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Aspherical lenses include at least one lens element that is not spherically shaped. In certain applications, aspherical elements can help reduce distortions in the photos the lens produces. (First published Jul 21, 2009)
25.Jan.17If your camera requires extensive setup and customisation, you might want to record the settings for later reference. Even after a short time away from your camera, it can be surprising how quickly you'll forget how to use it!
24.Jan.17Spontaneous, real emotions cannot be faked for the purposes of photography. People will always be able to tell if a smile, a gesture, a mood, or a laugh has been artificially created for a photo. Real engagement with your subject is critical!
23.Jan.17If you're shooting RAW images, you may be able to leave the occasionally-used graduated neutral density filters at home. Depending on the subject and your camera's sensor, the RAW data might have enough dynamic range to save details in extremes even without using HDR techniques.
08.Mar.16Consider the maximum print size you're planning on making before buying a high resolution camera body. Many modern bodies are capable of producing giant, high-resolution prints, but the extra pixels are a costly waste if only web images or small prints are produced!
07.Mar.16If you're thinking of ordering new gear while you're travelling, make sure it will arrive on time. Re-routing lost gear could be costly. Worse yet, you could be without your gear for longer than expected!
06.Mar.16If equipment failure occurs on the road, rental equipment may fit the bill. Instead of a hasty, costly replacement on the road, rent something in the interim and deal with the broken gear when you have the time.
05.Mar.16Accidentally destroying or losing a camera can be frustrating, but is sometimes part of the process of photography. Especially with urban or outdoor work, most photographers will have an 'incident' at some point in their careers.
04.Mar.16Time without your camera, even in a perfect photo location, can be a valuable opportunity to gain perspective and think about art. Whether accidental or purposeful, use 'camera-free' time to recharge, think, plan, and ruminate!
03.Mar.16Consider if the limits of a non-sealed camera work for you. For some photographers, weather-sealing is imperative; however, most can get away without it, potentially saving a considerable amount of money on equipment.
02.Mar.16Try using a shower cap to keep rain off your camera when travelling. Though they might be awkward and imperfect for photography, shower caps are freely available in most hotels!
01.Mar.16Very light-sensitive camera bodies often have a lower pixel-count than regular or high-resolution bodies. This is because the light-gathering ability (and therefore high-ISO performance) of a pixel increases with its physical size.
29.Feb.16Always challenge yourself with new styles of photography, new equipment, or new subjects. Sometimes, the challenge of something new on the horizon can help a photographer find motivation and see subjects in a fresh way.
28.Feb.16A lens without weather sealing can put even a perfectly weather sealed body at risk. If the camera gets very wet, water can leak through the lens and into the sensitive sensor cavity.
27.Feb.16Some cameras can 'mimic' larger resolution sensors by performing sub-pixel sensor shifts between several exposures. The exposures are not concurrent, so the subject (and the camera) must be perfectly still throughout the process.
26.Feb.16Think about weather sealing limits as they apply to your camera gear. Decide how much rain or dust is too much, and then allow yourself to use your gear 'guilt-free' up to this point.