Saturday, February 28, 2009

About Hub's Photographic Picks

Reviews of photo equipment flourish on the Internet. Many of these review sites like are worth their weight in gold when it comes to evaluating the technical merits and advancements incorporated in new products. Credible web sites like provide invaluable insights whenever an equipment purchase is being researched. I use them myself. Others cause me to scratch my head and ask, "Does this writer know anything about photography?" (One dead give-away of questionable camera review sites that I continue to spot throughout the Internet are those that use the 100-year old photographic term shutter and spell the word s-h-u-d-d-e-r. It just makes me shudder.)

The occasional recommendations that I make in Hub's Photo Tips and Picks will be based on their general applicability, usability, durability and value to the beginning DSLR users. I will recommend only products that I have used personally and found to provide the "best bang for the buck".

Along the way, I will recommend books, articles, websites and other source materials that I have found to be insightful and educational on all things related to beginning DSLR photography.

So, no I won't be starting with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II or the Nikon D3X. Those "dream machines" are not within my average reader's budget and will remain "cameras to aspire to". Instead, I will be reviewing products that I believe are of the greatest value to those who want solid, dependable equipment that will enhance their photographic experience and NOT require a second mortgage to own.

My "Picks" begin with the next article. I will focus on the most misunderstood and neglected piece of equipment any serious beginning photographer must purchase -- the tripod. I'll review the requirements of a good tripod and one tripod, in particular, that I recently tested and found definitely met the challenge.

Since I will only suggest equipment, software, books and materials that I believe are worth your investment, there is no grading system -- like "4 stars" or "thumbs up/thumbs down." If I didn't think it was worth your time to consider, I wouldn't have wasted my time writing about it.

I hope you enjoy my "Picks" and that each one will add to your enjoyment of photography.

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