The Best Gear Of The Year

Some of the outstanding products that resonated with both photographers and the Digital Photo Pro editors alike
By The Editors
In the course of a year, we look at a lot of gear. Cameras, lenses, strobes, bags, tripods—you name it, at some point we have our hands on it. It’s incredible how great photographic equipment is these days—there are very few subpar products on the market. Partially, this is due…

Hi-Tech Studio: Inside Ballheads

For stability, ease of use and flexibility when you’re locking off the camera, it’s hard to beat a ballhead
By Staff
The many benefits of a ballhead are well known. They're solid and stable, and they're easy to adjust in an almost unlimited way. On most models, a single locking knob is the only control you need to manipulate. You'll see a couple of distinct ballhead designs, one where the ball…

Hi-TechStudio: You Need Your Fluids

When you’re shooting still images, keeping the camera absolutely rock-steady is critical. Everyone knows this.

By The Editors
When you’re shooting still images, keeping the camera absolutely rock-steady is critical. Everyone knows this. When we handhold, we recognize that we’re working in a suboptimal manner and we do what we can to mitigate the inherent issue of camera shake by using higher shutter speeds and image stabilization. We…

DPP Solutions: Tripod Tech

Modern tripods represent extensive research and development in materials and stability technology
By Staff
Legs The leg material accounts for most of a tripod's weight and steadiness. For years, there were two choices: wood or aluminum. Today, you can still buy wood or aluminum tripods, but higher-tech materials that are sturdier and dampen vibrations more effectively are available. Wood is favored by many large-format…
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