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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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The Great Debate: Mirrorless or DSLR?

bigfootMirrorless or DSLR? Ah yes, a question for the ages. (At least these ones.) If you’re still not sure which way to go, I’ve put together a quiz that might help you decide which one is best for you. I tried to make it fun, but I also put a lot of thought into the questions and how I scored the answers. Even when the options seem kind of silly, there is some reasoning behind them. For example, if you really want to get a good, high-resolution shot of Bigfoot, you’ll want a camera with a looong battery life, and that means a DSLR. (Let me know how that works out–I promise to post your shot!) In the meantime, check out my friend Graham’s book on what Bigfoot has been up to lately. Turns out the big guy is just misunderstood. (A very funny book, beautifully illustrated, for only 12 bucks.)

You can have a go at the quiz by clicking the image on the top right in the sidebar, or here.

Once you answer the questions, if you want to hear my take on the whole deal, you’ll have the option to sign up for a video in which I talk about the only real decision you have to make when it comes to deciding to go with a mirrorless system. And there’s also a bonus video on my favorite piece of gear for travel photography. It’s all free, so what are you waiting for?

Take the quiz, and let me know what you think in the comments. Are you a mirrorless lover or not?

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Photokina: If You Build it, They (the Photo Nerds) Will Come

Here’s a quick video overview of the Photokina 2014 show in Cologne, Germany. It’s the biggest photography and imaging trade fair in the world and happens only once every two years. I just got back from spending five days at the show and there’s a lot of stuff to go through, but I’ll do my best to get it out as soon as I can. Look for another post later this week about an epic battle between one of the best lenses in the world and, well, one of the not-so-best lenses. Which one will prevail? Maybe you’ll be surprised, maybe you won’t. I’m not saying. You’ll be the judge, so stay tuned!

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How Much Gear Should You Take on Your Next Trip?

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The alter of St. Peter’s in Vatican City sits just below the Basilica’s spectacular dome. Photo ©Mike Randolph

A good friend of mine is a commercial photographer. Usually, he shoots in his studio, but every now and then he shoots on location. I asked him how he decides what gear to take on the road and he answered without missing a beat, “Easy. I take everything.”

When you’ve got a few assistants with dollies and a rented cube van, well yeah, that makes a lot of sense. On a commercial location shoot, with clients and art directors and talent and make-up crew all depending on you, it would be just a wee bit embarrassing if the whole production came to a halt because you hadn’t realized you’d need that third roll of gaffers tape or whatever. The few times I’ve done that kind of shoot, I followed my friend’s advice and took every last thing I owned. Every lens, every camera, every tripod. An extra set of Allen keys. Everything.

But that doesn’t work with travel photography. Continue Reading →

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Did You Know You’ve Got a Lot More Megapixels Than You Need?

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You can be forgiven for thinking that the number of megapixels your camera has actually matters. Because we’ve all been brainwashed into believing that megapixels are important, but the truth is, it stopped mattering quite a few years ago.

There was a time, for a while there, that the megapixel race appeared to be over. Sure, in the early years of digital photography, DSLRs had to prove themselves against the quality of reproduction offered by film SLRs. For a long time, photographers were resistant to the idea that digital cameras could rival the analogue status quo. Naysayers were legion. Eventually, however, Continue Reading →

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