Author: Dan Carr

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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Luminar Keyboard Shortcut Guide

I’ve just started testing out the impressive new Luminar editing software from Mac developers, Macphun. There’s a good reason why Apple have picked these guys for the Best of the Mac App Store for 5 years in a row! Luminar has a lot of powerful features, and allows layer-based editing which is something sorely lacking in Adobe Lightroom. On top of that, Luminar doesn’t require a subscription like the Adobe apps. Whenever I learn new software I always like to collate all of the keyboard shortcuts so that I can begin to work on a nice fast workflow. Editing...

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New Reader Discount: Save 10% on Formatt-Hitech Filters

Whenever I can, I try to work with my friends and partners in the industry to bring Shutter Muse readers a discount on the photography gear that I use. When it comes to filters, I use the Firecrest ones from Formatt-Hitech, so I’m pleased to be able to offer you guys a 10% discount on everything in their online store. Simply use the coupon code ShutterMuse10 at the checkout. If you want to see what kind of filters I use, make sure you check out the filter section of my gear guide. NOTE: Formatt-Hitech have two websites, and the coupon code...

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Which Canon Cameras Maintain Autofocus with Extenders at f/8 Max Aperture?

The subject of autofocus (AF) at an f/8 maximum aperture is something that often comes up in my writings about cameras, lenses and telephoto lens techniques for subjects like sport and wildlife. It’s an often misunderstood subject in itself, but it also continuously raises questions about which cameras will still provide AF when used with a lens+extender combination that delivers a max aperture of f/8. For now, I’m providing this information for Canon lenses because the majority of my lens and camera reviews in the past have been about Canon gear. In the future, I’ll also create a similar...

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21 Perfect Gifts for Photographers

The Photographer’s Gift Guide has historically been one of the most popular posts of the year, so it’s with great pleasure that I bring you the 2016 edition. As always, I’ve tried to find a selection of great products at a variety of different price points, so there should be something for everyone on here. Here’s the clever thing… For the last three years I have been monitoring exactly which products you guys click on from my gift guides. That means I have got a very good idea of exactly which kinds of gifts are the most popular amongst...

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What Is the Best Photography Bean Bag Fill?

I wanted to write this post because I wish it’s something I’d have read myself a few years ago when I started getting into wildlife photography. The answer to the question “What is the best photography beanbag fill?” seems obvious to me now with experience, but for a while I was getting it all wrong! What is a photography beanbag for? I’m sure there will be a few people who are unfamiliar with the usage of a beanbag in photography, so let’s start with a brief overview. Beanbags take two main forms: The first is a U-shaped bag that...

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$230,000 Raised for Charity + Winners Announced

  I’m totally blown away by the response that we got this year from the Complete Photography Bundle. Incredibly, we managed to raise $230,000 for the chosen charities in 5 days. Last year the same event raised $210,000, so I’m really pleased that we set a new record! What’s even more staggering is that the size of this contribution actually takes the total 5DayDeal contributions since 2014 up and over the $1million mark! Giveaway Winners As part of the celebrations this week, I teamed up with the Canon Rumors website and we ran a giveaway for two brand new...

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