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Shot Through the Heart

I'm the kind of girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. So much so, sometimes it gets me in trouble. My style of photography, I believe, encompasses who I am as a person and also as a photographer. It's almost a never-ending question—as in life—I'm extremely curious and inquisitive.

iCeland loves the iPhone

I’ve been intrigued by the iPhone photography of Dan Burkholder and others. I love the weathered look, and the apps are getting quite cogent, enabling us to create large files for print. Now, by large files, we’re not talking 20x30 inches, but we can certainly make up to 13x19-inch prints, that can have a fine art, abstract and saleable look.

Critiquing 101

The very best way to improve as a photographer does not involve any particular piece of gear or course of study, nor does it involve apprenticing yourself to a master photographer. Impoverishing yourself by working on nothing but photography as something of a photographic "monk" will not do it, either. While all of these things may improve your photography, the best way is much simpler, yet for many photographers it seems much harder.

Novoflex Nikon 'G'-Series to Canon EOS Adapter

The world just got a bit smaller for shooters who own multiple lens systems and would like—or need—the ability to mix and match camera bodies and optics for shooting stills and/or video. Novoflex, a long-time player in the lens adapter business, has introduced the Novoflex Nikon G to Canon EOS lens adapter.

Choosing a Portable Sound System

The acronym "PA" stands for Public Address, and a portable PA system allows you to do just that—speak publicly to a large group of people. A portable PA is a compact audio solution for amplifying your voice and music. Before you buy a portable PA system, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first...

Marshall Budget HDMI Monitors Help You See Clearly

Marshall, one of the most well-known and respected names in field monitors, has released an afforable line of budget monitors priced to be within the reach of just about any videographer or video hobbyist. The consumer/prosumer videographer now has a more affordable monitoring solution from Marshall, with its M-LCD7-HDMI line of consumer camera-top field monitors.

If You Can Take It Here, You Can Take It Anywhere... Photos, That Is

Two photo contests with attractive prizes are now accepting entries, though their welcome mats will be rolled up before summer's end. The first, PHOTOBOOK NYC, seeks the best pictures of New York City. Images must be submitted by Aug. 12 unless accompanied by a $10 late fee through Aug. 18. The second, World in Focus, offers the grand prize of a 10-day expedition to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions.

The Cutest Little Baby Face: Baby Portraits

I love little babies, but photographing them can be challenging. I also love a challenge. Surmounting this challenge starts with my camera and lighting equipment. I use a Nikon D3s and 24-70mm Nikkor lens. I'm usually hovering right over the baby, so I prefer a shorter lens.

Slow it Down

Have you ever found yourself on a tour in some exotic country, visiting a fantastic shooting location, but at the wrong time? Say you are on a tour in France and would love to photograph a certain castle in evening light, but you only have an hour to visit the castle at midday. You do the best you can shooting in this light, and then continue with your tour.

Breaking the Ice: Photographer-Subject Relationships

We all have shared an awkward silence with perfect strangers on an elevator. We'd just as soon stare at our feet than initiate a conversation. There's some unwritten elevator law that says, "No Eye Contact or Talking is Allowed." I'm the non-conformist who breaks that law and says, "Hey there, how you doin'?"

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