2009 Editor's Picks
The PCPhoto editors pick some of the best products and technologies for the new year
Looking for a perfect holiday gift for the “To Me, From Me” under the tree? We’ve compiled our annual list of a few of our favorite gear and accessories about which you’ll want to start dropping hints. From updated versions of essential tools to totally new ideas to make your photography more successful and enjoyable, this year’s list includes some of the most exciting technologies we’ve ever covered.
Toolbox: Digital Photo Frames
Share your images with the digital take on a familiar photo frame Despite the variety of options available for sharing images, nothing has the classical appeal of a photo frame, and digital has made the possibilities even more fun. Images can be presented on bright, vivid LCD screens in beautiful slideshows of single or multiple images. A variety of sizes are available for hanging on walls, placement around the house or on desks in the studio or office, and even as portable key chains. Uploading images often is as simple as plugging in a memory card, and modern digital photo frames can display images from wireless connections—one service even makes it possible to update a frame by telephone for family members who don’t have a computer.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Specialty Papers & Inks
Experiment with third-party and exotic inkjet media for creative results
Conventional wisdom says that for the best-looking prints, you should stick with your printer manufacturer's papers and inks. It's not bad advice because their printer-software drivers are fine-tuned for those inks and papers to ensure excellent results and print longevity. But if you only print with the standard photo stock, you're missing a chance to make an artistic choice.
Buyer's Guide 2009: Must-Have Accessories
Essential gear to make your photography more efficient, fun and creative Camera bags are especially important as they perform two vital functions, protecting your gear from damage and keeping it all organized. Available in a range of sizes, shapes and styles, there's no perfect bag for everyone, but there's a perfect bag for you, your equipment and the types of photography you do.
Cameras and housings perfect for poolside
Whether you're content to shoot from shoreline or want to dive in to snorkeling or scuba, with the right accessories, your camera also can come along, without fear of damage. Underwater housings protect your gear from the elements—even the salty seaside air can wreak havoc, and sand is no friend either. So before you hit the beach, get your photo gear a swimsuit, too.
Geared For Travel
Trip essentials for the photographer on the go
Whether you're jetting off on a family vacation, backpacking solo in the wild or going away on business, mobility is key when traveling with your photo gear. It's true that today's D-SLR bodies and lenses continue to set new standards for what's considered lightweight (the new Olympus E-420 weighs just 13.4 ounces). But throw in more extras than needed, and you'll be too exhausted from lugging your equipment around to take good shots. Consider these essentials to stay light on your feet.
Hot New Tech
A look at some of the cool new products and technologies introduced at this year’s CES and Macworld Expo
Just in case you didn't receive your perfect holiday gift, tech and electronic companies kick off the new year with two festivals full of stuff you didn't even know you couldn't live without: CES and Macworld. CES is one of those mega-trade shows that's legend, where all manner of must-have tech toys are debuted. And in recent years, thanks to the juggernaut that is the iPod and the growing demand for all things Apple, Macworld has been increasingly interesting to us, too.
2008 Editors' Choice Awards
Our annual guide to the best of digital photo gear and technologies
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
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 The 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
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.