Pro Light With Flash Modifiers

Use these key accessories to refine the output of your portable speedlights
By David Willis
Modern on-camera flashes are so powerful that many photographers are looking at them as a primary light source, and not just for events. Many of the advanced capabilities that used to be reserved for much more sophisticated and expensive lighting systems are now found in speedlights. Like traditional studio lighting,…

New Gear: July/August 2015

To ensure the colors in your print are the same as what you viewed on your monitor while processing your digital image, it's important to calibrate your monitor.
By The Editors
dp0 QUATTRO Sigma's dp0 Quattro is the fourth model in the compact Quattro series, and features the widest angle yet available in a Quattro model: a 14mm ƒ/4 (21mm 35mm equivalent). The dp0 Quattro is built on an updated Foveon Quattro sensor that, like previous Foveon sensors, uses green-, red-…

Managing Your Archive

Best practices to organize and protect your photo library
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
Every time I enter my office, I have to walk around a row of file cabinets. Meticulously captioned, labeled and organized are nearly 150,000 slides. Blood, sweat and tears went into creating that database of chromes. How times have changed! Next to my row of file cabinets is an 8…

New Gear: May/June 2015

Canon's 5DS and 5DSR, an ultrawide zoom for full-frame from Tamron, Samsung's NX500, the latest Art lens from Sigma, and several more new photo accessories
By The Editors
CANON EOS 5DS/5DS R Now providing an affordable alternative to a medium-format camera, Canon has developed the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, which offer the highest resolution of any 35mm DSLR, to date. Both the 5DS and 5DS R use a 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6…

Software For Portraits

Focused tools to simplify and automate the fine art of portrait retouching
By Wes Pitts
For some photographers, retouching portraits in Photoshop is part of the fun. For others, especially pros working through large image sets from multiple portrait sittings, retouching can become a grinding chore. If manual retouching sounds like all work and no play, consider investing in software that specializes in streamlining common…

Lenses For Portraiture

Considerations when choosing a lens for flattering photos of people
By Wes Pitts
Though there's no "perfect" lens for portraiture, it's generally agreed that a moderate telephoto in the range of 85mm to 135mm (35mm equivalent) is a reliably good choice. For tight headshots, an even stronger telephoto in the 200mm or even 300mm range may be a better choice. A lot depends…
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