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When I think of fishing photography, I think of the countless 4 x 6" snapshots taped to bait shop and barroom walls I’ve seen over the years, the ones with the proud angler holding the prized catch of the day. These are ubiquitous, universal, and really have no need for improvement, since the point is simply to show the size, quantity, or beauty of the fish—a good memory. Yes, there are terrific...
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The topic of this article might seem easy-breezy to compose, but truth be told—it isn’t. For starters, how do you define “travel friendly?” Where are you going? How are you getting there? And what exactly do you plan on photographing once you get there? Do you already own a camera and lenses? If you do, are you happy with them and, if not, why? There’s simply no way we can address every scenario...
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Sometimes you don’t want to bring your bulky DSLR or mirrorless camera on vacation or your next trip, but you don’t want to rely on your phone to capture some of those moments. This is precisely when the modern point-and-shoot camera is the perfect solution. The current crop has proven that you can do a lot in very little space, including outstanding optics, the latest sensor tech, and even video...
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Photographers packing for an upcoming trip can save valuable storage space by forgoing camera bags, packs, and cases in favor of less bulky wraps and inserts. For example, a traveler could pack some photo gear with protective wraps into an everyday bag or backpack that is also loaded with personal items. Or,...
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To answer the question posed by fellow writer Todd Vorenkamp in his article about the venerable 50mm prime, the lens I would choose if I were to be stranded on a desert island would have to be a 35mm prime. Sure, the 50mm is an old and reliable choice that should cover...
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What is the best lens focal length for photographing the total solar eclipse? Well, there really isn’t a correct answer to that question. There are many factors involved, so let’s outline some options for different types of cameras and budgets. Above: The Hinode satellite X-ray telescope...
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One thing many photographers learn quickly is that photography can be an expensive hobby. This is especially true if you head into a niche field and need some dedicated tools to get the shots you want. Macro is one of those specialties, and it asks you to purchase a dedicated macro lens that is generally going to be pricier than your standard lenses. Fortunately, the photo world is filled with...
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In the close-up, high-magnification world of macro photography, it is seldom that the tools vary from the so-called “standards.” The main reason for this is that there is something simple and elegant about that classic 100mm f/2.8; it is a proven design that simply works well. It offers a comfortable working distance, is easy to design to 1:1 magnification, and is versatile in that many...
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When you start getting extremely close to your subject, you may run into some difficulty with lighting. This could be because your large lights can’t get into position easily, you can’t get the type of lighting you want, or you are so close that you are casting a shadow. There are solutions to these problems, and each has its own unique capabilities and look that will help you bring your macro...
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It is probably safe to say that many of us photographers have, either with our cameras or smartphones, tried to capture a close-up image of an insect, flower, toy, or other object. We have an idea of what we want this photograph to look like as we prepare to capture the image. We have seen and admired beautiful close-up images before but, when we nose the camera lens up to the object, the camera...
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If you are stranded on a desert island and can only have one camera lens with you, which lens would you choose? If your answer wasn’t, “a 50mm (or 50mm equivalent lens),” then you might be wrong. The 50mm prime lens is the one lens every photographer toting an interchangeable-lens camera should own… and use. Why? Before I tell you all the reasons, I will tell you a sea story. But, before that,...
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We all know that cameras make fantastic gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day (or on birthdays and holidays as well!), but what if Mom is already a photographer? B&H Photo has you more than covered! Is Mom a professional photojournalist? Or, is she the designated shutterbug for the local Scout troops? Maybe she is totally into floral macro photos. Or, is Mom responsible for the awesome family...
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Yes, the selfie is firmly entrenched in the realm of mobile phone camera culture, but that does not mean your cell phone is the best tool for the job—it’s just usually the most convenient. Do you want your selfies to always be captured on tiny, tiny sensors through tiny, tiny lenses? You might, at first, say, “Yes, that is fine.” But think about it for a few minutes and realize that you want your...
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If you are a Nikon shooter who is considering wedding photography as a part of your repertoire, or currently shooting weddings and looking to add a new lens to your kit, there is no shortage of options, from the tried and true to the exotic. Let’s look at what’s available. Zoom Lenses The workhorse zoom lenses often found on the cameras of wedding pros—as well as photographers of all stripes—...
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The Micro Four Thirds system is becoming popular among a passionate group of wedding photographers. The compact size of the cameras and lens system, as well as the sheer number of available lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and other manufacturers, not to mention the nearly limitless option of adapted lenses, means that the wedding photographer has many options for capturing the action. Portrait...

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