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Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, many day camps and summer programs for kids have been canceled this year. That means a lot of parents are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and engaged over the summer months. One solution: Teach your kids about photography! With just a little bit of planning, you can create a photography camp for your kids right at home. It’s not just something to do in what might be a long summer without a lot of activities; it’s a great way to spend […]

Custom Shortcuts on Sony Alpha a7 III

We don’t often think about a camera’s on-board menu structure until after we’ve made our decision — or until we start shooting! But how a menu is laid out, how intuitive the screens are to navigate and how easy the settings are to understand can make a huge difference in how we go about shooting. Using Custom Buttons & Keys As part of your camera’s menu system, you should have access to settings for customizable buttons and keys. These programmable keys allow you to set your most frequently accessed functions […]

Lady holding plant in a pot in an outdoor garden

Bring Your Photos to Life this Spring! Summer is just a month away, and the warmer months are usually a great time to get outdoors to shoot landscapes and nature. And even though the current world situation means many of us can’t travel to new and interesting locations to shoot, that doesn’t mean we don’t have ways to hone our skills and take great shots close to home. Garden photography is one way to do just that. Photographing your own garden or yard, or visiting a nearby public park (while […]

Gear for Livestreaming and YouTube

There’s never been a better time to live stream. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been an increase in our collective appetite for great online content. If you have an idea for a YouTube or Instagram TV show, now is the time to put it out there! And if you already have an online streaming presence, it’s an ideal time to refine it in ways that can help stand out from the crowd. So what does it take to become a great streamer? A great idea, of course. But once […]

Dog laying on the floor

Our collective efforts to stay inside and practise social distancing certainly puts constraints on typical photo-friendly activities like connecting with friends, attending events, and travelling abroad. That said, these measures do provide aspiring photographers with a chance to slow down, reconnect with their past work, expand their skill set, and even focus on key techniques that will build a stronger foundation for their future efforts. To help you use your time inside productively, here are some activities you can try out to improve or revisit different aspects of your photography. […]

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Your camera is the loyal friend that accompanies you on all of your trips. It allows you to create vivid images of your most memorable moments. Having invested time and funds on your camera, you hope that this relationship will be long-lasting. However, there are several external factors that work against its durability. Dust, humidity, and accidents can affect its delicate electronic parts, causing your camera’s performance to decline, or even cease. Here’s a list of recommendations to help keep your gear protected and in as best condition as possible. […]

We’ve discussed both filmmaking and vlogging in this space recently, but there’s another type of video we haven’t discussed yet, and it’s one that most everyone shoots at some point: the traditional home video. With the family at home, there are plenty of opportunities to capture memorable family moments. To shoot great-looking home videos, you don’t need a fully-decked out filmmaking or vlogging kit or a camera with multiple interchangeable lenses. The camcorder has been delivering memorable moments on video to families and individuals for many years, and continues to […]