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Should You Buy Off-Brand Camera Batteries?

Batteries are dangerous—they’re practically a bomb—so you need to be careful when you buy them. Sure, they’re not likely to take down an airliner but a bad battery could definitely damage your camera. It also might no…

How to Take Better Photos Out a Window

Windows might seem clear when you look through them, but when you take a photo, you’ll notice that the glass has quite a significant effect on how things look. There’ll be reflections, flare, and all sorts of weird stuff…

Why Are Good Camera Lenses So Important?

Camera lenses are more important than the camera they’re attached to, at least in most situations. An entry level DSLR with a great lens will take great photos while a $10,000 professional camera with a terrible lens will t…

How to Take Photos With a Straight Horizon

Something always looks off about photos where the horizon isn’t straight. It’s possible to fix it in Photoshop (or another image editor like Lightroom, Pixelmator, or Capture One) but it’s better to get it as close as y…

Why Are Camera Lenses So Big and Heavy?

The mirrorless camera revolution was meant to bring about smaller, lighter camera gear but in reality, camera manufacturers have just taken the opportunity to make bigger, better lenses. The why comes down to the physics of l…

What ISO Should I Use With My Camera?

ISO is the one camera setting you can change without it affecting how your image looks too much, at least for lower values. At higher values, visible digital noise can become an issue. So, let’s look at how to choose the ri…

What Aperture Should I Use With My Camera?

Aperture, along with shutter speed and ISO, is one of the three most important settings you control when you take a photo. It affects both the amount of light that hits your camera sensor and the depth of field of your images…

What Is Noise Reduction in Digital Images?

The digital sensor in your phone or camera is made from millions of small photosites. Each photosite corresponds to one pixel in the final image. When light hits a photosite, it creates an electric charge. The more light tha…

Should You Switch to a Mirrorless Camera?

The camera market is changing a lot at the moment. The big two—Canon and Nikon—have just launched mirrorless cameras with loads of fanfare, press, and drama. So, is now the time for you to switch to mirrorless? Let’s ta…
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