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PC Build, addendum

This summer, I put together a write-up on a PC I built for photo editing and software development.  That article has been really helpful any number of times in documenting what I put together, but after a few months of […]

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Lowepro Nova 17L Preview

About a week and a half ago, I got an email from Lowepro telling me I won a Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW bag — very cool.  It showed up promptly this week, and I can’t wait to start using […]

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Budget tripod shootout, Part 3

In Part 1 of this shootout, I previewed the three tripods I’m comparing and discussed some things I’ll be looking at in all three.  Part 1 also covered the Velbon CX-300 — a typical “big box” store tripod that’s better than […]

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Cherish the flaws

I love music. I’ve got a pretty extensive collection, and some of the performances I like best are from live albums. I’m sure that to some extent, this is because I haven’t heard the live versions of songs as many […]

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A harsh reality

Photography in all its professional forms, has been massively disrupted by technology over the last ten years or so.  The swift succession of the internet, digital sensors, and camera phones has quite literally turned every other person you meet into […]

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A PC for photo editing

From time to time, I’ve seen “what kind of PC should I get” threads on various message boards, so hopefully there’s some interest in this.  I’m currently in the middle of building a replacement for my old Core 2 Quad […]

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Control your lighting for great still lifes

Photography, quite literally, is “painting with light,” yet we so often let available light control our photos, rather than the other way around.  This weekend, my Irises bloomed.  First to bloom were the white flowers in the photo above.  I […]

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Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

This is a wonderful TED talk that combines photography, environmentalism, and anthropology.  There’s enough material here to occupy far more than the fifteen minutes or so it will take you to watch the video.  Salgado’s images are powerful reminders for […]

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Maybe it’s not supposed to be easy

There are an awful lot of cameras sold to people who just want to turn them on and have masterful photos pop out.  While some of these people wind up learning the craft of photography, quite a few of them […]

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All about Image Stabilization

If you’re anything like me, one of the reasons you’ve upgraded gear over the years is to get sharper photos.  It’s  a never-ending quest, especially for those long shots, and Image Stabilization is one of the things that can really […]

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