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Photographer Resources

  • September 2, 2013

    Fall Photography Tips

    It's fall, and that means opportunities for great photography abound. Read on for our tips on how to make the most of this colorful season. 

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  • August 21, 2013

    Full Frame vs. APS-C and MFT: Crop factor explained

    Written by Daven Mathies What's a sensor? The sensor is the most important part of your camera; it's the thing that collects the light, the digital equivalent of film. Resolution—basically, the number of pixels—used to be the main defining metric...

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  • July 30, 2013

    Choosing Your Next Lens

    Written by Daven Mathies If you just purchased your first DSLR or other interchangeable lens camera, you're probably wondering what lens to get next. In fact, many new DSLR owners have actually asked me, “What’s the next lens?” While this...

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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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  • March 6, 2013

    Color Space: Fact and Fiction

    Many photographers choose a color space arbitrarily or on a single piece of advice such as “Adobe RGB is better.”  However, this shotgun approach to thinking about color space can lead to some problems when going to print or posting...

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  • February 28, 2013

    What is Resolution?

    Resolution is a term that is tossed around rather loosely in the camera world. Most often, it is thought of as synonymous with “megapixels,” and camera companies are generally fine with you believing this. 
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  • February 21, 2013

    Why the Photo Lab Cropped Your Image

    It’s happened to everyone, even professionals.  That perfect portrait of your niece comes back from the photo lab – but the head is cropped right above the eyebrows. This is not the effect that was intended!  What went wrong?  The...

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  • December 3, 2012

    How and Why to Buy a Used Camera or Lens

    It’s no secret that camera gear is expensive. There are certainly those willing to pay any premium for the latest and greatest, but most of us have to work within a limited budget. Purchasing a used camera or lens can be great, but there are some important things to consider if you’re thinking about going that route.
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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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