Studio Strobes

Monolights for premium studio light

When people refer to a monolight or a strobe, they’re talking about a light that produces a short, but very powerful burst of light for illuminating a scene or a subject and, when used to their maximum abilities, for freezing the actions of a subject or achieving high levels of sharpness in a scene. A monolight will incorporate most of the controls... Read more

Continuous Lights For Still & Video

Constant lighting solutions, from traditional fixtures to new led systems

Continuous lighting solutions have seen a lot more attention over the last few years thanks to the need for a constant light source that will provide illumination for both stills and video. Traditionally based on tungsten, halogen and fluorescent bulbs, the advantage of continuous lights for still shooting is that the effects can be seen in the real... Read more

Tablets

Remember that unwieldy seven-pound laptop you used to haul with you as part of your photo gear?

Remember that unwieldy seven-pound laptop you used to haul with you as part of your photo gear? What? You say you still do? It’s time you considered a tablet! There are a lot of tablet options out there, some more or less adept as a true photographer’s companion—we have limited our selection here to models that have the ability to import... Read more

Flash & Accessories

Extensive lighting possibilities with a single flash

Modern flashes are extremely versatile, thanks to their compact size and relatively low power consumption in comparison to studio lights, alongside amazing features like wireless control over flash functions, a variety of lighting modes for a variety of lighting effects and automatic TTL (through-the-lens) synchronization of exposure even at long distances.... Read more

Desktop Photo Printers

Before you make a printer purchase, here’s what you need to know about the technology that makes beautiful desktop prints a reality.

If you’re like a lot of photographers, you have a high-quality DSLR and at least a few great lenses. You’ve spent time and money honing your craft, and you have the skills to produce an outstanding photograph. Maybe you’re even a little bit of a tech geek about megapixels or sensor noise or sharpening; you probably pay attention to... Read more

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

Camera Supports

Using the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips.

Using the right support system can make all the difference between a blurry and a sharp photo or shaky and smooth video clips. The key factor is figuring out what kind of shooting you like to do the most and then choosing the most appropriate option. Whether it’s a tripod that works for photo and video, a simple monopod or a portable video rig,... 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

Lenses

If you’re looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you’re in luck.

If you’re looking to buy a new lens with the latest optical technology, you’re in luck. Manufacturers have spent 2012 introducing many new models from which to choose. Whether you’re shopping for an extreme zoom for your mirrorless camera or a superfast wide-angle prime for your DSLR, there’s literally something for everyone.... Read more

Using A Teleconverter

Get extra reach with an affordable alternative to extreme tele lenses

Supertelephoto lenses are really expensive, but worth it for those who can afford the cost, due to their superb optics and AF performance, and fast maximum apertures. But there’s an accessory that can give those on a budget access to supertele "reach" at a much lower cost: the teleconverter. PROS AND CONS A teleconverter (or tele-extender)... Read more

Master Your Flash

Start with the basics to take full creative advantage of modern flash systems

Flashes have never been so powerful. The portable, affordable and simple-to-use units pack a lot of punch in an efficient design that can be hidden almost anywhere within a scene, making modern flashes and their wireless capabilities a particularly versatile solution, whether lighting a single subject or orchestrating a complicated setup with multiple... Read more

September/October 2012

CAMERA CAGE Make better movies using your DSLR by giving it some solid support from the Redrock Micro ultraCage DSLR. Securing the camera at three points, the handheld rig screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot-shoe and locks the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. The cage encloses the camera with Read more…

CAMERA CAGE Make better movies using your DSLR by giving it some solid support from the Redrock Micro ultraCage DSLR. Securing the camera at three points, the handheld rig screws into the camera base, fastens to the top hot-shoe and locks the camera in place with an anti-rotation pin. The cage encloses the camera with 22 mounting points (standard... Read more
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