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Mimicking Neutral Density with Stacking

A look at how to mimic the results of using a traditional optical neutral density filter on a digital camera with repeated captures and mean stacking in post production.

Testing and Acclimating to a new Camera

A new camera is always exciting to get your hands on, at least it is for me. While I will definitely run out side and start shooting some random stuff — because, well, new shiny — before I put the camera into any kind of serious use, I run though an acclimation and calibration process […]

A Brief History of Focusing

Explore the history and evolution of focusing form view cameras, to range finders, to SLRs, and back in principal to the beginnings with mirrorless cameras.

Reflex Lenses and Doughnut Bokeh

Reflex lenses, or more properly catadioptric lenses, have long posed photographers with the possibility of a long telephoto lens at a fraction of the cost of the standard refractive lenses. A 500mm f/8 reflex lens for $200 or less compared to the $10,000 for a 500mm f/4 refractive lens. They’re simpler, manual focus, no iris, […]

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