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I was saddened to hear that Popular Photography is closing its doors after 80 years of publication. They are citing loss of advertising revenue and audience support as the reason for closing both the magazine and their website. I grew up reading Popular Photography and Modern Photography, they merged in 1989 and had a combined readership of over 1 million readers.

As a teenager, in the 1970’s there was no internet, Pop Photo was my main source for photography info. Pop Photo always had interesting how-to articles, they had very detailed lens tests, product reviews and comparisons and of course, lots of good images. Now everyone can easily find all of this on the internet.

The photographic industry has been through a lot of changes over the past 20 years. Look what has happened to Kodak and Polaroid. Hasselblad has recently been purchased by the Chinese company DJI. In order for businesses to prosper they must be able to adapt to changes, it is sad when business are unable to make this transition. Especially when the business has been an icon in the industry. Somehow it feels like I have lost an old friend.

South El Monte High School Visits Acratech

Recently the students from South El Monte High School came over to visit our facilities. They were part of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PTLW is an organization that helps high school students get involved in manufacturing, engineering and design. We were able to show the students the processes that are involved in the manufacturing of our products. The [...]

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Jack Neubart Field Tests Our Acratech Panoramic System

Jack Neubart has written an in-depth field test of our Acratech Panoramic System. Jack covers our Acratech Panoramic Head, Leveling Base, Nodal Rail and 'L' Bracket, and he also provides some very good information on doing stiched panoramic images. Check it out here http://www.pixelperfexion.net/reviews/-field-repor...

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The new Fuji GFX50S

I was able to play with the new mirrorless medium format camera from Fuji, the GFX 50S. The sensor on this camera is 1.7X bigger than a full frame DSLR. The first thing I noticed is that it was smaller and lighter than I expected. In fact it is about the same overall length and weight as a [...]

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​Improving your composition and photographic eye

One way to improve your eye as a photographer is to start out by studying the images of photographers whose work you admire. Don’t just look at an image, but relax and try to feel and understand what about the image appeals to you, the lighting, the subject, the contrast, the composition, the color, the mood, etc. I have [...]

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Sometimes we spend more, because we are trying to spend less.

My friends high school aged son was showing me an electronics project he was working on. I noticed the delicate wiring and asked what type of soldering iron he was using. I have done enough electronic projects to know that the hardware store soldering irons are not going to work for delicate soldering. He said he was using a [...]

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Has digital made you a better photographer?

Digital certainly has made photography easier but, has it made your photography better. For me, it is a double edge sword. With Photoshop and the ease of manipulating images, you can certainly get shots that would have been impossible with film and I certainly get more good images now. So if I am getting more [...]

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Jack Neubart's review of the Nomad Ballhead

Jack Neubart reviewed our new Nomad Ballhead on his website. Even if you don’t know Jack, you have probably read some of his articles. Jack has written for (from his website): Shutterbug Magazine (print & online: www.shutterbug.com); Petersen's PHOTOgraphic Digital Photo Guide; Digital Photo Pro; Photo District News (PDN - "Technically Speaking" columnist for 18 years); Studio Photography & Design; Rangefinder; The New [...]

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Lost, Stolen and Missing Ballheads

Unfortunately, sometimes our equipment is lost or stolen. When it comes time to replace a lost or stolen item many of us start the whole shopping process over. Was it good? Was it so good that I would buy it again? Maybe there is something better or maybe I can find something cheaper, etc.?We always appreciate it when [...]

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Crazy Good Acratech Warranty

Many people (even people who already own Acratech ballheads) are not aware of how good our warranty really is. This short video explains it all. 

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