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Tripods & Supports

You probably know that tripods can make a huge difference in getting sharper pictures, but buying a tripod definitely isn’t as exciting as buying a new camera or lens.
By Rob Sheppard
You probably know that tripods can make a huge difference in getting sharper pictures, but buying a tripod definitely isn't as exciting as buying a new camera or lens. Owning a good tripod is a bit like flossing—you know you should do it, but other things just get more attention.…

Flash & Lighting

Mastering the tools to control light is one of the most effective ways to improve your skills as a photographer.
By Kim Castleberry
Mastering the tools to control light is one of the most effective ways to improve your skills as a photographer. Your camera’s built-in flash is adequate for typical snapshots, but it will only take your images so far. The fixed straight-on direction, further hampered by generally limited control and range,…

Lenses

Some photographers still ask if they can use old 35mm-film lenses on new DSLRs.
By William Sawalich
SOME PHOTOGRAPHERS still ask if they can use old 35mm-film lenses on new DSLRs. The answer is yes you can, but you probably won't want to. Why? Because digital sensors handle light differently than film. Designed-for-digital lenses focus light differently to better register on the image sensor, and digital-specific coatings…

onOne Software PhotoTools 2.5

The best thing about Photoshop is that the creative possibilities are practically endless; that’s also the worst thing about Photoshop.
By The Editors
The best thing about Photoshop is that the creative possibilities are practically endless; that’s also the worst thing about Photoshop. Unless you have a clear vision of your end result, you can spend hours tinkering with adjustments only to decide you don’t like the final product. That’s where plug-ins like…

It’s The Lens, Baby!

Selective focus is a hot trend in photography. The soft, dreamy look is ideal for portraits, close-ups and scenics, directing attention by blurring your subject’s surroundings.
By The Editors
Selective focus is a hot trend in photography. The soft, dreamy look is ideal for portraits, close-ups and scenics, directing attention by blurring your subject's surroundings. When you want the creative effects of selective focus in-camera, you can't beat the simplicity of Lensbaby lenses and optics. A big part of…

Alien Skin Exposure 2

If you find yourself sometimes longing for the good old days of film, Alien Skin has just the solution. With Exposure 2, you can give your digital photography a nostalgic look.
By The Editors
If you find yourself sometimes longing for the good old days of film, Alien Skin has just the solution. With Exposure 2, you can give your digital photography a nostalgic look. The plug-in reproduces the look of film emulsions like TRI-X, Velvia, Agfachrome and others that are no longer available,…

Apple Aperture 3

It was two years, almost to the day, from the announcement of Aperture 2 to the recent release of Aperture 3.
By Wes Pitts
It was two years, almost to the day, from the announcement of Aperture 2 to the recent release of Aperture 3. We’re glad to say that the new features and general improvements in Aperture 3 were worth the wait. Though targeted primarily at professionals, Apple has put considerable effort into…

Ultimate Travel Lenses

Now more than ever, traveling light is a pleasure.
By David Willis
Now more than ever, traveling light is a pleasure. While the amount of gear photographers typically carry has expanded in the digital age, airlines are increasingly restricting what we can bring on board. Minimizing gear without sacrificing creative options is a huge benefit. That's where big-range zoom lenses can help…

Intuos4 Wireless

We love Wacom tablets for photo enhancements. Pressure-sensitive pens give you unmatched control and efficiency with common retouching tasks like cloning and painting layer masks.
By Wes Pitts
We love Wacom tablets for photo enhancements. Pressure-sensitive pens give you unmatched control and efficiency with common retouching tasks like cloning and painting layer masks. Intuos4, Wacom's professional tablet series, was introduced last year and featured several innovative enhancements and conveniences. The new Intuos4 Wireless adds Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you…

iPad

It’s tough to miss a new product announcement from Apple these days—the company is playing a major role in reinventing the ways we interact with media and data, with an emphasis on mobility.
By Wes Pitts
It's tough to miss a new product announcement from Apple these days—the company is playing a major role in reinventing the ways we interact with media and data, with an emphasis on mobility. Most of the attention paid to the iPad has been around the subject of e-books and whether…
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