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…

What’s New In Medium-Format Digital

When nothing short of maximum resolution and image quality will suffice, medium-format digital is still at the top of the pyramid
By The Editors
The death of medium format has been greatly overstated. It's true that 35mm-sized DSLRs are much more common among pros, but that's always how it's been. Medium-format digital, like medium-format film, has a dedicated cadre of users for whom these tools are the perfect choice. That's because their image quality,…

The 4K Range

From the high-end, state-of-the-art RED EPIC DSMC camera to the midrange SCARLET and Canon Cinema EOS-1D C to the recently introduced GoPro HERO3, the 4K world is getting more crowded for photographers who are expanding into motion
By Staff
The convergence story continues to evolve. Pro photographers need to be ever more aware and fluent in motion capture, whether your goal is to create narrative films or to shoot motion vignettes as added benefit for your clients. For motion capture, the current mainstream format is commonly called "full HD"—1920x1080…
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