I made a tough decision this year: I sold the 35mm film camera system that has seen me through years of shooting. I also parted with some medium-format gear and a few other things that had collected inches of dust.
When will you get this through your head? Digital sensors are delicate instruments that need to be treated with care. Don't use canned air to clean them, never change a D-SLR lens with the camera turned on, and obviously avoid removing the lens in windy or dusty situations.
It's a shame that being a digital photographer entails a whole lot more than just shooting pictures. Concerns over where to store all those photos-not to mention how to make sure they're around in years to come so that you can find them-are as much a part of photography today as ƒ-stops and shutter speeds ever were.
I am a recovering television addict, having acknowledged my problem and cancelled my cable service. I think it stems from an adolescence in which I stared at "educational programming" for hours on end.
Kodak recently announced the next generation of digital camera sensors could see low-light performance improve by a factor of four. That translates into an image file with the noise characteristics of an ISO 100 image but with the added light sensitivity of ISO 400.
One of the most underrated tools in a photographer's gadget bag is the lens hood. Without it almost any image is subject to flare (the errant light that can enter the lens creating halation and desaturation and downright damaging an otherwise perfect picture).
If there's one thing I've said a lot in my life, it's this: They're not dolls, they're action figures. Hasbro's G.I. Joe was always my favorite, and one of the saddest moments of my life was the day in seventh grade when my pal Robbie and I realized that we had officially outgrown our toys.