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

Westcott Basics LED Hands-On Review

An inexpensive and portable light that may be the ideal solution for many photographers
Westcott Basics LED
Lighting gear is essential to us as photographers, and one of the challenges we face is finding good, inexpensive solutions that are small enough for us to carry anywhere. Our portability and affordability problems are solved with Westcott’s Basics LED, thanks to the unique design of this LED light system—it uses standard “Edison” fixtures (those... Read more

Blackmagic Video Assist Hands-On Review

We take Blackmagic’s external video viewing, control and recording device for a spin in our video review.
Blackmagic video assist
Anyone using their digital cameras to capture video has had the realization that the LCD screens built into the cameras might be good enough to review stills, but they’re woefully inadequate when working to compose video. While the portability of a digital camera is convenient, it takes a lot of work (and often a lot of reshoots) to ensure that the... Read more

Gear — Portraits

Our recommendations for the best gear to level up your portraiture work.
Read our portrait how-to guide Cameras Most pros prefer full-frame cameras for portrait work, but whether you use a full-frame or crop-framed one like APS-C or Micro Four Thirds, you have the same needs. You want good image quality, a camera that feels comfortable and that makes sense to you. I use a Canon 1D X Mark II, but honestly, if I weren’t... Read more
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