Author: Dan Carr

REVIEW: Better Beamer Flash Extender

Sometimes it’s necessary to use a flash for wildlife photography just to add a little fill, or add a catchlight to the eye of your subject. The problem is that most hot shoe flashes simply don’t have the necessary range and power to adequately light up a subject that is as far away as wildlife often is. The Better Beamer Flash Extender is a solution to this problem! Better Beamer Priced at only $35 from Amazon and B&H, it uses a simple plastic frame that attaches to your flash, and a thin plastic fresnel lens that sticks to the end...

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Did You Know That Canon Has Three Different Sizes of APS-C Sensor?

I thought I’d write a quick post about this because it caused me some confusion recently while I was creating some resources on calculating field of view and angle of view for camera lenses. The calculations for this require the dimensions of a camera’s sensor, and while working on the data list for Canon lenses I couldn’t figure out why my numbers weren’t quite matching some of those that I had come across on Canon’s own website. A little digging back through archives revealed to me that Canon actually uses three different sizes of APS-C sensor, although I wasn’t...

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New Macphun Discount Code for Readers

I’m always trying to find new deals for our lovely readers, and this week I’m bringing you a 10% discount code for all software from Macphun. This of course means that it included the phenomenal Luminar software, and also Aurora HDR which is the only HDR software I use. Macphun often have deals running on their site, but you can actually apply this discount code on top of their deals so that you save even more money! Just use the discount code ShutterMuse10 in discount code box at the checkout.  ...

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How to Install Lightroom Presets in Under 30 Seconds

Today I’m bringing you an Adobe Lightroom tutorial in two different ways. Lightroom presets are a key component in speeding up the photo editing workflow. You can make them yourself (time consuming) or you can buy them for next to nothing from a number of different online stores. Once you’ve purchased them, you’ll need to install them, and that’s what I’m going to show you how to today – in less than 30 seconds! Actually I’m going to give you two videos. The first video shows you the best way to install Lightroom presets with the sub 30 second...

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21 Essential Adobe Lightroom Shortcuts – Free Download

I recently published a free downloadable PDF guide to all the Adobe Lightroom CC keyboard shortcuts, but it occurred to me that it might also be useful to have a second simpler download that was just a single printable page. The full guide is really useful, and well worth a read because it’ll probably teach you a few things about Lightroom that you didn’t even know it could do, but a condensed one-pager of the most useful shortcuts also sounds like a great idea, so that’s what I’m bringing you here! It’s not possible to memorize the hundreds of...

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How to Add a Quick Release Strap to a Camera with Arca Swiss Type Plates

Hopefully nobody out there is still manually screwing their camera onto a bare 1/4″ 20 thread on top of their tripod? Using a quick release plate is a much better option because it’ll save you valuable time, prevent wear on the camera and also offer a way to protect the bottom of the camera from scrapes and scratched when you put it on the ground. This final reason alone has always had the plates paying for themselves when it comes time to sell old gear on the second-hand market. The problem with these plates is that it can make it...

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