Make better exposures with lighting solutions that work best for you
by Kim Castleberry
Mastering the tools to control light is one of the most effective ways to improve your skills as a photographer.
Leica M9by David Willis
While the high price point of the Leica M9 is certainly not for the faint of heart, you can’t deny the stylish elegance for which the historic M Series of Leica rangefinders are known.
What you need to know to pick the perfect lenses for your digital camera
by William Sawalich
Some photographers still ask if they can use old 35mm-film lenses on new DSLRs.
Nikon D300S by Mike Stensvold
Nikon made a really good thing even better when it created the D300S by adding a number of useful new features to its very popular 12.3-megapixel D300 model.
Nikon D3100 by Mike Stensvold
For a few dollars more than the older D5000, Nikon’s newest DSLR, the D3100, omits the Vari-angle LCD, but increases still resolution to 14.2 megapixels and also bumps video capture up to 1080p HD (from the D5000’s 720p), with full-time autofocusing capability similar to that of a camcorder.
Olympus E-30by Mike Stensvold
When the E-30 was first introduced, it bridged the gap between the E-3 and the more consumer-focused E-520—it even beat out the E-3 in resolution, with 12.3 megapixels compared to the E-3’s 10.1 megapixels.
Olympus E-5by Mike Stensvold
Olympus introduced the Four Thirds System with the professional-oriented E-1 DSLR back in 2003.
Olympus E-620by Mike Stensvold
The E-620 packs a number of the E-30’s features into a lower-priced, smaller package—it’s one of the smallest and lightest DSLRs you can buy.
Olympus PEN E-P2by Mike Stensvold
Olympus’ second mirrorless model, the E-P2 shares most of the EP-1’s features, but adds some improvements.
Olympus PEN E-PL1by Mike Stensvold
Olympus’ “economy” mirrorless model, the E-PL1 is probably better suited to the compact-camera user moving up to an interchangeable-lens camera than to the DSLR user looking for a smaller alternative.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10by Mike Stensvold
Panasonic’s “economy” mirrorless model, the G10 has much in common with the G2 (which was introduced at the same time), including the 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine HD II processing and built-in pop-up flash unit.
Feature-Packed Models Pair Pocket Portability With Advanced Performance
by David Willis
Ideal as a backup camera for your SLR and for those times when you need a small camera that doesn’t sacrifice control and features, the upper tier of compact cameras can do some amazing things.
Sigma SD15by Mike Stensvold
The long-awaited successor to the SD14, the new SD15 features the same unique Foveon X3 image sensor but improves upon the SD14 with quicker operation.
Sony Alpha NEX-3by Mike Stensvold
A smidge larger than the NEX-5 (but still more compact than any other mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera), the NEX-3 shares most of that camera’s fine features.
Sony DSLR A900by David Willis
Even two years after its initial release, the Sony DSLR-A900 is still resolution champion in its class with a 24.6-megapixel, full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor.
Sony DSLR-A560by Mike Stensvold
Replacing the DSLR-A550 as Sony’s top APS-C DSLR, the new A560 adds 1920x1080 AVCHD video capability (plus 1440x1080/30p MP4 video), thanks to a new 14.2-megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor.
Sony SLT-A55by Mike Stensvold
Well, it’s not really a DSLR, and it’s certainly not mirrorless.
Check out these programs that will help you get more from your digital photography
by Rob Sheppard
For many photographers, image processing is more work than play, but even if you enjoy it, you’ll appreciate the speed, control and creativity provided by plug-ins and specialty software.
by Mike Stensvold
Digital technology not only has changed the way we take pictures, but it’s changing the way cameras are designed. The vast majority of photographers use either compact digital cameras or digital SLRs.