Alright, now I have to admit it. I like toys. This little item is stylish, inexpensive, and useful.

Straight lines are important to me. While I practice refining my eye for seeing when things are level and parallel, in some situations it helps to have a level that will double check things for you.

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Space just became available in my workshop in Namibia.

It’s a first line of defense. Before you touch your sensor, see if you can blow the dust off. Don’t blow with your mouth. Spit happens. Don’t blow with canned air. Spit still happens. Try a manual blower like this one.

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Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.

Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.

The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.

Space just became available in my workshop in Namibia.

Do I actually use my iPhone to make photographs? Yes! You’ve seen many of them here on my blog. I don’t use my iPhone to make exhibition quality prints. But, I use it to make snapshots and take quick notes. I’m out for drinks with friends – iPhone. I want to stay in touch with my family while I’m away – iPhone. I’m in a museum and I want a quick sketch – iPhone. I’m in a bookstore and I want to make a note of a book cover or something inside it – iPhone. The toughest thing about the iPhone is my 6 year old son wants to use it all the time. I’ve found the best insurance policy for both my iPhone and my professional cameras is to get him his own digital point and shoot.

I use this piece of gear in all of my workshops – everyday really.

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Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.

Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.

The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.

Space just became available in my workshop in Namibia.

Looking for a new perspective! Take your camera underwater! Stills. Video. It’s so much fun! Worried? Don’t be. I do it all the time. So do many professional underwater photographers. Just get a good housing.

This is the underwater housing I use for my Canon G9.

On my wish list … a housing for my 1DSMKIII.

Check out this product and many others I use in my AStore here.
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Check out my field workshops here.

Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.

Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.

The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.

Space just became available in my workshop in Namibia.

I feel photographers should have at least two cameras. One for high resolution images in print and one to play with.

Jay Maisel’s advice is “Never go anywhere without a camera.” It’s great advice! You never know when something magical will happen and if you don’t have a camera with you, you won’t be able to photograph it. Small point and shoot cameras make it easier to follow this advice.

I use my Canon G9 to document all kinds of events in my life. It gets me making images in ways I wouldn’t ordinarily. This helps me become more versatile and has beneficial effects on my professional work as well as my personal life. Most of the images you see on this blog are made with either my G9 or my iPhone. Most of my family pictures are now made with my G9, sometimes by my six year old son.

Do I ever make exhibition quality prints from images made with my G9? Yes! Its 12.1mp resolution exceeds the resolution of 35mm film.

Is it full featured? Yes! It has most of the features of a DSLR except interchangeable lenses. But, the G9’s lens has an impressive 6x optical zoom with image stabilization.

I’m not saying it replaces my Canon 1DSMKIII DSLR. Maybe one day small cameras like this will replace larger ones. Right now, they create a new niche. That means more photographs are being taken – sometimes more interesting pictures as a result.

Oh, and in a pinch, don’t forget your cell phone. Pulitzer Prize winning pictures have been made with cell phones.

Find out more about the Canon G9 here.

Check out this product and many others I use in my AStore here.
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Check out my field workshops here.

Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.

Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.

The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.

Space just became available in my workshop in Namibia.

This is one of the accessories that make using a tripod easier, more fun and more intuitive. This grip is so fluid it doesn’t get in my way. I can move more freely. That means I make images more freely. That means I make more images. That means I make more interesting pictures. That means I make better pictures. The best tripod head may not be the sturdiest, it may be the most fluid. Strike the balance you’re most comfortable with.

There are sturdier heads. If you need super-stability (perhaps you have a very heavy camera or use super long lenses) this may not be the head for you. But it’s plenty steady for me (even with my Canon 1DSMKIII and 100-400 IS zoom).

Check out this product and many others I use in my AStore here.
Check out my PDF Reviews here.

Check out my field workshops here.
Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.
Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.
The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.


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