One of my favorite cameras to shoot is my Polaroid 210 Land Camera, because every time I bring it out, I’m met with the same response: “They still make film for that?” I love surprising people, and even more, I love getting them into shooting instant film. It not only gives you a gratifying, and somewhat nostalgic feeling, it’s also a guaranteed conversation starter.
Polaroid 210... READ MORE
The differences between the Nikon Df and D610 are many; however, they don’t differ in capability, but rather, in their fundamental approach to photography. With these two recent releases, Nikon has... READ MORE
Depending on your age, you may recall the first person on your block to get a VCR, the first to connect to the Internet, or the first person to take a “selfie” with a smartphone. Now you can be the first person with a 4K TV—however, content still remains on the scarce side, but there is a handful of ways to get 4K into your home.
In order to do this, you’ll need a 4K monitor, TV or projector,... READ MORE
Photographer Dan Carr, from ShutterMuse.com, shares his personal data backup workflow and explains how a recent hard drive failure caused him trouble, despite routine redundancy efforts.
What’s your usual method for transferring photos from your camera to your computer?
I ingest all my cards through a Lexar card reader using Photo Mechanic.... READ MORE
Picture this: you’re headed to the movies with a friend and you’ve got your popcorn in hand. You’re the first ones there, and you can have any seat in the house. Where do you sit? For most of us, the prime location is somewhere near the center, not smack dab in front of the screen or off in the distant back rows. While it’s not exactly the same, what you want to achieve in your living room is... READ MORE
The first time you hear a recording of your speaking voice is usually a strange experience. The most common reaction is one of shock and dismay. “Do I sound like that? Since when has my voice been so high pitched?” You’ve heard your own voice for your entire life, and its sound is a given. So, why doesn’t a recording of your voice sound like what you hear in your head?
The answer corresponds... READ MORE
Using an infrared filter is an easy way to create distinctive visual effects and surreal images that lend an other-worldly quality to familiar portraits and landscapes. Creating an image from the unseen light in a visual scene is as simple as threading a filter onto your lens. Ordinary textures and subjects appear extraordinary when revealed by the infrared spectrum. IR photography has seen a... READ MORE
Making sharp images is often the goal when using digital cameras, but it’s also one of the least understood techniques when it comes to editing. After getting by with the clarity slider and then learning the proper Unsharp Mask technique, I was shown an entirely different method with which to give a slight “pop” to my images: using the High Pass Filter.
The reason this works better than the other... READ MORE
Chinese paper lanterns, or China balls, are great low-budget tools for getting beautiful, soft light. What makes China balls unique is their ability to throw a soft, diffused light in almost all directions. This omnidirectional light makes them suitable for a wide range of lighting applications. For example, you can hang a China ball or series of China balls from a ceiling to increase a room’s... READ MORE
There’s no way around it: the music industry has changed drastically over the last 10 to 15 years. Save a few exceptions, gone are the multi-million-dollar recording budgets and the in-depth development deals for new artists while major studios are being shuttered around the world. Albums are now being completed in home studios, and smaller professional studios are cropping up that might have... READ MORE
When I first learned about the Nikon Df, I have to admit, I was pretty excited. Still primarily a film-based shooter, and a relatively recent new owner of a digital camera, I thought the Df would satisfy my desire to remain simplicity oriented while still offering me the digital capabilities required by the photographic world of today. The real question is: as a D800 owner, would the Df win me... READ MORE
Tablets come and go, like the tide. And like the tide, some tablets are just flotsam on the ocean of tech, while others are buried treasures that need polishing to bring out their inner beauty. Some are pearls that started out as sand and made their way up the chain to become works of art, while others should probably be tossed back into the briny depths whence they came.
One keeper that you won... READ MORE
Until recently, my only experience with Capture One was using it for shooting tethered on photo assignments. Every pro that I’ve assisted has used it during their shoots so that art directors, assistants, and anyone else who needed to, could review images while they were being made. Capture One is definitely the... READ MORE
Landscape photography entails the capture of light, color, shape, texture, and emotion to convey your opinion about the natural world. While technical proficiency is important, it is the meaning and vision that you impart to an image that often makes the difference between success and failure. Each of us has a unique and personal vision to express, and Robert Rodriguez Jr believes this is the key... READ MORE
In the following video, Larry Becker discusses the Pentax K-3 DSLR and presents an overview of some of its most desirable assets and unique features. The video explores all aspects of the camera at a glance, including the sensor and low-light performance, high-speed shooting capabilities, HD movie-... READ MORE