Essential Accessories

Figuring out the right camera and lens probably takes up most of the time you spend thinking about gear.

Figuring out the right camera and lens probably takes up most of the time you spend thinking about gear. But the smaller stuff, like a fast memory card, special-effects filter or cleaning gadget, often can make the time you spend shooting more productive—and even just more fun. B-GRIP An alternative to a camera neck strap, the b-Grip EVO belt... Read more

Video Microphones

Sound presents unique challenges to both photographers and videographers alike, especially when working with the limited capabilities of a DSLR’s built-in microphone system.

Sound presents unique challenges to both photographers and videographers alike, especially when working with the limited capabilities of a DSLR’s built-in microphone system. On-camera mics are generally a low-cost, single-channel system that are lacking in professional features like balanced XLR inputs, multiple mic support and manual control... Read more

Water Armour

Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It’s also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera.

Aquapac SLR Camera Case Hanging out at the pool or on the beach is a rite of summer. It’s also a perfect time for expanding your photographic creativity as long as you have the right kind of gear for protecting your camera. The deeper your relationship is with the water, the more specialized your needs become. There are many options to... Read more

Get Mic’d Up!

It’s no secret that when shooting video with your DSLR, you need an external microphone if you want to capture quality audio in the field.

It’s no secret that when shooting video with your DSLR, you need an external microphone if you want to capture quality audio in the field. So you’ve purchased an ultradirectional shotgun mic or a wide-angle stereo model with a camera-shoe mount and an 1?8-inch audio output that attaches directly to your camera. And with dozens of offerings... Read more

The DSLR Microphone Guide

If you’re a DSLR or mirrorless digital camera owner, there’s a good chance that your camera also can capture high-definition video.

If you’re a DSLR or mirrorless digital camera owner, there’s a good chance that your camera also can capture high-definition video. The modern DSLR is capable of amazing picture performance, but the internal microphone isn’t in the same league as the rest of the camera. The camera itself can record decent-quality digital audio—typically... Read more

Sound Advice For Video

Audio can make or break a video, and it’s especially important for photographers who are using the more limited sound capabilities of a video-capable DSLR to understand audio and to know how to capture great sound.

Audio can make or break a video, and it’s especially important for photographers who are using the more limited sound capabilities of a video-capable DSLR to understand audio and to know how to capture great sound. A dedicated audio interface with an XLR input is what video pros use to record top-level audio directly to video on a camcorder. DSLRs... Read more

Intuos4 Wireless

We love Wacom tablets for photo enhancements. Pressure-sensitive pens give you unmatched control and efficiency with common retouching tasks like cloning and painting layer masks.

We love Wacom tablets for photo enhancements. Pressure-sensitive pens give you unmatched control and efficiency with common retouching tasks like cloning and painting layer masks. Intuos4, Wacom’s professional tablet series, was introduced last year and featured several innovative enhancements and conveniences. The new Intuos4 Wireless... Read more

Memory Cards

Given the constant innovation in digital cameras—from super-high-resolution capture to full HD video and the constantly shrinking form factor—it’s increasingly important that media cards continue to get physically smaller, store more data more reliably and do it all blazingly fast.

Given the constant innovation in digital cameras—from super-high-resolution capture to full HD video and the constantly shrinking form factor—it’s increasingly important that media cards continue to get physically smaller, store more data more reliably and do it all blazingly fast. To choose the right media card for your needs, there are three... Read more

Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop is the gold standard for image enhancement, but for many photographers, it’s overkill.

Photoshop is the gold standard for image enhancement, but for many photographers, it’s overkill. Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, now up to version 8, focuses on the best tools Photoshop has for typical adjustments and distills them into simple steps for improving your photos quickly, with a gentler learning curve than Photoshop. Recently released... Read more

Gear On A Budget

Big-ticket items may have to wait for the holidays, but there are scores of accessories you can use to try new techniques and improve your photo experience without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Ansmann Digicharger Vario When you’re on the road, keep all of your rechargeable batteries powered up using the Ansmann Digicharger Vario. It works with Li-Ion and lithium-polymer battery packs, as well as AA/AAA, NiMH and NiCd batteries, making the charger compatible with most cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, PDAs, flashlights and other electronic... Read more

The X Factor

Let’s separate some fact from fiction when it comes to memory-card speed.

Let’s separate some fact from fiction when it comes to memory-card speed. High-speed memory cards save big digital images fast: True. The higher the speed rating, the faster your camera will write images to the card: Maybe. Using a memory card with a “write” speed rating faster than what your camera supports doesn’t increase how quickly your... Read more

2009 Editor's Picks

Looking for a perfect holiday gift for the “To Me, From Me” under the tree?

Looking for a perfect holiday gift for the “To Me, From Me” under the tree? We’ve compiled our annual list of a few of our favorite gear and accessories about which you’ll want to start dropping hints. From updated versions of essential tools to totally new ideas to make your photography more successful and enjoyable, this year’s list includes... Read more
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