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

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

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
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