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The Best 50mm Lenses

Without a doubt, I am a 50mm freak. Give me just one lens for the rest of my life, and it would surely be a fast 50. So let’s take look at several great 50mm lenses on the market today. Whether you need an f-stop of 1.2, 1.4, or 1.8, have a budget of $100 or...

Top 8 Camera Stores in Hong Kong

After camera shopping in Hong Kong since 2003, I’m ready to recommend a few trusted places to get your gear. If you ever find yourself in HK, welcome to camera paradise. You’ll notice tons of camera stores in the tourist areas selling at very low prices,...

Photo & Video Tutorials

Over the years as editor of the Aputure blog, I published a fair amount of tutorials. Here are several of them… 5 Creative Night Photography Tips Tips on Shooting the Moon   Basic “Interview” Lighting Setup How to take photos for eBay – With a Compact...

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Shenzhen

Vegetarian food is common and readily available in Shenzhen, although vegetarianism is only practiced by a relatively small fraction of the population. An emphasis on fresh vegetables makes Chinese cuisine perfect for vegetarians, since they always try to maintain a...

Street Portraits at Night

One of my favorite things to shoot are portraits at night on the street using natural lighting. Natural in the sense you aren’t using studio lights or flash guns, but finding light sources that already exist. You can find so many vibrant colors for backgrounds,...

New Compact Camera

I’m back on a VPN, which allows me to bypass the Great Firewall of China! I got a Canon S90 from my parents for Christmas and I’m so excited with it. Here are a few photos I’ve taken with it over the past few months. All in Shenzhen:The view from...

Pep Love

It seems like every time I come home from China I immediately hit the road to see one of my favorite rappers. You don’t get a chance to see much good live music in China so you better make the most of the opportunity while in America. Last year I saw ATCQ for...

Old panoramic from 2006

Click photo for full size.  For the first time in over 2 years, I have direct access to xanga in the mainland, thanks to a TOR client which can bypass the censors. Sweet!I took this picture from the roof of my building 3 years ago. I always loved going up there...
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