Cool Gear: Novoflex Photo Survival Kit
This modular tripod kit is versatile and compact and will make an immediate improvement in your photography
No one, and I mean no one, likes to carry a tripod, but at the same time, there's no single tool that can improve your images as much as using a tripod regularly. No matter how fast a shutter speed you use, your pictures will be sharper, crisper and clearer if you put the camera on a tripod. Period.
Trade Tricks: Underwater Digital For Travelers
Create amazing images beneath the water’s surface with your digital camera
If you've snorkeled or scuba dived on vacation, you already know about the amazing world that lies beneath the water's surface. The remarkable creatures and seascapes are so stunning that they beg to be captured in photographs. Thankfully, you don't have to be a professional photographer with expensive gear to take dramatic underwater images.
POWER GUIDE: Battery Options & Tips
New batteries and chargers let you keep shooting and shooting and shooting...
As digital photographers, we enjoy the freedom of working with a flexible, creative medium. Without batteries, though, our cameras and flash units would become high-tech paperweights. With the development of new batteries and chargers, there's now a great variety of power sources from which to choose. They offer vastly better performance than our old familiar standards. Here's how to choose among them, and how to get the best out of your batteries in the field.
Must-Have Travel Gear
A selection of mobile gear that makes photography on the road easier
From camping in the wilderness and hiking mountain trails, to first-class seating and four-star hotels, everyone's idea of what makes a memorable trip is different. Wherever you're traveling, reaching that destination can be an arduous journey, especially when you're intending to shoot.
Extras! Extras! Read All About 'Em!
Gear up with the latest and greatest in accessories for digital photography
So you've created more space in your pack by replacing the dozens of film canisters for a few memory cards. What to do with that extra space? You can't just leave it empty, awaiting deposits of dust and used gum wrappers. No! Use that space wisely. Attach it, clamp it, screw it on. Accessorize! You don't have to spend a ton of cash for something extremely useful. Here are some handy tools that will help boost your creativity and add a little technical ease to your digital shooting.
Buyer's Guide 2006: Inkjet Papers
Choosing wisely will enhance the look and longevity of your prints
The final look of your print has everything to do with the paper you place in your printer. Beyond size, the weight, whiteness and surface of a paper all make a dramatic difference in the appearance of color and tone, especially whites and blacks. By carefully selecting paper, you can move beyond merely copying an image and elevate printmaking to a more creative part of your photography.
Trade Tricks: Digiscoping
Achieve high magnification with a digital camera and spotting scope
Photographing wildlife or the Little League left-fielder at a great distance can be a challenge, especially if you don't have the deep pockets to afford a large super-telephoto lens of 600mm or higher. All hope isn't lost, however; digital photography gives us the benefit of high magnification through digiscoping.
Cool Gear: iPod And Photography
Apple's iPod is more than just the stylish jukebox you can’t live without
If you haven't heard of Apple's iPod, you need to get out more. No single product has so dominated popular culture in recent memory like this shiny little icon of the digital lifestyle. What you may not know is that the iPod does more for photographers than merely play music.
2006 Editors' Choice Awards
30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006
It's tough being an editor for a magazine like PCPhoto. Not that we don't love getting our hands on the latest gear, but trying to cover all of the excellent products that are introduced each year within our limited number of issues makes for some difficult decisions. That's one of the reasons we feature our annual Editors' Choice Awards in each December issue. It's our chance to highlight unique products that we feel can help make your experience with digital photography more enjoyable and successful.
Download, print, surf the web and more—the digital world is better when you cut the cord
I despise wires, but I love the devices they connect. On or around my desk, there are no less than a dozen peripherals, tools and gadgets, each of which requires at least one wire, and some, two or more.
Cool Gear: Fresh Frame-Up
Picture frames will never be the same as new technology changes the possibilities of display
How can you display your favorite digital images and movie clips in any room of your house without being connected to a PC? By using a digital picture frame. These mini-monitors have been around for a while, but recent improvements in features—combined with more attractive pricing—are causing people to take a closer look.