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6 Reasons Photography Sucks Donkey Balls!

Lets be honest. There are some really sucky things about photography! First off photography is silly expensive. A person has to be Oprah rich to get some shots. For example those massive, howitzer cannon lenses you see on the sidelines of NFL football games can cost $20,000. This photograph below is captured with middle of the road equipment and even at that I invested about $3,000 to get the shot! Which leads to my second gripe! To get the photo above I had to get up before sunrise and be in position as the sun was poking over the Sapphire Mountains of Montana. The reason for this is because some sick bugger decided that one of the best times for lighting would be in the ...

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On A Budget? Buy Used Photography Gear

If you are on a budget like I am, every dollar spent on photography gear has to count. Photography gear is damn expensive, no way around it! When I first started looking at camera bodies and lenses I noticed that stores like Adorama and B&H Photo, not endorsed by either, offered new and used equipment. At first I was damn cautious of used equipment. I didn’t want to buy someone else’s junk or problem equipment. However, when all the pennies were counted, and the stack was small, the only way I could afford a decent camera body and lens was to buy used. When I received my first used body and lens in the mail, I opened the box with apprehension. I was thinking the ...

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Tripods Are Not All The Same

It has been a long, expensive, and tedious voyage down tripod lane! I currently own four tripods and have returned five tripods to the store. I wished I could sit here and write about the “Holy Grail” of tripods, but folks there isn’t one. Bottom line is that tripods are a very individual thing like a person’s mate! There is no one size fits all tripod! Let’s take the photo below for an example of a specialized tripod. Customized prints for sale!  Click HERE to find out how to purchase your made-to-order, photography print!  I had to hike into this lake for about a mile in knee high snow. So it was important that the tripod was light. Secondly this shot required a long exposure, so I ...

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