The Filter Trap

In the modern world of photography, there are two kinds of filters. One kind goes in front of a camera lens and is designed to improve the appearance of the images you shoot with it. There are also software filters used as Photoshop plug-ins that are also meant to make your images look better. Both types of filters can be helpful when used in moderation, but both can easily be overused too....

Replacement Lens Feet

Even though I don't use any products actually made by Arca-Swiss, I'm a dedicated user of products compatible with the Arca-Swiss dovetail system. I'm guessing many of you are too. Adding a mounting plate is a proven way to solidly couple just about anything atop your tripod head. But if what you want to mount is a lens with a removable tripod foot, your best bet isn't to add a mounting plate to the bottom of that foot; it's to replace the foot itself....

Some Random Thoughts on Superman and Photoshop Curves

Superman is famous for the giant "S" emblazoned on the chest of his signature outfit. I doubt it has anything to do with the ability of an S-curve in Photoshop to make images look better, but both are legendary for the way they help out those in need. OK, so Photoshop may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but the S-curve is a remarkable tool that you really should be familiar with....

A SureFire Way to Save on CR123A Batteries

There once was a time that, if a camera or flash used batteries at all, it was powered by one or more trusty 1.5 volt AA (LR6 in some parts of the world) cells. More and more though, equipment manufacturers seem to be converting to either proprietary, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries or else the new fangled CR123A cell. But while AA batteries were cheap and readily available, it's a bit harder to find good deals on quality CR123A batteries....
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