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Smooth operators: 10 top video tripod heads for any budget

 
 

Any photographer who tries shooting video using an ordinary tripod designed for still photography soon discovers the limitations of a standard 3-way pan/tilt head or ball head in achieving smooth panning and tilting motions. Indeed, if you're serious about creating professional looking videos, a high-quality video...

Blast Off! How to make and photograph the Coke & Mentos trick (better than anyone else!)

 
 

I'm glad I didn't let this pass me by before my kids got older.
I grew up with a passion for volcanoes and also things like building and launching model rockets, not to mention a love for fireworks. So I was surprised I'd never even heard of the simple yet potent "Coke & Mentos trick" until recently. I was helping...

Can a premium compact meet the challenges of dive photography? Brent Durand puts the G7X II to the test

 
 

We're partnering with Underwater Photography Guide, an excellent resource for all things dive-photography, in order to bring those of you interested in learning more about dive photography a closer look at this exciting and decidedly different photographic frontier. I got to meet their editor, Brent Durand, on a...

11 great lenses for your new Nikon DSLR

 
 

So you’ve got yourself a new Nikon DSLR -- congratulations! You’ll be shooting great pictures for years to come.

Many folks purchasing a new camera pay little heed to lenses, treating them as an afterthought. But with the right lineup of lenses, you'll be able to capture wide-open landscapes, gorgeous close-ups...

Camera Lenses 101: What to know before you buy your first lens

 
 

Apertures, focal lengths, ƒ-stops -- with all the terms surrounding camera lenses, it’s completely normal for a new photographer with an interchangeable-lens camera to feel out of their depth of field and lost in a circle of confusion.

But have no fear, the purpose of this article is to give you an overview of...

10 Best Cyber Monday Camera Deals of 2016


 
 

While the leftovers may be dwindling and Thanksgiving begins to feel like a distant memory, the great camera deals don't have to come to an end too! If you didn't jump on any Black Friday deals or you just want even more savings, then great news, Cyber Monday is here! To help you get the most bang for your...

Comparison shopping for the holidays? Use our camera comparison tool to pick the right model

 
 

Do you know about our camera comparison pages? They're an incredibly handy tool to let you view any two cameras we've ever tested side-by-side and see all the most relevant specs and features in easy-to-understand sections. Nothing beats our in-depth reviews of course, but sometimes you just need a quick-glance to...

Black Friday Camera Deals for 2016 - updated daily!


 
 

Black Friday 2016 is here! We're still updating this page multiple times per day with our whole team searching out the best deals on the web and in stores. Some deals have already sold out, so bookmark this page and check back often. We want to help you not only save money, but save time this holiday season....

Up your game: 7 top tips to be a better travel shooter

 
 

Olympus Visionary and National Geographic photojournalist Jay Dickman has traveled all over the world during his 45+ year career, visiting more than 20 countries. No surprise, he knows how to "do" travel photography. Here are his top 7 tips to not only travel smarter, but bring back stunning photos.

7 key travel...

Wedding Photography Tips & Tricks: Denis Reggie shows how it’s done with the Canon 5D Mark IV

 
 

The Canon 5D Mark IV can do a lot of things well, with a 30-megapixel full-frame sensor, improved video features that include 4K video recording and a rugged, weather-sealed body. Landscape photography, photojournalism, portraiture, commercial photography, you name it, the 5D IV is a significant step up from its...

Best Travel Zooms for your Canon DSLR: 8 fantastic choices for serious shooters on the go

 
 

Vacation time! You're about to set off on the trip of a lifetime (or maybe just a weekend when you need to travel light): You want to bring your Canon DSLR along for great photos, but would like to keep bulk and weight to a minimum. What to do? It turns out there are some great options for travel lenses for your...

Changing Camera Filters is Now a SNAP

The XUME Quick Release Adapters provide easy and quick changing for your tradtional screw-on lens filters: simply pull one off and pop another on your lens. How's it done? Magnets!

Call me old school, but I've always added a Daylight Filter to my lenses. The theory then as now is that it's better to inadvertently smash a $40 filter than a $1000 lens. There's no going back...

New SilverFast release provides dust & scratch removal without infrared

Non-infrared Dust & Scratch Removal

LaserSoft Imaging's latest release of SilverFast AI 8.8 and SilverFast HDR 8.8 film scanning and image processing software comes with some very interesting new features. The most impressive one (in this free update to current version 8 owners) is the dust & scratch removal without the need for an infrared-capable scanner. In addition,...

9 Best Cyber Monday Camera Deals of 2015 (Some deals may still be valid)

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We hope everyone enjoyed a nice Turkey Day, and if you perhaps didn't quite find what you were looking for on Black Friday, Cyber Monday is just around the corner here. As with Black Friday, we're compiling our favorite Cyber Monday camera deals of 2015. Get started with our favorite deals and savings below, but be sure to check this page...

Reflections on Adobe MAX 2015


 
Adobe MAX

This year's Adobe MAX conference was the largest of the four I've been to in my time. Some 7000 people attended hundreds of sessions with speakers and leaders from the every corner of the creative community

Adobe MAX originated with Macromedia, the company that gave us FreeHand, Dreamweaver and...

SilverFast(R) Archive Suite, version 8.5, New great features, but with bumps

SilverFast has recently updated their scanning software from v. 8 to v. 8.5. If you already own version 8, this update is free. There are some improvements to existing features, nifty new features are, well, they are new. Some of the new features include:

  1. You can now save high-color high bit-depth images in the DNG format.
  2. The Job...