Synology DS916+: It Will Go Full NAS, If You Want

A high-performance NAS for small- to medium-sized studios
NAS storage
The Synology DS916+ set up in my office next to the WiFi and my favorite plant. Following up on my story about storage solutions for small studios, there’s a company called Synology that makes a very high-end NAS, which is great for video-editing outlets and for huge studios. Synology competes with companies like G-Technology (the RAID cited in my... Read more

Blackforest Rimo I Camera Bag

A luxurious messenger-style camera bag for those fancy occasions, and for going to work, too
Blackforest Rimo I camera bag
In my never-ending quest for the perfect bag, I’ve finally found there really isn’t one, but instead, what I call occasion bags, like the fully functional, exceptionally well-thought-out Thule Covert I travel with or my FREITAG to just grab and go, and, there’s the full-day-of-shooting-style Think Tank suitcase. Now, I have a Blackforest Rimo... Read more

Storage Solutions For A Small Studio

A good storage and backup strategy takes a lot to set up, but is well worth the time
storage and backup solutions
With a custom 24MP Sony sensor, fast processing times and a huge buffer, a camera like the a9 can shoot 20 fps for up to 362 JPEG or 241 RAW images. Dual slots for UHS-II cards at up to 128 gigs means a photographer can finish an assignment with images of over 10K. All that tech and storage ensures you’ll likely never miss a shot, but you’ll also... Read more

Think Tank Photo Launches 31-Member Pro Team

A first for the company, the Pro Team is comprised of a group of renowned photographers and industry leaders from around the globe, who are being recognized for their support and brand advocacy
Think Tank Photo Pro Team
Think Tank Photo has launched a 31-member Pro Team. A first for the company, the Pro Team is comprised of a group of renowned photographers and industry leaders from around the globe, who are being recognized for their support and brand advocacy of Think Tank Photo bags and backpacks and other gear. Here’s the lineup, and among them are professionals... Read more

Vitamin Sea By Phillip Hotson

This photo by Phillip Hotson was featured in Exit in the Spring 2017 issue
Vitamin Sea by Phillip Hotson
“Vitamin Sea” was featured in Exit in the Spring 2017 issue of Digital Photo. Writes photographer Phillip Hotson, “I captured this image in Hope Cove, Devon, UK, a small, once fishing harbour, with Inner Hope and Outer Hope sitting on either side. I had been waiting a few days for a good sunset and, luckily, on this day, the cloud broke just enough... Read more

Working With Apple

Apple services you probably don’t know about
Apple programs
When Apple announced a Kaby Lake update to the MacBook Pro Touch at WWDC, some reviewers were upset. A popular tech blog even wrote an inflammatory headline about the update and then went on to lambast Apple for not shipping the Kaby Lake processor back in November when the MacBook Pro Touch launched. Not privy to Apple’s supply chain logistics, I... Read more

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C — First Hands-On Test

A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma 100-400mm lens
Sigma’s new Contemporary 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM has just arrived, and I’ve been spending some time putting it through its paces at a media event in Utah’s Park City. The new lens is, according to Sigma  “a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.” Sigma has called... Read more

Cooke Optics UK Factory Tour

How to get the Cooke Look
Cooke Optics lenses
A vintage Cooke Optics lens Cooke Optics has been making lenses for 130 years, and their coatings haven’t changed much since the ’60s—that’s what contributes to the Cooke Look cinematographers want on their digital bodies, like RED and ARRI. The coatings are like pixie dust and seen here (decades of them built up) on a flange. The flange holds... Read more

Photographer Profile: Daryl L. Hunter

V.I.Photographer Daryl L. Hunter
Daryl L. Hunter V.I.Photographer
Blue Hour Leopard. While leading a photo safari at Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, we found this leopard relaxing on a termite mound. The sun had just gone down, but we still caught the last warm color of sunset. Always hoping to maximize a great photo op, after a few hundred quick shots, I suggested we try shooting from the opposite side of... Read more

Explore Europeana Photography

The photographic archive—with a searchable database of more than 2.3 million items from European collections—is part of the Europeana Collections website
Europeana Photography
Venedig – Canale Grande (1929) by Nicola Perscheid. Staatliche Landesbildstelle Hamburg, Sammlung zur Geschichte der Photographie, erworben, 1972 In 1826 or 1827, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the world’s first image in a camera, or at least the earliest known surviving photograph. “View from the Window at Le Gras” was taken from an upstairs... Read more

Photographer Profile: Rene Bourque

V.I.Photographer Rene Bourque
Rene Bourque
Self-Portrait In HDR: This photo was taken in Domaine du Loup, Canada, for my website, www.domaineduloup.com. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24-70mm ƒ/2.8, ISO 160, ƒ/14, tripod Photographer: Rene Bourque Studio Name: Rene Bourque \ Photos Part-Time Professional Photographer Photographic Specialties: •    Landscape •    Wildlife •    Other Biography Rene... Read more

Self-Assigned Challenge: Cine Lenses

Manufacturers are responding to ever more capable cameras with cinema lenses, and Byron tries out two of them
cine lenses
“The Initial Mystery that attends any journey is: how did the traveler reach his starting point in the first place?” — Louise Bogan For this journey I’m on in London, it’s an initial mystery of shooting with cine lenses, but let’s back up to the starting point. If you’ve never heard of a cine lens, that’s shorthand for cinema, and what’s... Read more
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