Diving Deep Into HDSLRs

So you bought an HDSLR to add motion to your repertoire. Now what? We’ll help you navigate the technology to give you a running start.
By The Editors
The first video-capable DSLRs were aimed at photojournalists, but were quickly adopted by wedding photographers and even serious filmmakers. The large sensors (relative to those found in pro camcorders) allow for cinematic limited depth of field and thus effective selective-focus shots. HDSLRs are much smaller and far less costly than…

Hi-Tech Studio: Key Primes For Pros

For speed and sharpness, add a set of single-focal-length lenses to your lens collection
By Staff
As good as zoom lenses are, it's tough to beat a prime lens for its combination of speed, sharpness and overall optical excellence. With their inherent sharpness, many prime lenses are able to perform up to the level of the latest image sensors. And, of course, the explosion of DSLR…

Master Soft Light

Little differences between light modifiers make for big changes in the look of a light
Text And Photography By William Sawalich
Any discussion of soft lighting tools begins with two classic modifiers: the softbox and the umbrella. From each of these devices has sprung a world of variations—so many that it can be difficult to know why to choose one modifier over another. Soft is a relative term, after all, and…

Ultimate-Resolution Cameras

When it comes to resolution, for most pros some is good, more is better and too much is just right
By The Editors
There's more to image quality than just pixel count; color reproduction, dynamic range and low-light/high-ISO performance quickly come to mind. But the more pixels an image sensor contains, the more detail its images can reveal, and the larger you can blow them up before the pixels themselves become visible to…

Street Shooters

Catch the decisive moments like a modern Cartier-Bresson with a dedicated street camera
By The Editors
Street photography was first made famous by Henri Cartier-Bresson and his focus on movement and the typical Parisian. It spread to America where Robert Frank developed a raw expression outside of mainstream photography, often linked with the Beat Movement. This fresh street style was noted for its spontaneity, intimacy with…

Hi-Tech Studio: Wireless Flash

Untether your lighting from your camera for complete control on location
By Staff
Technology advancements have taken off-camera flash from alchemy and guesswork to lighting science. Today's diminutive on-camera flash is a location lighting supertool. Instead of having a grip truck or a large van's worth of big lighting packs, innovative pros like Joe McNally travel with a hard case containing a dozen…
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