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February 2018: Five Great Cameras to Help You Travel Light

The holidays are over, and spring is almost upon us, which means traveling! We at Steve's Digicams are here to help you slim down your travel pack and get out there and enjoy your vacation. This guide is for light travelers, no checked baggage, no exceptions! (Ok, this doesn't count the return trip where you may have picked up some tasty local adult beverages.) This type of small packing mentality affects everything else. If you're only bringing a carryon and a personal bag like a backpack it limits the kinds of cameras you can take with you, and that's ok. So, what do you do? For me, it's usually a combination of two cameras, and before you freak out, one is a smartphone. [read more]

December 2017: Best DSLR & ILC Cameras: Enthusiast Level

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best DSLR & ILC Cameras: Advanced & Pro Level

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Smartphone Cameras

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best DSLR & ILC Cameras: Entry Level

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best All-in-One Bridge Cameras

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Drones & Action Cameras

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Cameras in 2017 Over $2000

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Cameras in 2017 Under $2000

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Cameras in 2017 Under $1500

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

December 2017: Best Cameras in 2017 Under $1000

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

November 2017: Best Cameras in 2017 Under $500

2017 Holiday Gift Guide TOC Best Cameras Under $500 [read more]

August 2017: How To Make a GIF in Adobe Photoshop (It's So Easy!)

Adobe Photoshop has been morphing into more of an everyday kind of tool over the last few years than something just for professionals. Let's face it, we do more now than we ever did with photos. It's not just color correction, it's titles, animation, effects, and just about anything else you can think of. Now, Photoshop makes it even easier to make gifs out of anything, without using any other software. It could be with a burst of photos you took or even a video, it's just as easy with one or [read more]

December 2014: Pictures and Words

I know what I love about pictures. They don't require words."But you're a writer," you say.True. But even that is me not wanting to speak vocally. I'd rather text people than call them. I'd rather they text back and not call me. I hate long explanations. I'd rather you were ignorant of what it is than to have to explain it. And take social networks, I've jokingly said, "If it has more than seven words, I don't read it." Recently, I extended that to, "If it has more than seven steps, I don't attempt it."I am a very simple person. In my writing, whether nonfiction or fiction, I find it hard to extend a thought. Your typical novel is around 80,000 words. M [read more]

October 2014: Gratitude

It has happened to me again - lassitude. I watch the world go by and never pick up my lens. Oh, I see lots of things. We've had an inordinate amount of rain lately, so much so it flooded the neighbor's cow field causing a newborn calf to escape. Then there was the night we heard coyotes in our yard. That made my hair stand on end. I've seen the largest flock of ibis and cattle egrets ever, wading through the soggy grass, and an eagle that perched at the edge of the expanded pond.But I have no pictures of any of it. Just one of the field full of water, more documentary than anything else, and a close crop of the eagle, not very good. [read more]

June 2014: How Far is Too Far?

There are hobbyists and professionals in the graphic arts who do quality work ... and let me define the word "quality." By "quality" I mean they care about the presentation of their photography or digital art. Looking at it, you cannot find anything technically wrong with it. However ... and this is the point of this article ... their choice of subject matter cheapens graphic art across the board.Now, I will not go into what that subject matter is, but in recent days, a photographer I was (past tense) following went on a rant because one of his or her pieces was pulled from a social network for being in poor taste. (Frankly, I agree it was in poor taste, but saying so would have o [read more]

May 2014: The Changing Landscape

I was staring at my garden the other day, mourning the changes in the last few years. What grew so well before won't grow at all now. What I planted that bounded right up from the soil without roots, this year has faded away. Even the wildflowers in the yard are different. Just four years ago, we had a purple sea of toadflax. It was magical.The next year, my amaryllis lilies were a fantastic red array of blossom [read more]

February 2014: I Take Pictures

Scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed the other day, viewing all the excellent, inspirational photography from around the world, I had a strange revelation. I go nowhere. Not that I didn't know this, because I did, but it struck me funny at the time. This guy went to China. That one took an African Safari. And another got a picture of the rare Iridescent Bubble Bird in the jungles of Brazil (totally made that up, but you get the point). Yet my last photograph, I took out my front door, and it really wasn't that good.  [read more]

January 2014: 365 Days Later

I ask so little in life. Good food. A place on the couch. A few hours of quiet to write. An occasional chat with a friend. And right now, to go an entire day without taking a photograph."Really?" you ask.Oh, my friend, you simply have no idea. [read more]


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