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Bob Atkins is a familiar name for many long-time online photography buffs thanks to his involvement in both Adorama's ALC and, where he's the Technical Editor. He runs a web site that tests and reports on Canon EOS gear, and approaches his writing from a scientific as well as creative background. Atkins, who spent many years working at Bell Labs and who has a Ph.D in Chemistry, has 20 US patents to his name, all of which "are pretty dull and boring and pretty much totally unrelated to photography," he says.

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Winter photography tips: Protect your gear in extreme cold

How to keep all of your camera gear running smoothly when the weather outside is frightful

ArticleBeginner Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, January 23, 2013

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Working in cold weather presents problems for both photographers and their equipment. Here are some tips from an expert.

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TAGS: digital,  camera,  winter,  cold,  condensation,  bob atkins 

FAQ: What does a more expensive lens really buy you?

A case study of a bargain vs. a pro lens with the same focal range

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Bob Atkins, December 5, 2011

Everyone likes a bargain, so price is always a factor in choosing a lens. However, there can be very significant differences in prices between lenses which on first glance may appear to be very similar. 

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TAGS: canon,  sigma,  lenses,  Lens advice,  lens,  Canon EOS 7D 

Wildlife Service: Beyond Long Lenses

How to choose all the gear you need to bag great shots of animals in the wild--and why DSLRs make a difference

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, November 10, 2011

The stock in trade of the wildlife photographer is the telephoto lens. Most animals are small and get spooked when humans are near.

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TAGS: adorama,  telephoto,  outdoor photography,  wildlife,  tele-converter,  Focus on Bird Photography 

Bokeh: The Not-So-Secret Secret Lens Feature That Improves Your Photos

Sharp lenses are good, but here's why you should pay attention to background blur and bokeh

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Bob Atkins, October 30, 2011

While sharpness is an essential part of most photographs, the creative use of backround blur can be a very useful compositional element.

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TAGS: adorama,  bokeh,  lens 

Pixels and Printing: Size Matters

How many pixels per inch to make a good-looking print

ArticleDigital Darkroom, Post-Processing & Printing Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, July 8, 2010

An important factor in print quality is the number of pixels per inch (ppi) used to make the print. The more pixels per inch, the finer the detail in the print will be and the sharper it will look.

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TAGS: pixels,  print size,  digital image,  Focus on Printing 

The Secret of Choosing The Best Standard Zoom Lens For Your Needs


ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Bob Atkins, June 28, 2010

Choosing a lens for your DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera can be a difficult task, not because there are so few choices, but because there are often so many.

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TAGS: adorama,  digital,  camera,  buying guide,  DSLR,  beginner,  wide angle,  zoom lens,  bob atkins,  lens 

Dust Busters!

How to clean dust off of your DSLR's sensor without ruining it (hopefully!)

ArticleDigital SLRs Gear Guides & Reviews - by Bob Atkins, June 25, 2010

Do you see mysterious dark spots on your DSLR images?

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TAGS: adorama,  DSLR,  digital SLR,  sensor,  sensor cleaner 

Adorama Photographs America: Acadia National Park

For nature and landscape photographers, this is the Maine event

ArticleOutdoor and Travel Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, August 18, 2008

Bob Atkins takes you to one of the most photographically fascinating corners of the country, Maine's Acadia National Park.

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TAGS: travel,  tips,  acadia,  national park,  maine,  Focus on Travel Photography 

100 in 100: Shoot to Sell

Blog The ALC Blog - by Bob Atkins, December 11, 2007

Driven to Abstraction

Look for colors and patterns

ArticleSpecial Effects Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Bob Atkins, December 8, 2007

Abstract photography concentrates on colors and patterns rather than recognizable subjects.

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TAGS: digital camera,  special effects,  abstract 

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