Choosing a tripod head? This is not an easy decision as there is a dizzying array of cool stuff for sale. In this blog piece, I will try and help you with what I think is the biggest decision for a tripod head: Do you choose a ball head, pistol-type, or the old school 3-way pan/tilt type system?
Do you need a modern DSLR? Do you need megapixels? Do you need classic cars? Do you need beer?
Good for mild weather, bad for cold.
I’ve been shooting birds now for about three years and only saw this gem once. The American Bittern is one beautiful heron. They hide in the tall grasses and are not easy to find. I was driving along a salt marsh very slowly, close to the left side of the road, and almost missed this guy. Actually I drove past him and something didn’t look quite right, so I put it into reverse, backed up slowly, and there he was! I was so glad I stopped.
I thought I would share a “technical incident” I experienced the other week. I had a bad experience using Lithium batteries in my Canon Speedlight 430EX flash. In short, I don’t recommend using lithium batteries in your flash. Of course, YMMV, but I won’t use them anymore.
Here are some comparison shots of a juvenile Osprey with and without a Canon 1.4x II teleconverter for your review. If you want to get more length and you don’t want to order something from late night TV, a teleconverter may be for you.
My Canon 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS lens is just killer. Just fantastic. I used this lens to shoot some flowers in front of the blue background of a swimming pool.
Boy, if only I had a home studio. Lights, reflectors, half-nude models walking around, paparazzi demanding my time, crappy Euro-disco music blasting….. oooooooh… that would be great. So I did my own home studio using nothing but a blanket.
I thought I can give you some tips and insights about some of the equipment I own to help you make a better decision before you shell out big bucks for a coupla tubes of aluminum or plastic. Here I talk about the fantastic Manfrotto carbon fiber 190CXPRO4 tripod, Manfrotto’s only OK pistol grips, and the outstanding Slik pistol grip.
My intent here is not to provide a detailed lens review, there are plenty of good ones out there, but describe what it meant to me, an amateur, how I purchased this used, and provide you with some real life information. Not all was smooth buying this lens used.