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Sunset in Maui, Hawaii (Photo: Kim Olson)

Not sure what Camera Gear to buy? Rent it, instead

Photography can get really expensive, fast. There are always better lenses and newer bodies and it’s tempting to want to get them all. But of course that’s not an option for most of us. But there is a viable alternative. And that’s… Renting. I love that there are more and more options when it comes […]

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Pixel Pocket Rocket Memory Card Holder (Photo: Kim Olson)

How to Keep Your Memory Cards Organized

Memory cards are little and easy to lose, misplace and otherwise not have handy when you need them most. So how do you keep them organized and know which ones you can just pick up and use? There are probably many different ways to do this but here’s what works for me. What I Use […]

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine (Photo: Kim Olson)

What type of Camera Lens Filters do you really need?

One (of many) debates in the photography world is whether or not you should use filters for your lenses. I kinda fall in the middle. I do use them and think they can be helpful, but I also don’t find them absolutely essential. Filters I Use When I was initially buying my gear, I wasn’t […]

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Hiking in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy.

Hiking with Your Camera: Tips to Help You Get Great Photos

One of my most favoritest things to do is go hiking. There’s almost nothing better than being outside, breathing in the crisp air surrounded by beautiful scenery, and possibly spotting wildlife, if you’re lucky. I always like to bring my camera with me just in case there’s something amazing I want to capture on the […]

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine (Photo: Kim Olson)

Ditch the Zoom Lens and Use Your Feet

Zoom lenses have made us a little lazy. Well, let me rephrase that. Zoom lenses have given us the option of being lazy. But you don’t have to take it from me. Take it from Ernst Haas. He’s kind of a big deal. The best zoom lens is your legs.” -Ernst Haas   Zoom, Zoom […]

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Fall foliage in New England (Photo: Kim Olson)

Canon 50mm 1.8 Review (& why I use this lens most)

NOTE: Even though in this article I’m talking specifically about my Canon lens, Nikon and other brands have similar lenses. Photography isn’t exactly a low-cost pursuit. But it also doesn’t have to require that you spend big money, either. Case in point: my favorite lens cost me only $90 (it now goes for about $125 […]

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Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine by Kim Olson

How to Take Better Photos With Your Camera Phone

Camera phones have come a loooong way. Some of my favorite images I was able to capture with my phone (partly because it’s the one camera I always have with me). Compare the above image taken with an iPhone with the one below, taken with a Blackberry a few years ago. You can probably tell […]

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Flower Girl at a Wedding by Kim Olson

Should You Buy A Better Camera Body or Lens?

If you’re on a limited budget and are just getting started in photography, you may be wondering if you should spend more money on a better camera body or better lenses. I’ve been asked this quite a lot, and when I first got started, I wondered the same thing. Because most of us can’t afford […]

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Vernazza, Italy Sunset by Kim Olson

What is a Minimalist Photographer?

Simplicity is Divine People often make things more complicated than they need to be. And that’s especially true with photography. Many photographers are technically oriented and can go on and on about their gear and the pros and cons of each piece. Nevermind the art of it. Others are gearheads, always seeking out new pieces […]

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Photography Gear: A Guide to Choosing the Right Stuff

I kinda had a debate with myself on whether or not I should even write a post on choosing the “right” gear. Photography is so personal and each person has such different needs that it’s really hard to talk about what you should have in your bag. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know […]

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