Photography

Buying Guide

When divers think about underwater photography gear they immediately think of Ikelite. Here’s how it came about. While he was wreck diving in 1962 all of Ike Brigham’s lights kept flooding or imploding. With necessity being the mother of invention, Ike invented the first o-ring sealed underwater light to incorporate a sealed beam bulb. Word throughout the diving community spread like spawning coral and everyone wanted one of Ike’s lights. That is how Ikelite was born. From that time forward Ikelite has remained an inventive company producing camera housings, video housings, underwater strobes, video lights and of course dive lights.

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Do you put all your eggs into one basket? Let's clarify—are all your memories on one memory card? They really shouldn't be. Nothing can be more painful than losing a lot of those great moments from parties and the kids' soccer game, or the evidence from your car accident. Here are some ideas on how to protect those memories.

Photo from Musee Mccord Museum

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When I first began studying photography, I was taught that there were two types of photographers: collectors and voyeurs. I remember being immediately drawn to photographs that fell under the latter category. The photos of Cartier-Bresson, with their ability to capture subjects and environments interacting so harmoniously, were mesmerizing. I too wanted to know how to create "The Decisive-Moment."

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You already know about the Gorillapod -- the quirky little tripod with the bendy legs for attaching your camera to posts, fences, and tree branches. The latest iteration, the Gorillapod Magnetic, adds door hinges and steel poles to the list with surprisingly powerful magnetic feet. Support for up to 11.5 ounces puts pocket cams and shoot and share camcorders right at home atop the tripod’s included quick release.

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Photography and hiking have gone together for years and years. Whether you’re planning a day hike with friends or a 7-day solo trek, here are 5 tips to carry you through your journey. May your photos be second only to your adventures!

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Look through Facebook and loads of other photo-sharing services, and you'll see many photos from the same angle of view. Why not go for a totally different angle that hasn't been tried before? There are accessories to help you reach those angles that only Superman can get to: way up above, way down below, and ones that make people go, "How did the photographer do that?!" Here's a quick round up of such accessories.

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With 14MP high resolution, a 5x, wide-angle 28-140mm (equivalent in 35mm format) lens and ISO sensitivity to 3200, the the Fujifilm Finepix XP30 delivers great image quality every time you release the shutter. The Finepix XP30 offers GPS and four-way protection: this camera is waterproof to 16', shockproof from a 5' fall, freezeproof to 14°F as well as being dustproof.

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When it comes to resolving power, I'm not sure if or when we'll ever get to the point where we can realistically say "We got enough!" But until we get to that point, we'll just have to "settle" for the Mamiya DM56.

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Your camera and accessories require protection—and that's why you have a camera bag. Sometimes, though, that isn't enough. For those particular times, there are items that you'll need for extra insurance. Luckily, you won't need to sacrifice your lunch money for the week to purchase them. Here's a quick round up of some of the items you should take a look at.

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Do you shoot street photography? Many photographers (especially photojournalists) do street photography to keep their minds fresh and sharpen their skills. Additionally, you can teach yourself new things that will make you a better photographer. Here are a couple of ways that street photography can help you to become a better photographer.

Photo by e_romero


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Buying Guide

The first words usually uttered by somebody peering through an ultra wide-angle lens for the first time is usually something along the lines of “Whoa!”—and the wider the lens, the louder the “Whoa!” While peering through an extreme telephoto lens can also coax a “Whoa!” from the viewer, it’s because of its ability to bring distant subjects seemingly within arm’s length. Ultra-wides are different in their ability to interpret objects that actually are within arm’s-length distance in a different light. And that’s what makes them special.


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For many shooters, telephoto lenses are a means of bringing distant scenes closer, and for the most part, this is an accurate description of what telephoto lenses do. But there's more to telephoto lenses than narrow fields of view. Perspective, compression of spatial relationships between subjects within the frame and the dynamics of selective focus are equally part of the game.


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The Sony CLM-V55 5" HDMI monitor is a lightweight, portable HDMI monitor designed for use with your DSLR. It has several valuable features to help you while you're shooting such as color peaking, pixel-by-pixel magnification and marker displays. The CLM-V55 ships with a flip-out sun shade.

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While there may not ever be a "perfect" lens, there has long been a need for a one-lens solution for shooters who want to head out the door with one camera and one lens over their shoulder. The reasons vary. For some it's a matter of convenience. For some, it's a matter of pure laziness and for others it's the fear of getting dust on the sensor. For frequent flyers it's a matter of logistics, i.e., there's a limit to how much airlines allow you  to carry aboard the plane (almost all of these lenses are surprisingly compact).

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For many DSLR owners, there comes a time when one wants to go beyond the kit lens that came with the camera. The reasons vary. For some it's a matter of sharpness. For others it's a matter of speed and/or focal-length restrictions. And for some it's simply the fact they don't like the ''icky" feel of a plastic lens barrel, regardless of how sharp the lens may or may not be.

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