Hi-TechStudio: The Mid-Range Zoom

With reduced distortion, sharpness across the field of view and a generally comfortable working distance, the mid-range zooms are a preferred tool for fashion and beauty
By The Editors
Mid-range zoom lenses—those that go from moderate wide-angle to portrait telephoto—are versatile tools that can cover a wide range of subject matter. But they're especially well suited to fashion/beauty/portraiture work, letting you frame from full body to tight headshot from distances that provide pleasing perspective. Note that with an APS-C…

ISO How High Can You Go?

Today, cameras are made with ISO capability of 204,800 and more, but is it even remotely usable? We unravel what ISO is, how it works in a modern camera and how it can work for you.
By Staff
Back in the film era, ISO 800 was high. Use a film rated higher than that, and image quality definitely fell off. The fastest films available were ISO 1600 and EI 3200 (EI, or exposure index, meaning it didn't meet the ISO standards criteria for an ISO rating). Today, we…

Hi-Tech Studio: Compacts For Pros

Small cameras with big sensors put superior image quality in your pocket
By Staff
As a pro photographer, you use gear that provides the results you need, that satisfies your clients. But you can't always carry that gear with you everywhere you go. Sure, an iPhone is nice and gives you a lot of flexibility, and it's always with you, but having something a…

Superfast Glass

The pros and cons of using lenses with maximum apertures greater than ƒ/1.4
By The Editors
Fast lenses let you shoot in dimmer light and can really limit depth of field for selective-focus shots. Superfast lenses are even better, right? We'll go into that in a moment, but first, what is a fast lens? Fast refers to the size of the lens' maximum aperture, and it's…

RED For Still & Motion

With cameras that are making an impact in Hollywood, RED is poised to become a major player with its Digital Still & Motion Camera technolog
By Staff
DSLRs are the primary tools of professional photographers, so we naturally feel like any feature or technology that's built into them is a feature of which we should be masters. In 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II came onto the scene and perhaps accidentally launched still photographers into the…

Hi-Tech Studio: Top 5 Accessories For Motion

As you add motion to your repertoire, these are essential additions to your kit
By The Editors
If you recently purchased your first DSLR with HD video capability and you're starting to experiment with motion capture and even narrative filmmaking, we have some advice on critical accessories to add to your bag. These are accessories that you're probably not too familiar with; as a pro photographer, you…
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