Category: Product Reviews

A Long-term Review of the Yongnuo YN-622C

 By Danny Luong

About six years ago I bought a set of Yongnuo 622C Wireless ETTL Flash Triggers, and these are some of my thoughts about how they’ve held up through years of professional use in a variety of settings, and some tangents on gear that is made in China.

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Delkin Black: Rugged and Ready to Go

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

I’ve never been one to be gentle on my gear. Sometimes it’s in pursuit of “the shot,” sometimes it’s just pure clumsiness. I’ve slid down muddy mountains, dunked my gear in rivers, dodged spilled drinks at  bar shows. I’ve knocked lenses to the floor and put pocketed memory cards through the washing machine countless times. I need my gear to keep up. With digital photography, ensuring that your files are safe is a top priority, and that starts with a dependable memory card. Delkin Black cards are incredibly rugged, and fast enough to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of today’s cameras.

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5 Things to Love About BLACKRAPID Camera Straps

 By Danny Luong

BLACKRAPID is one of the best-selling and most ubiquitous camera strap brands that The Camera Store has to offer. Whether we are professionals or enthusiasts, we all want a genuine feeling of safety and comfort when it comes to carrying our camera gear. I’ve used BLACKRAPID’s straps for everything I shoot from travel to my portrait work, and they have proven themselves to me time and time again for 5 solid reasons.

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Dreaming Together: Books at The Camera Store

 By John Veldhoen

What my writing for this blog can achieve is limited most of all by exigency, but since what I have penned here was written periodically, I can make limited reparations for the stupid things that I have said. Writing tends, like painting and photography, to point outwards to other things. If I was explicit about what I know is the ultimate nature of reality, while it would be a heartfelt recital, I wouldn’t be able to take credit for it. The early part of this blog is irenic, and the last piece I wrote about materialism and synesthesia was wrong. I certainly admit to materiality, and I am deceived not least of all by my own vanity. This recalls a Christian apologist from India that I have been reading recently, who wrote about a Zen adherent, and an incident where the disciple thought of his heart is like a mirror needing to be cleaned, and to whom the apologist replied that if everything is nothing, where can the dust cling?

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The Best USB Cable for Tethered Photography

 By TomPitts

The choice of professional photographers and videographers everywhere, Tether Tools’ high-visibility orange TetherPro USB cables have become synonymous with tethered photography. TetherPro USB cables are constructed to the highest possible USB specifications and incorporate all of the latest technology ensuring consistent and reliable conductivity, and the fastest and most reliable transfers.

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Book Review: Layers of Reality

 By John Veldhoen

What fascinates me though is how the expanded definition of synaesthesia used in “Layers of Reality” is how representational realism, and dualism, has become the reigning position of our age; many today find the descriptions of materialism comforting.

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Banking on Images and Conversations

 By John Veldhoen

I’ve been thinking lately that the discursive images used in architectural mock-ups have something to do with what all photographs are, as writing with light, photographs now seem to me as fractal parts of a greater design.

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The Street Photography of Garry Winogrand

 By John Veldhoen

Garry Winogrand is the preeminent practitioner of what has become known as the genre of street photography, which he’d probably resent the heck out of my writing. In an interview in 1981, when questioned about the term street photography, Winogrand referred to it as “a stupidity”. Geoff Dyer is a writer, primarily a novelist, though he is a fine critic.

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Reading American Photographs, Another Photographic Reality, and Mexico

 By John Veldhoen

So, a weaving approach to write about a book I have wanted to read for years, Alan Trachtenberg’s “Reading American Photographs”. Time gets in the way, and I have had to put it off. But, I recently ordered a few copies for The Camera Store, and I am now quarter of the way through. I get slowed down when I read history, I get side-tracked with historiography, and get down into the reeds.

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Empire of Illusion

 By John Veldhoen

“I have been walking all day. I started out with a mere idea, to see what I could see. It began without structure, and as I progressed, it gathered some. Along the way today I ran into a street photographer that I admire named Alvin. His working methodology is most closely akin to Garry Winogrand. He photographs with film, with a Leica, a prime lens with a small aperture, looking quickly at the edge of the frame. I love his pictures more than Winogrand’s because Alvin’s pictures are more compassionate to me, with mixtures of the intimacy that Winogrand seemed so tragically to avoid, and the irony of the street. I stand with him as he works on a corner that he normally shoots, in awe of his tenacious path to the ten thousand hour requirement to earn the title of mastery. I skinned my knee badly after a fall last week, and I am happy today that it is warmer, and I can stretch it. 

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