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Not all dives are created equal. Many divers just want to dive a shallow reef while others would rather strap on double tanks and explore a shipwreck in 300 feet of water. Other divers want to discover what is inside an underwater cave. The kind of diving you do will determine the camera and housing system you should use. The other question is: what are you using the photos for?

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I'm often asked for recommendations on what headphones to use with an iPod or other portable media device. Recently, there's been a trend towards questions about "traditional" headphones from people wanting to listen to their iPods at home or in the office. So how do we choose a traditional headphone that's comfortable, offers good sound quality, and won't break the bank? Here are factors to keep in mind.

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Memory cards are the standard devices for recording your images to when using a digital camera. They are descendents of film in a way, and are the medium in which your imagery sits before viewing. They differ from film, of course, in that they are flash storage devices, similar in idea to external hard drives that are used with computers.

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2 years ago
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There are many variables that go into selecting the best lens for your needs. A good starting point is to establish what your current lens does not do. In other words, is my lens not wide enough, long enough or perhaps  fast enough?

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In the days of film the value of placing a UV filter in front of your lens was never questioned. In addition to dampening the image-robbing effects of atmospheric ultraviolet radiation, UV filters also served to protect the front element of your lens from dust and moisture.

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Fifty dollars can be stretched in a lot of different ways these days. If you want to give an affordable and useful gift for the holidays, then take a look at this list. For even more deals, take a look at items you can get for under $20. Also, don't miss our 2010 holiday offers.

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2 years ago
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There are times when you want to carry your camera and a lens or two, but you don’t want to carry a bag that screams “Within me is a camera!” Satchel bags, which are generally styled to look like they’re not holding valuable electronics, are a great choice for those times. These compact bags feature shoulder straps that allow them to rest at your side or behind your back and also have a carrying handle if you’d like to carry them briefcase style.

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The word "downsizing" has good and bad connotations nowadays, depending on the context in which it's used. When used to describe camera gear, it's a good term, especially with the advent of  mirrorless camera systems.

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Zoom lenses have become increasingly popular over the years for a number of reasons, including convenience (less lost time swapping lenses and in turn less chance of getting dust on the camera sensor and/or missing the shot altogether), weight (one slightlier heavier zoom can replace two or three slightly lighter but collectively heavier lenses) and slimmer camera bags (have you flown with carry-on baggage lately?). 

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“Can I take pictures without the flash?”

That’s a question that a camera salesperson hears quite a bit. While virtually all compacts have built-in flashes, when used in automatic mode they can often produce images that appear to be washed out and lack any sort of ambience. Getting a good image with flash often requires the use of diffusers, wireless gadgets and techniques that are more than a little too intense for the average non-professional.

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2 years ago
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Everyone likes to get gifts, but some gifts are better than others. Sure, you pretend to like the malodorous cologne or the ugly sweater, but then they get tucked away somewhere until they eventually get thrown away. But binoculars make great gifts because everyone can use them and they can last a lifetime. Depending on one’s needs, decent binoculars can be had for less than $50 or they can cost several thousand dollars. There’s something for everyone.

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In the right hands, almost any lens—including a fisheye lens—can be used for portraiture. Wide angle, normal, even super-telephoto lenses can be used successfully for portrait work. But if you had to narrow them down to select an optimal focal length for shooting portraits, it would have to be a lens in the range of 85 to 105mm.

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At BetterPhoto.com, I've seen many photographers improve the overall quality of their work, thanks to the regular use of this valuable accessory: the tripod.

When I started using a tripod consistently for stationary subjects, two awesome things happened: 1)  using a tripod regularly soon became a habit; and better still, 2) my photography improved immediately.

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2 years ago
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The Canon PowerShot SD4000 IS is a Digital Elph camera with big camera features. The 3.8x optical zoom lens has a blazingly fast f-stop of 2.0. You can shoot in low light as well as capture out-of-focus backgrounds behind razor-sharp subjects.

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Seamless backdrop paper has long been a staple of studio photography. So have muslin backdrops, painted backdrops and other materials that can be rolled up or rolled out as needed. But they also take up room, ultimately need to be replaced, and if you're limited to a few choices, can get old and boring rather quickly. So if you're getting tired of the same old look, or if your client wants something different, you might be interested in Savage Digital Backgrounds

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