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Water Armour

Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It's also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera.
By Kim Castleberry
Aquapac SLR Camera Case Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It's also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera. The deeper your relationship is with the water,…

Flash Modifiers

Make your portable flash more capable of professional results
By David Willis
Whether artificial or natural, light that comes from a single source is directional and harsh, which results in images that have a lot of contrast and heavy shadows. Generally, this is unflattering to a subject, especially when working with people. Even with limited swiveling abilities and wireless control over multiple…

May/June 2012

By The Editors
CS6 TEST Get a preview of the latest version of Adobe Photoshop with the CS6 Public Beta. Among the changes you may notice first is a darker interface. Taking a page out of the Lightroom notebook, the dark interface is intended to minimize distractions, putting the focus solely on the…

Photoshop Lightroom 4

Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all.
By Wes Pitts
Photoshop CS is the undisputed leader in digital imaging, but for many photographers, it contains a lot of tools that are rarely used, if at all. That's why Photoshop Lightroom was incredibly popular when it was introduced, with a step-by-step workflow designed to speed through the steps, from importing to…

Get Mic’d Up!

It's no secret that when shooting video with your DSLR, you need an external microphone if you want to capture quality audio in the field.
By George Petersen
It's no secret that when shooting video with your DSLR, you need an external microphone if you want to capture quality audio in the field. So you've purchased an ultradirectional shotgun mic or a wide-angle stereo model with a camera-shoe mount and an 1?8-inch audio output that attaches directly to…

Intro To Macro

Macro photography is a passport to a world of details and new perspectives.
By Wes Pitts
Macro photography is a passport to a world of details and new perspectives. It's also one of the most challenging types of photography to master, but don't let that stop you. Whether you want to get into product photography or explore the intricacies of nature, with the right lens, camera…

March/April 2012

By The Editors
ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM Shoot from wide-angle to tele on your Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC lens. Weighing just 16.2 ounces, this compact lens has you covered no matter what kind of pictures you're taking. In 35mm format, the equivalent focal length range is 27-300mm.…

Creative Lighting For Portraiture

Affordable lighting setups that can dramatically improve your images
By David Willis
Einstein E640 Flash Unit From Paul C. Buff, Inc. As a traveling and oftentimes "guerrilla" editorial and advertising photographer, I usually run into a ton of complications when it comes to getting the gear I need into locations, whether it be the need to travel light and get out quickly,…
ARCA-SWISS FOR NEX Accessorize your Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 with some useful tools from Arca-Swiss. The NEX Kit consists of a mini L-bracket and a shoe for attaching an optical finder. The Nex L-bracket is fully adaptable with the monoball Fix and monoball Classic quick-release systems and allows you…

Corel PaintShop Pro X4

With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs.
By The Editors
With a revised interface and several helpful new tools, Corel PaintShop Pro X4 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The image management and editing software takes care of your organizing, editing and sharing needs. Overall, the program offers 75 new or enhanced performance features that include high-dynamic-range processing,…
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