Buying guides / Photography
My lens came with a lens cap, so why do I need a filter?
If you ask most consumer-camera owners why they keep a filter on their lens, a majority will most likely reply, “For protection.” Although filters do, in fact, protect the surface of your lens against dust, moisture and the occasional thumb print, the primary function of lens filters is really to improve the image quality of the pictures... READ MORE
Binoculars are two identical optical devices that use a series of lenses, elements, and prisms to magnify a view for more detail of distant people, places, or things. Observing with both eyes open is more comfortable and more natural compared to using a spotting scope or telescope, for which one eye has to be closed to see properly. Having both eyes open also provides you with a rich and... READ MORE
Whether you hate ’em or love ’em, there is no getting around ’em—literally. I have been bonked on the head by a selfie stick on the busy streets of New York, while skiing, and even in the confines of a major arena during a basketball game. I will soon prepare a how-to and how-not-to article on the... READ MORE
A flash bracket is a straightforward device that enables you to produce flattering light, compared to the brilliant head-on blast that comes with simply mounting a flash atop a camera. At its most basic premise, a flash bracket attaches to your camera and allows you to position an electronic flash unit, or even a small continuous light source, at a greater distance from the lens's optical axis... READ MORE
The major benefit of upgrading to a DSLR or mirrorless camera system is the ability to swap out different lenses to fit your specific needs. Prime lenses are available in all lengths and varieties and offer numerous advantages in performance when compared to their zoom-lens brethren. Also, the particular choices associated with sticking to a specific focal length can help improve your... READ MORE
DSLR cameras represent what is often considered the preëminent digital capture technology available today, through their meshing of the highest image quality, speed, intuitive design, and modular capabilities to suit nearly any type of photography imaginable. Representing the first step toward serious photography for many, or simply additional tools or upgrades for the veteran, DSLRs cover a... READ MORE
An on-camera flash is an indispensible accessory for many photographers; it provides additional light when conditions become too dark to handhold your camera comfortably, allows you to achieve more balanced exposures in daylight conditions, permits freezing of fast-moving subjects and can also be used to control or trigger other flash light sources. Additionally, a flash can be used as a highly... READ MORE
Recording work and data in the form of thousands of pictures or hours of video is made possible by compact memory cards. These devices are the standard for photo and movie storage, saving and protecting your files until you can transfer them safely to a more permanent home on your... READ MORE
Many lay people and beginners believe, somewhat naïvely, that they have a pretty good understanding of microscopes. However, like many scientific instruments, microscopes come in many shapes and forms, with varying levels of intricacy and accuracy. And—much like many of the tools that have been around for centuries—as technology has advanced, so have microscopes. In this buyer’s guide, we’re... READ MORE
Mirrorless cameras have been on the market for a decade, but they have really begun to make waves in the past few years. Most serious photographers would have certainly been shooting with a DSLR camera just a few years ago, but now many have traded in their DSLRs for the smaller and lighter form factors that mirrorless cameras provide. Not only are mirrorless cameras usually lighter and smaller... READ MORE
Many hobbyists reach a turning point in their craft when they decide to pursue wedding photography seriously. With the transition to pro comes the task of updating your lens kit accordingly, and most photographers would agree that investing in quality glass is essential. Unlike the rapid turnover of DSLR bodies, lenses will last for years and can make all the difference in creating truly... READ MORE
The gift-giving season is upon us. Chances are you’re one of the millions of people shopping for a new digital camera this year. Whether for a friend, a loved one, or you’re simply spoiling yourself, tackling the ever-changing and expanding market can be daunting.
So where to start? There’s no overly specific technical formula for buying a camera. Be sure to do thorough research and ensure that... READ MORE
We live in a digital age in which our mobile devices are capable of capturing high-quality images. But remember when a camera was just a camera? With all due respect to technology, let’s ensure that the children of today and tomorrow grow up understanding and appreciating cameras in their own right. There are future artists and perhaps future legends among them, and we want to nurture their gifts... READ MORE
No matter how many lenses a photographer has, there’s always another one that we long for. There are so many options out there that choosing your next lens can be a confusing task. We're going to help you choose the best lens to fit your specific needs.
The first question you have to ask yourself is, “What do I need that my current lens doesn’t give me?” Your answer is most likely going to fall... READ MORE
Compact cameras, often referred to as point-and-shoots, are the most prevalent type of digital camera available, with an expansive list of options available in regard to form factor, imaging capabilities, manual versus automated functions, and a host of technologies that work to facilitate, as their name implies, truly point-and-shoot imaging possibilities. The point-and-shoot is a versatile type... READ MORE