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Gear News Roundup - August 12-19

Lauchlan Toal


Here’s a quick summary of the latest gear news from the past week.

Wireless vs Cable Shutter Release - Which One's Right for You?

Lauchlan Toal


So you want a shutter release - either for long exposures, or to minimize camera shake. The question is, do you go with a wireless shutter release, or a cable release? Having used both types, I’ll go over the pros and cons, as well as some tips for making the most of them.

How to Change the Aperture on Nikon E Lenses for Use with Film Cameras or Reverse Mounting

Lauchlan Toal


Ever since Nikon released their new E line of lenses, photographers have been rejoicing. Better exposure consistency between shots, presumably better reliability, and some great glass. However, with this technological innovation comes a challenge for some photographers - there’s no way to change the lens’s aperture if it’s not mounted to a camera. Fortunately, there is a solution, albeit not an ideal one.

Gear News Roundup - August 5-12

Lauchlan Toal


Here’s a quick peak at the latest gear news from the past week.

Do You Actually Need to Cover the Viewfinder for Long Exposures?

A small waterfall

Lauchlan Toal


If you’ve ever wondered what the point of the little viewfinder cover that comes with most cameras is, or the viewfinder shutter that some higher end cameras have, you were probably told that it helps prevent light leaks. And then, if you’re anything like me, you probably dismissed that information as totally useless, since what are the odds that light would come through the viewfinder and affect your shot? But if you’re seeing weird purple or green flares in your long exposure shots, it might be time to revisit that idea.

What Makes Art Good? Probably Not What You Think

Lauchlan Toal


As photographers, many of us want to create more than just good images - we want to create art. Art’s a nebulous term that can be defined differently by everyone, but good art is a different story. Good art is the kind of work that’s remembered for centuries. The Mona Lisas and Starry Nights. The Moonrises and Afghan Girls. So what defines good art, and how can photographers create it?


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