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Untethered Tethering with the CamRanger

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Untethered Tethering with the CamRanger You may recall a previous post in which I talked about a solution for light-weight tethering using a tablet as an external monitor. It works very well, because it is quick to setup and carry around. But as good as it is, there still needs to be a cable [...]

What's [now going to always be] in my Camera Bag?

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What's [now going to always be] in my Camera Bag? When shooting architecture, getting the proper angle sometimes requires your camera to be placed in difficult positions. I'm not talking about standing outside in the cold at the crack of dawn on top of a step ladder—that's just part of the fun! I mean wh [...]

Tidy and Effortless Redundancy

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Tidy and Effortless Redundancy The importance of backing up your data is one of those things you often learn the hard way, once it's too late. But enough about that: I don't want to bore you with another treatise on the why , which you should already be familiar with, but rather [...]

How much do you charge?

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How much do you charge? Working with Speedlites (small, portable flash units), I use quite a few AA batteries. But I don't work with these units quite as frequently as I used to since I have gradually been embracing studio monolights (when weight/size is not an issue). [...]

The Fuji X100S

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The Fuji X100S In my previous post, I discussed my long search for a smaller camera than my DSLR that I could carry with me everywhere. At the conclusion of the post, I told you that I had decided to take the leap and buy the Fuji X100S , as it seemed to wonderf [...]

The Camera That's With You

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My DSLR and assorted lenses do a great job when I am purposefully "out to make pictures". But, like most, I have longed for a separate camera I could carry with me anytime, anywhere, that would not be so large, heavy and intimidating. For many, thi [...]

The YongNuo Speedlite YN560EX

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The YongNuo Speedlite YN560EX What do you look for in a flash gun? It depends on your needs, naturally. If you need an on-camera flash with full TTL support and the ability to remotely control other flash units, that's one thing. But do you need all of those features if you're only ev [...]

Big Lights for your Speedlites

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Big Lights for your Speedlites Your first steps in strobist territory probably involve a variation on the typical basic kit: a flash gun, a small light stand, a bracket, an umbrella (~42") and a trigger (or cable). That works just fine for a simple, one-light kit you can take everywher [...]

Tether on the Move

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Tether on the Move Sure, the more recent LCD screens on the back of our cameras do a fairly good job at helping us estimate focus accuracy, and the histogram gives us a decent idea of our exposure. But as good as they have become, they cannot compare to looking at images up [...]

A Hack to Shoot Vertically with the ABR800 Ringflash

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A Hack to Shoot Vertically with the ABR800 Ringflash You might recall a previous post in which I discussed (what I considered) design flaws of the Paul C. Buff ABR800 Ringflash. Perhaps the biggest problem, for me, was the inability to easily shoot with the camera in vertical orientation. I have since dec [...]

The AlienBees ABR800 Ringflash

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The AlienBees ABR800 Ringflash Until recently, I was under the impression that in order to use a ringflash, one would necessarily need to work with a separate ringflash head and power pack—a solution that would be very costly for someone who, like me, is working with monolights. A ring [...]

An Adjustable 17mm Lens?

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An Adjustable 17mm Lens? When I first learned that Canon had created a 17mm adjustable lens , I instantly knew I'd have to add it to my camera bag eventually. When I finally got a hold of it, even though I had been working with both versions of the TS-E 24mm lens for quite some [...]

What is Still Missing

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What is Still Missing In my previous post , I talked about a few neat features that'll make using the 5D Mark III more practical, aside from the obvious core improvements to the camera over its predecessor. In this post I'd like to address a few features that are unfortunatel [...]

A Closer Look at the 5D Mark III

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A Closer Look at the 5D Mark III A lot has already been said about the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III —reviews and video reviews show up on a daily basis, created by independent photographers, publications and retailers. The problem is that those reviews rarely go past the headlines (and the [...]

On Bokeh

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On Bokeh If you spend even just a short amount of time reading some of the comments left on various image sharing sites, soon enough you will stumble on one along the lines of "Sweet bokeh!" What such a comment probably means, in fact, is closer to "I like the [...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the D800

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the D800 When Nikon revealed the specifications of their upcoming D800 camera, the long awaited successor to the D700 (1) , people's jaws dropped in amazement at its leapfrogging 36 megapixels resolution. This was then systematically followed by a stream of "Yeah [...]

Umbrella Bracket Woes

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Umbrella Bracket Woes If you've ever shot with off-camera flash guns, chances are you've used one of those brackets: They allow to mount a flash gun (with or without accessories), angle it at will, and attach an umbrella if necessary as well. To top it off, they are [...]

Flash Color Variations

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Flash Color Variations When working with flash, one has to be aware that the color of the burst might vary slightly as the power is changed. Common wisdom has it that the more you decrease the power of the flash, the more it warms up (with higher end units typically maintaining [...]

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