The FireCel battery is a pocket-sized external 2500mAh battery for charging devices on the go. It also includes a red light flashlight and a hand warmer function.
Reviews and Tips for digital photography: cameras, supports, lighting, and other gear.
I’ve put together some side-by-side examples to show the effect of using a polarizer filter.
It’s often a bad idea to use a polarizer filter when shooting panoramas. Here are examples showing why.
The Easy Panorama mode that was in its predecessor has gone. Here’s a guide to shooting panoramas with the Nikon D3400.
A collection of photos shot with the Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera.
I put SanDisk’s UHS-II SD memory card reader to the test. It’s in their Extreme PRO range.
A collection of sample images shot with the Ricoh GR II compact camera.
Fujifilm cameras come with several film emulation profiles built-in. You can apply them in-camera if you’re shooting JPG or apply them in processing if you’re shooting RAW.
GoPro cameras are of course best known for video. But they also have very good capabilities as still cameras, albeit with a limited amount of control.
A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Fujifilm X70 compact digital camera.
A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Fujifilm X100T camera.
The new MeFOTO Globetrotter Air is a compact aluminum travel tripod designed for use with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Here’s how it stacks up.
Which memory cards will work best in the Nikon D5500? Here are some practical recommendations.
The Nikon D3400 DSLR has two color space options in its settings. Here’s an explanation of which to use when.
The Nikon D3400 has a number of options you can choose relating to image quality and size. Here’s a rundown of what they mean and which is best for what.
Sony’s new RX1R II marks the very high end of pocketable cameras. It has a 42-megapixel full-frame sensor, a fixed f/2 Zeiss lens, and boatloads of features. It also has a price to match.
Circular Studio is a Mac app that helps you create those distinctive tiny planet photos that warp the distortion of 360-degree photos.
If you’re looking to add a neutral density, polarizer, or macro filter to your GoPro HERO4 Black or Silver, PolarPro has a 3-pack that’s worth a look.
Its image quality is so-so, and it uses something you might have thought was extinct: instant film. But the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 sure is fun.
It’s a distinctive look that isn’t for every occasion or taste, but creating tiny planets can be a fun way to put one of the new breed of 360-degree cameras to use.
So you’ve shot some cool new 360 degree photos. How do you share them so other people can see them? Here are some places to start.
If you’re looking for an external USB battery pack that’s more rugged than the usual, this one’s waterproof, snow proof, dirt proof, and drop proof.
Wondering which memory cards will work best in the Nikon D3400? Here are some practical recommendations.
The Ricoh Theta S offers a simple and inexpensive way to shoot 360° virtual tours. So how well does it work for architectural and real estate virtual tours?
Vanguard has a new VEO collection of travel tripods. I’ve been trying out the VEO 235AB, the model in the middle of that range.
My hands-on review of one of the larger and taller tripods that 3 Legged Thing have put out. This one is in their Equinox range.
My hands-on review of the smallest in 3 Legged Thing’s new Equinox line of carbon fiber travel tripods: the Leo.
Which microSD memory cards work best with the GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session? Here are some recommendations based on my testing in the camera.
If you the photos on your memory card have disappeared, all is not necessarily lost. Remo Recovery is one of several apps that might be able to salvage them.
Accidentally deleted photos or formatted your card? Can’t access the photos on your memory card? There are a number of data recovery apps available. Here’s an option that works with Windows or Mac.
Really Right Stuff has put out a new ultra-portable table-top tripod, the TFA-01 Ultra Pocket ‘Pod. Here’s my hands-on review.
If you’re using a microSD card in something like a GoPro or other action cam, speed matters. These are the results from my independent, real-world speed tests.
Livestream have put out a new live-action, real-time editing camera, the Mevo. Here’s my hands-on review.
The new PlatyPod Pro Max is a bigger, broader platform that’s designed for larger DSLR and on-the-go video rigs.
It’s not a flashy ballhead, but Oben’s BE-117 with Arca-style QR plate is a solid performer at a cost-effective price point.
The new NextoDI NVS2801 memory card backup device will especially be of interest to photographers shooting with CFAST 2.0 or XQD memory cards.
A hands-on review of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto zoom lens. It’s the first lens in Sigma’s new Sports line.
I put the smallest and lightest of Gitzo’s new center ball tripod heads to the test. It’s designed as the perfect pairing with Gitzo Traveler Series 0 and Series 1 travel tripods.
Joby has some new action camera mounts. I’ve been testing out the suction cup and clamp with the new locking arms.
It’s a baseplate with tripod studs and a few screws. But this tiny package is a surprisingly flexible way to mount a camera.
A hands-on review of the unconventional Arca Swiss Monoball p0 Ballhead.
Sigma has two super telephoto zoom lenses in their current range. Lately I’ve been putting the less expensive and smaller model through its paces.
The Benro GoTravel 2 GC269TB2 is a carbon fiber travel tripod that folds up into a small, portable package but offers impressive stability. It also has a couple of tricks up its sleeve.
Youtube is one of the few big players that support 360° video so far. Here’s how to upload and share the video footage you’ve shot with a Ricoh Theta S on the service.
With this travel tripod, Oben is aiming at the cheaper end of the market while still retaining features like carbon fiber construction, twist locks, and a convertible monopod. Here’s how it stacks up.
The Kirk TT-1 is an unusually solid table-top tripod rated for loads up to 100 pounds but is small and lightweight, easily fitting in a camera bag’s pocket.
So far there are only a few options for sharing the 360° videos you’ve shot with your Ricoh Theta S. Here’s how to upload and share them with Facebook.
Shooting spherical 360° panoramas with a Ricoh Theta S has a distinctive challenge: having the tripod take up as little of the frame as possible. Here are the stands that have become my favorites.
Nikon has come out with a new version of its 24-70mm zoom lens that adds Vibration Reduction. I’ve been shooting with it for a few weeks now. Here’s my review.
I’ve been putting the new Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens through its paces.
As part of my ongoing series trying to find the best travel tripods available, I put the Sirui T-2205X to the test.
A collection of high-resolution sample images shot with the Nikon D5300 with a Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G lens.
Now that spring has finally arrived, here’s a hands-on review of using the Nikon 200mm f/4D IF-ED macro lens for outdoor flower photography.
The InCase DSLR Pro Pack is a backpack-style camera bag to fit a laptop, tablet, and your camera gear and is best suited to urban-style travel or commuting.
A hands-on review of Sigma’s flagship super telephoto zoom for sports and wildlife photography.
With cameras getting bigger and better HD video recording and burst shooting features all the time, some of them need the write speeds the current generations of SD cards provide. So here’s a roundup of the fastest SD cards available.
Lexar has come up with a new way to streamline the chore of downloading photos from your memory cards to your computer: the Lexar Professional Workflow system.
The Varavon Baby T3 Mini Tripod is short, but that small stature comes with its virtues as a travel tripod.
My hands-on review of the new ColorSpace UDMA3 portable memory card backup device.
The GoWorx FreeRide is a smartphone cradle mount that attaches directly to GoPro mounting accessories without the need for an adapter.
A collection of sample images shot with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 under different conditions, of various scenes, and with an assortment of exposure combinations.
I put Polaroid’s second-generation action cam, the Polaroid Cube+, to the test to see how it performs and see whether it’s a viable alternative to the GoPro HERO4 Session.
Battery life is a weak point of GoPros. The new Brunton All Day battery pack for the GoPro HERO4 series aims to do something about that. Here’s my hands-on review.
If you’re finding that the autofocus isn’t focusing exactly where you want it, some cameras offer calibration tools. Here’s how they work.
The RAVPower FileHub isn’t easy to categorize, but it aims to solve several problems at once for travelers with digital devices. Here’s how it works.
Lexar has two USB memory card readers available. One is marketed as the professional model; one isn’t. I put them to the test.
Lowepro has a new version of the Photo Sport BP 300, a light backpack with a camera compartment in the bottom and room for everything else in the top. Here’s my hands-on review.
I’ve been testing out the EVOLUTION 3 Brian Carbon Fiber Tripod System from 3 Legged Thing. Here’s my hands-on review.
The Digital Foci Picture Porter Advanced is feature-packed. Here’s how it stacks up in real-world use for backing up photos without a computer while traveling.
Canon has announced a raft of new products, including an updated 35mm f/1.4 lens and the new Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera.
The Unifun 10400mAh USB External Travel Battery is built to withstand bumps and dust and be water resistant, making it handy for taking outdoors.
Many cameras come with an AC battery charger. But charging from a USB power source can be far more convenient when you’re traveling. The good news is that there are USB chargers out there for the batteries used in common camera models, even if you have to hunt a little to find them.
The WD MyPassport Wireless is a portable hard drive that can be used to stream media to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. But it’s also a cost-effective option for backing up your photos while traveling.
A small, reliable flashlight is a very handy thing to keep in your camera bag just in case. I’ve been testing out the NiteCore EA11, a tiny, rugged flashlight with impressive brightness.
The Rick is a lightweight carbon fiber travel tripod from 3 Legged Thing. Here’s my hands-on review.
Nikon has announced updates to some of its pro telephotos, as well as a new, versatile DX zoom lens that is an especially good fit for travel photography.
Memory card backup devices combine a battery-powered hard drive with a memory card reader so you can back up your photos and videos without a computer. Here’s my hands-on review of the ColorSpace UDMA2.
The Photo Safe II is an inexpensive and straightforward way to back up memory cards without a computer. Here’s how it stacks up.
A hands-on review of the NextoDI ND2901 portable memory card backup device for backing up photos and videos from memory cards to a hard drive without using a computer.
The Gekkopod is a new product that’s designed as a go-anywhere, attach-to-just-about-anything mount for GoPros, smartphones, and compact cameras.
Not every memory card will work or work well in a GoPro HERO. Here are some recommendations for ones that will.
A roundup of some of the best options for small, reliable external hard drives that are perfect for backing up your images while traveling.
If you’ve deleted photos and videos and yet are still getting an error message saying your iPhone is running out of space, here’s the solution.
The Nikon 16mm fisheye lens packs a lot of dramatic punch into a tiny, lightweight package. Here’s my hands-on review.
There are prettier and pricier programs for recovering photos from a memory card, but PhotoRec is a reliable workhorse. And you can’t beat the price.
A hands-on review of the new ExoLens Exo 6 for adding telephoto and wide-angle lenses to your iPhone 6.
All those photos you took are gone. Before you throw the camera at the wall and fire off a nasty email to the manufacturer, here are some things you can try to recover your photos.
The Panasonic Lumix GH4 has a well-deserved reputation as a very good camera for video. I wanted to find out how it held up for stills.
If you’re wondering why your GoPro is breaking your videos up into smaller segments, it’s not an error and you’re not doing anything wrong. It’s normal–here’s why.
Benro says its Travel Angel II tripods are Triple Transfunctional Tripods. What that means is that it transforms into a tripod, monopod, or walking stick. Here’s a hands-on review of how it performs.
If you want to expand your lens choices with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus you’re going to need to attach something to the existing lens. I put the olloclip 4-in-1 kit for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through its paces.
Wondering how much video footage or how many photos you can fit on a memory card with the new GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver cameras? Here are some guides.
Here’s a roundup of some options for spare batteries and battery chargers for the GoPro HERO 4 Silver and Black editions.
While GoPro’s Jaws clamp works well in many situations, there are times a broader spring-loaded clamp comes in handy in mounting your GoPro.
If you’re looking to charge several devices, cameras, and batteries at once, there are several multi port USB chargers available. Something that makes this one stand out is that it doesn’t need a bulky power supply. That makes it a good option for travel.
A review of Induro’s Grand Turismo CGT114 carbon fiber travel tripod.
A good tripod can sometimes make or break a great photo. Here are my hands-on reviews of some of the best travel tripods available.
Gitzo has long led the pack when it comes to travel tripods. Here’s their latest contender for the best travel tripod kit.
Trying to decode Nikon’s official recommendations for memory cards for the Nikon D5300? Here are some practical recommendations.
Have a shiny new Nikon D3300 but don’t know the best memory cards for it? Here are some recommendations.
The BeFree aims to be lightweight, and lightweight it is. At only 2.4 lbs–and that’s including the head–it qualifies as ultralight.
MeFoto’s Globetrotter is designed as a go-anywhere travel tripod for DSLR and mirrorless systems. It’s small, compact, and very competitively priced. Here’s how it stacks up in use.
Wouldn’t it be nice to replace that tangle of multiple device chargers with one? Review of the Inateck 5 Port USB Desktop Charger.
If you want to make use of the impressive new video modes of the GoPro Black and Silver editions, here are some recommended memory cards.
The newest version of Nikon’s 80-400mm telephoto zoom lens is quite different to the one it replaces. Here how it stacks up in real-world shooting.
Tripods aren’t always ideal for travel photography. There are too many places you can’t use them. But a good monopod can come in very handy.
Fujifilm has a new contender for the best mirrorless camera. On paper it looks impressive. Here’s how it performed in real-world shooting.
When buying filters or lens caps you need to know the diameter of your lens. But you don’t need to break out a ruler. You just need to know the code. And once you know what to look for, it’s easy.
GoPro Hero 3 and Hero 3+ cameras have a lot going for them. But battery life isn’t one of them. Here are two good options for spare batteries and AC and car chargers so you can keep your GoPro powered up and shooting that great footage.
Not every memory card will work well in the GoPro HERO3 and HERO3+ Black editions. They need ones with fast write speeds. Here are some recommendations.
Memory cards are very resiliant, but they do break, and they can get lost. CompactFlash cards are also pretty solid, but you can get sand and grit in the sockets. So it’s good to look after them rather than risk losing all your hard work. Here are two very good options.
Review of the Fotodiox Pro WonderPana Go H3+ Standard Kit for adding a polarizer or neutral density filter to a GoPro HERO 3+.
One of the downsides of modern cameras and devices is keeping everything charged. A USB car charger adds a lot of options, especially when has dual ports.
Review of the Gitzo Traveler GT1542T. It’s small, light, and stable, a winning combination for DSLR and mirrorless cameras with small to medium lenses.
An ND filter blocks light, meaning you can use a slower shutter speed or larger aperture. The Tiffen Variable ND Filter sounds great on paper, offering flexibility and convenience. Here’s how it performs in practice.
A polarizing filter on a GoPro Hero 3 can reduce glare and saturate colors. They work especially well above water, with snow, or with bright sunshine.
One of my few complaints about the Panasonic Lumix GF1 is that it doesn’t have a built-in intervalometer to take time lapse shots. But for about $50-$70 you can get a third party timer cable release that does the job quite nicely.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry SacksSmall, cheap, endlessly useful for travel photography and something I like to keep in my camera bag at all times.
Digital memory cards are tough little things, but it’s still possible to wear them out. At least in theory. But it’s not a practical concern for the vast majority of photographers.
Unlike the days of film, airport scanners have no affect on memory cards, so you can safely put them through airport security scanners without holding up the line.