Using Your SLR

Here you'll find articles to help you get the most out of all your camera's functions, improve your photography technique, and learn more about different lenses and equipment you can (and should!) use.

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Macro Photography And Using Macro Extension Tubes

Macro photography is cool, really cool.  Any photograph that makes the subject appear larger than life captures our attention.  Think: insects that look giant, photography of flowers or leaf petals.  Unfortunately, macro photography requires special macro lenses.  Macro lenses are designed to have a closer focusing distance than your regular lens.  To really zoom in […]

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Handy (And Free!) Apps For Your Smartphone That Will Help Your Photography

I have to admit, I’m a smartphone convert. I had an old-school flip-phone for years, and only made the switch recently when I was due for an upgrade and needed a phone with international calling. But I have converted. Now I don’t go anywhere without my smartphone, including on photo shoots. There are a few […]

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A Step By Step Guide To Using A 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter

The 10-Stop neutral density filter is incredible.  It filters out 99.9% of light!  Without smudging your fingerprints on the filter itself, hold it up to the brightest light you can find.  You probably will not be able to see anything through it.  And yet, with a correctly calculated exposure time, your image will look completely […]

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Digital SLRs vs. Compact Camera Systems

Maybe you’ve stumbled across this site before you’ve purchased a dSLR camera.  Maybe you’re wondering if you should buy a compact camera system instead.  Before you decide, this article may help!  Compact camera systems vs dslr cameras is certainly a topic of debate.  If you’ve already purchased your dSLR, don’t worry, I think you’ve made the […]

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Choosing Lenses

Chances are your digital SLR camera came with a lens (“kit lens”) and chances are when you’ve poked around with that lens you loved it more than any point-and-shoot you’ve ever used.  You’ve noticed that the “zoom” ability is greater, and that you can fill the frame with more subject if you desire.  That’s fantastic.  […]

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Beyond The Basics of Point-And-Shoot Cameras

So you’ve graduated from your iPhone’s camera, great!  Now what?  I’m assuming you’ve bought yourself a digital SLR camera (DSLR) or at the very least a compact system camera that has interchangeable lenses.  I think of the compact system as a “hybrid” camera as it has some features of a SLR, but also retains many […]

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