Author: Dan Carr

How to Mount an Aquatech Underwater Housing on a Tripod

Aquatech underwater housings were primarily designed to be waterproof housings for surf photography, but I’ve come across a lot of photographers using them for all kinds of other purposes. The housings are built to be extremely tough so they work well as protection for remote wildlife cameras, and there’s many other water sports that can also benefit from the in-the-water angle. One of the things I’ve also been investigating is the possibilities for landscape photography that shows you what is above and below the water. This requires mounting the housing on a tripod, and as simple as it sounds,...

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The Mindset That’s Costing People Their Images: Digital Photography is NOT Free!!

When it comes to protecting my huge archive of digital images I take absolutely no chances. My archive is stored on a Drobo which gives me some redundancy from drive failure. That Drobo is mirrored to a second Drobo which also has redundancy from drive failure, and then another copy of the same archive is stored off site on another Drobo. To lose my image archive I would basically need to have six simultaneous hard drive failures across two distinct geographic locations. Even then it would only take out the full archive which would leave me with copies of...

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Canon Vs. Nikon – Here’s How to Make Your Choice!

The Canon Vs. Nikon debate has raged for decades and whilst you could probably argue that it has now become Canon Vs. Nikon Vs. Sony, I don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle that broader argument. However, this week I have finally decided to write something about the longer standing traditional match up because I’ve finally reached some sort of zen-like clarity about it. I’m a Canon user myself and I have been all my career, but to put Nikon users at ease that this isn’t going to be an unfair fight, I’ll preface this by saying that Canon’s...

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Cloud Backup for Photographers

UPDATE: August 25th 2017 A large chunk of the original article was comparing the two most popular cloud backup options: Backblaze and Crashplan. On August 22nd 2017, Crashplan announced that they would be stepping away from consumer cloud backup solutions to concentrate on business solutions and all existing Home accounts would be shut down soon. This was a particular shame to me because ever since writing this article I had  been using Crashplan myself. They provided a few options for their existing and future customers and I have now updated the content on this post to reflect these new...

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REVIEW: Peak Design Everyday Sling

Peak Design continue to expand their product lineup, and the Everyday Sling was added alongside the previously reviewed Everyday Backpack, and the Tote, during a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. The styling cues are all the same, but there’s a few differences in functionality that means it’s not quite as simple as saying this is a “mini Everyday Messenger”. I’ll say right away that surprisingly to me, this is actually my favourite of the Everyday series! I know a lot of people love the Everyday Messenger and Backpack, and I did like them, but I also had my criticisms. In several...

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Peak Design Shell Camera Cover Review

Camera bag and accessory manufacturer, Peak Design, first became famous for their quick release Capture Clip which I have previously reviewed on this site. The Capture Clip is a very useful way to carry a camera on a belt or backpack strap, giving you fast and easy access to it all day long. The only potential problem is that you might be hiking in poor weather, or a dusty environment, and having to put the camera in the pack all the time to combat that, would really negate the usage of the QR system in the first place. This...

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Everything You Need to Know About Canon Drop-In Filters

I’ve written extensively in the past about screw-on and rectangular filters for camera lenses, but Canon’s super telephoto lenses have a front element that is simply too large to be used effectively with either of those two filter types. Instead, theses lenses feature a drop-in filter slot that sits behind the rearmost glass element. These are not to be confused with the gelatin filter slots found on the Canon 8-15 f/4 L fisheye, the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L, Canon 17-40 f/4 L and the Canon 14mm f/2.8 L II. Gelatin slots on those wide-angle lenses use pre-cut gelatin sheets...

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How to Calculate the New MFD of a Lens When Using an Extension Tube

I recently received a comment on my popular article – The Ultimate Guide to Extension Tubes – which asked how you would go about calculating the new MFD (minimum focus distance) of a lens, once you have added an extension tube. In that original post I did include the mathematics for calculating the new maximum magnification of a lens with an extension tube, but at the time I decided not to dig deeper and explore the calculation of the new MFD itself, since the math is a little longer. The new comment reminded me about it, so I decided...

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