Off-Camera Lighting

Monolight and strobe options for powerful studio lighting capabilities

Monolight and strobe options for powerful studio lighting capabilitiesFor freezing action, creating exciting motion effects or achieving fast shutter speeds and extended depth of field, monolights and strobes are lighting systems that are portable enough for field work and bright enough for work in the studio. Monolights are generally thought of as... Read more

September/October 2013

CANON EOS 70D The newest addition to the Canon EOS line, the EOS 70D introduces a unique 20.2-megapixel Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS AF sensor. Each pixel contains two photodiodes, which serve to both record the image and perform AF duty for faster focus acquisition, improved tracking and smooth focus transitions for video shooting (check out Read more…

CANON EOS 70D The newest addition to the Canon EOS line, the EOS 70D introduces a unique 20.2-megapixel Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS AF sensor. Each pixel contains two photodiodes, which serve to both record the image and perform AF duty for faster focus acquisition, improved tracking and smooth focus transitions for video shooting (check out Canon’s... Read more

July/August 2013

PRECISION EDITING The computer mouse is great for navigating around a page, but it isn’t an ideal precision instrument for photo editing. The Wacom Cintiq 13HD gives you the fine control of a pen, which many photographers and professional retouchers prefer to a clumsy mouse, and an integrated touch-sensitive display. The Pro Pen, 13-inch HD Read more…

PRECISION EDITING The computer mouse is great for navigating around a page, but it isn’t an ideal precision instrument for photo editing. The Wacom Cintiq 13HD gives you the fine control of a pen, which many photographers and professional retouchers prefer to a clumsy mouse, and an integrated touch-sensitive display. The Pro Pen, 13-inch... Read more
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Monolights & Strobes

Gear options for powerful and fast illumination to capture the action or create amazing effects

Monolights, flashes and strobes are lighting systems capable of timed bursts of light in a rapid sequence. Because the bursts of light are intermittent, they’re much cooler to use instead of most traditional continuous light sources, especially important in closed studio environments. Low-heat continuous LED lights are challenging this advantage,... Read more

May/June 2013

NEW COMPACT FOVEON CAM Last year, Sigma upgraded its DP1 and DP2 APS-C compact cameras with the unique 46-megapixel (three stacked 15.3-megapixel layers) Foveon X3 sensor from their flagship SD1 Merrill DSLR, creating the well-received DP1 and DP2 Merrill (with built-in 19mm ƒ/2.8 wide-angle and 30mm ƒ/2.8 normal lens, respectively, each lens designed specifically for Read more…

NEW COMPACT FOVEON CAM Last year, Sigma upgraded its DP1 and DP2 APS-C compact cameras with the unique 46-megapixel (three stacked 15.3-megapixel layers) Foveon X3 sensor from their flagship SD1 Merrill DSLR, creating the well-received DP1 and DP2 Merrill (with built-in 19mm ƒ/2.8 wide-angle and 30mm ƒ/2.8 normal lens, respectively, each lens... Read more

Benefits Of Continuous Lighting

Constant light sources are great solutions for both still and video because what you see is what you get

Continuous lighting is always on, and the obvious advantage to working with continuous light sources is that unlike strobes and monolights, which take a great deal of practice to learn before you inherently understand what changes will look like in a shot, what you’re seeing in the real world with continuous lights will closely resemble the image... Read more

March/April 2013

TRAVEL CAMERA Bring the Nikon Coolpix P7700 on your next trip. The point-and-shoot delivers some impressive shooting features in a compact body. A large, 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, fast image processor and 8 fps continuous-shooting capability are some of the key specs. The 7.1x zoom opens up to ƒ/2 and covers a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range Read more…

TRAVEL CAMERA Bring the Nikon Coolpix P7700 on your next trip. The point-and-shoot delivers some impressive shooting features in a compact body. A large, 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor, fast image processor and 8 fps continuous-shooting capability are some of the key specs. The 7.1x zoom opens up to ƒ/2 and covers a 35mm-equivalent... Read more

Instant Portrait Studio

Five essential tools for creating stunning portraits at home

Ever thought of opening your own portrait studio? With a few key pieces of gear and a little space at home, you can start earning extra income photographing friends and neighbors and grow your business with referrals. You may already have a lot of the gear you’ll need. Here are the components for a basic setup. BACKDROP One of the most important... Read more

January/February 2013

STREET SHOOTER Hit the pavement for some candid, on-the-go shooting with the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. The 12-megapixel camera has a 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 28-112mm ƒ/1.8-2.5 (35mm equivalent) zoom and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for solid performance in low light. The camera has a tilting 3-inch LCD with 920,000-dot resolution and supports touch Read more…

STREET SHOOTER Hit the pavement for some candid, on-the-go shooting with the Olympus Stylus XZ-2. The 12-megapixel camera has a 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 28-112mm ƒ/1.8-2.5 (35mm equivalent) zoom and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800 for solid performance in low light. The camera has a tilting 3-inch LCD with 920,000-dot resolution... Read more

Storage Solutions

A smart photo-backup strategy is one of the best investments you can make.

A smart photo-backup strategy is one of the best investments you can make. We’ve reached a point where big-capacity storage is very affordable—for a few hundred dollars you can virtually guarantee that your image collection will survive disk crashes and other data disasters. Redundancy of data is the key. The more copies of your images you... Read more

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
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