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Just because we live in an age of high-tech photographic lighting technology doesn’t mean it’s always practical to drag around a cartload of power packs, flash heads, stands, scrims, softboxes, gobos, and cables. It also doesn’t mean having all that gear is going to make your portraiture look better. Even if it turns out that you can take it with you, the working photojournalist may not enjoy the... READ MORE
You’d think that in this digital day and age, something as decidedly analog as amateur astronomy would be going the way of CDs and Blockbuster Video. But something odd has been happening since around the turn of the Millennium: astronomy is popular. I’m not talking hipster-ironic popular, I’m talking real-life, “if it were a dude it would be the starting quarterback” popular. Alright... maybe... 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
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.
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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
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
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
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
Lumos appears to have finally found the quality needed for professional LED lighting by offering full-featured lights with some of the highest color rendering indexes at this time—98 on the highest end. So, with Lumos lights, you can be confident in their quality while you benefit from the advantages of LED lighting.
Color Rendering Index (or CRI) is a measurement for determining how good... READ MORE
Professional Nikon shooters have been waiting with bated breath for the update to the D4, and that day has finally arrived. The Nikon D4S DSLR Camera has been announced as the new flagship Nikon DSLR and it brings with it a few major upgrades and numerous minor improvements to justify the two-year... READ MORE
The latest generation of Mac Pro computers from Apple is making an impact for more reasons than their new shape. Macs have always been the ideal system for creative professionals, and this model is no exception. Under the hood is a completely overhauled desktop computer designed to improve your workflow dramatically—especially true when it comes to photography.
For photography, resolution and... READ MORE
Join Kelly Mena, of B&H Photo, as she explains the basic principles of depth of field in photography. Mena defines depth of field and explains the distinction between its deep and shallow variations—the former rendering everything from subject to background in sharp focus, the latter rendering the subject in sharp focus and the background soft and out of focus. Mena discusses the variables... READ MORE
In the following video, Larry Becker presents an overview of the Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera and its features, such as its high-resolution full-frame sensor. Becker compares the a7R to the a7, especially in regard to its 36.4MP full-frame sensor, as well as its... READ MORE