Saramonic SmartMic being used to record audio at the beach

Review Saramonic SmartMic Mobile Condenser Microphone

I came upon the Saramonic SmartMic (also called the i-Mic) by accident, while window shopping at FotoTrade. I mistakenly thought it was similar to the Rode SmartLav+ and was quite surprised to find a similar product at that price point. I was in for a surprise when I opened it up back home. It wasn’t like the SmartLav+.

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Adobe Lightroom automatically write changes into xmp

How-to Save RAW File Edits Without a Lightroom Catalogue file

If you don’t do this one thing, you will lose all your edits when your lightroom catalog file gets corrupted.

This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP.

I suggest you do the same because it has saved me many times. I really don’t know why Adobe sets this to ‘off’ by default. It should always be turned on! Here’s how to turn on 

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How to Recharge Silica Gel

How To Recharge Silica Gel Crystals

Silica Gel absorbs moisture from the air around your camera equipment. This ensures that the area is not friendly for fungus to grow inside your camera lenses. It can later be recharged by heating it to release the water it contains.

If you leave Silica Gel inside your camera bag for too long it can get saturated with moisture and start to give off some of that moisture over time? This could really mess up your equipment.

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Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back on V Series Camera

Hasselblad CFV-50c CMOS Sensor Digital Back for V-system

The name Hasselblad is synonymous with high quality medium format photography. Over the years hundreds and thousands of medium format 120 film Hasselblad cameras have been made and sold. They eventually became unsuitable for most commercial photography (except that Phase One have kept them alive for a while now) work with the change of technology from film to digital photography. Now, Hasselblad fans can reclaimed the use of their classic cameras and lenses within the Hasselblad ecosystem, with Hasselblad’s latest 50 Megapixel CMOS Digital Back for V System Cameras, the Hasselblad CFV-50c. Take a peek at it in the pics below.

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The Death of Google Reader & How To Stay Subscribed to Beyond Photo Tips

Everyone is talking about it … the imminent death of Google Reader on July 1st, 2013 … and a ton of you are still using it. It’s time you did something about it, or you’ll lose all the RSS feeds you’ve ever collected! Not a happy thought! Here’s what you can do to stay connected to Beyond Photo Tips.

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Memorable Photographs – How They Got That Way

A friend writes to me:

I’m no photographer, and therefore I’ve never understood what makes a photograph amazing? Nationalist sentiments aside, what’s in the photo – “Heroes of Iwo Jima” that makes it so awesome and memorable? Also, the National Geographic Magazine picture – “Afghan Girl“, what’s so special about that?

What’s special about those photographs? Why are they ascribed the words ‘awesome’, ‘memorable’, ‘special’? I have the answer for you. It’s all in the camera. Back in the day, they didn’t have cameras that counted megapixels. They had special films, and it’s the film and the cameras that make these photographs special. Also, the world was black & white. Really! Not kidding! That’s why I have the highest megapixel camera I can afford to buy today. And believe me… I’ve got some memorable photographs.

Ok, ok, so I really was kidding. I was trying to buy time, because the real answer isn’t as simple as that.

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Sekonic L-208 by JE Labs

Light Metering Modes, and When to Use Them

DSLR and Film cameras don’t just have one metering mode, they usually have three or four different modes. How does one know which mode is most appropriate for any given situation?

As with most things related to photography, the answer is to know what each of these modes does. We start by understanding what a light meter does. Let’s look at what 4 of the most well-known camera metering modes do, and how you can use them.

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