Author: Dan Carr

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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Hasselblad X System Crop Factor and XCD Lens Full Frame Equivalent Focal Lengths

Medium format mirrorless systems are a great way to get into photography with a sensor that’s larger than a full frame 35mm sensor, so long as you can afford the higher price point. Whilst cameras like those of the Hasselblad X System, and the Fujifilm GFX Format are pricey, they are still less expensive than traditional “full frame medium format” cameras which use even larger sensors. When moving from a full frame (or perhaps APS-C) DSLR, one of the confusing things to understand can be the focal lengths of lenses for a medium format system. We are so used...

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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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How to Calculate a Camera’s Crop Factor

The term crop factor refers to the ratio of a specific sensor to a 35mm full frame sensor. This factor determines the equivalent field of view of a lens when used on a camera with a sensor that is either smaller or larger than our reference full frame sensor. Many people are familiar with the two common APS-C crop factors: 1.6x for Canon, and 1.5x for Nikon, Sony and everyone else. But how do we get to this number, and how do you calculate the crop factor for other sensor sizes? Crop Factor Calculation The important thing to know is...

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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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