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Manual photography cheat sheet — where can I find one, or what should be on it?

I have been trying to shoot more in manual modes (both camera and flash). At this point, I understand all the concepts, but all the adjustments slow me down. I'd like to have a "cheat sheet" with ...
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Upgrade strategy for Canon EOS DSLRs

In February 2010 I bought my first DSLR: EOS Rebel XSi EF-S 18-55IS Kit I also bought a zoom telephoto lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM The XSi is a simple camera which I thought would be good ...
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Recommended cheap and fast SDHC USB card reader?

I need a few cheap and fast USB card readers, mainly for SD (16GB cards), CF support would also be nice. Any pro/cons about: Vivanco Transcend P7 Lexar Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader SanDisk ...
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Is it worth it (or even possible) to clean a microfibre cloth?

If I get a microfibre cloth dirty (e.g. by dropping it on the ground), is it possible to clean it (in a washing machine, for example)? Or should I just throw it away and get a new one? Thanks! ...
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Recommendations for off-brand battery grips for DSLRs

The Nikon- and Canon-branded battery grips are insanely expensive. What alternatives are out there, and where is the best place to buy them?
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How do I get shaped bokeh without a Lensbaby?

Is there a good hardware solution for generating shaped bokeh? I know Lensbaby has a set of filters that give various shapes — is there a similar solution for other lens?
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Which suits better for hobby usage: extension tubes vs. close-up filter?

I am looking to do a little macro work, but am not ready to invest in a macro lens. For hobby work like photographing flowers and such would it be better to invest in a set of extension tubes or in a ...
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What are must have accessories?

Taking good photos is about more than just the camera. What accessories are you sure to take with you?