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Informative videos on Tamrac's more popular packs and accessories.
Tamrac, producer of specialized camera bags, cases and backpacks, has provided this informative set of videos exploring the capabilities and detailed construction of a few of its more popular lines. Each presents guided walk-throughs from Tamrac personnel on the features and benefits of each series, stepping viewers through the bag from capacity to comfort factor to build.
Fujichrome Velvia, the perennial favorite emulsion of nature photography pros, is still going strong
For some nature photographers, the death of film has been greatly exaggerated. For as long as it has been around, Fujichrome Velvia has been among the most popular films, if not the most popular film, for nature photography.
If tripods and monopods don’t work for you when photographing fast-flying wildlife, try a BushHawk
As an avid bird photographer, I’ve tried to photograph birds with big telephoto lenses. When I used film, I shot lots of pictures, but didn’t get many keepers. After I purchased my first digital SLR camera and had taken lots of travel pictures, I decided to try it out on the birds.
Filters, tripods and other extras will help you find and capture the perfect landscape
Packing the right photo equipment is just as important as finding the right place at the right time. With landscape photography, that isn’t always easy to do. When planning a photo expedition, whether it’s a day hike or an extended road trip, consider these essentials the next time you head out.
Think creatively when deciding which tripod to buy and how to make the most use of its features in the field. OP goes into the wildflowers with a sampling of three tripods to prove the point.
Tripods are one of those basic parts of nature photography that we often take for granted, yet a quality tripod is a key part of any outdoor photographer’s toolkit. A good tripod will make even the most inexpensive lens outperform the most expensive handheld lens, and such a tripod will make every lens work at its best. Photographers have a lot of excellent tripod choices on the market today. I recently had the chance to take three very different tripods into the field and see what they meant to my workflow.
High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you’re in the field
Among the latest cameras and lenses showcased at the big PMA trade show every winter, there’s also a slew of new gadgets, technological innovations and services that don’t drum up the kind of attention that a hot new D-SLR does. While we can’t cover everything we saw, what follows is a look at some of the offerings from those smaller, “back of the show” manufacturers that caught our attention.
A tripod is one of the most important tools for getting your best images, and there‚’s a lot more to them than just three sturdy legs
A good tripod is essential gear for the outdoor photographer. It will hold the camera rock-steady, so you can stop down for depth of field or use a high-magnification lens without suffering blur due to camera shake. Plus, it will lock in your composition so you can study it carefully and you won’t accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot.
In the season of giving, check out our collection of inexpensive, but incredibly useful photo accessories for outdoor photographers
In photography, we tend to concentrate our efforts and our wallets on the big-ticket items. Cameras and lenses always seem to be at the top of everyone’s wish list, but even as the latest camera or super-zoom can be a welcome addition to your bag, it’s often the little things that can make some of the biggest differences in your photography.
A hard drive/viewer that lets you leave the laptop at home
Though my wife believes my laptop is permanently tethered to my body, there are times when I don’t want to tote around my computer. Such a time is when I’m out shooting in the field. But since I still want to back up my digital files before I get home, the Epson P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewer provides a good way to both secure and share my images.
Wireless is a great way to go for using flash with macro shots
Recently, I had the chance to work with Nikon’s new wireless close-up flash kit. The R1C1 breaks new ground, offering ease and convenience in close-up flash that we’ve never had before. The kit includes an SU-800 flash controller, two SB-R200 flash heads and a mounting bracket to fit the front of a lens (a macro, for example).
Use a spotting scope and a digital camera for wildlife photography
When photographing wildlife, especially small, elusive animals, one of the biggest challenges is having enough magnification to fill the frame with your subject. Most of us have taken a photograph of a bird or a deer where the animal is so small in the frame that it’s difficult to tell what it is. Although a super-telephoto lens of 600mm or longer would help, the price tag for one of these focal lengths can be prohibitive for many.