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Photography Equipment

All the gear no idea? My policy is before spending a penny on the ‘latest and greatest’ photography equipment, you need to know how to get the best out of the camera and accessories you already have.

Here in this section, I have put together instructional articles to help you learn things such as how to choose the best digital camera, flash equipment, or equipment for portrait photography, etc and most importantly how to use them!

Make sure you get the best out of your photography equipment with our guides including:
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In this Photography Equipment section, you will find everything you need to know before investing in a new camera.

Can’t decide between mirrorless and full frame? Or maybe you aren’t sure the best flash to invest in for portrait photography.

My extensive guides and tutorials will help demystify your equipment, while reviews can be found in their own section.

Ready to start learning? Take a read of the latest articles below to get started.

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In this tutorial, I will go through the dos and don'ts of using your tripod so you can avoid making these 9 common tripod mistakes. Get tips for how to set it up properly, how to use it, and even how to carry your tripod and camera safely and comfortably - the pro way!

In this tripod review, I'll give you my thoughts on the TC2534 Carbon Fiber Tripod by K&F Concept. Coming in under $200, this is a good high-value option for your money.

In this extensive review, Darlene will tell you why the Fuji X100F has stolen her heart. You'll learn what she loves about it, any cons, and help you decide whether it's the right camera for you or not.

Here are some equipment tips from expert photography instructor Phil Steele on how to choose and use your tripod. It may seem simple but there are a few things you need to know to use it properly and effectively in order to protect your gear and take better photos.

If you are thinking about buying a camera, it can get a bit confusing with all the options available. Here are 8 questions to ask yourself to find the best digital camera for you and your needs.

everything you ever wanted to know about mirrorless cameras

I was on the fence for over a year before buying my own mirrorless camera and I wondered about my readers and where they were at. I asked my readers some questions on photography equipment recently and was given a enormous amount of feedback about your thoughts on the matter. The summary of which was fascinating. I've compiled it into one huge article about mirrorless cameras. If you ever wanted to know more about them, how others who have them feel about them, how they perform and any other information about them before you buy or even if you need to buy, you should read this.

What camera do you use the most? When you're buying a new Smartphone is the camera important to you? Read this and let's open a discussion. Then for fun, see if you can guess which of my cameras took a series of images comparing the iPhone5, Fuji X-T1, Panasonic Lumix point and shoot, and Canon 5D Mk3.

Working with Flash - How to Use Bounce Flash for Better Photos. If you have to use your regular flash on-camera but want to take better photos of people, this tutorial will help you understand why and how to bounce your flash to get better, more pleasing results.

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