The Best (Non-Photographic) Tools For Photographers

These tech items, gadgets, gizmos and services can make life better for any creative
Get a group of shooters together, and talk will soon turn to the various accessories inside our camera bags. Because we all like to take better photos with less effort, we spend a lot of time discussing the accessories we use to improve our photography. I’ve spent countless hours debating the best flash trigger or circular polarizer, and I’ve hunted... Read more

OWC Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Dock A Must Have For Laptop Users

Thirteen ports, perfect functionality make this hub the go-to choice for Mac users
Last year I earned the dubious distinction of having flown 100,000 miles, a schedule of working travel that’s familiar to many a photographer. Spending weeks at a time away from home as I do, I’m a big proponent of the idea of making a laptop computer your only computer, something I wrote about here in Digital Photo Pro. Apple’s MacBook... Read more

Supercharging Your Connection

Photographers can transfer files and connect to the Internet faster than ever—but only with the right gear  
internet connection
Professional photographers are keenly aware of the benefits of keeping their computers up to date, often upgrading to the fastest models as soon as more powerful versions come out. There’s a clear and direct correlation to the speed of a computer and the speed with which one can edit files and get them ready for output. Fewer photographers spend time... Read more

PhotoJoseph On Think Tank Photo’s Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag

A video review of the new roller, which can hold a huge amount of gear with some creative division of compartments
Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag
Do you like bags? Of course, you like bags. You’re a photographer; these seem to go hand-in-hand! The problem with bags is that you need *the right one* for every occasion, such as when you need to carry a lot of gear on a plane, but don’t want to have to check it. Airline bag restrictions are tight, and if your bag is an inch oversized, it could... Read more

Behind The Technology Pt. 2

USB-C is about to change the way you connect all of your devices, but are you ready?
Behind The Technology Pt. 2
Last month we looked at how changes to storage cards are going to speed up digital camera performance dramatically—if anyone will actually buy the cards. This month, we look at USB-C, the new standard debuted by Apple on its MacBook portable computer. USB-C is sort of a panacea for connectivity, combining standards such as USB 3, Thunderbolt and monitor... Read more

Monochrome Gear Guide

The tools and tricks you need to capture perfect black-and-white photos

Monochrome images have a power that color images lack. It’s the abstraction in black-and-white that I think makes it so special—removing color from a scene allows the brain to perceive it differently. While color images stand out thanks to what they have, monochrome images stand out because of what they’re missing. It’s possible to take any... Read more

The Best Gear Of The Year

Some of the outstanding products that resonated with both photographers and the Digital Photo Pro editors alike

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 to the maturity of the camera market—a lot of the dominant players... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: The Era Of The Tablet Is About To Change How You Work

Apple says their iPad Pro is the future of computing. We say it will change your photography workflow.

In 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, Apple’s legendary tablet, saying that the world needed something "better than a laptop, better than a smartphone," yet living in a space between the two. While the iPad has become increasingly powerful, it still has fallen short of being a professional device. Jobs said that the first iPad had... Read more

Road Warrior: Packing Light & Packing Right

A well-stocked computer bag can be the difference between a successful shoot and a lost client

For many people who make their living capturing images and telling stories, the phrase "travel photographer" has a double meaning. First, there’s the (often misguided) romance of visiting foreign lands and basking in culture. Then there’s the (more accurate) reality of slogging between cities laden with heavy bags of gear. As... Read more

Replacing The Desktop

Can photographers streamline their workflow by ditching their desktop computers?

Forget frames per second. Forget phase-detection points. Throw buffer size out the window. The speed and power of a camera doesn’t mean a thing if a photographer gets hamstrung when he or she is processing images. I know countless photographers who spend top dollar on a pro DSLR and then purchase an entry level desktop or laptop to save money.... Read more

4K Vs. 5K Video Displays

What’s the best way to take advantage of today’s new display standards?

Spend any time in a camera store (or the camera department of a big-box store), and you’ll notice that more and more cameras are touting their ability to capture video in 4K. Where HD video capabilities were a selling point just a few years ago, full-blown 4K has swept the market. What’s The Big Idea? Video standards are named according... Read more

Film Scanner Reviews

Discover the hidden value in your film archive when you digitize your slides and negatives

Film scanners let you convert slides, negatives and even prints into digital images for yourself or your clients. They’re a great way to convert your old film archive into digital form. Mastering scanning takes a while, and if you just have a few film images or prints you want digitized, it’s probably best to have a pro lab like Duggal (www.duggal.com)... Read more
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