Step up your smartphone photos and videos with these top accessories
By Dan Havlik
The cameras in smartphones continue to get better and better—but they can only do so much. There are simply too many inherent limitations in the design of smartphone cameras including tiny imaging sensors, limited lenses and awkward ergonomics for many photo and video uses. That’s where a few key smartphone camera accessories can help. A...
The second generation of this ultra-compact LED light includes several upgrades
By Dan Havlik
We thought the original Lume Cube was a bright idea when it launched in 2014, but this highly-portable lighting solution for still photography and video has gotten even more versatile with the new Lume Cube 2.0. While it looks essentially the same as its tiny predecessor, Lume Cube 2.0 offers significantly improved battery life, better quality of light...
If you’re traveling and want to photograph your adventure like a pro, discover the tools you need to make the most of your trip
Text & Photography By Brian Matiash
As a pro photographer, I’ve done more than my share of travel photography. But one thing I’ve noticed in my personal experiences as well as those from other travel shooters: The genre of travel photography is so broad and expansive that it’s almost impossible to make recommendations without first learning more about the intent of the photographer...
If you're on the road during the hottest months of the year, invest in a compact, versatile zoom or prime that makes bringing back better pictures more convenient than ever
2019 is shaping up to be a great year for travel lenses, with new offerings from many manufacturers—particularly for their mirrorless camera systems that are small and light and ideal for travel.
One way to think about these types of lenses is that they’re go-anywhere, do-anything devices. That’s because travel encompasses such a broad range of...
Award-winning surf filmmaker Aaron Lieber offers insights for on-location workflow to ensure your images return safely home with you
As imaging technologies advance, you’re probably taking more images and video than ever before. The fast, continuous shooting capabilities of today’s digital cameras along with their ability to record incredible high-resolution video open up so many creative possibilities for visual storytelling.
Whether you’re a working professional or an adventurous...
I’ve experimented with Lensbaby lenses for years, since they paradoxically let me focus on blur in a very unique and compelling way
Text & Photography By Terry Sullivan
During a trip to Florida a few years ago, while staying at a beach-side resort, my daughter began blowing bubbles by the beach. What intrigued me about the oval shapes and oily texture of the bubbles is that they echoed some of the oval shapes appearing in the background as part of the photo’s bokeh. I love the dreamlike quality the lens allows me...
Two professional studio photographers share their go-to gear and setups to help you choose the best lights for your projects
By Mark Edward Harris
As part of a multi-portrait story on Steven Spielberg, Art Streiber used a Profoto head in a small, gridded softbox for the main light; the catch light is a gridded 7-inch reflector right over the camera. The backdrop is lit by a Profoto head in an extra-small, gridded softbox.
Studio lighting, both flash and continuous, tends to be larger and more...
For the best photo experience and enhanced creative options, consider these must-have accessories
Text & Photography By Brian Matiash
My tripod is the most important accessory in my kit. So much of how I create my photos relies heavily on keeping my camera perfectly still, even when I’m working in challenging environmental conditions.
You would think that to practice and enjoy photography, all you’d need is a camera and a lens, right? In a basic sense, that’s absolutely true....
Keeping it “light” with on-location lighting, from speedlights to monolights and LED
Text & Photography By Mark Edward Harris
Winemaker Bob Tillman at his Alta Colina Vineyard in Paso Robles, lit with a Nikon speedlight with a Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible attached to soften the fill light and a ¼ CTO to warm it.
The days of lugging bags filled with heavy lighting equipment and paying hundreds of dollars in excess and overweight baggage fees for location shoots are over....
Softboxes, beauty dishes, ring lights, snoots and more tools to get the photo you want, in any situation, even when traveling
Use softboxes to create even, flattering light without harsh shadows. You can see the softbox in this portrait reflected in the subject’s sunglasses.
Considering that, as photographers, we’re essentially capturing light in a box, modifying how that light gets captured is a key to creativity. When you’re working with artificial light sources, light...