Lightroom Q&A Session Updated

A week ago, I started a Lightroom Q&A Session where I offered to help you solve any problems you may have with Lightroom and answer other questions. I was delighted to see some many inquiries and hope that I managed to help out at least some of you. I’ve just finished updating the article with more answers. I did my best to contact some of you in the comments section in earlier updates. Those who still haven’t heard from me…

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Site Performance and Other Updates

Some of our readers are probably wondering what our team has been up to lately, so I wanted to give a quick update on our activities. I apologize for not being able to post articles lately – I have been extremely busy with a number of projects, so I asked Lola to fill in for me. I have been working hard on expanding the lens database (which has been enhanced with even more useful information) for the past few months…

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Defining Success

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to your attention a masterpiece video from Fstoppers interviewing creme de la creme of current photographic community. Zack Arias, John Keatley, Joe Mcnally, Peter Hurley, Scott Hargis, David Burnett, Greg Heisler, David Hobby – each share their struggles, experience and goals they’ve had throughout their career, which ultimately shaped them into what they are today. I hope Patrick and Lee will not get offended if I say that this is by far the best video…

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Lens Database Updates

We have been working hard on building the lens database during the last few weeks, so I would like to apologize for not being able to provide updates, reviews and new articles on the site. We want to make the lens database as comprehensive and as useful as possible for our readers, which is why we have been putting a lot of our effort into it. Thanks to your valuable feedback from our announcement, we have made significant changes to…

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Please Welcome Laura Murray!

I am excited about presenting a new addition to our Photography Life family – please welcome Laura Murray! Laura is a very talented wedding photographer from right here in Denver, Colorado and she will be joining our team to share her beautiful work along with some useful tips and techniques on how to photograph portraits and weddings.

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Announcing the Lens Database

We have been incredibly busy during the last few months, working on building our very own Lens Database. As of today, the database contains 400 lenses and we are continuously working on adding more lenses from different manufacturers. You might be wondering about why there is a need to have our own database at Photography Life, when there are plenty of them on the Internet. After I went through a dozen different sites about a year ago, I realized that…

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All I Want For Christmas Is… A Working Computer!

Some intermittent PC problems, followed by a serious crash and some toasted devices, and work associated with reconfiguring a new PC have consumed more of my time lately than I care to admit. All the while, a pile of photography gear has been staring at me daily, crying out to be reviewed. Computers, in their various forms, have become rather ubiquitous. Most of us tend to take them for granted, at least when they are working properly. One cellphone provider…

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Any Camera Will Do

It doesn’t happen often, this. Water was everywhere, dripping, flowing, consuming anyone who dared take even the smallest step under that pitch-black sky. Not many did, too. Stores were crowded not with mothers holding their vegetables and sweets for unsuspecting children. Not with children and their ice cream, chips or, sadly, energy drinks. No, they were crowded with those who weren’t ready for the rain. And you should always be ready for rain in Lithuania in Autumn. I guess we’re…

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Mansurovs Has Become Photography Life!

Some of you may have noticed that your familiar URL of mansurovs.com now shows photographylife.com. The primary reasons for the change are listed below. We are working on a new logo (which may look different than the one below) and expect to post it soon. We are also revamping our site based on feedback from our readers.

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Please Welcome John Bosley!

Please welcome John Bosley, our newest team member at The Mansurovs. We are proud to have John in our team, not only because he is a very talented professional photographer and educator, but he is also a totally awesome and down to earth guy that happens to be a very dear friend of ours.

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Colorado Wildfires

It has been unusually stormy this summer so far in Denver. After all the mega hail storms, nasty winds and lots of rain, we are now experiencing very hot temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And with the lack of snow in snow peaks this year, storms and high winds sparked up wildfires in various places, destroying forests and people’s homes. So far, it has been one of the worst seasons for Colorado – wildfire near Fort Collins alone has already…

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Please Welcome our New Team!

During the last 3 weeks, you might have already seen their great articles, you may have already exchanged comments with them or even visited their websites and portfolios. Today, I would like to officially welcome our new team members that will be contributing to the growth and success of our site. From the day we became “The Mansurovs” back in 2009 and since we started posting photography-related content, our site has grown from nothing to over 1.5 million monthly visitors…

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Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Mansurovs family, I would like to wish Happy Holidays to our readers and friends that celebrate! May peace, love, health, happiness and prosperity always follow you and your family! Thank you for keeping us constantly busy and motivated, inspiring us to do more. This site would not exist without your support.

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Post Your Photo Gear Questions!

I have been receiving emails, requests on our Facebook Fan Page and plenty of comments on camera gear from our readers during the last couple of weeks. While I will be spending the next few weeks working on a full Nikon 1 V1 Review (see my mini-review here), along with Nikon 1 lenses and other camera + lens reviews, I would like to dedicate some of my time this week to answering questions related to photography gear from our readers.…

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Lost SanDisk 16GB CF Card

I know that the chances of recovering a lost or stolen memory card are close to zero, but I still want to try it. As I have pointed out in my post earlier this week, I lost a 16GB Compact Flash card in Yosemite National Park. The bad news for me, is that I had the best pictures from the trip on that card. Since I did not backup the contents of the card on a daily basis (rookie mistake…

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Our Reader Case Studies

First of all, I apologize for not being able to write anything for the last couple of days. Lola has been very sick since Friday and both Omar and Ozzy have also been a little sick, although they seem to be only mildly affected by the virus. I have been taking the boys out every evening for Lola to relax a little bit and have not had a chance to work on the site content. So many things are getting…

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TLG Great Fun Scam

Do not buy your airline tickets from Air-Tran and Priceline.com – read why below. Last night, I got an email notification from my bank about some weird fee being charged to my account. I immediately logged into my account and saw this: “Miscellaneous Transaction – TLG*GREAT FUN 866-894-2721 CT – ($38.99)”

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Nikon RAW (NEF) Codec for 64 bit Vista or Windows 7

If you are running a 64 bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, you cannot use Nikon’s NEF codec, because it is only compatible with 32 bit operating systems. It is unfortunate that Nikon has not yet released a 64 bit version yet and it seems like it will stay that way – Nikon basically said that they do not have any plans to develop a 64 bit version of the NEF codec.

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Sand Dune Panoramas

After many hours of stitching and tweaking panoramas, I’m finally able to post some of the best ones from the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I had to resize and cut the below images, because some of the panoramas were too long.

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