The Top 10 Stylish Camera Bags

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Just because you’re a photographer doesn’t mean you have to look like one. Most camera bags favor function over form, but there are still plenty of stylish camera bags out there  for both men and women. Check out our top picks below. Stylish bags from both well-known and independent designers are included in a wide range of styles.

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Movin’ on Up: Choosing the Best DSLR Camera for Beginners

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So, you’ve outgrown your point-and-shoot and are ready to step up to a bigger horse? As a beginner figuring out just what DSLR is right may seem daunting, but now’s a better time than ever to invest in an entry-level DSLR. Finding the best DSLR camera for beginners is as simple as identifying your needs and matching them with a compatible model. No worries, though– we’ve done the hard work for you.

Photo: James Russo (CC)

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When Portability Matters: What is the Best Small Digital Camera?

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There are times when smartphones simply don’t cut it but it’s also inconvenient to carry around a larger prosumer or DSLR camera. Bigger isn’t always better. Small digital cameras add a layer of discretion perfect for street photography, capturing pets and photographing children. Unless you’re a spy in need of the smallest digital camera possible, there is a wealth of compact models available at decent prices.

Photo: Kenny Louie (CC)

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4 Reasons to Use a Tilt Shift Lens

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I recently added the Canon 17mm TS-E f/4L lens to the my arsenal and couldn’t be happier. I had previously looked over tilt shift lenses and was instead considering investing in a Zeiss prime instead. I’m glad I went with the tilt shift! Contrary to what many photographers think, tilt shift lenses are good for a lot more than creating miniature toy towns. Many bloggers such as this guy wrongly believe that a miniature appearance is the definition of tilt shift. This is incorrect.

Photo: Kobaken (CC)
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The Top 5 Most Expensive Camera Lenses Ever

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Photography is a fun sport yet it can get expensive very quickly. Just as bulls are judged by the size of their horns, it seems as though some judge photographers are judged by the size of their glass (no jokes please). Many newcomers unaware of the great bargains out there are put off by the high cost of lenses.

We decided to take sticker shock to the next level and composed this list of the most expensive lenses ever sold. Don’t worry about leaving your American Express card at home– it won’t help you afford these bad boys.

Photo: Ewelina Płotnicka

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The Apple iMac vs MacBook Pro: A Photographer’s Conundrum

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I’m currently in the market for a beefier system to replace my MacBook Air, which serves me well but just isn’t powerful enough. After a few minutes of browsing at my local Berlin Apple Store, it didn’t take long for my attention to dart from my first choice, a 15″ MacBook Pro, to the big, beautiful iMacs. I had long ago forsaken my 20″ Intel iMac for a more practical and versatile 15″ MacBook Pro, then sold it and switched to an 13″ Air to be even more portable.

Yet looking at the gorgeous 27″ iMac desktops made me realize just how much I miss working on a desktop. My new conundrum: Should I keep my 13″ MacBook Air (I absolutely need a laptop) and purchase a 27″ iMac, or opt for a 15″ MacBook Pro? How does an iMac vs a Macbook Pro compare in everyday use?

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The Best Excuses for Copyright Infringement Ever

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As a photographer in the digital age, copyright infringement is an accepted part of the game. Sometimes it’s a swiftly corrected mistake, but often times the misappropriation falls on the nefarious side of the spectrum. Of course, invoices always follow infringements and this is where things can get very entertaining. Take a look at these ridiculous and perhaps hilarious excuses for copyright infringement.

Photo: Greenkozi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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10 Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Photos

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Hot air balloon rides are wonderful way to get some very interesting landscape shots from a different perspective than you would normally when both feet are planted firmly on the ground. I always believe that to get the shots we would like, it is best to prepare as much as possible. If you have never been in a balloon before, it may be hard to pre-visualize the shots, but you can definitely break down the categories of shots you may look for and be prepared for those.  Here are just a few examples.

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The New Fujifilm X-A1: Mirrorless Shooting at an Unprecedented Price

The Fujifilm X-A1mirrorless camera (front).

The Fujifilm X-A1mirrorless camera (front).

Fujifilm has just announced the introduction of the X-A1, a new mirrorless camera built around the acclaimed X-M1 but with a more digestible price tag. The $599 MSRP gets you a 16.3 MP sensor APC-S, Wi-Fi, 3-inch 920k-dot movable rear screen and an XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens. This new model will make mirrorless cameras even more affordable for consumers and closes much of the price gap between mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs.

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How to Check Canon Shutter Count (and Why it Matters)

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Shutter count is to DSLRs what mileage is to cars. Circuit boards and other non-mechanical components have a virtually infinite lifespan, but shutters take quite a bit of wear and tear over its life. Canon DSLRs are generally rated to sustain anywhere from 50,000 to 300,000 shutter actuations before a shutter replacement is necessary (at a cost of several hundred dollars).

Photo: Pedro Pinheiro

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