Big Zoom Compacts

While interchangeable-lens cameras offer superior versatility and image quality, there’s a lot to be said in praise of fixed-lens, compact cameras, particularly those with extreme zoom capabilities.

While interchangeable-lens cameras offer superior versatility and image quality, there’s a lot to be said in praise of fixed-lens, compact cameras, particularly those with extreme zoom capabilities. All of the cameras here offer telephoto reach of at least 500mm*, and many go much further. For some perspective, Canon’s 500mm ƒ/4 L EF IS... Read more

Optical Filters for Black & White

The limited palette of black-and-white photography distills the world around us to rich hues and subtle silver tones

The limited palette of black-and-white photography distills the world around us to rich hues and subtle silver tones, making composition, form, texture and contrast your tools for composing an attractive image. Colors and hues translate differently when desaturated, however. For example, hues of red, green and blue that are so obviously different in... Read more

Cloud Storage

Long-term archival solutions are problematic.

Long-term archival solutions are problematic. Even when stored in an archive that’s free from environmental influence, high-end optical discs are expected to last between 50 to 100 years at the most. Standard CD-Rs are estimated to last less than a decade, and even fingerprints or markers can dissolve the data on discs over time. Dropbox ... Read more

Must-Have Optical Filters

Digital technology and software have given us enormous control over our images that we didn’t have in the wet darkroom, and they have made photography more playful, too.

Digital technology and software have given us enormous control over our images that we didn’t have in the wet darkroom, and they have made photography more playful, too. Look at the popularity of iPhone apps like Instagram, which by now I’m sure you’ve heard Facebook paid a cool $1 billion to acquire. The social web has an insatiable... Read more

LED Continuous Lights

From small camera-mountable units to larger studio setups, LED (light-emitting diodes) lights are “cool” in more ways than one.

From small camera-mountable units to larger studio setups, LED (light-emitting diodes) lights are “cool” in more ways than one. The incredibly compact fixtures are designed to produce very little heat while consuming very little power, making them a great green choice, as well as an excellent long-term lighting solution, with average life... Read more

Printers For Pro B&W

Whether in a home or in a gallery, the fine-art print may just be the antidote for digital overstimulation, and with black-and-white images making the perfect choice for long-lasting fine-art prints, there never has been a better time to look at what’s available for printing stunning black-and-whites.

Whether in a home or in a gallery, the fine-art print may just be the antidote for digital overstimulation, and with black-and-white images making the perfect choice for long-lasting fine-art prints, there never has been a better time to look at what’s available for printing stunning black-and-whites. While print heads have been refined to... Read more

Outfit Your Flash

Learning how to control your light is the first step toward producing professional-looking images.

Learning how to control your light is the first step toward producing professional-looking images. This used to involve a complicated studio setup with strobes, power supplies and plenty of gear to shape your look, but as technology progresses, many photographers are finding that the capabilities of modern camera flashes are so versatile that they’re... Read more

Ultraportable Laptops

The most diminutive laptops have seen some pretty dramatic changes over the last few years in terms of their performance and design.

Dubbed the "Ultrabook" class by Intel, who manufactures the processors behind much of the technology, the most diminutive laptops have seen some pretty dramatic changes over the last few years in terms of their performance and design. Now thinner and lighter than ever before, this ultraportable class of laptop computers is competing with traditional... Read more

Variety Packs

Using a gadget bag that’s too big can be as frustrating as using one that’s too small.

Using a gadget bag that’s too big can be as frustrating as using one that’s too small. Today’s photographers must match their carrying method to the gear they’re packing, as well as the type of journey they’re about to pursue. Airline travel, for instance, requires a bag that’s small enough to meet carry-on requirements... Read more

Projectors

For photos that are truly bigger than life, digital projectors can display images in exciting multimedia presentations that incorporate music, complex slideshows and, most importantly, bright and big projections of your photography.

For photos that are truly bigger than life, digital projectors can display images in exciting multimedia presentations that incorporate music, complex slideshows and, most importantly, bright and big projections of your photography. Whether at home with family or friends or presenting a portfolio of your images to large groups of people, the days of... Read more

Max Storage

Image resolution is constantly getting bigger and better, and now that most new DSLRs are beginning to offer HD video capabilities as a standard feature, it’s more important than ever to have enough room for keeping all of your files organized and backed up.

Image resolution is constantly getting bigger and better, and now that most new DSLRs are beginning to offer HD video capabilities as a standard feature, it’s more important than ever to have enough room for keeping all of your files organized and backed up. There also has never been a better time to take another look at external drives. Technology... Read more

Lighting Is The Difference

Try the creative use of lighting for a variety of in-camera effects, and also for achieving total control over a scene for perfect exposures every time.

Making a picture stand out from the crowd is an incredible challenge, and having the right tools for the job allow you to create the images the way that you imagine them, setting your photos apart by making your still images pop with life. Try the creative use of lighting for a variety of in-camera effects, and also for achieving total control over... Read more
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