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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Binoculars make great gifts, but navigating the styles, descriptions, specifications and nomenclature can be dizzying. How does an 8x42 compare to a 7x50, and why are some models $999 while others are $99? Here’s a sensible (and short) guide to buying binoculars. 

Ron Leach  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

We’ve all been there: Your best friend begs you to shoot his wedding in exchange for a case of cheap beer because he’s “really short on cash.” And no matter how much you protest that you’re a wildlife photographer and have never shot a wedding, the response is “I’m sure you’ll do great."

Ron Leach  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Spring has (finally) sprung and it’s time to pull out your macro lens and get up close and personal with all the beautiful blooming flowers. To help celebrate the season, we decided to share this stunning time-lapse video that took three years and 8TB of images to create.

George Schaub  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

When Sigma introduced their new super-wide zoom in late 2016 I was eager to give it a try. Among their Art lens offerings, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM lens ($1,599, MSRP) serves as an upgrade to their 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (still available at an MSRP of $949) with a constant f/4 aperture; a nine-bladed diaphragm; FLD glass elements; an updated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that uses 1.3x the torque for fast and smooth autofocus operation; 16 elements in 11 groups construction; and what Sigma claims is “the largest aspherical element in the industry” to minimize distortion, ghosting, and flare. The angle of view ranges from 84 to 122 degrees, with mount compatibility for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma DSLRs.

Ron Leach  |  May 11, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “bullet time,” it’s a frozen-moment visual effect in which some parts of a scene proceed at normal speed while others (like flying bullets) are slowed dramatically as you see in the short clip below and a longer version at the bottom of this page.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographers tend to be very particular about the bags, straps and holsters they use to carry their gear, and some of us have a veritable “bag mountain” somewhere in our home. In the humorous video below, Chris Niccolls of TheCameraStoreTV demonstrates the options he loves and those he doesn’t.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Many of the most dramatic outdoor images are made by experienced photographers using neutral density (ND) filters in conjunction with long exposures. In the video below you’ll learn everything you need to know about choosing the proper ND filter for the scene at hand and using it properly.

Ron Leach  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Mike Mezeul II is a landscape photographer who says he’s addicted to photographing the night sky: “Looking at the stars and beauty of the Milky Way with your naked eye is mind-blowing,” he explains. In the video below you’ll see how Mezeul helps his workshop students capture that awe with their cameras.

Edited by George Schaub  |  May 10, 2017  |  0 comments

The new Nikon D5600 is a midrange DSLR camera based around a 24.2-megapixel DX-format (APS-C) sensor. The sensor offers the same resolution as the previous D5500. The same goes for the image processor—the Expeed 4 system—that was used in the D5500, which was launched two years ago (January 2015).

Ron Leach  |  May 09, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the common dilemma when shooting landscape photos in which a compromise has to be made between a blown-out sky and an overly dark foreground. In the video below, image-editing expert Nick Page demonstrates why an exposure-blending technique is far more effective than global highlight/shadow adjustments or using an HDR plugin.

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