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They say you’re not a true Portlander if you own an umbrella, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t talking to photographers when they decided that. Umbrellas are some of the easiest to use and least expensive light modifiers available, a perfect option for photographers just getting into off-camera flash. They are portable, take just seconds to set up, and are very effective at diffusing light from a variety of sources—a speedlight, strobe head, or even a constant light. I have found, however, that people often get confused by the myriad options available. So here’s a brief overview of the different types of lighting umbrellas. Continue Reading
In February, we challenged you to take a creative photo of your office building, sound stage, yoga studio, dojo, or other workplace. Sadly, we didn’t get any photos from the cockpit of a 747 (next time, anyone?) We did, however, receive a very eye-catching image shot by an observant photographer on his way out of the office. Congratulations to Daniel Sloan, whose winning photo is proof that vision trumps gear every time. Read on to hear from Daniel on how he made this image. Continue Reading
At last count, I was the proud owner of six camera bags. A backpack, a messenger, a belt pack, a compact shoulder bag, and two accessory bags. I would like to say that I’ve found the bag that can replace them all. But, I haven’t. What I have found is a seventh bag I would really like to own: the Tenba Messenger DNA. Continue Reading
A couple weeks ago, I noticed a co-worker of mine speaking to a customer about a camera repair. This person had purchased a major name-brand camera from a nationally well-known online retailer less than a year prior. We sell many of the same make and model of camera, and it’s a good one. The customer was clearly unhappy, and I soon found out why. He had previously brought the camera to us to send in for a repair that he expected would be covered under warranty. We filled out the paperwork and sent it in just as we do many times each week. Judging from the purchase receipt, there seemed to be no doubt that this repair would be taken care of at no charge. Sadly for the customer, the camera was held at the repair facility for nearly six weeks, before being returned to us with a note from the manufacturer stating that they refused to fix it.
Our apologies for the delay, but we’re finally here with the announcement of the winner of the January monthly photo contest! Congratulations to Pedro Valdez, whose simple and elegant noodle image won over our judges hearts—and stomachs. Read on to learn more about the photographer and how he got the shot. Continue Reading
An external flash is a great way to improve the quality of your photographs, and not just those taken indoors or in low light. I think many people shy away from flash because they know how horrible a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera flash is. You know, that blinding point of light that washes out your subject and leaves your background completely black. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue Reading