The Do-It-All Lens

All-in-one zooms that can cover wide-angles to telephoto
By David Willis
Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM Over time, many pros build up an impressive arsenal of lenses for specialized use, but if you're just starting out, superzooms are a great way to save on cost while still being able to cover most subjects. Digital lens design has mitigated the difference…

High-Power Monolights

For versatility in and out of the studio, these high-output strobes are ideal
By William Sawalich
When it comes time to invest in in serious strobe lighting, many photographers opt for the versatility of monolights. Whereas pack-based systems typically provide greater output (measured in watt seconds, or ws, equivalent to joules), monolights are modular, self-contained and less expensive—making them the ideal entrée into the studio strobe…

Perfect Photo Suite 8

Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters.
By The Editors
Historically, photo software could be divided into three basic types: organizers, editors and special-effects filters. Over the years, the lines have blurred, with each type adding functions from the other two. onOne Software's Perfect Photo Suite 8 is an example of all three types coming together in one package. Eight…

Pop-Up Studio

Build a kit of essential gear for shooting on location
By Wes Pitts
What does it take to get pro results practically anywhere? This on-location shooting guide covers all the bases for shooting outdoors, at events or in your subject's home or office. Much of this gear also is useful for creating an instant studio at home. Harbor Digital Design's Ultimate Light Box…
COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you're taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while…

Pixelmator 3.0 FX

One of the reasons why it's possible for Pixelmator to deliver so much for so little is that it harnesses technologies already built into OS X, like Core Image.
By Wes Pitts
If you use a Mac for photo editing, Pixelmator is definitely an app to check out. For an astoundingly affordable price—$29 via the Mac App Store—it offers a very robust toolset that competes with applications several times its price. One of the reasons why it's possible for Pixelmator to deliver…
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