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Josh Taylor

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1 month ago
It is no accident that carrying and using a tripod is a hallmark of many professional photographers. Here are a dozen of the latest travel tripods that fulfill the time-honored maxim that “the best tripod is the one that’s with you”—not the behemoth you left at home. No other photographic accessory will elevate the technical quality of your pictures more easily or predictably—even in this digital...
1 month ago
Panasonic has partnered with Leica to produce the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH POWER O.I.S. for Micro Four Thirds-format mirrorless cameras, perhaps the most audacious example of their collaborations to date. It offers an amazing 200-800mm-equivalent focal-length...
4 months ago
Wedding photography has become an extremely popular and lucrative specialty. First and foremost, a wedding is a grand, unrepeatable, emotionally charged event at which expectations run high, and second best won’t do. Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but having the right equipment is crucial if you expect to achieve sharp, well-composed, well-lit images that depict...
5 months ago
By the middle of the first decade of this century the digital revolution had transformed photography so completely that that the ranks of film cameras in production were decimated. While digital is destined to remain the primary capture medium, shooting film is enjoying a renaissance, especially among artists and traditionalists, and film in the popular 35mm, 120, and sheet film sizes is still...
7 months ago
The acclaimed Canon PowerShot G-series of compact point-and-shoot cameras is based on a simple, brilliant concept: to provide serious enthusiasts and demanding pros with an attractive, robust, walk-around camera that delivers performance they can be proud of. The original G1, announced in 2000, set the stage with such class-leading features as a fast zoom lens, RAW capture capability, a zoom...
7 months ago
Today, Lowepro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of photo equipment and carry gear, but it all started with Greg Lowe, in his small garage, in a Colorado town near the Rockies. A mountaineer, photographer, and filmmaker, Lowe developed the internal-frame backpack in 1967, and in 1972 introduced the first lightweight, foam-padded nylon cases to protect camera and cinematography gear from...
8 months ago
How does a rangefinder camera work? What were the landmarks in rangefinder camera design?  How have they influenced photography over the years? What are their pluses and minuses compared to SLRs? What do they do best, and why? In the late 19th Century, there were two dominant camera types: 1. View cameras that required you to compose the shot upside-down and in reverse on a ground glass, and...
9 months ago
If there’s one word you can use to describe photographers who mastered their craft before there were such things as auto-exposure, autofocus, auto-flash, or digital imaging, it’s resourceful. These guys and gals had tricks up their sleeves that would let them meet practically any challenge, and a host of ingenious ways to take their creativity to new dimensions. Here are eight of their timeless...
1 year ago
When it comes to choosing a main go-to camera, most pros and serious enthusiasts still gravitate to full-frame, pro-caliber DSLRs. But when you’re traveling, hiking, or simply enjoying your vacation, the prospect of toting a top-tier DSLR outfit can be daunting. Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue and there is now a wide variety of more compact, lightweight, travel-friendly cameras...
Photo-Editing Software: Get to Know the Other Options
by Josh Taylor
1 year ago
Adobe Photoshop has long been the industry standard in post-processing software, but it’s certainly not the only game in town. Widely regarded as the most comprehensive and all-inclusive image-editing software system on the planet, its complex, multifaceted interface can be daunting for many users due to the sheer number of tools and options. Perhaps the biggest downside to the latest version,...
1 year ago
The original Olympus Stylus was a wildly popular broad-spectrum point-and-shoot film camera that became a cult classic among enthusiasts who wanted a high-performance 35mm compact that would fit in their pockets. Now that we’re deep into the digital era, Olympus has brought forth the ...
1 year ago
Manfrotto, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tripods, tripod heads, monopods, lighting equipment, and camera bags, has partnered with Fizan, a prominent Italian company that’s been making ski, trekking, and outdoor gear since 1947, to create the Manfrotto Off road line. It’s a new collection of lightweight products aimed at hikers, wildlife observers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who...
1 year ago
An impressive transformation has been taking place on the optical front over the past few years, and that trend is accelerating, going into 2015, with scores of new interchangeable lenses being introduced by major camera makers and lens companies alike. These innovative lenses run the gamut, from those designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras to APS-C and full-frame DSLRs, and this...
1 year ago
Today’s digital cameras are capable of awesome imaging performance and they offer an unparalleled combination of convenience, efficiency, and cost effectiveness that has made them the dominant mode of image capture. Nevertheless, shooting black-and-white film, especially in medium format, is a fascinating and worthwhile experience that’s rewarding, fun, and can also go a long way toward making...
1 year ago
In 1970, in Torrance, California, Celestron succeeded in streamlining the manufacturing process for making high-quality Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescopes and introduced the landmark Celestron 8, at the then-unprecedented relatively low price of $1,000. As a result, thousands of amateur astronomers were finally able to observe objects in interplanetary space previously seen only in research...

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