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Introduction to White Balance was written by Elizabeth Halford and first published in the Winter 2010 edition of Canon’s PhotoYou magazine. The difference between a great picture and a blah one is the white balance.  Here’s the lowdown on white balance and how to control color within your DSLR. There are a multitude of factors…

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Oh my I really wish some of my most commonly asked questions were the easiest ones to answer. Alas, some questions just aren’t that easy. But before I try to answer this one, these are my top three unanswerable questions: What camera should I buy? What lens should I buy? What’s better: Canon or Nikon?…

I’ve talked about lenses so much but -can you believe it- I’ve never actually done a post about focal length. Focal length is those main numbers you see on your lens. Like: 50mm or 24-105mm or (in my current dreams lens) 70-200mm. You may already know the basics of these numbers and that 50mm is…

Yesterday, my Canon G1 X came in the mail. It was difficult to make the choice to buy such a pricey compact camera when there weren’t any reviews about it yet, but I put my faith in Canon and bought it anyway. You see, I’m always late at making commitments on technology. I bought my…

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This is a question I get often: “should I invest the money I’ve saved into a camera or a lens?” I think the answer is simple. Most dSLRS operate with (nearly) the same sensor, unless we’re talking the jump from crop frame to full frame sensor. Camera upgrades are merely bells & whistles. The lens…

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One of the most baffling features of choosing a new camera (or understanding your existing one) is sensor size and type. Are you baffled by the terms CMOS or APS-C? I was! And as usual, there’s a plain English explanation for this in the world of techie-jargon. First, let’s clear up some of the jargon….

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As a photographer, I am constantly fielding questions about ‘good’ cameras, which camera to buy, how to find a camera that ‘takes better pictures’. And don’t get me wrong, this is great. People should ask for advice before deciding on such purchases. But being the public photographer I am, I also get emails from my…

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Today I’m talking about camera settings for shooting backlit. I asked my friend Brooke Snow for her favorite tips for backlighting and on the topic of camera settings, she said, “If there was only one reason to learn to shoot manually, it would be for backlighting. Auto is not going to want to grant you…

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Can the Canon 7D possibly be better than the 5DmkII? Well in terms of image quality, nothing holds a candle to full frame. But just the fact that people are even asking that of the 7D is pretty far out, dude! I mean…has there ever been a camera that photographers would consider comparing to the…

So finally we have it…the much requested shots comparing the ISO capabilities of the 5DmkII and the 7D. As you can see, the difference is subtle. My conclusion is that the 5D does handle higher ISOs better (surprise surprise) but the 7D also handles surprisingly well. The area to be looking at for the most…

“I’ve been researching this all day and then saw this…in plain English! I understood all of it. Now I don’t feel inferior because I shoot on a 7D. Thank you, thank you!” -Brianne “Full frame”. Does this term baffle you? Do you pretend to know what it is because you’re afraid no one will take you…

Q. Which focus points do you tend to use the most often? Do you set a particular focus point and use that for a whole session, or switch focus points frequently? GREAT question! I most often use ‘AF point expansion’ and change the zones continuously using the quick button available on the 7D (see the end…