Canon 5D Mark 2 Review

Note, this is a review I wrote a few years back when the Mark 2 first came out. Since then the Canon Mark III has been released and recently in 2015 the Canon Mark 5Ds and Canon 5Dr, sequels to the 5D Mark III were released (and the consensus is disappointing — these are basically Mark III’s with higher pixel …

Complete Guide to Manfrotto Tripods

Any halfway serious photographer is sooner or later going to conclude that he or she needs a photographic tripod. What is a tripod? It is a stand designed to hold a camera stationary and steady so that the camera operator can pay full attention to other considerations while the camera remains posed correctly for a shot. As the name suggests, …

Tripod Materials: Carbon Fiber vs Basalt vs Aluminum

When choosing a tripod you’ll need to look at the material the tripod is made of. There are pros and cons for each type of tripod material. This guide can help you decide which material is best for you in different situations. When choosing a tripod it is often best to look at the activity and then decide which type of choose. …

Gitzo Tripod Overview: The Types of Tripods

Types of Gitzo Tripods When you are learning more about Gitzo tripod lines, an overview of the products offered by the company shows that there are bird watching, photography and video equipment available. As of 2015, there are seven lines available from the company. Here are the 4 most popular lines: Basalt tripods are very lightweight. Each model that is in …

Useful Tripod Accessories

If you have a camera tripod, here are some tripod accessories that you’ll likely need, either now or in the future. Tripod Clamps A tripod clamp is one of the must have tripod accessories to use when you want more versatility with the camera that you are using. You can simply attach a clamp on the tripod and use an attachable …

What is the Best Tripod for Landscape Photography?

If you are a fan of landscape photography (like me), then the question must be asked: what’s the best tripod for landscape photography? This is important because IF you are a landscape photographer, you are going to need to find the right sort of tripod. You can’t be a good landscape photographer without a tripod. Simple as that. And for …

Gitzo 1542T vs 1541T

A few years ago, Gitzo has released an upgraded model to the Gitzo 1541T tripod, which is the 1542T model — and Gitzo’s current (as of 2015) top-end travel tripod model. The 1542T tripod is 90mm taller than the 1541T, the load bearing has been reduced, and the tripod rings have been redesigned (and are easier to use if you have …

What is the Best Tripod for Portrait Photography?

One question that comes up a lot is what is the best tripod for portrait photography. I have to say this is not as straightforward to answer as my previous post about finding the best tripod for landscape photography. Portrait photography can happen anywhere — you can take these type of shots outside or inside your home (from a studio). …

Gitzo Tripod: The Best 3 Recommendations

If you are in the market for a Gitzo tripod, the best 3 recommendations can be used to choose a high quality, durable and light weight tripod for your personal use. Gitzo makes a wide range of tripods, including carbon fiber and aluminum tripods, that each have a warranty for a specific period of time. Gitzo is one of the …

Strobe vs. Tungsten Lighting

Lighting is a needed evil if you intend on doing any type of photography. This is especially true if you are planning on shooting any portraits. This is because simply snapping your cameras shutter button will not guarantee that you will get a properly exposed image. In fact, more often than not you will get less than good results. For …