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Photographers, camera enthusiasts and image specialists are creative by nature, always looking at the big picture. That’s why we’ve used this phrase in naming our blog—because we also see more when it comes to the world of photography. This monthly blog will share the latest on the products, techniques and opportunities that take your passion and your pictures to the next level. Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to smile!

Holiday Gift Ideas under $100 for Your Photographer Friend

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Want to surprise a photographer friend or family member with something that packs the punch for less than $100? We've combed our store for the top five items that will suit just about any photographer!

Outside of gift cards, memory cards, batteries, straps or cleaning camera supplies, here are our go-to, photography inspired holiday gifts this season - for under $100! 

MagMod Starter Kit - $99.99

For the photographer who already has an external flash, especially anyone shooting indoor family photos or events, get the MagMod Starter Kit. It's the coolest flash modification system because of its super-useful magnetic attachments. The included MagSphere produces soft, beautiful, even light. Expand the system with magnetic color gels, bounce adapters, grids, snoots and more. Become a creative lighting powerhouse.

Fuji Instax Mini Camera - $79

Delight in instant prints as you snap this holiday season with the Fuji Instax Mini instant camera system. Meant for simple, fun photography for any occasion, the instant-print camera is point-and-shoot easy and prints pictures to share and scrapbook.

Savage 5x7 Portable Backdrop Kit - $99.99

Set up a studio anywhere with the Savage 5x7 travel backdrop. It pops up quickly and folds up small and is great for head shots or 3/4 body shots. Colors available are white, gray, black and green screen. White is the most versatile as you can color it with gels, or brighten and darken it with exposure.

Rode Video Mic Go - $99.99

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One of the best mics for under $100, the Rode Video Mic Go is great for anyone who wants to get their feet wet in video production. The Video Mic Go provides clearer, richer audio compared to the camera's built-in mic. It's a shotgun style mic, which means it picks up audio in the direction it's pointed, making it great for interviews and run-and-gun video. For the serious videographer who wants more features and flexibility, also check out the Video Mic Pro+.

Litra Torch 2.0 - $89.99

The light with a thousand uses, the Litra Torch 2.0 is a waterproof, drop-proof LED light about the size of an ice cube. Mount it magnetically. Set it to strobe effect. Light a macro or portrait shot. Carry it as a flashlight. For a more powerful app-controlled light with available modifiers, also check out the Litra Pro.

The EOS Ra – A New Astrophotography Camera

This article was adapted from the original article here.Canon expands the EOS R system with the launch of the EOS Ra camera, in late 2019. This is the industry's first full-frame, mirrorless camera dedicated to astrophotography (as of October, 2019). Based on the 30.3 million pixel EOS R camera, the EOS Ra has modifications which dedicate [...]

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Creative Storytelling with the Z 6 Filmmaker's Kit

This article has been adapted from Nikon's blog. Read the original here.Images, whether stills or video, are stories. It's as basic as that.Our story here is about the Z 6 Filmmaker's Kit, and how you can use it for the stories you are inspired to tell.And we mean you. Not "you and a crew," not "you [...]

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Things that Will Make You a Better Photographer

In this day and age, photography has become so accessible, people are making a living off of taking photos with their iPhone. However, there's still a distinct divide between experienced photographers and hobbyists, which boils down to the things you know about photography and your gear. Let's breakdown the need-to-knows to up your photography game!Know [...]

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Shooting in Cold Weather

Some of the best photography comes at times and places nobody else would shoot, and winter provides many of those opportunities. But before you go trudging around in that cold snow for the perfect picture, let's talk about how you should prepare for the best shots!Visualize your shots, settings and technique ahead of time and [...]

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The One Thing You Should Do With All Your Photos

Whether you're a professional photographer or hobbyist, you likely spend a lot of time and money getting the right camera gear, prepping and setting up for the perfect shots. But often our photos never see past our hard drives, memory cards, mobile devices or the cloud online. In fact, less people are printing today than [...]

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Capturing the Gorgeous Colors of Fall

The chill in the air mixed with the distinct scent of autumn means it’s time for bonfires, pumpkin carving, apple cider, and best of all, fall colors! As photographers, we can’t seem to resist the gorgeous warm tones that the fall season offers. Whether you’re trying to capture a breath-taking landscape or snap a stunning [...]

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Shooting with the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8 with Don Mammoser

This article has been reformatted from Tamron's website. Find the original article here. When Don Mammoser and his wife decided to head to Grenada for a 17-day vacation with their 10-month-old daughter, Don decided to pose a challenge for himself: Because he often takes his travel photos with longer lenses, this time around he decided to try [...]

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Tips for Shooting Photos of Your Kids

The battle of getting nice, sharp images of our children… it’s never-ending. Even when they aren't toddler "busy bodies," children of all ages have a hard time sitting still long enough for you to capture that perfect photo.Here are 5 tips on how to get better, more professional looking photographs of your kids with your [...]

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​5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Nikon DSLR to a Z Series Mirrorless Camera

Why give up a perfectly good Nikon DSLR for the new Z mirrorless series? That's a question no doubt many dedicated Nikonians have been asking. However, once you've had your hands on the Z series, we can easily think of a few big reasons why you'd want to upgrade from a DSLR.Eye-specific autofocusIf people are [...]

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