Shutter speed

Understanding Shutter Speed

Brandon BallwegDec 31, 2016

Shutter speed, along with aperture and ISO are the three components that make up the exposure triangle. In this article, I’ll do my best to put shutter speed in as simple a terms as I can. First of all, what is a camera’s shutter? There are various types of camera shutters, but a shutter is a mechanism that opens for a certain amount of time and then closes, much like…

Picture of a lens with a focus on its small aperture

Aperture in Photography: Explained in Simple Terms

Brandon BallwegDec 27, 20166 min read

Aperture makes up part of what I like to think of as the exposure triangle, the other two components being shutter speed and ISO. In this article I’ll focus on what is aperture in photography and how it affects photographs. So what is aperture in photography? The easiest way to…

Guy shooting a landscape photo in the middle of a desert canyon

Best Photography Websites From Around the Web

Brandon BallwegDec 20, 20161 min read

When it comes to photography, you can learn pretty much everything you need to know on the Internet—for free. The thing is, though, is that all the photography information is spread out all over the Internet, making it hard to find and decipher the best ones out there. Sometimes the…

Landscape picture taken from high vantage point of river on sunny cloudy day

The Best Nikon Lenses for Landscape Photography

Brandon BallwegNov 28, 201611 min read

In my opinion, lens selection for landscape photography is a lot less subjective than other types of photography. What I mean by that is that other types of photography give you more leeway for choosing to use a lens based on your personal style, whereas with landscape photography, there are…

An image of a turkey and a Thanksgiving table set to show an example of Thanksgiving photography

Thanksgiving Photography: A Guide to Taking Great Thanksgiving Photos

Brandon BallwegNov 12, 201610 min read

Ah, Thanksgiving – who doesn’t love getting together with family you haven’t seen in a year to argue over politics? Regardless of your political affiliation, doing Thanksgiving photography is not only a cool way to show how your family grows from year to year but also gives you some good…

Image showing a bunch of Nikon lenses for article about the best Nikon DX lenses

Best Nikon DX Lenses: Top Picks for Crop-Sensor Nikon Cameras

Brandon BallwegNov 3, 201610 min read

When it comes to buying DX lenses, the choices unfortunately aren’t all that clearly laid out. By that I mean there are almost too many options and there so many lenses with overlapping focal lengths that it’s hard to know where to begin in your research. I think the focal…

a nice image of some pumpkins around halloween time

Halloween Photography: A Spooky Guide for Getting Great Shots

Brandon BallwegOct 29, 20169 min read

If you’ve been doing photography for any amount of time, I think we can all agree: Taking photos at night or in dark environments can be really tricky. And when it comes to Halloween photography, we all know that the real fun happens after the sun goes down and things…

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Best Nikon Portrait Lenses: 9 Top Picks

Brandon BallwegOct 28, 201617 min read

There is no “perfect” portrait lens. And contrary to what some may try to make you believe, there’s no one lens you HAVE to have. There’s more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to portrait photography and any type of photography for that matter. There are…

A collection of camera lenses laid out on a table upside down.

The 7 Best Nikon Lenses for Weddings (Both FX and DX)

Brandon BallwegOct 25, 201616 min read

With so many options to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to narrow down the best lenses for wedding photography if you’re a Nikon shooter. When I was first starting out, I got it in my head that I needed to have a ton of lenses in…

picture of the Nikon d750 from the front with the body cap on

The Best Lenses for the Nikon D750

Brandon BallwegOct 19, 201612 min read

If you’re looking for the best lenses for the Nikon D750, it’s probably safe to assume that you already know what a powerful camera this is. It’s fast to focus, has incredible dynamic range, a nice big full-frame sensor, and it’s all wrapped up in a relatively small and ergonomic…

Image of a camera in someone's hand to start out guide on how to take photos

Beginner Photography: How to Take Pictures Like a Pro

Brandon BallwegOct 12, 201656 min read

When it comes to starting out at the beginner photography level, the amount of information you need to learn can be overwhelming at first. It can seem that there is so much to take in that you don’t know where to start in regards to how to take pictures properly.…

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Ricoh GR Review: Best Street Photography Camera?

Brandon BallwegSep 13, 201611 min read

To start off this Ricoh GR review, I think it’s safe to say on behalf of photographers everywhere: The smaller our camera, the more likely we are to take it with us. Well, that’s where the Ricoh GR, with its little 18.3mm F2.8 GR lens comes in. It’s a camera…

The Fujifilm x100s.

Fujifilm x100s Review: Is It Worth Considering in 2020?

Brandon BallwegSep 12, 20169 min read

The Fujifilm x100s’ fixed lens, a Fujinon 23mm f/2, is just about as good as it gets for 35mm equivalent focal length lenses (due to the crop factor on APS-C lenses, it has a 35mm field of view). My experience using this camera has mostly been doing street photography. The…

The Nikon 35mm f2D lens.

Nikon 35mm f2D Review: An Underrated Nikon DSLR Lens

Brandon BallwegSep 1, 201612 min read

The Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D Lens is a lens that I hold near and dear to my heart because of how it was there for me during the beginning of my wedding photography career when I needed a wide angle lens at a reasonable price. Providing optics more than…

The Nikon 70-200mm lens for DSLRs.

Nikon 70-200mm VR II Review

Brandon BallwegAug 28, 201610 min read

This is my review of the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens. While my reviews aren’t super technical, I do try to give a good idea on the optics of lenses but you won’t see sample brick wall pictures in this review. The Nikon 70 200mm…

The Nikon 24-70 2.8G Lens from the side.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens Review

Brandon BallwegAug 25, 201612 min read

The NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is Nikon’s professional lens covering the standard and very commonly used focal lengths between 24 and 70mm. It’s a well-performing lens with a relatively wide aperture of f/2.8 which stays constant throughout the zoom range, i.e. the aperture does not change as you’re zooming in and…

The Nikon 60mm macro lens from the side.

Nikon 60mm Macro f/2.8 G Review

Brandon BallwegAug 21, 20169 min read

The Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED is a short telephoto Nikon macro lens with a 1:1 focusing ability. The lens was released in March of 2008. I was surprised to learn this, as 8 years have gone by and there’s still not a lot of reviews of this…

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G from the side.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G Review

Brandon BallwegJul 29, 201610 min read

The Nikon 85mm 1.8 G, released in January 2012, is part of Nikon’s 1.8 G series lineup of lenses. These lenses are great choices for hobbyist photographers or professional photographers on a budget. There’s even a few areas where this lens outperforms the three-times-as-expensive Nikkor 85mm f 1.4. Much like…

The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens for DSLR cameras.

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Review

Brandon BallwegJul 21, 20168 min read

The Nikon 50mm 1.8 G is Nikon’s 50mm option within their growing lineup of budget-friendly/lightweight 1.8G lenses. The G series fills a gap between the very expensive professional 1.4 lenses and Nikon’s aging D series lenses. The f/1.8 G series lenses offer professional-grade image quality at an affordable price. But:…

Looking through a lens at a landscape on the site

Welcome to ComposeClick!

Brandon BallwegApr 12, 20161 min read

Hello everyone and welcome to ComposeClick! So what exactly is ComposeClick? The ComposeClick site was built to educate photographers and to help photographers make smart, informed decisions when it comes to buying gear for photography. 1