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Black Friday Camera Deals for 2017 - updated daily!


 
 

Black Friday 2017 is just around the corner! As we wait for more deals to be announced, we wanted to get a jump on the holiday shopping season and share with you some of our favorite ongoing camera deals. We are hard at work looking for the best deals and we will be regularly updating this article as we...

Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L review: Sleek sling bag keeps things pleasingly minimal

 
 

You'd have to have been living under a rock these past couple of years not to have heard of Peak Design's camera accessories, especially their massively-successful Everyday Backpack -- which racked-up around $6.5 million in Kickstarter funding. Starting a few years ago with small camera carrying devices, such as...

Review: The MeVideo tripod makes smart sense in a market crowded with the ugly & overly complex

 
 

Video isn’t easy, and it certainly isn't light weight. I know, because I shoot video for a living. I’ve been shooting for the better part of six years now, and through that time I’ve used just about every kind of tripod out there to do my job. Back when I got started, I used what I had (a horrible Sunpak tripod my...

Alien Skin Exposure X3 Review: Look out Lightroom, X3 is a powerful & versatile photo editor

 
 

For a long time, photographers wanting an all-in-one RAW editor and photo manager solution have looked to Adobe Lightroom, and with good reason. However, Alien Skin, a software company known primarily for their plug-ins and excellent film emulation software, has a Lightroom competitor of their own, Exposure. With...

Counterpoint: Give Adobe’s Lightroom Classic CC changes a chance, because it’s way faster

 
 
 
 

There is quite a bit of confusion and anger regarding Adobe’s updates to Lightroom today, and I did my best to cover those in an editorial you can read here. The point of that editorial was to put into words the range of negative emotions that many photographers...

It’s time to stop living under the illusion Adobe cares what you think

 
 
 
 

Since almost its inception, Lightroom has been the choice for just about any photographer to organize, batch edit and export images. Folks from amateurs to professionals use the program, and there are thousands of plugins made by the community of fans available...

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Tripod Review: Is this premium carbon fiber tripod worth the money?

 
 

I've owned my Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series tripod for a few years now and have hundreds of hours of use in the field with the 34L. I have put this tripod through its paces in many different situations and it has held up very well and has never once disappointed me.

It's worth stating on the front end...

Canon: 4K may not really matter, but you make it seem like it matters by insisting on not including it

 
 

Ok, most of the way through 2017 I feel like it bears saying this a little louder: by not including 4K in your new cameras and telling us it’s because it’s not a necessary thing, it makes me feel like it’s kind of a thing. Like if you were to notice something wrong with a situation, question it, and be told "don't...

The Lowepro Urbex is a daypack first, camera bag second & that’s a good thing

 
 

When I shop for backpacks, I’m usually doing so with the primary function it needs to fulfill as being a main player in supporting photography. But a few weeks ago, with a two week trip across Italy, Spain and Switzerland planned, my needs broadened significantly. I needed a slim, well-designed pack that could...

JOBY Gorillapod 5K Review: A timelapser’s/landscape photographer’s best friend

 
 

Gorillapod is a photography household name, and for good reason. The compact bendable tripods come in a host of sizes and weight classes with uses from of course tripods all the way to unconventional stabilizers (take a look at any Casey Neistat YouTube video, and you’re bound to see several Gorillapod shots). But...

The D850 is the camera Nikon desperately needed

 
 

The D850 is the camera Nikon desperately, terribly needed. It's a “win” that the storied camera manufacturer had been lacking for the better part of a year, surrounded on all sides either by disappointing or nonexistent news. 

A year ago, Nikon looked scared. The biggest story to come out of Nikon in the last...

20+ photo apps every photographer should have on their phone

 
 

What is one thing almost every photographer has on their person every time they shoot? A smartphone. These ubiquitous devices may be viewed with some scorn by longtime photographers, but in addition to being able to capture impressive images, smartphones can act as fully-featured photography assistants that are...

Lowepro’s new FlipSide backpack makes huge strides over the original

 
 

I have never been a fan of the Lowepro FlipSide backback. The design has never felt “serious” to me as a photographer. It’s a bag that looks like it would be good for a novice or amateur, but was a stepping stone to something tougher or simply more refined-looking. However, after seeing the latest iteration of the...

Review: Portable G-DRIVE Slim SSD USB-C is fast, light, thin and silent

 
 

I have a soft spot in my heart for reliable, lightweight and tough portable storage. When I’m out on location, it makes me incredibly nervous to have the only copies of what I shoot be on my laptop and on the original memory card I shot on. Though I have never had a laptop fail on me, it has happened to people I...

Sweet 16: The most popular lenses of 2017…so far

What are the most popular lenses on our site in 2017 now that we're halfway through the year? We're glad you asked! We post the most popular cameras on our homepage… why not discuss the most popular lenses? When we took an initial look at the traffic stats, some in the Top 16 were obvious "ringers" and others were pleasant surprises, but this list is what you, the readers,...

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock Review: 13 ports and a lot of versatility makes this dock a great laptop companion

 
 

For MacBook Pro users in particular, the recent iterations' reliance on USB-C ports has proven to be something of an annoyance when trying to use a variety of devices. With their new Thunderbolt 3 Dock, OWC has delivered an elegant, powerful solution which packs in a whopping 13 ports, including the ability to...

Red River Palo Duro Etching Paper Review: This textured matte paper delivers outstanding black levels

 
 

Note: I was provided samples of Red River's Palo Duro Etching paper for the purposes of evaluation. No other compensation was received.

I haven't reviewed photographic paper in quite some time, but when Red River Paper announced their new Palo Duro Etching paper earlier this year,  I was approached with the...

TKActions Panel V5 Review: A powerful Photoshop panel that makes luminosity masks easier

 
 

Note: I reached out to Tony Kuyper, the creator of TKActions Panel, earlier this year about reviewing his software. A copy of TKActions Panel V5 and an accompanying video guide series were provided to me for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 Backpack Review: A great backpack is made better

 
 

Introduction

I reviewed the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive backpack a few years ago and loved it. It’s a fantastic backpack and it’s my go-to carrying solution when I need to carry a lot of gear and my tripod. There were no glaring weaknesses with that backpack, but nonetheless, Think Tank Photo wanted...

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 Review: A faster, more precise computer for the mobile creator

 
 

Microsoft’s latest portable tablet/computer hybrid was announced last month to much fanfare. Touted as a perfect blend of portable and powerful, the new Surface Pro (no longer burdened with a model number) aims to appeal to mobile creative professionals as a perfect companion to their art. More specifically, we’ve...