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What you need to know about memory cards

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What you need to know about memory cards

Hey, do you remember when taking photos meant you actually had to know something about film? There was black-and-white film, there was color film. There was daylight-balanced film and there was incandescent film. There was high ISO film and there was low ISO film. To acquire all the knowledge you needed to have about all the different film types available, you practically had to have a degree in film.

Now thank goodness we no longer have to worry about film. Today you just pop in a memory card and you’re good to go. Because all memory cards are pretty much the same… except that they aren’t. Read on to find out why.
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What is mirror lock-up, and when should I use it?

What is mirror lock-up, and when should I use it?

You’ve come a long way since the first time you picked up a camera. Not so very long ago, you were still stuck in auto mode, and you really weren’t very happy with your photos. Your landscapes were boring and they weren’t very clear, with certain details sharp and others too blurry. Then you discovered landscape mode, and that was an improvement. But your photos didn’t really start to shine until you switched to aperture priority, and started using narrow apertures to capture those scenic images. Now you’ve got a tripod and a remote release, but you’ve noticed something—your images still aren’t always completely sharp, and you’re not sure why. Fortunately, the answer could be as simple as using a basic setting you may have not even heard of: mirror lock-up. Read on to find out what this setting is, and how it can improve your photos.
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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Camera

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Camera

Today, extra megapixels are really just par for the course. Consumers have convinced themselves that they want those extra megapixels, so manufactures will continue to provide to them. That means that until consumers come to realize how little those megapixels actually do for the average photographer, you’re going to have to filter out all that megapixel-related marketing noise whenever you go to purchase a new camera.

So where does that leave you, the consumer, when you enter that camera shop or your local Best Buy? You need to be armed with all the right questions, otherwise you may end up making a purchasing decision that’s based on factors that really aren’t that important to you.
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How to Choose Your Next Camera

How to Choose Your Next Camera

I bet you thought you only needed one camera. Ah! I’m sorry, but that’s not true. You can get by with one camera, but there’s no such thing as a camera that can be everything to everyone.

Now, having said that, depending on who you are and what your photography style is, you will probably find that the camera you’ve chosen is good enough for most situations you find yourself in. But have you ever wished you could take your camera with you on the ski slopes, or that you could walk fearlessly out into the waves, camera in hand? Have you ever got so sick of lugging around your DSLR on a long hike that you fantasized about stashing it inside a tree trunk and picking it up again on your way back to the car? Have you ever been somewhere mundane, where you would never dream of taking a camera, only to find yourself cameraless as something really photoworthy happens?
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Should I rent a DSLR to see if I need to upgrade?

Should I rent a DSLR to see if I need to upgrade?

Buying a new camera body is a big commitment and often time requires selling your current camera in order to have the funds to purchase a new one. The upgrade can be intimidating even if you’ve done it before. Our cameras become our best friends. Much like the relationships we foster with people, the connection you have with your camera is built over time as you learn its individual idiosyncrasies. So why not ‘try before you buy’ with your next camera.
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The Pros and Cons of Mirrorless Cameras

The Pros and Cons of Mirrorless Cameras

Note: This article was written in 2013 and most of the information here is now out of date.

When mirrorless cameras first hit the market I was skeptical. My conversion from a 35mm film camera to a DSLR was a huge jump; the idea of then making the change from DSLR to mirrorless seemed like an even larger leap. Despite my initial hesitance, I thought it only fair to research mirrorless cameras before passing judgment. The truth is we are all gadget geeks. We love having as many options in our arsenal as possible so that we have the ability to shoot everything and use those gadgets to mold out final photograph. So let’s talk about mirrorless cameras. How they differ from DSLR cameras, and the pros and cons to this new technology so that you can decide if you have a place for one in your camera bag and your photography.
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What Specs Really Matter in a DSLR?

What Specs Really Matter in a DSLR?

You’ve saved your pennies, make that dollars and a lot of them, and now you’re ready for a new DSLR. Whether it’s your first one or if you’re upgrading, there’s one question that remains the same: What specs matter? From megapixel ratings to ISO to sensor size to full HD video capability, there’s a lot to consider. The good news is that nowadays almost, if not all, of the DSLRs out there have most of the basics, it’s just a matter of to what extent. Sort of like when all phones were available with caller-ID and call-waiting. Those kinds of features that they bragged about even though it was the norm by a certain time period. The same holds true with DSLRs. Megapixels in the double digits are standard. Things like that. So, let’s break the specs down and see what’s important to your photography needs and what’s a given already.
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6 Secrets to Maintaining Your DSLR Camera

6 Secrets to Maintaining Your DSLR Camera

Whether you’ve invested in a lower end DSLR or went all out for a top model, the need to keep your camera maintained is imperative to quality photos and the lifelong care of your camera. It’s a shame when people invest money in something and then don’t take good care of it. What I’ve found though, is that one of the main reasons for this is that most people simply don’t know how to, so they delay and delay until it’s almost too late. Doing the research and starting good habits from the day you purchase your camera will ensure your investment is long lasting. These 7 tips will clear the air for you.
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Choosing A Digital Camera For Your Child

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Choosing A Digital Camera For Your Child

What could be scarier than trying to get a great picture of an uncooperative child? Here’s your answer: the uncooperative child grabs your expensive digital camera and tries to take YOUR picture. Yes, every parent’s nightmare. Time to get that kid her own camera. And you thought picking out a camera for yourself was challenging! How do you choose a camera for a 3-year-old? How about an 8-year-old or a 12-year old?
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How DSLRs Have Improved Over The Years

How DSLRs Have Improved Over The Years

Cars and cameras have changed so much over the past decade that I’m starting to think a lease option might be a good idea. Whether you’re on the Nikon or Canon side of the fence, or another fence altogether, the new generation of cameras are incredible compared to their predecessors. The biggest boost is that they accommodate more light scenarios than ever before, which is just what we want to hear. Plus, from megapixels to sensors to ISO settings to frames per seconds (fps) rates, and I must add improved flash/memory cards, the latest DSLRs are making photographers more pixel-happy than ever before.
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Should I purchase my next camera from a grey importer?

Should I purchase my next camera from a grey importer?

One can’t help to resist the allure. Imagine what you could do with that new camera, especially at the much lower price point. Grey importers operate in… well… a grey area of sorts. Their business is totally legal, but they sometimes can’t offer the same protection that you would get from an authorized retailer. So is it worth it? Should your make your next purchase from a grey importer?
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Differences between P&S and the various SLR model cameras

Differences between P&S and the various SLR model cameras

There are more than a dozen ways to upgrade your camera setup. If you’ve just started, and you own a point-and-shoot model, you might want to step it up to an entry level SLR. Some of you with entry SLRs might wonder what a pro model can do for you. That’s why I’ve decided to put all of this information in one place so you know exactly what you’re getting when you upgrade. Maybe it’s a good idea right now. Maybe it’s not. After reading this guide, you’ll know for sure.
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Tips for selecting a camera to purchase

Tips for selecting a camera to purchase

Time for a new camera? You have a lot of different models to choose from. Some of them will fill your need quite nicely while others will only give you a bunch of features you don’t need. There’s no sense in wasting your money on a camera you won’t use for 99% of the pictures you take. Have a look at this quick buyers guide before you head to the store and make your decision.
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What DSLR Camera Accessories Are The Most Important?

What DSLR Camera Accessories Are The Most Important?

Congratulations! You just purchased your first digital SLR camera. Believe me, you’re going to love it. Digital SLRs are ten times easier to use and much faster than their point and shoot counterparts. But before you head out into the wild and start taking more pictures than you know how to handle, you might want to know a little bit about digital SLR accessories. While some of them are just nice to have, others are absolutely essential and should be purchased with every digital SLR. I’ll walk you through them.
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Why Do I Have Camera Shutter Lag And Other Delays?

Why Do I Have Camera Shutter Lag And Other Delays?

It’s a huge drag. You just want to get the shot, but every time you press the shutter, there’s a delay. Your friend does something amazing, and you keep missing it because you can’t line your shot up with the action. What is going on?
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