New Gear: March/April 2014

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while also being suitable for still Read more…

COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHT If you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting... Read more

New Gear: January/February 2014

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the RX10 Read more…

SUPERZOOM CAMERA The 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the... Read more

Power To Go

When I first started my career as a photographer, many of my assignments required weeks in the field.

When I first started my career as a photographer, many of my assignments required weeks in the field. And when I say "field," think remote tropical beaches or high Arctic wilderness in Alaska. Since I was using film cameras, all I needed was a big bag of AA batteries, and I was good for a month without power. Now my long assignments are a... Read more
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Fine-Art Printers

In a world dominated by digital image files and social-media sharing, the physical photographic print is rarer—and more impressive—than ever. If you’re going to print your work (which you should), pro-caliber inkjet printers are worth the investment. They deliver the best combination of high image quality, efficiency and low per-print price. Two manufacturers especially cater Read more…

In a world dominated by digital image files and social-media sharing, the physical photographic print is rarer—and more impressive—than ever. If you’re going to print your work (which you should), pro-caliber inkjet printers are worth the investment. They deliver the best combination of high image quality, efficiency and low per-print price.... Read more

External Storage

Maintaining multiple copies of your photos is the only sure way to safeguard your image collection. Longtime readers know I lost several hundred photos back when digital imaging was new and I didn’t know any better. (Yes, even brand-new, top-of-the-line computers can suffer a hard drive failure.) Even with the high-grade drives and solid-state models Read more…

Maintaining multiple copies of your photos is the only sure way to safeguard your image collection. Longtime readers know I lost several hundred photos back when digital imaging was new and I didn’t know any better. (Yes, even brand-new, top-of-the-line computers can suffer a hard drive failure.) Even with the high-grade drives and solid-state... Read more

Accessories

Billingham L2 Bag BAGS, CASES & STRAPS Crafted from Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas with a solid brass clog bolt and harness locking system, the Billingham L2 Bag holds a small SLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. The quick-fold top allows for access to your gear while still attached to Read more…

Billingham L2 Bag BAGS, CASES & STRAPS Crafted from Stormblocker dual laminate waterproof canvas with a solid brass clog bolt and harness locking system, the Billingham L2 Bag holds a small SLR with an attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. The quick-fold top allows for access to your gear while still attached to your shoulder.... Read more

Tools For Video

With amazingly shallow depth of field, price points that make filmmaking affordable and camera bodies far smaller than camcorders, video-capable DSLRs have changed the world of video forever. Video capabilities were added to still cameras almost as an afterthought, so while the video quality in still cameras continues to get better and better, there are Read more…

With amazingly shallow depth of field, price points that make filmmaking affordable and camera bodies far smaller than camcorders, video-capable DSLRs have changed the world of video forever. Video capabilities were added to still cameras almost as an afterthought, so while the video quality in still cameras continues to get better and better, there... Read more

Camera Supports

For tack-sharp images, using the right camera support is the ultimate answer. Whether you need an ultracompact and portable tripod for location shoots, a hi-hat for unique spaces or a studio stand ready to hold and tether your computer, there’s a support solution to match your requirements. Here are some examples from top brands. 3 Read more…

For tack-sharp images, using the right camera support is the ultimate answer. Whether you need an ultracompact and portable tripod for location shoots, a hi-hat for unique spaces or a studio stand ready to hold and tether your computer, there’s a support solution to match your requirements. Here are some examples from top brands. 3 Legged Thing’s... Read more

On-Camera Lighting

Accessories and light modifiers for controlling speedlight flashes and adding photographic effects

Camera flashes are highly directional light sources. This means that the burst of light is coming from a single light source, the bulb, resulting in an uneven style of lighting with a brightly lit subject in the foreground and a lot of heavy shadows surrounding the subject. This effect is especially unappealing when working with portraiture, which,... Read more

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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