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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...

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 Hiking and 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...

500px is making changes to its product structure and users aren’t happy

 
 

Thanks to a series of dubious business decisions, for photographers, 500px is no longer the household name it once was. From their failed attempts at a mobile app, to this weird thing, to their extremely unpopular moves in China, 500px has been doing their best to monetize their service in ways that have not...

Hands-on testing with Samsung’s new line of “best-in-class” UHS-1 microSD cards

 
 

Look, I get it. Memory cards are not that exciting, especially when they're usually just a requirement to start using that camera you just bought. But good memory is important, and too few realize this before a card fails, and images and video you absolutely needed were corrupted (this has happened to me, as...

Field Test: The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens is far more impressive than expected

 
 

Venus Optics is probably a relatively new name to most of you, as it is certainly a newer player to me. They have a few lenses that are currently available (two that are covered in Adobe Camera Raw's lens corrections list), but the most interesting to me was the 12mm f/2.8 that was Kickstarted last summer and...

In making photography accessible to all, photography inadvertently killed itself


 
 

I know that as I write this, that this is a touchy subject already. I also know that to refer to all the moving parts that make up this industry as one blanket "photography" is hardly fair, but there is a point to be made, so bear with me. There are very good arguments on both sides of the aisle that will...

Speed Test: Which of the top six portfolio websites is the fastest?


 
 

When starting your photo/video business, one of the very first steps (pretty much right after you decide on a business name) is buying a domain and building a website. The thing is, there are a great many options photographers have when deciding to build a website, with the basic reason for choosing any one...

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...