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Tripods

Steady as she goes Even if you have the world’s steadiest hands, you shake the camera when it’s not attached to something stable. This imperceptible shaking is enhanced when you are using a lens with a long focal length (or when you zoom all the way in). Shake is more noticeable with a 600mm lens …

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Flash Cord

Detach your flash from the camera for more versatility In our section on external flash, we talked about red-eye. If you get the flash far away from the camera lens, this will eliminate red-eye. An external flash helps create distance between the flash and the lens. The only limitation is that the flash must always …

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Flash Diffusor

Reduce the direct light your flash produces A flash diffusor won’t make sense to you if you are unfamiliar with the concepts of built-in and external flash. Once you understand how an external flash works, a flash diffusor is pretty basic. A flash diffusor just softens the light produced by your flash. Varieties of Flash …

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Filters

Give your camera a rose-tinted view of the world If you are not the proud owner of a new digital SLR (or SLR-like) camera, then this section is not for you. Most compact digital cameras are not designed to use filters. Now that half of the readers have departed, the rest of us can continue …

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Diffusor

Sometimes less light is a good thing A reflector is used to add light to your subject. A diffusor is used to reduce light. While you may think the more light the merrier, this is not always true. High contrast conditions sometimes require eliminating some of the light to get a good exposure. The Trouble …

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Flash Bracket

Wipe out red-eye for good In our learning section on flash, we talk about why you get red-eye in your photographs: the flash is too close to the lens. A flash bracket ensures that the flash is nowhere near your lens. How It Works Before you get too far into this, realize that flash brackets …

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Camera Bags

Get a good bag so you can take your camera with you You’ve got a shiny new digital camera. You don’t want to bang it up, get it wet, and subject it to the elements. One option is to leave the camera at home all the time so it doesn’t get dinged. But then you …

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External Flash

More options and less red-eye mean better photos In our learning section on flash, we describe how an external flash attaches to your camera via a hot shoe. If your digital camera doesn’t have a hot shoe (and many don’t) then you can’t use an external flash. Read no further. For those who do have …

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