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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 22, 2022  |  0 comments

It’s been almost one year since the holiday season was upon us. Since then, all the factories and shops with amazing photography products have been working like mad to create the latest and greatest gear for your photography needs. Now is the time, to add to your list the best things to put a smile on your loved one’s face during the upcoming holidays. Luckily, you don’t have to put in the legwork. We took the time to put together a holiday guide with the best products you can find this year (we don’t skimp on details). Take a look and get those fingers warmed up for some gift wrapping. Happy holidays!

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 18, 2022  |  0 comments

One of my favorite camera straps and a brand that’s widely used by professionals is going away. I’m sad to confirm the rumors that UPstrap production is ending soon, likely by the end of this year. The message today is simple and clear: if you want to buy one of the professional camera straps that I think are the best on this planet, order one now.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 28, 2022  |  0 comments

We evaluated the Synology DiskStation 1522+ NAS for several weeks and discovered that it does a whole lot more than just store image and video files. It provides secure backups, multi-media server functionality, password-protected file sharing and multi-platform accessibility all rolled into one compact box—and that’s only the beginning.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 16, 2022  |  0 comments

If you stumble trying to decipher the abbreviation NAS, don’t feel alone. When cameras went digital, photographers were expected to magically become computer wizards. Who has the time? Among the many advantages of installing a NAS drive is the immediate harnessing of powerful computer tools without a junior degree in IT—all the while keeping your energy focused on what you do best: taking pictures, shooting videos and/or creating web content.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 12, 2022  |  0 comments

So you’re shopping for a new SD card and confused by all the options. These memory cards are available in various capacities, and read/write speeds and other specs differ widely. And what about the difference between SD, SDHC, SCHX, and SDUC cards?

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Sep 02, 2022  |  0 comments

Experienced photographers appreciate the value of filters, the kind that go in front of the lens. Screw-in filters alter the characteristics of light before it reaches the image sensor—something not even Photoshop can do. Here are three I recommend for autumn leaf colors and all fall festivities.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 19, 2022  |  0 comments

We never thought we’d be comparing the dimensions of an SSD external drive to the tiny size of an SDXC card, but here we are. Slim enough to slip into the watch pocket of your favorite Levi’s, the OWC Envoy Pro Elektron is also the fastest mini-sized USB-C bus-powered SSD in the universe.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 21, 2022  |  1 comments

Ask any experienced landscape photographer to identify the most important tool in his bag, and the answer is likely to be, “My ND filter.” Or more accurately, “My set of ND filters.”

Ron Leach  |  Jul 08, 2022  |  0 comments

When professional landscape photographer Ian Plant says there are “five photo accessories I never leave home without,” we stop and pay attention. That’s because of his unique approach to shooting in the field.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jun 03, 2022  |  2 comments

If you are using the shoulder strap that came with your mirrorless or DSLR camera, you’re wearing a billboard for the manufacturer. At best it attracts unneeded attention. At worst it alerts snatch artists and other miscreants. Time to switch!

Ron Leach  |  Jun 01, 2022  |  0 comments

Easy-to-carry travel tripods are more popular than ever, as photographers have turned to mirrorless cameras and correspondingly small lenses to lighten their load. The challenge is finding an appropriately robust model that doesn’t sacrifice stability, quality and features—just to be small.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 20, 2022  |  0 comments

Modern cameras have excellent AE (Automatic Exposure) features, so users can get great shots without thinking much about what’s happening under the hood. The light meter, of course, is built-in and somewhat autocratic—and therein lies the rub.

Henry Anderson  |  May 10, 2022  |  0 comments

Lens filters, help or hindrance? Important or unnecessary in the digital photography age? Photographer Mitch Lally finds them super handy and share the three filters he brings to every shoot in the below tutorial.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 06, 2022  |  0 comments

If you grew up in America, your idea of an electrical wall outlet is a flat rectangle with two receptacles where one can plug in the cord from a lamp, toaster or other 110-volt gizmo. Here are five products that may change that mental image forever.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Apr 01, 2022  |  0 comments

We started looking for DIY skins for cameras and lenses and discovered a literal treasure trove of sticky things that are camera-related, at least remotely. We limited our search to AliExpress, an online merchant with whom we have had sporadic success. We think you’ll like some or all of them, so we’re sharing our findings here.

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