Greg
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What is the advantage to back-button autofocus?
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Many years ago I tried splitting focus from the shutter because I was shooting action-sports. It took about a day to decide I liked it. One of the things we're supposed to do when we're shooting is ...

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Focus problem vs. motion blur vs. camera shake - how to tell the difference?
16 votes

Yes, you can tell what went wrong: out of focus (entire frame) This can be a problem because of close-focus, i.e., the lens and camera never did find something to lock onto before you fired and was ...

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Focusing on moving target with large aperature?
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I have about 10 years experience shooting pro-rodeo from inside the arena. The standard lens is a 70-200 f2.8 with high-speed focusing, either a Canon 70-200L f2.8 USM or the Nikon equivalent will be ...

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What's a good strategy for choosing which photos to keep?
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If you've ever stood over a light table, not a light box, but a table that's 4'x4', covered with 35mm and medium format transparencies, you'd notice that some images jump out at you. Even with ...

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Which are must have lenses for Canon?
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For sports and general use a 70-200L f2.8 USM is a standard lens. Add a teleconverter, such as the 1.4x, and it'll still be sharp. I don't particularly like the IS version unless you need it for ...

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How to get focused pictures for action shots?
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9 votes

Back when we only had film, people thought that having a motor drive would help them "get the shot" by holding down the shutter release and blasting through a roll of film. John Shaw, the nature and ...

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Are there downsides to a wireless (infrared) remote shutter release?
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9 votes

Infrared triggers can lose their minds when in the presence of sunlight or a strong IR source. The sun puts out SO much IR the receiver can't see the signal unless its window is in shade or very close ...

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How do I properly position a lens hood?
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As someone who's done years of in-arena Pro-Rodeo photography, I can give you another great use for a lens-hood: Protecting the lens element from fences, walls, gates, rocks and anything else the ...

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Which is faster for flashes, radio triggers or optical triggers?
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8 votes

Good radio wireless remotes, like PocketWizards, fire extremely fast, well within the time the shutter opens; I pushed mine a long ways past 1/1000 before I saw problems with a black bar beginning to ...

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Can the sun damage the camera sensor? Under what conditions?
6 votes

Remember that with a SLR the mirror is down until immediately before the shutter opens. The mirror would reflect most of the light to the eyepiece and not to the sensor or shutter. Some of the light ...

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How should I pack equipment when travelling in countries with high crime rates?
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Don't overlook some of the upper to high-end pocket and point-and-shoot cameras. You can get very high quality glass on them, with a good wide-angle to long zoom lens. Something like Nikon's P7000 ...

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How to micro-adjust distance for focusing in macro photography?
6 votes

A non-obvious answer is to increase the light. Because macro photography has such a small depth of field we're often forced to balance the aperture setting with avoiding camera vibration. Adding ...

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Does inattentional blindness prevent us from perceiving fresh photo opportunities?
5 votes

Most of us develop favorite subjects or activities after shooting a while and we gravitate to the same lens to do it. That leads to a rut. Break up the routine: Adjust your camera to shoot black ...

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How do I get the best results for sports with a 70-200mm f/2.8?
5 votes

Autofocus on a camera requires enough light for the electronics to pick out distinct edges in the subject. In daylight it's pretty easy because the changes from shadows to lit areas, or patterns in ...

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Is it safe to change the lens on my new DSLR?
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For years I shot professionally in one of the worst environments for cameras: rodeo arenas. The dust is always in the air, even when you're in an indoor arena, and somedays the wind is blowing, making ...

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Should I turn off optical image stabilisation when shooting long-exposure photos?
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On a SLR with an IS lens mounted on a tripod, the IS reportedly will hunt, leading to blur. I never saw the point in leaving the IS on when I had my gear on the tripod, since the tripod itself was ...

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Why is it important to move the flash away from the camera?
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One of the biggest problems with on-camera flash is reflection from the retina of your subject's eyes. On humans, especially kids, you'll get red-eye. On animals you'll get glowing eyes. So, beyond ...

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Taking photos of computer screens - reducing glare with S95
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It probably will take another person to help, or you might get creative with gaffer's tape. Drape a black sheet of cloth over the top and sides of the monitor so no ambient light can directly hit the ...

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Why use JPEG instead of RAW?
2 votes

The only time I'd opt for JPEG a over RAW, was when I'd be shooting all day and needed to maximize my card storage and battery life. JPEGs write faster to the card, which saves battery life. And, it'...

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Which macro lens would you recommend for a full frame Nikon camera?
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The Nikkor 105mm "Micro" lens is an awesome lens, considered to be one of the best out there. I had one for years before I switched to Canon, and loved it. It actually makes a great portrait lens ...

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Bag: Which one between Crumpler 5-6MDH and ThinkTank Retrospective 10-20
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1 votes

ThinkTank was started by a designer from LowePro, and caters to the needs of the pro-photographer. Their gear is extremely well designed, handles bad treatment, and will hold a lot more gear than the ...

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Do you have any ideas for a photo shoot that I can do at home with everyday things?
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My wife likes to do macros and light-paintings of flower bouquets. It's amazing what she can do with an ironing board with a black drop-cloth in a bathroom that has no windows plus a high-grade white ...

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Why do it "in-camera" rather than in post-processing?
1 votes

It's a really good idea to go into a shooting situation with the idea of doing it right the first time, and getting the absolutely-best images you can. Then, if something goes wrong with an image, ...

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Which Nikon lenses for family photography?
1 votes

For family and individual portraits I love something in the 24-70 zoom range for a full or near-full frame camera body. Kids are fast moving little critters and you need a fast focusing lens to ...

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