Shooting The Outdoors Doesn’t Have To Cost You A Fortune

Consider the advantages of purchasing second-hand gear through reputable dealers
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Building a kit for nature photography can be very expensive, with the costs of high-end DSLRs, telephoto lenses, durable and weatherproof accessories all adding up. Don’t let this put you off though — there are ways to minimize the cost of expanding and upgrading your setup. Forget New, Go ‘Like New’ Buying new may seem appealing, but it isn’t... Read more

Managing Your Image Archive

How you store your files is just as important as how you capture them
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I will never forget the moment I learned about the importance of having an implemented, ironclad photo backup strategy. The date was April 13, 2002, months after the tragic day that my hometown of New York City—and the entire U.S.—was devastated by terrorist attacks. It was one of the last nights I had to photograph the “Tribute in Light,” an... Read more

Eclipse Photography For The Procrastinator

What to do next week when the sun is entirely hidden
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Photo courtesy of NASA In case you missed it, the solar eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017, and I don’t even have glasses yet. So I’ll probably wear a pinhole camera box on my head, but I have a nice camera kit from Canon, the EOS 5D Mark IV, and maybe should at least try to get a shot. I’m based in Seattle, and we’re on 92% of the totality... Read more
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Monolights Cut The Cord

Go-anywhere battery-powered monolights are changing the way location photographers capture images
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Broncolor Siros L Monolights are the unsung heroes of the studio photography world. While they’re compact and transportable, they’re less powerful than pack-based studio gear, and many studio photographers consider them to be a second-tier lighting solution because of the complexity of setting them up and triggering them. New battery-powered monolights... Read more

USB-C Hard Drives

New standards promise increased hard drive speed and productivity, if you’re willing to buy new gear
USB-C hard drives
LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive As Apple takes aggressive steps in the computer market to foster the adoption of the new USB-C standard—abandoning all connectors on the new MacBook Pro aside from USB-C—photographers find themselves on the threshold of a new range of hard drive performance, but not without some confusion. The USB-C connector combines... Read more

Sony a9: High Speed For Photographers With High Standards

World traveler Ira Block is thrilled to harness the Sony a9’s speed and responsiveness in an inconspicuous package
Ira Block Sony a9
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks 2017, shot with the Sony a9 from the west looking east. The NY Life Insurance building is on the left and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower is on the right. Within minutes of picking up the new Sony a9, globetrotting photographer Ira Block knew something was different. He was holding in his hands a game changer of... Read more

Westcott Skylux Light

Dependable, transportable LED lighting in a compact package
Westcott Skylux light
Emily Soto/Courtesy of Westcott Westcott’s Skylux is a deceptively small LED light that’s bright, compact, versatile and continues in the company’s tradition of making rock-solid photographic products with innovative design elements. The Skylux looks for all the world like a traditional, small monolight. More accurately, it looks like a lunchbox... Read more

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C — First Hands-On Test

A first look at the new lightweight, affordable super-zoom
Sigma 100-400mm lens
Sigma’s new Contemporary 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM has just arrived, and I’ve been spending some time putting it through its paces at a media event in Utah’s Park City. The new lens is, according to Sigma  “a state-of-the-art telephoto zoom that brings a new level of portability and quality to the super telephoto market.” Sigma has called... Read more

Taking Your Photos With You

Moving images and videos from location to studio or client can seem daunting, but technology is here to help
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WD MyPassport Wireless Pro For the location photographer, getting photographs and videos back to the studio or to the client is oftentimes more daunting of a challenge than the actual creative assignment. The files created by still cameras and video cameras keep getting larger as sensor sizes and video resolutions increase. While a lot of location work... Read more

iMac Pro, New iMacs And MacBook Pro Target Photo And Video Markets

Updates to the existing lineup and a preview of the iMac Pro renew Apple’s commitment to pros
Apple iMac Pro
The history of Apple is tied to that of the creative professional, after all, Apple is the company that ushered in the age of “desktop publishing” with the original Mac computers, and enabled digital photography and digital videography to blossom thanks to affordable, powerful high-end Macs. Apple’s history with professionals, though, has not... Read more