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Intro to Light Painting with Olympus Trailblazer Jamie MacDonald

Tips & Tricks

Jamie MacDonald is an Olympus Trailblazer who shoots nature and wildlife in the Mid-Michigan area exclusively with the Olympus Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera systems. He is also a contributor for Small Camera Big Picture. Light painted photography is one of his passions and he is currently working on a new light painting tool to make the job easier for beginners. Check out his tips below for creating a successful light painted photo. (more…)

Microadjustment for Lens and Camera Front/Back Focusing Issues

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

All lenses and cameras that return to one of our two headquarters are tested and cleaned by our Receiving Team. Sometimes a lens, in particular, will go out on a rental and need to be replaced by another one from our stock because of focusing issues. The majority of these re-tested lenses end up having nothing wrong with them. Here is an explanation for why this happens and how you can dig deeper into the settings of your camera so that you get the most out of not only rental lenses but your own stock of glass as well. (more…)

5 Resources to Help Protect Your Photography

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In an ideal world you will not have to use some of these resources to protect yourself against image theft. However, the use of OPP (other people’s photography) is rampant – sometimes out of malice and sometimes because of a simple misunderstanding or lack of research. Here are 5 things to explore to help you protect your work in the first place and what to do if something unlawful happens to it.

Copyright Your Work

For $55 a batch (as of this writing, updated July 2014), you can have your photographs registered for copyright.
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Working With Magic Lantern RAW Files

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In case you missed it, we started carrying a version of the Canon 5D Mark III modified with the Magic Lantern firmware modification last year. One of the really cool features of this tweaked body is that you can now shoot 1080p video in RAW format.

Still shooters know what this means: better control over white balance and a file that stands up to post-processing really well. RAW is still something of a new bag for video shooters working with DSLRs, however, and there are a few things you should know when you start working with RAW files from the 5D Mark III.

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5 Important Photography Business Tips to Start the Year Off Right

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The holidays are prime season for getting new cameras and lenses. It is also when photographers take stock of their images as well as their income and expenses. Here are 5 important recourses for any business-minded photographer, whether you’re a seasoned shooter looking to hone your business skills or a complete novice who wants to get a jump start on organizing their future.


Never Shoot for Free

In this interview with freelance photographer Court Leve, you’ll discover how important it is to find financial value in your work as well as artistic value.

Register Your Gear

Insuring your camera equipment is essential but did you know you can also register it for free? Register your serials online with Lenstag and it will send out indexed alerts in the unfortunate event that your gear gets stolen. (more…)

The Nutritional Facts of a Successful Photography Business

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Jay Cassario is a wedding, engagement, and portrait photographer with additional passion for landscape and star photography, which has earned him publications by National Geographic. He is a regular contributor to SLR Lounge.


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10 Tips for Better Architectural Photographs from a Former Architect

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Architect-turned-photographer John Cooper has spent the last year converting his three decades of building experience into high quality architectural images.  Despite already having the knowledge of a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, Cooper has learned a lot through trial and error after changing roles and capturing the structures he once helped to create. Here are his 10 pieces of advice for aspiring architectural photographers.


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10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos

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Dean J. Tatooles specializes in fine art panoramic landscape photography, wildlife photography, and indigenous portraiture from remote locations around the world. Fresh off a trip from Kenya, Tatooles shares with us some lessons learned out in the field.


10 Ways to Shoot Better Wildlife Photos
by Dean J. Tatooles of Southern Cross Galleries

ZEBRA 1 SLR WEB 2013

Captured with a Nikon D4 and a 600mm f/4 lens. ©Dean J. Tatooles

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Shoot the Blues Away: 10 Motivating Winter Photography Tips

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Photography often takes a hit during winter. Wedding gigs start to slow down and holiday obligations, bad weather, and shorter days give us plenty of reasons to procrastinate shooting. We have compiled 10 tips for staying motivated during these brumal months. Discover new ways to practice your craft and avoid a rusty start during spring’s heavy shooting season. (more…)

SmugMug’s 9 Must-Haves for a Successful Photography Website

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Having a website to showcase your work on, or to allow potential clients to contact you through, is essential. Whether your website is simple and self made, a completely customized WordPress, or a template from SmugMug, there are some basics that all sites need to include in order to be successful. Here are SmugMug’s 9 must-haves for any photography website. (more…)

5 Lies Your Camera Likes to Tell

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Think your camera is your best friend? Think again. Heed these 5 warnings from our friends over at SmugMug and better equip yourself with the knowledge needed to walk away with better images!

5 Lies Your Camera Likes to Tell
By SmugMug.com, reprinted here with permission. (more…)

Three Key Methods For Backing Up Your Photographs

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Zach Egolf is an IT professional and freelance photographer in the Baltimore area. In this guest post, he explains three methods for backing up your files in preparation for the worst possible scenario.


The Importance of Back…Back…Backing Up
reprinted with permission by Zach Egolf

Wandering into the world of photography without a backup plan is a lot like wandering into…well, just about anything blindfolded!  You might think you know the terrain, how to navigate it, and where you’re going, but the next thing you know you’ve wandered into a forest, caught yourself on some thorn bushes, and lost your pants.  And much like losing your pants in an evil forest, losing your photos can be a frightening ordeal. (more…)

Tips for Saving Your Photographs for Optimal Printing Results

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Your amazing collection of digital photographs deserves to be printed with the best possible quality. When you use a photo printing service, a lot will depend on the materials and printing techniques used, of course, but there are steps you can take to help minimize the risk of disappointing results.

Get Striking Photography Tips and Inspiration from 10 Pro Photographers

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In a world saturated with images, we want our work to stand out. It takes a lot of time, practice, and–sometimes–a little luck to get striking photographs. Here are 10 examples of striking photos we love from photographers working in the field today. We hope the images inspire you and the tips and tricks help you improve your portfolio. (more…)