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

December 2011

HD TABLET Try a more intuitive approach to working with your images with the Wacom Cintiq 24HD. The pen tablet features a spacious 24-inch, high-definition (1920×1200) wide-screen display and a pen with 2,048 levels of pressure. You can apply as much or as little pressure as needed, just like you would with a traditional brush Read more…

HD TABLET Try a more intuitive approach to working with your images with the Wacom Cintiq 24HD. The pen tablet features a spacious 24-inch, high-definition (1920×1200) wide-screen display and a pen with 2,048 levels of pressure. You can apply as much or as little pressure as needed, just like you would with a traditional brush or pen. The... Read more

Essential Acessories

The right accessory can do as much for improving your photography as a new camera. Here are some of our favorite extras that can make your time shooting more enjoyable and productive.

The right accessory can do as much for improving your photography as a new camera. Here are some of our favorite extras that can make your time shooting more enjoyable and productive. FILTERS Today’s photo software can do some amazing things, but getting the best exposure possible is always preferable to fixing an image later. Optical filters... Read more

Bags & Cases

There are a variety of options in bags and cases, including shoulder bags, satchels, backpacks, roller bags, sling bags and hard cases.

This Article Features Photo Zoom I’ve been buying photo gear for nearly 30 years, and I find nothing more gratifying than shopping for a new camera bag. Maybe it’s because I’m a bit obsessive, and I love the opportunity to find a new place for my gear and then put everything in its place. Or maybe it’s just because camera... Read more

Flash & Flash Accessories

Photography is all about light. Making a dramatic, compelling image often comes down to how effective the photographer is at using the available light.

Photography is all about light. Making a dramatic, compelling image often comes down to how effective the photographer is at using the available light. Whether you’re shooting people, buildings or landscapes, sometimes the light you have on hand is enough. But more often, you need to add to that light, and the most efficient, lightweight and accessible... Read more

Buying Your First Monolight

You’ve reached a point in your photography where you feel that shoe-mount flash just won’t cut it anymore.

You’ve reached a point in your photography where you feel that shoe-mount flash just won’t cut it anymore. You want something with more panache that says, “I’m good; I’m taking professional-level pictures.” Well, you can get studio strobe lighting, which will cost little more than a good speedlight, without making... Read more

Continuous Lights For Still & Video

Now that you own a DSLR with HD video, it’s time to look beyond existing lights and speedlights, at ways that you can light the shot yourself for still and motion.

Now that you own a DSLR with HD video, it’s time to look beyond existing lights and speedlights, at ways that you can light the shot yourself for still and motion. Provided you don’t have to freeze fast action, continuous lighting is the answer. This largely economical solution lets you see what you’re getting every step of the way—the... Read more

External Storage

Ample storage is one of the best investments you can make for your photo workstation. If you’re not regularly backing up your photo library and other digital media, you definitely should be. Take it from someone who lost a gigabyte of photos from a failed internal drive that wasn’t backed up—it’s not a pleasant experience. Read more…

Ample storage is one of the best investments you can make for your photo workstation. If you’re not regularly backing up your photo library and other digital media, you definitely should be. Take it from someone who lost a gigabyte of photos from a failed internal drive that wasn’t backed up—it’s not a pleasant experience. That was... Read more

Tripods & Supports

A tripod is the most dependable way to gain absolute sharpness in any situation and at any shutter speed

Technologies like image stabilization and high-sensitivity sensors have made it easier to shoot handheld, but they have also made it easy to forget that a tripod is the most dependable way to gain absolute sharpness in any situation and at any shutter speed. Tripods keep the excess noise produced by these high ISO levels minimal at the same time that... Read more

Fine-Art Printers

Today’s world is filled with digital devices that will easily display and share your photos.

Today’s world is filled with digital devices that will easily display and share your photos. People will love seeing your pictures on that iPad, iPhone, laptop or even your HD television set. Modern digital technology certainly is remarkable. Still, there’s nothing like a good print. There’s something that really connects with people... Read more
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