Hands-On Video Review: Manfrotto BeFree Live Tripod

A specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, the BeFree Live includes a special dedicated video tripod head
Manfrotto BeFree Live tripod
The Manfrotto BeFree Live is a specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, and it includes a special dedicated video tripod head. We like to take the BeFree Live with us on photo and video shoots because of the unique locking collar, which is only found on the BeFree Live model. With a simple twist of a dial, the head goes from completely... Read more

DIY High-Power Video Or Still Light For Under $200

We made our own 11,200 lumen LED lighting solution that’s lightweight and durable. Check out the how-to video.
LED lighting solutions
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money in the studio, so we set out to see if we could create a low-budget but powerful lighting solution for photography and videography. After wandering the aisles of the local hardware store, we found materials that allowed us to create our very own studio lighting hack—an 11,200 lumen light that... Read more

Kensington Accessories Designed To Protect Ultrathin Devices

The new NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock and Nano Security Slot safeguard gear from theft
Kensington
As our devices become thinner and more lightweight, the risk of theft increasingly rises. Kensington provides some peace of mind with the new NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock and Nano Security Slot, specifically designed for today’s ultrathin laptops, tablets and desktop peripherals. The company has been providing physical security for devices for 25 years. The... Read more

The Portable Studio

Instant feedback from your camera’s LCD and lighting gear that’s lighter and more powerful can turn challenging lighting situations into stunning photos on the road
portable studio
Photographer Tom Bol travels most of the year on assignment and inevitably finds himself in challenging lighting situations. His portable studio kits help him conquer the conditions and return home with the shots he needs. Nikon D3, 14-24mm, shot at 1/250 at ƒ/14, Elinchrom Quadra with 39” Deep Octa Softbox I spend much of my year traveling the globe... Read more

Gear — Underwater

Gear recommendations for capturing dramatic underwater photos
Read our underwater photography how-to guide Mirrorless Mirrorless cameras are all the rage these days both above water and below, and they offer great performance in small packages. One option is the 42 MP Sony a7R II fitted with a Nauticam housing, and on the more affordable or entry-level side of the spectrum is the Olympus PEN series, with an acrylic... Read more

Hands-On Review: Apple MacBook Pro 2016

It’s faster and more powerful, but is the MacBook Pro a must-have computer?
Apple MacBook Pro 2016
When Apple released the portable powerhouse last year, we reviewed it in print and online. Now we’re taking you through the features of the MacBook Pro in our hands-on video review. With an almost desktop-level of power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is lighter and faster than the previous iteration (as is the 13-inch version). Among the features we look... Read more

Gear — Urban Night Photography

Gear recommendations for capturing the essence of a city at night
Read our urban night photography how-to guide Camera If the sun is down, it’s more than likely that I’ll be using a Sony a7S II full-frame mirrorless camera. While the sensor measures in at 12 megapixels, the pixels are very large and can pull in a ton of light. Its high-speed ISO performance is virtually unparalleled, though the Nikon D5 and Canon... Read more

Gear — Sports

The gear you need in the field to capture the action of sports
Read our sports how-to guide Cameras While mirrorless technologies continue to improve, the autofocus capabilities and frame rates of current DSLR cameras have made them the default choice for sports photographers, but that won’t last much longer. Nikon and Canon are the dominant players in the pro sports world. Nikon and Canon’s flagship full-frame... Read more

Gear — Landscapes

The tools you need in the field to return home with spectacular landscape images
Read our landscape how-to guide Camera Versatility and portability are important in landscape work because you’ll often need to travel to your subject. The Nikon D810 and Canon EOS 5DS offer high resolution in compact packages. The Pentax K-1 offers features designed for outdoor work, like GPS and star tracking. The Sony a7R II packs the highest resolution... Read more

Think Tank Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpack Hands-On Review

A great bag for travel whether you’re out shooting for the day or on a longer photo adventure
Think Tank Shape Shifter
A versatile backpack-style bag, the Shape Shifter V2.0 series from Think Tank solves one of the challenges of preparing for a photo outing—what bag to choose. The Shape Shifter stores a large amount of gear for longer photo trips and also compresses to a more portable bag via a zipper for photo day trips when you need to carry less gear. The Shape... Read more

Gear — Travel

Our gear recommendations for returning home with meaningful travel images
Read our travel how-to guide Cameras There are pros who take high-quality travel pictures with an iPhone. If you want professional-quality images, with fine detail and low levels of noise in all settings, though, you’ll need a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The larger the sensor, the better the image quality, generally speaking. For all-around photography,... Read more

Think Tank Mirrorless Mover Bags

Made by photographers for photographers, these bags don’t skimp on functionality or construction
Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 5 bag
Think Tank makes some of our favorite bags—they’re durable and well designed. Made by photographers for photographers, the bags and accessories they make don’t skimp in functionality or construction. The company’s Mirrorless Mover bag is a compact sling-style bag designed to carry compact mirrorless cameras and their lenses. Think Tank has just... Read more
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