Westcott Skylux Light

Dependable, transportable LED lighting in a compact package
Westcott Skylux light
Emily Soto/Courtesy of Westcott Westcott’s Skylux is a deceptively small LED light that’s bright, compact, versatile and continues in the company’s tradition of making rock-solid photographic products with innovative design elements. The Skylux looks for all the world like a traditional, small monolight. More accurately, it looks like a lunchbox... Read more

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C — First Hands-On Test

A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma 100-400mm lens
Sigma’s new Contemporary 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM has just arrived, and I’ve been spending some time putting it through its paces at a media event in Utah’s Park City. The new lens is, according to Sigma  “a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.” Sigma has called... Read more

Taking Your Photos With You

Moving images and videos from location to studio or client can seem daunting, but technology is here to help
WD My Cloud service
WD MyPassport Wireless Pro For the location photographer, getting photographs and videos back to the studio or to the client is oftentimes more daunting of a challenge than the actual creative assignment. The files created by still cameras and video cameras keep getting larger as sensor sizes and video resolutions increase. While a lot of location work... Read more

iMac Pro, New iMacs And MacBook Pro Target Photo And Video Markets

Updates to the existing lineup and a preview of the iMac Pro renew Apple’s commitment to pros
Apple iMac Pro
The history of Apple is tied to that of the creative professional, after all, Apple is the company that ushered in the age of “desktop publishing” with the original Mac computers, and enabled digital photography and digital videography to blossom thanks to affordable, powerful high-end Macs. Apple’s history with professionals, though, has not... Read more

Byron’s Blog: Shooting With The Canon EOS M6

Don’t think of it as mirrorless
Canon EOS M6
I don’t think of the M6 as a mirrorless camera—Canon told me they don’t, and you shouldn’t, either. Instead, consider it a compact that will take much better pictures than a cell phone, and, if you’re a fan of the Canon brand, an obvious step-up, gift or camera you’d take on a trip when you don’t want the bulk of a DSLR. The M6 isn’t... Read more

A Constant Light: LED Lighting Solutions

Today’s LED lights are brighter, cheaper and better than ever, and ready for your studio
LED lighting
The flash of a strobe is intertwined so closely with the identity of a photographer that it has always been the signal in entertainment that a character is a photographer. Think, for instance, of film-noir dramas, where a news reporter catches a shot of a mobster—their Speed Graphic camera is always seen with a large, round Graflex flashgun popping... Read more

Byron’s Blog: A Tough Little Camera

Testing the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, as it survives the elements in the Pacific Northwest—and a bike crash
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Tumbling through the air after getting thrown from my bike when the front tire hit a root, I hoped I’d be okay and wouldn’t break a rib, collarbone, or worse. In an instant, I had tucked, and rolled, and hit the ground in motion, minimizing the impact, and protecting my head with my forearms. I got up, did an inventory of myself and the bike, and... Read more

DIY High-Power Video Or Still Light For Under $200

We made our own 11,200 lumen LED lighting solution that’s lightweight and durable. Check out the how-to video.
LED lighting solutions
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money in the studio, so we set out to see if we could create a low-budget but powerful lighting solution for photography and videography. After wandering the aisles of the local hardware store, we found materials that allowed us to create our very own studio lighting hack—an 11,200 lumen light that... Read more

The Color Crisis

Why color management is so important, and why you probably aren’t doing it right
color management
Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO I was standing in the kitchen the other day with my mother and my 6-year-old son, and found myself—as I do so often—providing computer tech support for my mother. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but my septuagenarian mother was having trouble with a computer concept, and I was getting frustrated trying to explain it... Read more

Apple’s Wide Color

Apple’s new standard for displaying colors will change photography—again
Apple Wide Color
The representation and display of color is at the heart of everything a photographer does, yet the devices we use to capture and view that color are inherently flawed. Monitors have a limited range of what they can display and they operate on a different system of color reproduction entirely from photo printers and offset presses. There have been several... Read more

The Mixed Studio

Blending modern LED lights with strobes for unique lighting options
Mixed Studio
This image uses two LED lights and one strobe. An 18” circular flapjack is the main light on the left, with a ring flash as an accent light on right. An Elinchrom ELB 400 strobe using a 30-degree grid lights the blue background. I love my strobes. Watching them pop away during a shoot energizes the set and amplifies my creativity. My obsession with... Read more

Behind The Tech: RAID

Demystifying RAID for photographers
RAID
Photographer Vincent LaForet edits at his studio workstation, where he stores his files on RAID drives. Whether you’re relatively new or experienced in the world of digital photography, ever-increasing file sizes and ever-speedier camera frame rates continue to make larger and larger demands on your digital storage and backup solutions. While storage... Read more
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