The photographers’ zoo

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D, B&W • 2 min read

A dozen of photographers trying to take photos of 3 sleepy snowy owls

A dozen of photographers trying to take photos of 3 sleepy Snowy Owls

A dozen people are trying to taking photos of 3 sleepy Snowy Owls. Their cameras range from nothing to $$$.

  • 1 guy calling his wife or girl friend and describes what he sees
  • A kid watching with binoculars
  • A lady using her iPhone
  • A lady using a small Sony point and shoot
  • A guy with a small video …

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What’s The Best Setting For…

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D, Fujifilm, Rants • 2 min read

The other day, somebody asked for my help. She wanted me to tell her what’s the best settings for her Canon for…

I regularly get the same question but in a different form:

  • What’s the best camera…
  • What’s the best lens…
  • What’s the best camera bag…
  • What’s the best way of using the flash remotely…

There’s no best setting for your camera, there’s …


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Questions Not To Ask A Photographer

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, Nikon, Rants • 2 min read

Recently, I was asked by a potential customer one of the “worst” question she could ask:

Which camera are you using?

anonymous (2019)

It’s like asking a mechanism which wrench does he use? Or asking a painter which brush size does he use?

As a photographer that deals with living people and animals, I have to deal with two main things:

  1. Light
  2. Moment

The Light

I can control the …


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Instagram and Black and White Hashtags

category Cameras • hashtags Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm • 1 min read

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a small billion dollars in April 2012. Everybody said that Zuckerberg is an idiot and overspent by a lot. 7 years later, Facebook and Instagram represent 80% of all the images on the Internet and 95+% of all the advertising related to images. Nobody competes with Facebook/Instagram when it comes to advertising and photos.

As a photographer, I’m more …


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Tourists and the Obligatory Selfie

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D • 1 min read

In January 2017, German researchers studied the selfies and found that:

  • 77% of the smartphone users took a selfie at least once a month
  • 49% of the smartphone users received at least one selfie every week
  • People thought that their own selfies were somewhat ironic and playful
  • 82% of the people would rather see ‘more usual pictures’ then selfies on social media
  • 90% of the people thought that others’ selfies …

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Intrepid Photographer

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D • 1 min read

The guy is a professional. He rented a Canon 500 f/4L lens for the weekend. The lens was introduced in 1999 (not only it was the previous century, it was the previous millennium).

There’s an IS (Image Stabilization) built in the lens. It’s OK for ‘kind of stabilizing’ the lens but… It’s not that good. The lens is just above 4kg/just above 9lbs, plus the …


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iPad Photographer: Vancouver, BC

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D • 1 min read

It’s called the Sun Run. The Vancouver Sun newspaper organises a 10k run every end of spring. People come by the 10 of thousands and some people like this guy and me also come not for the run or the walk portion but for the photo opportunities.

He’s using his IPad and he seems to be happy with what he sees on his screen.

photographer having fun taking photos with his iPad

Photographer having fun taking …


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Mine’s bigger than yours

category Photographers • hashtags Canon, 7D • 1 min read

The winner of the tele photo wars is the guy in the middle. The guy between the Canon 500 at the front and the Minolta 600 at the back, with the small narrow white tube. It’s a 1200mm digiscope. He has it mounted on an Olympus m4/3!

The 1200mm digiscope on a micro-4/3rd camera gives him a whopping 2400mm lens. So he works at f/11 with …


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