Alien Skin Bokeh 2

Selective-focus techniques can take a good photo and make it great by focusing attention where you want, softening background distractions.
By The Editors
Selective-focus techniques can take a good photo and make it great by focusing attention where you want, softening background distractions. A fast lens set to its maximum aperture or specialty tilt/shift lenses allow you to do this in-camera, but you also can re-create this look using software like Alien Skin’s…

Nik HDR Efex Pro

HDR imaging has emerged as a serious tool for photographers, and this new application from Nik is one of the most robust solutions we’ve used.
By The Editors
HDR imaging has emerged as a serious tool for photographers, and this new application from Nik is one of the most robust solutions we’ve used. Setting it apart are multiple tone-mapping algorithms, from photo-realistic to otherworldly, giving you broad creative latitude in an easy-to-use tool. If you’ve used Nik software…

External Storage

Chances are, you’re storing a lot more digital media on your computer than even just a year or two ago.
By Wes Pitts
Chances are, you're storing a lot more digital media on your computer than even just a year or two ago. Music and movie collections perpetually grow, e-mails with long-forgotten attachments aggregate, and now that your digital camera probably has the ability to capture HD video in addition to multi-megapixel images,…

Flash & Lighting

Mastering the tools to control light is one of the most effective ways to improve your skills as a photographer.
By Kim Castleberry
Mastering the tools to control light is one of the most effective ways to improve your skills as a photographer. Your camera’s built-in flash is adequate for typical snapshots, but it will only take your images so far. The fixed straight-on direction, further hampered by generally limited control and range,…

Tripods & Supports

You probably know that tripods can make a huge difference in getting sharper pictures, but buying a tripod definitely isn’t as exciting as buying a new camera or lens.
By Rob Sheppard
You probably know that tripods can make a huge difference in getting sharper pictures, but buying a tripod definitely isn't as exciting as buying a new camera or lens. Owning a good tripod is a bit like flossing—you know you should do it, but other things just get more attention.…

Essential Acessories

Ahead of the trend toward natural, interactive interfaces, the Wacom Cintiq 21UX offers the most precise way yet to interact with a truly useful, large-format display.
By The Editors
WACOM CINTIQ 2IUXH Ahead of the trend toward natural, interactive interfaces, the Wacom Cintiq 21UX offers the most precise way yet to interact with a truly useful, large-format display. At 21.3 inches, the pressure-sensitive screen has plenty of room for software toolbars and big photo views—perfect for pixel-level editing. Touch…
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