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Pixel X800C flash review

On the heels of my great experience with Pixel's Mago speedlite, I was really excited to hear that Pixel was releasing a flash gun with a built-in radio trigger.  I've been testing a couple of these units for the last […]

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Off-camera flash: Introduction to triggers

Q: Are you an "available light photographer?  A: You bet I am -- I use every damned light that's available to me. Next to mastering the exposure triangle, a photographer's first nervous attempts at using a speedlite can be among […]

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Pixel Mago review, part 2

Back in July, I received a Pixel Mago flash unit for testing.  Part 1 of this review covers my first impressions and initial testing, which were very positive.  Since then, I've been using this Pixel unit as my main flash, […]

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Renting from LensRentals.com

Prior to a planned visit to Road America in for the Tudor / Continental sports car races this August, I decided to rent a telephoto lens so my son and I could each have a lens to shoot during the […]

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Pixel Mago review, part 1

Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text from DHL -- I've got a new speedlite from Pixel to review!  The Pixel Mago is a really exciting new option for Canon DSLR photographers (I believe they're releasing a […]

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Intro to High-Speed Sync

One of the most mysterious aspects of flash photography for new flash photographers is sync speed and the related concept of high speed sync.  One of the first places you're likely to encounter this is when you start shopping for […]

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OMG – it’s a new Flickr!

Ok, everyone - don't panic, but Flickr changed again.  If you're used to the old Flickr, this is probably a big annoyance for you, but give it a couple days and see if it doesn't grow on you. Personally, I […]

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The rise of the third parties

A long time ago, I bought a 35mm camera kit -- one of those deals where you got a couple of zoom lenses, a bag, and a bunch of other junk.  The telephoto lens that came with it was made […]

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So close…

I saw an announcement yesterday about a new strobe that uses a Lithium-Ion battery pack.  This, in itself, isn't ground-breaking: I know there are at least a couple other strobes like this out there.  As I read the announcement, though, […]

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Intro to Winter Hiking

We're now well into winter 2013-14, complete with polar vortexes, snow rollers, and assorted other crazy weather phenomenon.  While these conditions can be truly dangerous if you're not dressed for them, they can also produce some great winter scenes and […]

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