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    Star Trails and Time-Lapse: Two Shoots in One

    Star Trails ©David Mcalpine

    One of my favorite uses for a digital camera is wide-field astrophotography. That definition covers a lot of things, but basically, it means I like to point my lens at the night sky and capture what it holds. Of the countless photo opportunities “out there,” two of the most unusual and captivating effects you can […]

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    Wide Angle Portraits: A Study in Creativity

    Wide angle portrait ©Corentin Hais. All rights reserved.

    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 […]

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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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    Irix Lenses Continue to Make Their Mark in the US

    Irix 11mm f/4 lens

    Photographers around the world have been looking for a serious alternative to DSLR camera lenses with prices that will singe your credit card around the edges. Until recently, the accepted solution was to sacrifice some quality. We just had to live with the fact that paying less for a lens meant less-than-optimum performance. Irix lenses […]

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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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