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Get Perfect White Balance With A Simple Gray Card—02/20/12

Everybody knows the importance of accurate white balance, and we all know that a simple and effective way to ensure accurate white balance is to shoot a gray card.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Everybody knows the importance of accurate white balance, and we all know that a simple and effective way to ensure accurate white balance is to shoot a gray card. But just in case you don't know exactly what that means, or how to go about…

Three Secrets To Flash Success—02/13/12

No matter what kind of handheld flash you use, whether it's a Canon or a Nikon or a Quantum or a Metz, there are three key things every photographer should know how to do with that flash.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom No matter what kind of handheld flash you use, whether it's a Canon or a Nikon or a Quantum or a Metz, there are three key things every photographer should know how to do with that flash. The names may differ from brand to brand,…

Essential Portrait Tips—02/06/12

How do you make a great portrait? Books have been written and lives have been lived in the quest to answer this question, so rest assured that this simple blog post won’t answer every question you have about portrait success.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom How do you make a great portrait? Books have been written and lives have been lived in the quest to answer this question, so rest assured that this simple blog post won’t answer every question you have about portrait success. But what it will do…

Should you upgrade your camera or your lens?—01/30/12

Lots of folks have the same question for me when they find out I'm a professional photographer: which camera should I buy? Recently, though, a friend posed to me a considerably more interesting and challenging question: should I buy a new camera or a new lens?
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Lots of folks have the same question for me when they find out I'm a professional photographer: which camera should I buy? Recently, though, a friend posed to me a considerably more interesting and challenging question: should I buy a new camera or a new…

Print Spotting For The Digital Age—01/23/12

Many photographers lament the death of the silver darkroom, but there's one aspect they rarely pine for: spotting. This laborious technique was a necessary evil of the darkroom print, and thank goodness it's not something we have to worry about any more. Sort of.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Before Many photographers lament the death of the silver darkroom, but there's one aspect they rarely pine for: spotting. This laborious technique was a necessary evil of the darkroom print, and thank goodness it's not something we have to worry about any more. Sort of.…

Tech Test: Using Filters for Lens Protection—01/16/12

Many photographers tout the use of clear filters on their lenses to provide general protection from bumps and scrapes. The idea is if you're going to scuff your camera, you damage a $100 filter instead of the $1000 lens.
Patti Thompson
This Article Features Photo Zoom Many photographers tout the use of clear filters on their lenses to provide general protection from bumps and scrapes. The idea is if you're going to scuff your camera, you damage a $100 filter instead of the $1000 lens. But other photographers—myself included—tend to prefer…
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