The Digital Photo Guy

Monday Morning Tip – 7/13/09

by on Jul.12, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips

Today, we have a video MMT. With all the interest in HDR, I thought I would introduce you to a fast, easy, inexpensive HDR program that produces outstanding results.

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Quick Tip

If you need spare batteries for your dSLR (who doesn’t?), you have 3 choices. First, OEM batteries from the manufacturer (Canon, Nikon, Olympus, etc) are pretty well guaranteed to work but will cost 2 arms, a leg and your first-born child. A second choice is cheap eBay batteries which may be fine but may also explode, disintegrate, catch fire or otherwise just toss it’s cookies at a crucial moment. Half the sellers on eBay sell great batteries. The problem is trying to figure out which half you’re dealing with.

My recommendations for choice #3 are SterlingTek and Thomas Distributing for no other reason than that I’ve never had a problem with their batteries or service. I’ve bought dozens of batteries from both and, with few exceptions, had never had any problems. When one of their batteries arrived DOA for some unknown reason, a quick phone call or e-mail immediately got an exchange in the mail. Best of all, their prices are 1/2 to 1/4 what Canon wants for it’s branded batteries.

San Diego Zoo Night Shoot

The Zoo is open until 9PM through Sept 7. I’m planning to go during a weekday in late July and shoot from around 6PM until closing. If anyone is interested in joining me, send me an e-mail. This is the ZOO, NOT Wild Animal Park.


1 Comment for this entry

  • monarda386

    Thanks for the HDR video. I’ve been wanting to try it out and this seems like a program I can afford.

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