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Tips for Photographing Birds - Regardless of Gear

Lauchlan Toal


Bird photography is one of those genres where you can’t go 10 minutes without reading about how useful that $10,000 lens is, and how important it is to have a camera that costs as much as a used car. But this article will focus on tips and techniques that work no matter what gear you use, and will allow you to capture great photos even with cheaper equipment.

The Ultimate Guide to Nikon Lens Technology

Lauchlan Toal


This guide will go through all of Nikon’s F-mount lens lines and naming conventions, for everyone who’s ever wondered what all the different letters on a lens means or what the difference between different lines are.

Crop Sensor Equivalency Explained

Crop sensor equivalency article

Lauchlan Toal


Have you ever heard people talk about the extra reach crop sensor cameras give, or how full frame cameras are better in low light, but didn’t know exactly how all that worked? This article will explain the difference between field of view, depth of field, and ISO performance between crop and full frame sensors, and show examples of each.

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.

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.


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