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…

New Gear: March/April 2015

Canon's new EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, Sony's 4K Action Cam, Seagate's super-slim Seven portable drive, and more
By The Editors
CANON EF 100-400MM ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Canon has redesigned their compact super-telephoto zoom lens. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens now utilizes a rotation zoom ring for exact adjustments and weight balance instead of the previous model's push-pull zoom. With this…

Software For Black & White

Seven popular applications for converting your color images to monochrome
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Though any good photo editor will include tools for black-and-white conversion, plug-ins and specialty apps go a step further for more control and additional special effects that can add an extra creative dimension to your images if you do a lot of black-and-white work. Here are some of the most…
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