by Kar Wong · Posted 12/14/2022
Want to choose the best telescope for you? You'll need to consider several important factors, including viewing application, telescope type, magnification power, and other features. Instead of scouring sites for scope specs, check out our roundup of the best telescopes for every type of user, from amateur observer to professional astrophotographer and everyone in between.
Best Telescope Overall: Celestron NexStar 6SE
Gift shopping for photographers is easy—especially with B&H Photo and all our holiday gift guides. But, if you have a night photographer in your life, you might have noticed that they are, by the nature of the craft, equipped with a lot of the gear they need to get shots after dark. Because they likely suffer from a nighttime strain of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.), the gift shopper is left with limited options. Never fear, however, here are a few ideas with the specific needs and wants of the night photographer in mind!
A gift guide for something everyone already gets (for free) in the box with their new camera? Yes! Almost every camera on the market today comes with its own camera strap. For the most part, those camera straps are pretty solid. But, hear me out, aftermarket camera straps are a fantastic upgrade to your or a loved one’s camera.
Need more convincing?
Best Reasons to Ditch the OEM Strap
As serviceable and perfectly fine as the strap that came with
The best hard cases safeguard your camera and video equipment from environmental rigors, inclement weather, and shocks from collisions or serious falls. Typically, hard cases feature some kind of durable polycarbonate shell and a foam-lined interior replete with pockets and various storage compartments. However, even though they share similar qualities and features, hard cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes,
It is time to view the stars with a friend or loved one who has their eye on a brand new telescope to bring the heavens closer to home. But, when you log into the B&H Photo website, the sheer number of telescopes—not to mention their different configurations, dizzying specifications, and wildly different prices—leaves you with more questions than answers. In this guide, we will attempt to boil things down to a few recommended beginner
I am a fool for design. Style is subjective. Design is art and, therefore, subjective. Does form follow function, or does function dictate form? In the world of photography, just like in many product lines, the camera has run the gamut, from utilitarian tool to work of art. Some of those utilitarian cameras were unintentionally beautiful and some cameras had attractive designs that got in the way of function. Regardless of success or failure, almost every major camera manufacturer has pushed products with radical designs.
Sometimes, a change
For digital photographers, a well-calibrated and accurate photography monitor is an indispensable tool for a solid practice. Whether you like to print your photos or share exclusively online, a photo monitor you can trust will make a big difference in how anyone views your photographs, yourself included. Besides just helping to achieve accurate colors and contrast, a finely tuned monitor is also more enjoyable to work on and contributes to a seamless all-around workflow. Additionally, when looking for a monitor, also consider size and
There’s no denying that 2022 was a light year for Nikon lens releases, with only three new lenses coming to fruition. But the three optics Nikon did release are exciting, bring a lot of overall value to the Z system, and hopefully foreshadow some pretty big things to come for the system. Nikon played catch-up in the early part of the year, working to keep up with demand after the Z9 release, in late 2021. The second half of the year, however, saw Nikon cater to the versatility of its flagship with a pair of super-telephoto releases, along with
Describing the state of camera development in 2022 is a difficult task, partly because when you think you’ve identified the trend, a new camera immediately comes out afterward and bucks that idea. The main trend I can identify regarding cameras in 2022 is that the field is in a state of flux; we’re clearly in a transitional time, but we haven’t fully transitioned into “the future” (of camera development).
Video and content creation is a topic that’s seemingly on everyone’s mind but, at the same time, a number of high-profile releases from this
Portrait photographers take many forms, from casual household paparazzi to dedicated studio professionals. Whether the portraitist you are shopping for specializes in celebrity portraits or social media selfies, let me help you check them off your list.
Profoto A2 Monolight
Profoto's newest light is a jack-of-all-trades for portrait photographers. About the size of a soda can and weighing not much more, the A2 travels like an extra lens in
The camera bag is for more than cameras and lenses. Besides carrying what you need to make photographs, the camera bag is the photographers tool kit and the tools inside tell you about the photographer, their experiences, their needs, and their quirks. I asked a handful of B&H photographers what they carried in their camera bags and came up with this interesting list—in the meantime getting some
Subject and style may vary, but consistency is a quality shared by all successful photo studios. When working indoors, that begins with lighting. Strobes remain the bread and butter of many still photography studios. Unlike natural light, which can be finicky and unpredictable; on-camera flashes, which are not typically designed for studio use; or continuous lights, which can become costly as output increases; strobes are built to
Many newbie photographers tend to look for a solid detachable camera flash following their first DSLR purchase. The allure of a sweet third-party flash deal is hard to pass up, especially for fledgling photographers who might want to practice with a cost-efficient flash over an expensive name brand. Regardless of your skill level or budget, third-party on-camera flashes have a lot to offer, and we are going to highlight a couple that are worth checking out
Photographers are a tricky bunch to shop for, especially those avid shooters who seemingly already have all the gear they need. Cameras, lenses, bags, tripods, and so on, it’s a tough task to find a photo-related gift for the photographer who already has it all. Here are 10 ideas of some not-so-common gift options sure to please all types of photographers.
1. Lensbaby Special Effects Lens
Sure, your photographer has all the fastest, sharpest, and most exacting glass they need, but do they have the lens that excels in the world of soft focus,
Guess what? You are very lucky to be shopping for a photographer or a photo enthusiast. Do you know why? Because there are a ton of things your special shutterbug needs and wants to add to their passionate pursuit of the ultimate photograph. The other good news is that there are completely useful and thoughtful photography-related gifts for any budget. Yeah!
But, just in case you can't think of what to get the photographer in your life, or if you are a photographer who does not know exactly what to put on your wish list, here are some ideas.