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    5 Ways NOT to Use a Wide-Angle Lens

    Wide angle photo with Iirx 15mm. ©Alberto Bouzón

    A wide angle lens is a great addition to any photographer’s tool kit. It allows creative expression in ways that simply can’t be achieved with longer focal lengths and the related narrower fields of view. Like any other tool, however, it isn’t intended for every job. More importantly, there’s a lot to consider in using […]

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    Take Another Look at Real Estate Photography

    Taking property photos isn’t often considered a “real job”. That’s unfortunate, because it’s a potentially lucrative occupation. Like product photography, it isn’t glamorous, but it’s a good way to bring home the bacon if you line up just a few good clients. What’s more, if you like to just get out and shoot, property photos […]

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    What to Look For in a Lens for Star Photography

    ©Stéphane Gonzales via Creative Commons

    Astrophotography is one of the most fascinating and rewarding ways to use a digital camera. Don’t let that fancy term discourage you. Star photos, Milky Way shots, photos of the moon and any similar type of photo all fall into this category. So does planetary imaging, but you don’t have to be shooting pictures of […]

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    How to Photograph Architecture Part 1: Exteriors

    Venice with Irix 15mm f/2.4 Firefly

    In this two-part tutorial, we’ll explore a genre that, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated. Architecture has always been one of the most important cultural aspects of a society. For photographers, there are a number of great opportunities to be had in shooting what man creates, from advertising to abstraction. In this […]

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    Manual Focus Is Not Your Enemy

    Suggesting manual focusing is a great way to end a conversation with many photographers these days. After all, they’ve made a substantial investment in lenses that work with the AF systems on their DSLR cameras. It speeds up their shots. It eliminates the need to adjust the diopter. I could name a dozen more reasons […]

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    Hyperfocal Distance, the DOF Scale and the Hyperfocal Scale

    Irix lens depth of field and hyperfocal scales

    One of the least understood terms among amateur photographers is “hyperfocal distance”. That’s unfortunate, because it’s one of the most important terms to know if you want to maximize the sharpness of photos with a lot of depth, such as landscape shots. This distance becomes very important for photos in which you want objects in […]