Yongnuo YN-160 LED Review

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LED light panels are advertised mostly for video lighting, although I’ve found them to be incredibly useful for indoor photography projects. I just purchased the YN-160 a few weeks ago to test it out, and so far I’m very pleased with the results. It’s small, lightweight, and extremely portable so taking it on-location is a breeze. There are 160 5600K LEDs arranged across the panel…. Continue Reading

9 Essential Accessories for Your DSLR

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There are a few essential accessories every new DSLR owner needs. There are, of course, lots and lots of other accessories that we “need”, but these are the 9 most essential things that everyone should have in their kit. 1: A Good Camera Bag One of the first things any DSLR owner should buy is a good bag. The first camera bag I bought was… Continue Reading

What is a ND filter?

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During the middle of the day when the sun is brightest, it can be impossible to use a slow shutter speed or a wide aperture. If you did, the image would be overexposed. Using a neutral density (ND) filter is like putting a pair of sunglasses on your lens. They reduce the amount of light that enters the lens. Uses of ND filters Neutral density… Continue Reading

What is bokeh?

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If you’ve ever been on a photography blog, chances are you’ve heard photographers arguing about which lens produces the best bokeh. Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke, meaning blur or haze. Bokeh describes the quality of out of focus areas in a photograph. It is not how far out of focus something is, but rather the appearance of the blur. Basics of bokeh Bokeh… Continue Reading

How to Clean Your Lenses Properly

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A dirty lens can affect the quality of your images. While proper care and maintenance is essential, your lenses are meant to be used. Eventually, dirt, dust, and oil is going to accumulate on the lens elements. When that happens, you should know how to clean it properly. Dust and dirt on the front element doesn’t always show up in images, but when the rear… Continue Reading

Complete Macro Photography Cheat Sheet

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If you read my site, I’m sure you know how much I love macro photography. It can be one of the more challenging types of photography to succeed at. Here’s some basic techniques and the tools required to get started. The best part is, you don’t even have to buy an expensive macro lens to take great macro shots.