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This photography challenge is about why using your tripod can make you a better photographer. You may find it harder than you think, but if you push through you should be rewarded by seeing your photography improve.

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 some questions of you 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.

Learn the 5 biggest mistakes made by beginners using a wide angle lens. Learn how to avoid them so you can take more interesting photos. Darlene provides lots of example images to show good, better, best and how to use a wide angle lens effectively.

Knowing when, and how far to upgrade is a frequently asked question. Darlene helps you answer this question by giving you seven other questions to ask yourself and think about first, then you get to decide! Read on if you're on the fence about upgrading.

How to Use a Gray Card for Custom White Balance and Metering - In this article I walk you through what situations you can use a gray card for doing a custom white balance and metering, as well as using one to help with color corrections in post-production after the shoot.

In this third macro photography tips article Darlene goes over using extension tubes as another option. What are they, how to use them, how close can you get, pros and cons, purchasing considerations, and lots of sample images included to help make it all clear and easy to understand.

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