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How Do I Get New Photo Gear?

How Do I Get New Photo Gear?

The answer to this question may seem obvious to some but it comes up a lot.  And over the years, we've found a few approaches that you may find helpful to hear.  This article is not about how to identify which gear you should buy but more about how to find it once you know what gear you want.  And for anyone looking for free gear, sorry…  that's not what this article's about either.  :-)

New To Me

When we're talking about new photo gear, let's make sure to include gear that's new to you and that includes pre-owned (aka used) equipment.  In this direction, I like working with KEH.com but I've also been known to buy directly from other photographers through craigslist - knowing the latter approach has a lot more risk.

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How Do I Shoot A Great Panorama?

How Do I Shoot A Great Panorama?

While our workshops primarily focus on night photography, we get a lot of questions about how to capture a good panoramic sequence.  This may be because it's a common technique for reducing noise or because it's a great way to capture a scene with the Milky Way arcing across the sky but regardless we wanted to share some of our favorite techniques for capturing a great panorama.

Which Lens Should I Use?
A lot of this decision is left up to the artist and his/her vision for a photograph but we recommend anything from a 14mm to an 85mm focal length.  Generally speaking, a longer focal length (35mm or 50mm) will mean more images in the sequence which will result in better quality in the final results.  A shorter focal length (14mm or 20mm) will result in more distortion which may make the frames more difficult to stitch together but it will need fewer images in the sequence.  I generally recommend something in the 24mm to 50mm range because it gives good quality without having to capture a crazy number of frames… but again, this decision needs to consider the subject we're trying to capture.

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