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Who Brought Us the SLR?

As SLR users, we are all aware of the many components and features of the cameras we shoot with every day, because the SLR has become the universal standard for today's professional and serious amateur photographers. But where did this highly successful camera design come from, and what turned the SLR into the success that it is today?


Does It Work? The SD Card Water Dunk Test

Is your SD card waterproof? When browsing the websites of some manufacturers, I stumbled upon claims that their SD cards are tested to be waterproof. I decided to put a couple of my very own SD cards to the test to see what would happen if my precious memory was dropped in water and all washed up. The results may surprise you.

 Take a look at the video to see what happens.

Software Review: Silver Efex Pro 2.0

I've been an advocate of Nik Software's original black-and-white conversion plug-in, Silver Efex Pro (SEP), since it was released a few years ago. Recently, Nik Software released a major revision, Silver Efex Pro 2 (SEP2). In this review, I'll take a look at what's new in SEP2 and compare its features to the original version of SEP.

Use Daylight White Balance for Outdoor Shooting, Not AWB

Auto white balance sounds like it solves every issue regarding colors in your pictures, but it doesn't. For example, when you shoot at sunset or sunrise, AWB wants to 'correct' the golden tones that we love so much when the sun is close to the horizon. It desaturates the yellow and red portion of the spectrum, and the colors look weak and disappointing. By contrast, if you shoot with daylight white balance, you will capture the colors you see. The yellows, reds, and oranges will be saturated and dramatic.




Field of View: How Your Lens and Sensor Collaborate

"Get a 50mm lens." That is a statement that many photographers will tell you. But do they mean a 50mm lens or the equivalent of a 50mm lens on your camera? Make no mistake, a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens, but sensors have magnification and crop factors depending on your camera model.

Using Your Flash in Manual Mode

With FlashThe off camera flash is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in our camera bags. It can serve as our main light source, an accent light, or be used to simply fill in shadow areas of a high contrast scene. Recently I have been experimenting using the flash to illuminate foreground subjects in the landscape. I first came up with the idea when photographing a lava beach in Hawaii.


How to Choose the Lens That's Right for You

A question we hear often at B&H is, "What lens should I buy?" We may follow up with, "What are you going to shoot with it?" The reason for this is because different lenses are meant for different shooting situations. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a lens (or lenses) for your camera system.

Puppy Portraits

 Create a fun portrait of your four-legged family member in just a few quick and easy steps.







The Secret to Photographing Hummingbirds

Birds have captivated wildlife photographers from the beginning of photography, but no group of birds are more intriguing than hummingbirds. It's not difficult at all to photograph them when you see them in the garden hovering above a flower, but unless you do it right your efforts will only result in mediocre pictures.



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