Step up your smartphone photos and videos with these top accessories
By Dan Halik
The cameras in smartphones continue to get better and better—but they can only do so much. There are simply too many inherent limitations in the design of smartphone cameras including tiny imaging sensors, limited lenses and awkward ergonomics for many photo and video uses. That’s where a few key smartphone camera accessories can help. A...
If you’re traveling and want to photograph your adventure like a pro, discover the tools you need to make the most of your trip
Text & Photography By Brian Matiash
As a pro photographer, I’ve done more than my share of travel photography. But one thing I’ve noticed in my personal experiences as well as those from other travel shooters: The genre of travel photography is so broad and expansive that it’s almost impossible to make recommendations without first learning more about the intent of the photographer...
For the best photo experience and enhanced creative options, consider these must-have accessories
Text & Photography By Brian Matiash
My tripod is the most important accessory in my kit. So much of how I create my photos relies heavily on keeping my camera perfectly still, even when I’m working in challenging environmental conditions.
You would think that to practice and enjoy photography, all you’d need is a camera and a lens, right? In a basic sense, that’s absolutely true....
Think small when gearing up for travel photography
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
While many cameras continue to downsize thanks to the mirrorless revolution, the quality of their images keeps ramping up. Many photographers are switching over to small full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds camera systems and enjoying the incredible results these systems provide, and equally enjoying the weight savings they provide.
As we gear up...
Outfit a growing camera kit with the ideal lenses and accessories for the kind of photography you like to do—from travel to landscapes, portraits to wildlife
Without a lens, a new camera is useless. And, without the right lens and the right accessories—media, tripod and camera bag—anything beyond the basics is a real challenge. Here’s a look at the lenses and accessories that make a new camera better and more fun.
Lenses aren’t very flashy, but they sure are important. In the past...
Master lighting with the ideal tool for precision exposure control
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
There’s an often-overlooked device that some photographers say is outdated, but which in fact is just as useful today as ever. This necessity of the film era should still find a place in photographers’ bags, especially those who want total control over their lighting and exposure. It’s the handheld light meter, and it’s treasured by many photographers...
Fill your camera bag with the right tools to get the shot
By Brian Matiash
Editor’s Note: This piece first appeared in our Fall issue and reflects the products available at the time of publication. To see our coverage of the latest gear, visit our News section.
In the most basic sense, all a photographer needs to take a photo is camera apparatus and a lens. Well, those two things and light. But beyond that, do photographers...
The new NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock and Nano Security Slot safeguard gear from theft
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.
Gear recommendations for capturing dramatic underwater photos
Read our underwater photography how-to guide
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...
The gear you need in the field to capture the action of sports
Read our sports how-to guide
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...
We take Blackmagic’s external video viewing, control and recording device for a spin in our video review.
By David Schloss
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...
Handmade Cub & Co Camera Straps are made by hand in the U.S., and add retro-beauty to your camera gear.
Like many photographers, I have a drawer full of camera straps. With very few exceptions, I hate them all. Manufacturer straps with the company logo and camera name imprinted on the strap are my least favorite—I don’t want a piece of apparel to advertise to thieves how expensive the camera I’m shooting is. I have a variety of straps that are designed...