One of my unsolicited pieces of advice I give to friends and family who are new parents is to take lots of photos. So here are some of my favorite books on taking photos of children and families.
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.
Photos of your kids are likely to be some of your most precious photos. This book aims to help you create better family keepsakes.
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.
A collection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D3400 under real-world shooting conditions.
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.
With a recent firmware update, GoPro killed compatibility with third-party batteries. Wasabi Power are out with a new version of their battery that fixes that and promises to be compatible with all future GoPro firmware updates.
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.
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.
They look identical from the outside. And the similarity of their model names is unnecessarily confusing. But once you dig into the features and price, there are some significant differences. Here’s how the GoPro HERO5 Session and GoPro HERO Session compare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to the HERO5 Black, or have found a good deal on the HERO4 Silver, here’s how they compare.
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.
If you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary run-of-the-mill GoPro stick, here are some that offer something more.
My hands-on review of the smallest in 3 Legged Thing’s new Equinox line of carbon fiber travel tripods: the Leo.
The GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session look very different, but there are also important differences under the hood. Here’s a detailed comparison.
A headline feature of the new GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session is the addition of built-in video stabilization. So I’ve put it to the test. Here are the results.
GoPro has announced a new addition to its lineup, the GoPro HERO+ LCD. Here’s how it compares with the HERO4 Silver.
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.
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.
Trying to work out which type of GoPro housing is best for what you want to use it for? Here’s a rundown of the different types.
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 GVB 3-Axis Action Gimbal smoothes out the jerkiness that comes naturally with handheld video footage shot with GoPro cameras.
Food photography isn’t easy, but it’s also very possible to take great photos without fancy gear or studios and with some basic techniques and tricks. Corinna Gissemann’s new book shows you how.
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.
JPEGmini promises that their proprietary algorithm can dramatically reduce the size of JPGs with no discernible loss in quality. So I put their secret sauce to the test.
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.
ImageRecycle is a cloud-based image optimization service that can shrink the size of your image files. Here’s another in my series of reviews of image optimization tools for Worpdress.
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.
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.
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 Spyder5ELITE is the top model in the Spyder5 display color calibration range. Here’s how it compares to the Spyder5PRO.
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.
Hard drive docks for naked hard drives have been available with USB interfaces for several years. Now there’s a new dock with a Thunderbolt interface that promises up to double the speed. But it’s not going to be a good fit for everyone.
The GoWorx FreeRide is a smartphone cradle mount that attaches directly to GoPro mounting accessories without the need for an adapter.
A correctly calibrated display helps in your photo processing workflow and ensures better end results. Here’s how the i1 Display Pro performs.
Using a color calibrated monitor can save a lot of time, aggravation, and ink, and helps ensure that your images look their best when viewed elsewhere. Here’s my hands-on review of the Spyder5PRO from Datacolor.
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.
WP Smush Pro builds on the oldest of the cloud image optimization services. Here’s how the reborn version stacks up.
There are several cloud-based image optimization services available for Wordpress. I put ShortPixel through its paces to see how to stacks up to the competition.
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.
Whether you’re trying to make it for magic hour, line up the sun or moon with a landmark, or just want to make sure your subject is shown in the best natural light, smartphone apps that calculate the location of the sun and moon for any location on earth for any date and time can come in very handy.
There are a lot of GoPro cases available. GoCase aims for the premium end of the market. Here’s my hands-on review of their smallest, compact case.
The MOVO MTP-10 is one of several devices for adding rotation and panning to timelapse captures. It’s a significant step up in both features and price than some alternatives. Here’s my hands-on review.
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 looking for a way to spice up your timelapse captures, adding some rotation can be a good start. Here’s my hands-on review of the Camalapse 4 360-Degree Panning Timelapse Base.
Motion can make timelapse more compelling. Here’s a roundup of some of the better options for adding panning and rotation to your timelapse captures.
It’s easy to generate a lot of photos and video clips with GoPros. But sorting through it all to find the keepers can be tedious. Fileloupe aims to speed things up.
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.
Kraken.io is a Wordpress plugin and cloud service combination that aims to reduce to file size of your images in order to speed up your site. Here’s how it works in practice.
Optimus is a plugin and cloud service combination that promises to dramatically reduce the filesize of your images and speed up your Wordpress site. Here’s my hands-on review.
If you’re looking to make the Ricoh GR II lens wider, from 28mm to 21mm, you’ll be after the Ricoh GW-3 Wide Conversion Lens. 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.
GoPros are tough little things. They end up in places that no camera should go. But even GoPros can do with some TLC.
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.
The new GoPro HERO4 Session has the same recommended retail price as the HERO4 Silver. Here’s how they compare if you’re trying to choose between them.
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.
GoPro’s latest addition to its lineup, the GoPro HERO4 Session, is now out. It’s the smallest and lightest GoPro yet. Here’s how it works.
The Rick is a lightweight carbon fiber travel tripod from 3 Legged Thing. Here’s my hands-on review.
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.
If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.
The NiteCore UGP3 can charge two GoPro HERO3/3+ batteries directly and a third indirectly. It also has an LCD screen and integrated USB cable.
Here’s a roundup of software that will take your photos and a GPS tracklog and marry them together to geotag your photos.
Garmin’s new Fenix 3 sports watch isn’t aimed at photographers, but it makes for a surprisingly useful tool for travel photography.
For travel photography, location matters. Whether you’re trying to track your adventures on a map or enter caption information in the image metadata, it helps to know exactly where a photo was taken.
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.
If you’re choosing between the GoPro HERO and GoPro HERO4 Silver models, here’s a breakdown of the key similarities and differences.
A roundup of some of the best options for small, reliable external hard drives that are perfect for backing up your images while traveling.
A roundup of some of the best GoPro cases out there.
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.
A 35mm lens might well be among the most useful primes out there. Here’s how the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G stacks up in real-world shooting.
The Nikon 16mm fisheye lens packs a lot of dramatic punch into a tiny, lightweight package. Here’s my hands-on review.
A hands-on review of the new ExoLens Exo 6 for adding telephoto and wide-angle lenses to your iPhone 6.
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.
GoPro’s work wonderfully in and around the water. But they also sink. Here’s a good option for keeping your GoPro afloat.
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.
With so many devices using the USB standard these days, USB hubs have become a necessity. Here’s an option that won’t look like an ugly brick on your desk.
If you need to make sure your waterproof camera stays on the top of the water and doesn’t sink to the depths below, here’s a handy option.
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.