July/August 2012

DN PRIMES Expand your perspective when shooting with an interchangeable-lens camera using the Sigma Digital Neo (DN) lenses. The 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN and 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN are designed for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEX cameras. The fast primes feature Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, Read more…

DN PRIMES Expand your perspective when shooting with an interchangeable-lens camera using the Sigma Digital Neo (DN) lenses. The 30mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN and 19mm ƒ/2.8 EX DN are designed for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEX cameras. The fast primes feature Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating, which reduces flare and... Read more

Tools For Lighting Outdoor Portraits

Gear to add fill and enhance the quality of natural light for stunning portraits

When working with natural light, the singular light source of the sun is difficult to control. It’s a large, directional light source, which means it produces a lot of "hard" light that comes from only one direction. This results in high-contrast images with a lot of shadows. There’s nothing wrong with this very dramatic look,... 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

Flash Modifiers

Make your portable flash more capable of professional results

Whether artificial or natural, light that comes from a single source is directional and harsh, which results in images that have a lot of contrast and heavy shadows. Generally, this is unflattering to a subject, especially when working with people. Even with limited swiveling abilities and wireless control over multiple flash units, this unfortunate... Read more

May/June 2012

CS6 TEST Get a preview of the latest version of Adobe Photoshop with the CS6 Public Beta. Among the changes you may notice first is a darker interface. Taking a page out of the Lightroom notebook, the dark interface is intended to minimize distractions, putting the focus solely on the image while you’re editing. But Read more…

CS6 TEST Get a preview of the latest version of Adobe Photoshop with the CS6 Public Beta. Among the changes you may notice first is a darker interface. Taking a page out of the Lightroom notebook, the dark interface is intended to minimize distractions, putting the focus solely on the image while you’re editing. But it can be adjusted 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

Intro To Macro

Macro photography is a passport to a world of details and new perspectives

Macro photography is a passport to a world of details and new perspectives. It’s also one of the most challenging types of photography to master, but don’t let that stop you. Whether you want to get into product photography or explore the intricacies of nature, with the right lens, camera support, lighting accessories and practice, you can... Read more

March/April 2012

ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM Shoot from wide-angle to tele on your Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC lens. Weighing just 16.2 ounces, this compact lens has you covered no matter what kind of pictures you’re taking. In 35mm format, the equivalent focal length range is 27-300mm. The lens features Tamron’s Vibration Read more…

ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM Shoot from wide-angle to tele on your Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC lens. Weighing just 16.2 ounces, this compact lens has you covered no matter what kind of pictures you’re taking. In 35mm format, the equivalent focal length range is 27-300mm. The lens features Tamron’s... Read more

Creative Lighting For Portraiture

Affordable lighting setups that can dramatically improve your images

Einstein E640 Flash Unit From Paul C. Buff, Inc. As a traveling and oftentimes "guerrilla" editorial and advertising photographer, I usually run into a ton of complications when it comes to getting the gear I need into locations, whether it be the need to travel light and get out quickly, or the lack of any source of electricity... Read more

January/February 2012

ARCA-SWISS FOR NEX Accessorize your Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 with some useful tools from Arca-Swiss. The NEX Kit consists of a mini L-bracket and a shoe for attaching an optical finder. The Nex L-bracket is fully adaptable with the monoball Fix and monoball Classic quick-release systems and allows you to quickly switch between landscape Read more…

ARCA-SWISS FOR NEX Accessorize your Sony Alpha NEX-3 or NEX-5 with some useful tools from Arca-Swiss. The NEX Kit consists of a mini L-bracket and a shoe for attaching an optical finder. The Nex L-bracket is fully adaptable with the monoball Fix and monoball Classic quick-release systems and allows you to quickly switch between landscape and portrait... Read more

All About Lens Adapters

If you use an interchangeable-lens camera, a simple accessory can broaden your creative possibilities.

If you use an interchangeable-lens camera, a simple accessory can broaden your creative possibilities. Lens adapters let you attach and use lenses that weren’t made for your camera. Among the benefits are a wider choice of lenses, access to "premium" lenses (e.g., Leica, Schneider, Zeiss) and the ability to use manual-focus lenses with... 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
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