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  • July 2, 2013

    Summer Photography Tips

    Written by Daven Mathies If you didn't know otherwise, it would be easy to mistake a bright, summer day as the perfect time to take photographs. This seems logical: photography requires light, and when is there the most light? When...

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  • November 20, 2012

    Filters for Digital Photography

    Written by Daven Mathies In the days when film reigned supreme, any serious photographer carried a stack of filters wherever they went: UV, polarizer, orange, red, yellow, blue, green... the list goes on. Before Photoshop, photographers relied on these filters...

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  • October 23, 2012

    A Guide to Digital Image Management

    Written by Daven Mathies If you have ever found yourself confronted with a sloppy mess of photos on your computer—with enigmatic file names and stored in ambiguously labeled folders—then you have experienced the file management nightmare brought on by digital...

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  • June 11, 2012

    Going Beyond Auto

    Written by Daven Mathies This article pertains mainly to entry-level DSLRs, but the information is broad enough to apply to advanced point-and-shoot and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, as well. Photography is not about the gear so much as it is...

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  • April 17, 2012

    Video for the Still Photographer

    Written by Daven Mathies For both consumers and professionals, still photography and video have never been more connected than they are now. Even the lowliest of point-and-shoot cameras offer HD video recording, and the venerable Nikon D700 is the last...

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  • April 5, 2012

    Flash Photography 101

    Flash photography is a scary subject for many beginning photographers, but even for experienced shooters it can lead to headaches. As for myself, I fought with flash for many years before it finally started to make sense. Understanding not just how to properly expose your flash photos, but also how flash is inherently different from ambient light, is key to creating solid images with your speedlight. If you have a DSLR camera and have been afraid to delve into flash photography, then this guide is for you, whether you’re the family photographer, a weekend warrior, or an aspiring professional.
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  • September 21, 2011

    Real World Review: Micro Four Thirds

    Written by Daven Mathies When Panasonic and Olympus announced the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system in 2008, many people, myself included, thought “ho hum.” There were too few lenses fully compatible with the system, it didn’t meet the needs of professional...

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