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Other accessories for Canon dSLR

Obviously, Canon makes a plethora of accessories — far too many to list here. However, there are few other accessories that you should consider. These accessories are more camera specific or don’t exactly fit into the previous categories. Battery grip. The Rebel line, 40D, and 5D cameras (and predecessors) can have twice the battery power [...]

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Viewfinder and eye accessories

If you wear glasses or you prefer a different way to view or focus your dSLR, then you might find one of these accessories useful: Eyecup. This is a simple replacement for your existing eyecup, should it become damaged or lost. An anti-fog eyecup is also available. Angle finder. Attached to your viewfinder bracket, this [...]

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Wireless transmitters

Wireless transmitters are designed to allow you to control cameras and flashes, or to transmit files using radio signals or infrared signals. Wireless controllers are useful when your camera is mounted in a difficult position that’s too far away or inaccessible to you. The flash transmitter lets you control single or multiple flashes without a [...]

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Remote shutter release devices

Canon offers a variety of ways for you to release the shutter without actually touching the camera. Here I’ve listed three of the more popular options: Cable release adapter (T3). This device allows you to attach a mechanical plunger-type cable release to your camera’s electronic shutter release port. Some photographers prefer the more physical, tactile [...]

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When do i need to seek model and property releases?

Model and property releases give you permission to take someone’s photograph and use it for commercial purposes. If you’re taking photos for a newspaper or magazine, meaning they are for editorial use, then a release is not required. Advertising use, however, where a commercial product or service is being promoted, does constitute commercial use and [...]

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What do i need to know about intellectual property?

What do i need to know about intellectual property?

Your photographs are the most important intellectual property you own as a photographer. You own what you capture with your camera, just as an artist owns what he or she paints, an author owns what he or she writes, and a musician owns what he or she composes. Very simply, if your work is your [...]

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How do i establish a brand identity?

A brand identity represents everything about you as a photographer, and how the world perceives your business and you. I spent a great deal of my career in brand development, and I co-wrote the book From Bricks to Clicks: 5 Steps to a Durable Online Brand (McGraw-Hill Companies, 2001), currently in use by numerous MBA [...]

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Photography business details

To run a photography business, you have to do more than just take great images. You must be adept at managing sales, marketing, administration, accounting, and customer relations. When you’re a small-business owner, you do virtually all the work, which can make it challenging to get enough time behind the viewfinder. It’s important to have [...]

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Where do i start when i sell my work or charge for my services?

Where do i start when i sell my work or charge for my services?

As with all forms of artistic and creative endeavors, selling photography is a tricky business, and how and what you can sell, and to whom, ranges widely. Being specialized and finding niche markets is often the best formula for success unless you want to go to work for a major wedding photography business, youth sports [...]

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What are some good ways to create a portfolio?

What are some good ways to create a portfolio?

A portfolio of your images might mean that you present them in a traditional, physical photography portfolio, as shown in 11-2. There’s almost no substitute for being able to show images in this way, and the resolution you get with a high-quality photographic print always presents a photo very well. However, how you go about [...]

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How do I decide when to sell existing gear?

A variety of ways exist to sell cameras and photography equipment today, not the least of which is on the Web. Selling equipment by putting an ad in the newspaper is slower, more expensive, and doesn’t reach nearly as many qualified buyers. In this section, I’ll focus on eBay and Craigslist, which both have dramatically [...]

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When should you upgrade gear?

When should you upgrade gear?

You’ve probably asked yourself this question already, and I’m sure it will come up again as your photography career continues. With new equipment being introduced every year at the very least, you could spend all your time and money investigating new equipment. But you need to do what makes the most sense for your resources [...]

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Keeping your equipment in top condition

When first shooting the Olympic Games, I was surprised to see various photographers walking around the venue with open camera bodies dangling from their shoulders, seldom is ever using lens caps, and carrying multiple cameras without protection — all banging against each other throughout the day. This equipment, usually provided by news agencies, benefited from [...]

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Cleaning your sensor

At the heart of your camera is the CMOS sensor, where images that have passed through your lens are converted from analog light to digital information. Arguably the most sensitive and critical component of your camera, if a digital sensor is damaged, your camera’s operation and value are seriously compromised. In front of your CMOS [...]

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Recognizing CMOS spots

Recognizing CMOS spots

How do you know when it’s dust on your CMOS and not a particle you’re seeing on your camera’s mirror or lens? Dust on your mirror won’t appear in an image at all; it will just affect what you’re seeing through the viewfinder. Conversely, as shown in 10-4 and 10-5, the most telling feature of [...]

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Simple (dry) sensor cleaning

Simple (dry) sensor cleaning

By far the simplest way to clean a sensor marred by dust spots, and your first course of action, is to use a bulb blower (see 10-7). This is known as a dry method of cleaning a camera. Bulb blowers, which are available at any camera store, allow you to force a strong stream of [...]

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Sensor-cleaning brushes

A more aggressive, but still dry-method of cleaning involves using a specialized brush to clean the sensor. You carefully sweep the sensor with the brush, which effectively cleans off more stubborn dust particles. These brushes are available from professional photography suppliers, and you can find a variety of models. Some of them are designed to [...]

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Advanced (wet) sensor cleaning

Advanced (wet) sensor cleaning

Dry cleaning is often effective for the majority of CMOS dust spots. However, over time, you’ll likely encounter some spots that just don’t go away, that have seemingly become stuck to your sensor. Additionally, because the sensor is an electrically charged component, it may easily re-attract dust particles that have been blown or brushed aside [...]

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Knowing and avoiding the five things that damage your camera gear

Knowing and avoiding the five things that damage your camera gear

As I’ve traveled the world with a digital camera, I’ve experienced everything from dropping a Canon f/2.8 24-70mm L-series lens onto the cement in a Buddhist temple in a small Chinese village to having a wad of sand land onto my EOS-1D Mark II when it was spit out by a four-wheeler in the Saudi [...]

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Dust, sand, and dirt damaging your camera gear

Dust, sand, and dirt damaging your camera gear

Dust is everywhere, and at some point you’re bound to get some of it in your dSLR no matter how perfectly you keep it. Somehow, this pesky stuff just has a way of creeping into your camera and making a beeline for your CMOS sensor, and then appearing where you want it least in your [...]

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