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.
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.
There are several different apps that can automate and schedule backups of photo archives to different cloud storage providers. CloudBerry is one of the simplest, and it works with a wide range of cloud services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you use a lot of images on your Wordpress site and are serious about speeding it up, image optimization is a great place to start and can give some really impressive gains for very little work or expense.
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.
Amazon Cloud Drive now offers unlimited storage for your photos. I took it for a spin and see how it performs as a way to back up photos to the cloud.
Using bare hard drives can be a cheaper and less cluttered way of making external hard drives. Here’s an option for turning any hard drive into an external hard drive.
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.
Online backup in the cloud is coming of age. Here are some of the options available if you’re a photographer looking to back up your photos online.
Fujifilm has a new contender for the best mirrorless camera. On paper it looks impressive. Here’s how it performed in real-world shooting.
If you’re posting images on the web there are very good reasons to keep the files as small as possible. ImageOptim makes images smaller without sacrificing quality.
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.
Food photography isn’t easy. It takes real skill to make food look inviting and tasty. Here are some of the best books to help.
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.
Book review. Taking photos of people offers endless variety. Whether it’s baby and kid photos, headshots of an aspiring actor, workers going about their work, or a family celebrating a special occasion, every photo has its own challenges and opportunities. This book aims to help.
Review. There’s much more to underwater photography than keeping your camera dry. This book outlines Photoshop post-production strategies for underwater photos.
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.
Timelapse Calculator for iPhone is a simple yet effective app for calculating shoot durations, frame rates, and clip lengths for creating time-lapse video.
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.
If you’re looking to do any kind of underwater photography, this might well be just the book you’re after.
Book review of The Art and Business of Photography by Susan Carr, a practical look at the photography business in today’s economy.
Do you know your pollo from your polo, your ghee from your gobi, your sangak from your samosa? Or, most importantly, your Marmite from your Vegemite? The Pocket Diction of Ethnic Foods might be just what you need to navigate the wonders and potential disasters of hard-to-decipher menus in foreign lands.
What if you want to be sure to get a shot of the sunset over a mountain range or the full moon with the Eiffel Tower? The Photographer’s Ephemeris helps with that.
FileChute for Mac OS X makes it easy to send large, oversized attachments to email recipients by automatically packaging and uploading the files to your server and generating the download link you can insert into your email.