DSLR vs Mirrorless Camera
Photo by Wes Gibson

If you are in the market for your first serious camera, you have probably noticed two avenues to go. The traditional Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras or the new Mirrorless cameras. Maybe you’ve had DSLR cameras in the past, and have been considering the switch to a mirrorless systems? I was in your shoes a little over a year ago. After doing exhaustive research, I chose to switch over to mirrorless cameras.┬áIt was one of the best decisions I’ve made in photography.

I became interested in mirrorless camera systems several years ago after reading many articles written by photographers I respect.… More

Behind the Blossoms
Photo: Flickr / Joseph Gruber

I’ve been reading a lot lately about all of the conflicts taking place around the world at the iconic photo spots. Arches National Park, the Taj Mahal, and the Bean in Chicago come to mind. There are even a few YouTube videos out there showing photographers jockeying for position, screaming obscenities at each other, and at times getting into physical confrontations. Why is this happening?

Why is it so important to photograph the same landscape or icon that has literally been photographed millions of times already? This is nothing more than photographic trophy hunting. It’s one thing to grab a quick snapshot as a memory that you did indeed visit some place special.… More

Walt Pierce Wingwalking Show
Walt Pierce Wingwalking Show / Photo by Wes Gibson

6 Important Considerations To Make Your Day Enjoyable

Knowing what photography equipment to take to an air show makes a huge difference. Sure, you will more than likely get all the shots you want by taking several bodies, five or six lenses, a flash or two, and every accessory in your arsenal. But I guarantee that you are going to be miserable dragging all of that around for an entire day on concrete in 100-degree weather.

The secret to an enjoyable day photographing an air show is to go as light as possible.… More

US Air Force Thunderbirds
US Air Force Thunderbirds / Photo by Wes Gibson

It’s air show season again. All across North America, the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, Snow Birds, Black Diamond Jet Team, and hundreds of other flight demonstration teams will be taking to the air to delight the crowds below. If you are like me, you love photographing the air shows. Not only is it exciting and entertaining, but it’s also the thrill of the hunt. To capture that perfect image of an aircraft doing something extraordinary. To help you in your quest for that perfect aircraft shot, I’ve compiled ten useful tips to make your day as an air show photographer more pleasant.… More

6 Tips To Making Vacation Photos Memorable And Enjoyable

Tulum Mayan Ruins
Tulum Mayan Ruins / Photo by Wes Gibson

Summer is quickly approaching. Many of you are in the planning stages of your family vacation. If you are reading this, chances are you want to make some great photos of your travel adventures. Here are six tips that will make your vacation photos more memorable and your job as official family photographer more enjoyable.

While visiting foreign ports as a young Navy Photographer, I would venture out with two camera bodies, five lenses, 20 rolls of film, and a flash. Returning after sunset, I would spend most of the night processing film, and then start all over again the next morning.… More

Lowepro Stealth ReporterD400 AWMy review of the Lowepro Stealth Reporter D400 AW has been one of the most visited pages on Digital Photography Mastery. So, nearly four years later, I thought I would revisit the Stealth Reporter. Yes, I still have this camera bag, and yes, it still looks as good as the day I unboxed it. Lowepro has a good reputation for producing quality products, and the Stealth Reporter has lived up to the Lowepro name.

The Stealth Reporter D400 AW is a fairly roomy camera bag. I can get two bodies with lenses attached, two additional lenses, two strobes, a couple small reflectors, a couple LumiQuest bounce cards, and some miscellaneous accessories into the bag.… More

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Wild Bergamont
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Wild Bergamont / Photo by Wes Gibson

In a recent conversation I had on Twitter, a friend stated, “if I see a perfect shot, I can never seem to catch it the way I see it…it [the photo] doesn’t speak to me.”

This seems to be a very common problem all photographers experience at one time or another. I’m guessing, it’s a common problem all visual artists experience. I know I’ve run into this phenomenon many times myself over the years. Here are my thoughts as to why our “perfect photos” fail.

Photographic Reality

When you see the perfect shot, the perfect landscape, the perfect sunset, the perfect portrait…you are doing a lot more than seeing it.… More