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Community Project – Lents Grown Story Yard

Community Project – Lents Grown Story Yard

It’s amazing what you learn in the photography equipment business. For instance, I’ve lived in Portland for over 30 years, and I had no idea that the Lents neighborhood was the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Portland.

I found out because Pro Photo Supply gives me the freedom to support community projects that use visual communication to tell their story. This summer, the Regional Arts and Culture Commission, Rose Community Development,  architects from Propel Studio, and photographer Dawn Deano teamed up to bring a vision to life for the Lents neighborhood. Continue Reading

July 2014 Monthly Photo Contest Winner – Jeffrey Dowell

July 2014 Monthly Photo Contest Winner – Jeffrey Dowell

Following our article on how to photograph fireworks, we though the best theme for July’s photo contest would be, of course, fireworks. This was possibly the most difficult contest yet to judge, because every photo submitted was good. But Jeffrey Dowell’s image (see full size below) stood out. The gradient from sunlight to pitch black is almost other-wordly, and balances perfectly with the golden-orange explosions in the sky. We were even more impressed to learn that the effect was created entirely in camera. Read on to find out how this image was made and to learn more about the photographer. Continue Reading

5 Outdoor Photography Essentials

5 Outdoor Photography Essentials

From beginner to seasoned veteran, here are 5 items not to forget when heading outdoors for a shoot. At one time or another, I’ve left one or more of these items behind, and regretted it. Please take this opportunity to learn from my mistakes!

1. Spare batteries

Yep, I’ve rushed out all excited about the coming “golden hour” for that once in a lifetime shot, only to discover that the battery in my camera is dead. At that point, I’ve wasted my time and energy (not to mention gasoline) and missed that once in a lifetime shot.  Aargh! Batteries will also drain more quickly in extreme cold or hot, so keep your spares insulated if at all possible. Continue Reading

Panasonic FZ1000 Review – Zooming ahead

Panasonic FZ1000 Review – Zooming ahead

Superzoom cameras are not exactly known for their image quality. They are often referred to as “bridge” cameras because they seek to bridge the gap between point-and-shoot and DSLR (or mirrorless ILC), but the only real way in which they do this is with their looks. Otherwise, a superzoom is really nothing like a DSLR at all. It combines a the sensor of a small point-and-shoot with a very high-powered zoom lens, neither of which are things that are found on entry-level DSLRs. The result is a camera that really only functions as a niche product, offering neither the convenience of a smaller point-and-shoot nor the image quality of a DSLR.

Or at least, that’s how it used to be.

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Tech Tip – Choosing a dental kit

Tech Tip – Choosing a dental kit

Dental camera packages are a specialty here at Pro Photo Supply. They consist of a high-quality camera, macro lens, and a macro flash. Typically, a kit will cost between $1,500.00 and $2,500.00 depending on a doctor’s particular preferences. The vast majority of these kits will never venture beyond the front door of the office, so most dentists purchase kits at the lower end of the price scale. Continue Reading

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