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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.

Introduction

Back in 2006,...

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...

Portraiture 3 Review: Imagenomic’s new version of Portraiture is a great portrait plugin for Photoshop

 
 

Introduction

Portraiture 3 is the latest version of Imagenomic's popular plugin. The new version includes many improvements to features, performance and the user interface. I have had a chance to try the plugin for myself and it's certainly an impressive piece of software. 

Key Features and Specs:

  • Precise...

Beyond the Kit: The best Olympus lenses for pretty much everything

 
 

Okay, so you're not a Canon person, nor a Nikon shooter… No, you've decided against a DSLR altogether, making the move to Micro Four Thirds -- in particular, Olympus cameras. That's pretty cool! Welcome to the world of smaller, lighter cameras and lenses.

Many of us here at IR enjoy shooting with Olympus cameras...

The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt/USB-C is heavy on compatibility, light on speed

 
 

LaCie’s Rugged is one of the staples of photo storage thanks to its long tenure as a product and its iconic orange bumper exterior. Over the last few years, LaCie has expanded the number of Rugged models available, and their latest, the Rugged Thunderbolt/USB-C, is an attempt to give access to the drive regardless...

Best Backpacking Cameras of 2017

So, you're going to Patagonia? What camera do you take?

 
 

If you're planning to backpack out into the wilds of a photogenic destination, you'll surely want to record the adventure, and preferably with a camera capable of capturing the moments with high-quality imagery. There are more cameras out there now than ever...

Photokina to become yearly event, fulfilling wish literally no one asked for

 
 

Photokina has for years been known the world over as the largest and most important photo/video tradeshow and convention on the planet. Every two years in the fall, just about everyone in the industry converges in Cologne, Germany for a week and submerges themselves fully in photography equipment. Not only is it...

Review: The LaCie 6big is a wicked melding of beautifully elegant and viciously fast

 
 

For LaCie, it’s not just about getting the job done; it’s also (and sometimes mostly) about looking good doing it. The LaCie 6big is no exception to this philosophy, as the brushed-aluminum rectangular monolith that will sit on your desk is pleasant to look at, and functions even better.

With USB-C becoming the...

Phase One Capture One Pro 10 Review: A very powerful RAW processor and image editor

 
 

When photographers are looking for a RAW editor, there are a variety of choices and two of the most popular are Adobe Lightroom and Phase One Capture One Pro. I have been a longtime user of Adobe Lightroom, but I’ve always been interested in Capture One Pro after hearing many photographers talk about its excellent...

Looking at the success of NAB’s “next big thing” every year since 2010

 
 
 
 

Every year it’s easy to get swept up in the latest gadget craze, especially for those gear heads like myself who want to be at the forefront of technology all the time. For the past ten years, that has been no easy task. It seems that with every advancement on...

IR Podcast: We answer your questions on the Sony A9

 
 
 
 

When it comes to new gear, there is a lot to talk about - especially new cameras that have the potential to disrupt the industry. Last week such a camera was announced - the Sony A9 - and immediately there was discussion about its place in the market, its...

With the A9, Sony is no longer just firing warning shots at Canon and Nikon

 
 

For the past several years, Sony's rise had been bookended by quibbles that allowed the personified Canikon to sleep at night. Sure, the advancements in her rival were... impressive, but at least there was the battery life, the overheating, the lack of weather sealing, and the literal hit-or-miss autofocus problems...

Cinetics Lynx is the best motion capture/timelapse machine in its class

 
 

There is a lot of competition in the motion capture/ timelapse device space, and nearly anyone can get started with it in some respect with just about any budget. The most challenging thing for many is finding the best quality you can at the desired price point. You can spend an absolute fortune and grab something...