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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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    A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing the Milky Way

    Milky Way taken with Irix 15mm f/2.4 Lens

    For many photographers, including myself, there are few things more rewarding than capturing spectacular images of the night sky. In particular, photographing the view of our own galaxy from here on Earth is one of the most satisfying things you can do with your camera. What many people don’t know is that shots like that […]

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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 […]