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Is Vero the new Instagram

In General Stuff by Patrick

So I am a bit late to the party with this one.  Vero has been around since 2015 and is a response to changes in social media that has been going more commercial arguably ruining the experience for a great many.  Many apps have tried to unseat Instagram (remember Google Plus) and have faded into oblivion.   Vero is different as …

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What’s up with Instagram

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Back in 2012 when Facebook bought Instagram, there was a lot of worry that Instagram would suffer, especially for photographers. Instagram was the place to share your photos, build a community of followers and to find great inspiration on locations you might visit. As the years have progressed, I have noticed more and more videos “Reels” as they are called, …

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The forever wish list

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I don’t know a photographer that doesn’t like new gear.  Camera bodies, lenses, accessories you name it.  Nikon just announced the development, which usually means in layman’ terms, that a production version is already being tested and has been built, of the the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens.  This is the ultimate in super-telephoto.   According to Nikon: The …

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Nikon Z9

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The rumored Nikon Z9 camera is supposedly going to be announced in October of 2021. The wait will be long according to Nikon Rumors secondary to part shortages and labor issues. It has been common knowledge that the Nikon Z9 was being used at the Olympics and all the EXIF data was removed so as not to draw questions. Here …

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Nikon slowly discontinuing DX lenses

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It appears as if Nikon is slowly phasing out their DX cropped sensor cameras and lenses. Check any reputable site for Nikon like NikonRumors and you will see that for DX sensor bodies there are only about six lenses that they have not discontinued or archived. Here is the list to date: AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX …

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First day of fall

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Leaves are turning and the temps are falling. Sure signs of the autumnal equinox. Much like the trees getting ready for the upcoming change, so are the birds. They are busy feeding, prepping their winter homes and changing their appearance to become less noticeable to predators. Take for example this American Goldfinch. Beautifully adorned in bright yellow during the summer …

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Better or Worse Upgrade

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Nikon released a new remote transmitter for there flash system that has not gotten any fan fare.  The replaced  the WR-R10 with the WR-R11.  This one I questioned a bit as I pondered the differences, or lack thereof.  I use the WR-R10 and the WR-A10 and reviewed them here.  I rely on them and paired with the Nikon SB-5000, it …

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Are DSLR cameras still worth it

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Both Canon USA and Nikon have announced that they are working on professional mirrorless bodies.  I am unsure about Canon, but Nikon has plans on continuing to discontinue more DSLR lenses.  Is this a sign of things to come and the end of the DSLR as we know it?  This has been coming for some time and I have discussed …

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Essential Tools

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As photographers we all have essential tools for style of photography. Spending time outdoors photographing wildlife, one of the tools I rely on is not a camera body, not a lens, but something that allows me piece of mind that my gear is protected from the elements. All my long lenses have these on them and they have help protect …

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Removing Noise Options

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Most of the digital cameras today operate at lower ISO settings and produce very little noise in the photo in perfect conditions. There are circumstances that noise will be inherent in the picture, no matter what you do like higher ISO settings, low light just to mention a couple. What do you do when you have noise that you want …