Buyer's Guide 2008: Advanced Compact Cameras
Travel light with high-megapixel, long-range zoom cameras
One lens, big zoom—that's the number-one benefit of advanced compact cameras compared to D-SLRs. You don't have to own multiple lenses to go from macro to wide-angle, then zoom out to well over 300mm—which also means you don't have to carry multiple lenses around when you travel.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Color Calibration
Use these tools to ensure consistent color from import to output
Calibrating your monitor may not sound exciting, but the results can be. Without a properly calibrated monitor, photo edits won't be accurate, and what you see on your screen isn't what the prints will look like. So you'll have to make some tweaks and print again...and again.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Camera Accessories
Gear and gadgets to make your photography more productive, rewarding and creative
Choosing the right accessories is as important as selecting a camera and lenses. There are so many creative possibilities of which you simply can't take advantage without certain pieces of gear—filters, tripods and unique extras like underwater housings.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital SLRs
Regardless of your budget or skill level, there’s a D-SLR that’s right for you
While there are advantages to truly compact digital cameras, the compacts are no match for digital SLRs in terms of image quality and performance. D-SLRs have larger image sensors, better autofocusing and metering systems and will accept a wide range of interchangeable lenses and accessories.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Digital Storage
Make room for your high-resolution images and backups, too
You don't have to shoot long with today's multi-megapixel cameras to see your hard drive space be quickly consumed. And it's not just running out of storage space that should motivate you to look for alternative storage options.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Displays
Dramatically improve your efficiency and enjoyment of digital darkroom work with a big, bright LCD
Thinner, brighter and more affordable than ever, LCDs continue to make major strides, delivering outstanding image quality without budget-busting price tags. Compared to now antiquated CRTs, LCDs produce noticeably brighter, sharper-looking images, use half (or less) as much power and take up far less desk space while delivering larger screen sizes.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Hi-Def Camcorders
Record your life in pro resolution at a comsumer price
With a number of high-definition digital camcorders now on the market, it's time to get up to speed on what to look for. Here, you'll find a selection of what's being offered, plus tips on how to get the best out of your purchase. High definition isn't just limited to HDTV, Blu-ray or HD DVD. Manufacturers are now designing camcorders aimed at consumers that will digitally capture video in HD resolution. It's not just for the pros anymore.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Lenses
How to choose the best glass for your D-SLR
Pop quiz, hotshot: Would you rather have a) an awesome camera and an okay lens, or b) an okay camera and an awesome lens? The correct answer is b—no doubt about it.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Papers & Inks
Printing your best images with the latest and greatest in inks and papers
The key to making beautiful prints is to choose the best inks and papers. By experimenting with high-quality papers and inks, you can turn your images into printed works of art. The print technology of today has given us the power to make the kind of prints at home that you used to have to go to a professional lab service to achieve.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Photo Printers
Make your best prints in your favorite sizes faster and more easily than ever before
With such a wide range of photo printers on the market today, printing at home is an even more appealing option for getting your digital images out of the camera and onto paper than it has been in the past.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Photo-Processing Software
Today’s software offers us a big range of choices in how we work and play with our images
Image-processing software is amazing today. It allows the photographer to duplicate the old color and black-and-white darkroom without the mess, space or toxic chemicals. And we can do more, enhancing and optimizing images in ways that the traditional darkroom worker could only dream of.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Software Plug-Ins
Extend your image-processing possibilities with these top plug-ins
While you can do just about anything to an image with Photoshop, some tasks can be fairly labor-intensive or tricky to accomplish unless you know exactly what to do. Plug-ins are applications that extend the capabilities of Photoshop, most often by providing a more automated, simplified approach to an otherwise complex Photoshop task. They typically launch from within Photoshop and use a customized window with specialized tools for the job at hand.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Ultimate Systems
Upgrade the core of your digital darkroom for a faster, smoother photography workflow
With the Windows Vista and Mac Intel transitions behind us, now is a pretty safe time to consider replacing an aging computer, no matter which platform you prefer. Ample RAM for most photographers' needs is affordable, and many off-the-shelf systems boast solid digital-imaging specifications.
Buyer's Guide 2008: Web Services
Boost your digital darkroom with specialty printing and image storage online
One of the most exciting advantages of digital photography is the ability to transmit images electronically without any degradation of picture quality. This feature spawned new business opportunities and shook up the long-established operating procedures of the photo-processing industry.