Equipment

Drone Photography: Is it legal? How long?

Drone Photography: Is it legal? How long?

Drone photography may look tempting, but understand the risks before you spend your money on one of these machines. The FAA will eventually catch up…

GoPro Hero3+ snowboards a mountain

GoPro Hero3+ snowboards a mountain

GoPro Hero3+ makes it look easy This video from the Photo Cascadia team–snowshoeing up a mountain in the dark, shooting the sunrise and then snowboarding down–all before breakfast–is another great example of how the rugged little GoPro HERO3+ is changing photography. This simple snowboarding video by Zack Schnepf, using a GoPro mounted onto a light […]

Photography Christmas presents for the landscape shooter

Photography Christmas presents for the landscape shooter

Picking the right photography Christmas presents can be really tough. Don’t have a clue what to get the photographer on your list? If they like to get out and shoot nature or landscapes, here are some photography Christmas presents that will work…

How to make an instant photo tripod counterweight

How to make an instant photo tripod counterweight

When you’re out shooting in windy and stormy weather, it can help tremendously to have a good tripod counterweight handy. Here’s an old and useful trick that works and won’t be extra weight for you to lug around…

Canon G15 vs. Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review

Canon G15 vs. Nikon Coolpix P7700 Camera Review

The Canon G15 and Nikon Coolpix P7700 are both compact, non point-n-shoot digital cameras that offer a lot to like for the serious photo enthusiast. What follows is my hands-on, out-in-the-field comparison of these two machines, a non-technical look at how they operate and perform…

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

I’ve always liked to keep lighting and lighting accessories as simple as possible. My current small strobe—the Canon 580EX—has a built-in wide angle diffuser AND a built-in bounce card, more than adequate for most situations. But then I was asked to review Gary Fong’s Collapsible Lightsphere. Curious about the device, I said okay…

Camera ‘Feature Clutter’: How to Avoid the Confusion

Camera ‘Feature Clutter’: How to Avoid the Confusion

All of the features on modern DSLR’s can be confusing and overwhelming–so much so that it’s hard to discern what’s important from what’s not. This is a tale of just such a situation…

Photo Tripods: It’s All About Perspective

Photo Tripods: It’s All About Perspective

I do a lot of my landscape work on tripods: there’s simply no better way to set up and shoot when your exposures tend to be very, very long. But sometimes my normal tripod ‘solution’ can’t do what I need it to do. So then I go to Plan B…

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

I get lots of email and comments from readers asking about what lens to buy—how to parse through all of the confusing hype around this fundamental issue. Many readers are on a budget and ask whether they really must buy the ‘name brand’ glass, or will an after-market lens work?…

Battery Tales: A Photographer’s Best Friend, Worst Enemy

Battery Tales: A Photographer’s Best Friend, Worst Enemy

As modern photographers using digital equipment, we live our lives dependent upon battery power: in your camera, in your strobe, in most of the essential accessories that we cart around. So having juice to run everything is not just important, it’s downright vital…

Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 Camera Review: Is this new format right for you?

Nikon J1 and Nikon V1 Camera Review: Is this new format right for you?

The Nikon J1 and Nikon V1: two new sub-DSLR camera offerings from Nikon. Not exactly Micro Four Thirds cameras, but obviously built with that segment of the market in mind. Here’s my hands-on field test of these new machines…

Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Review: new top dog

Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Review: new top dog

Here’s what all the whispers and rumors were about: Canon has officially announced the launch of a new top-of-the-line flagship camera, the Canon EOS-1D X. This camera advances the technological ball down the road in several important ways…

Nikon Shooters: Another reason to buy now!

Nikon Shooters: Another reason to buy now!

Flooding in Thailand is going to impact the availability of several of Nikon’s most popular cameras, including the D3100, D5100 and D7000. Read on for more details…

Nikon and Canon set to announce new blockbuster cameras

Nikon and Canon set to announce new blockbuster cameras

Hold on to your camera bags…According to the folks over at Canon Rumors and Nikon Rumors, respectively, we’re about to see new high-end DSLR camera bodies from both of these behemoths before the end of the month…

Nikon Shooters: No More Sweet Deals!

Nikon Shooters: No More Sweet Deals!

Quick! If you’ve been thinking about making a big Nikon purchase and have a good deal lined up, you need to act BEFORE October 16, when Nikon’s new ‘unilateral pricing policy’ is set to take effect…

DSLR Camera Review: Nikon D5100 vs. Canon Rebel T3i, a.k.a. EOS 600D

DSLR Camera Review: Nikon D5100 vs. Canon Rebel T3i, a.k.a. EOS 600D

Here’s an out-in-the-field test drive of the Nikon D5100 vs. the Canon T3i, two nice cameras with similar feature sets. If you’re in the market for a feature-packed DSLR under $1000, one of these might be the camera for you…

Why You Need a Great Camera Bag

Why You Need a Great Camera Bag

It’s something we take for granted almost all of the time, but having a great camera bag can mean all the difference when conditions turn nasty. I was reminded of this last week while hiking and photographing in western North Carolina. Here’s why…

Canon vs. Nikon: is one line cheaper?

Canon vs. Nikon: is one line cheaper?

One of the themes that emerges out of all the comments I receive about Canon vs. Nikon camera articles is really about price: photographers agonize over making the ‘right’ decision when it comes to choosing their first DSLR, knowing that it’s a bunch of money to lay out…

The Photo Equipment I Use in 2011

The Photo Equipment I Use in 2011

Back when I first began writing The Discerning Photographer, one of the first posts I published was about the photo equipment I use on a daily basis. Well, that was then, and this is now: some of the gear is the same, but enough of it has changed that I thought it might be interesting to see what’s now in the bag…

Photo Gear Tune-Up

Photo Gear Tune-Up

Does your photo equipment need a tune-up? Have you let things slide over the winter months? Here are some tips for you and your gear—getting ready for great weather and great shooting conditions…

Micro Four Thirds Camera Review: Olympus Pen E-PL2

Micro Four Thirds Camera Review: Olympus Pen E-PL2

Have you been bitten by the Micro Four Thirds camera format bug? Been wondering if this might just be the perfect compromise between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR? I got to ‘test drive’ the new Olympus Pen E-PL2 and here’s what I discovered…

DSLR Camera Review: Nikon D7000 vs. Canon 60D

DSLR Camera Review: Nikon D7000 vs. Canon 60D

Time for another head-to-head DSLR comparison: the Nikon D7000 vs. the Canon 60D. If you’re in the market for a feature-packed camera and can spend around a thousand bucks, one of these may be for you…

A tale of two lenses

A tale of two lenses

If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t?), and you could only buy one item—either a new digital body or a new, professional-grade lens—which would be the right choice? Is it really ‘all about the glass”? Or not?

DSLR Camera Review: Canon Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D3100

DSLR Camera Review: Canon Rebel T1i vs. Nikon D3100

Are you in the market for your first DSLR? Ready to make the big step up to a ‘real’ camera? Read on for ‘real world’ comparisons between the Nikon D3100 and the Canon Rebel T1i…