New Gear: April/May 2016

The 360-ws bare-bulb Flashpoint StreakLight TTL strobe works just as well off-camera as it does when mounted on a Nikon or Canon camera.
By The Editors
FLASHPOINT STREAKLIGHT TTL The 360-ws bare-bulb Flashpoint StreakLight TTL strobe works just as well off-camera as it does when mounted on a Nikon or Canon camera. Its versatility extends to the ability to use it as a Master or Slave, in addition to shooting high-speed sync, utilizing remote manual control…

Gearing Up For The Great Outdoors

Be prepared for any shot, and whatever Mother Nature throws at you, with the right gear
By David Schloss
There’s nothing quite so invigorating as being outdoors, and no better place to be motivated to take great images than when surrounded by the splendor of nature. From sunsets to surfers, the variety of outdoor subjects available is nearly limitless, and when you’re done photographing everything on God’s Green Earth,…

Hands-On Review: AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR

This budget-based extreme telephoto lens from Nikon is one of the best bargains in photography
By David Schloss
Judging by the name and specifications alone, the new AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR from Nikon doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an exceptional lens—with a minimum aperture of ƒ/5.6 and a street price of under $1,400, even Nikon’s own press release doesn’t talk up the power of…

Upgrading Your Gear

To upgrade your photography start by upgrading your equipment
By Ellis Vener
While it’s true that most people turn to their phones and mobile devices for their daily snapshots, the popularity of camera phones has sparked a vigorous nonstop evolution and proliferation of advanced amateur and professional gear. As masses of people embrace photography as part of their daily lives, it seems…

New Gear: March/April 2016

Lens filters don’t get any tougher than Sigma’s Water Repellent (WR) Ceramic Protector.
By The Editors
SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR FILTER Lens filters don’t get any tougher than Sigma’s Water Repellent (WR) Ceramic Protector. This clear ceramic glass filter is shock- and scratch-resistant, with a water-repellent coating that not only protects the front of your lens, but also repels water, dust and oil, making it easier…

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…
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