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…
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