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    What’s so Special About a Cinema Lens?

    With the release of the first lens in the Irix Cine line on the horizon, many of our followers may be wondering about the difference between a still camera lens and one designed for cinematography. There are significant differences and I’ll do my best to explain them in this article. Let’s start with the differences […] More

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    8 Tips for Photographing Waterfalls

    Waterfalls are one of Mother Nature’s most magnificent spectacles. Who doesn’t love the sight and sound of them? From tinkling cascades to thundering torrents, these scenic wonders offer wonderful opportunities for capturing images. In this post, I’ll offer some simple tips to help you make the most of your waterfall shoots. 1. Don’t spend a […] More

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    8 Tips for Improving Your Macro Photography

    With the release of the new 150mm f/2.8 macro Dragonfly lens and Christmas right around the corner, we thought this might be a good time to offer some insights for creating the best possible macro images. Here’s a quick overview of some methods we recommend. 1. Choose the Right Focal Length The variety of macro […] More

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    Golden Hour Photography: Are You Doing it Wrong?

    Here’s a fun little experiment: Go to your favorite photo site and do a search for “golden hour”. Chances are, the majority of the images you’ll find will have the sun in them, just about to dip below or just above the horizon. It’s also very likely that some of those sunrises and sunsets will […] More

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    Wide Angle Composition: Vertical and Horizontal Lines

    There’s been enough written about lines in visual composition to fill a substantial library. Nevertheless, some photographers don’t readily recognize and utilize these elements to increase the impact of their images. This is the second article in a series on effective use of line in compositions, with an emphasis on wide-angle photogtraphy. In this installment, […] More

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    The Concept of Line: an Introduction to Using Lines in Photographic Composition

    Odds are, if you’ve been into photography for a while, you’ve probably heard enough about how to use lines in your compositions to feel fairly confident about them. That’s a good thing. On the other hand, there’s a more basic concept that many photographers never learn. Yes, leading lines, vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and […] More

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    How to Choose the right ND Filter for More Creative Images

    Neutral density filters are often underrated because of the simplicity of their purpose. They’re also something of a mystery to many novice photographers. With a little know-how, they’re actually very versatile tools. This article will explain what ND filters do and explore some creative ways to use them. Opening photo: Image taken with the Irix […] More

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    Shooting the Solar Eclipse from a Wide-Angle Perspective

    The astronomical event of the year is almost upon us. You’d just about have to be living under a rock to be unaware of it. Every hotel, campground and parking space in a swath across the United States has been overbooked for months. People are renting out their spare rooms for unheard of rates. Total […] More

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    “Getting Your Zen on” with a Wide-Angle Lens

    Photography is a creative process. As such, it requires a balance of knowledge, skill, talent and imagination to excel. An expanded field of view introduces an element that affects that creative balance more than you may realize. In this article, we’ll explore some of the ways that happens and how to make the adjustments that […] More

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    Wide Angle Portraits: A Study in Creativity

    Many portrait photographers wouldn’t think of working with anything shorter than a “normal” focal length. Even more prefer to shoot with nothing less than twice that standard. There’s some very sound reasoning behind both stances and it’s no mystery that the main issue is distortion. On the other hand, there are always good reasons to […] More