Josh Taylor

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6 months ago
Many experienced photographers think of fast moderate telephoto lenses, as “portrait lenses” because so many professional portrait photographers rely on them. Lenses in the 85-105mm focal length range with maximum apertures between f/1.4 and f/2.8 can capture frame-filling headshots and head-and-shoulders portraits at moderate shooting distances, thus minimizing apparent perspective distortion—…
4 years ago
Experienced photographers usually stick with what works, and that’s why so many enthusiasts and working pros still opt for traditional DSLRs with reflex mirrors and optical viewfinders. Peruse the impressive specs of the seven cameras we’ve detailed below and you’ll see why. All of them deliver a full complement of advanced, cutting-edge, often unique features along with awesome real-world…
4 years ago
Today’s digital cameras are capable of awesome imaging performance and they offer an unparalleled combination of convenience, efficiency, and cost effectiveness that has made them the dominant mode of image capture. Nevertheless, shooting black-and-white film, especially in medium format, is a fascinating and…
5 years ago
Wedding photography has become an extremely popular and lucrative specialty. First and foremost, a wedding is a grand, unrepeatable, emotionally charged event at which expectations run high, and second best won’t do. Being a wedding photographer requires dedication and talent, but having the right equipment is crucial if you expect to achieve sharp, well-composed, well-lit images that depict…
5 years ago
Over the past few years, professional-caliber photo printers have come a long way, and today’s top models can turn out large prints of impressive quality rivaling those made by the high-end printing services catering to commercial and art photographers and demanding enthusiasts. The latest pro-grade inkjet printers all offer pigment-based, multi-cartridge ink systems with multiple monochrome inks…
5 years ago
Why mount classic lenses on your digital camera? Because they have character! As many of today’s creative digital shooters have discovered, some of the great old lenses of the analog era can capture images that have that elusive quality known as character. In other words, they render subjects like portraits and landscapes in a distinctive and appealing way that can’t quite be conveyed in words.…
5 years ago
What films should I use? It’s a simple but crucial question faced by all analog photographers, and their answers will have a profound influence on the character of the images they create. Unlike memory cards, essentially a “neutral” recording medium, films have distinctive personalities—unique ways of rendering the subject and capturing its tonal ranges. In general, the inherent “graininess” of a…
5 years ago
Serious shooters, a broad category ranging from emerging enthusiasts to full-time pros, generally opt for DSLRs and mirrorless ILCs (interchangeable lens cameras) for most of their work. That’s because these cameras are unsurpassed when it comes to optical versatility, technical and subjective image quality, and creative control. During the past year, the world’s leading optical manufacturers…
5 years ago
Summer is the prime season for outdoor activities, going on vacation, traveling, hiking, water sports, beach parties, and, of course, taking lots of great pictures! Not surprisingly, the published stats on picture taking prove that the number of pictures taken worldwide peaks during the summer months. When temperatures are balmy and the days are longer, you tend to spend more time outdoors, and…
5 years ago
Opting for a used camera in excellent condition can be a great way of acquiring a high-quality, high-performance machine at a very attractive price. To give you a heads-up on some of the best deals out there we’ve carefully selected 10 cameras—five digital and five analog—that will give you a substantial bang for your buck and also fit seamlessly into your present system. There’s always an…
6 years ago
If you want the past to be part of your future, there’s no better way than shooting modern vintage-look pictures with an old film camera—or a brand-new one that’s managed to survive the digital onslaught. Sure, there’s truth in the cliché that the person behind the camera is the most important thing, but photography is a technologically based art form. That’s why the photographic medium (film or…
6 years ago
One of the hottest trends in photography today is creating images that look like they could have been shot 50 or 100 years ago. In pursuit of that elusive vintage look, serious enthusiasts and pros are mounting vintage lenses on their DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, Lensbaby and…
6 years ago
Eventually almost everyone who takes pictures is faced with the prospect of shipping their prized cameras off to a distant location—to have them repaired or adjusted, trade them in, send them to eBay buyers, etc. Since most cameras, lenses, and related equipment are valuable and can be easily damaged, proper packing is essential to ensure they arrive at their destination unscathed. While the U.S…
7 years ago
Panasonic has partnered with Leica to produce the new Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH POWER O.I.S. for Micro Four Thirds-format mirrorless cameras, perhaps the most audacious example of their collaborations to date. It offers an amazing 200-800mm-equivalent focal-length…
8 years ago
The acclaimed Canon PowerShot G-series of compact point-and-shoot cameras is based on a simple, brilliant concept: to provide serious enthusiasts and demanding pros with an attractive, robust, walk-around camera that delivers performance they can be proud of. The original G1, announced in 2000, set the stage with such class-leading features as a fast zoom lens, RAW capture capability, a zoom…