When the phrase “camera support” is mentioned, most of us think of the tried-and-trusty tripod, and for good reason—the tripod is the single best way to steady your camera for long shutter-speed exposures, group photos including the photographer, or just for minimizing camera movement to maximize image sharpness.
However, the tripod has definite shortcomings, and it is not always practical or permitted to bring a tripod with you to every location. Because of this, creative inventors in the world have developed alternatives to the three-legged
There is perhaps no other piece of camera gear as highly disputed as the humble tripod. Billed as, “the ugly duckling of equipment” in a 1985 New York Times story by legendary writer and picture editor John Durniak, he went on to explain, “one measure of a good photographer is the ability to handle one. Far from being an esoteric device limited to professionals,” he noted, “the tripod, in skilled hands, can be a useful tool for the interested amateur who
Subject and style may vary, but consistency is a quality shared by all successful photo studios. When working indoors, that begins with lighting. Strobes remain the bread and butter of many still photography studios. Unlike natural light, which can be finicky and unpredictable; on-camera flashes, which are not typically designed for studio use; or continuous lights, which can become costly as output increases; strobes are built to withstand the rigors of studio life while providing flexible and powerful light. But with so many options on the
Not all fathers are photographers, but for those who are, I’d argue that a point-and-shoot camera is essential tech for the dads in the world. Even for those with the latest smartphone, point-and-shoots are dedicated, purpose-built tools that excel in areas where phones can’t quite keep up. And, besides, dads love tools, right?
The Ricoh G900 is
The night sky is filled with wonders—so many that we humans build multi-billion-dollar telescopes to study them. The good news is that a lot of these wonders are available to all of us as we stargaze in our own backyards, and the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to start exploring these is with a pair of binoculars. Even better, you don’t need to get your hands on an expensive pair of dedicated astronomical binoculars to start enjoying the night sky.
In this first
In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed the advantages of using binoculars for astronomical viewing of the night sky and we talked about the different types of targets you can enjoy on clear, dark nights. At the conclusion of each section, I mentioned “binocular magnification considerations.” Here, we will get into that subject, as well as other characteristics of binoculars that make them better, or worse, for studying the stars. Then, in
Now that we've discussed the advantages of using binoculars for stargazing, as well as an in-depth discussion about night sky targets, in Part 1, and then discussed characteristics of binoculars in Part 2, it is time to finish this three-part series by discussing what pair of binoculars you may want to outfit yourself with for soaking up the beauty of the heavens—and, it might be that a pair of binoculars you already own fits the bill!
I did a quick survey of the women in my life. As it turns out, most of them are somebody’s mother, and one of them is even my mother. I asked what gift they would like for Mother’s Day—items that B&H sells, anyway. Two of them mentioned items they didn’t realize B&H sold, like guitar picks and
Leave it to the world of photography to confuse size and speed. In lens-speak, the term “fast glass” refers to lenses with large apertures. The aperture is the opening of a lens. The aperture’s size is expressed as a number that shows the ratio of the opening to the lens’s focal length. This number is referred to as an f/number, f/stop, focal ratio, f/ratio, or relative aperture.
What Does a Fast Lens Give You?
These large-aperture lenses
There is still one basic truth about photographing sports—access is everything. If you are not near the action, you will not get a photograph. Does this mean you need a sideline pass at the Super Bowl or a family member in the NBA? No. Those are good to have, and media credentials for a Super Bowl is a professional feather in your cap, but “access” can be found in many places and many ways. A good sports photo does not even have to be on-field action, so do not let a lack of access intimidate you, but understand that to join the upper echelons
Is your team playing in the final professional American football game of the current season? Or are you traveling to Los Angeles to see the Big Game? Are you a photographer wanting to capture the action of this or other professional gridiron games?
Here is what you need to know!
The American professional football league has stipulated requirements for what you can and cannot bring into a stadium, but individual venues have their own sets of rules.
As of February 2022, the league Stadium Bag Policy basically states that you cannot bring any
Whether you’re shooting sports from the sidelines or a wildlife migration in deepest Africa, you’re going to want a camera that’s fast and responsive enough to catch all the action.
Yet, choosing the right tools to suit such conditions comes with many considerations, and the first thing to know is there are always tradeoffs when purchasing gear. While top-of-the-line full-frame cameras offer the fastest continuous shooting speeds, the most discerning autofocus systems, and the largest camera buffers, these perks come at a considerable cost,
For digital photographers, a well-calibrated and accurate photography monitor is an indispensable tool for a solid practice. Regardless if you like to print your photos or share exclusively online, a photo monitor you can trust will make a big difference in how anyone views your photographs, yourself included. Besides just helping to achieve accurate colors and contrast, a finely tuned monitor is also more enjoyable to work on and contributes to a seamless all-around workflow. Additionally, when looking for a monitor, also consider size and