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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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Seeing isn’t an eyeball thing

Petapixel linked a great article this morning from Marko Solic: Why saying “it’s photoshopped” actually means you don't know what you're talking about.  His article really struck a chord with me because I've had this conversation with any number of people over the […]

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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 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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Learning by playing

Among the most basic concepts in photography is exposure, yet it can be among the least intuitive concepts to grasp because of the way aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings combine to affect exposure.  Many different textual and graphical representations […]

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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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Basics of Composition: Rule of Thirds

Earlier, I started this "Basics of Composition" series with an introduction to the importance of your subject.  In this edition, I'm going to explore the "rule of thirds" -- perhaps the best-known rule of photographic composition, as well as the […]

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Just keep swimming

I was at a swim meet for my son a couple weeks ago. Various teams often print up t-shirts with motivational sayings on them -- usually about swimming, of course, but I saw one that I believe is equally applicable […]

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Basics of Composition: Subject

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a meetup group about the basics of composition, albeit on short notice.  As long as my presentation is still (relatively) fresh in my mind, I thought I'd try to capture a bit […]

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