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The Phototuts+ Gear Session focuses exclusively on teaching you everything you need to know about your camera, lenses, filters and much more. We’re bringing together a series of tutorials that feature both quick tips and in-depth guides that will allow you to put construct the best photography kit!

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    How to Build an Excellent Camera and Lens KitPreview
    Over the four years that I've been using a digital SLR, I have bought, traded and sold more lenses than I could count. It's been an interesting journey as I've traded zooms for primes and traded primes back to zooms again. If I had it to do over again, I would have definitely made different decisions. In today's article, I'm going to share with you my tips on building a complete camera and lens kit.Read More…
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    A Simple Guide to Choosing Your First LensPreview
    This article is about the single most important piece of equipment you're going to buy: the lens. There are myriads of different lenses out there, and it's easy to get lost. But do not despair - this guide will help you make the right choice. First I'm going to talk about the different characteristics of a lens - among other things we'll learn about zoom vs. prime lenses, and why the f-number is so important. Then I'll move on to recommend a few lenses for each different budget!Read More…
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    The Complete Guided Tour of Camera SystemsPreview
    For those of us passionate about photography, our cameras are like our roommates. We spend a lot of time with them. And no one wants to get stuck with a roommate you don't like. In this tutorial, I hope to offer advice on buying a camera so you get exactly what you want, for the price you're happy to spend. Consider this your chance to interview some potential roommates!Read More…
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    Everything You Need to Know About Lenses: Part 1Preview
    So you've purchased your first SLR system, welcome to a new world of photography. You've opened Pandora's Box to a huge range of versatility. One of the major factors that sets SLR cameras apart is their ability to change lenses. In this two-part Basix tutorial, we're going walk your through everything you'd ever want to know about lenses.Read More…
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    Everything You Need to Know About Lenses: Part 2Preview
    So you’ve purchased your first SLR system, welcome to a new world of photography. You’ve opened Pandora’s Box to a huge range of versatility. One of the major factors that sets SLR cameras apart is their ability to change lenses. In part two of our series, we'll talk about the importance of lenses, third-party lenses, caring for your glass, and much more.Read More…
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    Introducing the Wonderful World of 50mm Prime LensesPreview
    What do Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ralph Gibson have in common? They're both famous photographers - yes. But something else - they both used a 50mm prime lens for much of their photography. Why is this interesting? Well, if you're like most contemporary photographers your first SLR came with a kit zoom lens in the range of around 18-55mm. These are useful lenses, but most photographers find as their experience grows that they soon outgrow the kit zoom lens and need something else. This brings us to a question that every photographer faces at some point - what second (or third or fourth...) lens would be most useful to me?Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Buying a Pre-Owned Lens on eBayPreview
    Buying anything pre owned is often a lot cheaper than purchasing it brand new, and this rule can almost always be applied to camera lenses. This guide gives you 7 useful tips to consider when purchasing a lens from an online auction site such as eBay. Do your research, bid at the right time, be careful, and you could end up with a great deal!Read More…
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    The Complete Guide to Renting a Lens OnlinePreview
    There's no doubt that photography can become an expensive hobby or career. The market keeps producing faster, better cameras and lenses. You love to use professional quality lenses, but it's hard to justify such a purchase if only using that special lens a handful of times during the year. Before you abandon those dreams of using high quality lenses, consider the option of renting a lens online. This article will help point you in the right direction, and explain what to watch out for when renting a lens online.Read More…
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    Getting to Know Your FlashPreview
    When shooting with a hotshoe flash, there are are some common questions. How should I adjust the settings on my flash? How will the manual and TTL modes affect my images? What is flash sync, and more importantly what is first curtain sync and second curtain sync? Where should I point my flash? What is flash zoom? All these questions and more will be answered in this tutorial.Read More…
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    Hints & Tips for Setting Up a Basic Home StudioPreview
    Setting up a simple home studio can be extremely beneficial to any photographer. Whether you're a professional portrait photographer or a graphic designer who needs product shots, a home studio gives you a place to work, experiment and learn new things. Below we'll take a look at a few considerations to keep in mind when creating your own studio.Read More…
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    Special Effect Filters: Star, Fog, Centre-Spot & DFNPreview
    Today we continue our investigation into photography filters, following on from our previous look at a selection of special effect filters. We'll be introducing you to the second batch of wacky and wonderful filters today - star, fog and center spot to name a few! Join us after the break to spice up your photography.Read More…
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    Special Effect Filters: Multivision, Close-Up, Sepia & InfraredPreview
    Fed up with boring, mundane camera filters? Well, no more! Today we're introducing you to a selection of unusual and interesting filters that can really spice up your photography. These are accessories you'll want to use every day, but they can add a really interesting element and give you some inspiration when you're feeling a little tired of your existing kit.Read More…
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    Advice & Recommendations for Digital SLR Video GearPreview
    With the addition of video to DSLRs, a new market has emerged for high-quality video at a fraction of the historical price. DSLRs, priced about the same as some prosumer video cameras, can accomplish things once off the table for filmmakers. Now, having follow focus and a narrower depth of field are as simple as changing a lens. With the rise of these cameras, many accessories and elements have arrived on the scene to make the amateur filmmaker's job easier. So, what does it take to make professional video with a DSLR (but without a full movie studio)? Here's some of my equipment recommendations, plus some tips for getting the most out of it.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Extending the Life of Your Camera BatteryPreview
    Everyone wants a camera battery that lasts forever, but every photographer has encountered the problem of a battery running out of juice when it's needed the most. Today I'll be explaining how to extend the battery life of your camera, so that you can always capture those precious moments.Read More…
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    The Complete Handheld Lightmeter GuidePhotography
    Almost every modern camera currently being produced has a lightmeter built into it. It's the device that measures the exposure, and allows for accurate adjustments of shutter speed, apertures and ISO settings. Chances are your camera phone even has light measuring capabilities.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Choosing a Memory Card ReaderPreview2
    A good card reader is a requirement in your photography arsenal, for quickly copying images to your computer (or anyone else's, for that matter). Hundreds of different models are available, and today we'll be taking a look at a selection that cater to different types of user. There's something for everyone!Read More…
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    How To Choose The Perfect Photo Bag For TravelPreview
    One of the hardest questions I'm asked as a traveling photographer is, "What bag should I bring on my next trip?". To me, this question is the same as asking, "What should I put on my feet in the morning?". The answer depends largely on where you're going, what you're bringing, how you're traveling and so on. And yet, there is always a bag to be had that is just right for the trip. In this article, I'll be suggesting what to look for when choosing a photo bag for travel.Read More…
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    Understanding the Fundamentals of Camera SensorsPreview
    Light travels through a lens, the shutter opens, and a moment is preserved by capturing it on the camera's sensor. This chip is an absolute essential in creating digital images. However, you may not have a good idea of how it all works. If you're wanting to demystify the magic of how your digital SLR works, look no further than today's Basix article all about camera sensors.Read More…