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  • Macro Photography Tips
    May 20, 2021

    Macro Photography Tips

    Written by Daven Mathies This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we’re going to be down at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival for some macro photography workshops with Canon and Nikon. As such, we figured it would be a good idea to...

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  • 5 Outdoor Photography Essentials
    August 21, 2019

    5 Outdoor Photography Essentials

    From beginner to seasoned veteran, here are 5 items not to forget when heading outdoors for a shoot. At one time or another, I’ve left one or more of these items behind, and regretted it. Please take this opportunity to learn from my mistakes!
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  • Lens Choices for Outdoor Photography
    December 15, 2014

    Lens Choices for Outdoor Photography

    From the snow capped peaks of the Cascade Range to the windswept waters of the Columbia River Gorge, the Pacific Northwest is a big draw for outdoor -enthusiasts. With adventure waiting around every corner, there is also ample photographic opportunity. So when you next hear the call of the wild, here are the best lenses for capturing wildlife, portraits, and landscapes on your journey. As with all creative endeavors, rules are meant to be broken, so we have included a notable exception within each category. In addition, and of most interest to experienced shooters, you will find a pro tip at the end of each category to enhance the learning objective!
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  • 4,000 reasons to care about 4K video
    September 9, 2014

    4,000 reasons to care about 4K video

    What is 4K? Is it really worth it? Do you need it? Do you even want it? Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 4K video is worth 4,000. So here's 4,000 reasons why you should care about 4K video. (Really it's just 4 reasons, but that doesn't sound as impressive as 4,000).
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  • Lies Photographers Tell Themselves
    September 4, 2014

    Lies Photographers Tell Themselves

    Written by Daven Mathies The journey to become a professional photographer is fraught with danger. Well, maybe not danger (I did drop a 5D Mark II on my foot once, though). Even so, it is certainly not easy. Unlike many...

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  • Choosing A Dental Camera Package
    August 21, 2014

    Choosing A Dental Camera Package

    Dental camera packages are a specialty here at Pro Photo Supply. They consist of a high-quality camera, macro lens, and a macro flash. Typically, a kit will cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 depending on a doctor’s particular preferences. The vast...

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  • How To Choose a Metering Mode
    June 10, 2014

    How To Choose a Metering Mode

    Written by Daven Mathies Your camera's built-in light meter is a pretty amazing tool. Without it, none of the auto or semi-auto exposure modes would work, and you would be forced to carry around a hand-held light meter or, now...

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  • How to Read and Use a Histogram
    May 28, 2014

    How to Read and Use a Histogram

    Written by Daven Mathies   What is a histogram? When trying to teach myself about something new, I always like to look first at the word itself, as this usually helps clarify what I’m actually working with. So, right click “histogram,”...

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  • How to Clean a Lens
    May 21, 2014

    How to Clean a Lens

    Written by Daven Mathies Our customers come in all the time asking us to show them how to properly clean a lens.  That’s when we bunch up the bottom part of our shirtsleeve and… Just kidding! Getting that schmutz off...

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  • April 21, 2014

    DIY Shotgun Mic Spacer

    Written by Daven Mathies In video production, there are lots of little parts and pieces required to capture video and sound properly. On their own, they don’t seem like much; but if you don’t have them, it can wreak havoc...

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  • March 11, 2014

    Choosing an Umbrella

    They say you're not a true Portlander if you own an umbrella, but I'm pretty sure they weren't talking to photographers when they decided that. Umbrellas are some of the easiest to use and least expensive light modifiers available, a perfect option for photographers just getting into off-camera flash. They are portable, take just seconds to set up, and are very effective at diffusing light from a variety of sources—a speedlight, strobe head, or even a constant light. I have found, however, that people often get confused by the myriad options available. So here's a brief overview of the different types of lighting umbrellas.
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