sure you get...
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Example of the Zoom Range of the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro Zoom Lens

Here’s a quick example of the practical zoom range you can get from the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro zoom lens. These were taken mounted on a Olympus OM-D E-M1X body, which has a Micro Four Thirds sensor (that is the sensor size this lens is specifically designed...
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Sony HX99 Review

The Sony HX99 is a tiny, pocketable compact camera with a massive zoom. It brings Sony sensor expertise and the standard Sony menu system to a highly portable and reasonably priced package. It has an 18.2 MP CMOS sensor, a 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T zoom lens. There’s a...
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Photos Taken with a Sony HX99 Compact Camera

Sony has really leaned into the camera market in recent years with some very interesting offerings. They’re obviously more than willing to use their research and development depth, manufacturing networks and expertise, a healthy dose of innovative thinking, and have a willingness to put new ideas...
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Photos Taken with a Fujifilm X-T3

The Fujifilm X-T3 mirrorless camera has a 26MP APS-C sensor (or, if you want to get more precise, a 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 sensor). It produces images of up to 6240 by 4160 pixels, has a native ISO range from 160 through 12800 (and extended range up to...
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Fujifilm XF 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 Zoom Lens Sample Images

Fujifilm’s Fujinon XF 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 zoom lens is a popular choice as a kit lens with Fujifilm’s X-series of cameras. It’s relatively compact and highly versatile. The focal length ranges from wide-angle to a moderate telephoto (when accounting for the cropped sensor). Its maximum...
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Practical Examples of the Zoom Range of the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Zoom Lens

Fujifilm’s XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens is one of the default kit lens choices with Fujifilm X-series cameras such as the X-T3, X-T4, and X-T30. Kit lenses often have a bad reputation–and with many of them, that’s well deserved–but this one doesn’t fall into that...
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FujiFilm X-T3 High ISO Sample Images

With its smaller APS-C sized sensor, it’s hard for the Fujifilm X-T3 to compete with full-frame competitors like the Sony a7 iii, Sony a7R iii, or Nikon Z7. And to be frank, it doesn’t threaten to—if you’re putting a priority on low-light shooting, those are hard to beat when...
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Photos Taken with a FujiFilm X-T2

I took these photos with the X-T2 a while ago but hadn’t gotten around to posting them. I’ve since been shooting with the X-T3, and it naturally got me thinking to how the X-T3 compares with the X-T2. I’d previously posted some high-ISO examples taken with the X-T2, but I...
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Hands On with the Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

I’ve previously reviewed the Manfrotto Befree, another in Manfrotto’s very lightweight travel tripods. This one is called the Befree Advanced. As you’d expect from the names, they’re quite similar. Both are carbon fiber. Both are similar sizes and weights. And both come with a...
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Sirui T-1204SK Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Review

The Sirui T-1204SK T-S is a lightweight and highly portable carbon fiber travel tripod. It’s larger sibling, Sirui T-2205x, has been one of my favorites for a while now. And the W-2204, again slightly heavier duty, is a great option if you’re going to be shooting in damp conditions because...
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Olympus TG-5 SD Card Recommendations

The Olympus TG-5 doesn’t come with a memory card as standard. Some retailers sometimes put together bundles that might include one, but chances are you’ll have to pick up a memory card separately. So what’s the best SD card for the Olympus TG-5? If you want to make sure you...
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Photos Taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens

Here are some photos I’ve taken with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm ƒ/2.8 Pro lens. All of these were taken on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X body. While I would have preferred a more varied selection of subjects, I’ve tried to include shots taken at various apertures and angles, as...
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Practical Examples of the ISO Range of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X

Here are some practical examples of the ISO range of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. The camera has a Micro Four Thirds sensor, and at the high end of Olympus’s range. That smaller sensor provides benefits in terms of extending the focal length reach of lenses, but it also makes it...
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SD Card Formatter for Formatting, Wiping, and Repairing SD and microSD Cards

Before an SD card can be used, it has to be formatted. In general, they come out of the box pre-formatted, and you can put them straight in the camera, and the camera will create any folders it needs automatically. But there are several reasons you might need to format...
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Lumix S1 High ISO Range Side-by-Side Examples

Panasonic has launched some new full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Lumix S1R has a 47 megapixel sensor and sells for $3700 for the body. The Lumix S1 has a 24 megapixel sensor and sells for $2500 for the body. I’ve been shooting recently with the S1. It has a native ISO...
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Sony RX100 VII ISO Range Examples

Sony’s RX100 line of high-end compact cameras has established itself as one of the best choices for top-notch image quality coming from a tiny package. It’s not surprising that it has become the choice of many professionals who want to take a pocket-sized camera with them on their travels....
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