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Tips for Photographing Your First Hot Air Balloon Festival


Ah, you’ve just received your first camera over the holiday season and you’re itching to use it. Or, perhaps you’re just looking for something new to photograph for this year. Well, might I suggest the following: You should photograph a hot air balloon festival! Why hot air balloons? I personally ...

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This Test Reveals the Exposure Limits of Kodak Portra 400 Film


Kodak’s Portra 400 film is praised for its versatility, but exactly how well does it handle underexposure and overexposure? How far can you push things before your photos become unusable? Canadian photographer Kyle McDougall decided to find out by doing his own test. In the 6.5-minute video above, McDougall shoots ...

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How to Capture Heat on Camera Without Expensive Optics


Standard schlieren imaging techniques use a large mirror to be able to visualize heat or pressure differences in air. The problem with these techniques is that they require large precision telescope mirrors that are very expensive. My lab is fortunate to have a 13-inch diameter telescope mirror; but what happens ...

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