Photobooks review: Blurb vs. Saal Digital

I used to be a digital guy: I have captured, processed, stored, shared and presented all my photographs only digitally. When I wanted to show my pics to somebody, I put them on my website or took the iPad when going to visit friends of family and talk photos. Only very recently I tried to create photobooks – and completely fell for them. I tested out two services and here’s my experience so far…

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Travel memories on the wall: large-scale wall prints

What you do with all those photos you capture during your travels? At my last trip to Sri Lanka, I took 4 800 photos. Some I posted on Instagram or Facebook. Some I used here in couple of my blogs. Some I put into a slideshow I share with friends. Basically, they rest quite nicely somewhere - and it takes effort to see them. But sometimes I want to be reminded of a certain moment every day, just sitting in my living room. Sometimes it’s time to choose just one photograph and put it on the wall…

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Wide angle lens alternative: photo stacking in postprocess

High quality wide angle lenses can be pretty expensive. And bulky and heavy too. So if you try to keep your payload to the minimum like me, the dilemma what lenses to carry precedes every trip. Time to time, I exercise the idea of purchasing wide angle lens like the new Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art, but until then I have to get along with my Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8. That doesn't mean I have to sacrifice the wide perspective. I learned to bypass the problem by photo stacking. And because the landscapes I shoot are often high dynamic range scenes, things are a bit more complicated than just stitching a panorama...

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Novoflex Basic Ball review: ultimate mini tripod

Tripods are great. They are great piece of gear for taking amazing pictures. And they are great - well, physically too. So it ain't much fun to carry them around, especially when you want to travel light. I had been torn apart by this clash of interest and I was either sweating under the load or regretting the missed photos. Only until I found the Basic Ball mini tripod from Novoflex. After six months, I am ready to share my experience...

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How to choose tripod for travel photography in 8 steps

The dilema of choosing the right travel tripod could turn into a ticket for schizophrenia therapy. As a photographer, you want a tripod that is sturdy and solid. As a traveler, you want a tripod that is light and compact. So one thing is clear: unless you are traveling with bunch of Himalaya Sherpas, you have to compromise. Let's find out how to find the best option for you and even save some money!

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Peak Design Shell: camera protection cover review

The most safe place for your camera is when locked down at your home. The next one could be in your camera bag. Unfortunately, most of us want to take our camera out to take some pictures. Well, the camera protection cover Shell from Peak Design claims to provide the protection while keeping your camera pretty handy. So let's see how it copes with the challenge...

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10 reasons why to carry a tripod for travel

No matter if I explore exotic destinations or just cruise through some city, I want to enjoy it. Therefore I try to keep my photo gear on a bare minimum. If I want to lift weights, I can go to the gym. But there is one peace of equipment I often take with me, despite it may weigh more than the rest of my gear all together - the tripod. Let's find out why…

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Moravia: photography in any light conditions

The old wisdom of landscape photography praises the sunset and sunrise times. Following that just blindly, you would have a whole day to pass between these two golden hours, oozing around and sipping wine maybe. But there are actually locations, where you can take photos in almost any light during the day - and even drink wine. Southern Moravia in Czech Republic is for sure one of them…

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