Author: Dan Carr

VIDEO: Paul Nicklen – Sea Legacy

RED Digital Cinema just posted this great feature with National Geographic wildlife photographer, Paul Nicklen. Well worth a few minutes of your time! Paul is one of the best wildlife photographers on the planet and his conservation efforts with Sea Legacy are to be...

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How to Revive a Camera That Got Wet

Did You Drown Your Camera? It can happen. A careless moment by a lake, or overly prolonged shooting in the rain without a rain cover and then… ERROR. I recently got a message from a photographer friend of mine in Australia, Colin Levitch. Colin is and outdoor and adventure photographer from the East Coast and he was out shooting a cyclocross race in some truly torrential condition. After shooting a portion of the race, his camera (Canon 5D Mark II) gave him the dreaded error message and shut itself down. Colin did the smart thing and immediately powered the camera...

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Creating the Ultimate Camera Tether for Climbing and Aerial Photography

I recently began to learn how to climb with the intention of using those new skills to capture some interesting imagery for my portfolio. Learning how to climb isn’t something that can be done overnight, but I’m gradually finding the time to get out into the mountains to practice. My climbing skills and my rope skills are improving every month, and I’m beginning to figure out the necessary systems to rappel into previously inaccessible places, and ascend and descend ropes to put me into positions for capturing the images I’m after. While I was trying to figure out how...

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Breakthrough Photography Universal Arca Quick Release Plate Review

Hopefully nobody is still screwing their cameras directly onto a 1/4″- 20 stud on their tripod’s ball head? For speed and simplicity, a quick-release clamp is a must-have item for any discerning photographer. Using a QR clamp means that you also need to have a compatible QR plate on your camera, or whatever else you are trying to mount onto the ball head. Some manufacturers like Really Right Stuff make camera and lens-specific plates, which is a nice option to have if your budget isn’t restricted, but sometimes you just need to have a cheaper solution, or a universal...

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How to Stack Canon Extenders

UPDATED: Feb 28th 2017 – Note added about loss of infinity focus. Firstly, if you aren’t familiar with the use of extenders, sometimes called teleconverters, I’d urge you to read my existing in-depth guide to using extenders for your photography. Extenders allow us to extend the focal length of compatible lenses, and they come in a variety of magnifications. For Canon lenses, they are available in 1.4x or 2x variations, and we’ll be focussing on extenders for Canon cameras in this particular article. Stacking extenders simply means using more than one of them simultaneously, and for Canon lenses the solution is...

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Common Digital Sensor Sizes and Crop Factors

I was recently writing about the Fujifilm GFX System sensor size and crop factor, and I thought I’d create this resource to compare the most common digital sensor sizes and resulting crop factors on the current market. Visual Digital Sensor Size Comparison On the left side of the diagram you’ll also see the crop factor of the sensor as compared to a full frame 35mm sensor. This is useful for calculating equivalent field of views for lenses on different sensor formats. For example, a 23mm lens on a medium format camera with a crop sensor (crop factor 0.79), would...

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Fujifilm GFX Crop Factor and GF Lens 35mm Full Frame Equivalent Focal Lengths

The new mirrorless medium format Fujifilm GFX system has really shaken the camera industry lately, and judging by the initial responses from photographers I know, this is a format and camera system that’s going to be around for some time. There’s never been a more affordable way to get into digital medium format photography before, and whilst Pentax paved the way over recent years with the Pentax645Z, the new Fujifilm GFX system undercuts its price significantly, whilst also delivering a set of specifications that makes the Pentax camera look quite ancient.  I believe Fujifilm has a real winner on...

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Check Out My MindShift Gear Ultimate Adventure Combo!

I worked hard last year to update my Shutter Muse gear guide. Something new that I added is a few “kits”, which combine products from the various different categories, to create a kit for a specific purpose. One of these kits is my Ultimate Adventure Combo. This collection of products has been my go-to camera bag kit for the past year or more. There will always be some specialist scenarios that call for a slightly different carrying solution, but this Ultimate Adventure Combo is designed to deal with the majority of the photography that I do. It’s perfect for...

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Tamrac Anvil Super 25 Super Telephoto Backpack Review

I’ve had the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 in my office for a few months now, and I’ve taken it on a couple of wildlife photography trips here in Canada, packed with my Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS attached to a Canon 5D Mark IV. That’s exactly the kind of setup that this bag is designed for; A super telephoto lens and a camera. In my experience, there’s two scenarios where a bag like this is a useful piece of kit. Firstly, when you’re shooting a sports event and your super telephoto lens doesn’t fit into your regular roller bag...

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