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7 Steps to Calibrate Your Camera's Autofocus

7 Steps to Calibrate Your Camera's Autofocus

Once you have tested the accuracy of your camera's autofocus system as described in our previous article and determined that one or some of your lenses do not produce perfectly sharp images, you have two solutions: have your camera serviced by a professional or, if your camera has an autofocus micro-adjustment feature, do it yourself. In this article, we will guide you through 7 easy steps for DSLR camera's autofocus calibration process using Live View mode on the example of Canon 5D Mark II camera.

Testing the Accuracy of Your DSRL Camera's Autofocus

Testing the Accuracy of Your DSRL Camera's Autofocus

Automatic focusing is a great help in ever-changing environments you find yourself in as a travel photographer. It wouldn't be a mistake to say that we use automatic focusing 99% of the time. For best results, we need the autofocus to be both fast and reliable. While the former depends on the quality of the lens, the latter may get inaccurate with time. If you noticed that the focus on many of your images is slightly off, you may run a quick autofocus test for your camera before rushing to the camera repair shop. In this article, we will explain how to check the accuracy of your camera's autofocus at home, while our next article will provide some tips on camera autofocus calibration.

7 Steps to Clean Your DSLR Camera’s Sensor Yourself

7 Steps to Clean Your DSLR Camera’s Sensor Yourself

A dusty DSLR camera sensor is one of the worst photographer’s enemies. If you have ever spent time cloning out those endless ‘dust bunnies’ from a sunset sky on ten photos in a row, then you know what I mean. Dust gets inside the camera every time you switch lenses, or simply use your zoom as particles get sucked in the lens and finally end up on the camera sensor. All photographers face this issue, let alone travel photographers who spend most of the time outdoors. Knowing how to clean your camera’s sensor is something important that deserves special attention...

Understanding the Histogram to Improve Exposure in Your Photos

Understanding the Histogram to Improve Exposure in Your Photos

While taking photos, have you ever asked yourself or a fellow photographer whether your image is bright enough or dark enough? How can one know if the image is correctly exposed? How not to overdo it in post-processing? The answers to all these questions hide in a little graph called the Histogram, which is a valuable tool for any photographer. If you still feel a little intimidated by it, continue reading and we will shed some light on this mysterious yet easy to use tool for photographers...

How to “Tame” the White Balance on Your Digital Camera

How to “Tame” the White Balance on Your Digital Camera

White balance is a photography setting that many photographers have heard of but rarely use. Yet it is a simple and helpful tool not only to make your colour images look better, but also to give them an additional creative sparkle. As you might have already guessed, we are talking not about brightness or darkness of your photos, but about colours. We prepared this short guide to help you better understand white balance on your digital camera, and to use it in your photography for stunning results...

The Use of Model Releases in Travel and Street Photography

The Use of Model Releases in Travel and Street Photography

We often receive questions from tour participants about model releases in street or travel photography. Is a model release needed when photographing in the streets? If yes, how should you approach a person to get it signed, especially when you are after a candid shot and do not want to “spoil the moment”? These and other questions are often concerns for photographers. To help you consider your options, here are some throughts on street photography and model releases...

Useful Camera Addresses for Photographers Travelling to London

Useful Camera Addresses for Photographers Travelling to London

A major worry for travelling photographers is to have a faulty camera while on the road. While some problems can easily be fixed when on the go, sometimes a look from a serious professional is required to repair a damaged camera. If you happen to be in this unfortunate situation while in London, the city offers a number of good places to help out, whether you are looking for a simple fix to quickly recharge a dead battery, rent a tripod for some good night photography, or need to have a major repair job. We have compiled the following reliable addresses to quickly put you back in the photography saddle.

5 Options to Protect Your Camera and Keep Shooting

5 Options to Protect Your Camera and Keep Shooting

Rainy days may look grey at a first glance, but that doesn’t mean they are not suitable for taking some great photos! The light is usually even and the rain saturates colours. Shooting in the rain can be lots of fun and you definitely create images you would otherwise completely miss. The trick is to keep your gear well protected so here’s are some solutions to keep your camera dry even when the weather is wet...

Useful Camera Service Addresses in Paris

Useful Camera Service Addresses in Paris

Taking good care of your camera is as important as taking care of your health, especially while traveling. The trouble is that when you are away from home, you might not be sure where to go for reliable camera stores and services. Our Photo Tour participants often ask us about servicing their gear, where to have their camera sensor cleaned or where to buy a fully charged battery. If you find yourself looking for such services, here are some useful addresses in Paris.

The 3 R's of dealing with an old camera

The 3 R's of dealing with an old camera

With the Holiday Season coming up, you might be hoping for a brand new camera under the tree. I hope you are on Santa's list and that he is generous with you! Now, have you considered what to do with your 'old' camera? Maybe you are a collector and you'll want to keep your good old buddy that accompanied you everywhere and made you happy when you caught 'The Moment'. Even if you are not sentimental, it is still easy to end up with a collection of disused and dusty digital boxes that don't get to see the light of day any longer. If some camera models and well known brands retain some of their value, most digital cameras quickly lose their worth in this ever changing world and quest for new technology. Here are some ideas about what to do with your 'old' camera after Christmas...

So you want to buy a new camera? (Part I)

So you want to buy a new camera? (Part I)

Let's face it. Buying a new camera is a daunting task when there are so many new models out there all the time. With this ever changing industry, it can be tempting to chase the latest and greatest. But realistically, it is impossible... and honestly, not the right approach either. Add all the jargon and camera babble that comes with it, and the result is an utterly confused budding photographer. So, what should you consider when you want to buy a new camera?

Avoiding your Camera's Worst Enemies

Avoiding your Camera's Worst Enemies

As you plan your next photography outing, remember that even cameras have enemies - the kind that will make you mad or sick to your stomach seconds after they meet your camera. With a little precaution, you can keep them at bay and help your camera live a long and productive life...