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Publicity Shoot with Speedlites

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | May 26, 2014

For today’s lighting tutorial lesson, we are shooting publicity shots for world famous trick roper Will Roberts with speedlites. For our shoot we came across four obstacles:

    We are shooting in direct sun.     We want to freeze the... Read More

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Nikon Df field report

Nikon Df field report

Shooting Nikon's retro Df camera.

By Tom Bol | May 14, 2014

When the Nikon Df was announced late last year, people took notice.  A vintage styled camera with a modern sensor under the hood.  Pretty cool. But some photographers were skeptical about the retro styling and performance of the camera.  I've been shooting a Df for... Read More

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Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

A flash unit that can keep pace with your fastest camera frame rate.

By Tom Bol | April 28, 2014

Game changer.  Those are the two words that describe the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 strobes.  First, I was laughing like a child when I turned on these units, cranked my D4 up to 10 frames a second, and watched in wonder as these strobes popped off at 10 frames a second,... Read More

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Promote Control

Promote Control

This remote opens up new possibilities for photographers

By Tom Bol | March 11, 2014

With HDR and time-lapse photography being so popular these days, the biggest challenge for photographers is figuring out how to shoot these images.  Many DSLRs (but not all!) have automatic bracketing functions that allow some frames to be bracketed for an HDR shot.  And... Read More

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15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

Use this filter for creative effects in midday light.

By Tom Bol | January 13, 2014

A little while ago I reported on the 10-Stop Mor-Slo filter from Singh-Ray.  This ND filter was great at blocking light for creative effects; if you wanted 30 second silky water shots this was the filter to create it. Now Singh-Ray has gone a step further with their 15-Stop Mor... Read More

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AquaTech underwater flash

Waterproof housings for your TTL flash

By Tom Bol | December 20, 2013

After my earlier post on underwater wireless speedlights, many readers have been asking me if there is a dedicated underwater TTL flash housing, and the answer is yes.  I have long been a user of Aquatech products (see underwater shooting in my book, Adventure Sports Photography;... Read More

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Maximum Speedlight Performance

Maximum Speedlight Performance

How to get fast recycle times and more power from your speedlight.

By Tom Bol | December 13, 2013

I teach a lot of lighting workshops, and many of these classes are on speedlight photography techniques. Today's speedlights are affordable and advanced; having one speedlight in your camera bag opens up endless creative possibilities. Better yet, today's speedlights have... Read More

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Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1

A blazing fast mirrorless camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

By Tom Bol | November 20, 2013

I used to carry the indestructible Nikonos V with me on many of my adventure sports assignments. Shooting stories for Canoe and Kayak, I ventured from the iceberg-choked waters of Alaska to the steamy tropics of Honduras.  One piece of gear that never failed was my waterproof... Read More

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Imagenomic Noiseware

Imagenomic Noiseware

This updated software reduces noise with one click.

By Tom Bol | October 21, 2013

Noise has long been the dread of digital photographers.  It creeps into shadows, night skies and even skin tones when you crank up the ISO. Luckily, every new DLSR that arrives seems to better handle noise from shooting at high ISO. Remember when ISO 800 was a big deal? Then came... Read More

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fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow

By Dan Carr | October 09, 2013

“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business.

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AAXA P4-X Pico Projector

AAXA P4-X Pico Projector

Palm projectors offer small size and great results.

By Tom Bol | September 18, 2013

Every year I manage to maintain my Gold status with United Airlines, easily logging over 50,000 miles. Much of this travel is related to teaching photo workshops. I've streamlined my equipment to minimize weight, but one obstacle I couldn't work around was my big, heavy LCD... Read More

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High Lights

How to position lights really high for creative effects.

By Tom Bol | August 16, 2013

You know how it is after you have photographed a particular subject for years? Maybe it is senior portrait after portrait, or college basketball game after game. It seems like you have explored every creative idea you can muster, and things get a little too familiar. This is the point... Read More

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The new Airport Extreme

The new Airport Extreme

Apple's latest Wi-Fi base station offers better performance and a slick new design.

By Tom Bol | August 03, 2013

Wi-Fi is how the world works these days. Sure, you can wait for things to download on your phone using a 3G network. Or you could stop by your local Starbucks and log onto their Wi-Fi network to check mail while you sip your latte. For many photographers you don't have to go to... Read More

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Shooting in the Jungle

Shooting in the Jungle

Use these tips next time you photograph in hot, humid conditions.

By Tom Bol | July 25, 2013

I just returned from a trip to Costa Rica, and of course I had my cameras in hand. The ocean, wildlife and landscapes were spectacular! I spent time scouting for a workshop I will be teaching next February in Costa Rica, and wrote down some tips for the first time 'jungle... Read More

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200-400 canon lenses lens

A Look At Canon’s New 200-400 F4 L IS Lens

Canon's $12,000 Monster Lens

By Dan Carr | July 16, 2013

Canon announced development of this lens a couple of years ago but it only recently began shipping to dealers in small quantities.  I was lucky enough to take delivery of one of the first to land in Canada and I've since sold my Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS and replaced it with the new zoom. 

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Alien Skin Exposure 5

Alien Skin Exposure 5

The new version of Exposure is a major upgrade with many new features.

By Tom Bol | July 07, 2013

In the early years of my photography career, I shot volumes of Velvia 50 and Provia 100. I knew any landscape I shot with Velvia 50 would be saturated and rich, you could also feel the tones and textures in the shot. Naturally when I started shooting digital, I attempted to duplicate... Read More

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Figures in a Landscape

Figures in a Landscape

Adding the human element to a landscape can improve the shot.

By Tom Bol | June 21, 2013

I teach a lot of photo workshops in national parks and scenic locations around the globe.  One challenge we often have are 'tourists' standing in our shot.  A few months ago I was hiking up to Delicate Arch in Arches NP in Utah.  I was sure there would be only a... Read More

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Pocket Wizard Hypersync Improves

Pocket Wizard Hypersync Improves

The latest update to Pocket Wizard Hypersync greatly improves performance.

By Tom Bol | May 24, 2013

I have been a big fan of Pocket Wizard's Hypersync ever since it came out.  In a nutshell, this utility allows shooting at faster sync speeds than the standard 1/250 with strobe packs.  Hypersync recalibrates the shutter/flash burst timing, allowing for much faster sync... Read More

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Nikon 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED

Nikon 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED

First impressions of the latest wide angle zoom from Nikon

By Tom Bol | May 10, 2013

Nikon has been busy lately.  Almost every month it seems like a new lens is being released.  The 800mm F5.6, the 70-200 F4, the 80-400mm F4.5-5.6.  Of course, I want them all!  Another lens was released recently that didn't get as much fanfare, but may be the... Read More

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Topaz Detail 3

Topaz Detail 3

This useful plug-in gives you more control than ever of your sharpening.

By Tom Bol | April 25, 2013

Bottom line, if your shot isn't sharp, then nothing else matters...delete, delete, delete.  I spend countless hours working on my images after a shoot, and sharpening is one of the most important parts of my workflow.  Sharpening takes some time to master since not all... Read More

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