B&W Toolkit

From cameras to printers to digital applications, a variety of contemporary imaging solutions are available to make black-and-white photography a more creative proposition
By Ellis Vener
The first thing to understand about black-and-white image making is that it starts with color. Whether recorded as a color or black-and-white image, whether we start with an image recorded on film or a digital capture, black-and-white photographic images exploit not just the contrasts between different amounts of light, but…

New Gear: January/February 2016

Constructed from peach-wax cotton canvas and leather, Tenba’s Cooper camera bag line elevates canvas to a whole other level.
By The Editors
TENBA COOPER COLLECTION Constructed from peach-wax cotton canvas and leather, Tenba’s Cooper camera bag line elevates canvas to a whole other level. It’s incredibly soft to the touch, but still rugged, and leather trim and accents add to its conservative good looks. Available in gray and in four sizes, the…

Editors’ Choice Awards

Our favorite gear, tools and tech from 2015
By The Editors
This has been a phenomenal year for photography, with a seeming end to a global recession and a wave of new photographers entering the market, thanks to the popularity of social media. There are more energized, passionate photographers now than there ever have been. While we haven’t seen the statistics…

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…

New Gear: December 2015

Check out the new photography gear and accessories making headlines
By The Editors
CANON 120 MP DSLR AND CINEMA EOS SYSTEM 8K CAMERA Canon has announced the development of two new impressive cameras, a 120-megapixel DSLR and the Cinema EOS System 8K camera. The Cinema EOS 8K enables input and output for 8K video content, plus 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.…

The One-Light Portrait

Simple and elegant, less can be very much more
Text & Photography By Clay Cook
Over the course of a 40-year career, Annie Leibovitz created some of the most iconic and unique editorial portraiture, recognized all over the world. Being a self-taught photographer, I looked to her work time and time again for inspiration and motivation. I scoured the Internet for information on her lighting…
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