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This month’s prizes:

1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Firmware Friday: Leica T (Typ 701) gets much faster autofocus, additional lens support and new app


 
 

After last week's laundry list of updates, Firmware Friday is a much simpler affair this time around. In place of the staggering 36 updates in our last roundup, there's only a single firmware release to...

Camera of the Year 2016: Best Overall

We test many good cameras and lenses over the course of a year, but each year some rise to the occasion of simply being outstanding in their class. Our Camera of the Year awards are a chance to let us showcase the cameras and lenses that really shined for us over the past...

Sony A99 II First Shots: Sample images from Sony’s super-powered top-of-the-line SLT camera

 
 

More Sony sample images straight from our testing lab! It's been four long years since Sony's previous flagship, full-frame SLT camera -- the Sony A99 -- and many were wondering if Sony had all but abandoned their...

Firmware Friday: Leica T (Typ 701) gets much faster autofocus, additional lens support and new app


 
 

After last week's laundry list of updates, Firmware Friday is a much simpler affair this time around. In place of the staggering 36 updates in our last roundup, there's only a single firmware release to discuss, and this time it's from Germany's Leica Camera AG.

The Leica T (Typ 701)'s new firmware version...

Casio helps you see in the dark: 2-megapixel camera has fast lens, high ISO and special processing

 
 

If you shoot in very low light but don't need much resolving power, Casio has a new camera which may be right for you. The Casio EX-FR110H has a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that packs only 1.9 megapixels, but has a native ISO up to 51,200.

The sensor's pixels are particularly large and the camera has new...

Recently buy your first camera? Learn how to use it with this fun interactive tool

 
 

Did you recently purchase your first-ever DSLR during the awesome Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales? British designer Simon Roberts created a fun tool, Photography Mapped, that lets you experiment with different camera settings and a fun flying helicopter scene to understand how parameters such as shutter speed,...

Adjust orange and other troublesome colors in Photoshop with this simple trick

 
 

It can be surprisingly difficult to target tertiary colors in Photoshop. Thanks to Javi at The Invisible Touch, we can see how to easily target and adjust a specific color in Photoshop, in this case orange.

To target orange (or another color), use the marquee tool and select an area that is the color you want to...

Camera of the Year 2016: Best Overall

We test many good cameras and lenses over the course of a year, but each year some rise to the occasion of simply being outstanding in their class. Our Camera of the Year awards are a chance to let us showcase the cameras and lenses that really shined for us over the past year, and we're honored to give them the recognition they deserve with our Camera of the Year...

Can a lemur fix your photos? AI-driven Photolemur software automatically improves your photos

 
 

Artificial intelligence is becoming a bigger part of our everyday lives and photography is certainly not immune from it. Unlike Adobe's products, which are becoming increasingly reliant on AI for parts of larger tasks such as identifying fonts and aiding in selections, a new MacOS photo editor called Photolemur is...

Sony A99 II First Shots: Sample images from Sony’s super-powered top-of-the-line SLT camera

 
 

More Sony sample images straight from our testing lab! It's been four long years since Sony's previous flagship, full-frame SLT camera -- the Sony A99 -- and many were wondering if Sony had all but abandoned their "DSLR" lineup. But fear not, as the tech giant unveiled their super-powered Sony A99 Mark II at this...

How does an iPhone 7 Plus stack up with a $50k RED Weapon camera in the video department?

 
 

Can an iPhone 7 Plus surpass a $50,000 RED Weapon camera in the video department? No. However, according to Parker Walbeck of Fulltime Filmmaker, it can come astonishingly close in the right situation. That right situation is when viewing video in the ways most people consume media, on compression-ridden streaming...

Unified, unlimited storage: Ricoh launches cloud-based Keenai photo and video management service

 
 

Ricoh is looking to make a splash in the photo management market. Ricoh Innovations Corp., a subsidiary of Ricoh Company, Ltd., has launched Keenai. Keenai is a photo management service which keeps your files secure and organized, all while being accessible across multiple platforms including Android, iOS, MacOS,...

Sony A6500 First Shots: Sony’s souped-up, flagship APS-C mirrorless camera hits our lab

 
 

The Sony A6500 was a bit of a surprise, seeing as how the predecessor A6300 model arrived earlier this same year in February. But despite the short turnaround time, the new A6500 packs in a whole bunch of new technology and upgraded performance into that familiar shell. We've already had the opportunity to get some...

Sigma getting into the holiday spirit:  Sigma sd Quattro H coming this month, has DNG compatibility

 
 

Update December 8 at 9:00 a.m. EST: We have gotten word from Sigma that DNG support will be coming for other Quattro cameras. Information on dates and exact cameras to be updated is not yet available, but stay tuned as we will let you know as soon as we find out more! 

Although pricing is still not available,...

Really Right Stuff coming to B&H, expanding consumer choice in the premium support market

 
 

Really Right Stuff makes some of the best camera support systems and accessories on the market, including tripods, camera plates and more. Their gear has been available exclusively through their own website and store. However, that’s changing as Really Right Stuff products will now be available through B&H.

As...

Instant watercolor: Give your photos a painted appearance with AKVIS Watercolor 1.0

 
 

If you want to turn your photographs into beautiful watercolor (also known as aquarelle) paintings, software developer AKVIS has the program for you. The company has released AKVIS Watercolor 1.0 for both MacOS and Windows which will quickly make your photos look like paintings.

The software, available as a...

Luxurious carrying solutions: Hawkesmill announces line of smaller messenger-style camera bags

 
 

English high-end camera accessories brand Hawkesmill has announced a new line of smaller, luxurious camera bags. The new line is designed to carry smaller cameras such as mirrorless systems or compact Leica cameras, although it can hold a DSLR with a single lens attached. The more compact carrying solution joins a...

Visual storytelling: WIRED launches redesigned Photo site, puts photography front and center

 
 

WIRED has long been an excellent source of technology and culture news, including photography news, but it is now an even better place to view incredible photography. Wired has relaunched WIRED Photo to make it much more visual and put photography at the forefront. 

The site offers a variety of regularly updated...

Lightroom is powerful portrait editing software: Three start-to-finish retouching tutorials

 
 

Lightroom is more than excellent photo cataloging and raw editing software, it is also a powerful photo editor. We have covered many Lightroom tutorials, but today we are going to focus solely on using Lightroom for portrait retouching. Retouching tutorials regularly focus on using Photoshop, but not everyone has...

Cloud-connected WD My Cloud Pro external hard drive is well-suited for creative collaboration

 
 

Backing up your photos is critically important and every photographer should have at least some form of a backup solution. Ideally, you have multiple local backups and something off-site. There are many options on the market for local backup, which one is right for you? PetaPixel’s Michael Zhang helps to answer...

Canon joining the modern Japanese space race, although not in the way you might expect

 
 

Nikon has had a long relationship with space travel and exploration and continues to have an important place on the International Space Station. Canon wants to get in on the action now. However, unlike Nikon, Canon isn’t concerned with sending cameras into space, but are instead helping to fund the creation of a...

Firmware Friday: 36 updates from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sony and more


 
 

Firmware Friday is here once more, after a brief hiatus while I was out of town shooting Sony cameras in Austin, Texas, and then feeling under the weather with a bug I picked up on my return home. Since we've missed a couple of weeks, I've done my best to catch up not only on this week's firmware news, but...

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...