A collection of sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.
Reviews and Tips for digital photography: cameras, supports, lighting, and other gear.
Here’s a collection of sample photos I’ve taken with the new Olympus TG-5 camera to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions with a range of settings and subjects.
The Nikon D3400 doesn’t offer the option to choose a different aspect ratio when taking photos, but here’s a partial workaround that works for small numbers of images at a time.
Here are some practical examples that show the zoom range of Nikon’s 18-55mm kit lens in case you’re trying to decide which lens bundle to go with.
Leica has a waterproof camera in their line: the Leica X-U. I recently had the chance to shoot with it for a few weeks on a trip to the Arctic. Here’s my hands-on review.
Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with a Leica X-U under different conditions and at different settings to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.
A collection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D5500 to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.
If the built-in lens on your Olympus Tough TG-5 or TG-4 isn’t as wide as you’d like, there’s a waterproof fisheye adapter lens that you can snap onto the front that will instantly add a super wide-angle perspective.
EasyCover silicon skins work like a protective glove for a camera body. Here’s what they are and aren’t.
A collection of photos of taken with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens that gives an idea of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.
For the past few months I’ve been shooting a Vello BG-N7 battery grip on a Nikon D810. It retails for only a fraction of the cost of Nikon’s own battery grip. Here’s my hands-on review of the Vello grip.
Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G lens for DX cameras to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.
If you have a Sigma 150-600mm Sports and are looking to use it on Arca-style tripods or gimbals, here’s a solution that’s better than simply adding a quick release plate.
If you’re using a battery grip on the Nikon D810 or D800, here’s how to see the charge status of both batteries.
A collection of photos taken with the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.
Whether you’re moving from HTTP to HTTPS, moving a site to a new domain, or updating links, there are times you might need site-wide search and replace to speed things up. Here are some options for Wordpress.
The Really Right Stuff TVC-32G Ground Pod might be short, but don’t let that fool you. It’s an unusually strong and stable shooting platform when using large lenses or heavy gear.
The Oben CT-2391 is a 3-section carbon fiber tripod that offers support for heavier camera rigs and those times when you need a tall tripod.
A collection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.
Looking to add a silicone skin to your shiny new Olympus TG-5 camera? Here’s a quick rundown of what the CSCH-126 silicon jacket accessory does and doesn’t do.
I’ve been putting Sigma’s newest teleconverters to the test: the TC-1401 1.4x and the TC-2001 2x. Here’s what I found.
Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the Nikon 16mm f/2.8D Fisheye lens to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.
The Oben CTM-2500 is a solid yet light carbon fiber monopod. It stands up to 64 inches tall but collapses small enough to fit in carry-on. It can hold up to 26 pounds but itself weighs just a touch over one pound.
A collection of sample photos taken with the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting.
Oben’s VH-R2 Tilt Head for monopods is a solidly built tilt head that can handle the weight of most telephoto lenses. Here’s my hands-on review.
The Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod doesn’t have bells and whistles, but it just might be my new favorite travel tripod.
A collection of photos taken with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G under various conditions to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.
The headline feature of the Watson Duo Charger is that it has swappable charging plates that make it compatible with a very wide range of camera batteries.
While it’s designed to be paired with the Joby GorillaPod Focus flexible tripod, the Joby Ballhead X is very good on its own terms as a small, strong, and affordable ballhead for a travel tripod.
A collection of sample photos taken using the new Nikon 105mm f/1.4 lens with an emphasis on travel photography.
The Oben BC-166 heavy-duty ballhead doesn’t try to do fancy. It aims for no-fuss, rock-solid support and easy adjustment. And it succeeds well.
Sigma has a USB dock for its newer lenses that allows you to update the lens’s firmware and customize some of the lens’s core functions like autofocus and optical stabilization. Here’s how the USB dock works and what you can do with it.
A rundown of the external USB powerbanks that have earned a regular place in my travel kit for one reason or another.
Nikon has announced three new wide-angle lenses: a 28mm f/1.4 and 8-15mm fisheye zoom for FX sensor cameras and a 10-20mm ultra-wide zoom for DX sensor cameras.
The latest Platypod, the Ultra, is another ultra-mobile and super-flexible mount that can be used as a tiny travel tripod or as a secure mounting point in all sorts of ways.
The Magewell USB Capture HDMI captures the HDMI output from a camera and send it to your computer.
A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3400, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from other manufacturers.
NiteCore’s new charger for Nikon camera batteries has a few tricks up its sleave that Nikon’s own more expensive chargers don’t offer, like USB charging and a LED display of charging status.
The Ricoh CA-3 Remote Shutter Release is a simple, quick remote shutter release that now works with the Theta S and Theta SC 360° cameras.
Here’s a rundown of how the Nikon D3400’s Auto ISO feature works.
If you’ve just bought yourself a Nikon D3400, or even if you’ve had one for a while and are looking to make use of more of its features, here’s a quick rundown of what I think are the best books on using this camera.
If you’re looking to get in even closer than the iPhone 7’s camera can do, a snap-on lens like those in the OlloClip Macro Pro Lens Set can help.
I’ve been shooting with the newest version in Sony’s RX100 compact camera line, the Sony RX100 V. Here’s a collection of high-resolution sample images to go along with my detailed review.
I’ve been putting some of the most popular circular polarizing filters to the test. Here are some side-by-side results.
The distinctive design of the Ricoh Theta S and Theta SC has its benefits, but a silicone skin case improves the camera’s grippiness and adds some protection.
A collection of sample images taken with Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens.
OlloClip has released a set of macro lenses for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It includes lenses with 7x, 14x, and 21x magnification. Here are some sample images.
Ricoh has produced a simple solution to making the USB and HDMI ports accessible when mounting the Theta S and Theta SC on a tripod or stand for running with external power or doing live streaming.
The Nikon D810, D750, and D610 have two methods for formatting the memory cards. One is obvious. The other is less obvious but is also quicker.
A collection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D3400 under real-world shooting conditions.
Wondering what the difference is between UHS-I and UHS-II with SD and microSD cards? Here’s an explanation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for 4K video or other demanding use, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest update to Photoshop adds a new option to reclaim image space and speed up the retouching process when stitching panoramas.
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.
A roundup of some of the best options for small, reliable external hard drives that are perfect for backing up your images while traveling.
Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 prime lens is a direct competitor to Nikon’s version. But there’s a very big difference in price. Here’s how the Sigma performs in real-world shooting.
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 how to delete photos from your iPhone to free up storage space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re finding that Photoshop CS6 or CC is flattening your layers, there’s a really simple fix.
A step-by-step guide on how to make transparent text in Photoshop. As you’ve no doubt noticed, there’s no transparent option in the color palette.
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.
You might have heard recommendations that if you want the fastest and sharpest lenses you should use prime lenses. So what is a prime lens?
Photographers can be hard to buy gifts for. Here are some fun, functional, unusual, and kitschy ideas–something for everyone.
The Panasonic GF1 has to be a contender for one of the best travel cameras on the market. These are the accessories I’ve kitted mine out with.
A circular polarizer filter can be an extremely useful photographic tool, but they have to be used with care on an extreme wide-angle lens.
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.
For the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Canon came up with a fun promo by distributing a limited edition white lens coffee mug to its pro shooters. Now there’s a Nikon version for sale.