133 — Essential Camera Features — Interview with Royce Howland

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #133 fea­tures an inter­view with Cana­dian fine art pho­tog­ra­pher Royce How­land. Dur­ing the inter­view we dis­cuss what cam­era fea­tures we think are essen­tial. There are loads of extra bells and whis­tles on cam­eras these days and even though both Royce and I have kick-butt cam­era gear, we ignore the major­ity of the new fea­tures and focus on the essen­tials. We also dis­cuss essen­tial cam­era modes and touch on essen­tial lenses.

Of course feel free to let us know if you feel we missed some­thing essential.

Thanks to The Cam­era Store (The largest cam­era store in Cal­gary, Alberta, Canada)  for spon­sor­ing the Photography.ca podcast.

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I Should Be So Industrious by Royce Howland

I Should Be So Indus­tri­ous by Royce Howland


Royce wanted to men­tion some­thing about this image because it relates to a cool fea­ture of some new screens on cameras.

Some­thing we’re see­ing more com­monly, and the Pen­tax 645Z also has it, is a cam­era LCD that pops out with tilt or tilt-swivel move­ments so you can see it from dif­fer­ent angles. I think this idea is great.….

…This sea holly bloom and bees were about 18 inches off the ground. I wanted a shoot­ing angle of more or less straight across, rather than steeply down­wards or what­ever. That would have been very awk­ward (or even painful!) to shoot through the cam­era viewfinder, hav­ing to con­tort my neck, back, knees, etc. to work through the viewfinder for any length of time. Even using a nor­mal, non-moving LCD would have been a bit of a chal­lenge to see from above. Instead, I was able to put the cam­era on a sta­ble tri­pod, sit on a short 3-legged stool, and pop out the LCD to a com­fort­able angle that I could see just by look­ing down. No neck or back strain even though I pho­tographed from the low shoot­ing angle for about an hour.”


Nick Cave Osheaga 2014 by Marko Kulik - This high ISO image was made using aperture priority and I moved the focus points over the hand invading Nick's shirt. Moving those focus points is my favourite essential camera feature.

Nick Cave Osheaga 2014 by Marko Kulik — This high ISO image was made using aper­ture pri­or­ity and I moved the focus points over the hand invad­ing Nick’s shirt. Mov­ing those focus points is my favourite essen­tial cam­era feature.


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Tours-courses by Marko Kulik

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  1. Tim Mackle says:

    A very timely pod­cast for me as I’m look­ing to buy a cam­era that will last and now I know what is impor­tant and what isn’t. Thanks guys.

  2. Ruth M says:

    I really liked this pod­cast and con­ver­sa­tion Marko/Royce. I am a begin­ning pho­tog­ra­pher and almost every­thing you dis­cussed rings true for me. The DSLR basics are good enough for almost every­thing. Thank-you from Oregon.

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