Often, we need to add extra light to a scene to ensure we have enough light to create an image, freeze movement, or simply enhance the scene for the sake of the photograph. The primary way photographers do this is by using a flash.
The electronic flash has been around since 1931 and, today, there are several variations—all with different potential uses for the photographer. Here, we will take a quick look at the types, compare them, and discuss the benefits of each type.
Before we dive into flash types, let’s get familiar
While cameras and lenses create the base of any photographic kit, there are a few photo accessories available without which many photographers they cannot live. The term “photographic accessories” covers a wide swath of what you’ll find at the B&H SuperStore and online, but it includes tripods, camera bags and cases, memory cards, batteries, filters, flashes, and more. In the world of digital photography, the computer and its accessories are now
The camera bag starts as an afterthought—something you get after you buy a camera and/or lenses, and for many, just about any camera bag will do the trick for them. But, when you get deeper into photography and expand your kit, the camera bag becomes an essential part of your everyday carry. There are many parallels between shopping for a camera bag and shopping for something like a pair of shoes—hundreds (maybe thousands?) of options,
One of the most intimidating aspects of working with film today is accessibility and availability of resources for processing. With professional labs becoming rarer and rarer in most parts of the world, except for major urban centers, one of the remaining options for the photographer pining to shoot film is to develop one’s own. The good news is, however, that developing film at home is incredibly easy, requires few tools and little space, and gives you superior results and control over what many labs could ever offer.
The Tools You Need
If you’ve just ordered your first camera system, now you may be wondering what else you need to get started. Deciding which accessories to buy when you’re first beginning in photography can be a bit of a challenge to the uninitiated. Some accessories, like lens wipes for instance, are universal, but other types of accessories to consider may vary quite a bit depending on the kinds of photos you’re interested in making, and where you plan on shooting
When shopping for a new—or if you’re like me, yet another—camera bag, you no doubt have a checklist of qualifiers the bag in question must possess before it joins you on the checkout line. My qualifiers include, in no particular order, weight (I do not like bags that feel heavy before you even load them up), construction (What’s the bag made of and how are the parts stitched together?), internal partitioning and padding, comfort level when fully loaded, and lastly—is it good-looking? Full disclosure—I currently own more camera bags than I care
Time is running out to find the perfect gift for the photographer in your life. Or maybe you're the photographer and your partner, friend, spouse, or parent has just sprung the question on you: "What kind of gift should I get you?" Well, to help make things a bit easier, we've assembled a list of our top 10 last-minute gifts for photographers.
1. Mini LED Light
The best item you never knew you needed, a
Filtering ultra-wide-angle lenses, which are generally defined as lenses with diagonal angles of view of 90° or greater, can be challenging. And the greater the AoV, the more challenging filtering can become. The big problem has to do with vignetting, which in the case of filtering ultra-wide-angle lenses means seeing the edges of the filter in the corners of the frame.
In the case of full-frame cameras, this is seldom an issue with lenses in the 18mm to 21mm range (approximately 90° to 100° AoV) assuming you are using threaded, thin-mount
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, check out the list below to check them off your list.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HMS Art Lens
Photographers who are just beginning to dabble in portraiture may not yet have every portrait photographer’s best friend: the 50mm prime lens.
Before heading out on assignment, I make a mental checklist of the gear I will be needing, and camera supports are always on that list. Depending on where and what I plan to photograph, I might take a mid- or full-size tripod and be done with it. If I anticipate taking low-angle photographs, I will also pack along a tabletop-size tripod and, for ground-level shooting, one of my Platypods. Truth is, if I have the space, I take all three options, because if I leave any of these options behind, I know I will need it when I get where I’m going
What do street photographers really need? Give them a streak of sunlight across a bustling intersection, reflections in a store window, contrasting characters walking toward them, and a stealth camera to capture it all, and they’re happy. I can’t think of too many purchasable items that would make or break a street photographer’s ability to create, but there are always certain things to make your workflow smoother, your load lighter, and your photos a little better. Below are a few.
As I mentioned, a stealth camera—lightweight, small-profile,
Landscape photographers are a contradictory bunch. Always on the quest for gear that is simultaneously lightweight and substantial, landscape photographers, as well as travel and nature photographers, are always in search of equipment that can get them a new look, serve a distinct purpose, or be flexible enough to handle a variety of conditions. If there’s a landscape photographer in your life to whom you’re looking to give the perfect photography gift, or if you’re looking to reward yourself with a new piece of kit, here are some gift
Looking for a light stand? Seems like a simple task, until you head to the category and find that there are hundreds of options, each with its own set of features and specifications, which can make the whole experience a little overwhelming. We are here to help. Whether you are a beginner or experienced photographer, choosing the right light stand comes down to answering the same set of questions. This guide will take you through them one at a time.
How Heavy Is Your Light?
The most important job of any light stand is to provide a solid,
How many times have you looked at something and said, “Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s exactly what I said the first time I saw a miniature tripod made by JOBY. They’re brilliant, they perform as advertised, and they’re as popular among shooters as ice pops on a hot summer day.
Designed to handle a range of weight loads and available in a variety of configurations, from JOBY’s ever-popular GorillaPod
Birds are among the most challenging subjects to capture well with a camera. In spite of this fact—or perhaps because of it, bird photography has a gigantic, dedicated following. The suggestions that follow are for photographers who already have the major purchases (camera, lens,