Photographer of the week: Varina Patel

Alex from Brazil: So, today I keep my eyes into photographers and their works, post processing techniques and related things (what happens to Photograhy of the week?!).

Alex this one is for you

I discovered Varnia on photosig she had posted a very small number of pictures but they were all breathtaking.

Varnia’s landscapes are very fresh and what I really like in her style is that she doesn’t need something special to make a picture. She is capable capturing any scene is a fantastic way to create a dramatic and eye catching picture.

She loves to play with leading lines and her post processing is really well done never overdone.

Here is a selection of handpicked pictures of Varnia

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What is a crop body anyway?


This post is aimed for the newbie out there, or for anyone for whom words like “crop body”, “crop sensors,” “crop factor” etc.. makes no or little sense.

I will try to explain the concept in simple terms leaving aside complex technicalities…
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Download the Nikon D300 manual

Just a quick note, the Nikon D300 manual is now available for download from Nikon USA website (PDF/15.5Mb) 448 pages in total but it is protected against printing.

Better handheld shots at low shutter speeds


Every photographer knows that, as a general rule of thumb, a camera can be safely handheld as long as your shutter speed is at least 1/focal length or faster ” ((“i.e. at 50mm required shutter speed is 1/50 sec etc…”))”.

Some photographers were able to push this limit by 1 or 2 stops with practice and experience, others with technology buying stabilized lenses (VR or IS).

However here is a quick technique that will allow anyone to maximize his chances at getting a sharp picture at low shutter speeds.
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Which macro lens? Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 or Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8

I’ve been wanting to add a macro lens to my arsenal for quite some times, and after a lot of speculations & research I’ve ended up with 2 short listed lenses:

The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro and the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro.

So which one should I get and what are the pros/cons of each ?

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