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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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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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5 Things You Need To Do Before Your Next Photography Vacation

The days are counting down and you can hardly wait. It’s vacation time, finally. Precious days, away from work, in some awesome place you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. You have the photo gear you think you need, so what else is there to do until you arrive in your chosen paradise?

Well, quite a bit, actually. If you want to make the most of your trip, from a photographic perspective, there are five things you should do before the trip. Everyone thinks the photography part happens when you get there, but the truth is, it begins long before you arrive. Preparation is key to taking the best photos you can possibly take. So get the jump on your next photo vacation. Here are five simple steps to get started.

1. Practice

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Practice is the only way to get better…at just about everything.

In the weeks leading up to your trip, you should get outside and practice taking pictures. Seems kind of obvious, I know, but nobody does it. No matter how much natural talent you have, if you want to get really good at something, you have to practice. Tennis star Rafael Nadal doesn’t just show up every year in Paris and expect to win the French Open. Well, actually, maybe he does, but that’s because beforehand, even though he’s spent countless hours on clay courts over the years, he spends the weeks leading up to the tournament practicing on clay. A lot. It’s like anything. You wouldn’t give a speech in front of hundreds of people without a lot of practicing, would you? Continue Reading →

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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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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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