Optics For Macro

Three ways to get closer to your subject
By Mike Stensvold
Want to try exploring the miniature worlds accessible through close-up photography? There are options for every budget, from premium lenses specially designed for macro work, to relatively inexpensive extension tubes and close-up lenses, or "diopters", that resemble optical filters and attach to the front of your lens. Here are the…

Underwater Housings

A range of options for keeping your gear dry
By Mike Stensvold
Underwater photography opens up a whole new world of photo opportunities, but requires some means of protecting your camera from the water. There are compact cameras that are designed to be used underwater, and for casual shooting or just trying it out, these are excellent, but they have small sensors…

New Gear: September/October 2015

Check out the new photography gear and accessories making headlines
By The Editors
THREE NEW NIKKOR LENSES Nikon has introduced three new lenses, all featuring Nikon's electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposures during high-speed shooting. For DX (APS-C) Nikon DSLR users, there's the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm ƒ/2.8-4E ED VR (equivalent in field of view to 24-120mm on a full-frame camera), which provides focal…

Pro Light With Flash Modifiers

Use these key accessories to refine the output of your portable speedlights
By David Willis
Modern on-camera flashes are so powerful that many photographers are looking at them as a primary light source, and not just for events. Many of the advanced capabilities that used to be reserved for much more sophisticated and expensive lighting systems are now found in speedlights. Like traditional studio lighting,…

New Gear: July/August 2015

To ensure the colors in your print are the same as what you viewed on your monitor while processing your digital image, it's important to calibrate your monitor.
By The Editors
dp0 QUATTRO Sigma's dp0 Quattro is the fourth model in the compact Quattro series, and features the widest angle yet available in a Quattro model: a 14mm ƒ/4 (21mm 35mm equivalent). The dp0 Quattro is built on an updated Foveon Quattro sensor that, like previous Foveon sensors, uses green-, red-…

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…
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