Tools For Lighting Outdoor Portraits

Gear to add fill and enhance the quality of natural light for stunning portraits
By David Willis
When working with natural light, the singular light source of the sun is difficult to control. It's a large, directional light source, which means it produces a lot of "hard" light that comes from only one direction. This results in high-contrast images with a lot of shadows. There's nothing wrong…

July/August 2012

By The Editors
DN PRIMES Expand your perspective when shooting with an interchangeable-lens camera using the Sigma Digital Neo (DN) lenses. The 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN and 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN are designed for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEX cameras. The fast primes feature Sigma's Super Multi-Layer Coating,…

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…

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…
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