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Immature Female Bald Eagle

Winter and early spring are ideal times to get out an take part in a very challenging, but very rewarding activity: Bird photography. Location A great place to start with bird photography is right in your own yard. You can put up feeders in locations where the birds have some cover and in a short time, you will have winged guests in your yard. This is a commitment because once you start putting food out, your feathered neighbours start to depend upon you. Also expect that the presence of food […]

Video Tripod - Yoke

While much of what we see on YouTube is shot handheld, except for “shaky-cam” effects in movies and TV, most video shots are done from a tripod. If you’ve recently seen a film in the cinema or even on somewhere like Netflix, the chances are that a tripod was used in the making of it. A good video tripod has some very specific functionality that is not found in tripods for still work. And, like a great stills tripod, a great video tripod will last for years and years. When […]

A good way to annoy your family on a family vacation is take along a lot of photo gear. If everyone in the family is not a photographer, you’re going to be “unpopular”. Vacations mean carrying a lot of stuff around with you to begin with, and going to places that may be a bit camera hostile – beaches, oceans, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, boats, amusement parks, etc. You get the picture. Although, it is easier when you have an RV to help store everything along the way. If you […]

Figure 5: Sunset Graduated Filter

For those photographers who shoot JPEGs only and are not interested in a lot of post-processing work, a creative filter system is ideal for more creativity in-camera. Cokin’s filter system, for example, is an easy-to-use, flexible option that offers a variety of creative opportunities.

Teleconverters

Spring is a great time of year to start thinking about teleconverters. Useful for bird, wildlife & sports photography, teleconverters are viable alternatives to spending thousands of dollars on a long lens. A teleconverter, paired with a decent zoom lens of reasonable speed, is a fine choice. This article dispels common myths about teleconverters, and explains just how useful they can be.