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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,…

Benefits Of Continuous Lighting

Constant light sources are great solutions for both still and video because what you see is what you get
By David Willis
Continuous lighting is always on, and the obvious advantage to working with continuous light sources is that unlike strobes and monolights, which take a great deal of practice to learn before you inherently understand what changes will look like in a shot, what you're seeing in the real world with…

March/April 2013

By The Editors
TRAVEL CAMERA Bring the Nikon Coolpix P7700 on your next trip. The point-and-shoot delivers some impressive shooting features in a compact body. A large, 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, fast image processor and 8 fps continuous-shooting capability are some of the key specs. The 7.1x zoom opens up to ƒ/2 and…

Instant Portrait Studio

Five essential tools for creating stunning portraits at home
By The Editors
Ever thought of opening your own portrait studio? With a few key pieces of gear and a little space at home, you can start earning extra income photographing friends and neighbors and grow your business with referrals. You may already have a lot of the gear you'll need. Here are…
STREET SHOOTER Hit the pavement for some candid, on-the-go shooting with the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. The 12-megapixel camera has a 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 28-112mm ƒ/1.8-2.5 (35mm equivalent) zoom and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for solid performance in low light. The camera has a tilting 3-inch LCD with…

HDR Efex Pro 2

Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways.
By Wes Pitts
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2 is one of the top applications for creating high-dynamic-range images, and the new version upgrades the original in many ways. The most important change is an improved tone-mapping engine—which means the software does a better job rendering color and tonality, making more natural-looking HDR…

Top 10 iPhone Apps

And one tool that really helps me be a better photographer is my iPhone.
By Tom Bol
As a photographer, I want every advantage I can get to create great images. I buy the best equipment I can afford, practice my lighting skills until the wee hours of the night and log 18,000 road miles a year searching for great images. I try to practice what I…

Storage Solutions

A smart photo-backup strategy is one of the best investments you can make.
By Wes Pitts
A smart photo-backup strategy is one of the best investments you can make. We've reached a point where big-capacity storage is very affordable—for a few hundred dollars you can virtually guarantee that your image collection will survive disk crashes and other data disasters. Redundancy of data is the key. The…

Tablets

Remember that unwieldy seven-pound laptop you used to haul with you as part of your photo gear?
By Wes Pitts
Remember that unwieldy seven-pound laptop you used to haul with you as part of your photo gear? What? You say you still do? It's time you considered a tablet! There are a lot of tablet options out there, some more or less adept as a true photographer's companion—we have limited…

Continuous Lights For Still & Video

Constant lighting solutions, from traditional fixtures to new led systems
By David Willis
Continuous lighting solutions have seen a lot more attention over the last few years thanks to the need for a constant light source that will provide illumination for both stills and video. Traditionally based on tungsten, halogen and fluorescent bulbs, the advantage of continuous lights for still shooting is that…
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