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Get Your Gear On With the Canon 1Dx

Gear Talk

We’ve been waiting for this bit of kit for a long, long time. The 1Dx is finally here, and we run through a bunch of the features of Canon’s flagship body. This full-frame camera is set to replace the 1D mkiV and the 1Ds mk III. We show off the high frame-rate, some AF features, compare ISO settings and give a general rundown of this exciting new professional DSLR.

The 1Dx is available for rent now at

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BLCast Episode 3 – An Interview With Andy Biggs

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Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs

Welcome to Episode 3 of BLCast, the official podcast of

Taking a photo safari through the African wilderness is something that every landscape and wildlife photographer thinks about. Andy Biggs was so taken with the idea that he eventually left a cushy job to spend more time exploring the continent with his camera in hand. Today, he’s a premiere landscape and wildlife photographer specializing in Africa, leading extensive photo tours through countries like Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa.

Elephants and Clouds, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

Elephants and Clouds, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

I caught up with Andy just before he left for an extended series of back-to-back safaris that would start in South Africa and eventually end in Namibia. Andy was kind enough to talk turkey about his photography, his travels, and his company Guragear, which makes some of the best photo bags on the planet.

Andy Biggs’ website is His blog can be found at His company, GuraGear, makes some amazing photo bags, so be sure to check them out as well. Andy is also active on Twitter as @andybiggs, so be sure to follow him there.

Lion Siblings, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

Lion Siblings, from Andy's "Timeless Africa" gallery. Image Courtesy and Copyright © Andy Biggs.

You can listen to the podcast right here via the embedded player, or you can subscribe to the BLCast feed in iTunes here:

Android users (and iOS/RSS users using third-party podcasting apps), we have a feed for you too:

As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

5 Year Anniversary: 5D Mark III or D800 Giveaway on Facebook

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Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from - 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from – 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

We are excited to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary! To celebrate we’re giving away a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 dSLR to one lucky fan. In addition we’re giving away nearly a dozen bonus prizes from our friends at  Adobe, GuraGear, Nik Software, SmugMug, OnOne Software, ThinkTank, Dreamcore Pictures, and We’re running our giveaway over on our Facebook page through July 16,  2012. Sign up for your first entry, and then gain additional entries by sharing with others.


STEP 1: Like on Facebook
Visit and click on the “Giveaway” page under our profile photo.
If you are not yet a fan you’ll need to “Like” to access the contest

STEP 2: Enter the drawing
To enter fill out the contest entry form with your name, email address, city, and state. Gain additional entries in the drawing by subscribing to our newsletter, gear sale alerts and/or becoming an affilaite.

STEP 3: Share for extra entries to better your odds
After you enter the drawing you will be able to share this giveaway with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email with a custom link. You will automatically receive an extra entry in the giveaway for each friend that you refer.  You can return to our contest page at any time to check on how many referrals you’ve received.

STEP 4: Bonus prizes
Once you’ve referred 10 of your friends to enter the giveaway, return to our contest page and you will be able to “UNLOCK” our bond prize drawings for 1 of nearly 2 dozen great bonus prizes.

Bonus Prizes - 5 Year Celebration Giveaway

STEP 5: Win
On July 17th we will select our winners by random drawing. After selecting our winners we will contact our grand prize winner to choose his/her choice of a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800.  We will also announce the winners on our Facebook wall, so be sure to check our page and your email inbox to see if you’ve won.

⇒ Visit To Enter

Contest ends July 16, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase a contestant’s chance of winning. is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable or delayed. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable. Canon 5D Mark III is valued at $3499.00, Nikon D800 is valued at $2999.99 and the bonus prize packages range from $50-$400. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. Unless otherwise noted, all contests and giveaway prizes are awarded via random drawing. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other contests. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Canon or Nikon. Shipping is free for USA residents; winners outside of USA are responsible for shipping fees and your country taxes. All winners have 14 days to accept and coordinate shipping. If winner doesn’t respond within 14 days, prize is forfeited and replacement winner will be randomly selected from qualified contestants.

Cool Stuff – Week of April 13, 2012

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, suggestions and feedback in the comments section is always welcome!

Tip of the Week: Use a Tilt-Shift Lens for Panoramic Photos

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Figure 1. A panorama taken with the Fuji X100's built-in pano feature.

Figure 1. A panorama taken with the Fuji X100's built-in pano feature.

Every week, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

There are many ways to create panoramic images. You can start with a really wide-angle lens, then simply crop down to a long, narrow band to create a “faux” panorama. You can also use the built-in panoramic functions of cameras like Sony’s NEX and Alpha series, as well as Fuji’s X100 and X-Pro1. You can also simply take a series of pictures and stitch them together in Photoshop, or, if you’re really into panoramic photography, you could rent a pano-head from us, like the ones from Nodal Ninja.

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite ways to create panoramas. All of the methods above have some shortcomings that make it a bit harder to create good panos. Using a wide-angle lens and cropping, for example, leaves me with a lower-resolution file than I’d like. The built-in pano features in some cameras is neat, and I do use them (as shown in Figure 1), but they’re also relatively low-res JPEGs. Pano heads are great for this sort of work, but you have to find the “nodal point” of each lens you want to use, and that takes quite a bit of work. (more…)