Remote Control

Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can't comfortably be.
By Wes Pitts
CamRanger Wireless Camera Control Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can't comfortably be. While remote controls for cameras aren't new, the smartphone has made it possible to do a lot more…

Ground Control

Exploring aerial photography with DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+
Text & Photography By Ryan Noll
Drones are a hot-button topic. It seems every few days there's a new story considering the implications, good or bad, of aerial photography and videography, not to mention the contentious debate pertaining to the legality of using them commercially. But, really, with so much chatter about drone use, what's it…

Photo Experience

Classes, tours and workshops offer valuable instruction and insights to sharpen your skills
By Ashley Myers-Turner
Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced pro, there's always something new to learn in photography. Practice is essential, learning through trial and error, but you can fast-track your improvement by interacting with other photographers, sharing difficulties and successes, and getting feedback from expert instructors. Whether you prefer to…

HDR Basics

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
By Wes Pitts, Photography By Kevin McCoy
There's a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by "mapping" tone values of each pixel to surrounding pixels, reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. It's a…

How To Insure Photography Equipment

I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches
By William Sawalich
I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches. Thankfully, though, we didn't lose any expensive camera equipment, and the computers, furniture and structures we did lose were covered by insurance. It got me thinking, though, about…

Multi-Shot Noise Reduction

As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures.
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
As great as digital camera sensors and processors have become at combating noise, this film grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures. So, reducing excessive noise, or literally improving the signal-to-noise ratio, is as important as ever. There are plenty of traditional…
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