Warning: Using Zoom Lenses May Impair Your Creativity!

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A man feeds wild birds in the Retiro park, Madrid, Spain. Leica M9, Summilux-M 35mm.

Which is better, a prime lens or a zoom lens? Forget about edge sharpness, chromatic aberration, distortion and all the other silly things that don’t really matter. Leave that to the gear nerds. What I’m asking is, if you had to use only one lens, what would it be, a prime or a zoom?

Well, a zoom has to be better, right? More options. More choice. A prime lens, on the other hand, is limiting. Nobody can deny that a zoom’s range of focal lengths allows you to take images that you might not be able to take with a prime. But here’s the surprising truth: limiting yourself can make you a better photographer. Continue Reading →

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The Life of a Pro Photographer: Not Always Fun, But Mostly Fun

Climbing in the Bugaboo Range, British Columbia, Canada. Not a bad day at the office. Photo ©Mike Randolph

Yesterday I published a post on 5 reasons I regret becoming a pro photographer on the blog Digital Photography School. To balance out the picture, here’s the other side of the story.

So I told a friend I was writing a blog post about the five reasons I regret becoming a professional travel photographer.

“It’s a lot harder than people realize,” I told her.

I provided her with some illustrative examples. “Having dinner alone in a trattoria in Venice, when everyone else is on vacation with their spouse or their lover and having a great time…and you’re sitting there alone…okay, the Linguine Vongole is great, sure, but it’s not all that fun being on your own.”

I felt my honesty would elicit her sympathy. I could see that she understood that. With her usual caring, deep compassion, she said, “Awww, poor wittle baby.”

She can be quite eloquent at times, I have to admit.

Sheepishly, I acknowledged that Continue Reading →

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My Single Most Favourite Piece of Gear for Travel Photography

I get asked this question all the time: “What is your favourite piece of gear?”

It’s a tough question, because I like all of the gear I use because if I didn’t really like it, then why would I use it?

But sometimes, there is something that stands out. Maybe it stands out because it’s an elegant solution to a problem, or an inexpensive solution to a problem…or both.

In this case, it’s both. Watch the video to find out more!

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Disgruntled Pixel Peepers Say Canon 5DS Still Not Enough

Had this picture been taken at a higher-resolution, the sensor on the Canon 5DS, above, would look pixelated.

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 – A 37-year-old man has criticised Canon’s latest DSLR, the 5DS, for not having enough pixels, even though it has more pixels than any other DSLR in history, and has not even been released yet.

Known only by his online forum name, PixelLover69 says that the 50-megapixel 5DS is not the leap forward it should have been. On sweet-little-square.org, the internet’s most popular pixel-lover’s website, PixelLover69 said, “Canon have been dragging their feet when it comes to pixel propagation. They should have broken the 100-megapixel barrier years ago! It is [expletive deleted] disgraceful.”

The statement seems to echo the feelings of many other pixel peepers on Continue Reading →

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