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Without the right digital photography equipment, you can't produce the work you want to. Get the inside scoop on the latest photo gear to hit the market and learn a few tips for making the most of your setup.




2008 Editors' Choice Awards
Our annual guide to the best of digital photo gear and technologies
2008 Editors' Choice Awards

Our annual Editors' Choice Awards is consistently one of the most popular features in PCPhoto, but it's also one of the toughest for us as editors. We cover hundreds of new products each year, and trying to pick just a handful of these for recognition isn't easy. So, while we can't include every product worthy of mention, we try to highlight a variety of products we think represent the best of what's available for photographers today.


Trick Shots: Snow
Jump in to winter photo opportunities with these tips
Trick Shots: Snow

Taking pictures in the snow is cool, literally and figuratively speaking, but snow scenes present certain photographic challenges. First, all that white can fool a camera's exposure meter into thinking that the scene is brighter than it actually is, therefore setting the camera for an underexposed picture. The remedy: Set your exposure compensation dial to +1. The increase should give you a better exposure, which, of course, you can fine-tune further with exposure compensation and in the digital darkroom.



Buyer's Guide 2008: Papers & Inks
Printing your best images with the latest and greatest in inks and papers
Buyer's Guide 2008: Papers & InksThe key to making beautiful prints is to choose the best inks and papers. By experimenting with high-quality papers and inks, you can turn your images into printed works of art. The print technology of today has given us the power to make the kind of prints at home that you used to have to go to a professional lab service to achieve.

Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Camera Accessories
Gear and gadgets to make your photography more productive, rewarding and creative
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Camera Accessories

Choosing the right accessories is as important as selecting a camera and lenses. There are so many creative possibilities of which you simply can't take advantage without certain pieces of gear—filters, tripods and unique extras like underwater housings.


Buyer's Guide 2008: Lenses
How to choose the best glass for your D-SLR
Buyer's Guide 2008: Lenses

Pop quiz, hotshot: Would you rather have a) an awesome camera and an okay lens, or b) an okay camera and an awesome lens? The correct answer is b—no doubt about it.



Trade Tricks: Selective Focus
Using depth of field creatively
Trade Tricks: Selective Focus

Using selective focus is a powerful technique to help frame and present your subject. Playing with depth of field will help transform your image from one that looks like a quick snapshot to one that shows you've put some creative thought into how you want to present your subject.






 
 

 
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