Gear On A Budget

Big-ticket items may have to wait for the holidays, but there are scores of accessories you can use to try new techniques and improve your photo experience without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars.
By The Editors
Ansmann Digicharger Vario When you’re on the road, keep all of your rechargeable batteries powered up using the Ansmann Digicharger Vario. It works with Li-Ion and lithium-polymer battery packs, as well as AA/AAA, NiMH and NiCd batteries, making the charger compatible with most cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, PDAs, flashlights and…

Manage Your Photo Library

Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you’ll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks.
By Dave Willis
Make image management the first step in your workflow, and you'll free yourself to spend more time doing the more interesting digital darkroom tasks. Whether you prefer the total control of creating your own file structure or letting your software manage your files automatically, there are many excellent applications for…

Auto FX Mystical Tint Tone And Color 2.0

Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements?
By The Editors
Ever wonder how the pros create the cool photo effects you see on billboards and advertisements? With software plug-ins like Mystical Tint Tone and Color from Auto FX, you can replicate professional photo effects without needing any special technical skill in Photoshop. Big Variety Of Effects Version 2.0 offers 60…

A Traveler’s Lens

To outfit my first SLR, purchased in what seems like a hundred years ago, I acquired a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom.
By Seth Weber
To outfit my first SLR, purchased in what seems like a hundred years ago, I acquired a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom. Now, decades later, my basic travel kit still relies on two camera bodies and this simple lens combination; only today, the wide choice is a 10-20mm lens (to…

Supporting Video

The beauty of HD video is that it’s incredibly crisp and detailed—and that’s also its difficulty. Even a small amount of camera shake can be hard to watch for very long. If you’re getting into video with one of the latest HD camcorders or an SLR that offers HD capture, you want to give your camera proper support.
By David Willis
The beauty of HD video is that it's incredibly crisp and detailed—and that's also its difficulty. Even a small amount of camera shake can be hard to watch for very long. If you're getting into video with one of the latest HD camcorders or an SLR that offers HD capture,…

Classic Black & White

In an over saturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don’t have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software tools to perfect the final image.
By Dave Willis
APPLE APERTURE In an oversaturated world, the elegant, timeless appeal of black-and-white is in its simplicity. To get frame-worthy results, with a beautiful range of tones, you don't have to be a student of the Zone System—but you do need to start with a proper exposure and then use software…
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