Author: Dan Carr

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 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 that...

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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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Win a Canon EOS M5 Kit and G7X Mark II – 1 DAY ONLY

  CONTEST ENDED – WINNERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED In order to celebrate just how well we’re doing with the Complete Photography Bundle ($140,000 raised for charity so far!), I’m doing something crazy!! In the next 24 hours, I’ll be giving away a Canon EOS M5 mirrorless kit and a Canon G7X Mark II! The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Giveaway Dates The giveaway will run to 12pm (PDT on October 19th. Prizes After the giveaway closes, two random names will be generated from the entry list....

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Cloud Backup for Photographers

Regular readers of the site will know that I’m always hammering on about how important a good backup strategy is. Hard drives will fail, as sure as the sun will rise. It’s only a matter of time. When I get into backup discussions with other photographers, we always seem to end up on the same topic: Cloud backups. A solid backup strategy should always follow the 3-2-1 rule. 3 copies of every photo, 2 of which are local but on different drives, and at least 1 offsite copy. My current backup routine achieves this, but it’s the last step, the...

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My Photo Mechanic Video Tutorials Are Here!

I’ve talked about Photo Mechanic many times on this site, and even offer a free keyboard shortcut guide for it. This amazing piece of software has been part of my professional workflow for many years, and my video tutorials for it have always been popular. I’ve long had it in mind that I wanted to offer more, but it’s a complex and feature-laden piece of software that needed a huge amount of time to dissect and explain. Well folks, that’s exactly what I did this summer, so I’m pleased to announce today: Photo Mechanic Unlocked. The first ever in-depth...

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The Ultimate Guide to Extension Tubes

What Is an Extension Tube? An extension tube is a spacer that sits between your lens and the camera body to alter the MFD (minimum focus distance). The MFD of a lens is a measurement of the closest point a subject can be from the camera’s sensor, whilst still being able to focus. If a subject is closer to the sensor than a lens’ MFD, you cannot focus on that subject. The thicker the extension tube used on a lens, the higher the lens magnification becomes as you’re able to move the lens much closer and still achieve focus....

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Canon Vs. Kenko Extension Tubes

Extension tubes are a useful accessory that allows you to shorten the minimum focus distance of a lens by moving it further away from your camera’s sensor. In other words, it allows you to get closer to your subject and often create macro-like images without the need for a dedicated macro lens. If you aren’t yet familiar with extension tubes, I would first encourage you to read my guide: The Ultimate Guide to Extension Tubes. Having read the guide, or perhaps you already know all about the tubes already, you’ve obviously come to the conclusion that you’d like to buy...

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How to Stack Canon Extenders

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 quite simple. On the other hand, the solution for Nikon lenses is...

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